Disease or injury that causes death of character in fantasy world (made-to-order)

Final edit: Leukemia seems to be the solution - thank you all for your suggestions, even if I couldn't use them! It helped a lot to think through all the possibilities.

So I'm writing a story set in a fantasy world with limited to no technology as we know it (some civilizations know how to use gunpowder to blow up things, but that's not present in this story's civilization). The story is set in an agrarian village (where the men are often training to fight with bow/sword and defend their lands from evil creatures) with a Northern European-style climate. They have the standard sorts of livestock that we would see on an old-style family farm - chickens, pigs, cows or goats, some horses (although these are used as much for transportation between places as anything - sort of all-purpose). They are aware of how to keep things clean and have proper sanitation practices (unlike our medieval world) so diseases from unsanitary conditions are rare.

I'm trying to find a way for this character to die, with the following details:

- she's a woman in her late 20s, which is the prime of her life for this civilization

- if this is an injury, it isn't likely to be horse-related as she wouldn't be dealing with them much; the only body of water nearby is a creek used for water sources (and which she's unlikely to cross)

- while it's possible for her to be pregnant at the time (she's had only one child so far and that was two years before), she's not aware of a pregnancy (so any pregnancy-related complication would need to be something very early on)

- it needs to not be something very infectious that will prevent her from having normal visitors and such while she is dying

- it needs to be something she can tell is turning fatal; she has enough time to recognize that she is not likely to survive and prepare others, which brings me to...

- she has to stay conscious till nearly the end (could have a few hours of lapsing into unconsciousness, but not days), though could be in major pain (as long as she's not confused or unconscious), because she has to be able to talk to several people as she's nearing the end and tell them things for the future

- this can happen sometime from late spring to early fall

- she has been healthy up to this point, so it can't be a disease developing over years


I googled everything from "septicemia" to "tetanus" to "dysentery" to "fatal fever" (which got me some book about Typhoid Mary) to "fatal pregnancy" (just in case I'd missed something there) to "disease fatal" to "medieval disease/death/etc." (every variation I could think of). Septicemia looked useful except for the confusion; tetanus seemed to rule out being able to communicate with the muscle spasms; dysentery is far too gross (I'd rather not have a disease where there is frequent emergence of lots of bodily fluids and other nasty stuff - though if nothing else seems to work, dysentery might be it!); most of the others were far too contagious; and I couldn't find any of the pregnancy complications that looked viable. While I've done a lot of research on illnesses, I am quite open to an injury if there's one that will cause death slow enough for her to have those conversations.

If there's anything out there I can use (real-world diseases, but if there's an old-fashioned name for it I'll be using that), let me know your suggestions! I won't actually be writing her death scene - the POV is of a character who won't be in the room with her at the time, but will be hearing some of the "last words" preparation before she leaves the room, as she's being charged with raising the dying character's child, so I have to know how she'd be speaking (halting? lots of pauses between words? as long as she can get the words out - and then have another 10-minute or so convo with the person who is in the room with her at the time she dies - I'm good).


Edit: Finally just got a hold of a relative with some medical experience, and their suggestion made me want to headdesk because of its simplicity: Cancer. It might be more common in our modern era due to all the pollutants and chemicals we're exposed to, but it still happened back then. Their suggestion was leukemia… Does that fit? And if so, where on earth can I find a description of the disease's progression without medical treatment? Whichever it is needs to only be discovered by this character some weeks before she dies, so maybe her symptoms are too mild before that to be noticed, or it's a variety that develops rapidly…

British (Offensive) Terminology/Terms of Endearment

So, I'm writing this fic that centers around a British character on an American show, and I am not quite sure how to search for the specific information that I need. The story involved a very abusive relationship with an extreme power imbalance. The purpose of the language I'm looking for is for the abuser to make the victim feel worthless and powerless. He has complete authority, the power of life or death, over his unwilling partner, who is for all intents and purposes his slave.

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I am considering also having the abuser call the victim by a term of endearment/pet name. If he was American, I'd use "baby" or "sweetheart" - something that can go either way, either be genuinely affectionate, or patronizing and degrading. Would "love" work for a British character? Or something else? What would you suggest?

Thanks so much for any help y'all can provide with this. :)

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DoS

[Anon Post] Effects of 10 years of torture and torturing

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Sources:

I researched NAMI on Psychosis, Early Psychosis and Psychotic Depression, NIMH on PTSD and Schizophrenia, Mayoclinic on PTSD causes, Webmd on Major Depression, APA on different fire setter types, MedlinePlus on Psychotic Disorders, Youtube on Delusions and Psychotic Depression, and Mentalhealthdaily on Undifferentiated Schizophrenia causes. Among others.

If I'm contradicting myself or need to put in more information, please let me know. If anyone feels the need to send me a PM, my fanfiction.net account name is Shadowking2015.

Gunshot Wound to Thigh

So I have this character in a WWII setting where he's running and is shot in the thigh by a gunman in a tower roughly 24 meters away and at a height of 11.6 meters. The hypotenuse of this triangle of impact I've created is 26.6 meters. The firing range of the machine gun itself can get up to half a mile at average (around 800 meters) so there was no problem with hitting him concerning the range.

My character is about 10-11 years old suffering from starvation/fatigue from much physical work. He's running at an average speed and my goal is for him to be shot in the thigh, but without rupturing the femoral artery. After I've looked at diagrams and just used my logic, I've thought that maybe, at that speed and distance, it could do anything but to miss the femoral artery (it's a small target>high speeds>big impact). So, my thinking is, once the bullet hits his leg, will go straight through the flesh, but it would be such a catastrophic wound that it would have to hit the femoral and condemn his leg to being cut off, or, more likely, bleeding out. Am I right? I hope not, I want this to work.

Potentially, I could make it so that my character is much closer (i.e., a few meters rather than 24). At that closer range, I would think it more reasonable for the bullet to both go through the flesh entirely but be able to miss the femoral if he's lucky.

My question is: How will this effectively injure this character? I'm no medical expert, and I'm not expecting anyone else on here to be, either, but I'd like some second opinions. Much thanks for any responses in advance.

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http://panorama.auschwitz.org/tour1,en.html (very interesting tour/LOTS of info. The first one titled "view from a watch tower" is the height from which I mentioned earlier and you can easily see the wall which they'd already scaled- never mind that)

Text of email notifications from LiveJournal in 2003?

Does anyone have (English) email notifications from LiveJournal (eg "soandso added you as a friend," "soandso left a comment") from 2003? Yahoo deleted my old email address so I can't access emails from that era.

I'm most interested in the text of friend and comment notifications, including the subject headline. I appreciate any help you can give.

Popular watch brands in '60s America?

Hullo, all.

This detail is the littlest of the little, but there's no harm in checking if my facts are right...

A story of mine takes place in the 1960s, with a young-ish librarian from a decently well-off family as one of the main characters. One of her quirks is that she's always checking her watch, so as a bit of period-flavoring I want to mention a specific brand. After way more Googling than was probably warranted, I settled on giving her a Bulova - does this sound off to anyone who actually lived through the '60s?

(I went through several pages on "the most famous fictional watches" and whatnot, but most of them were about zillion-dollar Bond watches like Rolex and Omega, which are a bit out of the character's price-range. Adding words like "cheap" or "affordable" tended to get me digital watches, which obviously don't jibe with the timeframe...)

Question: town with open land near London?

Hi, I am writing a story set in modern day UK/alternate history with dragons, and would like to know which town near London would a relatively middle-class family live in? With the caveat that it must have some open land/green space/fores(?) for the dragon.

Possible matches on google search turned up: Kettering-Northamptonshire and Sittingbourne-Kent. Would these do? Or is it a big mistake?^^

EDIT: The background on the family in the story:
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Teenage leg injury

Hi everyone, I can't believe I only just found this community, but it looks like the perfect place for me :D There are things I've been looking for for years (literally), and I probably just haven't been systematic enough... but I also read all the injury posts on here, and just wanna check that what I have makes sense, since you're such knowledgeable, kind experts :)

So I have a teenage character who was hit by a car when riding a bike, and a few years later still needs (and always will pretty much) a cane to walk. No other long lasting consequences, other than a few scars, are necessary. (I also think, since the story is set in England, he'd need to wear a helmet, and I guess he did, since I'm not trying to get him killed)

Anyway, here is the situation:
He can't really take more than maybe a few steps without the cane, it's basically neccessary all the time (after all, a teenager wouldn't use it otherwise), and it's certainly noticeable that he has a limp and walks a bit slow, enough so that other kids can mock him a bit ;p I was also thinking that it would be painful to put too much weight on that leg, and that it would occasionally bother him, but nothing too horrible.

Now, here is what I was thinking - seeing as it's a young person so should heal easily, and assuming he got really good medical care, would it make sense to say that it's all caused by a badly broken femur resulting in some nerve damage? I don't neccessarily need minute anatomical details, just want this to seem credible to an average person and also want to understand the basic mechanism so I know how he feels and what he can do.

Thank you!

Mirror Superstitions in Historical Fantasy Korea?

Setting is a Korean-themed historical fantasy (Akatsuki no Yona universe).  I'm considering a story in which someone purposefully breaks a mirror for friendly reasons (a friend looks longingly at the character's mirror and they break it to give their friend a piece of it).

From my research about the history of mirror technology, I think a mirror made of brittle white metal would be a reasonable conjecture but would have been very expensive.

My main point of curiosity now: where I'm from (the US), there's the superstition that breaking a mirror is bad luck.  I have no particular reason to think this would be the case in the setting, but mirrors are such a common point of superstition, I wanted to check up on it.  In my own online searches, I found a few articles where Koreans replied that they also had the bad luck superstition, but it was piecemeal enough that I wasn't confident about going with it and thought maybe the superstition had been recently imported.

So, does anyone know if there are any longstanding superstitions in Korea against breaking mirrors or otherwise involving mirrors?

For the mirror itself, I'm looking mainly at the Wikipedia entries for "Mirror," "Bronze Mirror," and "Speculum Metal."
For the superstition, I Googled "korea mirror superstition."