This was posted on August 19th, 2014 and was part of a ‘series’ where people asked questions about Windemere. Not the characters, but the world itself. This was fun because not everything can be tossed into the books without an info deep and small details can be missed.
This is a fair question since magic can do so much, especially when you have healing potions and magic doctors. So many people get confused when people are dying of diseases and injuries. It gets even more baffling when you have priests who heal people for free. That removes the concept that people can’t afford a healer, which happens a lot in an attempt to either explain the existence of diseases or make all priests in the world come off like greedy bastards.
Windemere has a few reasons why diseases still exist. The smaller reason is that priests are not everywhere. You get sick in the wilderness, at sea, or in a town without a healer then you can die. Priests are also not stationed everywhere so there are areas where you need to send for one or pray to the gods that one happens by. Even then, there is no guarantee that the disease can be cured. That brings me to the main reason people still die from getting sick.
I’ve mentioned a few times that everything in Windemere has a magical aura. I mean EVERYTHING! For example, inanimate objects have them even though they rarely put up a form of defense against magic. So it isn’t too hard to believe that disease possess their own aura and magical resistance. This means that a priest needs to get his or her aura to override the disease, which factors in the following:
- Experience of the priest. Younger followers will be weaker and only get stronger through experience. Old priests with a high cure rate rarely travel too because of their age.
- Severity and duration of the disease. The longer and more severe, the harder to cure.
- Resistance of the disease much like how we have Antibiotic Resistant Viruses.
- God of the priest. Neberith the Goddess of Healing would give more oomph than Skragor the God of Disaster.
- Overall health of patient’s aura. A priest can boost their own success by utilizing their patient’s inner magic, but you have a problem if that has been weakened.
So you can see how curing a disease in Windemere isn’t as easy as hurling a fireball at a goblin. This is why priests don’t charge for the service because they can never guarantee success. There are a few potions that can do it, but those take a long time to make and cost a lot. Potions, scrolls, and other items like that are how temples make money beyond donations. Even then, there’s always a chance that the disease might react poorly to the potion and the situation gets worse.
Guess now everyone can see why Aedyn Karwyn spends so much time praying.