Diseases and Maladies of Equestria Aug 18, 2014 6:27:39 GMT -6
Post by Whammy on Aug 18, 2014 6:27:39 GMT -6
General Pony Diseases
Earth Pony Diseases
Due to the presence and usage of magic within unicorns, there are a wide variety of possible illnesses and injuries that are unique to them. Possible maladies that may befall a unicorn may include:
It may be possible that a unicorn’s horn is damaged in some form and a crack forms. This disables the unicorn’s ability to cast spells, though pure magical energy may leak from the crack. Treatment requires a specialized cast to prevent the leakage and allow for the horn to heal on its own. Some spells or potions maybe used to speed up the process.
Primarily occurs as a psychological disorder, the unicorn finds they are unable to cast magic, either individual spells or all together, no matter how much they try. Curiously, this inability to cast magic does not seem to cause magical buildup. Therapy may be necessary to discover the cause of the psychological block.
Occurs when unicorns refrain from using magic for a period of time, allowing the magic to build up. Can cause headaches and insomnia from the extra energy. Discharge of magic is the treatment.
When unicorns get hiccups, there is a chance that they may induce involuntary discharges of magic. Normally it is nothing more serious than simple spells such as telekinesis, but particularly skilled unicorns may accidentally discharge more powerful spells. May be cured the same way as hiccups are. A similar problem can occur with sneezing fits.
A series of blisters appears on the unicorn. Not only are they irritatingly itchy, like good old fashioned chicken pox, but attempting to scratch the areas may irritate the blisters enough to discharge random spells. Ointment may provide relief from the itching and allow the disease to run it’s course.
When a unicorn uses too much magic in to short of a time, they risk the possibility of using up all their magic and overchanneling. Completely drained of their magic, the unicorn suffers severe migraines and fatigue, requiring several days’ worth of rest in order to recover and buildup their reserves of magic.
Similar problems can arise anytime a major spell is used, with the effort possibly causing disorientation, headaches, nausea or vomiting, and fatigue. This more moderate form of overchanneling is sometimes called a "magical hangover."
Overheating occurs when a unicorn fires off a lot of spells, usually lower energy ones, in rapid succession or sustaining one spell for a period of time. The constant surges of magic in the horn causes it to “heat up”, causing the horn to become warm to the touch. This can cause irritation at the point where the horn attaches to the rest of the head. Refraining from magic and allowing the horn to cool is the easiest treatment, though if particularly steaming may require some assistance.