Rabies (3.5e Disease)

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Name: Rabies (Ex)
Infection DC: 26 (Injury)
Incubation: 1 day
Damage: Confusion or permanent ability damage, possibly paralyzed or death (2-10 days)

Rabies is also known as hydrophobia. Rabies is caused by the bite or scratch (and subsequent salival dripping onto) of an infected animal.

Rabies causes slight or partial paralysis, brain dysfunction, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, agitation, general weird behavior, paranoia, terror, hallucinations, and delirium. The body produces a lot of tears (from the eyes) and saliva, and during the later stages the person may not be able to speak or swallow. Death occurs within 2-10 days (usually after lapsing into a coma); there is a cure for rabies in the modern era, but in medieval times it was 100% lethal.

If the PC fails the check by more than 5 points, s/he suffers 1d6 Con damage (permanent) but gains a +2 to his or her Str score (as a result of frenzied behavior).

If the PC fails the check by more than 10 points, s/he becomes paralyzed and may only be healed through divine means, or suffer death.

If the PC rolls a natural 1, s/he attempts to bite those who come near him or her, possible spreading the disease.



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