"The chance for harm is great; the chance to do
good is very small." And, as a corollary, "If, in your capacity as a healer, you
cannot do good for someone, then do nothing at all."
--From Myrwodin the Wizened, resident healer in Nyermersys around the time of my
A healer should either heal or not heal. A healer should not do harm. This is
not always so obvious when applied to real-life crises. Whenever a healer is
confronted with a choice, the best decision is always that which gains the most
benefit for the person being healed, and at the same time minimizes the exposure
to risk or harm. If this sounds complicated, it is complicated. This requires
practice of years to master this skill.
"All bleeding stops."
--From Quixkvechotil the Venerable, Serphelorian scholar of healing arts and
Time is the most precious commodity we healers have. Especially when in crisis
or dealing with near-fatal illness, we must allow ourselves just enough time to
think through the best course of action, and only then proceed to tender our
healing skills to the infirmed. By the same token, a victim of near-fatal
illness may have only minutes to live; thus, efficiency is devoutly desired with
more grave wounds.
"It is nigh impossible to improve on the miracle
the Aviaria have created in the intelligent races of this world."
--From Hjaghrin Jeppreth, Dalorin of Marcogg, lecturing her students on the
immaculate design of the human body.
In essence, do not try to improve on an already immaculate design, that of the
living human, dwarf, gnome, elf, et cetera. We can mend the body with our
healing, but we never claim to improve on what was originally designed with
minute precision and painstaking forethought.
"The learning you do today will be the foundation
upon which future learning will stand."
--From Felina Esai of the Quaelhoirhim, sage and friend of the White Nehtorians
of New Santhala.
Each body of knowledge that we absorb will support the next body of knowledge we
take on. Knowledge of anatomy, for example, edifies our knowledge of herbalism,
which in turn bolsters our studies in surgical procedures, and so on.
"Know your limitations. Do not give false hope.
People need honesty first in their healers."
--From Yngve Solveig, Gnomish doctor and traveling lecturer on healing
It comes as a comfort to me, knowing that there are healers who are more skilled
and more intuitively brilliant than myself. I feel sorry for the healer with no
superior and no equal, for then whom does she call on when confronted with some
illness or malady that even she is not acquainted with? We of the healing arts
are all peers--avail yourself of help from your peers often!
"Cold steel makes the truth."
--From Quixkvechotil the Venerable.
Chirurgeons and healers who perform surgical procedures must accept that they
are changing a person's anatomy with every swipe of scalpel and every stitch of
thread. Wise healers will remember this before haphazardly stitching up wounds
half-heartedly, or cutting into a person's body simply for the sake of doing
AFFLICTIONS OF THE
Sanguine is the coursing surge of life in the blood,
heart, and veins. It is the boundless, youthful spirit of the body, the essence
of love, romance, and passion. The afflictions described herein represent the
excess, deficit or corruption of the sanguine constituent.
A woman's courses represent the rejuvenation of her womb each month, preparing
her if she should become great with child in the coming mooncycle.
Malign outcroppings of bodily organs, tumors often leech the sanguine
component out of the affected body part until that part of the body withers
The Malefic Grip
Human men, more than other races, of advanced age are prone to heart failure,
which often manifests as crushing chest pain and difficulty breathing.
AFFLICTIONS OF THE
Phlegm's influence over the body is peaceful
conviviality and awareness of one's surroundings. It encourages gentility,
amicability, and serenity. The afflictions described herein represent the
excess, deficit or corruption of the phlegmatic constituent.
Named for the legend of Undead Feyronn, consumption is an assault of the
phlegm upon the choleric constituent. Starting with the lungs, phlegm amasses
to unsustainable levels, overwhelming and crowding out the choler from the
lungs and eventually drowning the victim in their own fluids.
When someone is availed upon by the phlegm to an excessive degree, the phlegm
pools and stagnates in the throat and lungs, causing harsh coughing spells and
making it difficult to breathe.
bitter Herbs', 'Veiled in Shadow')
Someone who ruminates too deeply may be overcome by an excess of phlegm, as
someone who savours bitter herbs is wont to linger on bitter thoughts and
memories. Such a person's heart may be enshrouded with dark thoughts, as
though 'veiled in shadow'.
AFFLICTIONS OF THE
Bile gives us pause to reflect upon what we see,
feel, hear, and touch. It is the gentle muse which stirs introspection and
wonderment. The afflictions described herein represent the excess, deficit or
corruption of the bilious constituent.
When someone is swept up in retrospection and loses sight of the present, the
bilewell may become engorged and pierced with stones of resentment, causing
the sufferer to undergo wracking pains of the belly and back.
A degeneration from 'sealed' meaning fast or secure, also referred to as
bilestopped, the tights, the plugs, stopped up, congested bowels. The bile
must flow, lest we become too overcome with resentment or rancor. When we are
bilestopped, we lose sight of our present circumstances and give ourselves up
to bilious excess.
Bileflow ('The Runs',
'Loose Bowels', 'The Shats', 'Arsefreed')
The converse of 'the plugs' is bile flow: venting our bilious constituent to
excess gives the bilewell too much sway over our actions and our bodies.
However, this author believes that poor hygiene may also contribute to
Firebelly ('Drake's Breath')
Another manifestation of bile backing up inside of us is firebelly, wherein
the bile actually transmutes into acid burning and churning inside the chest
AFFLICTIONS OF THE
CHOLER AND CONSTITUTION
Choler is the forceful, willful influence of the
body. Moreover, whereas Sanguine is the cheery and youthful component within us,
Choler is the driven, stubborn, even spiteful spirit within us. The afflictions
described herein represent the excess, deficit or corruption of the choleric
Armeros' Wrath ('Headache')
The Swordlord detests imbalance, and an internal conflict may provoke the
Wrath of the Lord of Balance, causing severe pain in one's head.
Boils ('Carbuncles', 'Skin
Abscesses', 'Volcanoes', 'Waxpits', 'Greesebunts')
An archaic spelling of 'grease bumps', we presume - Choler can be an unsightly
constituent; in youth, or in those whose bodies are undergoing a change of
composition, one outward appearance of this change may be the accumulation of
chyle--milky coloured and viscous choler--on the skin, in various forms of pox
Clout Rash ('Clout Burn',
'Tailburn', 'Rump Rash', 'Babe's Burn', 'Swaddleburn')
Babes are swaddled to keep them warm and make them feel loved. Yet, we know
that choler can burn the body, and as babies may be in contact with choler for
periods of time, they are prone to developing swaddleburn on their bottoms.
Vestiges of Queprur
Although we know that choler builds the constitution of the body, when it is
lacking or not distributed through the body correctly it may cause burns on
the face or other parts of he body. Queprur herself may be to blame for some
of these burns, yet unhealthy living may be to blame in other instances.
AFFLICTIONS OF THE
Anima roils, bubbles, shifts and swirls with
graceful yet inexorable vitality. It is the unpredictably captivating influence
which ignites change and sparks our imagination. The spirit of anima is ever in
flux, finding new, untried ways to explore and express beauty and mirth. The
conditions and afflictions described herein represent the excess, deficit or
corruption of the urinary or animated constituent.
Settling of Eyrenvase
Females of advanced age are prone to sagging of the womb, which may cause
problems with dispelling anima. This may be related to a woman having
delivered many babies in her younger years. In some instances, a pessary may
be inserted to keep the eyrenvase from collapsing downward.
Baveras' Curse ('Burnin'
Urine', 'Bridesbane', 'Bridal Bladder')
Deliberately similar names, which reflects local nomenclature--Females more
than males seem prone to contracting foul, burning waters, which may often
present after a woman has intercourse, or may happen simply because she holds
her waters for too long a time.
('Crystalpiss', 'Steenpain', 'Bladderbane', 'Steens')
People who engage in too many activities or who let their anima sway them too
much may be prone to wracking pains from animated stones of wild fantasy
coursing through their bladders.
Alternatively termed carrying, with child, increasing, growing great, in the
family way, a loaf in the oven, a babe under the apron, a bird in the apron,
blessed by Jeyriall--Jeyriall holds sway over all the body's constituents.
When a woman is intimate with a man, if Jeyriall chooses to bless their union,
She may make this woman great with child.
AFFLICTIONS OF THE
Ichor leads us to discern evidence through isolated
observation, and glean truths through disciplined analysis and insightful
deduction. The extension of this influence is to distance oneself from
preconceived notions and heated emotions, with the intent to conceive of the
abstract, guiding design or principle underlying real, worldly instances of
objects or conditions. The afflictions described herein represent the excess,
deficit or corruption of the ichoric constituent.
People who consort with demons run the risk of developing e'plepsi or Falling
Sickness, a condition of losing one's sanity for a brief period, the mind
being assailed by convulsions, falling to the ground with rigors, sometimes
injuring themselves in the process.
Stiff Person Disease
('Rooted like a Drasil Tree')
People of advanced age may develop Stiff Person Disease if they are too
abstruse, losing sight of their present surroundings, the phlegm losing its
sway over their actions. These people may have trembling shakes in their hands
and head, stiffness of their legs, even losing the ability to walk, becoming
warped and bent over like a sage but rooted Drasil Tree.
Foiros does not tolerate excesses of lust, emotion nor greed. To correct
sinners who lose their insight to blind avarice, He punishes them with fever,
agonizing pain in the head and neck, stiffness of the neck and back, and
sometimes even death.
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