To: The Office of the Dean, Doctor Crowelley, Amaranthaea
CC: Department of Fine Arts, Department of the Ineffable Arts, Humanoid Resources, Department of Eng./Law
To whom it may concern,
A recent development, as I am sure many of you are aware of at this point, is a break somewhere within timelines that can be traced back to the expedition that took place more than a year ago. My own expedition. However, while the issue began as minute, it has grown exponentially and I would prefer to cap the issue before it has the chance to bottleneck, let alone overflow. It seems to be something that is far greater than we can even realize through our narrow lens.
These breaks that are constantly forming in our timeline have been releasing strange looking draconic figures into our world. They seem capable of surviving within the atmospehere, suggesting they are indeed from Azeroth, from sometime and somewhere unknown. Their scales suggest no specific flight: in fact, the opposite. The physical properties are ever changing, and they give off signs of a light background radiation, suggesting a Nether presence within them. They have been observed practicing powers of all flights by multiple eyewitness accounts. The Nether properties are indicative that this is some strange fusion of Twilight dragons with the Chromatic flight long experimented with. If this is truly the perfection of such an idea, then this spells a great amount of trouble. Were that not enough, however, it has been communicated to me through sources that this effect is caused by a disease. An infection of viral nature. It has also been communicated that this disease is capable of affecting nearly all organic material. The only instances I have noticed resistant to it are: ryegrass, talbuk, and elekk. Keep in mind, this list is very short due to few controlled experiments being tested, due to the risks.
The most worrying part of this is that something of this caliber is entirely unheard of; a viral contagion that is capable of altering the entire physical form beyond its original capabilities. While it is completely unknown as of now, how far this branches out, this effect is only evident within Dragonkin. The active forms of the infection are incredibly rapid, in terms of incubation, and mutation. Active forms have been observed to rapidly alter their structure, in most cases mimicing the structure of eukaryotes, making it incredibly difficult to process their DNA or derive a consistent structure. While I have found patterns, they are few and far between, and even inconsistent still. My present theory is that the nucleus of these "viral eukaryotes" we will call them, is entirely capable of replacing that of existing cells within the body, producing more cells of that variety, which causes a viral-borne carcinoma. This quickly metastatsizes to other parts of the body, particularly through the lungs and thus through the bloodstream. On the brightside, spread seems to only occur through infected dead through -direct- contact, meaning that touch is complete out of the question, unless you have protective equipment. The dying cells create more viral forms of itself capable of infection, meaning this is a very intelligent affliction.
- Incubation Period seems to be between two hours to ten hours, meaning this is very fast acting. Further testing required.
- Avoid touching deceased creatures without medical-grade equipment of at least two layers. Infection is not always obvious, but can be evident by purple hued flesh and skin.
- These draconic figures have been observed hovering over areas for hours at a time. It is advised to stay away- they are hostile and aggressive.
The source seems to be inactivated in only extreme conditions, such as anything above 560 degrees, or below -40. With very little living beings infected, treatments and medicines will be difficult to develop. Only inactive forms are being studied and modified with to determine a pattern to their rapid mutations. Due to the eukaryote-like structure, they have significantly more DNA than the average viral contagion would, such as influenza, allowing more wiggle room for mutations that effectively cause no different in the operation. A silver lining to this, however, with the rapid changes constantly occuring, this shows that there is very little room for evolution in how the viral eukaryote progresses. It has backed itself into a corner, and this rapid mutation will eventually be its own downfall. I am only a Bachelor of Medicine, meaning that virology is far from my specialty. As such, these studies conducted under my watch will be given directly to the King of Stormwind, the Council of Six of Dalaran, the Horde Council, and the Wyrmrest Accord, as well as any samples and any further studies done.
This memo is not cause for major concern. The best we can currently do is encourage safety among our faculty, students, and employees. Any further updates on the matter will be discussed immediately, as we continue to investigate this strange occurence. Bear in mind that this is not spread easily, so doing even the minimum steps to discourage infection will result in no extended troubles. Other than controlled situations, there is no currently known infections.
Further investigation of this emerging dragonflight will be conducted as soon as possible, as a means to gather information on the presumed source of this infection.
Department Head of Magical Arts and Sciences