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HMHVV (or Human-Metahuman Vampiric Virus) is a retrovirus that achieves its full virulence and power only in a magic-rich environment—such as post-Awakening Earth. The virus itself has existed throughout history and even expressed in very rare instances during the relatively magic-poor Fifth World. When a metahuman’s immune system fails to stave off infection, the virus begins to systematically re-shape their auras and genetic code—transforming them into forms reminiscent of the night-stalking monsters of legend.

The presence of HMHVV in a subject’s body can be determined by the Harz-Greenbaum blood series or simply testing for the virus itself.

Human Vampire Loup-garou Nosferatu
Elf Banshee Harvester
Dwarf Goblin Gnawer
Ork Wendigo Grendel
Troll Dzoo-noo-qua Fomóraig Mutaqua
Sasquatch Jabberwock

A || Bandersnatch || —

Engineered Chupacabra
Koala unknown Drop Bear

C || —

HMHVV III always turns its victims into Ghouls.
A Apocryphal     C Uninfected carrier
Critter Metatype Height
Bandersnatch Sasquatch 300 300
Banshee Elf 190 72
Chupacabras 120 45
Drop Bear 75 10
Dwarf Dwarf 120 54
Dzoo-noo-qua Troll 250 393
Elf Elf 190 80
Fomóraig Troll 285 480
Ghoul Human 175 93
Ghoul Dwarf 120 63
Ghoul Elf 190 93
Ghoul Ork 190 148
Ghoul Troll 250 348
Ghoul Sasquatch 300 348
Gnawer Dwarf 120 63
Goblin Dwarf 120 45
Grendel Ork 200 176
Harvester Elf 190 106
Human Human 175 78
Jabberwock Sasquatch 300 300
Loup-garou Human 175 106
Mutaqua Troll 250 441
Nosferatu Human 175 70
Ork Ork 190 128
Sasquatch Sasquatch 300 300
Troll Troll 250 300
Vampire Human 175 78
Wendigo Ork 230 178

HMHVV I[edit | edit source]

Ghilani Vrykolakivididae, the primary strain, was isolated in 2034 by Dr. Emil Harz and Dr. Carla Greenbaum.

The “basic” form of the virus. It affects all forms of metahumanity, transforming the infected into various new paraspecies depending on their base stock. Despite these differences, all vampiric variants created by the base strain suffer from chronic essence loss. Current theories surmise that this condition is similar to the essence loss caused by the implantation of cyberware—in short, the discrepancy between the subject’s “natural” state and their current transformed state affects a being on some fundamental level that disrupts their body/spirit interaction. Though most admit this utterly fails to explain those infected by variant strains and who do not suffer from the condition.

  • Humans (and very rarely other metatypes) become vampires — they have many of the classic abilities and vulnerabilities, but are not necessarily limited by holy items.
  • Dwarves (all variants) become goblins — a pack creature, much reduced in intellectual abilities.
  • Elves (all variants) become banshees — a solitary, sentient hunter.
  • Orks (all variants) become wendigos — they feed on human flesh and look like white Sasquatches.
  • Trolls (all variants) become dzoo-noo-qua — a massive, deformed, burning-eyed hulk of a humanoid.
  • Sasquatch become JabberwocksApocryphal
  • Centaurs become Chirons
  • Merrow become Nbiinaabe
  • Naga become Lamias

Only vampires and wendigos can infect others. Banshee, goblins, and dzoo-noo-qua, though created by the virus, do not pass the infection on to their victims.

HMHVV IA[edit | edit source]

Ghilani Vrykolakivididae-Dae Sanguissuga, aka the Bruckner-Langer strain, was isolated in 2046 by Dr. Wilhelm Bruckner and Dr. Günther Langer .

Though fatal to most metahuman subspecies, humans so infected express as Nosferatu vampires.

Recently, some small number of infected trolls have survived and expressed as mutaqua. It is not yet known if these cases are a mutation, or the result of experimentation.

In one instances, an infected elf survived and expressed as a Nosferatu. This was proven dependent on one particular and extremely-rare blood type found only in particular human and elf subtypes. The bloodtype itself also proves fatal in vitro to any infected dwarf, ork, or troll fetus.

HMHVV II[edit | edit source]

Ghilani Moneriviridae, aka the Jarka-Criscione strain, was isolated in 2039 by Dr. John Russell Jarka and Dr. Michelle Criscione . This strain was originally called Jarka-Criscione because it was only known to affect two metatypes; Jarka's Syndrome which created fomóraig from trolls, and Criscione Syndrome which created loup-garou from humans.[1]

In 2069 the first harvester was discovered in Houston. In 2070 the first grendel was discovered in Pittsburgh. In 2071 that first gnawer was discovered in Chicago.[2]

Another, and poorly-understood, variant of the retrovirus; HMHVV II is more common than HMHVV I and is most commonly spread from being bitten or scratched by a carrier. It can also be spread by unprotected contact with infected bodily fluids and an open wound.[3]

HMHVV II is the only known variant of the virus that is able to infect a non-metahuman species, that being the sasquatch .

HMHVV III[edit | edit source]

Ghilani Wichtiviridae, aka the Krieger strain, was isolated in 2051 by Dr. Jeffrey Krieger .

The strain that creates ghouls. It is the most virulent form of HMHVV, and infection can be passed on through a bite, scratch, or even just touch if the target has open wounds. A Krieger infection can be passed on through contact with any bodily fluids from one already infected.

The Krieger strain has also been shown to possess geographically localized variants that create distinct ghoul sub-species such as the long-limbed sasabonsam of the African nation of Asamando.

HMHVV III can result in partial infection and requires no essence exchange between the infected and the carrier for the disease to be passed on. At first, these unique traits of the disease led to the mistaken conclusion that the ghoul transformation was a form of Goblinization—though that has since been disproven.

Regional variations[edit | edit source]

HMHVV III has also been shown to possess geographically-localized variants that create distinct ghoul sub-species based not on metatype but on race:

Diagnosis[edit | edit source]

HMHVV III infection can be diagnosed with a standard medical test. [1]

Cure[edit | edit source]

Although it has been worked on for years, a cure for the infection, which would also include a retransformation of the infected, has not been found. Vaccine protection seems not possible for the time being.

For example, the attempt of the dog shaman Twist failed to heal his Wendigo altered sister through powerful, ritualistic magic . [2]

Of course, not all infected persons regard themselves as ill and would defend themselves against a "normalization" of their condition.

Relationship to Metamorphosis[edit | edit source]

Whether part of the metamorphosis or not, the infected have a hard time among their former fellow human beings. This is mainly due to their food habits. All infected are in one form or another reliant on meta / human life energy. The multiple prejudices that circulate about the infected on the basis of myths do the rest.

References[edit | edit source]

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  1. o11587182Running Wild p.60
  2. o11587182Running Wild p.60
  3. o02196230Run Faster p.143

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