"My work may be garbage but it's good garbage." Mickey Spillane
It was reading the TSR novels such as Forgotten Realms that first made me sick of healers and healing potions. Reading some of (but not all of them) Mercedes Lackey’s novels renewed my reaction to healers who could heal just about anything single-handed and with very little muss and fuss. I felt that it cheapened the danger to the heroes of the books.
Healers became a pet peeve of mine. I had a tree that produced a magic elixir, a healing potion, in the garden of the sun god. And then the trickster goddess, Dynanna, got a mad on at him and filled his garden with gophers. If you look really hard, you might find one of those potions. But it might be centuries before the magic tree recovers.
I put mine under the umbrella of healers. I know that people probably think D&D type, but I don’t have them. Instead, I have a variety of specialists.
My lifemages can do nearly all of it depending on their affinities, but the sa’necari necromancers came close to killing all of them. Reason: the lifemages can destroy the undead. They are the top of the healing chain, but usually work in groups in rapport. Having the talent does not mean you have enough energy to sustain the healing process solo.
Spiritworkers share some gifts in common with the lifemages, but can’t heal.
Spellbreakers can cure arcane wounds made by certain types of cursed weapons commonly wielded by the sa’necari, but they do it by ripping the spells apart in a brutal crude fashion and often leave their patients crippled since they can’t fix the the other aspects and any prior damage. So they are usually the last resort.
Menders can grow organic material back together, such as bone, muscle, organs. But without proper training in anatomy they can have the occasional ooopsie of growing it back to the wrong thing (like attaching a severed lung to your kidneys instead of the other piece of your lung)
Readers. All magical healers are also Readers. Top level Readers can see into the body right down to the molecular level. However, most Readers are not healers. They are diagnosticians. Readers make impressive surgeons.
Down at the bottom rung are the types most prevalent. Surgeons, physicians, mid-wives and so forth.
Cahira Sinclair, a lycan mage (lycans produce albinos more often than mages) is a Mender. she is also a translator of obscure languages. When a cache of books was found by the dwarves of Iradrim, the Tsar asked her (yes, Russian dwarves. The god of the dwarves gathered up all the dwarves he could find and dumped them in one spot and told them to build a kingdom that worshipped him. Norse, Gaelic, and Ruskies. The Ruskies fought their way to the top and now they have a tsar) to translate the medical books found there. As a result they now have hypodermic syringes, primitive blood transfusions, and stethoscopes.
Overall, they have a crystal based technology that makes possible invitro-fertilization, some radical methods of birth control, and other amusing things.
And then there is Rashid, a polyarcanist surgeon. That’s probably my strangest form of healer. He works with herbs and chemicals that are placed in crystals that will dissolve in the human body. They are implanted to provide healing. He also does organ transplants through arcane blastemas (see that crazy Mexican salamander that regenerates), and he taps into auric fields to create nets of healing energy produced by crystals. He’s very expensive and usually only works for the nobility and others who can afford his prices.
and that’s my healers.