Maccân of Klinsor, more popularly known as "Maccân the False Healer", was a charlatan who lived circa 250 a.S. He posed as a healer, peddling poultices and performing "magic" for money. Maccân's name is the supposed origin of the term "Macanti", which is applied to such con artists nowadays.
Maccân is noted for his voluminous robes which were sewn with stars and assorted
magical symbols, as well as the wide brimmed,
slightly crushed hat of a similar sort. Various descriptions place him as fair
skinned and quite thin, while others call him a swarthy man and more heavy set.
Accounts of his hair colour are equally varied and even whether or not he had a
beard is unsure. Maccân is said to have been not only a shrewd actor, but quite
good at disguising himself. Some accounts suggest that Maccân was not a single
individual but rather a name shared among several different men using the same
type of charlatanry.
Personality. By all accounts, Maccân was an expert showman and a liar of great skill. He may also have been a dabbling herbalist judging by accounts of his selling potions and poultices (often responsible for turning one's hair green, or dying the teeth and gums black). Maccân' s performances often involved invoking some manner of spirits or powers "beyond the ken of mortals". On more than one occasion such declarations led to Maccân being driven out by a mob.
Biography. The life of Maccân of Klinsor might be reconstructed as follows:
Maccân is born (ca. 220-230). Maccân is born to the family of a relatively prosperous craftsman, in the town of Horth. There is no official date that can be confirmed, and records are sparse, so any details are little more than hearsay.
Maccân's family dies in a fire (ca. 250). The prosperous house to which Maccân belonged is consumed in a fire. Maccân himself says that he was saved by his own skill with magic. Those who observe the blaze say that Maccân was drinking in a tavern after an argument with his father.
Maccân in Ximax (255). Old watch records make note of a rowdy youth whole called himself Maccân and listed Horth as his place of residence several times during this period who harassed members of the school at Ximax.
Maccân the Magnificent (ca. 260). "Maccân the Magnificient" begins offering healing to the residents of the slums of Ximax. He is soon run out of town by the angered clergy of a local temple and some of the Watch. Maccân is reported to be fleeing north-east out of the peninsula.
Maccân the Healer (ca. 265). Maccân the Healer is recorded in the records of several small towns from Caelum to Elsreth, most often in angry notes about missing valuables and faulty "potions". The most notable of these claims that a poultice to remove baldness has turned the scalp of a man bright purple.
Maccân the Many? (ca. 270-275). Maccân is reported in such diverse places as Milkengrad, Horth, Santhala and Ciosa, often at the same time. Accounts of his appearance differ. Some are short, some are thin. Some claim divine powers, others seem to be from the Magical Academy of Ximax.
Maccân... the Nethorian? (ca. 270). A healer appears in the town of Klinsor, claiming to be a Nethorian healer. Accounts are conflicting as to what happened to this particular sham, however, town records mention that the local cleric of Nethor upon arriving in town proceeded to "beat him about the head and arms with a pillow, while shouting profanities" until the offender had fled in fear of his life.
Maccân of Klinsor (ca. 273). A charlatan appears in the records of Klinsor, claiming to have been taught secrets of healing by the elves of the "Authorian Woods" [sic]. He brews a series of foul concoctions before being stopped and dragged before the authorities by a Kaierian Warrior. The elf, along with several disgruntled townsmen aids the town watch in unmasking the charlatan (actually a former merchant from Antiragon) and seeing him brought to justice.
"Maccân" still active (289). A Nethorian Yearbook records the report of an angry clergy member who encountered a man who called himself Maccân and claimed to offer healing. Speculation puts Maccân's death some ten years previous as a result of a lynching near Santhala.
Importance. Maccân's influence is quite obvious. "Magical" charlatans, especially those cut from the same cloth as Maccân himself, healers, soothsayers and others who claim to practice "magic" are called Maccânti. Maccân's particular brand of con has been used so much that in most of Santharia it is instantly recognizable to the detriment of some. The White Nethorians and Mind Smoothers are particularly likely to be accused as Maccânti, often leading to the unfortunate healer being run out by a rather displeased group of townsfolk.
"By the Twelve and the Horned One! This weirdling indeed brings
the sick first, who aren't sick at all, to make them healthy again, and
then he makes the healthy poor! I can't believe it, if I hadn't seen it
myself! - Well, to understand my anger, picture this:
 Compendiumist's Note: The records given are not necessarily accurate with regards to date or subject, due to the illusive nature of Maccân and his copycats. [Back]
 The elf in question was likely a Pharanhé-króin (Styrash: Travelling Warrior) recently set out from the Ria. [Back]