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08 September 2011 @ 11:50 pm
Meta Month, Day 8: Seth's wound (again!)  
So, as a followup to yesterday's post, why is it precisely that Seth's wound hasn't healed? And when and how was it healed to begin with? He gets injured on the way to Frelia. Before reaching Frelia's capital they have to retake Border Mulan and they don't have access to a healer in between. In the game of course, you can patch him up with a Vulnerary. I officially ignore those when I write fic. I just... refuse to deal with them. They're a game mechanic plain and simple and I can't imagine writing something realistic with those things floating around making it so easy to heal up.

I'm going to suggests that his wound was bandaged up on the road, but not properly treated until they reached Frelia. I think that could also account for why it continues to bother him. If there's a delay in the treatment of a wound, it maybe doesn't heal as cleanly as one treated immediately by a healing staff. In his supports with Eirika, Seth even says that it may "afflict [him] to the end of [his] life." That suggests to me the sort of thing that a staff can't treat, like arthritis which can develop after an injury (again, this goes with my theory that he was injured in the shoulder area rather than the side).
 
 
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saffiremoon21saffiremoon21 on September 9th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, I always thought maybe he got an infection or something and those can cause permanent damage that maybe a stave couldn't fix.
wolfraven80: FE:TSS - S/E blushwolfraven80 on September 9th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
Doesn't this conversation just make you want to hug him?
saffiremoon21saffiremoon21 on September 9th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
To be fair, a lot of things make me want to hug Seth ;)
shining_valor: holding handsshining_valor on September 9th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
We are taking into consideration that he was riding around swinging a sword while injured, right? Exertion and stress generally don't help for good healing either. And he had a lot of stress to deal with.
wolfraven80wolfraven80 on September 10th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
True, but I would think that would be pretty standard during a war. Other people must have been hurt during a battle and not gotten healed until after it ended, but no one else mentions having problems. So why is Seth's case different than normal?
SocraticWaffles: Fleche to the FACEsocraticwaffles on September 9th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not up to date on all the thoughts on the healing metas and where Seth's wound would be placed, but I always assumed the opponent had gotten under his pauldron (like getting under someone's fencing mask! Which sucks!) and messed something up in his shoulder or the area where his shoulder meets his torso. I'd assume that not being able to have it healed immediately would be an issue, not because perhaps a wound is harder to heal the longer you wait, but because by the time he got to a real healer he'd probably built up some messy scar tissue that hampered the movement of his arm. So it's not that the wound hasn't healed, in my head-canon, so much as it didn't heal WELL by itself and is causing more complications.
wolfraven80: FE:TSS-- Seth quietwolfraven80 on September 10th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Yeah that's more or less what I said about Seth's wound, that Valter's spear got into the joint in his armour at the shoulder.

not because perhaps a wound is harder to heal the longer you wait, but because by the time he got to a real healer he'd probably built up some messy scar tissue that hampered the movement of his arm. So it's not that the wound hasn't healed, in my head-canon, so much as it didn't heal WELL by itself and is causing more complications.

That's an interesting take on it. I like that!
Samuraitersamuraiter on September 10th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
I still blame Valter's Lance of Autokill.