Tales from the Frontier
It was a terrible mistake that brought the world to its knees, and still continues to haunt me even to this day. I helped usher these things into this world. I do not seek forgiveness, as I know what I have done is beyond such things. I only hope that my research can aid those that follow to end what should have never been.
- Doctor Abraham Musk, Former Magos Biologis
+++ INCOMING TRANSMISSION +++
+++ DATE: 0176.02.11
+++ SOURCE: Magos Biologis Musk
+++ DESTINATION: Genetor Extremis Razul
+++ REF: EWT/2865886/STX - The Nature of the Strix
+++ THOUGHT: "Opinions Always Pass; Facts Remain Eternal"
+++ PROCESSING +++
Please find attached the requested documentation of my findings following the examination of subject STX-57.
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The Strix, as known as Alstrisker by some after the first test subjects chosen by His Holiness, are flesh-eating creatures resulting from the parasitic possession of a host creature by a spirit driven only by the need to devour and propagate.
The Strix pathogen has it’s roots in the Novaris pathogen that, with it’s ability to cause a build-up of spiritual essence over time before causing the host to violently detonate, sparking the first flames of the Great War.
Unlike its predecessor, the Strix parasite is designed to do the opposite, with the implanted spirit devouring nearby ‘life essence’ without restraint. This consumption begins with the infected host’s higher cognitive functions, before spreading to the internal organs and extremities. The resulting appearance soon becoming what many immediately associate with a Strix.
This transformation is evident in the current subject. Once a healthy young man that worked the land outside the city walls, it has now, as seen in the attached image, developed a gaunt, almost corpse like appearance.
Examination of the current subject, much like the other members of his ‘species’ reveals that, whilst contrary to some theories presented by my colleagues (and the uneducated fools that patrol these halls), the Strix are still very much alive, although only in the broadest sense of the word. The ephemeral entity that inhabits the host creatures appears to sustain it in a limited fashion, with emphemological tests suggesting that the parasite produces a form of energy that allows the host body to remain animate despite physical injury or lack of nutrition. Further investigation is required.
The parasite’s need to feed forces the host creature to seek out and consume raw organic matter. Unusually, hosts appear to prefer consumption of other members of their species through cannibalism. However, if such a food source is unavailable, the Strix will not hesitate to seek out other potential sources of sustenance.
If sustenance is unavailable to the creature, the Strix can enter a form of hibernation, reawakening only when a suitable form of nourishment comes within proximity. These periods of hibernation have been recorded to last anywhere from a few hours, to several months, although theory suggests that this state could be sustained indefinitely if the host body is not disturbed or destroyed.
The presence of a Strix in a region also appears to have a degradative effect on the surrounding environment, resulting in the decay and eventual death of local flora, and causing previously fertile ground fallow. Larger numbers and duration of Strix presence only exacerbates this effect.
Additional field studies by my colleagues are being conducted in the field to measure this effect, and to observe and record Strix feeding patterns. Particular note has also been given to the reaction of Strix ‘newborns’ created from the spread of the contagion between the Strix and their victims.
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