circumitus: Insert Warmer song lyrics here. (salamander)
Reybama ([personal profile] circumitus) wrote 2015-03-22 01:53 am (UTC)

  • The name was rather ironic in its original meaning, as it was intended to be a unique cure for Leland Cleary when he had fallen ill with typhus. The "cure" he had concocted had the opposite effect on Garrett Tremond's child, however. This gave birth to a virus.
  • It is later harnessed as a biological weapon, starting from Heartlone Hollow, Ireland and expanding further out into other countries as decades pass.
  • This virus is later known as "allobion".

  • Symptom of Allobion
  • apoptosis: is the process of "programmed cell death" (PCD) that may occur in multicellular organisms. Biochemical events lead to characteristic cell changes (morphology) and death. These changes include blebbing, cell shrinkage, nuclear fragmentation, chromatin condensation, and chromosomal DNA fragmentation.
    Fatal symptoms of allobion include: Memory loss, Violent outbursts, Auditory hallucinations, Blue skin, Peeling lips, Agony. Ultimately the disease leads to: Dementia, Death.

  • Infected
  • While the infected are products of the adverse effects of the virus, it has had another effect on a selected few as well: Like Leland Cleary/Lucas Coffey, it has also affected their longevity. Additionally, the mutations which bear a lack of countenance are coupled with the ability to regenerate, hence why Leland's attempts at extinguishing them have gone in vain after over 300 years.

    Traits include:
  • somatic hypermutation: changed in a genomic sequence; the DNA sequence of a cell's genome or the DNA or RNA sequence of a virus. Sudden and spontaneous changes in the cell caused by viruses. An immune system which adapts to the new foreign elements that confront it. SHM diversifies the receptors used by the immune system to recognize foreign elements (antigens) and allows the immune system to adapt its response to new threats during the lifetime of an organism. A programmed process of mutation affecting the variable regions of immunoglobulin genes.
  • resilience: the capacity of an ecosystem to respond to a perturbation or disturbance by resisting damage and recovering quickly.
  • autothysis: the process where an animal destroys itself via an internal rupturing or explosion of an organ which ruptures the skin.

  • There are only three of the original infected (known as "the Orphans"). The Orphans were among the many killed from Leland's massacre in 1822, but survived -- they were sent over from Heartlone Hollow, Ireland by the GRIGORI program, after manipulating a militia group into the abandoned village in 2116.

  • The disease most notably varies from person to person. Some cases have described the painful experience of a teenage girl, whose insides had hardened to the point of crystallization, like a deadly metamorphosis. Other cases involve boiling from inside, freezing to death. Rarer cases involved the victim's organs corroding, bloating, expanding, or decaying from within. Essentially the allobion disease targets the immune system. There is no known cure for allobion, only a vaccine that boosts the immune system to reduce the chances of contracting the disease (this was not developed until years after the epidemic).
  • Allobion was created by a mixture of chemicals by a scientist named Leland Cleary, which will later be known as the Cleary cells, an immortal strain of cells. The Cleary cells combined with the compound Cleary had discovered, he unknowingly created the allobion disease that he had intended to create a panacea from. To others, allobion is a disease. To him, it was intended to be a cure for typhus among other maladies.

  • meaning: another life
  • Symptoms: Memory loss, Auditory hallucinations, Malleability.
  • Another strain of allobion. Namatobia is a water parasite that mutated in some springs found under the city of Ashwater, and is only native to that location. The namatobia parasite can only be contracted when doused in the water, leaving the host vulnerable to memory loss and hallucinations. They also become easily prey to persuasion, allowing the host to become easily manipulated by a third party.
  • Jonah from the Bark of Ash takes advantage of the namatobia by bathing his followers in an act called Ablution, here the parasites lay dormant inside the host. After providing the hosts with a medication called Sap during a ritual known as the Seasons, the host undergoes a physical change that transforms their bodies, allowing the parasites to rapidly mature and take control. The parasite and host become one, changing the host into what the Bark of Ash calls a Harvester. To others, they are just monsters.

  • Mycetoderma (also known as Webcap)
  • meaning: fungus skin
  • Symptoms (Stage I): Dry skin, Pale complexion, Yellow eyes, Thick white coating over the tongue, Migraines (sensitivity to light), Dizzy spells, Muscle pain.
  • After the symptoms develop in Stage I, the victim's brain undergoes degeneration by Stage II: They experience echolalia, repeating words being said back to them but not able to appropriately comprehend them.
  • In Stage III a rusty brown tissue with cobweb patterns start pulsating out of the victim's mouth, popping out their eyes so that the webcap can emerge through the sockets, the nose, and ears. They are unable to control their bodily movements and functions and shut down, their corpse ultimately transformed into a disfigured host.
  • It is not recommended to get near the body without proper protection once the victim has reached Stage IV: Death. The webcap can enter the system only via blood contact. The organisms mature by feasting on the internal organs of the host, taking form of white worms wriggling inside the body.
  • Essentially the webcap feeds on organic tissue. It is a cell degenerating disease that renders the victim's body into a rapid state of decay, leaving behind corroded black bones and dead skin within a matter of days.

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