- This article is about the event. For the effect, see Scarab Plague (effect).
The Scarab Plague was an uncontrollable disease that quickly spread to all reaches of Elona between 652 and 656 DR. It was because of the plague that the first dynasty of Elona, the Primeval Dynasty, fell.
The Scarab Plague originated in the city of Fahranur. According to findings of an Elonian scholar, the illness did not spread in a distinct pattern and claimed lives regardless of gender or age, developing more dire symptoms as time passed. Remains found in the ruins supported the claim that insects had torn the victims' flesh from within as the cracked bones were bent and bore spherical indentations. The findings suggested that the creatures responsible may have been scarabs, hence the name of the plague.
Panicked, the people of Istan fled to other parts of Elona, only spreading the plague further. The event ultimately ended the reign of the Primeval Dynasty by wiping out the royal family, leading to an interregnum period which ended many years later when Admun Kolos founded the Great Dynasty which would eventually repopulate Istan. It is still not known how or why the seemingly unstoppable illness vanished.
While exploring Fahranur in 1330 AE, Dragon's Watch discovered that Palawa Joko's Awakened were using Inquest technology within the city to experiment with bugs, possibly related to the Scarab Plague. During the mission to stop Joko's portals which he used to invade Tyria in Rata Primus, The Commander and Braham found Joko in one of the rooms holding in hand The Plague in a small ampoule, then he threw it through a portal with unknown destination, and then Joko used his own portal commanding Commander Lonai to kill Braham and the Commander.
It was discovered later that the Scarab Plague only infects humans; but those who have died before, such as the Pact Commander, are avoided by the scarabs.
Scarabs are at their worst in the third generation - the first and second are not quite so serious, but their existence would, of course, be evidence of the third generation being on its way.