Sengoku Horizon

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The Warring States Period: Fierce warlords fought for control of Japan, and many would perish. When a warrior falls, where does the passion they once held go? Possibly into something dear such as a favorite weapon or heirloom. These heirlooms have been labeled as “relics”, and those that carry them are labeled as “Scions." Recently more and more of these special relics have been activating, signaling the start of a great change as ancient power meets the modern world!

Now For The Local News, 11/01/2017 The dust has cleared after a fierce clash against the rebel Ikko Ikki monks. Now, as a tense period of calm spread over the island nation of Japan the students of Edo Bugei must figure out how to proceed in life after experience such intense conflicts and such deep loss.

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 Poison Harvest #1: Flower Urchin, S1 Lab Conditions; Basic PPE only
Kitsu
 Posted: Jan 23 2017, 12:44 PM
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Yami was approved for his first poison harvest. He was doing some research on a type of poisonous urchin known as the flower urchin; Toxopneustes Pileous. He had sent a request to his family to deliver one to him, hopefully alive. Last time someone requested a poison material in his family, it arrived as a dried specimen. He chewed at his pencil as he flipped pages in a book on the anatomy of this particular specimen.

There was a knock on the door, and a science-clothing dressed Yami answered it. It was a courier dressed in a uniform of gold and black. It had a name tag sewn in, but Yami didn't pay attention to it, but simply verified it was from who he thought. The courier would say "Thunder." A slightly confused Yami would recall what was going on. He would respond, "Flash." A simple question and response to make sure it is from his parent's company. Poison specimens are to be transported by secure members of the company, and only to members of the family. The courier would hand over a small package that obviously felt as it had liquid inside.

Yami closed the door to the lab section of the greenhouse, not bothering to lock it since he wasn't working on anything super dangerous. He placed the package on the counter and carefully looked over it. It had a quaint brown paper wrapping and no other visible markings besides s single wax stamp of the Hatakeyama clan seal. He slowly unwrapped the cylindrical package and revealed an acrylic holding tank with a colorful urchin stuck to the side of the tank. A wave of excitement went through him as he looked at it, just observing it's moment for a moment. This could be kept carefully in an aquarium to harvest more out of it, and Yami was certain that his addition to the aquarium would be allowed due to previous inquiry.

He carefully slid a knife blade under the rim of the sealed container breaking the rubbery seal that was placed there. He removed the lid carefully, and found that the urchin had crawled up the container to slightly attach itself to the lid. Yami panicked slightly, fearing being stung by the urchin, but quickly calmed down and took a deep breath. He donned a rather thick glove and placed his hand over the creature very carefully to lift it up and out of the container. Currently all of the stinging/injection organs of the body were folded up under a forest of tube-like feet, but interaction with this creature was sure to cause the poison suckers to bloom at any moment.

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 Posted: Mar 9 2017, 09:56 AM
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As Yami placed the urchin on a white square plate that resembled a cutting board, and it seemed to curl up into itself a bit, refusing to go anywhere. Yami got ready with a fabric that was designed to let animals sting it, a kind of rubbery silicone membrane, and held it at the ready as the urchin began to push it's round stinging stalks through it's normal flowery looking tubes.

He placed the membrane onto a large group of the suckers and allowed it to attach its dangerous poison stinging cups. He waited for a moment before slowly and carefully removing the membrane from the urchin, the suction cups that housed the poison coming off on the membrane.

The next task was to dry them and crush them. This would give him access to a slightly contaminated version of the poison, weakening it's effects from being directly injected into the bloodstream. He would use a sharp knife to scrape the membrane carefully to remove the cups that had come off, and would carefully put them into a glass container. He would sigh with relief because the hardest part was over.

He would wait for the creature to calm down and return to it's beautiful flowery appearance, the poisonous cups retracted back under the tube appendages. He used the thick glove to pick the flower urchin back up, and placed it carefully into the tank it came in, pressing the lid back on to seal it again. He would then turn his attention back to the small glass bowl.

He placed it into a special dehydrator that the school had somehow found the funding for. It would remove the water content from anything put in it, leaving the concentrated poison and the almost perfectly clear material that was the urchin's suction cup appendages. He would put it in the machine, glass bowl and all, and then turn it on. "Time for a break!" He would remove his gloves carefully, before washing his hands multiple times. He opened his bag to reveal several types of candy. He pulled out a brand of chewy candy and popped a few in his mouth before settling down to wait for a few minutes.

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 Posted: Apr 3 2017, 11:56 AM
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Yami was lost in thought before he heard the ding of the dehydrator. He opened the door and removed the container. He looked down into the small bowl and was a little disappointed as to how much was still there. The creature was made of mostly water, after all, so the remainder of the removed suction cups were shriveled and probably 1/12 of the size they were before. He sighed and tried to talk himself back into a motivated mood. "We have to remember, poison is poison, and works in micrograms, lets not underestimate the strength."

He would transfer the dehydrated remains of the suction cups into a mortar and pestle, and would whirl it around in a grinding motion to crush it into a powder. He carefully tapped the pestle against the edge of the mortar, and set it aside carefully. He then went back to the cabinet on the wall for some more supplies. He removed a medical looking bottle labeled 'sterile water', and hopped down off the stool again. He placed it on the counter, and prepared several small glass containers that one could recognize as the poison containers that he carried on a day to day basis.

He would open his research book he brought with him, and look at a table that listed concentrations of sterile water to various types of poisons. He used his fingers to find the chemicals he was looking for. There were two active chemicals that were common in flower urchin venom. Contractin A and peditoxin. Contractin A was known for causing red blood cells to clump together, resulting in blood clots. This was a weak part to focus on because it would cause easily curable long term effects, so he would skip past the ratio for that particular chemical.

Peditoxin however, was known for it's several side effects. It lowers the core body temperature (causing sudden chills), and also causes muscle relaxation and in higher doses, anesthetic coma(aka puts people into an extremely relaxed sleep state). At higher levels, it causes muscle convulsions (seizures), and possible death. Even in small doses, it can cause anaphylaxis (shortness of breath, swelling(sometimes extreme), difficulty breathing, light-headednes, and low blood pressure.

The next step would be to carefully get the ratios of toxin to water to still be effective, and to get the desired side effects.

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After mumbling and going over some charts and graphs, Yami would measure out some water in a plastic syringe. He emptied the correct cc measurements into each of his vials. "Two vials...five doses....," Yami would continue muttering measurement information as he slowly ejected the distilled water out of the plastic syringe. He placed the vials in a holder, and moved onto getting the powder prepped and measured out.

He strapped on a face mask that had an air filter on it, so that he didn't breath in any of the powder if it happened to go airborne. He used a small spoon-like tool to place the powder on a piece of clean rice paper that was perched on top of a flat topped scale. He spooned out enough to match as closely as he could the amount that he required, and then decided to get very particular with it. He used the spoon to take out very small portions of the powder to get the mix down to the microgram of what he needed. Then, very carefully, he lifted the paper up and bent it to make a makeshift funnel and slid the powder down into the first vial.

He capped the vial off with a self healing rubber top, much like those seen for liquid medicine vials so it could easily be pierced with a hypodermic needle and still not leak, and he would shake the vial up and down to mix the solution. He was careful to keep his gloved finger on the top of the vial to keep it from flying off. After it was sufficiently mixed, he would set it back down and watch the rest of the undissolved powder swirl around like a snow-globe before disappearing just like the rest.

He pulled his notebook and a surprisingly nice pen out of his bag, and set them down on the desk. He sighed and walked over to his bag and removed a new syringe with a sharp hypodermic tip on the end. This is what he was dreading. Yami had a fear of his own poisons. This was a controlled situation, so he was a little better about it, but still had a fear in his gut. He measured out a very small dose just to get a taste of the side effects, and quickly injected himself in his forearm before he regretted his choice.

Pain. Definite pain. In a shaky hand, Yami wrote down 'heavy localized pain' on his notebook. Within a few minutes, his fingers had pins and needles in them and started to go numb, and his fingers also began to swell. He wrote all of his initial observed effects as he went through. Very shortly after all of these effects he felt strange. His head was spinning, and he felt....

He got up and ran to the sink in the room and vomited into it, turning the water on. He attempted to raise his injected arm up, but found it wasn't responding well. He returned to his notebook the best he could and wrote down 'muscle paralysis'. He would continue to write if anything else happened, and finally finished his paper as the effects faded quite a while later.

Symptoms:
Heavy localized pain
Pins and needles in effected limb
swelling
numbness
dizziness
nausea and vomiting
muscle paralysis on injected limb

He would pack up, clean up, and finish his doses, coming up to 10 in all, the measurements and concentrations being well calibrated for a poison. After packing up, he turned off all the lights, and left to go to the local aquarium of the school to deposit his flower urchin, should he ever need to create more of the poison, or to create a hybrid of it. Otherwise, for all intents and purposes, he finished his task.


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