i've run into two problems. one i knew was coming, and one inserted itself rather randomly. my characters are out in the middle of nowhere, and it's all trees and grass. incidentally, that's all that's left, period. but we won't get into that. my characters are city people. in general, they're not going to have a whole lot of extensive knowledge of how to survive in the 'wild'. so, for a few days, until i get to the solution i'm getting to, what would they be able to eat to survive? they're in what is basically north american countryside/forest. they're going to find some sort of berries later this evening, when i get back to them, but can anyone think of anything else? anything you yourself would recognize as edible, or any sort of fruit or vegetable that you know grows wild in any particular area? which part of the continent that may be doesn't really matter as, well, i've kind of obliterated the world as we know it. =)
the second problem is injuries, of two different types. one character has turned up with a large open cut on his face. it went about a day before he could clean it up in a river. is there anything - for example, a plant - that might help disinfect it or clean it up? (again, not stuff you would need to be some sort of certified naturopathic physician to know about, which is why google isn't helping me on these questions. i need to know what the average person knows). is it possible that, even without really sterile cleaning, it will eventually heal up (not without scarring, of course) and cause him no further harm? it is a big freakin' cut. it described itself to me as a 'gash'.
another character has injured her shoulder. she can't move it. they have fashioned a bit of a sling to keep it from getting jostled, as that hurts A LOT. she's not ever going to get any medical attention. would she likely lose any of the use of her arm? will it heal up on its' own and be good as new, or fifty percent so, or just a big old dangly nuisance forever? her elbow and hand are okay, it is definitely her shoulder which has been dislocated or separated.
thanks to all!