Azam fever

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Named after the first Nasheenian breeding compound on the northern coast, Azam fever is most commonly contracted by career breeders at the compounds. Current organic theory posits that it is caused by an adverse reaction to the de-hexing and subsequent serum injections and innoculations given to women at the compounds to prevent stillbirths and mutations and encourage multiple births.

It is contracted by roughly 3% of women entering the compounds, and fatal in just 5% of those cases. Symptoms include severe nausea, vomiting, and discoloration of the skin, followed by several days of intense and increasing fever. Those whose fevers subside in 2-3 days typically survive. In the final stages, blood seeps from the nose and mouth, and vital organs begin to bleed and burst within the body. At this point, most women are euthanized and their bodies harvested for any remaining viable organs, including embryos.


When she’d gotten back from the front after being reconstituted, the government had plowed over her mother’s homestead in Mushirah and put up a munitions factory. The locals later burned the factory down and reclaimed the farmland, but her mother had died of Azam fever when she relocated to a breeding farm on the coast. She was dead and buried long before Nyx was reconstituted.