I fear I may never see my brother again. Not because he will die— but because he refuses to see another face.Qeplue olxlikliz, or, human sickness, is a bewildering condition that seems to strike at random— causing victims to shun human contact.
No matter one's age, health, or place in society— they can fall victim to qeplue olxlikliz. Its onset is sudden, and dramatic— with symptoms showing regardless of location or time of day. As its source is unknown, methods of prevention are relegated to the realm of superstition; some will claim that sleeping on your left side can prevent it, while others say that ample consumption of yntxol fruit will do the same. There is but one certainty— it isn't contagious. After all, how can a condition that causes its victims to avoid others spread?
An Antisocial Affliction
SymptomsOnce the affliction hits, its symptoms arrive in full force— there is no steady onset, nor is there a progression. Victims will fear the presence of other people, to such a degree that most will flee for the safety of solitude almost immediately. Those who cannot do so will often collapse, screaming until they lose consciousness. In rare cases this may activate fight rather than flight— causing the victim to attack those around them as if their life depended on their incapacitation. Qeplue olxlikliz is typically chronic— those afflicted may never regain their previous lives. There are a few rare cases where victims have recovered, though how and why is unknown. Most recoil from society, becoming hermits living in the wilderness, or hiding in their homes. Those unused to self-suffiency often die before long, however, as they are unable to procure food for themselves.
I've come today to see you, all these years later...somehow I'd forgotten your face.
Do not fear me, for I no longer fear you.