Silent Seekers
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a silent seeker

The Silent Seekers was an order of clerics officiated by the Church of Light to treat victims of the Deathsong Plague and to investigate its origins and nature. They had become feared by the general public for where they were, death followed. Some even believe the seekers were spreading the plague and many members of the order were lynched by angry mobs.

They were under a covenant to treat only those with the plague.

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History


Duty


Silent Seekers served as public servants during the Deathsong. Their principal task, besides taking care of plague victims, was to record in public records the deaths due to the plague.

In certain Fainish cities like Jaress and Emcas seekers were requested to do autopsies to help determine the cause of death and how the plague played a role. Seekers became testators and witnesses to numerous wills during times of plague epidemics. They instructed plague patients to be serene and lighthearted and to think of only gold, silver, and other items which were comforting to the heart instead of death.

Covenant


Uniform


The uniform of the Silent Seekers was an ankle length overcoat and bird beak mask worn by a seeker to protect him from airborne diseases. It was based on the miasma theory of disease. The overcoat, as well as leggings, gloves, boots, and a hat, was made of waxed leather. Straps held the beak in front of the seeker's nose. The mask had glass openings for the eyes and a curved beak. It had two small nose holes and was a type of respirator. The beak held dried flowers (including roses and carnations), herbs (including mint), spices, camphor or a vinegar sponge. The robe was impregnated with similar fragrant items. Seekers believed the herbs would counter the "evil" smells of the plague and prevent them from becoming infected.

Seekers wore wide brimmed leather hoods to indicate their profession. They used wooden canes to point out areas needing attention and to examine the patients without touching them. The canes were also used to keep people away and to remove clothing from plague victims without touching them or to take patients' pulses.

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