Public health alert: Spiritually Transmitted Acute Dysphoria detected in downtown Central. Officials believe the spread was limited, and the infected spirits have all been isolated.
However, if you have friends or relatives living in Central, please contact them and confirm they are responsive and energetic! If you can’t reach someone, or have concerns about their response, you can call in a wellness check at
Thorn (thinking): Okay, that means I need to check on . . . My sister and her family — low risk. They don’t live downtown. I’ll call later, to confirm everyone’s okay, but it’s not worth waking them up.
Leif — totally safe. Ceannic magic doesn’t work on the Embassy grounds, which is where he’s been since . . . the last time I took him out.
Kale — uh-oh. We’re pretty close to downtown. And he’s already having a hard time being “responsive and energetic” since the whole “attempted murder” thing.
He’s probably already getting bombarded with check-in texts from his handlers, though.
Tiernan (thinking): Kale definitely doesn’t have it, because his magically-enhanced despair could wipe out the entire city — which would be a terrible anticlimactic ending to the comic.