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Holy cow, it's poison! Finally, characters have a way of killing themselves more or less immediately. No more slow starvation or multi-day self mutilation. All you need is some simple ingredients, an apothecary table, and a few days of privacy to concoct your vile brew (you know, so people don't ask you why you're making poison).
But, I don't know how it works, and I'm afraid to test it on my character. I don't want to lose them!
Well, luckily for you, Mr. Yuck is here to answer all your questions! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/ff/Poison_Help.svg/220px-Poison_Help.svg.png
Q: What kind of poisons are there?
A: There are three kinds of poisons: Poisons that make you hungry, poisons that give you damage, and poisons that make you tired.
Q: How do I know how much they hurt my character?
A: Poisons work just like other herbal mixtures and food. If you attempt to eat them, you'll be informed of both the effect of the poison and the magnitude of that effect, the same as if you were hungry and ate bread, or damaged and ate onions. It's exactly the same, but the values are reversed, i.e., they make you sicker instead of better.
Q: I don't want to die!
A: Then don't have your character ingest an amount that will give you 100% hunger or damage.
Q: Oh crap, I did! What happens now?
A: All is not lost. If you damage yourself to 100% with poison, you will fall into the near death state at the "die" tick. If you eat healing food before the die tick, you'll regain health as normal. If you starved yourself to 100% hunger, you WILL DIE at the "die" tick. However, if your character eats nourishing food before the "die" tick, you'll lower your hunger and won't die.
Q: What's the deal with poisons that make you tired? Are they lethal?
A: They're non-lethal and are there for fun and completeness. The tiredness they cause can be cleared by resting, as normal.
Q: Will I auto-eat poison?
A: No, you will not auto-eat poison.
Q: Can I slip someone poison? Will they know?
A: Yes, they will. If they want to role-play stupid and drink it, that's their prerogative, but odds are your character will get tossed in jail.
Q: If I eat enough poison that I would have more than 100% tiredness, will the extra sit in my character's stomach and cause more tiredness at the eating tick?
A: I don't know, I didn't test that. You can.
See also: Apothecary mixtures