Riftgut Disease

Eating meat from foreign realms may leave you with more than an upset stomach.

With an influx of new (and mostly unwanted) wildlife thanks to rifts opening up all across Melior during The Rupture fifty years ago, hunters have joyfully picked up their bows, spears, and traps to take down riftbeings of all shapes and sizes.   Many folks hunt for bounties, other hunters do it for the strange pelts and trophies, but a lot of folks did it for the free game. However, it is now illegal to consume rift-meat in many regions of Melior as folks who have have become ridden with horrible afflictions and diseases that surpass any common stomach bug.   Riftgut was one of the first recognised foreign diseases to enter the world from another realm. It's a horrible condition that is caused by eating untreated riftmeat, and causes extreme illness, and to make matters worse, the only known cure for the illness that has been recently developed give a wasting side effect condition of Riftbane Rattles. Overall, it’s a horrible experience.    
The effects of this condition can last anywhere between 5 days to 2 weeks until wearing off naturally.
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blood in the vomit
  • Dizziness
  • Expulsion of mucus from the sinuses
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating of the stomach
Long story short? If it isn’t native to Melior - DON’T EAT IT. Don’t trust any riftmeat butcher who tells you otherwise!
Beware these FALSE CLAIMS - none are guaranteed as safe!
  • Cooking the meat for over 12 hours
  • Cooking the meat in alcohol
  • Curing the meat in any method
  • Washing the meat in alcohol or vinegar
  • Casting purification spells on the meat
  • Cooking over an arcane flame
  • Just eating it raw
  • Eating it with silver utensils only


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2 Jun, 2021 03:53

So, seems very unpleasant, but not usually lethal. How much of a dose would it take to virtually guarantee death? Or is any sufficient dose deadly if uncured for long enough?   So... Is there a guaranteed way to 'cure' rift meat before eating? Even if it's not commonly known or practical? I mean, marinating it in riftbane potion overnight might work, but you'd still probably get the rattles part, right? I only ask because if there's something out there that's even remotely edible, you can bet that there's some rich idiot who wants to figure out a way to taste it. Now I want an OC, perhaps 'the shuddering duke', who's constantly shaking and hallucinating because he just loves hit rift meat too much to give it up.

21 Jun, 2021 13:00

Riftgut disease doesn't cause death on its own, but the severity of the symptoms can cause further complications if mixed with existing poor health, and diarrhea can cause extreme dehydration that can lead to a horrible end.   I love the idea of a Riftmeat Connoisseur! I'm sure many folks have been experimenting with ways of curing the meat for safe consumption - I'll add this to my to do list of articles to explore :D

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13 Jun, 2021 20:15

Eating with silver utensils. XD I love that myth.   Sounds like a very unpleasant disease.

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
21 Jun, 2021 13:03

Another false claim was that eating an equal measure of sugarcake afterwards would neutralise whatever is in riftmeat to make it safe. It only delayed the symptoms for a few hours and then it hit just as hard. People loved the excuse for more cake, though!

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23 Jun, 2021 02:23

*opens a riftmeat BBQ + sugarcake bakery combination restaurant*   I'll be rich!

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1 Jul, 2021 19:21

This sounds pretty bad, though I do wonder if it's lethal, in which case it sounds so much worse.

You should check out the The 5 Shudake, if you want of course.
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