Post Cleanse Drowning
I won't forget the look in her eyes. She knew the end was soon. I would have pawned my soul to save her. But she was too far gone when I found her. At least she didn't die alone.Every Cleanse cycle there are always at least an unfortunate few Sumichou residents caught in the flood without protection. If they aren't swept away to be devoured by the ever hungry Shachihoko, they will probably suffer secondary drowning symptoms with a myriad of low ki energy effects that make it unlikely for them to survive.
If mild, the victim will end up with a nasty bacterial lung and sinus infection and the polluted flood water will block their ki well for weeks. In serious cases, the victim's ki well closes permanently. Then all life energy is blocked from flowing in and the victim dies from ki starvation.
TreatmentFirst, the water must be removed from the victim's lungs within an hour or so after the cleanse. This is best done via magic. And because of the cost in ki, it's best performed outside of Sumichou. (Good luck. Getting out after a cleanse is difficult. Everyone rushes the gates.) A healer must examine the ki well carefully to remove all blockage from the impurities of the flood waters. Again, this requires a great ki expenditure. It's highly unlikely a victim will have access to the amount of ki needed to recover, unless they're wealthy.
PreventionStay out of the Cleanse's flood waters. For the poor and those low on magic, this can be challenging. Most will go to buildings that are sealed off or huddle with those that can spare ki to raise a spell shield. Since it requires extra energy to protect another being, the one seeking refuge often has to serve their protector as a slave for a good week.
A Concerning TrendAkumakai uses it to get rid of the waste from crystalized ki contamination.
Mature and possible trigger topics are mentioned. I do my best to keep things to at most PG-13, but this article may push those boundaries.