Rahigi Lung Rot
A Slow and Insidious Killer
Rahigi lung rot is a chronic condition that causes the afflicted individual’s respiratory system to degrade until they can no longer breathe properly. The condition affects everyone who sucks in the grey dust that fills the air around the desert that the Rahigi people inhabit. Over time, the natives of those lands have learned how best to avoid the dust, but still there are some who develop symptoms of lung rot.
Best steer clear from that enormous cloud there. I hear that those who breathe in that dust end up coughing it back out for the rest of their lives and we’ve got more important business to attend to.
The Grey DeathThe Rahigina is known for many dangers, and the clouds of grey dust that sweep over vast swaths of land are just one of them. The locals are unaware where such grey, seemingly metallic particles originate from, but they all know to avoid them. Yet despite their efforts, it still ends up in their lungs, even if they avoid all the dust storms. Particles of the grey death that stalks the land are ever-present, bringing suffering to the land’s inhabitants.
Prevention and TreatmentTo prevent the dust from getting to their lungs, the Rahigi cover their faces while travelling through the desert sands. Many of them only reveal their faces when they reach more habitable areas of the Rahigina. While this is a common practise, there are still some who are more reckless and only cover their faces when a storm is imminent. As of the 16th century, there are still no efficient treatments that cure the condition. Those who have it can only do their best to prevent it from getting worse.