Water of Life
Few trades have undergone a more drastic change than the apothecaries. Once crackpots guessing at the proper amount of leeches to apply to drain the proper humors, times have changed. Medical practices have been revolutionized through the formation of the Apothecary’s Guild which centralized and refined medical practices. The iconic raven masks that have defined the trade for centuries have gone from symbols of plague and fear to the assurance that with their arrival, diseases would be cured and injuries would be healed.
It was into this period of learning and optimism that Dymitri was born. Both of his parents were apothecaries, and he grew up with the knowledge that he would follow in his parent’s footsteps. His childhood, though safe and well cared for, was constantly on the road, never stopping in one place for long enough to make friends or find somewhere he fit in.
When he turned eleven, he left his parent’s care and went to study at the Apothecary’s College under the rather indirect tutelage of Master Gerhardt, one of the main players in the formation of the Apothecary’s Guild. He took easily to his studies. His parents had taught him the rudiments of medicine, and it was something of an instinct to him. However, he still felt lonely. Despite the newfound consistency in his life, he couldn’t connect with his peers, couldn’t find any engagement with those around him.
Nonetheless, his talents were considerable in the medical arts, even drawing the eyes of Master Gerhardt himself, and the old apothecary decided to take Dymitri under his direct tutelage. It was in this time of direct instruction that Dymitri truly came into his own. Several years passed, and his skills came to rival those of many apothecaries even a decade older than him.
It was at the urging of Master Gerhardt that Dymitri was sent to a true academy to hone his skills. Though excited to learn more about this talent he possessed, he was far less ready to uproot himself once more. He had built a life at the Apothecary’s College. He had people he was close to, and a comforting routine. And yet, the Other called to him. It drew him to learn more, to find more of its secrets. He knew what he had to do.