Contagious diseases have been problematic in North America since the time of its settlement and exploration by Europeans.
Great Britain has gone so far as to publish the contagious disease act because sexually transmitted diseases have been plaguing its military members. In Britain, law enforcement have the permission to arrest and have prostitutes screen for disease. Diseased women can be interred into hospitals for up to a year to keep the women away from military men.
There have been few to no attempts to protect or quarantine the diseased from the rest of the population in the Union or the Confederacy. Both nations struggle terribly with a myriad of ailments, including:
- Chicken Pox
- MacMurphy’s Malady
- Whately’s Flu
- Whooping Cough
Some of these diseases, like Whooping Cough, have very obvious physical symptoms that even lay persons are familiar with. Other diseases, like Lycanthropy, have some obvious symptoms as well- body hair, craving meat, and an allergy to the moon. Some of these symptoms are refuted by trained medical personnel and do require formal diagnosis. If you think you, or someone you know may have a contagious disease, it is recommended that they been seen by someone with knowledge and authority on such topics.
Individuals who may conduct a diagnosis and prescribe cures:
- Thomas Morton
- Evie Hunt
- Archibald MacMurphy
- Eugenie de la Livorniere
- Germaine Hollis
- Ida Jennet Walker
- Jorie Trudeau
- Great Woman
- Dream Keeper
Each of these individuals has different specialties and can only diagnose and remedy certain diseases. Some diseases may not have cures.
Most of the diseases listed previously are contagious. Getting sick and getting cured allow role play opportunities for the ill as well as the doctors and healers! It’s all fake disease and some plots are tied to illnesses, so, please don’t let the fear of catching something stop you from playing, let it encourage you to play more. Diseases do not incubate and remove any characters from game.
In the event that you have meaningful contact with someone: A lingering handshake, a kiss, ‘relations’, present for a long coughing bout (let’s put those gamer sniffles to good plot use!), or some other reasonable facsimile, please fill out a Contagious Disease Card (CDC). You simply have to fill out your character name, the character name you were in contact with, the type of interaction you had, and the time of the interaction (closest guess is fine).
GMs will see if the disease spreads and update any healers and/or doctors as necessary.
Diagnosis and Cures
Each doctor or healer has access to some cures for some diseases. They do not have all the cures for all the diseases. Some diseases may not even have cures! Good thing there is science- some potential cures could be discovered during game, so stay on the lookout for adventures and opportunities to acquire those.
Some cures may be scientific and some cures may be magical.
Each healer or doctor has been given a list of symptoms and any diseases they have medical knowledge of. Some have more than others. A doctor can examine your symptoms and offer you a diagnosis based on what they know. They may decide that based on what they know they have an available remedy for you. If you receive treatment for your symptoms from a doctor, please complete a Treatment Card.
GMs will verify the treatment matches the disease and respond by giving you an updated Symptom Card.