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Rainsong is a senior resident physician at Harbour House in Irizeh, a chronically underfunded, ill-reputed charity hospital in the dockland slums of Abdhaka, Thiat Kisam’s genteel capital. He mostly recruits nurses and non-medical staff from the slum’s gutters and sees to it that they are properly trained. He has also forged an agreement with several of Irizeh’s drug lords, trading his physician skills and discretion in return for drugs and other supplies badly needed at Harbour House.

He is obsessed with his work and does whatever needs doing to keep Harbour House afloat. He can be ruthless and impatient, has no tolerance for prejudices, attitudes, religious or other superstitions, or any other nonsense. He also has an uncannily keen sense for what a patient needs beyond medical attention and responds accordingly, which sometimes seems eccentric and arbitrary to those who don’t know him. Rainsong isn’t aware that this instinctive, immediate awareness he takes for granted is an expression of clairempathy.

Rainsong lives by his own laws and ethics which may or may not be congruent with established law and common perceptions of propriety. Fortunately for Rainsong, his husband – head investigator of Irizeh’s shaddawi – is rather fond of him. At any rate, by the standards of Irizeh, where they live, Rainsong counts as a law-abiding citizen.

He has acquired a certain notoriety after an aristocrat on a slumming expedition gone awry was delivered to Harbour House and slowly bled out while the physician in attendance, Rainsong, was tending to a battered prostitute only a few feet away.

In the subsequent trial, Rainsong argued that he had merely respected the noble patient’s sensibilities. This was corroborated by several witnesses, staff and patients, who stated the injured man had emphatically and repeatedly refused to be treated by ‘filthy pansies and other slum scum.’

Amazingly, Rainsong was cleared of all charges and free to return to his work as physician at Harbour House.

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Well written and interesting
Dec 02, 2016 11:25 am
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Nov 11, 2016 12:39 pm
Nice use of detail
Oct 17, 2016 12:04 pm
Good use of description
Oct 14, 2016 09:45 am

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