HellSong Series

by Shaun McCoy

Corpse Eater / Duster Leper

Derogatory terms given to individuals who have consumed undead flesh or corpse dust. The nutritional value of eating an animated or formerly animated corpse is fairly minute, but their flesh can be used for sustenance in extreme circumstances. When properly distilled, corpse dust is fairly harmless. The consequences of such a twisted act of cannibalism, however, are rather extreme. When digested directly, a sense of euphoria comes first, not unlike a light buzz from old world alcohol. Continued servings will severely inhibit motor control, cognitive reasoning, and also induce hallucinations. These hallucinations are generally benign or pleasant at first, but trend towards the macabre if the subject continues ingestion.

While initially repulsive, consuming corpse flesh or corpse dust quickly becomes addictive. After a week of steady usage or a month or two where corpse flesh is a staple of one’s diet, different symptoms occur. Hair loss is usually a leading indicator of the coming malaise, followed by bleeding of the gums and frequent vomiting. Shortly thereafter noticeable dead patches of skin appear on the individual, closely mimicking old world necrotizing fasciitis.

At this point it becomes difficult for undead to distinguish between the corpse eater and themselves. Corpses have been observed passing by corpse eaters without any instinctual desire to attack. Dyitzu and hounds are also confused, but may eventually attack. Notably, humans also have difficulty distinguishing a corpse eater from a corpse. It has been suggested that continued consumption will cause a complete metamorphosis from human to corpse. Past cites an ancient well culture in saying that this is true. Most observed corpse eaters, however, fall into catatonia.

If a large amount of corpse is accidentally consumed, it can be treated by swallowing woodstone ash and vomiting, or by purging your body with pomegranate or knowledge fruit juice. Neither method is 100% effective.

It goes without saying that a corpse eater who dies with traces of corpse dust in his system will rise. Those with a long stilling may not, however, if the dust has had time to break down.

Catatonia / Stilling
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Corpse Eater / Duster Leper
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Corpsedust
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Corpses
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Dyitzu
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Fleshstone
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