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Aconite is a herb and the substance derived from it that can be medicinal in small doses for heart trouble, but can be used to kill in high quantities as an extremely effective poison. It was popular and useful for political assassinations, since it was difficult to detect unless one knew what to look for.

History

Classical antiquity

The Spartan misthios Kassandra used aconite to poison a bunch of followers of Persephone at The Devoted Sanctuary in the simulation of Elysium.[1]

Renaissance

Considered the 'queen of poisons', aconite was acquired by the Italian Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze for a doctor, who fashioned a fast-acting poison for the Assassin's Poison Blade.[2]

Early Modern period

By the onset of the French Revolution, aconite was infamous as a poison used especially by the Templars. Hervé Quemar, a member of the Assassin Council of the Parisian Brotherhood, used small quantities of aconite as a medicine for his heart condition.[3]

Pierre Bellec obtained aconite from a corrupt apothecary, threatening his life in the process. He used one dosage to poison the Mentor of the French Brotherhood, Mirabeau, and planned to use a second dose in order to eliminate remaining members of the Council, in order to rebuild the Brotherhood according to his own fanatical vision, reasoning that the Levantine, Italian, and Colonial Assassins had risen to greatness after similar tragedies.[3]

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