Black Blood Poisoning
The Dark Elves
"Hundreds of them now roam the streets of Faenamel. Family, friends, all lost to the shades, left as empty husks controlled by a malicious puppet master hiding in the shadows. Though I was one of the few to escape, the images of my neighbors being turned into such monsters will haunt me 'til the end of my days.Black Blood Poisoning is a condition that can effect Fae when they come in contact with Shade blood, and turn them into corrupted, mind-controlled slaves known as Dark Elves.
Transmission & Vectors
Very Low AmountIf a very small amount of blood entered the blood stream, at most the wound will swell up and turn a bruised color and be kind of itchy. Minor headaches and muscle soreness can occur, but at this level, the body will soon burn up the blood and the victim can recover.
Moderately Low AmountThis much blood can cause the elf to start to feel a little unwell. The wound will swell up grotesquely and ooze black blood. It will need to be bandaged to prevent infection. The afflicted will also feel pretty dizzy, have more intense headaches, lethargy and an unusual feeling of anxiety and paranoia. They may also start to be a bit pale. Oddly, the afflicted's body temperature may decrease by 1-2 degrees. Rest is required for recovery at this point.
Moderate AmountAt this point, the afflicted will start to become physically and mentally effected. The afflicted at this point will start to become dark and pale in their skin, and their hair and irises will have started to turn white. Their veins will start to become visible through their skin with dark fluid. Their body temperature will drop to the point of being classified as hypothermia. Shivering, twitching and convulsing is a common thing to see at this stage. Mental conditions at this point are even worse. The afflicted of this level have reported intense feelings of dread and paranoia, like the feeling they are going to die. Many start to become delusional, and claim to hear whispering voices that tell them to do horrible things. They will become irrational and some will attempt to fight off those trying to help them and need to be restrained. Debilitating migraines are regular occurrences.
High AmountWith enough black blood in an elf's system, the will be completely at the mercy of the infection. At this point, the afflicted are refereed to as Dark Elves due to the dramatic change in appearance the black blood's corruption causes. They're skin will become a dark grey color, and their hair will have turned completely white. Their irises will disappear and their eyes will glow, as if possessed. Their black veins will become even more visible through their skin. Oddly, their body temperature will decrease below what normally survivable, and their skin will be frigid to the touch. Their hearts will beat unusually slowly as well. The wound entry point will also completely seal up, and eventually heal. Lastly, if they are injured, their blood will be a very dark color, and unusually thick and viscus. They also tend to leak blood their their eyes, nose and mouth. Left on their own they are unresponsive and will simply moan, cry, or scream while convulsing in place. They will go about a their basic routine in a trance-like state. They also will start to attack 'intruders' on sight. They when they speak, it will be in a very technical, monotone tone. They move as if they are being physically controlled by something. The Dark Elves still remember things like their own names, the names of others, their jobs, their skills, etc. They seem to even be able to recognize the faces of people they know, but they will still attack regardless of the relationship with the person. As well, despite having most of their memories, it is as if the dark elf has had their personality and free will wiped, and replaced with fear and aggression.
Excessively High AmountIf an elf is pumped full of too much blood, it will completely dilute their blood, making it impossible for the body to use it. Elves do not last long at this point, typically having seizures and vomiting up black fluid until they die.
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Fae and Elves are a species of magically adept humanoids with pointed ears.
A species of shape shifting demons with black blood. The main conflict of the story.