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[Treth] Herbs for the Soul (Finn)

10 Zi'da 716


Tei'serin walked over to her book shelf, and selected two books she wanted to study; Local Herbs and their Uses; Ne'haer Region, and Herbs of the Western Region. Come Ashan, she really wanted to get an herb garden started since it would make her work easier if she had several of the herbs she needed most often readily at hand rather than having to go hunt for them when her supplies ran low. For that, she needed to know which herbs would flourish in a garden, and which did better in the wild. She also needed to know which herbs could be grown together, and which would need to be planted in separate gardens. And although she wouldn't be able to do much in the way of starting her herb garden until it got warmer, she wanted to do the research she needed to do now. In doing so, she would be able to plan things out so that she'd be ready to plant her garden when the time came.

Once she had the books she needed, she settled herself at her desk where she could take notes as needed. She made herself comfortable, then began to read.

There are many different kinds of mint. Many varieties have a variety of medicinal properties. Others can be used as flavoring while cooking. Mint can be found just about anywhere in the world, and it grows throughout the arc, except for Cylus.

This sounds promising. Tei'serin mused.


Mint is a very versatile herb that can be found easily in the wild, but it can also be grown in one's garden. It is an easy herb to take care of, as it will flourish just about anywhere with very little care. People who wish to grow mint in their gardens should be aware that it can be a very aggressive plant. Unless kept carefully in check, it will take over the entire garden, and can spread out to the rest of your yard as well. In order to keep this plant in check, it it best to plant mint in pots that have no bottoms, and then plant the mint in the garden, pot and all. This will keep the roots growing down rather than spreading out throughout the entire garden. But the best way of all to keep mint from growing out of control is to keep the plants in separate pots instead of planting them in the garden itself.

Some types of mint can be grown from seeds, but others cannot, due to the fact that some mint varieties are sterile. Even with the types that can be grown from seeds, this is the most unreliable means of growing mint. The seeds are highly variable, so it is entirely possible that the type of mint you end up with will not be the type you wanted to grow. As a result, it is far better to grow mint from cuttings, or to find some mint growing in the wild and transplant it into your garden.

If you choose to transplant mint found in the wild, you must dig the herb up carefully so that you do not destroy its roots. Mint grows close to the surface, so you will not have to dig very deep to get all of the roots. Some of the soil the plant was growing in should be left attached to the roots. The transplanted plants should then be planted about a foot apart in an area that is partially shaded. Then water them thoroughly. and keep the soil moist; mint usually prefers damp areas, and won't produce strongly scented leaves if grown in dry soil.

To grow mint from a cutting, you must detach a three inch long piece of stem from a parent plant. The leaves from the lowermost inch or so of the slip must then be removed before it is placed into a cup of water and placed on a window ledge. The cutting will start to grow roots of its own. After about a week, the roots will be half an inch long, and the plant will then be ready to go into the ground.


Tei'serin liked the idea of growing herbs that she could harvest for most of the arc. She also liked the idea of an herb that was easy to care for. Since this would be her first herb garden, she didn't think that she would be able to manage herbs that were difficult to grow. She jotted down a few notes about needing to use cuttings, or find some wild mint to transplant when it came time to begin her garden. It was interesting to learn that some varieties of mint were sterile, and couldn't be grown from seeds. But she supposed that those types of mint could still thrive if they were aggressive enough. It might be possible for such a plant to take over an abandoned garden, and spread from there over time.

All varieties of mint thrive near pools of water, lakes, rivers, and cool moist spots in partial shade. But mints are a hearty breed. They can tolerate a wide range of conditions, so they can also be grown in full sun. Just as mint grows all arc round, the harvesting of mint leaves can be done at any time, as well. Fresh leaves should be used immediately. Dried leaves should be stored in an airtight container placed in a cool, dark, dry area.

If mint likes partial shade, then the spot I had in mind for my herb garden will be perfect for it. she thought.

She had selected a spot along the wall of her cottage. It was far enough from her orchards and fields that the herbs wouldn't interfere with her crops, or vice versa. It got plenty of sun in the morning, but as the sun moved through the sky, the cottage would offer shade during the afternoon.

All of the different types of mint share one primary characteristic; they all have broad, green leaves that release a strong minty scent when bruised. Different types of mint can taste different, and have different uses. Mint grows all arc round, unlike many other plants.

Tei'serin jotted a few more notes down. She wondered why the book was so insistent on the fact that mint grew throughout the entire arc. This was the second time that fact had been mentioned. But since most plants only grew during the warmer seasons, perhaps it was unusual enough to be worth empathizing the fact.

Mint has a wide variety of uses. It is edible, and different types of mint can be used in different foods. Teas, and baked goods are some of the most common uses for mint in cooking, but it can also be used in sauces, and many other things. It is a medicinal herb that can treat a number of ailments that vary from one type to another. Mint can be used to freshen one's breath simply by chewing on a few leaves. A pouch of dried mint leaves can give clothes a pleasant scent if kept among them. Growing mint will attract beneficial insects such as honeybees and hoverflies because it is rich in nectar and pollen. At the same time, it will repel ants and flies. Mint has a cooling sensation when applied to the skin, so it can be used to relieve some minor forms of pain. This can be done by rubbing crushed mint leaves on the affected area, or applying a salve.

I definitely need to plant some kind of mint, then. Not only can it be used for a whole bunch of things, it will attract benificial insects to my garden, and repel ones that I don't want around. For that reason alone, it would be worth it to plant some mint. Tei'serin decided.

The rest of the section on mint discussed different kinds of mint, and their uses. Tei'serin took careful notes on the ones that interested her the most.

Peppermint is possibly the most well known variety. It is a hearty herb that gives off a minty smell when you rub its leaves. When dried, the leaves can be made into a tea, but it can also be used fresh when cooking. Both forms are good for soothing an upset stomach, freshening breath, and relieving cold symptoms.

Spearmint is another common variety of mint. It tastes great when added to salads, and can be used as a remedy for nausea.

Catnip, or catmint is particularly appealing to cats, who love to roll in its leaves. Under the influence of catnip, cats will often act as though they are drunk, something that many cat owners find amusing to watch. It can be used as either a tea, or a salve to treat a variety of conditions such as dandruff, hemorrhoids, fever, headaches, diarrhea, insect bites, and anxiety.

Lemon mint, or bergamot has a lemon odor when crushed. It is sometimes used to make a tea similar to lemonade. A tea made from either fresh or dried leaves can help with stomach aches, nausea, parasites and other digestive disorders, fevers, and headaches. But like other varieties of mint, it should not used by pregnant women because large doses of the herb can cause a miscarriage.

Lemon balm can be used to treat colds, the flu, and insomnia. It can also be used to ease some allergies. When used in cooking, it can be used as a garnish for drinks and tangy dishes to add a delicate lemon flavor. It is especially good when used with fish.

Applemint, or wooly mint is known for its bright green, fuzzy leaves. It gives off an invigorating apple scent that makes it ideal for flavoring teas, jellies and sauces. Thee are especially good when used with poultry or meat dishes. The leaves can be eaten raw in salads, or cooked as a potherb. The medicinal uses for this herb include treating upset stomachs, fevers, and insect bites.

Chocolate mint looks different from other varieties in that it has a purple stem. It tastes and smells like chocolate. It can be used fresh or dried in teas, baked goods, and as a topping on fresh fruit.

Pineapple mint has creased leaves, and the edges are the color of cream. It is one of the more attractive looking types of mint, and it has a fruity scent. This herb can be used either fresh or dried to add sweetness to teas and baked goods.

Ginger mint is very easy to grow, and smells like spearmint. Its leaves are veined with yellow, giving it a distinct look. Ginger mint has antiseptic properties, and is used to treat stomach problems. It can also be used to repel rats and other rodents.

Curly mint is known for it's unique fluted, curled leaves. It can be used as a garnish, or to add mint flavor to both hot and cold drinks, jams, jellies, sauces, and candy.

Water mint is a strongly scented herb that smells similar to peppermint. It requires a lot of moisture in order to thrive, and is known for its sphere shaped lavender flowers. Water mint leaves can be dried and used in teas that will help with digestive problems, fevers, and headaches. It can also be used as a gargle to ease sore throats. When fresh, it can be used in salads.

Wild mint is also known as field mint, or corn mint. It can be found growing in gardens, along streams, ditches, and riverbanks, as well as in fields and meadows. It is a useful plant that can be used to help repel rodents, and insects. Dried or fresh, the leaves can be used in herbal teas, and a variety of foods. This herb can be used to treat a number of conditions, including fevers, flu, pneumonia, headaches, heart issues, colds, and diarrhea.

Pennyroyal is an herb that does best in full sun, and well drained soil. It can be good for women's issues, and digestion, but it should never be used by pregnant women as too much of it can cause a miscarriage. The herb can also be used to help prevent fleas and ticks on pets, but it should never be used on cats.

Horse mint enjoys sunny areas and damp soil. It is known for its serrated leaves. The leaves can be used when fresh or dried, in teas and salads. The essential oil made from this herb can be used to add a peppermint flavor to recipes. The herb is used to treat digestive issues, and has strong antiseptic properties.

Corsican mint grows as a beautiful bright green, moss like, ground cover with tiny light purple flowers. It prefers moist soil and shady areas. The herb has an especially strong scent and taste and is known for its use in creme de menthe and other liqueurs. A tea can be made from the dried leaves of this plant that will treat digestive illness, headaches, and fever.


Of the different kinds of mint Tei'serin saw mentioned, it sounded as if wild mint was the one she would be most likely to find growing in the wild. But several of the others looked interesting too, and she decided that she would have to see if she could find a way to buy cuttings of the ones she wanted to grow.

It was still early, so Tei'serin decided to do a little more reading before it was time to get to work.

Plantain is a very common herb that be found growing just about anywhere, including places where there is very little light. It is is a clumped perennial herb which grows to roughly about 10cm in height.

Tei'serin studied the pictures of plantain plants in the book. She was certain that she had seen them before in her farm.

Plantain is edible. Young leaves can be eaten raw in salads, but as the leaves age, they become stringy and tough. They can, however, be cooked when this happens. This herb has several medical uses as well. The leaves, and the juice can be used as topical substances in poultices and lotions for treating sunburns, stings, insect bites, snakebites, poison ivy breakouts, rashes, burns, blisters, and cuts. When heated and applied topically to swollen joints, sore muscles, sprains, and sore feet, this herb can ease the pain caused by these ailments. And when drunk as a tea, it can help ease treating sore throats, and coughs, or be swished around the mouth to help with mouth sores.

Plantain is good for easing swelling when made into a poultice. This can be used on people, and animals alike. The roots can be used to relieve toothaches, and headaches, as well as healing poor gums. Plantain seeds are very rich in fiber, so they can be used as a natural laxative if someone is constipated. And teas made from the plant, can be used to treat diarrhea, dysentery, intestinal worms, and bleeding mucous membranes.


So plantain looks like another herb that can be used both for medicinal purposes, and as a source of food. Tei'serin mused.

She really liked the idea of making the most of the space she had by growing herbs that could be used for a lot of different things. Tei'serin also wanted to grow some flowers. They would be a pretty addition to the garden she wanted to have, and their scent would freshen up the cottage nicely. Perhaps there were herbs that produced pretty flowers that she could grow. That way, the flowers would be useful as well as beautiful.

But researching herbs that produced flowers would have to wait. She wanted to see if she was right about having seen plantain growing in her yard. With that thought in mind, Tei'serin gathered up her herbalist kit, and headed outside.
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His body felt surreal during those first hasty moments as he carried him through the forest towards the waggon. He was here but almost gone. Under his beard, his cheeks appeared to have fallen in a little. But mostly, he was cold. Oh so cold, like a body of a dead man, but he was breathing. Barely, but Telar was alive and as Finn emerged from the forest almost a break after having found the man, he placed him on the waggon which still stood where it was left.
On the waggon, Finn prodded the horse to go swiftly, no hesitation, no pause. The urgency with which he snapped the reigns, it was sharp just like the sound that cracked through the late trial world. Over his shoulder, he cast a look full of worry and concern. There laid his mentor on the waggon, wrapped in blankets, breathing weakly.
”Just stay with me, old man.” He murmured, feeling tense. The distance from the edge of Willow Woods to Tei'serin's cottage appearing much greater than what it really was. Even after he found his mentor near death on the frozen ground, when Ti dashed off into the foliage leaving the two behind, Finn felt like he had half the globe to travel in an incredibly short span of time if he wanted this man to live. He never felt this desperate before as if any trill wasted on a pothole in the road, any stumble of the horse was a moment closer to failing Telar, failing to save him. Frustration built and Finn wished he could fly across the land with the speed of lightning.
”Karem…” He whispered, his mind reaching to the greater space in the unknown continuum, something he always felt a connection to, something he equalled to faith. On the string of that feeble connection he hoped to deliver his message, believing in his heart that if he prayed with strong enough belief and determination, his prayer might just be heard and perhaps even answered.
”Karem, Moseke. Please, guard my friend. Guard Telar, give him the will and power to survive and live. I fear he might die. I know I am not a devout follower, but your powers in these matters are unprecedented. For one lost soul to a wise man whose time is not yet up, please grant him your protection. Let him live...Vri. Let him be for a little longer. As a humble servant, I beg as I have not yet begged before.” He has never felt the choking power of faith tested, but proving to be stronger than he thought it might have been. As if all that he has ever believed in gathered now in this pinnacle of a moment during which he was willing to undergo anything if it would save this man. His faith was unbreakable, unavoidable and unmistakable. No one, not even Finn could deny in that moment that he was the Devout to all the Immortals with the depth of trust he put in them. With his eyes shut tight for that brief moment, he has never felt that connection so potent, it felt as if his own chest was opening to it to accept it and send out a signal of helplessness, a flare to mark the sky like winter lights for those interested to see.
Casting his sight back at Telar, his blue hues were the epitome of despair. The only comfort to his agony was the weak cloud of breath that Zi’da’s air gave body to. A grunt broke free from his lips as his horse snorted and with eyes cast forward, he saw the shape of the cottage that was his destination. The reigns snapped in the air.
”Go on, boy! Just a little further! Go on!” Finn encouraged the horse eagerly, sitting on the edge of the seat.
”We’re almost there, Telar!” And so that was true. Even if the last lengths stretched incredibly in front of him, the cottage grew larger, until his waggon rushed into the clearing in front of it, coming to an abrupt stop where the horse protested to a rougher handling than it was used to from Finn.
”Tei! Tei’serin!” The priest hollered on top of his lungs as he jumped of the waggon and made it to the back of it. “I need your help!” His arms were already gathering the old man with a rush, but the gentleness of a new father. There was fervour but awareness to his movements as he moved the old man into his hold. Too light. You’re too light to be healthy, old man.
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Tei'serin's farm was a small one, but there was still a lot of ground to cover. Using the process of elimination, she ruled out her wheat field and corn field, as well as her peach and apple orchards as likely places to look. Unlike most farmers, her farm was not her main source of income. But she did get most of her food from it, and the forest surrounding it. So it behooved her to keep her fields and orchards free of any plant that didn't belong there.

With those thoughts in mind, Tei'serin started her search. She used her house as a starting point, and spread her search out slowly from there. When she found something that she thought looked like plantain, she took note of where she found it. Then she went back into her cottage to grab her book before returning to where she'd found the herb. She turned to the right page, and sure enough, the plant looked exactly like the image in the book. Tei'serin returned her book to the cottage, then got to work.

There were several plantain plants growing not far from one another. One of the things her mother had taught her was that when depending on the land for anything, it was best not to deplete your resources. If foraging for food, you shouldn't take everything you find in any one place, because if you did, you wouldn't have any for another time. But by leaving some behind, the plants would replenish themselves, ensuring that in future seasons, there would be more food available.

As an herbalist, Tei'serin had learned that the same concept held in her line of work. If she took all of the herbs she found in an area, there wouldn't be any left the next time she needed them. But if she was selective in what she harvested, the herbs would grow back over time. And even though the "land" in question was just her yard, Tei'serin used this concept now. Since she didn't know how well the plantain plants would handle being transplanted to her garden, she would only take three of the eight plants she had found. That way, if the plantain didn't survive being transplanted, she would still have more when she needed it.

It didn't take long for Tei'serin to carefully dig up her chosen three plantain plants, using her root digger to ensure that she got all of the roots out intact. In doing so, she left some dirt clinging to the roots of the plants, but since this was her first time transplanting a plant, she wasn't sure how much dirt was enough; the book she'd consulted when reading up on how to create a garden hadn't been that explicit in saying how much dirt she needed from the original spot the plant had been growing in. For that matter, it had said that planting seeds, and transplanting full grown plants was best done in Ashan in most cases, so she didn't know how likely it was for a plant to survive being transplanted now.

Once she had done so, she carried them over to the space along her cottage that she'd selected to become her garden. Using her hand shovel, she dug up the ground where she wanted to plant the plantain plants she'd gathered. She worked quickly, realizing that it probably would have been better to stir up the soil before she was ready to plant something in it. There was no snow on the ground, but the cold weather had hardened the ground, making the task harder than it might have been in warmer weather. By the time she was finished stirring up the soil, and digging a hole for each of the three plants, they were starting to look a little limp. She stuck one in each hole carefully, filled it in, and hoped for the best.

The next task was for her to water the newly transplanted plants. Her book had explained that the plants would need a lot of water to help them recover from being uprooted as they had been. This required several trips to the nearby stream to gather the amount of water she thought she needed. And as before when she was guessing how much dirt she needed to leave clinging to the roots of the plantain plants she was transplanting, she had to hope that she was using the right amount of water.

By the time she'd finished her work, it was still early afternoon. Tei'serin decided that she wanted to try to transplant some mint as well, so she gathered up her tools, an empty bowl, and her collection pouch, and headed out into the woods to search for some mint. The air was crisp, and clean, but cold. There was definitely a chill bite to the air. Many would be encouraged to stay in their warm homes, but Tei'serin was on a mission. She wanted to find some mint to transplant to her garden, but more than that, she needed to replenish her stores of mint. Once the snows came, it would be nearly impossible to find more herbs until next Ashan when the plants began to bloom once more.

It didn't take her long to find what she was looking for. Like the book had said, mint grew just about everywhere, and now that she was actively looking for it, it was easy to find. The clean scent of mint wafted on the breeze that rustled the leaves of the trees. All Tei'serin needed to do was to follow it. She only took one full plant from each area where she found mint growing. Her tools made the work of digging up the plants much easier, and she suspected that she wouldn't have been able to free the roots of the plants intact without her root digger.

In addition to taking a full plant from each area, she harvested mint leaves from several of the other plants she encountered. Some would be dried to replenish her supply for the cold seasons to come. But she wanted some fresh mint leaves as well. In her search for mint, she came across several different varieties, three of which she recognized from the book she had studied earlier; wild mint, catnip, and lemon balm. She collected a full plant, and some leaves from each kind. As she worked, everything she collected went into her collection pouch. She would sort it out later when she got home.

While she was working, Tei'serin took note of the other plants she encountered in the forest. Some of them were familiar to her, and others she recognized by sight, but didn't know what they were. One of the plants that caught her attention grew along the ground like a trailing vine. When she stopped to look, she saw it growing up the trunks of several nearby trees as well. The plant had pointed leaves that grew in clusters of three leaves per cluster. They were reddish in color, though Tei'serin knew that if it were Saun, or Ymiden, the leaves would be a bright green. A few of the plants still bore a few small white berries that would have grown in green before turning white in Vhalar.

Poison Ivy. It has an oil in its leaves that produces a nasty reaction if they come in contact with someone's skin. Symptoms include swelling, redness, itching, and painful blisters. Severe reactions such as shortness of breath may occur if a large part of the body has been afflicted. she recited to herself.

Tei'serin had first hand knowledge of just how painful the blisters could be. When she was a child, she had been forced to roll in a patch while wearing nothing but her underwear as a punishment for not being quick enough to obey one of Thorin's orders. It had left a lasting impression on the young girl she had been, and to this day, she would recognize poison ivy anywhere.

The best remedy is prevention; avoid contact with poison ivy, and you won't be afflicted with the rash caused by the oil in its leaves. Washing the afflicted area with water immediately may help lessen the severity of the reaction because it will remove some of the oil that causes it. Likewise, washing the clothes you were wearing when you came into contact with the poison ivy will help prevent the rash from spreading; the rash itself won't spread, but in an unaffected area comes into contact with oil lingering on your clothes, a new rash will develop. Salves made from herbs that can reduce swelling, and reduce itching may help. Applying cool wet compresses, or taking warm baths in water mixed with oatmeal will also help to ease the itching. But the only real cure for poison ivy is time.

Tei'serin carefully gave the poison ivy a wide berth, and found a new patch of mint to harvest. Breaks passed, and Tei'serin began to shiver with the cold, despite the work she was doing. It was time to return home. On her way back, she stopped at the stream she used as a water source, and filled her bowl with fresh water.

When she got home, she carefully set the bowl on her desk. She sprinkled several of the mint leaves into the bowl so they would float on top of the water.

"Moseke, I dedicate this humble shrine to you. The bowl was made from the wood of a tree that was felled by lightning in a storm last arc; it was not taken by force by the hands of man. Both the water, and the mint come from the Willow Woods. It isn't your forest in Desnind, but it was the closest I could come."

Tei'serin prayed over the shrine for several bits. Then she got back to work. The rest of the mint leaves she'd gathered were set out in the sun to dry. Then she planted the mint plants in her garden, watered them well, and hoped for the best. It was late afternoon by then, and Tei'serin was about to head inside to start making plans for the lessons she would teach her students the next trial when an urgent voice caught her attention.

Finn was calling her name, and sounded as if he were in a near panic. Tei'serin looked up in alarm, and saw him jump out of his wagon, and carefully pick up an old man she had never seen before. He asked for her help, and there was no way she could say no.

"Bring him inside." she said quickly, going in first, and holding the door open so that Finn could follow.

"Here, set him on the bed." she said as she led Finn into her bedroom.

"What happened? Where did you find him? Who is he?" she asked as she began to examine the man.

The latter question was of less importance than the others, but more information was better than less when treating a patient, and Tei'serin hoped that the explanation of who the man was might also include any information on allergies he might have. Judging by the condition the man seemed to be in, treating him with an herb that he was allergic to might well be enough to kill him.
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Rushing as fast as he could with the bundle of an old man gathered up in his arms, Finn's expression was that of unrestrained worry. He cared not for his surroundings, the time of the day, whatever Tei was doing before. He needed her like he needed this man to stay alive and that meant ignoring anything else that was irrelevant to the current situation. Telar was pale like snow, shivering lightly in arms, and from the way he was slumped in Finn's embrace he was clearly weak. With large strides he marched into the bedroom, carefully placing his mentor on the bed. Already the warmth of the house struck against Finn's nerve ends. It must have felt the same to Telar who was stranded outside in the cold for god knew how long. Yet, the old man only appeared to utter a grow easily mistake for a stronger breath or a sigh. It was the only sign that he was still alive and perhaps somewhat conscious. Either way, it was better than having a lifeless body laying there.
"His name is Telar. He's my mentor. The man I came here to find. Found him in the Willow Woods." Finn gave her a rushed sum up, his hands and eyes once again running over the man's body. This time, he was feeling properly, trying to see anything suspicious, any darker spots on the grey clothing he wore, any irregularities in the bones hiding within the folds.
"I see no blood...yet. So I don't think he is injured, but he's wearing the usual rags. Can't really see a damn thing through them." A hint of irritation coloured his tone. Telar often wore odd pieces of clothes together. Pants from one part of the world with a topcoat that certainly did not make a fitting pair. With him having spent time travelling, most of the clothes the old man possessed was not torn and mended multiple times. It hung over his body in layers, truly making him look like a travelling holy man. Now, Finn was in two minds about it all. On one hand, he disliked the layers over Telar's body as they made it difficult for him to assess the man's physical condition. On the other hand, the clothes probably saved Telar from severe hypothermia or even freezing to death.
"He must be severely dehydrated." Finn commented, noticing the parched look of the man's lips, the fissures in the soft skin where it gave in and tore slightly were grim to look at. His skin also looked way too dry. Both cold and lack of water most likely played part in it.
"He probably hasn't eaten for a trial or two either. He didn't have his satchel on him where he usually keeps his dried food." Telar's weight itself, as he carried him the few times, gave Finn enough of a hint to make that conclusion. Then his eyes rose to meet Tei's. As logical as his conclusions were, Finn was clueless when it came to illnesses. He was more comfortable with wounds, ailments of the body that he could fix with his hands like cuts and broken bones. It was a skill he gained during the shadow beast attack and with Telar having been gone, he had no chance of practising his Graft arcana.
"You know herbs, Tei'serin. For all I know, he might have pneumonia. But we need to give him something to help him." The urgency of the words was all there was to it. They needed to save him and if they ran out of options, then they needed to ease his suffering as the old man shivered beneath them, his breathing still light as a morning breeze.
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[Treth] Herbs for the Soul (Finn)

Tei'serin studied the old man's still form. Like Finn had said, there was no obvious blood pooling around the patient. No gaping wounds, no limbs bent out of shape, no bones protruding from his skin. Nothing that would warn of serious injuries. But that didn't give her any sense of relief. In her time helping the other healers in Oscillus, she had learned that some wounds weren't obvious. If someone's insides were injured, they would die just as surely as if they were bleeding to death. And Tei'serin had little knowledge of how to tell if someone was bleeding on the inside, or injured internally in some other way. If that were the case with this man...he was well beyond her ability to heal.

For now, she set that thought aside. She would focus on what she could see. The man...Telar was clearly suffering from the cold. Ginger and cayenne powder both had a warming effect on a patient. Ephedra was good for chills, too. But large doses of the herb could cause palpitations, nervousness, insomnia, nausea, flushing, and headaches. The elderly often had weak hearts, and Tei'serin would never risk giving ephedra to someone who had a weak heart. Doing so could kill them instead of helping them.

"I know herbs, yes...but I know little of healing any physical injuries. I can't see anything obvious, but...he could be injured on the inside. He could be bleeding on the inside, instead of the outside. There could be other damage, as well. If his ribs are broken, they might have punctured his lungs...no. If that were the case, his breathing would be a lot worse than it is now."

Telar's breathing was faint and shallow, but it wasn't labored. He wasn't struggling...and failing...to breathe the way he would be if he had a punctured lung.

"Would you recognize the signs if he's bleeding internally? I think there might be bruising if he were...but I don't really know for sure. I just don't know..."

Tei'serin's voice grew more panicked, and uncertain as she continued to talk.

"Does he have any allergies? Or a weak heart? We need to warm him up quickly. I have some blankets, but not enough to warm him up quickly enough. I know several herbs I could give him that would have a warming effect, but if I pick the wrong one, and he's allergic to it...it could kill him. We can't make any mistakes here. He...he's so weak that a mistake would probably kill him."

Another thought occurred to Tei'serin, and it sent another chill of fear through her.

"Do you know if he's been poisoned? Would you know how to tell? Other than seeing a snake bite wound, I wouldn't be able to tell..."

The more Tei'serin thought of potential mistakes, and hidden injuries, the more paralyzed with fear and indecision she became. She had felt so helpless, and worthless in Ocillus. She didn't have the right knowledge to be useful back then. Now...she had a chance to save this man, unlike so many others she had seen. But only if she did everything right. Only if she didn't make any mistakes. And there were so very many ways things could go horribly wrong...

"I can't afford to make any mistakes here...if I do, he could die. And so many have died already..." she whispered, torn by indecision, her hands fluttering unconsciously as she tried to decide what to do.
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Bleeding on the inside...of course. His eyes darted from Tei to Telar, looking at the clothes that covered the old man's body. Telar shivered. It seemed contradictory to rid him of the only fabric that kept him warm to examine those possibilities. Moreover, there was a momentary resistance to the idea of undressing his mentor. But Finn had to forget discomforts at moments like these. This was someone else's life. He was sure Telar would thank him later on.
Before he could move to rid the man of his clothes he picked up on the anxiety in Tei's voice, shifting his attention back to her. Her frame was so rigid, almost like the first day they've met. Something was preventing her from using her craft. He was sure, she could do it. After all, he has noticed all the kinds of herbs inside the cottage and planted around along with so many scholarly books placed around the house. She clearly studied herbalism. So why was she so doubtful now? The pang of irritation at indecision and lack of action were immediately subdued. No anger or rushing would help her grow confident with the task at hand and he needed her at her best.
Looking down at Telar just for a moment longer, considering poisoning, he wasn't entirely sure how to recognise that. Dependent on how long ago Telar lost his satchel, he might have eaten random berries in the forest. But not enough to keep him strong, so perhaps not enough to kill him if they were poisonous? Or if they were poisonous would the cold slow down the process?
"No I don't know how to recognise poisoning. But I can deal with his physical injuries if there are any. I've done that before." He then said as he stepped closer to the Sev'ryn girl, placing both rough hands on her shoulders with enough decision on his part to go around. His gaze was strong and steady trying to catch her eyes, his features were firm but not stern.
"Take a breath, Tei'serin." He began. It was a command in a clothing of gentle suggestion. It was not strict, nor authoritative, but consultative. "You need to relax. Telar has no allergies as far as I know. So there is little risk of getting him anything that might harm him more than he already is." There was always a risk, but white lies were sometimes necessary. Though he figured, she might notice that, but take the reassurance nonetheless.
"Let's start with herbs that would help him keep warm. Then we can fight infection or any kind of illness. If we don't get him warm, he will die of hypothermia." Finn added, his hands only momentarily squeezing her shoulders in support but also with hints of urgency. He trusted her. That much was clear. In the middle of nowhere, he had no one else to rely on, but her. And as frightening as that might have been for Tei'serin, he did not doubt her ability at all. Otherwise, he wouldn't have brought Telar back here, would he? Amidst the little things he picked up about Tei'serin, her apparent constant fear and fidgeting tickled his intrigue. First with Thorin, now with the haunting glaze he thought he might have seen over her eyes. One he knew very well.
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Right, then. Finn could take care of the physical injuries if there were any. That was a relief to Tei'serin, who had no confidence at all in her ability to handle any but the most minor of physical injuries. It left her able to focus on the herbs she would need to use, and she was on much more familiar ground there. She knew herbs...the ones in this area, at least. She could work with herbs.

Finn told her that he didn't know how to recognize the signs that someone had been poisoned, but as Tei'serin started to calm down, she realized that there was something that she could try. One of the abilities that Moseke had given her allowed her to draw the toxins out of someone. Could she use it as a way to tell if someone had been poisoned? What would happen if she used it on someone who had not been poisoned, or drugged? Would it simply fail to work, or would it harm either her, or her patient? The potential benefits seemed as though they outweighed the potential risks, so Tei'serin decided to try it.

The decision gave her a direction to go in, and that helped to boost her confidence in her abilities. And when Finn told her to take a deep breath, doing so helped her to feel calmer as well. His advice about where to start helped as well.

"I don't know how to recognize the signs of whether someone has been poisoned or not...but I think I might know of a way of finding out even without being able to recognize the signs. If he has been, this will help him. And if not, it shouldn't do any harm, at least. Moseke has given me the ability to draw toxins out of a patient. If your friend has been poisoned, this will remove the poison from his system. And if he hasn't...at least we will know that he hasn't been. But I am going to need total concentration for this. It won't take long, but once I start doing this, I can't stop until I am finished. If I do, or if something distracts me, and he has been poisoned, the toxins will be released back into him, and that could kill him." she said softly.

Tei'serin knew that her patient needed to be warmed up, and treated for illness that could be caused by prolonged exposure to the cold. Both were pressing needs that needed to be dealt with quickly. But if he had been poisoned...every trill might count if the poison was a strong one, or if he had consumed enough poisonous berries. So she quickly set some water to boil, knowing that she could do other things while waiting for it to heat up.

After a few trills of thought, she selected some ground cinnamon, and some dried elderberry, setting them near the stove so they could be added to the water as soon as it was ready. She wasn't certain of the wisdom of mixing herbs since there was a chance that one could interact with another poorly. But time was of the essence, and elderberry was a very gentle herb that could be used on both children, and the elderly without worry; since it could be used both as a preventative to strengthen the body and shorten the duration of a cold, and to treat the symptoms of a cold, or flu, she would only need to combine the two herbs instead of taking the risk of adding a third. And the need to treat multiple symptoms in a short period of time made the risk a necessary one. So rather than take the time to brew two separate herbal teas that would then have to be consumed at different times, leaving some symptoms untreated until the second tea could be taken, Tei'serin decided to combine the herbs. It was a risk, but she didn't think it was a severe one. And if she was proven wrong, the ability Moseke had granted her would allow her to remove the toxins from her patient. With that thought in mind, she put the cinnamon, and dried elderberry into the cup.

"I don't know how long it will take for me to try and remove any toxins that might be in your friend's system. If the water begins to boil before I'm finished, I need you to pour some of it into the cup I left near the stove. The herbs will need to steep for ten bits before your friend drinks the tea. By then, I should be done with what I'm doing, but he can't afford to wait for his medicine longer than absolutely necessary."

Tei'serin moved over to her bed where her patient was resting. The mark of Sevrath begin to shimmer with a green glow as she began to concentrate on the task of removing any toxins from her patient's body. Transparent green tendrils of energy spread from her mark and covered the elderly man as she sought out any toxins with the intent to destroy them with the energy she had gathered. Nothing happened. She continued trying for several bits more before she became convinced that there must not be any toxins within the man's body to be found. When she turned to Finn, the glow had faded, and a thin sheen of sweat covered her visible skin from her efforts.

"There were no toxins that I could draw out, so he hasn't been poisoned. That's one less thing we need to worry about, at least." she said with weary relief before going to check on the water.

It was boiling, so she took it off the stove, and poured some of it into the cup, covering the herbs she'd placed inside it. When it had finished steeping, she drained the dregs of the leaves out before bringing the cup of tea over to her patient. He was awake, but very weak, so Tei'serin helped him to drink it, promising that it would help him feel better. When he was finished, Tei'serin turned to Finn once more.

"Now we wait, and hope that the herbs are able to help him." she said softly.
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Tei'serin watched Telar closely for a few breaks, but the old man did not seem to be suffering from any additional distress. After taking the herbs she had given him, he had begun to show some improvement. As the cinnamon did its work, he gradually stopped shivering as he recovered from his prolonged exposure to the cold. And since he didn't show any signs of an allergic reaction, Tei'serin relaxed somewhat, reassured that Finn had been right about him not having any allergies.

Time was what her patient needed most now. Someone his age wouldn't recover quickly, but his life wasn't in immediate danger anymore. And Tei'serin was more than willing to let Telar use her bed as long as he needed it. While he slept, she asked Finn to keep an eye on him and tell her if he woke up, or began showing any signs of distress.

Then she took stock of her herb supplies, making sure she had plenty of herbs that would combat a fever if Telar took a turn for the worse. She also noted that she was starting to run low on her supply of elder flowers, and elderberries. Fortunately, she knew that she had more stored at the school should she need them. With that out of the way, she put a pot of water on the stove to boil, and began making some slippery elm porridge. Telar would most likely be hungry when he woke, and she wanted to have a meal ready for him that would be soothing, and easy for him to digest.

Telar woke just as she was adding a bit of cinnamon and honey into the porridge for flavoring. She asked Finn to help her patient sit up in bed while she fed him the bowl of porridge. Telar fell asleep soon after, but Tei'serin was satisfied that he would make a full recovery. All he needed now was time.
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Knowledge: Cooking: Some types of mint, such as peppermint, spearmint, applemint, chocolate mint, pineapple mint, water mint, horse mint, corsican mint, and curly mint are good for cooking.
Fieldcraft: When foraging for food or herbs, never take everything you find; if you do, there will be none left the next time you need some
Gardening: Varieties of mint
Gardening: Mint grows all arc round, and can be harvested at any time.
Gardening: Growing mint will attract beneficial insects such as honeybees and hoverflies because it is rich in nectar and pollen.
Gardening: Growing mint from cutting, seed, and transplant
Medicine: Mint; fresh leaves should be used immediately, and dried leaves should be stored in an airtight container placed in a cool, dark, dry area.
Medicine: Plantain; is good for easing swelling when made into a poultice that can be used on people, and animals alike.
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Willow's Sanctuary: Can be used to determine if someone has been poisoned; nothing happens if there are no toxins to be drawn out.
Willow's Sanctuary: If the person using the ability is distracted while using Willow's Sanctuary, the toxins will be released back into the person they are being drawn out of, and this can prove fatal to them
Mint: Can be used to freshen your breath.
Mint: Satchels of dried mint are good for making clothes smell nice.
Mint: Mint is a common herb that can be grown in a garden or found wild.
Mint: Every of mint has broad, green leaves that release a strong minty scent when bruised.
Mint: Some types are sterile, and can't be grown by seed.
Plantain: Can be found almost anywhere
Finn: needs help
Tei'serin: has bad memories of poison ivy
Telar: Finn's mentor
Telar: the one Finn came to Treth to find
Telar: is a sick old man
Telar: doesn't have any allergies

Loot: 3 plantain plants, 3 varieties of mint (1 plant each of wild mint, catnip, and lemon balm), and several mint leaves, some from each type
Injuries: None!
Fame: +2 Good deeds
Devotion: +10 to Moseke
Magic: These points may NOT be used for Arcana.

Comment: Aww, It's too bad this thread got abandoned :( Still a good read regardless! PM me with any concerns or questions :)

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It's too bad it stopped so early! Your descriptions were good, and your writing lent itself nicely to the feeling of urgency. His piousness was well written as well, though if that was done for devotion points, I don't think ST does those anymore, unfortunately. Overall, it looked like it would have been a good thread, and one for Finn and Tei to bond over - or the opposite of that, haha!
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