A Corruption of the Mind
For one-hundred and twenty years malletal has been the salvation of Jackan Slythe and Jacksweir, but prolonged manipulation has begun to provoke changes in those who wield it. The first stage of corruption is hallucination, voices the corrupted surely do not recognize, but is actually that of the ancient god K'nall, The Great Spider. The second stage is blind murderous rage that can last for several days. Finally, the rage subsides in the third stage and the sleeping one, K'nall, assumes complete control over the corrupted and can perfectly blend into the society within Jacksweir. It is this way K'nall has built a secret, murderous cult within Jacksweir intent on spreading throughout the continent of Notare's throat and eventually into the skybound Solaran territories.
The Corrupted hold the form of whatever species they have infected, but can mutate at will.
Genetics and Reproduction
The Corrupted reproduce by infecting others with their genetic material which has been mutated by prolonged exposure to the element malletal.
Growth Rate & Stages
Corruption happens in three stages, first audio hallucinations. Second, a murderous rage lasting for three to four days. Lastly, the victim loses complete control of their body. Telltale signs of infection include grey tinted iris and memory loss.
Ecology and Habitats
The Corrupted do not require any particular habitat, but generally stay away from intense heat. Temperatures in excess can expel malletal from a victim's DNA if the corruption is not complete and has not reached the third stage.
Dietary Needs and Habits
The Corrupted do not required sustenance and only eat in an attempt to blend in with those around them.
The incredible healing abilities means the affected specimen do not show signs of aging including shedding.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
The Corrupted have a direct mental link with the ancient spider god K'nall, have extraordinary healing abilities and are able to corrupt the uncorrupted using their blood or saliva.