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Old August 18, 2019, 09:47 PM   #331
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Metal gears turned, the locking bolt slid aside, and the door swung open.

For all of his sharpened senses, the High Lord of Har’oloth nearly jumped backward in astonishment when several shadowy forms appeared on the opposite side of the doorway. Da’nael was already reaching for the hilt of the great sword that poked over his right shoulder. Ka’ris, having sensed the strangers already, was less surprised, but her crimson eyes were wary.

Faust?

The Vysstichi Lord blinked. “Ardanon? Is that you?” Pure shock lined the dark elf’s voice as the old Kitrye’veresi mage stepped forward, his wizened visage wearier than ever. “Ardanon. I can’t believe it. I thought-” Faust’s words faltered when his gaze dropped to the familiar form of his brother, who was carried on a stretcher and looked like he was on the brink of death. His heart nearly stopped beating.

I’ll explain later,” Ardanon quickly said. “Kalannar needs a healer, now. He was gravely wounded in the battle. He’s still alive, but I don’t know for how much longer . . .

Da’nael shifted to the side and motioned for the others to enter the laboratory. “The infirmary. Hurry. There was a man there who saved Ka’ris and me.” The huge warrior nodded, and then, without any further bidding, looped his arm around Ka’ris’ and prepared to guide the others back the way they had come and towards the infirmary.

Faust could only stare helplessly at his unconscious sibling before he fell into stride behind the others, praying that they were not too late. As they hurriedly backtracked, he met Ardanon’s gaze long enough to understand that Kalannar’s situation was grave. All of a sudden, his mind was no longer preoccupied with the army of orcs that might or might not be about to storm the gates of Castle Nocturna.

How bad is it?” Faust asked his ancient friend.

Ardanon sighed, but his frown spoke volumes of his thoughts. “It sounds like there’s internal bleeding, a lot of it. He’s breathing on his own, but someone with abilities far beyond our own are needed if he’s going to survive.” The wizard had always been blunt, and his message was clearer than ever.

They had to hurry.
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With the family reunited and an assorted party of locals and Har'olothian scouts what was left was now to save a life and maybe after save a few more.

The dwarf paid the most attention to the alchemical lab while the others looked about mostly to make sure the shadows weren't enemies about to leap out. Faust could see the exhaustion on the faces of those there except the dwarf who remained bright eyed in the moment with eyes that seemed very dilated. Given the darkness this was not unexpected but they were certainly more dilated than the rest.

Travelling through the castle led by Da'nael and Ka'ris down the fastest path they knew they were able to get to the healer. It was a path that occasioned blood but the scouts were quick to explain what they say

"no one fought here." one of the Har'olothian scouts mentioned "See this? Foot prints in the blood. Someone carried a wounded person to the healer. We will have company there "

When they arrived this was where they could some of the remaining guard. Some had been wounded. Badly and for the most part vampiric blood was being employed on them while the healer worked with surgical tools at the same time. It was reminiscent not what Da'nael saw when Ka'ris was being worked on.

The healer looked up only briefly before directing Kalannar to an available bed slab

"Place him there!" the healer said "Someone administered first aid? Status?"

The combat medic spoke up at being referenced and gave a gruff informative assessment

"The commander had multiple wounds across the body and arms, most of them shallow and these have been sealed and stitched where possible." the middle aged man said in exactly the expected style of a combat medic "Emergency stitching work has been done and pressure bandages applied to the abdomen to stem and slow bleeding but there is a suspected internal bleed due to the swelling around the abdomen underneath the chest cavity. Possibly a punctured lung but no signs of breathing difficulty to suggest this at present. Vitals have been steady but weakening. Blood loss is suspected to be severe"

The healer was not making any notes but that was because his arms were still halfway in a person trying to stitch up a half-missing chest cavity to heal. Amazingly the bone regeneration was occuring visibly as vampiric blood aided the natural process by some magnitudes. It wasn't enough in itself to save the man but maybe with the healer's help?

"A blood transfusion will be necessary so find a volunteer." the healer explained "and get them to drink this green transmutagenic vial. Well turn the blood to that of a universal donor for the next few candlemarks. Get some vampiric blood ready too just in vase."

The healer remembered well that the group had not wanted vampiric blood in Kalannar as well as the fact that he had used it on Ka'ris.

"and somebody watch that woman and make sure she contains herself" the healer added in blunt fashion.

He hadn't the time to bother with diplomatic pleasantries as he had multiple bodies to heal and little assistance.

"since you are here" the healer mentioned to the combat medic "your skills would be appreciate if you could assist?"

Without a further word the combat medic went to a basin and began to scrub his arms and hands using a tank fed tap to do so and joined the healer at his side.

"Can you prep the donor for straight blood transfusion?" the healer said plainly as he snipped a piece of pig intestine used to repair the person's damaged guts "I am nearly finished here."

In the background one may notice that a slab was set aside for a still warm slaughtered pig from whom parts of body had been taken.
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Old August 20, 2019, 09:38 PM   #333
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The Vysstichi Lord practically hovered over his wounded brother as they backtracked towards the infirmary. Whether there were enemies inside Castle Nocturna already, he did not know, but he would be damned before he allowed someone to delay them any longer. Kalannar’s life teetered on the River Umblat, and it was no small secret that the Reaper was eagerly calling his name.

Hold on, brother, Faust pleaded in his mind, although he could not find the strength to give voice to his thoughts.

Even though they were moving swiftly through the castle’s corridors, it felt like they were traveling at an ant’s pace. When they finally reached the infirmary, the dark elven prince released his breath for the first time since the Kitrye’veresi family had been reunited. Inside the facility, a healer was frantically moving from person to person, applying his skills to those in need and doing his best to resuscitate and restore the injured.

Could this man save Kalannar?

Give it to me,” Faust said when the healer ordered someone to imbibe the green vial. Apprehensive looks from Da’nael and Ardanon were quick to reach him, but the High Lord simply shook his head to dismiss their concerns.

The Colossus of Har’oloth was even so bold as to stretch his hand between Faust and the designated vial. “Faust, please. You can’t. Let me do it . . .” he begged.

Beside Da’nael, Ardanon nodded, albeit solemnly. “He’s right. We don’t know if this human even knows what he’s doing.

Faust sighed, obviously appreciative of his brethren’s words, then rested his hands on his companions’ shoulders. “My brother would rather have died than partaken in the blood. I must honor his wishes. Da’nael, watch over Ka’ris.” Without another word, Faust accepted the vial, drank it, and then prepared for his blood to be drawn for the upcoming procedure.

He was not a medic, nor did he understand all of the terminology that was being used inside the infirmary, but he understood the gist of what was about to happen. They would use his blood in an attempt to bolster Kalannar’s own.

As he joined the healer and the medic, the Vysstichi Lord glanced at the pig and the rope of intestines that they were about to use for the procedure. It was a nauseating scene to behold, but he knew that everything that was about to transpire was necessary if Kalannar had any hope of surviving.

And in the back of his mind, he could only hope that his old friend, Ardanon, was absolutely wrong about the possibility of the healer not knowing what he was doing.

Phedos be with me, Faust thought.

It was time to begin.
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The green vial was not sweet. It was not delicious. It was bitter to the taste and felt icy to the tongue and throat as it went down leaving behind it a strange taste of ash and metals. For a moment there was no discernable effect but that icy feeling that had started on his tongue and throat started to spread from the gut throughout his body crawling over his legs then up his side's and throughout his other extremities as the blood flows.

The company medic leaned in initially uncertain of what it was he was supposed to be doing but as Faust began to shake involuntarily it became clear that he was to treat the initial shock of imbibing the liquid.

"fetch a pale of water in a pot, heat it up by that fire over there and warm a cloth for his head." he ordered Da'nael with the kind of certainty that was difficult to ignore "get the blankets over there and bring them here. We need to cover him while this process completes."

Pulling out a hilt of a knife that had been detached he presented it to Faust to bite down on

"In case your jaws and tongue have any foolish ideas" the medic explained to the high lord

The sensation continued. The rooms of the castle had been cold until they reached the infirmary but this was a feel as if he had been thrown into the extreme icefields of Telath that very few had seen and fewer had survived. Visibly the dark vyssticci high lord's blood vessels became visibly like tree branches and spider web across a pale skin and looked briefly to glow a pale pink. His muscles spasmed and the precaution taken by the medic turned out to be wise as he clenched his teeth down into the hilt. It was a stressful few minutes but the healer reassured everyone there as best he could.

"transmutation of essential fluids is never easy" he explained "his the thankful it isn't a full transmutation of body parts as there lies the greatest risk. He will recover but it will take a few more moments."

Finishing up on the current patient the blood did the rest patching up the skin without a scar. It appeared as though he and the late baron may have saved a life.

Turning his attention to Kalannar. He does tmade his way and scrubbed himself clean again and then started the assessment

"Yes, there is internal bleeding" the healer said as he probed about the chest and abdomen.."Possibly a ruptured long, artery or spleen inside the chest. Surgery is urgent"

The healer cleaned and sterilised the equipment with the help of the medic as quickly as possibly as Faust began to quickly recover as if the last few mental of agony were absolutely nothing. What was left was a distinct feeling of not quite being oneself. The tongue also remained numb and speech was an impedimentlike heating a lot of ice quickly so that the tongue is cold and not responsive. Afterall roughly 7 litres of blood was no longer the same. With the tools cleared the work to save Kalannar had begun.

"Everyone not injured, not giving blood and not medical personnel must leave!" the healer demanded "this kind of work is deeply distressing and I cannot have distractions"

The healer waited only momentarily for the 'operating room' to clear and to give Faust a chance to settle his family if needed.

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The green liquid tasted like burnt copper. A grimace unfolded across the Vysstichi Lord’s visage as he swallowed the last drop in the vial. He was uncertain what to expect, but when a sudden cold engulfed his entire body, he clutched his chest on instinct with one hand and braced himself on a nearby table with the other.

Faust had experienced his share of pain over the decades, but this sensation was more akin to being frozen to death. He was reminded of his journey to the Cold South, when he and others had inadvertently stumbled across an eldritch being deep within a labyrinth of icy caverns. This time, however, he was without the many layers of clothing that he had worn then, although he doubted that they would have done anything to ward him from the chill that the green liquid had induced.

Before he knew it, Da’nael was scrambling to gather some warm water, a moist cloth, and some blankets for him. He was barely aware of the huge warrior hurrying across the room as he eagerly accepted the hilt of the knife that was passed to him. Ebon fingers that he was accustomed to performing miraculous feats with trembled as he snatched the hilt and bit down upon it.

Gods, he had to do this.

Over the next several seconds, minutes, or hours, his body began to freeze. It was a terrible feeling, and more than once did he fear that death would finally claim him. He forced himself to remember that he was doing this for Kalannar, for the brother that he had failed to save those many decades ago. Whether his body was transforming before his very eyes or whether his vision was simply playing tricks on him, Faust did not know, but he grunted and grimaced the entire time.

He heard the healer in the background mention that he would ultimately be fine, but those words did nothing to alleviate him from the immediate torment. By his sides, he clenched his fists as if doing so would help him endure through the pain.

By the time the process ended, the Vysstichi Lord was layered in sweat. To his immense relief, his body returned to normal, although his tongue felt so swollen that he could neither speak nor murmur. At the healer’s command, he shooed the others out of the room with the wave of his hand, then slowly sat on the table that he had been laying on and turned his eyes to the healer as he hovered over Kalannar.

The surgery was about to begin.

He did not know which gods Kalannar had prayed to during his time at Castle Nocturna, but Faust hoped that they were listening now. His brother had always been a good man, and he deserved a second chance at a new life, a real life. Castle Nocturna might have been his home for the past fifty eras or so, but it was nothing compared to the vastness of the world.

Moving back and away from the healer as he began to operate, Faust held his breath.
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So it begins with the rest of the family and crew earnestly waiting on the sidelines in a creepy cold castle recently devoid of its lord and his master.

The healer took out some tubing with two alchemically enhanced sharp and thing needle points and instructed the medic to tie a knot of fabric on Faust's arm tightly. Faust could feel the build up of blood and the loosening of his arm in the process.

The healer then worked near his elbow and flicked about looking for veins in the dark skinned elf before inserting the needy quickly and cleanly. There was barely even the faintest feeling of having something inserted.

Kalannar had already lost so much blood that there was no means to repeat the same trick with him so the healer worked his way around the arm and asked the combat medic to unity the knot.

This sent blood through the tubing to the other need point which the healer squeezed to prevent the blood from coming out too soon.

"it is important to not let air into the bloodstream" the healer explained "imbalances the humours and the heart fails"

When the healer was certain the air had been dealt with he inserted the tube into the other arm and made sure it was fastened tightly to both patients.

"You will also bleed out if I am not fast" the healer explained as he got to his tools and begun his work making an incision quickly below the ribcage on the left where the heart lay. Immediately as he did so blood oozed out of the opened wound quickly and poured out the side.

The combat medic quickly wiped the blood away and applied forceps to open up the incision further. The healer made further cuts and pealed away a layer of flesh to expose the muscle and organs below. Spleen, stsch, gall bladder, intestines... All manner.of things Faust may have seen in passing during gruesome battles but not necessarily stopped to fully appreciate.

In any case the healer appeared fastidiously concentrated upon what he saw and made a commentary that was very clinical and appraising like Faust might an unfamiliar sword.

"A blunt trauma wound ruptured the spleen as expected, deep tissue would and torn length of small intestine, ruptured stomach" the healer announced the damage report "The spleen and stomach can be repaired with surgery with no replacements necessary but the length of intestine cannot be repaired and requires a replacement length"

The fresh pig on the side lay waiting as the healer walked over to it and began applying a new set of surgical tools to the pig quickly cutting away what later was revealed to be intestine.

"A substitute item applied with the right formulae and medicines may suffice. First we must stop the bleeding from the spleen"

Faust couldn't see the operation fully as the healer's body obscured some of the view but needle, thread, scissors and scalpel were all involved as well as a cloth of ether that had been applied to Kalannar's face the moment he nearly stirred.

"and with the bleeding stopped we can attend to the patient's longer term wellbeing" the healer announced again with a lack of emotion.

Looking over at the pig that had been turned over Faust might be able to see that one of the legs had been replaced with that or a large dog. He had never seen the pig alive so had no clue whether that leg was functional or some kind of sick experiment. In either case it was now revealed.

The healer went about to work cutting away at the damaged intestine and sewing together carefully the intestine that had been obtained from the pig and then being satisfied with that closed up the patient.

Faust felt faint slightly but overall the was already. The swelling in the tongue had gone down during the operation and the combat medic had been controlling how much blood flowed through the tubing.

"I have seen this done once" the veteran said to the high lord "no surgeon will ever admit to knowing how to graft being illegal but the techniques save lives. Still we cannot have you bleeding out to save your brother"

The healer chimed in at the end of the operation "we still need to keep you attached for a candle mark or so with a slow flow of blood." the healer explained "after that we can check on the patient. He will need to take medicine daily for a month to prevent rejection from the new parts but nothing is ever guaranteed. I recommend you and the combat medic rest. I will continue to work around here looking after my patients"

Kalannar's breathing was visible to Faust from his seat next to him but even the untrained eye could see the shallow breaths were replaced with deeper ones. He appeared to be mending but now his brother probably needed to rest as much as he did. It was the early hours of the morning afterall.

For the crowd outside the healer eventually opened the doors and gave a quick explanation

"The surgery was a success but the Commander and the High Lord needs rest." the healer explained "Family may visit but the rest of you can make use of the guest rooms. It's no longer as hospitable as yesterday but you should be able to Stoke the fireplaces in those rooms. I never understood why the baron maintained a fuel supply in each room when we have central heater. Perhaps the old vampire had foreseen his demise"

The healer left the rest to consider that glum note as family did as they willed.
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Had he been in Har’oloth, hundreds of guards would have been upon the medic and the healer before the needle had even traveled a few inches within his arm. The dark elven prince sighed. Perhaps it was a good thing that the healer had ordered every one of his family members outside. His family tended to be very protective, and there were not a lot of people in the world that they would have permitted to lay a finger upon him let alone draw his blood. Still, the two humans had earned a level of trust that the Vysstichi Lord now paid them. They were Kalannar’s only hope.

With a firm nod, the dark elf invited the healer to begin the procedure. He was mindful of the instructions that the healer passed along to the medic, but his eyes were never far from the tube that connected him to his brother, where his blood flowed through. He probably would have laid a little easier had the healer not mentioned the possibility of him bleeding out, but he supposed that the healer had thought that he was being considerate by being informative.

Gods, he hoped this worked.

The healer clearly knew what he was doing. Much of the terminology was lost upon the Vysstichi Lord, but it was evident that the healer had addressed similar wounds like Kalannar's in the past. Maybe that was the reason why he had become so valuable to the Baron of Castle Nocturna. Har’oloth had its share of competent healers, although most were thaumaturgists that did not require the same set of skills to replicate such magnificent feats of healing. He would have done anything to have Eryndyl or Saridar be here right now so that they could apply their holy magic upon Kalannar. Alas, the healer was the best that they had right now, and fortunately, he seemed up to the task.

Sort of.

The dark elf swallowed uneasily when the healer mentioned that he had only conducted his current procedure once before. And what’s more, he was using the pig’s intestines and grafting them into his brother. It was a disgusting notion to consider, but Kalannar had never mentioned anything about pigs and surgery. Faust felt a faint wave of nausea, and he was uncertain if it was due to his blood loss or the fact that Kalannar would possibly awaken with the parts of a pig inside of him.

At least he would be alive though.

His tongue was beginning to return to normal, but he still only issued a nod when the healer mentioned that he would have to be connected to Kalannar for another candlemark or so. There was no point in wasting his energy or asking any questions. The most important thing was that it appeared that Kalannar was breathing regularly again, his shallow breaths no longer seeming to be on the brink of ending.

Still, the eye contact that he made with the healer conveyed a single message: gratitude.

When the healer announced the surgery’s success, Ardanon alone entered as it had been decided that it would be best to keep Ka’ris outside with Da’nael just in case the effects of the vampire blood had not waned completely yet. The sight of blood might only rile her, after all.

The wizard was by Faust’s side a moment later, offering him a relieved smile, which only widened when he, too, noticed that Kalannar seemed to be doing better.

There was little that they could do now except to wait and see if their efforts had been worth it. By the looks of it, it seemed so.

We are indebted to you,” Ardanon said to the healer and the medic, and whether the humans realized it or not, that was no small thing.
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