(Author Note: There may be content within this article that is considered GM knowledge (Dawnbringer content) which wasn't filtered during the SummerCamp writing rush. Read accordingly!)
I dare not peel the bandages away, for I know not what I will find underneath. I know deep down it will be so unfamiliar in appearance, and I wonder if I will ever be able to venture with my arm bare again. The nurses saved my arm, at the very least. Yes, at least I have that.Heatrot is a condition common to Bolkan, developed from deeply infected animal bites.
Withering HeatThis is a condition characterized by extreme inflammation and swelling, which slowly progresses into the deterioration of the flesh. If left untreated, heatrot will cause blood vessels in infected flesh to burst and subsequently wither, as blood pools and festers in pockets of swelling. The skin begins to slough off shortly after this takes effect, but skin has been known to have been preserved, albeit malformed, if kept tightly bandaged and bound throughout this stage until a pause or full treatment is secured.
Most cases of heatrot will not reach the withering stage, with its long initial infection phase, and given the ready availability of temporary treatments which halt the condition's progression.