Something dark and unpleasant moves in the mouth. They are rendered completely mute, save for occasional clicking sounds apparently emanating from deep within the throat.
A single bite/injection is enough to permanently infect a character, and the affliction progressively gets worse.
As the infection progresses, the player will be prompted with messages about their state. The dormant stage of the infection (up to 40 strength) has no adverse side effects. However, the medium stage will prevent usage of both text and voice chat, and develop an immunity to pressure along with the ability to breathe underwater, allowing the player to freely swim in the Europan Ocean without a Diving Suit. Later in the infection, a stinger-like appendage will grow in the character's throat, and can be used to attack (middle mouse button or R) and spread the infection to other characters or creatures. At the last stage, the player will faint and have seizures while dying of internal damage, and after dying they will rise back from the dead as an NPC Husk. Husks don't revive after being killed.
In the absence of a treatment, the dormant stage will last 133 seconds (up to 40 infection strength) and the middle stage will last another 200 seconds (reaching 100 infection strength), turning the target into a Husk 5 mn 33 seconds after the bite/injection.
The best known treatment for a husk infection is Calyxanide. It will heal 40 infection strength in 10 seconds (or 20 in 20 seconds in case of failure), therefore several uses may be required to completely remove the infection. (doing so grants the player the "I am the cure" Achievement). If the infection strength wasn't brought down to 0, it will resume its progression once the treatment wears off. Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics are slightly less effective, healing 30 infection strength (or 15 in case of failure) in 60 seconds. However, they have the benefit of granting the patient temporary immunity to the Husk parasite and may therefore be injected pre-emptively.
Neither treatment will be effective after the transformation, and Calyxanide will even deal heavy damage to Husks.
|Affliction||Limb Specific?||Scaled to Vitality?||If left alone||Strength Range||Effects||TreatmentsSkill||CausesSkill|
|No||No||Grows (+0.3/s)||0 - 40
Hidden Affliction icon
| Calyxanide (-100 | -60)* 38
Broad-spectrum Antibiotics (-30 | -15)* 25
|Velonaceps Calyx Eggs (+0.3/s)* -|
|40 - 100
Special infectious attack
Unable to chat/radio
Death at 100 strength
- The name of the achievement for curing another player is most likely a reference to SCP-049, from SCP: Containment Breach, who also says "I am the cure". This is also enforced by the fact that the achievement's image is a medieval plague doctor, like how SCP-049 looks.