Over time, this disease will slowly dissolve the flesh of any elemental or human. The weird part about it was that a skin would start growing over the rotting flesh. This seemed to preserve the integrity of the body while allowing the disease to continue eating away at the tissue.
When a person is first afflicted with the disease, their skin seems to itch more so than usual. As they scratch at it, the infected area spreads and a burning sensation starts. At this time, they’ll notice that part of their skin becomes a bit translucent and they can see the internal parts of their body. In reality, what they are seeing is a clear membrane left over after the disease has consumed the skin tissue. The membrane is not nearly as strong as skin and can be easily broken. If that happens, more membranes are spread so that the wound is closed.
As the disease spreads throughout the tissue structure, the body becomes more and more vulnerable to open wounds and breaks in the membrane. Eventually, there are too many open wounds and the body collapses. It is unknown why the disease does not attack the internal organs but only the external tissue.
Image Size: 11” wide x 14” tall
Original Pencil Drawing on Bristol Paper
Signed by Doug Hoppes (artist)
Provided with separate Bainbridge Clay Coated Archival Foam Board (1/8” thickness)