Dwarfs, disease and Runes

From: Ian Gorlick (igorlick@nortelnetworks.com)
Date: Tue 10 Aug 1999 - 00:36:49 EEST


        I don't think that dwarves are individually that much more resistant
to disease than other races. They live in rather crowded conditions, so they
are probably actually more vulnerable to epidemics than most people.
However, they have a very well-controlled society, so they can use public
health regulations that nobody else would tolerate.

        When disease breaks out in a dwarf community, there is an immediate
quarantine imposed. All areas that are infected are closed off and nobody
crosses the lines. Transmission is now confined to the areas already
infected. A brutal triage system is employed. Valued craftsmen are treated
with all available resources, if they don't recover then they are recycled.
Replaceable workers who are ill are recycled before they can infect anyone
else. Those who haven't shown symptoms are kept in quarantine until they get
sick (and then recycled) or the epidemic burns out.

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