Eclipse Genocide

The Eclipse Genocide was an event that occurred in Catshill, United Kingdom on July 1st, 1846. It was caused by the Eclipse Potion, created by Dr. M. Cheshire.

Legend (as written by Prof. Christopher Mencher)

This legend takes place in 19th century Britain, presumably in Catshill. The story begins with a poor Victorian man, recently married, who is in dire need of employment. Some variations of this legend dub this man “Cheshire”, due to the location name being Cat(shill) and being found in Britain; the nickname is assumed to be an allusion to Alice in Wonderland's Cheshire Cat, and is usually dismissed as a false name. In this variant, we will keep this man nameless.
One day, the poor man is approached by another male who is well-groomed and looks like he is in a good line of business. The man asks our protagonist if he has ever considered an occupation in biochemistry.
Our hero thinks. He has been said to be quite good at sciences… Desperate for work and an income, he says yes. The mysterious businessman introduces his company as Eclipse Laboratories. After a few initiation tests over the span of a couple of days, our new biochemist is given a great task… to use a plant known as Belsease to create a serum of eternal life.
As our hero works for month upon month, news spreads as far as, or in some variations, even farther than France, but the old town of Ambérieu (now known as Ambérieu-en-Bugey) is always the most intrigued, even going as far as to help fund this experiment. In fact, the first known printings of this legend were all documented to have been written in French.
As time goes on, our hero is found to look rather pale. He is becoming anti-social, and his wife believes him ill, but he refuses to cease his work. He worries that if he fails to complete his task to perfection, he will lose his job and become the laughingstock of Catshill, or even the entirety of Britain itself.
Finally, after much testing on animals and himself, the Eclipse Potion is complete. On July 1st, 1846, the Potion is ready for a truer test upon the citizens of Catshill themselves. Our protagonist injects what he believes to be the correct dose into his wife first, before moving along to others.
Soon, however, he finds his wife to be nagging of sore joints. He assures her it’s nothing, until the convulsions start. After his wife slowly petrifies from the inside, dying on the spot, our now-antagonist discovers he has been injecting far too much of the Eclipse Potion into his fellow civilians due to a clerical error.
There are said in the legend to have been 24 casualties during the later-dubbed Eclipse Genocide, all injected with 388mL of the Potion each… over 300mL too much.
An outrage occurs, and the remaining civilians of Catshill gather in a mob to chase away the biochemist, blaming him for the deaths of their relatives and friends. The man flees to his own mansion, where he is boarded inside and left for dead. To this day, the mansion is still considered by locals to be haunted by the ghost of the unfortunate biochemist.
But could the legend be true? Was a potion once created to bring eternal life, only to kill all but its own creator in the process? Only experimentation and research will give a definite answer.

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