When a magic user gives in to the temptation of 'free for the taking ki' and pulls it from something other than their own reserve, it disrupts the natural flow. Multiple ancient texts mention that to restore the balance, the amount—three fold—will be extracted from the thief.
TREATMENTStop the magical shock and apply massive ki infusions. Some healers refuse to treat the condition, preferring to let nature take its course and end the one who likely took lives in their greed.
PROGNOSISDeath, unless treated quickly. The thief may have only moments.
CULTURAL RECEPTIONA heavy stigma hangs over surviving ki thieves. Not because they gave into temptation. But that their greed for power can lead to heavy loss of life.
For Further Reading
Spell | Jul 3, 2021
The energy that flows through all things and the power behind our magic
Spell | Nov 16, 2019
A well inside a being that collect energy for magic. It must be open to be able to store ki.
A fictional condition, developed for the Liminal Chronicles series.
Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
Really interesting condition - I should think that would be enough to deter most would-be thieves. I like the note that most healers refuse to treat the condition.