Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday, August 13th, 2011: damn know-it-all healers

From Bellica, part one:

“How did you…”

“I’m a healer,” Ghia said, cleaning the bloody cut on the bellica’s hand. “I know everything.” Yarrow snarled, and Ghia would have laughed if it wouldn’t have spoiled the effect. “You know you should be more careful with your hands, as Caelum says. This isn’t the first time you’ve come in here with injuries to them.”

14 thoughts on “Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday, August 13th, 2011: damn know-it-all healers

  1. elucian (@elucian)

    Hi! A pleasure to meet you here on SFFSat (though I think we’re already connected on Twitter).

    And a great six — you mange to get a lot of genre, characterisation and history into these few lines! Well done! 🙂


    1. Katje

      Thank you! It’s lovely to hear that all of that comes through. 🙂
      Great to meet you as well.

    1. Katje

      It’s a running joke in the book that the healers/medical officers are insufferable know-it-alls, quite crazy, and pretty much in charge of everyone. 😉

      And thank you.

    1. Katje

      Ghia is AWESOME. She’s definitely my favourite character. I love writing her chapters. She’s 19 years old and bosses around all the other characters, who are usually in their thirties. And they take it, because she’s a healer. It’s great. ^_^

  2. pippajay

    I have no idea what a bellica is (going to have to look it up) but I’m intrigued by the injunction that she should be more careful with her hands.

    1. Katje

      Bellica is a word I coined for this book/world — it comes from the Latin word for war and means “general”. In this world, it’s the highest rank in the military and thus one only a woman can reach. 🙂

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