Developed by Sybil Malach
Contagious: Communicable via blood-borne exposure. Can be contracted through exposure to mucous membranes.
- Incubation: During this period, the patient appears to be relatively healthy. The parasites contracted from beneath the ice are becoming active, and are using the host's blood to fuel the rapid onset of reproductive behavior in the parasites. A trained Physician would be able to notice slight edema of the extremities, as well as a lingering soreness on the ligaments.
- Acute: When the parasites have spread to the body's musculature, the pain becomes debilitating, and often requires another person to care for the patient due to the inability to care for one's self. Muscle atrophy becomes blatant, as does a reddish hue to the skin. A fever is common, as well as blood-tinged waste excretions. Heart attacks are likely at this stage, if left untreated.
- Chronic: Those suffering from a light amount of infestation are subject to a more slow decline of health. It will happen gradually, and the associated pains can be confused with the aches associated with process of aging. Osteoporosis and muscle wasting develops steadily. The patient will experience a constant elevated temperature, sweating, nausea, pain, blood tinged saliva and waste, and eventual organ failure.
- Incubation: Hypertension, ecchymosis, edema of extremities. (Approx. 30 trials.)
- Acute: Hypertension, ecchymosis, edema of extremities, rapid muscle atrophy, stabbing pain, bloody excretions, fever, heart attacks, nausea. (Approx. 4 trials.)
- Chronic: Hypertension, ecchymosis, edema of extremities, rapid muscle atrophy, mild ligament pain, bloody excretions, elevated body temperature, organ failure, osteoporosis, arthritis, anemia, hemophilia. (Approx. 10+ seasons.)
- Alchemical/chemical/herbal purgatives can alleviate symptoms. (Competent Chemistry/Alchemy)
- Cooling the patient has been known to turn acute conditions into chronic conditions. (Requires sending body into temperature shock.) (Competent Medicine)
- Proteins and massages can delay certain complications in musculature. (Expert Caregiving)
- Disease can be purged via introduction of acidic components to the bloodstream. Notably dangerous, but used as a method to stop a patient from dying. (Competent Medicine/Chemistry)
- A concoction of trace acids, salts, and native flora can make "Wretch's respite", an academically sound method of curing most non-advanced stages of the disease. (Expert Chemistry/Medicine)
Ice Filth earned its name for its role in ravaging Videnese camps that were particularly low in living standards. Commonly targeting the unclean, there is a distinct correlation between the disease and the lower class. Parasitic in nature, Ice Filth lies dormant in the Videnese Tundra, usually within the ice itself, in certain areas. Contraction is uncommon, but if one is not careful with hygiene, becomes very much of a risk. Especially in a land in which washing could lead to frostbite. It is most commonly known due to it affecting most species, and the wasting effect it has on the body itself.
The parasite is awakened from its frozen hibernation at the contact of warm flesh, through entering any mucous membrane. Triggered by warmth, Ice Filth will begin to spread exponentially, reproducing in an attempt to spread as far as it can within the host. Nesting in the circulatory system, it will begin to spread into the capillaries, where it will diffuse into the tissue itself. Due to the Videnese cold, however, it will not destroy the subcutaneous and epidermal layer. Instead, it will target the muscles of the extremities, and eventually, the organs themselves, leaving the host with a plethora of health, and appearance deficits.
- Infants: Contraction is unlikely due to breastfeeding boosting immunologic systems. Constant exposure to Ice Filth can end in sickness however, leading to symptoms and organ failure developing x1.75 faster than an adult.
- Toddlers: Contraction is still in the lower margin due to the relative cleaner culture of Viden. Contractions of Ice Filth at this stage often come as a result of absolute squalor. Symptoms and organ failure develop x1.5 faster than an adult.
- Adolescents: Contraction is highest between here and adulthood. Due to developing immunologic and vital systems reaching the end of maturity, symptoms and organ failure develop x1.2 faster than a full adult.
- Living animals: Bites, scratches, and exposure to bodily fluids while living has a high chance of infection. Fresh blood seems to be the primary transmissive factor, quickly followed by saliva.
- Dead animals: The parasite will lie dormant if the body is frozen. When the body is thawed, there is a fifteen minute moment of proliferation of disease, causing any living being with mucous membranes exposed to become infected.
- Processed animals: Using the meat of an infested animal is dangerous. Chances of food poisoning skyrocket, and still-dormant parasites can still infect those that eat it. However, infection rates drop by 3/4 after the proliferation phase, and by 4/5 by meat that is properly cooked and seared. Even the precariat are extremely hesitant to eat anything they think is tainted by the disease.