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Sun Sickness

I'd rather not go in there! I need Taria's grace to keep me safe.
— An Elfkind who was asked to enter a Mountainhome
  Many can suffer from drowsiness, nausea and the loss of appetite, when they spend too much time inside a mountainhome. This is due to them recieving not enough sunlight, thus they suffer from what is known as Sun Sickness.   Only the Elfkind and Humankind are mostly affected by Sun Sickness. Dwarvenkind are able to be Sun Sick, however their symptoms are not usually as severe as their Atharian counterparts. Therefore many Elfkind and Humankind people are wary of entering Mountainhomes. Kalruuthians, however, do not seem to get Sun Sick much. They say this is because kalruuth protects them, much to the Order's disagreement.  


List of Symptoms;
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Decolouration of the Skin (Paleness)
  • Dried Skin
  • Itchiness
  • Feverish
Drowsiness, nausea and the loss of appetite are the most common symptoms, however many of those who have been Sun Sick claim to have also experienced dryness of their skin, itchiness and have felt feverish.   Another common sign of Sun Sickness is the afflicted skin loses its colour and becomes pale.


Scholars across Atharia warn people that the lack of sunlight causes Sun Sickness. Priests of Taria's Order say this is because they are being blessed by Our Mother's grace. Therefore those who live in Mountainhomes are encouraged to go outside at least 2 days a week.
And through the blessings of Our Mother we must bask in her light!   "Go outside," she said, "and feel my Essence flow within each of you!"
— Priest of Taria's Order





Affected Groups

More on who fears this and who this illness effects.  


Affected Species


A mountainhome is a Dwarvenkind settlement which is dug into a mountain. Every mountainhome sits just at the edge of a mountain, allowing the settlement to sprawl on the outside as well as inside the mountain. This eases access to the mountainhome. Duun'Kalruuth is the only mountainhome which is fully submerged in a mountain.


The mountainhome of Kalruuthians, an ancient Dwarvenkind settlement within the Kalruuth Mountains. It is the only mountainhome which is fully submerged in a mountain.


Kalruuthians are a proud society who live within the Kalruuth Mountains, in the mountainhome of Duun'Kalruuth. In the centre of the mountainhome is Kalruuth's Heart and it is the core of every Kalruuthian.   Read more about Kalruuthians, here.


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