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First Do No Harm was a virtual representation of one of Kassandra's genetic memories, relived by Layla Hassan through the Portable Animus HR-8.5.

Description

Kassandra travelled to Argos to look for Hippokrates, a healer whom she heard may have information on her mother's whereabouts.

Dialogue

The Adrestia docked at Epidauros, whereupon Kassandra made her way to Argos to talk with Hippokrates. Upon reaching her destination, however, she discovered that Hippokrates was not there. Instead, an older woman and a young man were arguing.

  • Chrysis: Apollo himself should smite your precious Hippokrates!
  • Sostratos: But priestess, Hippokrates does respect Apollo.
  • Chrysis: What an outrageous claim! Your words are daggers thrust into the heart of our faith. Do you want to bring ruin to all of Argolis?
  • Sostratos: Of course not, but...
  • Chrysis: Then tell me where to find Hippokrates!
  • Sostratos: Forgive me, but I really can't help you.

Kassandra approached them as they continued to exchange words.

ACOD Chrysis Threatens Sostratos

Chrysis threantening Sostratos

  • Chrysis: Look, you insignificant peon. Tell me where he is or by Hera, I'll burn this clinic to the ground with you in it!
  • Sostratos: I already told you what I know!
  • Chrysis: I don't ask much. Hippokrates must show humility to ensure public order—prostrate himself before the gods, and declare that his skills are gods-given.
  • Sostratos: But that won't help his patients. It'll just take him away from his work.
  • Chrysis: If Hippokrates thinks he can disrupt social order to make himself into a demigod of healing... Well, perhaps the gods themselves will have their revenge.

  • Kassandra: I'm sure there's no need for raised voices.
  • Chrysis: Who are you?
  • Kassandra: I'm looking for a man named Hippokrates.
  • Chrysis: Yet another crazed follower of the madman himself! Tell your impious master that unless he makes a public apology and soon, this Priestess of Hera will gather an army of faithful and shut him down. Out of my way.

Chrysis stormed off.

  • Sostratos: Oh, thank all the gods she's gone. I thought she was going to kill me this time.
  • Kassandra: What's going on?
  • Sostratos: I'm Sostratos. Chrysis has accused my master Hippokrates of impiety.
  • Kassandra: Is he impious?
  • Sostratos: He believes that beyond praying, people can take their health into their own hands and make themselves well.
  • Kassandra: Fascinating. Can I speak with him?
  • Sostratos: I'm sorry. He isn't here.

(If players choose "Where is Hippokrates?")

  • Kassandra: I need to meet Hippokrates. Is he in Argolis, at least?
  • Sostratos: Yes, but he's gone southeast of Hera's Watch to help the sick and injured.

(If players choose "What is this place?")

ACOD First Do No Harm 02

Hippokrates' clinic

  • Kassandra: Is this his workshop?
  • Sostratos: It's Hippokrates's clinic. Here we study healing, offer treatments, and provide care to anyone who asks.
  • Kassandra: Why not work with the priests in the Sanctuary of Asklepios? It's what this region is known for, right?
  • Sostratos: The priests try their best, but their methods are stuck in the past. Hippokrates is researching new cures and treatments.

(If players choose "I need to find Hippokrates.")

  • Kassandra: I'll find him.
  • Sostratos: If you're going to meet Hippokrates... could I trouble you with a small errand?
  • Kassandra: Depends what it is.
  • Sostratos: I want you to bring him some equipment. He was in such a hurry, he left it behind.

(If players choose "What about your equipment?")

  • Kassandra: What kind of equipment?
  • Sostratos: Just medical necessities. Knives and gut for sutures, bandages... Oh, and an enema bag for clearing the bowels.
  • Kassandra: They had better be properly wrapped.

(If players choose "I think I can help you.")

  • Kassandra: I could bring that to Hippokrates.
  • Sostratos: Really?

  • Kassandra: I'll be sure he gets the equipment.
  • Sostratos: You have my thanks.

  • Kassandra: How will I know when I've found Hippokrates?
  • Sostratos: Follow the road southeast of Hera's Watch to the Cave of Pan. He won't have set up far from it. Look for a long line of sick people. He's balding, but I wouldn't mention that if I were you.

Kassandra traveled to the Cave of Pan.

  • Kassandra:: So many sick people... Can one man help all of them? I thought they were exaggerating when they said people from all around came to see Hippokrates.
ACOD First Do No Harm - Kassandra Observing Hippokrates

Kassandra observing Hippokrates at work

She found Hippokrates tending to one of his patients.

  • Kassandra: So, what has caused this man's condition?
  • Nurse: An excess of phlegm, doctor.
  • Hippokrates: In the immediate sense, yes. But more importantly, he suffers from neglect.
  • Nurse: Neglect?
  • Hippokrates: Good food, warm clothing, so much could have helped. But since other "caretakers" assumed his condition was a punishment from the gods, they neglected him.
  • Kassandra: Challenging tradition... You must be Hippokrates.
  • Hippokrates: Yes. I'm also very busy.

  • Kassandra: This is important. Where are all these people coming from anyway?
  • Hippokrates: Patience, mercenary. They come from everywhere, but this is mostly overflow from the Sanctuary of Asklepios. It's been crowded there since the war began. And with crowding comes sickness...

  • Kassandra: This will only take a moment. I won't keep you away from your patients... and your students?
  • Hippokrates: Observation, experience, and experimentation are crucial for treatment. My followers are learning that.

  • Kassandra: I've come from your clinic in Argos. Sostratos asked me to give you this.
  • Hippokrates: I knew I forgot some things. Sostratos is a good physician, but a better apprentice there is none. Did you ask him to pay you for this delivery?
  • Kassandra: No, I knew this would help you and your patients. That's good enough for me.
  • Hippokrates: Quite admirable. What did you say your name was?
  • Kassandra: Kassandra of Sparta.
  • Hippokrates: Well met, Kassandra of Sparta. What do you need?

  • Kassandra: I've been searching for a Spartan woman.
  • Hippokrates: What makes you think I would know her?
  • Kassandra: I was told you may have helped her a long time ago.

  • Kassandra: Hippokrates, I need your help. I was told you may have helped my mother. I'm trying to find her.
  • Nurse: But we see all kind of mothers. They walk all day so that Hippokrates can see their children.

ACOD First Do No Harm 04

Kassandra meets Hippokrates

  • Hippokrates: Maybe the priests at the Sanctuary of Asklepios can help. They keep detailed records of all who pass through.
  • Kassandra: Please, Hippokrates. I came very far to meet you.
  • Hippokrates: As did this patient, and the one before him, and the one before her. My patients need me, but my notes on diseases of the mind were taken. Retrieve them, and I will help you find what you seek. Hurry! This patient doesn't have much time left.
ACOD First Do No Harm - Sick Patient Discussion

Hippokrates discussing the patient's condition

(If players choose "Sostratos said not to mention you're balding.")

  • Kassandra: According to Sostratos, you don't like people mentioning your... you know.
  • Hippokrates: My what?
  • Kassandra: Your hair. Or lack of it.
  • Hippokrates: Yes, yes. Make your jokes while walking around like one of Phidias' sculptures come to life.

(If players choose "Where do you think your notes are?")

  • Kassandra: Where should I look for your notes?
  • Hippokrates: Fort Tiryns, not far from here. Perhaps they'll return them if you ask.
  • Kassandra: Or they could prepare for a new battle, with me.
  • Hippokrates: Far be it from me to tell a misthios how to work, but please, for my sake, do not kill needlessly. Enough blood has been shed in this war.

(If players choose "Was it Chrysis who took your notes?")

  • Kassandra: Did Chrysis take your notes?
  • Hippokrates: Ah, you've met the priestess. No, not her, but the local military commander. I can't fault his desperation. Those men suffer terribly from battle fatigue.

(If players choose "Why would the woman I'm after go to the sanctuary?")

  • Kassandra: She would have come here a long time ago, with an injured baby. Are you sure she would have passed through the Sanctuary of Asklepios?
  • Hippokrates: I was a young man then. When I encountered a situation beyond my skills, I would send the patient to the Sanctuary.
  • Kassandra: And these priests kept records of their patients?
  • Hippokrates: Yes, engraved in stone. The elder priest might remember.
ACOD First Do No Harm - Kassandra Accepts Request

Kassandra discussed and accepted Hippokrates' request

(If players choose "What are the notes about?")

  • Kassandra: What was so interesting about these notes?
  • Hippokrates: They were my notes about diseases of the mind, including what the priests call the "Sacred Disease." That's what this patient has. He's losing control of his limbs and throat—sometimes frothing at the mouth. I fear his breathing will stop next.

(If players choose "I'll go.")

  • Kassandra: I'll do my best with what you've told me.
  • Hippokrates: Good luck. We're depending on you.

Outcome

Kassandra travelled to Hippokrates' clinic in Argos, meeting his apprentice Sostratos and an elderly priestess named Chrysis who had a beef with Hippokrates. Kassandra was directed to find Hippokrates at the Cave of Pan and deliver some equipment for him. After their meeting, Hippokrates asked Kassandra to recover his notes from a fort in exchange for what information she needed.

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