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Silver

Aye, I had a relative fall to it. We call it Silver. It's some sort of disease that takes your biological bits, and changes it to be synthetic technology. It slowly corrupts your body, eventually killing you and taking over. It turns you from living to an undead robot, built from the body of something living. It's truly horrific, and a fate I would wish upon no one.
— Dezira, Doctor

Transmission & Vectors

The bite of an Electric Nox will sometimes transfer Silver to the victim. However, its main source comes from getting pricked by a tree within The Forest, or getting bitten/scratched by a creature that is part biological, part mechanical. The condition is infectious as soon as the effects become visible on the surface of the skin.

Causes

The Scientists within The Laboratories were tasked with creating and weaponizing nano machines, the Scientists decided that the best way to weaponize them would be to create a virus with them. This resulted in Project 19, a truly horrifying project made from human lust for violence. The experiment was an attempt at crossing the rabies virus with nano-machines, with the result being that it would turn humans into dead shells of themselves, synthetic zombies, if you will. The result was what they wanted, but it worked too well. Instead of dead, mindless creatures, it turned the creatures they tested it on into intelligent and versatile creatures. After an incident in which some specimens made an escape attempt, the scientists involved had to contain it within an air-tight room and have people on guard at all times. When The Catastrophe occurred, this holding cell was blasted apart by the explosion, and as creatures picked up the bacteria that was left behind, and transferred it, it began to thrive.

Log 47, Day 40 of Project 19's Experiments
The bacteria is working far too well. We exposed some of the local rabbits to it, and it immediately took hold. Within the day they were completely synthetic, and were rapidly evolving. They grew smart enough to make an escape attempt, at that point we shut down the experiment. We have deemed this far too risky, and have sealed every part of it within the lab it was created in and made it air-tight. I pray nothing escapes, for it if does... we could have something that can destroy the world.
— Scientist

Symptoms

Stage 1

The host will stop needing food or water, and will feel intense pain coming from their organs and muscles. They will most likely be bed ridden, and will also receive splitting headaches.

Stage 2

The hosts skin will start to turn metallic, almost looking silver. The hosts entire internal organ system apart from its brain at this point is metallic and synthetic. The hosts body will slowly stop obeying the brain, and eventually will have a mind of its own, completely stripping the host of free will.

Stage 3

The final stage is death. This is where the hosts brain is consumed, killing the host. The host is now an undead robotic zombie of sorts, completely consumed by the disease. The Silver bacteria at this point will begin making modifications as it sees fit, and creatures will suffer rapid evolution. At this point it is merely a mindless beast.

Treatment

There is no treatment for this disease. Once obtained, it is a deadly disease through and through. The only cure would be to kill the host and throw the body into a volcano.

Prognosis

Stage 1

The host will stop needing food or water, and will feel intense pain coming from their organs and muscles. They will most likely be bed ridden, and will also receive splitting headaches.

Stage 2

The hosts skin will start to turn metallic, almost looking silver. The hosts entire internal organ system apart from its brain at this point is metallic and synthetic. The hosts body will slowly stop obeying the brain, and eventually will have a mind of its own, completely stripping the host of free will.

Stage 3

The final stage is death. This is where the hosts brain is consumed, killing the host. The host is now an undead robotic zombie of sorts, completely consumed by the disease. The Silver bacteria at this point will begin making modifications as it sees fit, and creatures will suffer rapid evolution. At this point it is merely a mindless beast.

History

This condition has been known since The Catastrophe, and no major outbreaks have been recorded.

Sequela

This will result in death.  

Affected Groups

All.  

Hosts & Carriers

Anything can host this condition.  

Prevention

The only prevention is to avoid getting bitten/scratched by creatures consumed by it.  

Epidemiology

It moves slowly, seeing as most people know to avoid the creatures it affects.  

History

This condition has been known since The Catastrophe, and no major outbreaks have been recorded.  

Cultural Reception

Peoples of Obscur make every attempt to obliterate it when found. Carriers of the condition are feared and may as well be dead, the condition can turn brothers against sisters, sons against mother, and fathers against daughters.

Type
Nanite / Mechanical
Origin
Engineered
Cycle
Chronic, Acquired
Rarity
Uncommon

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4 Dec, 2018 18:27

A bit header-heavy. I feel that you should could weave a lot of those different headers such as "Affected Groups", "Hosts and Carries", "prevention" etc in the end of the article together under a single header up in the "blurb" section instead. It'd make the article a lot more readable.   Would also like to see more links, such as to the "Electric Nox". What's that? Even just a link with a tooltip would be helpful.   In addition the description of the disease's origins, I feel it's a bit fan-fic-y in language. I feel you could go over that section and rephrase a few things, and flesh out others. For instance, why did people try to cross nanites with rabies? What creature contracted the disease? How did they breach containment? What is The Catastrophe? A lot here to flesh out, and a lot we want to know about! That said, I really like this concept. I mean, sure it's a nanite disease. That's not exactly new, but the way it is presented and the genius of naming it "silver" is pretty awesome. Very much liked!

12 Dec, 2018 08:26

Terrifying!