Spé Glaú, The Never-Ending Hunger Condition in The 5 Shudake | World Anvil

Spé Glaú, The Never-Ending Hunger (Speh Glau)

"What-what happened to Bryseis? Where are they taking her?"

"Nothing- just don't think about it. There's nothing left we can do for her anyway."
  For years, a plague has spread through the tribes in the Kezub Mekh. So far, the only end found is death. to the locals, it is called the Spé Glaú, but I know it better as the Never-Ending Hunger, a disease that literally eats you alive until you are nothing but a hollowed-out husk.  

Risk

Those at risk seem to be the most heartbreaking. Spé Glaú seems to take only Kits between the ages of five to seventeen. It leans more towards the older end, but it is not unheard of to hear even little children withering away with the disease. On average, social and adventurous Kits seem to contract it more as well, whether this is because they often go places and do things they shouldn't or because the deities like to take the loved one will never know.  

Symptoms

Stage one is hard to catch, it looks just like a normal increased appetite, something common in Kits. It starts with an almost ever-present hunger, only satisfied by copious amounts of meat. Some have claimed that black sand or ground-up stone can also quell The Hunger, though it has never been proven officially.   Stage two bring with it a shakiness. In their limbs, in their eyes, in their thoughts. A shakiness that soon becomes all-consuming. Once again the only thing that seems to alleviate it in any way is more meat. Specifically raw meat. At this stage, it is not uncommon for the infected party to start longing for blood dripping from a freshly killed carcass, if only because they know it will stop the knawing in their stomachs.   Unfortunately, once it reaches this stage, there is no going back.   Stage three is where the true horrors begin. Soon raw meat will not be enough, soon the infected with begin looking to living meat to satisfy their needs, their desires. Rational thought leaves them, isolating them with the unending hunger for more. At this point, their body will begin to reflect this. Their skin will become ashen and grey, tight against their bones as if all the fat and muscle underneath was being stripped away (it is). Their eyes will become bloodshot and pale, drained of life, often leaving their pupils overly dilated even in direct sunlight. Horns become frail and often break off, leaving jagged stumps behind nestled on their foreheads.   At this stage, it is kinder just to kill the infected one rather than wait for their body to give out. There is no saving them now. Often time this is done in self-defense, protecting the family from being devoured by what once was their child.   The whole cycle can take anywhere from 3 months to 5 days depending on who is infected and their environment.
Type
Viral
Origin
Natural
Cycle
Chronic, Acquired
Rarity
Uncommon
Affected Species

Causes

Little is known about its causes due to the lack of official medical care. It is known the more active a Kit is, the more likely they are to contract Spé Glaú, as are the more social Kits, as if even before contraction, the disease is looking to be fed by those around it.   Some like to speculate that those who are infected are chosen by Totu, either as a sacrifice or punishment, from the tribes as payments for letting them live in his lands. This often leads many to resenting him even more than they already do with Vekeko's influence.  

Prevention

There is little that can be done other than ridding the tribe of infection as quickly as possible. Some tribes advocate for avoiding solo desert runs, others claim this to be a byproduct of eating a Harley Rose raw, while still other claim the infected are chosen sacrifices to Totu, demanding deaths. There are almost never 2 cases in proximity to each other, leading people to believe it is not contagious. It also allows a sick sense of relief to all those whose child wasn't eaten alive by The Hunger.   And as always, when there is nothing left to be done, you prey to whatever deity you hope will hear you. And you prey they answer you with favor.

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Jul 3, 2021 00:23 by R. Dylon Elder

Noooo not the kids. Go for the heart why dont ya. Oof. Awesome work here. This is an absolutely horrifying thing to have and to witness. I like how you go out of your way to bring in some cultural connection with the idea that it may be because of a gods punishment or even a tax for living on the land. Nice touch.

Jul 3, 2021 20:43 by Avalon Arcana

Thank you! It hurt my heart a little too but the Hunger takes what it wants.

You should check out the The 5 Shudake, if you want of course.
Jul 3, 2021 00:25 by Ronin

Your introduction is well thought out. I very much enjoyed the detail you placed into the article itself. Big fan of your page and article lay out as well as it's font. Captivating and yet not distracting either. Excellent choice.

Jul 3, 2021 20:43 by Avalon Arcana

Thank you!

You should check out the The 5 Shudake, if you want of course.
Jul 4, 2021 20:06

I really liked the in-world narration. Creppy, nasty disease you got here...
PS: The tooltip on Bryseis is giving all sorts of gibberish.

Jul 4, 2021 21:17 by Avalon Arcana

Thank you, I really don't want to contract it. At all. And thanks for pointing out the Bryseis issue, I'll take a look at it.

You should check out the The 5 Shudake, if you want of course.
Jul 6, 2021 00:06 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

What a horrible, awful disease. And it goes for the Kits! I hope one day they can find out what actually causes it so it can be prevented easier. I like the different theories for what the cause might be, particularly the god doing it as some kind of 'rent'.

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Jul 6, 2021 11:18 by Avalon Arcana

Yeah, It’s pretty bad. Tob gets blamed for a lot of bad things to be honest. I’m glad you like it!

You should check out the The 5 Shudake, if you want of course.
Jul 9, 2021 05:13 by Cassandra Sojourn

This is really sad. But also really creepy because I keep imagining child tiefling zombies for the final stage.

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Jul 12, 2021 17:04 by Avalon Arcana

Oh yeah, sometime here I’m going to add some art work and zombies is a wonderful and horrible mental image.

You should check out the The 5 Shudake, if you want of course.
Jul 26, 2021 14:10

Awful. I don't like it when children are affected. Not sure I would be able to go ahead and kill them. Isolate, yes. Difficult.

Jul 26, 2021 18:46 by Avalon Arcana

Yeah it is awful... :(

You should check out the The 5 Shudake, if you want of course.