July 12th, 2007


Riding double on a horse

Time: early 1300s
Place: France

Okay, we have two men and one horse. One man is injured (pretty beat up, but not in danger of bleeding to death or anything) and unconscious, the other is conscious, strong, and a skilled rider.

I've googled "riding double", "riding double"+horse, and "two people on one horse," and gotten lots of warnings about how risky this is, but almost nothing on the mechanics of actually doing it. The only useful info I found was that "The person riding behind should be a balanced, experienced rider."

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EDIT 2: Okay, guys, the comments on this post have not only answered my original questions, they've also given me a very thorough reality-check in my choice of horse and my setting up of the situation. You people are seriously awesome. ♥

In an attempt to solve the problems everyone has brought to my attention, I'd like to ask two new questions:

1) Would it work if I chose an Andalusian for the warhorse's breed instead?
(Wikipedia on Andalusian horses says that "Later, the use of heavy plate armor required stronger breeds," implying that pre-plate-armor, which this story is, Andalusians worked as warhorses...)

2) If the conscious guy was injured or weakened as well, would that give riding double an advantage in terms of practicality (comfort/speed/not passing out in the middle of the road) over him walking and leading the horse?
(Also, the horse they're riding double on is no longer necessarily conscious guy's Arabian Andalusian; he may just steal the biggest horse he can find.)
venusaur RRRAAARGH

names - flowers

For some reason I can't even begin to fathom, my inner plotbunnier would like me to name every single character in my most recent short story/written musical with something relating to sunflowers or dandelions.

I. Don't. Know.

Anyway! I've tried Googling for as many variations as I could think of on "names + sunflower" and "names + dandelion", but the closest I ever got was Aster (a genus of flowering plants that includes both sunflowers and dandelions, and sort-of sounds like it could be used as a name.) Any help would be greatly appreciated :D Thanks in advance!

EMTs/Search and Rescue/Police/Hospital in France

I'm writing a "our normal world has a secret magical twin" story that's set in our time in France.

I don't necessarily need French procedures, as long as I can make my characters behave in a way that's professional and logical -- though if you are aware of specific differences between several countries, I would be glad to hear about them.

I looked around with Google for procedures, but what I really need is what people would assume at the scene, and how they would behave around the characters. (Maybe I'm not using the right keywords for mountain rescue, I keep finding rescue team presentations, advice to people in case they get lost, and flyers for training courses. Same for hospitals, I didn't find much of what I would need.)

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Cauterising gunshot wounds - when really desperate!

Hi folks. I've researched under the relevant tag here already, but wanted to run this scenario past you knowledgeable people to check its plausibility.
This is a superhero universe. Superpowered Guy has come across a woman who was hit by a bullet (from a Glock 19) several minutes before he reached the scene. She's bleeding copiously, and having Awesome Superhero Powers of controlling heat, he cauterizes the injury with his super heatup hand (*cough*).
I know that cauterizing a bullet wound is a bad idea, since it prevents wound drainage, and seals foreign material into the injury (which promotes infection). But given that death from blood loss is also likely, could you conceivably use cauterisation as a measure of last resort? As I understand it, the leg would likely need to be amputated after this, but stopping the bleeding might save the victim's life. Is this right?
I'd like to check finally that my idea of the wound is plausible. The bullet struck the outside of the woman's thigh. This is a deep graze, rather than a puncture, so there is effectively only one wound site (not two for entry and exit). That seems to me slightly more susceptible to cauterisation than a puncture right through the limb. For story purposes I need there to be quite a lot of blood - would a wound like this do it?