Among things found in the Plague Quarter was a ledger keeping track of the dead. The ledger included a list of names, first names only, followed by the date: “year of her song six hundred and twenty three arc of reaping”. After each name and date a cause of death was listed. Almost all were recorded as “plague succumbed in” followed by a period of time between 2 hours and 3 weeks, with the majority having lasted only a few days. Notably a few of the dead were listed as “executed for treason found trying to escape”. No further information was recorded in this ledger.
In addition, a small section from a merchant's journal it seems was discovered at some point during the expedition. Here is my translation:
“It does not surprise me that so many flock to Edwin's cause if this is how merchants are treated in Abhein. I tell you Sir, I do not have any of this malady that all of you claim. It was a simple cough, nothing more.
Post by Aliyah'Vihaan on May 25, 2018 16:05:32 GMT -5
This will provide this one's insights regarding the other details found in the designation"plague quarter".
The corpse this one surgically removed various polyps suffered from a peculiar calcification of all remaining tissue, quite unlike anything this one has encountered previously in this one's studies and experimentation.
There were a number of tendrils that seemed to be growing from within the specimen's bone marrow, curious to say the least. Growths, Tumors, Cysts and production of seemingly unnecessary organic tissue is not unusual side effect of Blight exposure but the nature of tendrils such as this are unique perhaps with the exception of the Blight Scourges which this one alas could not get close enough to verify.
While this one can't speak with authority regarding such energies the body did retain evidence of voidic energy trauma that this one estimates was prior to the specimen's expiration.
In addition to the corpse there were a number of petrified and rather well preserved leeches this one found as well. An archaic and outdated form of medicine this one believes that they were being used to treat the designation "plague victims".
From further examination it was determined that at least 4 types of blood preserved in the stomach cavities of the insects: quantified as 2 different sources of Human blood, one Malenti, and a fourth of an unknown source. This one could not identify it's origins, at least at this time.
This one also notes there was an utter lack of Aether in the specimens, even long dead subjects should so some residual signs.
This one possess some theories but nothing substantial due to the lack of information at at this time. As this one learns more this will be happy to keep the expedition updated on this one's progress
Post by Dr. Osmond Sterm on Jun 4, 2018 23:17:05 GMT -5
This isn't a document, but Dae'aren brought me into a trance where I saw healthy souls in the plague quarter suddenly and violently being wiped out of existence. Which given the voidic trauma lines up and explains why this has been the first area where we did not experience Ghosts.
Post by Director Matt on Jun 5, 2018 1:39:04 GMT -5
Osmond, what do you mean "wiped out of existence"? That sounds deeply concerning, if you intend for it to be read entirely literally. I've been under the impression that souls are functionally eternal, so I do hope I'm misunderstanding your meaning.
Post by Dr. Osmond Sterm on Jun 8, 2018 6:45:05 GMT -5
While I wish I was being exclamitory, I am not. It's been years since I studied aether theory, but that is the elemental break down of ghosts and spirit. If I were looking to neutralize that, the natural opposite would be void. As evidence of a massive voidic shock are present, I'm thinking this is less metaphoric and more literal. My hypothesis is that what happened in this quarter is something close to a draugr, but that is based off of stories of sailing into the void. I would need to speak to a specialist, or a coven member may have the knowledge I need. Unfortunately I still do not have access.