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The Plague Doctor
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The Plague Doctor, as it appears in The North Woods Project

Fear Of...

Disease, Contagion

Domain

The Crumbling Castle

Servants

Oathbreakers

First Appearance

Quiet Cacophony

The Plague Doctor is the first portrayal of the Fear of Disease. Very little is known about its motivations outside of spreading disease wherever it appears, although it seems to be sentient enough to target specific individuals. As its name suggests, this creature wears a beak-nosed mask (though some debate it may truly be its face) and a long black robe similar to the ones worn by physicians who treated the Black Death. According to The Archive, he did not always appear like this and probably adopted this form in response to the black plague of Europe. In some stories, his presence will instead manifest as a mental disorder or hypochondria.

It often enjoys going to festivities involving costumes such as carnivals, as it can spread diseases among the patrons without seeming unusual. It can sometimes be heard chuckling to himself, but rarely makes a sound other than this. An appearance of the Plague Doctor has also been known to cause plants to wither away as he walks past them.

The Plague Doctor often has servants called Oathbreakers. Greater Oathbreakers are called Mad Doctors, while lesser Oathbreakers are called Plague Bearers or Night Surgeons.

His domain is the Crumbling Castle.

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