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UPDATE: At Mod request, the number of people infected with Geostigma… 
27th-Apr-2009 08:58 pm
Reeve - Look up to the skies and see
At Mod request, the number of people infected with Geostigma will be limited to 10 + Reeve. Please indicate in the comments if you'd like your char affected, since I'll be turning in soon.

1. Harry Dresden||dresden4hire
2. Gwen Cooper||protect_them
3. Kitty Pryde||phasedcat
4. Justin Pendleton||absinthe_eyed
5. Johnny Cade||thelastandleast
6. Haruka Tenou||kazeno_youni
7. Cloud Strife?||cloudsinstrife
8. Chihaya "Hyatt" Ayasugi||poorhealth
9. Anita Blake || browning_baby

WHO WANTS TO TORTURE THEIR CHARACTER? I maybe should work on my sales pitch.

So. As some of you may have noticed, Reeve has a tiny problem.. If you consider terminal diseases "tiny."

During the Major's assault, Reeve got chomped on by a creature from the Underground that the Major was keeping cooped up. The bite and resulting infection lowered his immune system enough that the latent Jenova cells in his blood stream spotted an opportunity and took it. So, what happens when the Jenova cells in your blood are trying to make you crazy and your body's fighting back with everything its got? Everyone's favorite crazy alien disease, geostigma~!

But as we all know, the most fun part of any disease is the opportunity for infection. And unfortunately for Reeve, geostigma is contagious. He's holed himself up, but he didn't catch it early enough. As a result, anyone who's been near Reeve (or near someone who's been near Reeve) since the 24th? May have been exposed. And since Reeve works at the Lux, let's just say that's a lot of people.

Which brings us back to the torturing mini-plot!

There's an epidemic sweeping the City, and you're invited! Anyone who'd like to infect their character with the stigma, guaranteeing them pain, paralysis and almost certain death. Because of the limited number of Jenova cells in the City, the disease will be spreading and progressing somewhat slower than usual, but still fiercely. All the cool kids are doing it!

Geostigma is caused when Jenova cells infest a body and the body fights back, overcompensating to defeat the intruders. As with any disease, some people have natural resistances and immunities, so it tends to target the young, old, or infirm, especially those with weakened immune systems.

The disease is characterized by a black, scar-like rash that appears on the body. The rash is incredibly painful and weeps black pus, which stains anything you use to cover it. Unless it's kept covered, it's highly contagious. However, infection can be avoided by keeping the wounds covered and washing your hands after touching an infected person.

Eventually, the spreads over the body, becoming so rigid and painful that the victim is incapable of moving and must be confined to a wheel chair. Eventually, even breathing is so painful that eventually the victim suffocates to death.


Geostigma is highly contagious. Rashes and wounds left uncovered weep a thick black pus that if touched (Or, Zen pointed out, licked or ingested) is almost certain to infect. Swimming in the same water as someone with a rash is also a Very Bad Idea. Generally, geostigma cannot travel through the air, but if a wound is left uncovered or someone's in close proximity to one, it can.

Anyone with a suppressed or very weak immune system might notice an almost compulsive urge to shack up with other infected individuals, follow Cloud around, set small towns on fire and shove swords through people, but these symptoms are rare and are generally not life threatening.

Participation and infection are, of course, completely voluntary, but anyone who wants to infect their babies. And if anyone wants their characters involved without infecting them, there will be plenty of opportunities for care and cure-devising. We can do it if we all work together!

Questions, comments, sign-ups can all go below! Or just go wild.

And, as always, mod approved.
28th-Apr-2009 02:05 am (UTC)
28th-Apr-2009 02:06 am (UTC)
28th-Apr-2009 02:10 am (UTC)
I'm stuck at the licked part.

Anyway, if someone was infected, because I like being evil, how would it end with them?
28th-Apr-2009 02:12 am (UTC)
Everyone gets caught up on the licking.

That's really up to the mun and how they want to take it. Personally I'm planning on having Reeve recover but losing some of the mobility in his arms permanently. But any mun is welcome to progress the disease as far as they want, including up to and including City!death.
28th-Apr-2009 02:30 am (UTC)
Hm. Think I should do this to Menolly or Gwen?

I'm thinking Gwen! ^^

Edited at 2009-04-28 02:59 am (UTC)
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28th-Apr-2009 02:40 am (UTC)
28th-Apr-2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Wouldn't this cause a potential genocide in the City...? Do you have any plans to stop it?
28th-Apr-2009 02:42 am (UTC)
So, as it's noted in the summary:

1) The plot is entirely optional and mun-controlled. No one will contract the disease if they don't want to, and muns control how far the disease progresses. Anyone who wants to use this to kill their characters is welcome to, but no one is obligated to kill their character or even participate.

2) The disease can be avoided through basic common sense (E.G. hygiene)

3) There will be a team working for a cure, and any citizen who wants to participate can help out.
28th-Apr-2009 02:54 am (UTC)
Wouldn't the FF7 cast be the only ones open to infection? Nobody else has Jenova cells.
28th-Apr-2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Infection would be handled the same way it was in FF:AC. No one but Cloud had Jenova cells injected into them, but the disease still spread itself. So, short answer, no, anyone can be affected.
28th-Apr-2009 03:55 am (UTC)

May I volunteer Justin? I'm always very nice to my kids... it's about time one of them had something Very Unfortunate happen to them. Uh. Assuming City!Dead are allowed to catch this disease?
28th-Apr-2009 03:56 am (UTC)
I don't see why not! Jenova was never very picky about who she brought on the Crazy Train!
28th-Apr-2009 04:17 am (UTC)
Volunteering Johnny! Because it's very canon for everything crappy ever to happen to him. :Db
28th-Apr-2009 04:19 am (UTC)
He and Reeve should get along nicely!

On the list. :D
28th-Apr-2009 06:22 am (UTC)
ffff This is from a total FF7-illiterate soul. But if magic does the trick for curing the geostigma I hereby volunteer Umi for, IDK. Looking after the infected and doing research on healing spells for a possible cure?

She works at Negi's and Clow's magic shop where lot of magic books on the subject will probably be available and is the type who'd like to do something if she sees this is getting out of hand. Just in case you need nurses and the like as well as infected characters.
28th-Apr-2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
So, in canon the way they cure the disease is the Dead and Ghosty member of their party who was an Ancient and therefore lives on in the Lifestream casts her final limit break and curing rain pours from the heaven all deus ex machina-y and IDK the entire fandom is crack. XD;;;;

But yeah, magic isn't going to cure it easily, but the idea is that working together using magic and scientific medicine, they'll come up with something. If she wants to be on one of the research and cure-devising teams, go for it! My Tara will be, once Harry gets infected.
28th-Apr-2009 06:55 am (UTC)
Considering I was going to have Haruka play the piano at the Lux~ I guess she'd be infected~ ->W<-;;;; lol If that's all right?
28th-Apr-2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Awww Haruka! SURE.
28th-Apr-2009 06:59 am (UTC)
And here I was thinking 'you know, Cloud has the disease and was cured but he could possible catch it again. since he was touching Reeve's wound and everything.' But then I thought that he would like be useful since in the ACC DVD one of the scenes shows that he was researching the disease. *makes mental note about how many times they keep on playing with the canon*

Anyways, Cloud catching sick and/or being a source for knowing lots of stuff is a good thing?
28th-Apr-2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
*SOB* you decide why can't he do both?
28th-Apr-2009 09:28 am (UTC)
28th-Apr-2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
This makes me LOL. Added!
29th-Apr-2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Lilith would be interested in researching this as a doctor.
30th-Apr-2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Yaaay! Go for it.
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