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Homebrew Reference Book: New Jedi Order Campaign Guide

See also: Poisons, Hazards

Keywords: Inhaled, Poison

Challenge Level: 12

Bo'tous are tiny mite-like creatures that infest the lungs of living organisms, laying billions of eggs in the lung tissue of their host. The eggs hatch rapidly, destroying the lungs and generally killing their host. When used under proper conditions, Bo'tous Toxin is a subtle and effective weapon by a carefully conditioned assassin.

A single Bo'tous in the lungs will not kill the victim, but it will lay millions of eggs that remain dormant until freed from the host- usually by a forceful and deliberate exhalation (A Standard Action). Once in the atmosphere, the eggs hatch and the tiny creatures looking for new hosts. The host must consciously release the Bo'tous, though in some cases, unwitting victims are brainwashed into releasing it after receiving a particular visual or verbal cue.

Skilled (Willing) hosts are capable of producing three successful exhalations (Or charges) of toxin, whereas unskilled (Unwilling/Brainwashed) hosts can only produce one successful exhalation.

Make an attack roll (1d20+15) against the Fortitude Defense of any living, breathing targets within a 2-square radius of a Bo'tous host that has exhaled in this fashion, if the target is holding their breath, this attack cannot be made (See Hold Breath). If the attack succeeds, the target takes 3d6 points of damage and moves -1 step along the Condition Track. If the attack fails, the target takes half damage and does not move along the Condition Track. If the target has taken damage from the Bo'tous at any point, the toxin attacks every round until cured with a successful DC 35 Treat Injury check.

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