February 2nd, 2010

Beer, Methos

Vikings/1st Crusade

Given the following resources from Wikipedia:
It is reasonable to expect that a Norseman could have traveled in 1034 CE, before the 1st Crusade in 1095, to Constantinople. From there, what issues would a Norseman have encountered getting into Jerusalem? There were jewish enclaves in the city, until 1099 when the Crusaders went sword happy on anyone inside. He would be traveling as a merchant, some sort of peddler, perhaps. Alone. He would carry wares: fine jewelry, dyes, perhaps, I am unsure as to what, just that it would be lightweight and worth something. He would also be carrying a sword. He is most certainly not Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, or Muslim, would he have had trouble for that?
He would have most likely walked with a caravan of some sort, most likely pilgrims? Other merchants? Would he have paid tolls? Bribes?

15th century terms, namely for the Russian people.

Setting: 15th century fantasy based off of Medieval Europe.

Search Terms: Wikipedia :Russia, East Slavs,Kievan Rus : Google: Middle Ages russia, East Slavs.
one through quite a few articles on Asia, Africa and Medieval history books.

I'm looking for how a character who is Russian. would be acknowledged by the members of the court, knights, or if at all.
There seems to be alot of differing terms and none really seem to agree with one another or make sense to me.
I know i;m writing  fantasy, but I like to build my fantasy from reality.

Also if anyone can make suggestions, theres a cuturally diverse groop at this location, any suggestions wold be greatly appreciated.

Sorry for all the misunderstandings.
I wrote this at 2am...

Thank you
You guys have been ridiculously helpful. I'm sorry I wasn't able to make myself  clear.
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Medical help with GSW?

I have zero/zip/zilch medical knowledge so I'm hoping to get some help.

I've read through the other GSW bits and pieces and some kind of hit close to what I'm needing but not quite.

I'm wondering if what I want to to is possible or at least plausible!

I have a guy, around 30, fit and healthy. He's tied, lying down so he can't move.

I have another guy with a gun, he has enough medical knowledge (I'm thinking a med school drop out) to know where to cause the least amount of damage but make it look bad and be painful.

I'd like him to shoot the poor tied down guy 6 times, with a hand gun, and close range, possibly point blanc. Once in each arm (upper?), once in each leg (maybe thigh but could be lower down, I'm not picky) and once somewhere on the abdomen. I'd assume it would lead to some sort of muscular damage? But clearly I need to avoid major arteries, so if it's possible to place the shots, that's what I need to know.

I thought it could potentially be some sort of bullet graze. I know it's supposed to be rare and a tv show cop out to major injury, but if someone has the time to line up the shot, is it possible? I'd still like the wounds to be bleeders, so that it looks bad but it will take about an hour or maybe more for hospital treatment.

The sixth shot is to be into the palm of a hand, crucifixion style. Clean through, but I'm assuming I can't discount damage on this one!

What I'd really need to know is if it's plausible to do this in the first place, and then also what the recovery might be? Considering how long he'd be in hospital, how long he'd then spend at home and what treatment he'd get in the long term... physiotherapy or whatnot. If he's been hit in the leg, would he need physio to help him walk or would he be able to heal with just his family's help?

This is supposed to be a form of scare tactic, so I don't want any hugely lasting effects, though if something happened to the hand I wouldn't be quite so worried, but I wouldn't want him to lose it or anything! If he can heal to a good level within a few months I'd be happy.

But if anyone can tell me the best placements that would be great.

(I feel like a psycho asking for this kind of help but... you know what I mean!)

Any help is much appreciated!