The Mage Grabber Disease (coloquial term) is most common and most noteable
among mages, who tend to use the links within the cár’áll
most often. The illness is also more technically called "Xeuá Deterioration" or
- in the Styrásh tongue -
often abbreviated by scholars simply to Aterquás (Aterquás).
Not much is known about the disease, but many think that it is spread from
parent to child. However, once the disease becomes active, the effects can be
quite severe and dangerous to the person possessing them, sometimes causing a
great deal of suffering before ending in death.
The symptoms of this disease are clear. As soon as Mage Grabber becomes active,
the victim will experience difficulty with gaining energy from food or drink.
Usually in the beginning stages of the disease, only foods that incorporate a
lot of different kinds of cár’áll will be difficult
to gain nutrients from, but as the disease progresses, even light foods and
drinks such as water will be useless to the body.
Mages will also have trouble casting spells that involve moving or expanding
and spells done on them to do such will either be extremely difficult or end in
failure. Anything that involves the
of the victim can be difficult. Staff at the
Ximax Academy of Magic have learned to
identify these signs.
A slow deterioration of the victim is the more noticeable effect. Because the
victim is unable to gain nutrients from things outside their body, they will
continually grow thinner and weaker until their body ingests vital organs,
which eventually kills the victim. However, most who possess the disease die
long before this is able to take place because the xeuá
that connect the cár’áll completely break down.
There is no known permanent cure for this disease, though many magi at the
of Magic are working to find a spell or enchantment that can stop or cure
the disease completely. However, many xeuá magi are able
to help reconnect some of the damaged links in the person’s
cár’áll. However, doing this tends to be very
time-consuming and is only very temporary.
It has also been found, by many tests, that those who know they have a latent
form of the disease should not over stress the xeuá in
their cár’áll, as this is what seems to make the
disease become active. Even when one has the disease, not doing exhausting
spells or even giving up magic completely can
cause a victim to live nearly ten years longer than they originally would.
The disease is believed to be hereditary, passed down through generations. The
disease begins by making it difficult to create new
magical links with
cár’áll entering the body, such as food or water,
and the current xeuá links will harden, making spells
more difficult to cast. The following stages involve the
xeuá links beginning to weaken, deteriorating and being unable to heal when
strained, and the body being rendered completely unable to create new
xeuá connections between current and incoming
cár’áll. The final stage usually involves the
xeuá in one’s cár’áll being
completely eaten away, causing the victim to die.
The Mage Grabber Disease tends to be most prominent in
humans and elves,
but many pathologists agree that those of all races have it, and it only seems
to be more common in humans and
elves because such races do more strenuous
activity with their xeuá, being more common mages, which
can bring the disease out of latency. It is also not confined in an individual
region, but has been recorded on almost all continents sometime in history.