Memories of loved ones, turned to flesh.
Common KnowledgeWithout death, illnesses of any kind have become the nightmare of any community. What before the end times was just a simple cold that could only take the life of children now has the potential to create an entire horde of Unfallen overnight. But worst of all has been the introduction of a new disease, Mindrot.
Mindrot is similar to a well-known disease, Mindfade, that is known to affect the elderly by slowly robbing them of their memories. But instead of only affecting the elderly, Mindrot is able to steal memories from any age. Worse yet, it has been documented to replace these memories with something.... else.
Stage 1Within the first week.
Visible Symptoms: Restlessness, anxiety.
The patient has begun to grow restless, almost like a caged beast. Sadly, we have only a vague time when it was infected but we believe this is the early stages of the disease. I will be monitoring it very closely.
Stage 2After the third week.
Visible Symptoms: Depression, minor memory loss.
It has lost the ability to say the "Love", of all things. Depression has set in deeply as the patient begins to realize its fate. I am personally thankful for this, much easier to contain it while it has lost the will to fight. I am not sure if it is lethargic or has just given up.
Stage 3After around a month.
Visible Symptoms: Memory loss, anger, a seeming crave for flesh.
The patient has become quite violent over the past couple of days. Communication with it has become futile as most words are forgotten, or just ignored. The only thing that seems to sate it is meat products. We tried keeping it on a vegetarian diet for a week. Sadly, this led to the death of my servant.
Stage 4After four months.
Visible Symptoms: Complete memory loss, barbaric behavior, gibbering.
The thing has gone mad. It does not wish to eat. It does not wish to sleep. It just stares into the darkness and attacks anything that moves. But worst of all is the endless, guttural noises it makes. I did not know a human could make such noises. I shudder to think what this could mean.
Stage 5Anywhere from five to six months, maybe longer.
Visible Symptoms: Unknown.
We had returned to Atainis' "lab", as she had deemed it, to find it empty. No, empty is not the correct word. The place was torn to pieces. The various cages she where she kept the sick were left open, some of them even broken from the inside out. Gore painted the floor, the walls, and even the ceiling in some places. We can find no signs of life or Unfallen. Further instructions required.
CausesMedical science is not an exact one within Haven, especially when most healers are focused on keeping the living from unliving. But the few brave medical scholars that have attempted to study the disease are known to become ill with the very disease they studied, losing their memories in the process.
- Chronic, Acquired