In the annals of weird diseases that afflict the people of this world, this is probably one of the strangest. The Dualysis disease manifests itself by evaluating the body and creating a non-living duplicate of it. The strangest part is that the person afflicted with the disease still remains alive and there doesn’t seem to be any permanent damage. There is some speculation that this could be a form of a symbiote that is trying to make a new body but there is no evidence that that is true.
When someone is affected by this disease, they start becoming extremely lethargic. Most of their energy seems to be drained and they tend to spend a lot of time bed-ridden. After a certain amount of time, a small wound appears at the end of the fingers of one hand. A mucous membrane seems to constantly exude from that wound and, after a while starts fashioning itself into the same type of race as the afflicted. The main body gets weaker and weaker. If the mucus membrane is cut-off and the wound is sealed, it will reopen and the process starts over.
If the process is allowed to continue to the end, there will be two identical people conjoined at the ends of the hand. The wound is then immediately closed causing the bodies to separate. The new body seems to have all of the same organs and be almost a complete duplicate.
How and why this disease developed is a totally mystery.
Image Size: 8” wide x 10” tall
Matted 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) with archival matting