As much as the animal world, Menidi'ath is home to a vast variety of flora. Here you can find a list of plants, flowers, herbs, fungi and more things that exist in the world. This list will be continually updated as the project develops.
BLOODFLUE What begins as a common cold or fever soon takes a turn for the sinister. The victim suddenly finds themselves coughing up an alarming amount of blood. Profuse bleeding from the nose as well as any wounds threaten to kill the victim by bloodloss. The elderly and children can easily succumb to the bloodflue, but most adults can survive it by eating a special mixture of plants and meat until the flue passes.
CRACKSKIN Crackskin starts with a small patch of dry skin, seemingly harmless and a bit itchy. But in a few weeks, the dryness spreads and the sufferer's skin starts to crack. Piece by piece starts falling off, and if the disease is left untreated it spreads deeper and starts eating away at the muscles. Soon, the deepest parts of the wounds turn gangrenous.
If the disease is not treated at this point, it starts spreading much faster through the body. Soon enough, the entire body is covered in flaking bits of skin and falling apart piece by piece. Few survive the disease if it gets to this point, even with the intervention by sorcerers. And the survivors quickly find that the body never truly recovers...
EYEROT Eyerot starts innocently enough with a slight itch in the eye, barely noticeable, if a bit annoying. But in a few days, the eye starts to swell and become visibly bloodshot. Over the coming week, the area around the eye grows darker, and the victim's vision starts failing rapidly. At this point, some recover, without any permanent effects. But in most cases, the victim starts crying blood, and the eye begins to rot in its socket. At this stage, blindness is no longer preventable, and the disease will inevitably spread to the other eye.
Life sorcerers can, up to a certain point, cure the disease.
RED PLAGUE Though many see the red plague only as a weapon wielded by Rakkhari plague sorcerers, it exists in the wild as well. It is, however, a disease born out of sorcery, rather than from a biological origin.
It starts with patches of skin becoming red and inflamed, and aching joints. Within a couple of days, red, pus-filled boils start appearing, mostly in the armpits and between the legs. But soon enough boils appear on the appendages, as well as in the face. As the days pass, these boils grow larger, and movement becomes increasingly more painful. During the last days, the boils start to burst and bleed, and breathing becomes more and more difficult. Victims usually die either of blood loss, or of not being able to breathe.
Most who are infected die in two to three weeks after being infected.
Other than being cleansed by a Rakkhari plaugue sorcerer, there is no known cure for the red plague, and the gifts of life sorcerers' can only delay the inevitable.
ROTBITE This nasty ailment is caused by a small insect mostly common in the southern parts of the Rakkhari Commonwealth, as well as the southern wildlands. The bite is fairly simple to treat with herbal ointments and disinfectants, but if untreated it starts swelling, spreading to a much larger area. If the bite is allowed to fester this far, the result is usually the loss of a limb or death, as the swollen flesh starts "melting" off the body, little by little.
SLEEPING FEVER This disease mostly befalls those who traverse the southern wildlands and the southern parts of Fal Narn, and no one is quite sure what causes it. At first, the victim starts feeling fatigue, drowsiness and a slight fever. After this, they often seem to recover for a day or two, before they fall asleep and do not wake up until several days have passed. As long as the sleeper is given (forced to) drink, they usually wake up without incident. But for lone wanderers it can be a death sentence, unless they notice the symptoms and can drink enough beforehand to prevent dying from lack of water while sleeping. Of course, exposure to the elements might still kill them, unless preparations are made.
SPROUTWOUND Whether it's from a bite, a cut or another type of wound, it sometimes develops into sproutwound. What seems to be a normal wound soon starts to develop small boils and tumors which, if left untreated, will grow larger until they start cutting off the blood flow. At this point, amputation or intervention by a life sorcerer are the only alternative. If caught early enough, sproutwound can be prevented by cutting away the flesh around the wound.
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