May 16th, 2012

Fatal poisoning or ideas

Terms searched for: various combinations of; poisonous plants, animal poison, Japan, organ failure, infection like symptoms, blood poisoning. Working my way through the '~medicine: poisoning' tag.
Setting: Warring States period (Sengoku) Japan. Our world.

I need a character to murder a healthy female in her mid-teens and to get away with it.
The female character is recovering from or newly recovered (I haven't decided on which yet) from two broken legs. Ideally I want her death to appear to be due to some complications connected to her injury, and for it to work quickly enough/be serious enough for her not to be able to tell anyone. 

I'm thinking of some kind of poisoning, but the girls' private doctor would intervene if he noticed any obvious tampering with the wound and I also haven't found a poison that would give symptoms similar to an infection.

Does anyone have any idea of what sort of poison I could use or is my scenario impossible?

I'm more than open for suggestions, thank you in advance for any help.
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Child abuse from beyond the grave?

One of my stories set in Japan features a ghost as the villain, and not just any ghost either: she's the main protagonist's ancestor.  

In life she was pretty nasty; she was obsessed with having amazing descendants.  When her son failed to live up to her expectations, she treated him like crap.  Now, as a ghost roaming the earth, she continues to make life miserable for all her descendants (as none of them have ever reached her crazy ideals), namely siccing her unsavory "friends on the other side" on them.

I'm on the fence with this scenario though.  I can see her haunting​ her descendants and making life hell for them, but the using other ghosts/demons to carry out her deeds seems to be stretching it a bit (though she was a medium in life and had a kitsune as an ally) So I guess what I'm asking here is, does anyone know of any other ghost/supernatural myths or legends with similar themes?  (And they don't necessarily have to be Japanese in origin) 

I've done Wikipedia research on ghosts etc in Japanese folklore but nothing really seemed to fit.

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Resource: The Worldbuilding Internet Library

I haven't been very active on Little Details for a while, but I wanted to share a resource I've created with the Little Details community in mind:

The Worldbuilding Internet Library

The site collects eighty or so web resources that I've found invaluable in worldbuilding/historical research or that I believe would be helpful to others.

Please enjoy, and feel free to recommend a resource! Also, let me know if you experience any technical difficulties. This project was in part an excuse for me to play around with Wordpress, and while it has so far looked fine in modern browsers, I can't make any guarantees about older versions of Internet Explorer....