The Red Stalker, the curse of Uuku.
Over 247 years, the Red Stalker killed over 700,000 people.
Transmission & Vectors
By all purported means, the transfer of "Pusna Daerg" seems to only require the presence of two elves in one room. They don't need to interact, merely breathing the same air seems to be enough for the disease to spread.
"Pusna Daerg" has 5 stages of the disease, these last various amounts of time depending on the subject.
Stage 1: Red HaloWithin 24 hours following contact with a diseased person, the first stage of "Pusna Daerg" begins with a hard to notice sign. The outer points of an afflicted's eyes turn bright red, however, this is usually out of sight of most normal inspection.
Stage 2: Red BlotsIt is believed that this stage constitutes the point at which the disease can be transmitted to another. The Red Blots form 1-7 days after the initial Halo. These red blots are markings around the eyes that are vibrant red in color, almost as if the body was burning from the inside. The patient rarely feels any discomfort from this, but these markings are much warmer to the touch than the surrounding skin. After the first form, these blots continue to manifest across the face and down onto other portions of the body.
Stage 3: Red ShadowsOver the next 1-3 months, the blots spread across the body and slowly begin to fill in the skin, changing the color of the body to a mottled red that is extremely hot to the touch. Over this time, general symptoms include the infected experiencing extreme vertigo and a lack of energy. Extreme weight loss is also normal during this period.
Stage 4: Red StalkerWhen the skin of an infected creature is entirely covered with the blots, the 4th stage of the disease begins. All body hair falls out, eyebrows, hair, any foreign objects are expelled. The infected can feel everything on their skin to an extreme degree. Their lack of energy becomes ever more prevalent along with a vast appetite.
Stage 5: Red DeathThe final stage of "Pusna Daerg" has not been recorded, but the remains of corpses that were found give hints to the likely scenarios. Based on the examination of corpses, once an infected creature reaches the 5th stage of "Pusna Daerg", they resort to Cannibalism, specifically, cannibalism of the self. Generally starting with extremities, the markings indicate that the infected avoid major veins and seem to prolong their suffering for as long as possible. Some corpses were found with the entirety of the bones of the arms visible and clear with bite marks on them as well as bones in the lower legs being fully cleaned before the infected seemingly died of blood loss.
Incredible magic seems to be required to stop the spread of this disease, most attempts only stave off the inevitable. Even Resurrection Magics don't remove this disease entirely.
After an infection is detected, the longest known case of someone surviving was a year. The prognosis is almost always death.
Pusna Daerg makes no differentiation between youth and elderly. It infects and spreads at a whim, almost as if some sapient point is directing it.
Hosts & Carriers
Elves are the primary host of "Pusna Daerg" However, Half elves and humans with any amount of elven lineage also have a susceptibility to it.
The disease spreads through any meeting of people, but doesn't seem to spread to all. Entire Lineages of people seem to be completely devoid of infection.
Many Scholars question the sudden explosion of cases of "Pusna Daerg" or the "Red Stalker" after the claiming of Hongden's Elven Ancestry, all records indicate no sign of the disease before 0155 A.L. After it wiped through a fair portion of The Elven Forest, it made a sweep down into the Southern Floodlands before seemingly dying out. The last recorded case of "Pusna Daerg" was in 0402