It has been too long since I have written a Skyrim Modwatch and today’s mod is an amazing one. It is simply known as Assassin Poisons and introduces a selection of new Potions that can definitely give you a bit of an edge in your sneaking around and the murder.
So the reason the mod creator, a lovely individual by the name of nogare321, designed this mod was due to the boring and lacklustre effects of current vanilla poisons and potions. The ones that you gain access to when the mod is active are the real deal.
Once the mod is installed, you must first find one of two books, either Notes on Poisons or Weak “Potions” Explained. The former can be found in either the original Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary, near Lis the Spider or on top of the Alchemy Table in the Dawnstar Sanctuary. Weak “Potions” Explained can be found near the Alchemy Table at any of the Alchemy stores around Skyrim. For example, the one I found (above) was in the White Phial in Windhelm.
You do not need to find both of these books, simply read one and you will automatically get access to all six of the potions/poisons. These delectable little concoctions are all apple flavoured to make them more enticing and they cannot be consumed by the player. If you attempt to drink it, it will say a special potion has been consumed and it will appear right back into your inventory without any effects.
There are two ways to use any of these potions/poisons. The first is pretty standard, simply apply it to an equipped weapon and attack. The effect of the poison is pretty immediate, affecting the target 1-2 seconds after it is applied. On top of this you do not have to make a direct hit, if the target blocks your attack, the poison will still be applied. Just wait. The second way to devastate your enemies stealthily is to reverse pickpocket your chosen poison onto your target and activate the Dehydration spell. This spell does not count as an attack so you are safe. Dehydration causes the target to take out your apple flavoured death juice and gulp it down. A few seconds later, they are dead, and no one knows it was you.
The Poisons have a dual effect which can be read in the description when you are crafting it. This effect is beneficial to the user but the effect is only granted when the poisons are applied to a weapon. Sneakily killing is its own reward apparently.
Now there are two types of these potions/poisons. Four of them are directly and purposely lethal to your enemies – severe paralysis, death and so on. The other two Dwemer Oxidiser and Blessed Draft act a little differently, giving off an aura that will provide a major edge in different types of battles. The catch is, they can only be used one at a time.
Finally, to create these lethal potions, you will need to utilise a Cooking Pot. They will all be there once you have read one of the books, under the Misc Category. If you do not have a Cooking Pot, you can always go to your local tavern such as Windhelm’s Candlehearth Hall or The Bannered Mare in Whiterun.
There you have it, a delicious and lethal apple-scented mod that will make you an even deadlier assassin in Skyrim.
Check out this footage of the Strong Apple Cider in action.