Burnout is a dual-sided condition, beginning with a heightened magical power that eventually runs out, causing the victim to lose all potential for magic use.
The DrugBurnout is not a natural condition. In fact, it comes from a drug of the same name. The drug Burnout is a purple potion that comes either in small vials that can be drank or injected, or large potion bottles intended for drinking. There is no difference in effect between the two, but dealers will often say the larger bottles are more bang for your buck to get people to pay more for the same effect. Burnout is no longer being made officially, though many knock-offs exist on the market. No one has been able to replicate the formula made by the Professor, who made Burnout in the first place.
ConditionAfter taking Burnout, the Portal in one's head opens up to the greatest possible point it can without destroying the body of the user. This Portal is the connection to the realm of Magic, where mana comes from. This allows someone to use their full magic potential. One big blast. It lasts anywhere from around five minutes to fifteen minutes. When one is under this effect, their body begins glowing the same purple of the potion. It is not on the whole body, but moreso in smaller regions, like the ears, the fingertips, and the lips. Places small enough to hide, as Burnout can be hidden. But hiding Burnout only makes what comes next worse. With Burnout, anyone reaches their full potential. They could operate at max capacity for a quick burst, doing something that otherwise they would not be able to do at that point. However, they reach it rapidly, at a point where they are not ready. Without being prepared, the body can only handle this power for so long. After enough time, it is too much to handle, and it's all over.
The ProfessorThe Professor was a famous Draocnian alchemist from Tamd. He was best known as a genius both in his alchemical design and his distribution of potions, with his creation spreading out on the streets within a single year of its creation. His most famous creation was the drug Burnout. Few knew it, but his true identity was as the future Chief of Tamd and adoptive son of current Chief, Higar Vixik. Higar would later regret causing so many people to lose their magic.
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This is such a fascinating idea for a condition! It ties together the physical and spiritual world while also highlighting some of the devastating impact of war in the world's history. I particularly like how it's a comment on the world we all come from as well, as burnout is indeed a painful problem that leaves you feeling emptied out.