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Basic Information

Cadaverine (NH2(CH2)5NH2), aka. 1,5-pentanediamine and pentamethylenediamine) is a (mildly) toxic amine created naturally during the decay of corpses and in a small number of disease processes.

The key thing to be aware of about this stuff is that it stinks - not just your average foul chemical smell, but "dead skunk in the middle of the road lifting" - and that the smell, apparently, has significant psychological effects on humans (probably due to a primal instinct to avoid places where other humans are dead and rotting) and is said to cause subconscious fear.

As a result, cadaverine and the chemically similar putrescine have been explored as less lethal chemical weapons, generally to be used for riot control (or otherwise to disperse crowds) but occasionally for self-defence sprays, non-lethal booby-trapping or target marking.


The Other wiki on Cadaverine

1. full source reference

Game and Story Use

  • Of course, whilst this stuff may disgust and scare humans, any species that feeds on carrion is likely to make a beeline for it - in the real world this will at least mean scavenging insects. In some settings this stuff may attact ghouls - which could have potentially horrific effects.
    • Cunning PCs could use this stuff to bait ghoul traps.
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