"God has forsaken his most loyal followers right in the heart of the most religious place on Earth."
The Blood Plague, also known as the Blood Eye Virus is a disease with strange, unknown origins. Named due to its most obvious symptom -- the bloodying of the victim's eyes to the point where it overflows, pours out, and even obscures vision -- the virus was responsible for the deaths of over one million people just during the outbreak in Rome. It is known to be extremely infectious as well as airborne.
The Blood Plague's most prominent feature is the most obvious and foremost one; during very early stages of the disease, the victim's eyes begin to blurry up as blood rushes to them and pours out.
However, there are deadlier, more important symptoms for its victims to worry about. As the disease develops in its host body, the victim begins to experience great fatigue while still being able to push themselves to their normal limits, creating a very strange sensation. Additionally, their skin becomes extremely pale, and their veins fill to the brim, causing an extremely unique and unusual appearance across the body.
Furthermore, the victim of the Blood Plague will eventually start to shake uncontrollably, causing even the most basic of physical tasks to become a chore for all. The infected, in the final stages of the disease, will begin to vomit blood, causing extreme loss of the valuable substance as well as dehydration and starvation. The Blood Plague will finally kill its victim from within in a matter of around one week at best. The luckiest have survived no longer than two weeks.
Outbreak in Rome, Italy
The first and only recorded outbreak of the Blood Plague occurred in 2026 in Rome, the capital of Italy. Following an important half-decade of intense political civil war, the incident's final death count was never fully confirmed. However, the best guess of the Italian government was somewhere over at least one million. The city was successfully quarantined by the Italian military after the appointment of Aulus Aurelius to the title of Imperator. However, the armed forces did not have the resources to handle the outbreak on their own. The Imperator called upon Cerberus Contracting to look into the incident.
Through the valiant and constant efforts of the medical research team in the private military company, Cerberus was able to create a cure for the deadly disease. Utilizing Hellhound as subject zero, the Sanctuary's elite medical members worked day and night to perfect it. The cure was distributed throughout Rome via two dispersion devices, allowing the remaining Italian people a slow recovery.