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|“||Have pity for those afflicted. But a warning - pity them from afar.||„|
|~ The Heart|
Weepers are sufferers of the rat plague in the last stages of the disease.
What is a Rat Plague?
Rat Plague (called "The Doom of Pandyssia" by the Heart) is a fatal rodent-borne contagious epidemic, responsible for the decimation of the population of Dunwall during the events of Dishonored. According to studies conducted by Doctor Galvani, the plague has an unusual migration pattern: the oldest strains of the disease exist in the city's slums and other impoverished districts, rather than the docks, the most likely location for invasive foreign pests to have entered the city.
Corvo Attano eventually discovers that the rat plague that produced Weepers was introduced to Dunwall by Royal Spymaster Hiram Burrows as a means of putting an end to poverty and slums in the city, with of course tragic and catastrophic results.
Their capacity for thought and reasoning is greatly diminished from the plague-fever. As such, weepers are less aware of their surroundings and easier to sneak past; Corvo can bypass them with little effort.
Weepers have discolored skin and subconjunctival hemorrhages, which causes blood to drip from their eyes in a tear-like fashion, hence their name. Weepers are very gaunt, have blood on their chests and faces, vomit black sludge, and often experience hair loss. Decreased immune functioning also leaves weepers susceptible to parasites, which burrow and hatch inside their bodies. The resulting insects will sting anyone who comes too close to the afflicted. Rats will not attack weepers, even when summoned by Corvo with Devouring Swarm, due to their advanced stage of infection.
It is believed by some that weepers are not actually hostile, and their "attacks" are really desperate attempts to seek aid from uninfected humans. However, the Heart reveals that at least some weepers, embittered with their predicaments, have chosen to spend their last moments infecting any uninfected they encounter out of sheer spite: Weepers will attack survivors if they spot them, even those meaning no harm to them.
In combat, weepers will run up to Corvo and attack. Due to lack of any significant defense and their simple combat tactics, weepers are easily defeated with any conventional weapons. It is also possible to avoid them altogether, as weepers do not actively search the area around them.
- Weepers do not react upon spotting unconscious bodies or corpses.
- Guards will attack weepers on sight, and as such, weepers can be used as distractions to allow Corvo time to escape from the area.