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Fraternizing Fenmold

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ClassificationFungus
Ideal ConditionsWarm, Damp
OriginsBolochtarian Swamps
Size1-2 digit clusters
UseToxic

About

Fratentizing Fenmold is a mild to dangerous infectious fungus that grows in warm, damp conditions.

Found wild in temperate Bolochtarian swamps, it is capable of infecting most sapient mortals and has a psychosocial effect on long term inoculation.

Fraternizing fenmold can be characterized but its wart like clusters and unique spicy-sweet smell. If one can detect this smell however, the spores are in dangerous levels of concentration.

Effects

Fraternizing fenmold produces small black spores that once inhaled by an immunocompromised individual can take root in their lungs, producing a psychosocial effect. Most infections pass naturally with time, especially with the help of drier weather conditions. But for communities that make their homes in more temperate and humid locations, it can become a serious problem.

Stages of infection are as follows.

Stage 0 – Infection

Individuals that are infected either have a high exposure from the living space of another individual, or from exposure in the wild. Both of these will typically require either a high exposure to the spore, or a compromised immune system, such as having a common cold, an addiction to psychoactive drugs such as snuffberry or driftroot, an infection or generally immunocompromised.

The strongest form of transmission comes from other individuals infected with a stage 3 progression of inoculation.

Stage 1 – Behavioral Impacts

At the beginning of an infection a small cough develops but quickly passes. Subtly, infected individuals become less aware of their living conditions tolerating more humidity and filth than they would usually tolerate. They also begin to care less about personal hygiene. As their infection develops, their breath spreads spores, creating pockets of mold infestation in their living quarters. About 30 days after initial inoculation, an individuals living space will be fully infected.

Stage 2 – Psychosocial Impacts

Once a living space is fully inoculated, individuals find themselves with a stronger desire to socialize, specifically in their own home, inviting people over regularly, alongside heighted confidence and charisma. It is through these events that fraternizing fenmold spreads to new individuals. Usually towards the end of stage 2 healthy individuals are able to recover through their own immune system or with the aid of drier weather, not having ever noticed they were infected.

If they are unable to recover, individuals progress to Stage 3

Stage 3 – Loss of Self

Stage 3 is usually considered terminal. Individuals become highly social, and begin to suffer from insomnia. As stage 3 progresses they find an increasing desire to approach people, breathily chatting, often about anything with feverish pace. This, coupled with the spicy-sweet aroma spreads fenmold spores directly onto people, the pleasant smell causing them to inhale.

Within 7 days of progression in stage 3, individuals show severe symptoms, such as shuffling, bloodshot eyes, and blackened fingernails. Upon seeing another mortal they rush at them, exhaling immense, visible black cloud concentrations of fenmold spores directly on unaffected individuals, usually pinning them down or hugging them, while projecting spores onto their face. Inhalation of spores at this concentration can infect people directly with stage 2, or in advanced cases stage 3 infections. In the latter instance individuals begin to show the same severe behavior.

Within 14 days of stage 3 infections, individuals climb large trees and collapse, their bodies converting overtime to clusters of fenmold, infecting the surrounding area.

Cures and Immunity

Usually respiratory illnesses are removed though effective prayer by servants of [Nergu], but given this is an fungi infection this proved ineffective. Instead, alchemy and prayers to Lorne are often applied. No definitive cure has been found, though some alchemists can make a powder that when inhaled will aid with infections.

Certain races have immunity to the effects of fraternizing fenmold, specifically [Lepkins], who will not even carry the spores regardless of exposure, and undead Boloctarians who will carry the spores but not suffer any ill effects.

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