[Excerpt from a natural philosopher's notes]
For over a year, I've studied this cursed plague, collecting and dissecting rats by the thousands. Given their rapid gestation and maturation cycle, it's been possible to breed them for numerous generations.
The rodents themselves seem immune to the plague, but they pass it readily between members of their own species, perhaps through mites.
The bloods of the rats tells its own story, allowing me to gauge the number of generations that a given group of rats have lived with the plague. As such, a nagging question remains. The rats collected in the poorest parts of town, in the slums, exhibit the oldest strains of the plague. While those found near the docks - where the foreign, plague-bearing rats would presumably have entered our city - exhibit a younger strain of plague.
Could this mean that the rats were transported to the slums in some way that is not obvious?
- In Dishonored, copies can be found in several places:
- Inside Doctor Galvani's laboratory on the third floor of his offices during the High Overseer Campbell and House of Pleasure missions.
- At the Dunwall Whiskey Distillery, on a table on the top floor of the back room during the mission High Overseer Campbell.
- On the planning table in the Lord Regent's safe room atop Dunwall Tower during the mission Return to the Tower.
- In The Brigmore Witches, a copy can be found at the Drapers Ward Textile Mill in the dry storage room during the mission The Dead Eels.