Staphylococcus epidermidis are regular residents of Soma’s boundary wall. They are usually harmless creatures that live in small groups at peace with the locals. But when the Nodal Sentry is compromised due to the relentless attacks of the Pestilence armies, S. epidermidis can show its vicious side. And if they find their way to the smooth surface of an artificial repair to Soma’s otherwise pristine landscape, they can cluster tightly together, then attract other Lords to join the effort, collectively forming an impenetrable barricade of stacked Pestilence agents. In this formation, Apothecaries cannot reach the deepest individuals in the living wall, allowing the evil armies to rest and replenish their resources.
Attacks like these are sometimes outlast the Apothecaries’ best efforts to disrupt them, and the effects can be devastating. They aggravate the suburban residents of Left and Right Heart Cities, causing temperature changes and general lethargy around the land. The rivers and streams of Soma begin to dry up, failing to carry the necessary nutrients to the island’s inhabitants. When the Apothecaries fail, the artificial material must be removed, breaking up the defensive formation and rendering the agents susceptible to the Apothecaries’ counterattacks once again.
S. epidermidis are often hard to distinguish from other Staphylococcus Pestilence agents. The Apothecary advisors are increasingly using new technologies to confirm the species with certainty.