Medical Practices

Although medicine, surgery and the use of Kha specifically for healing are all related, the practioners draw a distinct line between them. Generally, physicians treated problems inside the body, surgeons dealt with wounds, fractures, dislocations, urinary problems, amputations, skin diseases and syphilis, as well as bleeding patients when directed to by the physicians, and Sangomas provide aid and support through the wielding of Kha. Often preventing pain, helping a wound to close, stemming the flow of blood, lessoning scars. The role of the Sangoma can vary significantly depending on their skill level at manipulating the Kha.

In some regions of Aargos, and in particular amongst the Tyen and Human Kingdoms, physicians were required to pass examinations and have a license before beginning to practice. Untrained physicians are subject to prosecution and fines. Although scorned by 'educated physicians' uneducated surgeons and 'self-taught' doctors commonly referred to as "leeches", were permitted to work on live stock and women.

Healing, like any trade or service, is charged for depending on the skill required, instruments/remedies used and hours taken. It is typically expensive, and as a result, many people are forced to use "Leeches" rather than registered doctors.

Common Practices:

In the wake of the great plague, an emphasis was placed on hygiene. The hospital began to go to great lengths to ensure waste was disposed of, and the placed was kept in a cleanly manner. Windows were put in place to allow the free circulation of air, and surgeons and physicians began to ensure that themselves and their patients remained clean and notion of washing oneself frequently became firmly established.

Physicians frequently studied and dissected animals (most commonly the pig) in order to gain a greater understanding of the roles of internal organs. The medical profession do perform dissections upon 'people' however, there are strict rules governing times, rites and methods to ensure that Morhiag is not angered in the process.

Although sterilisation was not practiced, many of the common remedies were typically boiled for several hours, thus sterilising the material contained within it. One of these most common remedies was a mixture of goat dung, snake's heads and pieces of mummy.

They medical practioners understand the concept that pus is a substance that required elimination, however, blood-letting was also still commonly used, particularly amongst the "Leeches."

Cauterisation during surgery is used to temporary block off blood vessels. Willow bark tea and laudanum (an opium tincture) in use as an anaesthetics.. and rose oil used as a minor disinfectant.

Temperament is given great importance. For example, if a person was very choleric, it meant he had a great deal of bile and too much fire, and thus it was necessary to tone down and dampen such a temperament by making the person eat fish from marshes which is cold.

Physicians usually wear a long silver-grey robe that almost conceals their shoes, to show their status, whilst surgeons are more commonly seen in a darker-grey, showing inferior rank. Sangomas are almost always worshippers of Ylessa, and are wear simple, green woollen robes.

Price Guidelines

Minor Treatment (apprentice healer) : 4p per hour
Treatment (intermediate healer) : 10p per hour
Major Treatment (master healer) : 12p per hour

Remedy: 4s
Mend: 12s
Heal: 32s
Other misc spells from: 4s


Additional costs: 4p per bed per night.