|Affected Races||Varran and Url|
|Contraction||Coming into contact with an infected paw, walking through infected areas|
|Treatment||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 reported in the days of the early Elven Empire by Elven scholars and is assumed to have gradually spread to the sentient races, from the Varran to the Url. The disease attacks the extremities of the limbs such as the pads of paws and the frogs of hooves, first as bursting pustules before transitioning into the primary symptom that gives the disease its name, black sores on the flesh. The current cure is a simple albeit time-consuming one as a paste of Ceá’llë's Herb and Lady’s Shine must be applied and then held around the infected area. It is likely that the disease will remain uncured until its cause has been adequately determined by scholars.
Black Foot as a disease is first mentioned by early Elven scholars as affecting Daen’s mammalian wildlife. After their conquest of the Varran Empire, records show that the Varran were also susceptible to the disease. However, due to the Empire’s collapse, it is unknown if this cross-species jump occurred after the war or was already a disease affecting the species. Following the Cataclysm and the collapse of the Elven Empire, reports of the disease spread and gradually affected the Url. There has been no common cause determined beyond general ideas of miasma and bad air bringing the disease to those who trod in such areas. The fact that all these species are non-Human and often second-class citizens are felt to prove this idea. Until the cause of the disease is known, finding a consistent cure will be difficult.
The disease is seemingly randomly contracted by the affected races. What is almost certain to contract the disease is if a non-disease member of the susceptible species touches the affected area. Even if it is wrapped or covered, there is a high chance of transmission. Those Races susceptible to it at least encounter it once or twice during their lives.
The disease is not fatal in and of itself but accidents with those afflicted have counted 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 and 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 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.