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Poem: "If It Weren't For Her" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "If It Weren't For Her"

This poem was originally published in Flashing Swords #11.  I'm reprinting here because it connects with "The Henchmen's Hitch" and "Following Along."

It's also interesting to compare this character with Fiorenza.  Both are herbalists, and both are connected with a village.  But this one is more tightly focused on healing, isn't into cooking as much, and also does some healing-related magic.  Unlike Fiorenza, she has the further challenges of catering to adventurers and dealing with clients who aren't all human.  She crosses paths with Nib and Brod later.

If It Weren’t For Her


They don’t sing songs about her,
but they should.

She’s the one who keeps the heroes
coming back for more.

You’ll find her high on the hilltops,
working alone.

Her grey cloak whips in the wind;
her brown hair snarls.

Her basket, already growing heavy,
swings from her hand.

She bends to pluck the bitter leaves
of healing herbs.

Oh, if it weren’t for the herbalist
there would be  no heroes –

They’d all die after the first fight and
never live to gain their fame.

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paka From: paka Date: July 8th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't remember the exact issue number, but one of the earlier Dragon magazines had a really neat herbalism article. It was framed by the fiction of a standard D&Dish warrior on the edge of death, making his way to a herbalist's hut, and then being tutored by her during his recovery - sort of a "what do you do when convenient godly healing isn't available."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 8th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

That sounds familiar. I've probably read it. *ponder* She does have some magic, it just isn't the big flashy kind. It's more aimed at making things work better or faster, or getting at stuff that won't mend normally.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 8th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>Another one hitting one of my...What's the opposite of a pet peeve?<<

Favorite motif, maybe?

>> One of the bits that I love, but rarely see, when the acknowledgement goes to the support people, without whom those winning the glory would never have made it there. <<

Sooth. There's more than one way to be a hero; saving lives is generally high on the list.

Check out "The Ones They Leave Behind" if you haven't already read it. That one has a very similar message.
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