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« on: 01 June 2005, 20:10:00 »

The Miaelean (or Undead) Disease

The Miaelean Disease was named after Miaelea Ikara, wife of Epheronian merchant Silas Ikara.  After she died of this terrible sickness, Silas poured much of his wealth into researching the disease, and finding a cure.  It is sometimes called the “Undead Disease”, due to the seemingly unnoticed wounds that its victims may receive.  Although rare, it is extremely painful, and in most cases fatal.

Symptoms
The first symptoms of the illness are a lack of motivation and energy, which causes its victims to appear listless and lazy.  Next, the victim’s responses and senses are limited, i.e. one could touch them lightly and they would not notice, or say something and they would not hear.  This progresses randomly throughout the body, to the point where an injury could be sustained to the victim and they will not feel it.  In some extreme cases, people stricken with this disease have lost entire limbs, and only realized it when someone pointed it out to them, hence the “Undead” nickname.  All of the life-energy and feeling in the body slowly contract itself towards the head, numbing and weakening as it progresses, causing skin to fall off and massive bleeding to occur.  Then, in the last stages of the disease, the energy explodes back outward, bringing with it all the pain from lost limbs and bleeding that was not felt before, etc.  Some people die immediately from shock at this point, depending on how serious the initial wounding is.  In the worst-case scenario, the pain is enough to torture beyond all belief, but not enough to kill.  From this point, the pain progresses until its victim finally succumbs to it.

Effects
As the life-energy contracts, it bursts blood vessels as it passes, giving the skin a mottled look; the same happens in the eyes as well, giving them an extremely bloodshot look.  After a while, the skin will turn a sickly gray from the lack of life.  A victim of the Miaelean Disease will be bleeding at least ten different places, on average, giving caretakers an extremely difficult time.  In most cases, the caregiver will wrap the entire body in bandages, just in case.  Once the feeling rushes back into the body, the victim will become half-crazed with pain, lashing out against foe or close friend.  Hallucinations are very common.

Cure/Prevention
The only people with enough knowledge and skill to begin a healing process are the Dalorin priests.  They cannot prevent wounding entirely, but can cause a binding effect on an already opened wound, ensuring that the bleeding will not return to the same spot.  They also have a method of “massaging” the victim’s life-energy back into the body.  This cannot be done completely, but it does help greatly.  Once a Dalorin is on the job, the person’s chances of survival are drastically multiplied.

Vector/Cause
The cause of the Miaelean Disease is very difficult to trace, as it may change from person to person.  There does not seem to be a pattern in who it will pass to, as it appears to be dependent on many different factors, accounting for its rareness.

Endemic
There have been no major outbreaks of this disease, due to its selective victimization.  Also, its history is difficult to trace as well, because of its rare occurrence.

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Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 6/5/05 8:57
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« Reply #1 on: 03 June 2005, 06:55:00 »

I must say this was a well written entry.  I like how everything was explained and done in a natural way.  The only thing I am not certain about is what you mean by the life force.  I do in a general way but maybe you could clarify that a bit.

So is this an ancestor of yours, or is the name a coincidence.  :lol  

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« Reply #2 on: 03 June 2005, 08:11:00 »

When I say "life-force", I'm refering to feeling, energy, feeling, and so forth.

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« Reply #3 on: 03 June 2005, 09:06:00 »

Sorry for taking a while to get to this one, but the whole board mess made it a bit difficult to focus on development. Just read it and have to say it is Very well written, Tzilon! Nicely structured and presented, good content, no typos/grammatical errors or inconsistencies. A perfect entry for a first contribution I have to say - guess it's your first official entry, isn't it? :D  - The descriptions reminds me a bit on those zombiis we have sitting around here at our office when the boss is away... :lol

The term "Dalorin" perhaps could be explained a bit in a subordinate clause (like the "White Nehtorians, dedicated to the Healing God Nehtor"), as not everyone might know them when reading the word "Dalorin" only. Perhaps the illness could also be associated with Smith's Plague in Nybelmar, where people run around like Undead, so maybe he has an idea to connect it to the Enclave.


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« Reply #4 on: 03 June 2005, 17:46:00 »

Couldn't there be a link to the Dalorins?

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« Reply #5 on: 04 June 2005, 00:16:00 »

Sure, there'll be a link to the Dalorins:)   But we add little explanations in the text as well, so that people don't need to look everything up when reading through the text;)  

Ok, I've already marked this entry for integration at this week's update as it looks pretty fine with me in general!

Hope to see more contributions from you, Tzilon, maybe I'll then learn how to write your name properly, as I always get it wrong and need to check back... :lol  


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Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 6/3/05 8:19
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« Reply #6 on: 04 June 2005, 09:16:00 »

A very clever entry! :thumbup  Would you mind if we also had the disease in Nybelmar? I could try to write a few lines on a major breakdown and a sort of hearsay paragraph on how it was dealt with.

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« Reply #7 on: 04 June 2005, 09:33:00 »

Yup, I'd say, just go ahead, Coren - add a few Nybelmarian specifications and we'll have the disease integrated nicely in another part of the world as well:)  


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« Reply #8 on: 04 June 2005, 17:28:00 »

Yeah, that's great!

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« Reply #9 on: 04 June 2005, 17:42:00 »

Yes, this works well with the Dark Plague, actually I was reading it the other day and I was thinking that the Venlaken guys would surely be interested in such manifestations :)  

@Coren: don't forget to ring the bell in the Nybelmar forum... ;)  

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« Reply #10 on: 05 June 2005, 08:17:00 »

You know, to link it with Nybelmar, you can add in the Cure section a sentence stating that "rumours tell that the twisted mages of the Enclave on the Continent of Nybelmar might know of a complete cure of this disease, yet the risks involved by dealing with these mages might surpass the benefits of that cure..."

Only if you want, of course.

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« Reply #11 on: 05 June 2005, 08:49:00 »

Yup, I'll add that, Smith:)  Hope Coren can provide his details before tomorrow evening, then the entry will be complete:D  


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« Reply #12 on: 05 June 2005, 13:32:00 »

(Cure)
There have also been reports that priestesses on the far western banks of the continent restored large masses back to perfect health during the 19th century B.S. Unfortunately, as all contact with their mysterious civilization was severed after the Year of Darkness, the rumors were never ratified.


(Epidemic)
Although the Miaelean Sickness is an extremely infrequent visitor of the southwestern Nybelmarian peninsula, an advanced form of the disease claimed hundreds of Anpagan merchants and Rebel Forces in 1950 b.S. The High Temple of Ankriss held the Witch Queen of Marmarra responsible for the pandemic, but due to Déárán Sáládor’s intervention an open confrontation was avoided.  

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« Reply #13 on: 06 June 2005, 01:00:00 »

Ok, thanx Coren - just updated the entry I've prepared already, so it is fine to be uploaded:)  


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