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« Reply #30 on: 14 July 2012, 05:49:41 »

First, let's consider the overview because that is what I typically begin writing my entries with first. We want  to a summary of what the entry will say including what a necropsy is, who does them and their views. Also, I much prefer one paragraph overviews.



The necropsy is a surgical procedure done on a corpse of a person for the sake of learning the circumstances of their death. Traditionally, necropsies performed in the Santharian kingdom are done by White Nehtorian sect or by clergy of the goddess Queprur. The intent is not to restore life, of course, but to ascertain the cause of that person's death, and any other health problems that person suffered from.  This is enshrouded in dilemma, for not all communities allow necropsies; even in those that do, many families prefer their dear departed loved one not to undergo this disfiguring procedure.  A necropsy involves opening and examining the major cavities of the body--skull, chest, belly--looking for any signs of illness or disease that may have caused the death of the departed.  Necropsy as a field of study is relatively recent, but the practice has been passed down among healers for hundreds of years.  Chirurgeons on the whole do not participate in necropsies, because this is thought to curse their practice of surgery with death or adverse outcomes. In some of the more superstitious regions of Santharia, necropsies are akin to dark necromantic practices, but that doesn't stop body snatchers from stealing fresh corpses for curious mages or scholars.

I would leave the second paragraph out, it is mostly detail for another section.

Typically, a priest or priestess of Queprur presides over the procedure.  Their role consists of consecrating the body, followed by observing the necropsy to ensure that the body is respected.  The Queprurians have an affinity for dealing with all things related to death, thus they perform the proper blessings and rites so that Queprur might tolerate the necropsy. In the case of a suspected murder victim, the accepted method is for the priest or priestess of Queprur to perform the entire necropsy him or herself, allowing for more application of their unique skill set.  They may look for signs of envenomation, evil magic, corruption of the bodily constituents, and so on.
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« Reply #31 on: 15 July 2012, 00:00:49 »

Azhira, is there a way for the moderators to grant you access to also modify and edit the original entry of this topic? It'd save me a lot of time, and hopefully save you the headache of going through me to make each modification you want. Call me lazy, or slothful, or whatever, but don't call me Jane.  grin

Or Vulnavia. I hate when people call me that.
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« Reply #32 on: 17 July 2012, 01:02:26 »

Sorry! You'll have to make the changes yourself (like the rest of us...)  ;)

Valan wouldn't trust me to mod his forum (kinda like giving a red pen and your stack of tax forms for a child to color on...not pretty.)  grin
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« Reply #33 on: 17 July 2012, 01:14:09 »

Valan wouldn't trust me to mod his forum (kinda like giving a red pen and your stack of tax forms for a child to color on...not pretty.)  grin

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« Reply #34 on: 17 July 2012, 02:37:42 »

And the fact is, I wouldn't be able to give those rights if I wanted to.
You could use the quote function to get the colouring and wording from Azhira's post and move it into the original.
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« Reply #35 on: 17 July 2012, 02:59:02 »

Quote function! Of course! Brilliant! Thank you, Valan, for that inspirational idea. thumbup
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« Reply #36 on: 25 July 2012, 06:34:10 »

The Methods/Procedure is really spine-tingling  grin but I think I would say that it is an experience that stands out for you, as an example of a necropsy, rather than a definitive "how its done". Because every necropsy may be done slightly differently, under different circumstances and people. You could say that you had the privilege of witnessing a particularly gruesome necropsy and it was done well and you document it here.
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« Reply #37 on: 26 July 2012, 02:12:54 »

worship  Thank you kindly, Azhira, for your guidance. I edited the Methods section to note that this is just one particularly gloomy and gruesome instance of necropsy.
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« Reply #38 on: 01 August 2012, 01:25:56 »

This would be a very interesting topic to explore from the Northern point of view. How would the Kuglimz, Ice Tribes or Kaaer perform a necropsy (if at all?)

I wish Alysse or Alt could offer some insight. It would make a good addition to this entry.

I've not thought how the Osther-Oc or Kaaer would view it. Likely the Kaaer would have a ritual requiring the dark to'ava to oversee any manipulation of the dead. They believe that the dead's spirit passes into the hunting grounds of Durgho. Specific causes of death are likely explained as weak faith or Durgho's dissatisfaction with them. A dead person is believed to be able to hunt in the afterlife and their corpse should be as intact as possible. Any defilement of the dead may render the spirit unable to leave the body, or unable to recognize it should the spirit be called back.
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« Reply #39 on: 01 August 2012, 04:31:59 »

Two basic notes for now:

- You've eliminated the "we" and "I" already at another entry - I would suggest to do that as well here in order to give the entry a more objective feel to it.

- I don't know how the name "Friedrich" got in here, but it's typically German and seems out of place in Santharia. I recommend taking a look at the Tribal/Racial People Nomenclature thread where you have plenty typical Santharian names to choose from :)
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« Reply #40 on: 01 August 2012, 06:05:40 »

You are astute, Arti, too astute for me. I tried to slip in a German name and hoped no one would notice.  grin

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Changed Friedrich to Rajarg, a Serphelorian male name.
To the best of my ability, removed any first person references in the text, except in the letter where I hope they can remain.
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« Reply #41 on: 01 August 2012, 22:12:24 »

Azhira, you bring up some excellent points that I hadn't accounted for in the History section.  I'm not sure how different parts of the world would view necropsy, nor how they would go about it.  Perhaps, I should include separate paragraphs in the History stating how it is done in the North, in Nybelmar, and by different races?

Hrm, could I ask for some guidance and direction how to proceed?
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« Reply #42 on: 02 August 2012, 09:13:00 »

Remusians sword cut people in two.  That allows for a pretty good look inside.  But, they don't play with it.  buck
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« Reply #43 on: 02 August 2012, 23:15:53 »

Alt, you show your true Northern character, I thought the Remusians would be a bit more sophisticated...  buck
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« Reply #44 on: 02 August 2012, 23:24:47 »

Thank you for weighing in on this discussion, Alt.  lol

So, I take it that the Northern tribes don't do much in the way of examination of cadavers?
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