I stared in horror at my reflection in the mirror— a pale, featherless monster stared back.The pluck is a once common disease found throughout Umqwam— no matter the nest. Its name comes from the fact that one of its most notable symptoms is feather loss, making it appear as if one has been plucked.
The pluck can be contracted by anyone above the age of five, and is spread into the air when victims vomit. Prevention is simple, consume a vial of the cure once every five years and one will never need to worry about contracting the disease. If the cure is unavailable, one must avoid contact with those afflicted, and make sure the spaces they inhabit are well ventilated if they must enter them.
A Former Menace
One day, all's right wit th' world. Th' nex'? Yer nothin' but skin n' bone.The pluck insidiously hides itself for the first three days after infection, after which, the symptoms suddenly hit afflicted individuals with full force. Beyond feather loss, the pluck brings with it fatigue, headaches, vertigo, and a loss of appetite. Those afflicted with the pluck have a difficult time eating, and keeping their food— further complicating the already deadly situation. The pluck can last for hours, days, or months— though it is rare for victims to survive more than three weeks beneath the disease's onslaught.