Myeli Commosis (mī - el - ē / kō - mō - sis)
Vampires vs. the Plague
With the war still raging on, the Itudean vampires that captured any infected species spotted symptoms that made their skin crawl and abandoned the infected, leaving them to their own devices. In most cases, the infected would attempt to chew through the ropes or chains holding them and then search for food. If unable to escape, their bodies would decay until they succumb to the infection. During this time, the Itude Empire pulled out of the Winter Plains Region to avoid any of their soldiers being killed by ravenous beasts.
Stage 1The first symptom dissolves flesh quickly, breaking it down in short order to continue its takeover of the corpse. Expansion is so rapid that a patient observer can see the infection's growth and the flesh's disintegration with the naked eye. The infection begins on the skin but quickly makes its way to interior tissues, and within a day, the infected almost universally perishes, already in an advanced state of decay. Other symptoms usually include lethargy, weakness or discomfort while the rot sets in, weight loss and appetite, vomiting, and fever or headache when the rot affects the face. While a variety of treatments prove effective at stopping the progression of the infection, all require harm to the patient’s body; the disease takes hold so rapidly that it requires full body treatment, including one’s insides all at once, but to do so is just as deadly to the patient. Unless an exposed extremity can be removed within the first few minutes of infection, this infection is always fatal and quite painfully so. Infection occurs after exposure to the rot, whether dormant or actively consuming flesh. The effect persists until death. If, after exposure, the flesh exposed is immediately excised, cauterized, amputated, or otherwise rendered unconsumable by the rot, the infection can be contained. Toward the end of the stage, parasitic eggs are laid in the infected person's intestines. No one knows how this happens.
Stage 2The second stage is vicious hunger. The feral aspect of those infected is unleashed, which, combined with an inexplicable lack of self-preservation, makes such souls a nightmare to battle – or live within the interim. Of course, the value of such ferocity is short-lived, and in time the infected’s brain turns to, as examining physicians digging into cadavers have put it, mush, like overcooked meat in stew. Once the brain has been turned to mush, the cure is impossible to administer. The sympathetic thing to do at this point is to kill the infected or put them out of their misery. Other symptoms include confusion, agitation, delirium, abnormal behavior, and insomnia.
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