Methustrian Plague

The Methustrian Plague

Found only at the site of SIRE ruins, the Methustrian Plague appears to be a form of highly advanced retrovirus, akin to that found in the Goem. The Methustrian Plague causes those who contract it to enter into a state of full-body cellular suspension. In this state, their body does not age, decay, or break down in any way. As well, injuries sustained to the suspended body, short of total destruction, heal within minutes. Once infected, the victims are themselves not contagious with the Methustrian Plague, as the retrovirus itself is held in suspension within their bodies. The wax-like sheath that encompasses the vistim's body does not contain the virus, but appears to be in some way photosynthetic, processing ambient light to help maintain the vistim's body. Removal of the sheath results only in much slower healing of injuries sustained to the suspended body. The source of the contagion within SIRE ruins still remains a mystery, but it is a source of concern for archaeologists working in them. Though akin to the retrovirus found in the Goem, the Methustrian retrovirus seems to possess currently indeterminate properties that allow it to often thwart even
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mesonic showers from removing it, and the retrovirus also seems to alter the molecular structure of it's host in a manner that exceeds the capability of any other known virus. (Though it is theorized that the Hynochian Plague had similar capabilities, but no samples remain of said crystaline retrovirus.) Note, however, that the retrovirus does not appear capable of entering any form of protective garments -it can only infect exposed organic tissue. this affords some level of protection for those working in SIRE ruins or with their artifacts. There are currently victims of the retrovirus who have been thusly suspended for over 700,000 years, when the first reported cases were reported. Note that victims of the Methustrian Plague are all now collected and stored in the Methustrian Quarantine Facility on Y'Mat, the capitol of the Pan-Galactic Concordance, under the supervision of an intergalactic team in the hopes of jointly discovering a cure with the pooled resources of it's member nations. Game Mechanics: GMs may assign any source for the Methustrian Plague they like within SIRE ruins, or even on newly obtained SIRE artifacts. (though there are no recorded instances of a Quondam Companion carrying the retrovirus.) Once infected, if treated with a mesonic shower within 3 hours or less there is a slim chance of curing the patient. (Even if all traces of the retrovirus are removed, in most cases the retrovirus somehow recreates itself within the victim's body even when no tangible trace of the retrovirus remains.) If treated within 3 hours: Roll Percentage Dice, on a result of 1 the retrovirus has been successfully removed and will not recreate itself. If treated within 2 hours: Roll Percentage Dice, on a result of 1 or 2 the retrovirus has been successfully removed and will not recreate itself. If treated within 1 hour: Roll Percentage Dice, on a result of 1, 2 or 3 the retrovirus has been successfully removed and will not recreate itself.

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The Methustrian Plague effects all races possessing DNA, save for the Goem, whose own retrovirus appears to prevent their being infected. GM Hints: the Methustrian Plague is rumoured to have been a failed attempt by the SIRE to develop a source for true immortality. As well, it is rumoured that victims of the Methustrian Plague are not in fact permanently in suspension, but await a set time or stimulus to awaken them when needed. Neither of these rumours are taken too seriously, but are nonetheless whispered century after century in the scientific communities. GM Useage: The Methustrian Plague should not in fact be a prevalent plot element, and should be used only to add a level of perceivable danger to adventures that revolve around anything dealing with the SIRE. Since the chances of a Player's character being permanently(?) removed from the game if they are exposed are so high, GMs are urged to avoid actually exposing PCs to the Methustrian Plague. Instead, have the presence of the Methustrian Plague in your campaign universe be used to add subplots; when a beloved NPC is exposed, a starport is quarantined when illegal SIRE artifacts are confiscated to detect if they carry the retrovirus, a cult of fanatics seeking immortality (members of the Amber-Kind?) try to obtain samples of the retrovirus in order to infect themselves, etc.
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