View Full Version : Help creating a fictional Plague!!

07-28-2013, 10:30 PM
I am building a world for my d&d group and i wanted to put in a plague or disease. So far all i really have is a name either "The Grey Death" or "the Wasting Plague" that could change tho if i see something better. the Edition is 3.5. looking for something pretty bad on par with the black plague.

07-29-2013, 10:30 PM
hmm, there are a number of sicknesses described in the monster manuals, some in the psionics books, and a few other supplements.

i have my own set of customized sicknesses unique to their various worlds.

in 3.x terms, sicknesses are usually described the same way poisons are. maybe you could have a bad sickness require a number of saves over the course of days or weeks.

07-31-2013, 06:44 AM
This chart is one I compiled from various sources including a list from what I think was an official CDC or WHO brochure (don't quote me). I sorted it based on the 6 month lethality column, but keep in mind it is averaged out over the life of each epidemic, some of which are potentially prehistoric and are still occurring.


08-01-2013, 09:54 AM
yeah, there are one or two labs in the US that have live colonies of the black plague for 'purposes of finding a cure'.

08-26-2013, 08:22 PM
Remember in a D&D setting the names would not be on par with what we call our diseases. They would have simple names,plague, the boils, The shivers, something plain and simple. Take what the disease does, color, symptom and incorporate it into the name. The Grey Shakes, Black Blood disease etc..

08-27-2013, 08:26 AM
Hey SneakSneakStabStab

Found this:

Yes, for D&D 3.5 the Pathfinder Adventure Path "Curse of the Crimson Throne (http://paizo.com/pathfinder/adventurePath/curseOfTheCrimsonThrone)" deals with a plague in the city of Korvosa and they've published some various rules for diseases and plagues. Specifically, Seven Days to the Grave (http://paizo.com/pathfinder/v5748btpy7zdd) has an article entitled "Plague and Pestilence: Diseases of Fantasy and Reality", which besides having diseases and gear relevant to diseases has some treatment of larger scale plagues (outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics). Then they updated those rules to Pathfinder as part of the Affliction rules in general and added a lot of real-world tropical diseases in the recent Heart of the Jungle (http://paizo.com/store/downloads/pathfinder/pathfinderChronicles/pathfinderRPG/v5748btpy8evh&source=search) supplement.And lucky for you, a lot of that has found its way into the Disease section of the Pathfinder SRD (http://www.d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/afflictions#TOC-Diseases)!Here's how it works, I'll illustrate with my favorite sample disease, dysentery.
A broad family of intestinal afflictions caused by everything from bacteria to viruses to parasitic worms, dysentery is characterized by explosive and sometimes bloody diarrhea, leading to dehydration and occasionally death.
Type disease (parasite), contact or injury; Save Fortitude DC 16
Onset 1d3 days; Frequency 1/day
Effect 1d6 nonlethal damage and target is fatigued and staggered; Cure 2 consecutive saves

This means that when you're exposed you have to make a Fort save DC 16 or else you get the disease and it manifests symptoms in 1d3 days. You make a new save every day once it manifests and if you fail you take 1d6 nonlethal and are fatigued and staggered. You have to make 2 consecutive saves to get better; with this one it doesn't run its course otherwise.

08-27-2013, 08:48 AM
Do a Google search for the free 3.5E PDF called "The Burning Plague". Its a short adventure that deals with a plague spreading through a small town. It also gives XP for how players deal with the plague.

Another one to search for the Pathfinder Society adventure The Palllid Plague.

The Plague of Nyrathoth by Guildhouse Games is d20.

This first one from Gnome Stew is pretty in-depth.




08-27-2013, 10:47 AM
I'm intermittently working on a politics and intrigued-focused black powder game (similar in some respects to ASoIaF) in which there's a disease called Face Rot- or goghamo ger (pron. gormer gesh) in the language of the gameworld- which is part way between the bubonic plague and leprosy. It usually starts in the face- hence the name- but rapidly spreads across the rest of the body, causing the skin to pustulate and smell of decay. However, though it spreads quickly, sufferers take a long time to die, living in some cases for up to a month. Meanwhile, they are shunned by the local populace, including their own family, not because it's so contagious- like HIV you have to actually have an exchange of fluids to catch it- but because its victims are believed to bring bad luck, as well as it's being (very unfairly) considered shameful. You're more than welcome to borrow it :D.