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Isabeau's Journal

 November, 12 2005

OK, folks-this is the general forum now for questions that don't seem to fit in any of the other threads. I'm going to sort some of the earlier posts into the appropriate forums, but it might take a while, so bear with me. I'll delete the ones that have already been reposted by their authors.

Nargil wrote: Actually I have another question. Why is it dangerous to give Imrahil the popy in Captain, I know opium is a drug but it seems quite a common pain relief in oter fics, and what did Elladans comment mean about if he will survive, ould the popy cause side affects?

There was a time I could have answered this off the top of my head, but I can't any more. I will tell you that when I was writing that section of CaptainI consulted with E.W., who used to be a nurse, both for the type of poison that would cause the symptoms that I wanted, and what could be done to treat it, and she said that poppy would be a very bad idea. I'll ask her again about why that was. I wanted to be careful with that part of the story, because I read a lot of fic where people write stuff happening to characters and they obviously have no idea of how much the human body can actually take. Many (not all)H/C writers are really bad about that-they do horrific things to characters without realizing that in real life, characters suffering such injuries would simply die of shock, thereby depriving them of the comfort part of the story.

In my stories, Gondorian medical knowledge is fairly advanced in that they have made the connection that keeping wounds clean is a good idea, but if you take one in the lung or gut, you're still going to die in all likelihood. Obviously the Elves, with their mystical healing abilities, are better at dealing with injuries, and they probably save many of their battle wounded that would die were they human, both because of superior Elven skill and native Elven resiliency.


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