Unbound by morals and unrestrained by ethics, the Hyde is an embodiment of vices and desires of an individual incarnated into raw and absolute form. Their nature is both abhorrent to society bound by their customs and rules, but ultimately enticing to individuals who inwardly chafe at such societal constraints. Yet it is a nature that resides in any individual which only takes a particular alchemical formula to unleash.
Though there are many circumstances by which an individual can come upon the condition, the root of it lies in alchemy. Not all are aware of this matter some having stumble upon the formula purely unintentionally without any prior knowledge of alchemy. But it is a dreadful nature of the formula on how easy it is to replicate by the uninitiated.
But regardless of how they came upon the formula, partaking of it leads them down an inevitable progression of corrosion. Their very core nature is slowly being corroded away by the twisted essence of the Hyde which grows both in dominance and awareness from them. The pace with this affliction takes them varies considerably on individual and extent of usage, but the nature of Hyde inevitably grow stronger to it fully eclipses the individual completely. It is thankfully rare given how most Hyde operate that few rarely experience that final stage.
Though a number those who afflict themselves with the condition whether intentionally and unknowingly might profess otherwise, the Hyde formula is itself rooted in the study of Alchemy. Both in the esoteric methods of creating and components gathered for it. In particular one of the cruxes of the formula is a particular impure salt that must be mixed in it. The salt itself obtain such an impurity though the absorption of a rare alchemical substance known only as black blood.
Yet despite these apparent hurdles, even the unitiated provide the proper components and detail methods are able to replicate the formula. The question on why such an insidious work is so easily replicate by the topic of hush debate in many circles, but bare little consequences to the results. Any who partake on the formula will undergo a frightening metamorphosis both in mind and body. The reshaping of flesh mirror the similar unraveling of the mind in the individual, though specifics will vary between individuals with only minor similarities possible based on what design of the formula used by them.
In a form wholly not their own, the individual is awakened into a new state in which any trappings of society and moral constraints have been obliterated. Most go through a somewhat cognitive dissonance state as they grapple with the memories of their former self versus the unbridled openness granted to them both in this new form and mind. What follows is an exploration of these new impulses and sensations which gives the individual their first experience as a Hyde.
In the original state of the formula, the transformation is quite permanent and stable. Without the creation of an associate solution, it is impossible for the individual to reverse the transformation. It was therefore possible some individuals depending on their circumstances of coming upon the formula permanently transformed themselves into the Hyde state without ever reverting back to their original before their demise.
But with the increase proliferation of the formula, the existence of an unstable version of the formula has emerged. This formula due to some potential flaw in possibly both components and methods lacks the permanent nature of the original formula. Instead those who take it seem to be able to burn out on the formula causing a reversion to their original state without any solution necessary. The exact reasoning for this continues to baffle alchemists who studied the Hyde as excusing this difference the effects and nature of Hyde between the formulas are still the same.
Another version of the formula that has also appeared is a fortified one which accelerates the individual progression of corrosion considerably. An individual who drink this fortified one not only transform into a Hyde, but no longer requires the formula usage afterwards. Instead their progression of corrosion has reached the state in which they can undergo the change unpredictably. These cases are at least rare as their particular changes to fortify the formula is not clearly understood and largely discovered afterwards.
Lastly there are those who seem to not have used the formula at all, but instead seemed to inherit it through some lineage to a Hyde. The exact details are uncertain, but it is possible that a significant amount of the components of the formula to be pass on across generation. Somehow the individual’s body has adapted or produced an organ that serves as the capacity to generate the Hyde formula effect in the individual. Though whether this is truly something a part of the Hyde or a derivative is uncertain, since it seems the individual situation is far more stable than those who took a formula.
The effect of the formula wholly changes an individual body into something different then their original appearance. Even if the changes may seem somewhat cosmetic, the nuances of them serve as effective means to prevent associates from recognizing the Hyde as the original. Internally the changes allow the Hyde a great capacity to enjoy the many vices and impulses that drive them.
While some Hyde may possess supernatural resilience and abilities depending on their formula all of them share an extremely hardy endurance and constitution. This renders them immune to most debilitating effects from diseases and drugs. This hardiness allows them to partake heavily on such substances or expose themselves to virulent conditions without any fear of consequence. It further prevents them from being carriers and also the original rarely suffers any effects from such debauchery upon reversion.
A more significant change for the Hyde is that their senses are extremely heightened to a profound state. Everything from sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell function on a level that is exhilarating to them that is considering intoxicating. Many originals upon reverting have a hard time explaining the extent of the feelings, but due to note dullness in sensations now normally after experiencing such intensity. It by this intense ability to indulge in their senses that serves as a tempting lure to draw further usage of the formula to experience things at that level again.
It easy to consider all Hyde sharing the same boundless capacity for wickedness and covetousness, but that is only a broad stroke about their thinking. When the Hyde first emerges it is only a partially altered version of the original’s mindset. Mostly the sense of ethic and moral constraints has been removed allowing the individual to perceive and act in ways they would not otherwise. This does not necessary mean a Hyde would immediately plunge themselves into villainy. But in time, their own desire and retaliation from society, will often lead them to embrace such things.
The Hyde are often driven to fulfill some deep rooted desire or vices ingrained into their original that is usually unable to be conducted or embraced normally. Being able to experience such things in a greatly heightened state thanks to their senses usually only further embolden a Hyde to pursue these goals further. This indulgence can vary greatly between Hyde and too many can be seen almost as a kind of addiction with how far a Hyde. Moderation does not exist for them as they tend to aggressively seek their pleasure whether it is through a wide variety of actions or through particular obsessive fixation. The method which they pursue it often divides them into particular mindset groupings.
Savage, these Hyde are barely better then beasts with a reckless abandon in how they seek to consummate their vices and desires. They live entirely in the moment rarely or unable to even recognize the consequences of their actions. Many are unable to even remember things in-between their emergence instead throwing themselves heedlessly into their passion. They are the most visible of Hyde and excusing some extreme cunning rarely survive for long due to their extremely visible actions.
Predator, these Hyde are consummate hunter in their pursuit for their passion whether it is hedonistic pleasures or particular violence. More patient then savages, they represent the more frightful aspects of people when unburdened by ethics or morals. While their own indulgence is priority, they are willing to toy or enjoy the pursuit as much the final pleasure. Predator can be difficult to detect depending on their actions are considerably the most willing to hide behind their original identity for times to evade pursuit.
Tyrant, these Hyde derive most of their pleasure from the domination and subjugations of others though their methods do vary. While they can be indulgent as any other Hyde, it is through their dominance over others that most define them. Some may insert themselves as leader of gangs or criminal organizations to fulfill their desires. Others may kidnap and imprisons others instead. Rare individuals are even able to dominate large organization through careful controlled proxies making them extremely dangerous when exploiting these for their pleasure.
Erudite, these Hyde are considered particularly twisted as much their pleasure comes from pursuit of scholarly, artistic, or psychological matters. Considered to possess the greatest notion of foresight among the Hyde, their methods make it difficult at times since it rarely apparent initially. Some operate as mad scientists free to pursuit their research without any fear of moral constraint. Others are artists who carefully craft gruesome works of arts. Others pursue metamorphic quandaries which they like to play out using living unwitting participant.
Faker, these Hyde are often some misidentified to their nature because of their wish to act in ways that might be contrary to them. Each of Hyde typically takes a presume identity which they attempt to fulfill to the best of the ability. Sometimes they might want to be heroes, pretending to be a superhero. But such actions are always tainted by the Hyde desire for self-satisfaction and their lack of constraint can mean they often taken brutal approach if permissible. Worse if they are ever rebuke or denied in their presume identity their wrath is equally as bad against any who would disrupt their imitation.
Once an individual has consumed the Hyde formula, their body is fundamentally altered by the effect of the transformation. While the solution or reversion is able to reverse both the physical and mental effects, neither can reverse the fundamental change done to the core of the individual. The very wholeness of the individual body and mind begins a process of corrosion. This corrosion continues and accelerates both the amount of time the Hyde emerges and the duration too. Inevitably this furthering corrosion produces additional effects beyond what occurred initially with the formula. There is no exact timeline on how quickly or slowly an individual might progress from the stages depending on many factors.
Stage 1, the initial state of an individual who has taken the Hyde formula at this state the Hyde is mostly simply an unbridled version of the original. The two tend to share memories easily, though somewhat stilted due to the original inability to fully grasp the heightened sensation of a Hyde in passing. While there is some cognitive recognition of the difference between the two sides, neither is immensely recognized as completely foreign. Most of the time, the Hyde may simply refer to as Hyde or the individual name still.
Stage 2, at this point the division of the individual and their Hyde becomes more significant as the accumulated experience starts to differentiate the two. The most recognizable point of this stage is that the Hyde takes an individual name for them. This action cements the differences between the two aspects and memories between the two of them become harder to share. Often this is when the Hyde starts to take actions wholly unknown to the original’s consideration.
Stage 3, the toll of the formula start to take a significant effect on the individual as their body becomes more suffused that they may spontaneously shift to their Hyde without knowing. These changes start out initially brief, but as they progress become longer. The solution is still able to reverse such changes if the individual or Hyde does not want to wait it out. Black-out between the two sides is more common as it is harder for the two personalities to coincide.
Stage 4, the corrosion of the body and spirit has gotten to such a state that the Hyde is more dominant then the individual. By this point the individual is no longer able to retain their original form without constant usage of the solution to stave off the changes. Bodily and mentally the original is being worn away often looking emancipated and being haunted with voices from their Hyde due to the growing dominance.
Stage 5, at this point the corrosion has completely consumed the original state and the Hyde even with a solution is unable to return back to the individual. It is unsure what remains of the individual, but the effect on the Hyde is quite significant. Completely divorce from their original source, many of them become increasingly mentally unstable and often despite initial mindset go on a self-destructive path to try and alleviate the strange void inside of them now.
The initial formula of the Hyde was pretty significant in effect changing an individual from who they were to another being different in both body and mind. But the proliferation and advances in the formula have provided even further changes to the initial one. Where once the Hyde while different and sometimes repulsive were still normal in their abilities. Now Hyde has shown even further dramatic abilities from superhuman strengths to generate natural toxins or even psionic abilities.
Strangers, the classification given to those who formula seem closest to the original though is mostly intended to cover Hyde who don’t exhibit extraordinary or supernatural abilities. The most the formula grants to them is a different body and mindset. Some have shown significant differences in their ages or even gender between the original and Hyde, but none of these grants them anything more then what a normal person is a capable of achieving. Excusing those that show rather strange, but cosmetic feature, it is often harder to realize these Hyde without much study.
Brutes, the classification to show the first significant change to the formula are known to possess extremely extraordinary abilities. This is commonly represented with superhuman strengths and resilience that varies between the Hyde. Initially many of these appeared as a hulking individuals leading to the initial name, recently others have appeared with more comely or even timid appearance. The shared characteristic amongst these Hyde are their extraordinary strength and endurance.
Monsters, the newest classification and showing one of the most varied changes to the formula are those who harness some supernatural abilities as Hyde. Common things are typically regeneration, but other strange abilities like toxin generation or even psionic ability manifestation are not unheard of. Some are even able to host several parasites that follow their controls or generate additional limbs of varying types too. Thanks to their varied abilities it is mostly likely that a monster type exhibit clearly bestial qualities as part of their appearance. The host of possibilities amongst the monsters are seemingly endless and long with the Brutes made the Hyde an even greater danger to society.