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3-23-2009 @ 12:06AM
I like the sound of Vegetarian Hunters...I kid of course, most of the vegetarians I know are nice.One possible justification for a healing class to skin would be an interest in vivisection to better understand the function of life. Though the sort of Cartesian thinking necessary to justify vivisection is well beyond my means. That's not to say I don't mind asserting my dominance over an animal by eating it, just that I would question any assessment of "conscience" based solely on the subjects ability to express its presence.
3-23-2009 @ 12:20AM
I think I follow you. To heal the body, they must first know how the body is arranged. Kinda like how it's pretty hard to repair a car engine if you don't know what bolts and wires attach to which plugs and sockets...
3-23-2009 @ 2:28AM
In a world where healing is largely done through magic, vivisection would be more the purview of Necromancers and others who need a more intimate understanding of how all the parts fit together. With the Light, you don't need to know what's broken, really, just have faith that it will be healed.The purpose of vivisection (or, as it is referred to in Universities, the cadaver lab) is to understand exactly how everything fits together so it can be manually fixed, through surgery, therapy, and the like. The understanding of anatomy is primarily due to the direct nature of our form of healing. But there's no reason to believe that a faith-based healer of any kind needs to know the exact name of a muscle, or what two (or more) bones it connects, to entreat the Light for the power to heal it. But when reconstructing a body from parts via stitching, a deeper knowledge of both anatomy and butchery would be needed, to properly pull apart and put together the appropriate joints and muscles.Now, any skinner who has cooking could easily describe the skinning as the first step in slowly preparing an animal to be cooked, potentially through sectioning.
3-23-2009 @ 3:09AM
my only question on all this is....why would a vegetarian hunt animals? They dont believe in eating them so why would the kill them you know?
3-23-2009 @ 3:15AM
Ondeo, the primary idea is, as I understand it, to use the Hunter class to represent the equivalent of guerrilla fighters, scouts, snipers, or musketeers. In other words, to use the mechanics given by the class in ways that don't fall into the actual "hunter" trope, but rather follow the general ideals of, say, the D&D Ranger class.
3-23-2009 @ 6:44AM
Just want to jump in here. Vivisection is the act of taking a living being apart while they're still alive. Dissection is the same act while the being is dead. Big difference. :)
3-23-2009 @ 8:57AM
Exactly, Thayer, so if someone feels that vivisection can be performed on a cadaver, their subject may not have been as dead as they thought. And Ondeo, Given that you are replying to me, I will assume that you are replying to what I said, so...A vegetarian hunter would not hunt animals...he or she would hunt vegetarians (the second most dangerous game?).
3-23-2009 @ 10:21AM
Ondeo: Not all vegetarians choose to be that way because of moral issues. Some are vegetarians just for health reasons.
3-23-2009 @ 12:52PM
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