Most bloodlines as old as the Phryte’s have genetic oddities, and even inherited diseases that “curse” the family tree. In the case of the Phryte family their disease was so horrifying that it was hidden away from the town and even from family members. Often misdiagnosed as adult on-set Polio, Bare Distortion Syndrome is debilitating painful illness that plagued the Phryte family throughout its history.
This gruesome family curse causes the human body to distort, and twist in a painful debilitating horror. Death was slow and the pain excruciating. Most of the family who contracted the disease either went mad or were driven to suicide by the pain long before the disease itself killed them. Over the decades, the Phryte family had donated millions of dollars to the local Sunnydale Hospital in hopes of finding a cure. Christened the Grievance Phryte Phryte Wing, most of the Sunnydale Hospital was devoted to finding a cure to this genetic disorder.
Then suddenly a wide spread disease hit Phryteville 1982 and filled the hospital past capacity. Almost overnight every room overflowed with the sick and dying. The symptoms of this plague were curiously similar to Bare Distortion Syndrome, but was transferred by casual contact rather than heredity. Hundreds of townsfolk quickly caught the Phryte family disease and even a quarantine of those infected was not enough to stop it from spreading.
Eventually, a vaccine was developed to stop the spread of the disease. However, there is no cure for the plague that struck Phryteville; there is only treatment that prolongs an eventual agonizing death. If you contracted the disease you died, painfully, and hundreds, maybe even thousands died. Many of them in the Phryte Wing, which is now considered the most haunted structure in New York State. A favorite of paranormal investigation teams and this October you can join in on a “Ghost Hunt” of the Phryte Wing of the Sunnydale Hospital. If you dare!