Monday, 10 December 2012

Skyrim Studies - An Agent's Alchemy

Just thought I'd let everyone in on my favourite poison recipes:

Poison of Terminal Disease:

  1. Imp Stool
  2. Human Flesh
As well as any one (1) of the following, the 'best' options will be marked with an asterisk (*) based on their accessibility, power, or abundance:
  • Mora Tapinella* - Common & Inexpensive.
  • Orange Dartwing
  • Slaughterfish Scales
  • Slaughterfish Eggs* - Common & Inexpensive.
  • Damage Health
  • Lingering Damage Health
  • Paralysis

Poison of Crippling Demise:

  1. Deathbell Flower
  2. River Betty
As well as any one (1) of the following. Unlike the previous potion, these options have been pre-whittled-down to give you your best choices:
  • Chaurus Eggs - Dangerous to collect but found in large quantities at each location.
  • Bleeding Crown - Inexpensive and grows in caves throughout Skyrim.
  • Small Antlers - Just shoot any deer you see and you'll collect a stash of these in no time at all.
  • Damage Health (Strong)
  • Slow
  • Weakness to poison
These ought to keep you out of harm's way either from their debilitating effects against the target as far as paralysis and slow are concerned, OR because they'll have the target dead in moments from the poison damage.

As for where to find these ingredients, I'll leave the majority of that for you to discover however some ingredients listed are more difficult to find if you don't already know where to look.

Human Flesh:
-"Human Flesh can be found in locations where people have performed the Vlack Sacrament ritual to summon the dark Brotherhood (along with human hearts), and in a few necromancer dungeons. Flesh cannot be taken from dead humans. It is easily overlooked because it looks like raw beef." -

These guaranteed samples can be found in the listed quantities, at the following locations:
-3 in the Alftand Animonculory (Winterhold)
-3 in Tovald's Cave (The Rift)
-2 in Dawnstar Sanctuary (The Pale)
-2 in Reachcliff Cave (The Reach)
-1 in Black-Briar Manor (Riften)
-1 in Raldbthar Deep Market (The Pale)
-1 in Volunruud (The Pale)

This ingredient is limited, but it CAN be found in Rare-Type apothecary's satchels (6% chance), and on the bodies of Falmer magic casters, warlocks and Forsworn, all of whom have a 0.7% chance of carrying a sample.

River Betty Fish:
-These guys are all over the place, merchants very typically sell them but they're on the expensive side. I recommend grabbing a "water-breathing" enchanted piece of equipment and just swimming through the rivers starting at Markarth and travelling eastward. If you start at the Apprentice Stone you'll be near about 30 "spawning sites" for fish. Just dive into the water and look around. Remember that the above-listed Orange Dartwings as well as their blue counterparts often hover over these locations so be quick and snatch them out of the air while you're passing through.

Hope this helps my fellow potent poisoners.

Enjoy your swim,

Joshua J. Taylor

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