I am afraid there is nothing we can do. No amount of painkillers seems to have any effect. We can only wait...and watch them burn.With a blinding flash of eldritch light, the Brightflame Hour had torn the south apart. Culture and history of hundreds of years gone in seconds. A continent in chaos. But as life in Anidara slowly returned to normal, no one could have guessed that the danger was far from over. That soon, the very air around them would become death. That the same eldritch flame, which had so viciously broken the earth would soon devour their bodies from within.
Remnant of the BrightflameSome sources claim that a hundred thousand tons of stone were thrown into the skies by the monstrous forces from within. And while that claim is impossible to prove, there is no doubt that the cataclysm threw an enormous amount of material into the air. Ash and dust clouds covered vast parts of Anidara for months and even years in some areas. Certainly damaging to both crops and health, the true danger came from another source, however. The mines of the Rhodine Reach had housed many minerals and rare earth. Meltil, which, when combined with water, creates an acid that can melt the flesh of one's bones. Kerin, used to remove rust and kill vermin of all kinds. And Rhodine, strange crystals shinning in a sickly, foreign tone of green. A mineral so deadly that a small piece, dusted into the air, could kill hundreds. All of these and more, pulverized by the catastrophe, now rained down upon the fields and cities of Anidara.
DevelopmentExcerpt taken from the Log of Kritias Diones, Medicae of the Ordo Emelia. ...the last and without a doubt most terrible of all the ailments that have arisen in the aftermath of the Brightflame Hour, is without a doubt what many are already calling Flamelung. A most dreadful of fates to be victim to. After several months of study, I can finally present a most accurate account of the stages its victims go through.
- Stage 1: Patients will erupt in violent coughing fits without warning. Fits can last up to an hour. Small amounts of blood are thrown out.
- Stage 2: Sets in about three hours after Stage 1. Coughing fits intensify staggeringly quickly. Patients are unable to stand. Veins become visible all over the body. Temperature of the afflicted reaches levels normally thought impossible. Water will evaporate upon contact.
- Stage 3: Onset about one hour after Stage 2. Patient unable to perform basic acts thrashes violently around. The skin around the chest area begins to turn black as the afflicted's temperature continues to rise. Blood seems to boil, the skin above it moving about on its own.
- Stage 4: Half an hour after Stage 3. Boiling blood seeps from patients orifices. Chest area caves in, skin, flesh, and bones shriveling like burning paper.
- Patient officially declared deceased five hours, forty-five minutes after the onset of Stage 1.
Your majesty, I have to interject. What you propose would cost us millions!
So what? One larger storm and all the contaminated ash could rain down right over our colonies or even the Rhomeian Archipelago itself! I do not care what it costs. Mobilize the army! Strategos Amelius, cleanse that godsforsaken continent until there is not a single corn of ash left!
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