At this point, it’s probably fairly obvious how obsessive I am about the little details when worldbuilding. With some of my larger WIPs I have a bad tendency to spend more time determining things about the world that are unlikely to actually have a direct impact on the story than actually drafting and writing. This is usually justified with the mentality that maybe at some point when the story itself has expanded more, I’ll be glad I have this information already organized and written out.
And in the meantime, a lot of the things I end up doing for my own fantasy worlds translates well into writing articles for my awesome reader base. ❤ So today I want to look at herbs and herbal medicine, with the second part of this mini-series being a list of common herbs that translate well into fantasy. I might also do a third part detailing some of the common processing methods we have for herbs, such as how to make tinctures and what exactly constitutes a brew.
Modern medicines are largely derived from the plants and animals in the world around us, but getting a prescription from your local pharmacy doesn’t have quite the same awe factor that is inherent in gathering plants from the outdoors and processing them in small amounts in one of literally dozens of ways. Depending on how technologically advanced your world is, “medicine” could be any number of things, all the way from a traditional, old school tribal shaman to a grimy slum city dealer dispensing pills with mystery contents. It can also be more than herbals, but we’re going to stay focused in one direction for now. Continue reading