Leupak venom, or Miratoxin (and sometimes leupslime, colloquially), is a supernatural toxin, being mostly comprised of miraplasm-- the same sticky, highly mutagenic substance that forms where the objects from the realm of dreams meet the waking world.
Instead of causing the unpredictable, chaotic mutations of pure miraplasm, however, miratoxin has several effects depending upon dosage, from pain relief to transformation into a venomborne leupak or pseudoleupak.
Miratoxin is produced within two venom glands connected to the base of the tongueclaw, nestled on opposide sides of the egg sac, capable of producing about five gallons of venom in a month (though some diseases may cause the glands to under- or overproduce).
Medicinal or recreational use of miratoxin is highly advised against without the assistance of a trained leupologist or alchemist, as overdose resulting in unwanted mutation, medical complications or death is easy.
Miratoxin color varies widely among individual leupaks-- all colors are possible, in addition to glowing, transparent, translucent and iridescent varieties.
- A trivial or medicinal dose (1ml or less) is a dosage usually reserved for medicinal use, providing minor pain suppression and stimulating temporary sealing of open wounds near the injection site.
- A minor dose (5ml) induces minor hypertension, parasthesia of the face and palms, and occasional chills.
- An average dose (10ml) causes mild dizziness and disorientation. The face, hands, feet, tongue and injection site may begin to swell, and parasthesia progresses into itching of the skin, which gradually becomes more elastic.
- A sub-mutagenic dose (50ml) causes extreme discomfort and moderate swelling in organisms human-sized or smaller. Eyes water profusely, heartrate increases, and bones and joints begin to ache. Some victims begin to experience hallucinations and delirium at this stage. About 20% of sub-mutagenic or higher dosages result in heart attacks. Leupaks often use this dosage to subdue egg hosts.
- A mutagenic dose (100ml or more) induces a slow, excruciating transformation into a leupak (sapient beings) or pseudoleupak (nonsapients), typically over the course of three to five days.
Excessive doses of miratoxin may cause more rapid and/or dramatic transformation at the cost of much greater risk of life-threatening complications or death.