Asha and Url|
- Bursting white pustules on feet
Herb paste secured around the infected area.|
Black Foot has been an abrasive ailment to mammalian species and most animal Races of Aloria for centuries. It was initially recorded in the days of the early Allorn Empire by Altalar scholars and is assumed to have gradually spread to the sentient Races of the Asha and Url by the pack animals of the ancient superpower. The disease attacks the extremities of the limbs such as the pads of paws and the frogs of hooves, first as small bursting pustules before transitioning into the primary feature that gives the disease its name, black sores on the flesh. The current treatment is a simple albeit time-consuming one, as a paste of Ceá’llë's Herb and Lady’s Shine that must be applied and then secured to the infected area by bandages. It is likely that the disease will remain incurable until its cause has been adequately determined by scholars.
Black Foot as a disease was first mentioned by early Altalar scholars that was affecting Daen’s mammalian jungle wildlife. At the time, it was considered a natural part of the world and an ailment that would pass in time, as a treatment was not devised for several centuries. After their conquest of the Asha though, a new narrative emerged. Far more negative, it pinned the disease on the now enslaved Race and even claimed that they had spread it to the animals of Daen, in an effort to weaken and damage the beautiful domain of Estel with their filth. As a result, few Asha in the days of the Allorn Empire ever got treated for their disease, though animals and pets owned by Altalar were treated en masse. When the Empire finally collapsed following the Cataclysm, the Altalar treatment for Black Foot finally entered Asha hands, and they took to it eagerly. Soon after, when Warmblood Url started to emerge in Aloria, they too found themselves afflicted with the disease and it became known that the whole of the Url Race was similar susceptible. Proper cures for Black Foot remain elusive, as there has been no common cause for the illness determined beyond general ideas of miasma and bad air bringing the disease to those who trod in such areas. Today, Black Foot exists across Aloria thanks to trade and animal migration. Until the cause of the disease is known, finding a consistent and reliable cure will be difficult. Luckily enough for the afflicted, the Nelfin treatment keeps many Races and creatures from the worst of the ailment.
Black Foot Disease Cycle
|0 to 2 Days|
In the first days of infection, small white pustules begin to form on an individual’s feet and burst on their own or under pressure. This bursting produces a small amount of pale, almost translucent puss which easily dirties based on the surrounding environment.
|2 to 6 Days|
The pustules fade only to be replaced by black hardened sores on the splotches of skin that once contained the pustules. They persistently cause frequent irritation, and the occasional feelings of numbness, a similar sensation to one’s limb falling asleep. It is at this stage that most lethal accidents occur, and even then, most commonly in animals.
|6 to 9 Days|
The black sores gradually shrink and often leave behind small black skin flakes. The skin remains pale or lightly furred for a time before it returns to normal, with the flakes gradually sloughing off on their own if not aggressively washed away.
The disease is seemingly randomly contracted by many mammalian species of animals, and the two Races that are susceptible to it. While the exact contraction method is unknown, it is generally considered a certainty that if a diseased animal is in the vicinity of an Asha or an Url, they will also get infected. Even when the limb or foot is covered or wrapped, transmission still appears possible. Those Races susceptible to it encounter it at least once or twice during their lives.
The disease is not intrinsically fatal, but accidents with those afflicted have contributed towards its mortality rate as they often involve the affected extremity. The only known way to treat the affliction is to lightly apply a paste of crushed Ceá’llë's Herb with a bit of Lady’s Shine to the sores before wrapping them tightly in bandages, repeating the process every day. This procedure is known to drastically reduce the irritation of the disease but ultimately cannot cure it. When caught in its first stage, the infection time is often halved from eight days to four.
- Some have called Black Foot the “Hen’s Pecks” of non-Human species as both diseases are encountered at least once during a person’s lifetime and rarely leaving any permanent damage.
- Some feel that with the recent inflation of Url in Regalia, it is only a matter of time until an entirely new generation of the Goat-men reports to the city’s clinics reporting pain in their hooves.
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HydraLana on 01/25/2021.|
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