The Muse's Whisper
A metavirus which ensorcells creative types
The Muse's Whisper is a metavirus transmitted via Echoes which infects the Sophont with both an overwhelming sense of creativity and motivation and a deep, gnawing sense that they will never be able to accomplish all that they've dreamed of in their heightened state. The paradox of will versus reality is utterly crushing, and drives the affected into a deep despair. Unfortunately, this despair also feeds on their creativity, and they'll often find themselves doing extreme or dangerous things to express their sadness, including: self harm, violent outcries for attention, eccentric displays of artistry, alcoholism, drug dependency, and so forth. This disorder is often romanticized by artists and scientists alike, who both often fall into the trap of thinking they can control the condition well enough to put its motivation to work.
Transmission & Vectors
This condition is transmitted from affected to affected by way of Echoes. How it starts is uncertain, but the leading theory is that n Echo conjoins with a Focus of artistic desire created when someone suppresses their artistic urges.
Common symptoms of the Muse's Whisper include: an marked increase in energy, creativity, personal drive, and libido, difficulty sleeping, echolalia, synesthesiac hallucinations, increased heart rate, and irritability. The presence and intensity of these symptoms changes through the three phases of the condition.
Dispelling all of the meta and soul of the infected, or leaving them in a meta-void quarantine for several days, will clear it up with no other effects. The longer the Whispering is left unchecked the more damage it may do.
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