The Curse of Torpor is the biggest fear of anyone who acknowledges the existence of Desidia or the Dreamlands of Eternal Sloth. This curse is a direct product of Desidia’s demonic magic that floats over every slothful sinner.
The nightmares are always watchful to mortals’ dreams, approaching the subconscious of potential sinners who are passive under most circumstances. The ones who rest in dangerous dungeons, or the ones who shut themselves before acts of injustice and moments of need… After all, Sloth comes in many ways. Once a mortal loses the will to move forward, the nightmares attack. With continuous bad dreams, the sinner wakes up in the Dreamlands and, every time they wake the next day, it’s harder to get up, until one day they never wake up again.
The most common way to end in the Dreamlands, in the material plane, is sleeping inside a dungeon. Nightmares will crawl through people’s minds and might drag them to the Dreamlands. This also happens with people dreaming in the Land of Sins, but people there can also lose themselves within The Ruins. Legends say The Ruins connect the material plane and the Dreamlands, so some sinners try their luck.
While their soul is being consumed and getting lost within the Dreamlands, the physical form is drawn into a torpor and nothing can wake them up. This results in the mortals’ bodies deteriorating, getting old, thin and weak, until they get close to death. The only thing keeping them alive is their soul, wandering in the Dreamlands. If they wake up in this stage of almost death, they may perish in mere moments.
The more sinners are trapped in the Dreamlands, the more powerful Desidia becomes. The Curse of Torpor comes from her magic, a way of keeping mortals under her power and a useful source of vitality. There are two destinies to the ones under the Curse: you either get devoured by the nightmare or become one yourself.
There is only one way, in theory, of getting rid of the Curse of Torpor, which is managing to wake up Desidia and escaping the ruins, but no one ever survived such a task.