Anonymous asked: Any advice for writing an ongoing injury (it’s in in a medieval high fantasy setting) I.e the main character is injured very shortly before the opening and I want to be realistic in how she has to continue on her journey with a healing wound. I’ve researched the type of injury itself but I can’t find any good about writing ongoing injury.
You can start by researching natural care for the injury in an outdoor setting. Survival-based web sites like this one are a good resource. Just make sure your character would have access to a particular item before having them use it. For example, in a high fantasy they probably won’t have a modern-day first aid kit on them. They also may not have access to certain herbs and spices—garlic, for example. However, if you have based your fantasy world on a real life earth region, you can look and see what medicinal plants grow in that region and find suitable replacements. Depending on the type of wound they have, mostly they would just change their bandages each day, washing the old ones in fresh water and hanging them to dry for re-use. They might pack the wound with a poultice (also: how to make a poultice) to keep out infection and to promote healing. They might also drink an herbal tea with pain relieving properties, such as Valerian tea. Valerian root grows throughout much of Europe, Asia, and parts of the United States, so it might make sense for it to exist in your fantasy world, too. (other herbs that provide pain relief.) Beyond that, just be sure to address the ways in which the wound might limit your character or make things more difficult. If the wound is on their knee, for example, walking up a steep grade is going to hurt more than an even surface. Running will be difficult. Crawling would be a problem. If they’re on a journey and have been on the injury all day, it might hurt more at night when they’re resting and the nerves aren’t as overloaded. This would be a good time for that pain relief tea or pain relieving poultice.