Curse of the Neverborn's Blood
Parasites of the Savage Coast
These tiny parasites resemble common head lice, usually inhabiting the hair or fur of the host creature. They cause their victims to deplete cinnabryl more quickly; the level of increase depends on how badly the carrier is infested. (Roll percentile dice to determine the degree of infestation.) A victim with a 50% infestation depletes cinnabryl at an increase of half the normal rate. A 100% infestation would cause the victim to deplete cinnabryl at twice the normal rate.
Collectively, Inheritor lice can also indiscriminately teleport the carrier (as per the Displace Legacy) up to three times per day. This usually happens if the host is physically threatened or in danger, but can also happen at completely random (and sometimes embarrassing) moments. The Inheritor lice thus attempt to preserve the life of their hosts.
Purging a humanoid body of Inheritor lice requires expensive ointments made with cinnabryl powder. Saragón lyra birds prey upon these lice.
These tiny insects swarm together and build breeding-nests inside caches of smokepowder. They consume the vermeil contained in the smokepowder, quickly spoiling it. The moths are so small that they cannot be seen unless a detect invisibility is used. After the mating season is over, the insects leave the spoiled powder.
The insects cause chemical reactions in the smokepowder, which could cause any remaining unspoiled powder to detonate if the container is moved while the moths are still inside.
The Lupin Plague
The lupin plague is an extremely deadly infestation of disgusting burgundy, purple, or ginger-coloured maggots. These creatures are usually attracted to maturing grapes, in which they lay tiny eggs. The eggs survive the fermentation of the grapes, hatching months later in the wine. Even worse, the eggs survive if they are ingested by someone unfortunate enough to consume tainted wine or grapes. Once hatched, these maggots grow quickly and eat their host from the inside unless proper medication or magical healing is used. More than one unscrupulous assassin has used wine tainted with the lupin plague to kill a victim.
These pests were dubbed the lupin plague because Renardy (the home of the lupins) is the main producer of wine (and thus grapes) on the Savage Coast. However, new strains could feasibly spread to other vegetables, like hops, potatoes, grain, rice, or scarlet pimpernels.
These tiny parasites usually infest humanoids with Legacies, although they can survive on blood alone. The presence of cardinal ticks reduces or deprives the host’s Legacy powers, but it does not alter the other effects of the Red Curse upon them. Roll percentile dice to determine the level of infestation and thus the host’s chance of failure when attempting to use a Legacy.
A single melee encounter against a tick-bearing creature causes everyone involved to walk away with a 5% infestation. Ticks then multiply at a rate of 15% each time the host attempts to use a Legacy. non-humanoids are naturally limited to a maximum 50% infestation.
Purging someone of a cardinal tick infestation requires expensive ointments made with cinnabryl powder. Scratching off the ticks causes 1 point of damage per 10% removed, unless rare Jibarú medicine can be used. These ticks can often be found on voats, succuli, Slagovich juggernauts, legacy trolls, cinnavixens, and batracines. Saragón lyra birds often prey on cardinal ticks.
Vermilia are red, glowing bacteria which are often mistaken for vermeil. Unlike the harmless vermeil, however, vermilia are flesh-eating bacteria. They are sometimes found on the decaying bodies of dead, Legacy-using creatures, along with vermeil fungus and scarlet pimpernels.
The blood of vulturehounds and various Jibarú pests can be used in the preparation of medicine useful for killing vermilia. Fire effectively cleanses all vermilia-infested remains.
Vermilia is transmitted through physical contact only. Undead creatures are automatically infected.