poison profile

C.R.O.W.N. - Continental Reconnaissance Operations to Ward Neutrality
a disney princess modern spy au - written by Brenna, graphics by Drew

Agent 0405-38
Codename: SNOW
Status: ACTIVE

Name: Marie Weiss.
Alias(es): Margarethe Lohr.
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany.
Occupation: Biochemist.
Division: Forensics.
Specialism: computer science; forensic science; knowledge of various poisoning methods’ unarmed conbatant; technical skills.
Additional Knowledge: bilingual (English and German); certified CPR practitioner; university degree in biochemistry with specialty in toxicology.
Medical Records: Agent SNOW has displayed high tolerance and, in some cases, immunity to particular toxins (see file: Lab Incident Report #1934); agent is being subjected to further testing.
●  Grimm, Veronika; maternal aunt and stepmother. (See file: ARACHNE_FAIREST)
●  Klein, Bertram; adopted uncle. (See file: Agent BASHFUL)
●  Klein, Dietrich; adopted uncle. (See file: Agent DOPEY)
●  Klein, Dr. Nikolaus; adopted father. (See file: Agent DOC)
●  Klein, Gervas; adopted uncle. (See file: Agent GRUMPY)
●  Klein, Hugo; adopted uncle. (See file: Agent HAPPY)
●  Klein, Samuel; adopted uncle. (See file: Agent SLEEPY)
●  Klein, Severin; adopted uncle. (See file: Agent SNEEZY)
●  Weiss, Johann; father - DECEASED.
●  Weiss, Ava; mother - DECEASED.

Marie Weiss was sick her whole childhood, pale as death and always on some new medication via her stepmother’s orders. She never asked where the drugs came from or why she had to take them until she came across a file lying on Grimm’s desk detailing all the ways she was being poisoned. Marie fled the house, changed her name, and disappeared from public record - until years later, when C.R.O.W.N. brought her in to crack down on several high-profile poisoning cases; needless to say, it didn’t take long for Marie to determine the culprit.

Poison Profile                      

Name: Belladona (Atropa Belladonna)

Also Known As: Deadly Nightshade, Death Cherries, or Devil’s Berries

Found in: Grows naturally in central and southern Europe, North Africa, and western Asia. This perennial herb is commonly found in dirt made of limestone or chalk. It grows three to five feet tall in well-watered soil under shaded trees and on wooded hills.

Toxin: Atropine

The toxin blocks the nervous system’s ability to control breathing and heart rate. First the victim experiences dry mouth and blurred vision which progress to hallucinations, convulsions, then anger and delirium until the victim slips into a coma and then death.

Poison Plus: When witches brewed “flying ointment,” belladonna was almost always the key ingredient. Witches rubbed the ointment on different parts of their bodies causing hallucination, so they felt like they were flying even while sitting down. 

Learn more in The Power of Poison.

Poison Profile:

Name: Botulinum

Produced by:  Clostridium botulinum bacteria

The Toxin: Botulinum is a nerve toxin that causes muscle paralysis. It is one of the deadliest known substances—a millionth of a gram can kill an adult through suffocation—commonly known as a lethal source of food poisoning in improperly sterilized canned foods.

Poison Plus: By carefully paralyzing specific muscles, doctors can stop unwanted muscle spasms, correct crossed eyes, treat uncontrolled jaw clenching, and other disorders; famously, it is used cosmetically (under the commercial name Botox) to reduce wrinkles.

Learn more in The Power of Poison exhibition.

Image credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Image #2107.


POISON IVY’S INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT   ( © // click for hq )

Aging headcanons

As Party Poison and Kobra Kid age, they become calmer. They still suffer from bouts of anxiety, but a lot of things that frightened them in their 20s don’t bother them anymore. Kobra becomes less high-strung and more patient. He retires from derbies and keeps a low profile. Poison still makes art and custom jackets/ray guns, often working with his brother as they have for years.

When Poison discovers grey streaks in his hair, he initially dyes them, but later makes them part of his outfit. He wears his long hair combed back with grey streaks around his face. Both brothers start wearing more muted clothing. No matter how old they are, they always have a big brother/little brother dynamic. Part of Poison always sees his brother as an excited little kid.

Poison Profile

Name: Hemlock (Conium maculatum)

Also Known As: Poison Hemlock, Devil’s Bread, Beaver Poison, or Poison Parsley

Found in: Europe, North Africa, and Asia. Hemlock grows near streams and pools of standing water, especially along the borders of pastures and cropland.

Toxin: Coniine

This toxin disrupts messages between the nervous system and the muscles, causing “ascending muscular paralysis.” Within hours after consumption the heartbeat slows, and paralysis begins in the lower legs, moving up to the waist and lungs.  The mind remains alert until death is very near.

Poison Plus: In 339 BC, after being accused of corrupting young Athenians with his radical ideas, the philosopher Socrates was sentenced to the death penalty—a cupful of poison hemlock.

Learn more in The Power of Poison.

Poison Profile

Name: Monkshood  (Aconitum napellus and Aconitum vulparia)

Also Known As: Wolfsbane, Devil’s Helmet, Blue Rocket, Leopard’s Bane

Found in: Native to western and central Europe, Monkshood grows in woodlands and meadows. It prefers rich, well-drained soils with lots of sun.

Toxin: Aconitine

This powerful toxin disrupts nerve-to-muscle signals, killing a person by heart attack. At first, a victim will suffer from stomach pains and numbness of the tongue and mouth. Larger amounts will cause paralysis and convulsions. If the toxin gets into even a tiny cut, it could mean trouble.  

Poison Plus: Greek herders used one species of Aconitum to protect their livestock, which is how the plant earned its nickname, wolfsbane (meaning “that which causes death to the wolves”). Herders rubbed the plant’s roots and stems onto their arrows and shot at wolves that threatened the herd. The poison quickly killed the attacking wolves.

Learn more in The Power of Poison.

Poison Profile                      

Name: European Mistletoe (Viscum album)

Found in: European mistletoe is a parasitic plant that can be found growing on trees and shrubs throughout Europe and western and southern Asia.

Toxin: Viscumin

This toxin found in the berries of the plant acts similarly to ricin. Symptoms include stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, delirium and slow pulse. Death occurs within a few hours of ingestion.

Poison Plus: European mistletoe has traditionally been used to decorate around the Christmas season. Another species of mistletoe, the American mistletoe, Phoradendron serotinum, grows throughout the United States and Canada. It is known to elevate blood pressure but it is much less toxic than its European counterpart. Native Americans chewed the leaves to relieve toothache; and more recently it has been used as a stimulant in cardiac treatment.

Learn more in the Power of Poison

Poison Profile

Name: Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus)

Found in: Mexico, Central and South America

The Venom: Vampire bats drink blood from other animals. The bat’s saliva contains compounds that prevent clotting and keep the victim’s blood flowing while the bat drinks.

Poison Plus: The vampire bat’s anticlotting agent, known as Draculin, may lead researchers to a life-saving drug for stroke patients. In humans, blood clots in the brain can cause strokes and brain damage. Draculin could potentially dissolve these clots more safely than current drugs. The first anticlotting drug, hirudin, was discovered in 1884 in leeches; it is still used today in severe clotting cases.

Learn more in The Power of Poison.