“Ah! Patty Chef! Four of thy large ‘Flatty-cakes’, if thou wouldst oblige?” Lawnslod asked in a pleasant tone. Robyn looked doubtfully at Gludog, who returned the look. Nomis thought they obviously did not seriously expect to get any from this particular Coblyn. Lawnslod continued good-humouredly: “How is thy mother now? I had heard that she hath a wasting ailment.”
The ‘face’ replied: “She’s a mite poorly. It don’t seem to matter what we do she’s not gettin’ any better. We’re giving her the best of the foods, but she just continues to throw-up and have ‘green-apple-quickstep’. The tower physician says she must be ‘leeched,’ but she is that petrified of those creatures.”
“My young friend here, from the Great Tower, hath knowledge of herblore. He hath an apprenticeship, under the direction of a renowned master herbalist. Perchance, he may suggest something more congenial for thy mother?” Lawnslod countered.
Everyone turned expectantly to Nomis. “I’m surprised, sir, that they still use leeching at all here. Its use has been banned within our tower for some time now, at least, ever since I began my apprenticeship. We now use a mixture of herbal teas and starvation for the control of intestinal disorders of this nature. Here, I may just have some in my pack.” Nomis had been shrugging his Master’s pack off while he had been talking and then rummaged around inside. He was relieved to find a small leather pouch of the herbal mixture chamomile and arrowroot. Hiral invariably packed emergency treatments for minor complaints in his pack. Nomis made a mental note to do likewise in future, in his own pack.
“Now if you could make a tea-egg full of this into a herbal tea sweetened with honey and a pinch or two of salt, she will recover quite quickly. She should have as much as she can drink of the mixture. The important thing is to give her a great deal of liquid, but on no account to give her any foods from animal sources, and very little in the way of grain, or wine. My master is of the opinion that there is a small infestation that enters the intestinal system and if it is fed with meat, milk, cheese or grain, it will increase. He advocates starving the infestation until the patient stops vomiting and has clear bowels.”