Dragonlords of Dumnonia

Healer's Handbook

(Revised 2/19/99)

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Disclaimer: The material contained on this page pertains to the fantasy world of Centuria only. It is in no way intended to be actual medical advice. For real-world injuries and illnesses, seek the advice of qualified, real-world health care professionals.

First Aid

Essentially anything that is taught in modern First Aid courses, such as those offered by the American Red Cross, exists on Centuria. This includes CPR. The trick is that not all characters know these emergency care and life-saving techniques. An apprentice healer will know some of them. A journeyman or master healer will know them all and be current on their usage. Other characters may know some of these techniques, but their knowledge will not be comprehensive nor will they likely be current on the usage of all First Aid and CPR care.

Herbalists

While the most visible means of healing on Centuria is by magic, people often do get trapped places where no healer is available. Also, if the healers are busy treating people who are suffering from severe burns or sword wounds, your character cannot expect them to take time out to cure a canker sore or a stomacheache. A number of people, particularly lady nobles and caravaneers, have picked up quite an extensive knowledge of herbalism, the use of herbs to treat injuries and illnesses. The average character may know a few of these treatments. A healer who has herbalism as a specialty will know them all.

The following list is merely representative of the types of treatments an herbalist can offer. If you'd like to see anything specifically added, message me. If I decide that the treatment would be available on Centuria, I'll add it to the list.

Ailment Herb Usage Dangers
Burn, First Degree Aloe Break off tip of succulent leaf; apply sap to injured area twice per day. Use only the clear sap from the inner part of the leaf; the yellowish gel from the outer leaf can cause diarrhea and gas pains if ingested.
Canker Sore Aloe Break off tip of succulent leaf; apply sap to injured area twice per day. Use only the clear sap from the inner part of the leaf; the yellowish gel from the outer leaf can cause diarrhea and gas pains if ingested.
Cold, Common Echinacea Distill into extract form. Preparation takes skill and knowledge; doasge must be monitored carefully; can have severe adverse effects if the patient has an autoimmune disorder.
Colic Chamomile Make a tea from the petals of the flower. Dosage varies for size and age of individual; allergic reaction is rare but possible.
Folliculitis (Infection of Hair Folicles) Tea Tree Extract oil from leaves; apply to affected area two to four times daily. Harmful if ingested or absorbed through broken skin; dilute for use on children under two; allergic reaction possible.
Nausea Ginger Prepare a powder from the root; administer the powder dissolved in hot water. Dosage varies for size and age of individual; too much can aggravate the condition; can be fatal if given to infants.
Scrape Aloe Break off tip of succulent leaf; apply sap to injured area twice per day/ Use only the clear sap from the inner part of the leaf; the yellowish gel from the outer leaf can cause diarrhea and gas pains if ingested.
Sore Throat Slippery Elm Make a tea from the bark. Dosage varies for size and age of individual; allergic reaction is rare but possible; can be extremely harmful for children under age three.
Stomachache Chamomile Make a tea from the petals of the flower. Dosage varies for size and age of individual; allergic reaction is rare but possible.

Herbalists are cautioned to remember that many plants strongly resemble other plants. Using the wrong plant can result in nothing happening, something worse happening or even death. If you'd like to randomly determine such things, here are charts you can use. (Roll percentiles using two d10.)

  Master Healer Journeyman Healer Apprentice Healer Amateur Herbalist General Knowledge of Herbs No Knowledge of Herbs
Complete Cure 1-50 1-40 1-25 1-15 1-10 1
Significant Improvement 51-70 41-60 26-40 16-30 11-20 2-10
Slight Improvement 71-90 61-80 41-60 31-50 21-40 11-30
No Effect 91-94 81-86 61-70 51-59 41-49 31-44
Mildly Worsen Condition 95-98 87-92 71-84 60-74 50-69 45-59
Severely Worsen Condition 99 91-98 85-97 75-94 70-90 60-84
Death 100 99-100 98-100 95-100 91-100 85-100

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