A common affliction of labors working in iron mines. Working in extreme toil and misery while being exposed to large amounts of iron dust puts one at risk of contracting Iron Corruption.
Autopsies of deceased mining slaves by medics at Brigas Academy of Science and Medicine have shown lumps of iron dust in the subjects lungs.
The iron congestion is suggested to cause difficulty of breathing and dryness of the patient throat. If left unchecked, the patients' skin takes on a dull-blueish gray hue, reporting feeling as if their bones and skin are tuning into metal. Motor capabilities are usually lost soon after. The iron congestion seams to form quicker in children's lungs than in adults, and has shown to be greater, and denser
There is no cure to Iron Lungs, but a half a day out of the mines every other night seems to improve the breathing and general condition of the remaining slaves.
A few weeks after infection, the patient's skin becomes hard as metal and they lose all motor abilities and the patient becomes petrified. After a few months in this dormant state, the lungs completely stop working and the patient dies.
Adults who have contracted Iron Lungs will have trouble breathing, walking and performing certain tasks for the rest of their lives, depending on their condition. They may also require constant care if their condition worsen. In the case of children, complete recovery is achievable but unlikely, as the child is very likely to succumb to other diseases while recovering.
Young slaves should avoid working in mines until they're lungs have slowed in development, around 12 years of age for human and between 50 to 60 in elves. regardless of age, a child should get at least 6 hours out of the mines each day until they reach maturity. Adults may suffice with one day of rest in clean air for every 9 days of work.
Current Date: 25th of Erlsum 1572