Magister Petrus Culesdonus (Player: Psitticine)

Here's my Companion character. I'm still kinda fussing over it a bit while we wait but figured I should go ahead and spit out a first draft already. I figured he'd help keep the Creo costs down by treating injuries, maybe putting those who are interested onto a health regime (I recall some concern about Aging rolls in the original thread), and continue making headway into the wonderful world of experimental philosophy.

Characteristics: Int +3, Per +2, Str -1, Sta 0, Prs 0, Com -1, Dex +2, Qik 0

Size: -1

Age: 32

Decrepitude: 0 (0)

Warping Score: 0 (0)

Confidence Score: 2 (5)

Virtues: Magister in Medicina, Wealthy; Affinity with Medicine, Improved Characteristics, Physician of Salerno, Self-Confident

Flaws: Dark Secret (practices dissection), Overconfident (Major); Depressed, Motion Sickness, Poor Hearing, Small Frame

Personality Traits: Morbid +1, Talkative -2, Confident +3

Reputations: Physician of Salerno 2 (general), Magister in Medici 3 (academic)

Knife: Init 0, Att: +6, Def: +5, Dam: +1

Soak: 0

Fatigue Levels: 0, -1, -3, -5, Unconscious

Wound Penalties: -1 (1-4), -3 (5-8), -5 (9-12), Incapacitated (13-16)

Abilities: Arabic 4 (medical terms), Artes Liberales 5 (logic) (can read the Latin, Greek, and Arabic alphabets), Awareness 4 (small details), Bargain 2 (apothecary), Brawl 2 (knives), Chirurgy 6 (palliative care), English 5 (scholarly usage), Etiquette 2 (university life), Folk Ken 3 (detecting lies), Greek 4 (medical terms), Guile 1 (cover stories), Latin 5 (medical terms), Leadership 2 (medical staff), Medicine 8 (diagnosis), Oxford Lore 2 (university), Philosophiae 6 (alchemy), Profession: Apothecary 4 (finding ingredients), Salerno Lore 2 (university), Teaching 6 (medicine)

Known Formulae:
Tonic of Gold (5)
Cataplasm of Mandrake (5)
Mustard Plaster (5)
Compress of Mallow (15)
Soporific Sponge (15)

Equipment: The robes of a university master, a roll containing the tools of a physicus and chirurgeon, possibly various medicines and theriacs depending on availability

Encumbrance: 0 (0)

Description: Petrus, also known as Peter of Culesdon, was born in England in 1178. His father was an up and coming merchant specializing in the trade of spices. His early childhood was not especially privileged but that soon changed as his family fortune grew. Unlike his younger brother, who now manages the family business after the death of their father, Petrus showed little interest in the mercantile life. Instead, he was fascinated by natural philosophy and medicine from an early age, and eventually his father would gladly send the young man to the prestigious University of Salerno. The older man was proud of his intelligent son, plus having him safely established in another career greatly limited the chances that he and his brother would someday quarrel over the family business and perhaps bring it to ruination.

Once there, Petrus devoured every scrap of knowledge he could gain access to. He had a somewhat poor reputation with the other students for, while his scholarship was peerless, his willingness to interact with others and share in the more social elements of school life were nonexistent. On one occasion, a prank left him soaking wet, which led to a headcold and finally to internal damage that left him partially deaf in one ear (his left one).

Among the masters, however, his repute grew in leaps and bounds. Upon graduation, he found himself armed with the highest recommendations and easily established himself within the faculty of Oxford, back in his homeland of England. He had a surprise waiting for him there: in Salerno, the medical dissection of executed criminals and the like was permissible if not universally well-accepted. In England, however, the procedure was strictly illegal. Petrus found this intolerable; in his mind, there is knowledge only available to a physicus who actually opens the body and studies its structure, not just once but across the widest possible variation of human function and dysfunction. To ignore this opportunity for learning was to deliberately allow ignorance, and ignorance in the medical arts means all the more suffering and death for humanity as a whole. He has secretly continued his dissection studies where possible, taking some risks if needed to procure the necessary corpses. As yet, this has not led him into any great trouble, but there would be serious repercussions if his acts were to be discovered.

When the events of 1209 led to the mass exodus from Oxford to Cambridge, Petrus instead went north. There had a been a few close calls in pursuit of his "special studies" and it seemed like a good excuse to remove himself from potentially suspicious eyes. The idea of crossing the sea once again was revolting to him as he suffers greatly from motion sickness, possibly due to the damage in his inner ear, so the city of Edinburgh was a logical destination. At the moment, he makes an extremely comfortable living by attending the occasional private patient, people who are willing to pay exorbitant fees to be attended by such a prestigious medicus. He uses his free time in experimentation and has begun to perform research in the field of alchemy as well as continuing with the development of the pharmaceutical theriacs he encountered at Salerno. This has not been enough to satisfy him, unfortunately, and he has become more and more depressed without the constant mental stimulation of the university environment.

Physically, he is a shortish man with a slight build. He bears himself ruthless erect, however, which makes him seem somewhat taller than he really is. He tends to be quite terse, sometimes detrimentally to his efforts to communicate, and also possesses a rather morbid streak that can be off-putting to those of a more delicate disposition. His fair hair is kept combed back, emphasizing his rather large nose. His eyes are sharp and shrewd, and his bearing is that of a man of great confidence and surety.