Distortion Sickness

All I wanted to do was have a quiet picnic in a scenic location. How was I supposed to know a reality bending hell hole would be there? It seemed far enough away to not affect me. Then the wind kicked up and made me chase after my blanket, right into the danger zone! Now half my body is a fucking tree!
— Statement from Jacob Chase after he was rescued.
    Stay too close to a Reality Rift for too long and you'll either perish or walk away with at least one aspect of your body drastically changed. The effects are unpredictable and at current, irreversible. This condition affects both organic and inorganic matter with varying results.    

Effects

  The mutation and distortion types are essentially limitless. Anything could happen in such unstable areas. It typically boils down to how an individual's body reacts to such things, if an object or creature is resistant, and the strength of the specific area of effect. Many people affected by this became disabled in some fashion.   Examples of Possible Effects
  • Thick scales grow over the skin
  • The hair or skin changes color
  • An extra limb grows from a random spot
  • Soil turns to stone and other similar transmutations
  • Plant matter instantly opalizes
  • Living tissue dissolves
  • Part or all of a body transforms into a plant or tree
  • Gravity changes
  • An isolated storm covers the area
  • Water turns to slime or alcohol
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    Treatment

      Due to the nature of the sickness, treatment is handled on an individual basis. If they cannot leave the area on their own, a team will assist them to prevent further damage. A doctor will assess the person and prescribe treatments to any effects that can be dealt with. Otherwise, palliative care is given along with working out a personalized care plan the affected individual can ease in to.    
    It's been really damn rough after I was freed from the ground when my legs grew roots that pushed deep into the soil. My lower limbs fused together and everything turned into wood from the waist down. Thankfully it barely missed my important organs in that area.   I didn't expect much to be honest. The doctors poked at me and attempted to scale away the wood to see how thick it was. It was solid all the way through. I agreed it would be best to amputate. The recovery was long, but I'm adjusting the best I can.
    — Jacob Chase
    Type
    Magical
     
    Rarity
    Uncommon
     
    Discovered By
    WIP
     
    Year Discovered
    WIP
     
    Areas Affected
    Global
     
    Associated Location
    Reality Rifts
     
    Populations Affected
    Anyone and everything

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    vivimorena
    Vivianne Morena
    23 Jul, 2022 06:57

    Here's a teeny question: IF they can't leave the area on their own how does a team/doctor know to get to that place & individual to even recognize they need to help the someone? But that sounds both fun and scary. Like a russian roulette with nature >.<

    24 Jul, 2022 10:22

    Ah, good point. This and the reality rift article were the first ones I wrote about in the "series" related to it and I've yet to update them further. When the portals first appeared, the sickness was definitely more fatal. Now there's research groups and the rescue teams that keep a better eye on it. Still potentially deadly if no one's around to help anyone who can't leave. Now there's a group called Rift Watchers who patrol known portal sites on the regular and try to look for others. So there's a better chance of people in trouble being discovered / seen if that makes sense.

    vivimorena
    Vivianne Morena
    24 Jul, 2022 11:07

    Fair :) If the patrol sees patrol can help - or call for help. .