The Corpse’s Revenge is a kind of fungal parasite that kills it’s victims within hours.In most cases the victims are vultures, hyenas and other scavanging beasts of the plain, but occasionly it can enter a human though accident or poisoning. A teaspoonful of the spores are enough to kill.
For between an hour and a day, depending on the size, health and strength of whoever has ingested the spores,
they do no harm. The first sign of trouble in a human, sentinent race or large animal is a raging thirst.Drinking water or other liquid will cause the fibres which have invaded the throat to grow and swell, choking off the airway. Eating raw grain or other *sharp* food will rip the fungus and in the short term will restore breathing, before it regrows tougher then before and blocks the throat totally, leading to death within three minites.
Most healing potions will actually make the fungus grow even faster, whilst acids will destroy the fungus but burn the throat as well.
Once the host is dead, the fungus fruits inside the body, like a huge puffball. Within a few hours it has in effect turned the body into a booby-trap, whilst inhibiting decay for up to six months. When something, be it a scavanger, grave robbers or people who tread on it by mistake, disturb the body, it bursts open, scattering body parts and spores into the air for several feet in every direction. By the time the victim/s are affected by the fungus, they have normally moved far from the scene of infection.The spores are tasteless and can be added to food or drink if care is taken by the poisoner to avoid inhaling them.
In the case of nobles who were buried in ornate tombs with great riches, the tombs were often robbed within weeks or months of the funeral.Certain cultures have poisoned criminals or sacraficial victims with the spores of the Corpse’ Revenge and left them in the tomb passages as a deadly threat to would be grave-robbers.