The Shivering is a physical, psychological and spiritual disease caused by the sudden and forceful change of someone's identity using Tautomancy. Since this is illegal in most countries, this is a very rare condition, but a feared one. It is not deadly by itself (although some of its symptoms might cause death) but there is no known treatment.
The Shivering appears just after a person has their Identity changed. At first, the symptoms will not be as overwhelming, but after some days have passed, they will start to manifest. If the Tautomancer somehow "restored" their Identity to its previous state, most symptoms will disappear.
Broken is the best word to describe how I feel. I lost my fire, my light, my warmth. I don't see the end of this tunnel.
Common symptomsCommon symptoms are experienced by almost everyone who suffers from the Shivering.
Lack of appetite
Frequent symptomsThese symptoms are less common but most sufferers have at least one of them.
Frequent loss of consciousness
Rare symptomsThese symptoms almost never appear with the Shivering. It should be noted that, when they manifest, they rarely do so immediately after the change of Identity. The slow but unavoidable manifestation of these symptoms is considered by many the worst part of the Shivering.
Loss of one or more senses
I'm senseless; only sight barely remains. I don't remember who are these people claiming to be my family and my friends. I'm cold. For a long time, I didn't know what to do, how to end this suffering. But now I do.
There is no known treatment for the Shivering. Some of its symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, can be treated individually, but some other symptoms, such as the internal cold or the nightmares are unavoidable. Many people have tried (and still try) to find a cure for this illness, but no one has succeeded. Not even magical Healers seem to be able to cure or, at least, alleviate it. It's worth saying that, sometimes, a sufferer will manage to completely recover and all symptoms will disappear, leaving no sequels. However, this is extremely rare. When there is recovery, it usually isn't complete and most of the time they will suffer the symptoms until the end.
My doctor says the Shivering is not deadly, that I will survive, albeit in a miserable state. Dying is better, I would say.
- Chronic, Acquired