Mage: The Gun Quarter
The Mnemnophage is an advanced biological weapon developed by a member of The Manhattans known only as Rappiccini’s Daughter. The weapon consists of a specially engineered psychic bacteria – the user primes it by means of an “ideation matrix”, imprinting the bacteria with a particular thought or idea. The bacteria itself is a highly-virulent airborne pathogen. Most people who are infected by the bacteria will exit the symptoms of a mild common-cold. However, if the bacteria sense the concept imprinted on them, they will bind to the victim’s brainstem. After a gestation period of approximately two weeks, the bacteria will cause the thyroid to over perform by a factor of thousands, resulting in what is essentially spontaneous human combustion.
The user of The Mnemnophage must take an inoculation; Rappiccni’s Daughter was only able to produce 2 doses. Even in containment, the sample of the weapon only remains viable for about 6 months.
The Mnemnophage was given to Sarah Giles by Milton Berliner in exchange for her assistance subverting an Iteration-X telemetry satellite by infiltrating a Technocracy installation known as The Quasar Institute.