In recent years, everything has been peaceful until today. A new disease was recently discovered that is now known as Crystalscourge. So far, there have only been three confirmed cases. All three of the people who have the disease are young males who are from the Final Fantasy series. Not much is known about this mysterious disease as of yet but there are some symptoms of this disease that have been recorded.
Symptoms of Crystalscourge
The victim’s hair will start to turn white at first however this is only during the first minor stages of the disease. It only gets worse from there as next, the victim’s blood will start to slowly crystalize which will result in something that isn’t good. The victim’s eye color will also change to a paler version of their original eye color and they will become noticeably paler in appearance. The final stage of this disease will result in the victim unwillingly enter a death like sleep. The final stage happens when every drop of blood in the victim’s body has crystallized.
These facilities are where those who have Crystalscourge are taken in hopes that a cure will be found for this disease. The people who are brought to these facilities are treated with kindness and affection in order to keep them calm. Each day, those who have Crystalscourge will have a small amount of their uncrystallized blood drawn by workers at the facilities in order to help find a cure. There are other tests that are run as well in order to get a better understanding of the Crystalscourge disease.
The Final Stage
As stated before, the final stage of Crystalscourge forces the disease’s victims to enter a deathlike sleep. However, it also forcibly removes the victim’s soul from their body. To help with this, the staff at the Research Facilities have created artificial bodies that are meant to house those disembodied souls while their original bodies are kept in a special location so that one day, the effects that the Crystalscourge had created can be treated.
Tidus was sitting at the windowsill and ended up sighing. He wanted to go outside but it was raining. He still had to get ready for the day however he didn’t know about how he had Crystalscourge and how the disease was starting to affect him. He lived with Vaan and Bartz who both also had the disease but neither of them knew about it yet.
He went into the bathroom to get ready for the day. He freshened up before he looked in the mirror and screamed. Some of his hair had started to turn as white as the snow. “This isn’t good.” He said softly. He quickly ran out of the bathroom in a panic. What he didn’t know was that the authorities had arrived to drag him out of the house.
“Ti? Are you okay?” Vaan said.
“No I’m not and your hair is starting to turn white. That’s not good.” Tidus said.
“Oh really? Well your hair is starting to turn white as well.” Vaan said.
“I know. I was even supposed to have a Blitzball tournament today but now I guess that I can’t make it.” Tidus said.
“Not only that, we’re stuck here.” Bartz said.
“That’s bad. I guess that we’ll have to wait it out.” Tidus said.
Not long after that, the authorities burst into the house and grabbed Tidus, Vaan and Bartz. They then loaded the three on a truck and then drove to one of the research facilities where they dropped off those three. The three were then quickly ushered into the facility by some of the staff.
All three young males seemed to be nervous about their new situation however they all didn’t try to get away. They were led down the hall where they then changed into outfits that looked surprisingly similar to a kimono except for the fact that they were a pale blue in coloration. At least they weren’t only in their boxers. The three then exited the bathrooms and were led to one room.
Akemi was tensed as she walked through the streets. Everyone had thought she had the disease because of how white her hair was. She shivered as she walked the cold rainy streets of the village. Akemi was so scared to run into the authorities she always kept her hoodie hood up so no one could see her pure white hair. She had always been so skittish but this is the worse she had always been. Akemi had lived on the streets now for a while she was so unsure of if she had the disease because she couldn't tell by the first symptoms because of her hair color. Akemi bit her lip as she looked around frantically. [center -] As she walked around she straight on ran into someone knocking her hood off her head. Her hair was shown and everything now. [+red ''Shoot! i-im so sorry..''] she muttered as she looked up at the person. The person looked so angry. She started to back away slowly. [center -] Akemi started to run for it before she started being chased by those of authority. She started to shiver a bit more as she collapsed for exhaustion.
“I just want to go home...” Tidus said softly. He sighed and bit his lip. He was taken by some of the staff for a blood test which he was anything but happy about. He started to hiss and growl. He didn’t like being handled however soon, the staff had taken a bit of his blood before they applied a pressure bandage to his arm to prevent the site where the needle pierced his vein from bleeding anymore. After that, he was brought back to the room where he was supposed to stay with Vaan and Bartz.
Bartz and Vaan also had some of their blood taken. Both of them were much more calmer than Tidus was, however. They didn’t hiss or put up a fight.
“It wasn’t all that bad. In fact, I didn’t feel any pain while my blood was being drawn.” Vaan said. He looked at Bartz who had said the exact same thing.
Akemi was soon taken into custody and taken to the research facility. She put up a fight but failed and was thrown into the back of a large scary van. She started to cry as she was taken into the building. [+red ''Please!! I'm not sick!!''] Akemi screamed as she was dragged in. She wanted to be let go and be on her way. Akemi was freaked out once they gave her a change of clothes and brought her back to take her blood. She was terrified of needles being near her.
Akemi clawed one of the nurses as they came at her with the needle to draw her blood. [+red ''Stay away!!!''] she hissed as she tried to run away from them. Akemi's ears were droopy as a sign of her being scared. She looked for a place to stay hidden for a while. Akemi started to panic.
Akemi soon noticed people and got alarmed over seeing them but they looked harmless. She shakily went up to them unsure of their intentions. [+red ''D-do y-you know a w-way out of h-here?..''] she stuttered
“Unfortunately, my friends and I all have Crystalscourge so we can’t leave. The people here are only trying to research the disease.” Vaan said.
One of the staff members walks towards Akemi and gave her a swift apology. They apologized for the actions of the authorities and explained that she didn’t have Crystalscourge but Vaan, Bartz and Tidus did.
[+red ''Re-really?..''] she asked them before the staff came up to her. Akemi was still tensed up as she looked at the lady. [+red ''I-i forgive you guys..''] she muttered as she looked around looking for a way out still.
“Well, Tidus is just a heavy sleeper in general.” Vaan said before he ended up laughing. He had remembered the time when Bartz woke up Tidus by tickling him. He remembered how Tidus wasn’t too pleased during that day.