Pusna Daerg

The Red Stalker, the curse of Uuku.

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"Pusna Daerg", also known as the Red Stalker. This disease primarily affected Elves across Ithungsida, but over time, it also spread to Half-Elves and Humans. over 247 years, the Red Stalker had over 700 thousand victims, with countless more affected by the plague.  

Stages

  The Red Stalker lasts between 9 months to 2 years, with symptoms that can be cleanly divided into 5 distinct stages.  
Stage 1: Red Halo[\th]
Within 24 hours following contact, the outer edges of the afflicted's eyes begin to turn red.
Stage 2: Red Blots
Between 1-7 days after the initial halo around the eyes forms, the redness spreads to consume the entirety of the eyes. In addition, red splotches begin covering the body, these are always warm or hot to the touch, but the patient rarely feels any discomfort.
Stage 3: Red Shadows
Over the next 1-5 months the blots continue to spread across the body, the afflicted may experience episodes of extreme vertigo and a lack of energy as their temperature rises and their body becomes a mottled red.
Stage 4: Red Stalker
When the Afflicted's skin has turned completely red, a number of new symptoms surface; all body hair falls out, skin sensitivity skyrockets, and the afflicted gain a massively increased appetite.   At this point, the afflicted generally has a maximum of 6 months to live with many dying from starvation long before that point.
Stage 5: Red Death
The most common final stage of the Red Stalker is the Red Death. The point at which the afflicted completely loses their mind to the disease. At this point, their hunger consumes everything. To the point where the only seeming solution is to resort to self-cannibalism. The afflicted begins to consume their extremities, while carefully avoiding major veins and arteries.   The afflicted are often found with the bones of their arms and legs with the meat pulled completely from them and marred with bite marks. Death is always through blood loss, but witnesses say that it can take hours before they die.

The Forests are sick, the red blight has burned the very roots of our homes. The Bones of our ancestors have been picked clean and their connections to the before and after have been broken. Their death is to be final. Even now, my vision turns red and I know that this death will have my own connection severed. My death is to be final.
— Records of the Red Stalker
 
Transmission/Vectors
The Afflicted seems to become contagious after about a day of infection. However, the Red Stalker doesn't need any contact. With recorded victims merely being in the same vicinity as one another and not coming into contact with one another at all. At the same time, the Stalker doesn't seem to infect everyone in the same way. In one recorded instance over 100 people came into contact with the Afflicted at a wedding. Only around 70 of the group were infected, but the groom's family were entirely unaffected. Similar results were observed over the long history of the Red Stalker.  
Treatment
While many mages, priests and doctors have attempted to cure the Red Stalker, but successes were rare. Healing Magics seem almost wholly ineffectual against the disease, medicines only forestall the symptoms. Even strenuous rituals to retrieve the soul of the afflicted from death itself doesn't aid in their recovery. However, particularly strong magic users have been seen to heal the disease, at least for a time.

 
What can I say except that I have hope. Hope that the young may escape unafflicted. A hope that we will survive this curse. A hope that we will recover.
— Records of the Red Stalker
 

Stage Six: The Survivors

  Over two and a half centuries of death and destruction wrought by the Red Stalker across Ithungsida are often focused on by historians. The Secondary focus is often on increased focus on healing science and magics, even though those weren't effective against it. The thing not focused on at all, tends to be the survivors of the Red Stalker. Those few people that made it to the fifth stage and somehow survived.   Their bodies warped by the disease, these people never recovered from their affliction. However, they did continue to live. Many of them even managed to have progeny of their own. When their children were born, they too came out blisteringly red with defects that clearly showed them to be something other than human, elf, or anything in between. They had tails, they had horns, they were demonic in shape and figure.  
Tiefling
Species | Jun 28, 2020

Outcasts scorned for their origins and reviled for their power.

 

Type
Supernatural
Origin
Divine
Cycle
Short-term
Rarity
Unique

Where are these quotes from?

The Records of the Red Stalker were recorded by Halfling and Dwarven scholars that made their way through the worst parts of the plague-stricken areas.

  • 155 A.L.

    6
    155 A.L.



    Pusna Daerg Spawns.
    Plague / Epidemic

    Pusna Daerg, known as the "Red Stalker" or "Blood Death" comes into being on Ithungsida.

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  • 155 A.L.

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    The "Bearers of Mongrel-Bane" are defeated in Battle.
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    The "Bearers of Mongrel-Bane" are defeated in their attempt to force a right to rule coup on Hongden's empire. However, unknown to most, they are successful in their quest to remove the elven ancestry of Hongden with their cursed blade.

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  • 156 A.L.

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    The "Bearers of Mongrel-Bane" return to Uuku
    Miscellaneous

    The "Bearers of Mongrel-Bane" return to Elven Collective of Uuku, they are received by the Eldreth Velruthra and celebrated. However, one is deep in the throes of `Pusna Daerg` and the others are following.

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  • 156 A.L.

    4
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    The first death attributed to Pusna Daerg.
    Plague / Epidemic

    The champion of the "Bearers of Mongrel-Bane" fell to `Pusna Daerg` first, his corpse discovered in his ancestral home with his arms cleansed of flesh, from finger to elbow.

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    Forests of Uuku
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    The "Bearers of Mongrel-Bane" fall to Pusna Daerg.
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    A year after their trimphant return, the final members of the diplomatic party, the "Bearers of Mongrel-Bane", succumb to `Pusna Daerg`.

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  • 157 A.L.

    6

    Cases of Pusna Daerg sprout up across Uuku.
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    With the fall of the "Bearers of Mongrel-Bane", countless cases of Pusna Daerg sprout up across Uuku.

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  • 165 A.L.


    1000 elves are found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.
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    100 elves are found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.

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  • 175 A.L.


    10000 elves are found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.
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    500 elves are found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.

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    15000 elves are found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.
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    500 elves are found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.

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    20000 elves are found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.
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    2000 elves are found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.

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    40000 elves are found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.
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    4000 elves are found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.

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  • 207 A.L.


    The first human has been found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.
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    180,000 have been found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.
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    640,000 have been found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.
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    270,000 have been found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.
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    600,000 have been found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.
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    670,000 have been found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.
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    680,000 have been found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.
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    701,800 have been found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg.
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  • 402 A.L.

    402 A.L.



    The last recorded case of "Pusna Daerg".
    Plague / Epidemic

    The final known infected elf in the Elven Collective of Uuku succumbed to the `Pusna Daerg` and was found in a state of death interrupted self-cannibalism.

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  • 402 A.L.


    701,936 have been found to have been infected and ultimately killed by the disease Pusna Daerg at the time of the last known victim's demise.
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