- "Basilisk blood. It will give cooked meat a savory smell. But, if eaten, it produces violent madness... in beasts as well as men. A mouse will attack a lion after a taste of basilisk blood. But to a man who knows his heart, is not passion a form of madness?"
- ―Oberyn Martell
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the poison is a paste spiced with Basilisk blood to produce Basilisk venom, which gives meat a savory scent but which causes a violent madness in any creature with warm blood, whether man or beast.