Tempo

Duration: (10 – Body) hours, minimum 1 hour
Effect: +1 Body, +1 Perception, High Pain Tolerance 2, Astral Sight, –1 Willpower, +2 to all Skills in the Influence Skill Group
Street Value: 50–150 nuyen per dose

Description: Once the drug enters the bloodstream, users will experience an initial euphoric high and general sense of well-being not unlike novacoke (minus the twitchiness). This effect levels out as the user’s senses are opened to the emotions of others around her. The drug effectively taps the user into astral space as a psychoactive medium, allowing users to feel the ambient emotional energy around them while heightening their own empathic responses.

At the same time, tempo’s serotonin stimulators produce mild hallucinations that embellish what its users see and feel, making them somewhat disoriented and suggestible. The combination of these two effects somehow allows users to catch fleeting flashes of astral space and auras while under the effect. Additionally, the dopamine rush produces a numbing effect that can allow users to tolerate more abuse than normal, oft en with accompanying feelings of imperviousness. For this reason, it has been used as a party drug, combat drug, and sometimes date-rape drug. BTL users who speedball with tempo are sometimes nicknamed “crybabies,” due to seemingly overemotional responses to any stimuli.

Tempo

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