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15th Century Rat Catching Bag
15th Century Rat Catching Bag

Origin

The Black Death

Type

Bag

Effects

Can eradicate epidemic(s), cure diseases

Downsides

Spawns rats

Activation

Opening bag

Collected by

Kalvin Chan

Section

Telesphorus-474U

Aisle

47421-7739-02H

Shelf

77390-225-024

Date of Collection

April 17, 2012

[Source]


OriginEdit

In the 15th century, rat catchers were hired when the rat population was becoming a problem. At the time of the Plague, people never connected rats to the illness, even though they were as likely to die from it as the people themselves. However, older cultures seemed to have some grasp of the connection between the vermin and disease, including the Greeks and Palestinians.

An obscure Swedish bishop, Bengt Knuttson, in his book, A Litil Boke for the Pestilence, put forward the novel theory that dirt, ‘fleys’ and vermin spread diseases, specifically the Bubonic Plague. This was not generally accepted until scientists confirmed in 1897 that fleas, riding on rats, were carrying the deadly disease.

EffectsEdit

This bag was imbued with the sorrow of Europe during the Black Death and gained the ability to eradicate epidemics, as well as cure any disease. Opening the bag will cause an apparition of a rat to appear from the mouth of an infected person and they will be cured of disease, though rats with the disease will appear inside the bag whenever it is used.

CollectionEdit

Discovered at a hospital in Toronto when a nurse used it to cure all of its patients instantaneously, but caused a massive rat infestation. Kalvin Chan was sent to retrieve it.

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