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May 16

Worldbuilding Wednesday 5/16/18: Plague and Pestilence

Plague Doctor, by ChainclawofBloodClan

 

Many fantasies are set in a never-never-land of times gone by. Usually it’s Medieval Europe. But the Roman Empire, Bronze Age Britain, and Dynastic Egypt also get their times in the sun. All have one thing in common: the dearth of plagues. Which, admittedly, are hard to incorporate into uplifting adventure stories. They’re depressing, and tend to kill a lot of people, characters included, and thus derail plots and quests.

Diseases are easier to find as local color or plot devices. John Norman’s Gor series had a leprosy-like disease called Dar-Kosis, and Harry Potter, Dragon Pox. Grayscale features in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Should you need a quaintly named disease, plague or pestilence for plot purposes, here’s a randomly generated list of them.

Plagues


The Brown Wasting

Putrid Croup

Scratchpphleg

Black Ptomordis

Grim Pox

Agfulo

Red Colic

Heartblind

Brown Scurvinia

Black Choke

Spotted Chrothenia

Sprondophy

Wheat Hives

Blue Bulbs

Screaming Spasms

Softbones

Blue Chromordis

Ditch Grippe

Dancing Parula

Camp Death

Yellow Rot

Sprondopsy

Agenza

Laughing Boils

Black Cerewad

Dog’s Eye Effluvia

Cyanlera

Herpenza

Ureacropsy

Centipede Curse

Rotting Fever

Ceregra

Land Flux

Thin Plague

Dragon Catarrh

Rotting Canker

Catchscrat

Scrotflora

Red Malaise

Blood Fever

Liver Cramps

Scarlet Blindness

Summer Contagion

Scrotthae

Paraenza

White Chill

Brown Cropsy

Gringopsy

Dyspraxis

Sponge Pox

Speckled Plague

Scarlet Twitch

Blue Septis

Crock Hives

Bulbsy

Pule Ague

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