Similar to ghoul fever, a victim infected by the abyssal plague, either through the ingestion of or contact with Voidharrow, exposure to the blood of another infected creature, or the attacks/death throes of a plague demon, could develop symptoms of the disease and transform upon their death.
Plague demons were under the control of the voidharrow, the sentient Abyss located in another universe. The voidharrow desired to spread the abyssal plague across all known worlds, including Toril.
There were five known types of plague demon:
- Animated corpses
- Formed from a creature infected by the abyssal plague who died from a cause other than the disease itself.
- Abyssal plague demons
- The most frequently documented carriers of the plague, usually roughly humanoid in appearance in accordance with the disease's most common victims.
- Abyssal plague swarms
- Hive minds of tiny demonic insects spawned from orbs found near areas experiencing the plague.
- Resembling spiders, swarmbringers were more intelligent and could infect the ground around them if they were killed.
- Voidharrow doomcallers
- Capable of infecting entire countries by itself, doomcallers communicated directly with the voidharrow and could launch plague-filled spores into the air.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Michael E. Shea (July 2011). “Creature Incarnations: Abyssal Plague Demons”. Dungeon #192 (Wizards of the Coast).
- ↑ Bruce R. Cordell (April 2011). Sword of the Gods. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0786957392.
- ↑ Erik Scott de Bie (Sept 27. 2011). Shadowbane. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0-7869-5802-3.
- ↑ Pieter Sleijpen and Chris Sims (2012). The Elder Elemental Eye. (Wizards of the Coast).
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