Thorn: There are lots of ways to heal a body that can’t fix itself alone. On me, they used almost all of them.
The simplest is, using healing magic to make it better at fixing itself.
That worked for most of my skin and muscle. It’s why I now have a face. You already know it didn’t fully work for my sword arm. It took the most direct hit . . . They did as much as they could.
If a part is too broken to heal itself, even with magic help, you can use transformation magic to grow a new one instead.
That’s, um . . . that happened with my fingers. There wasn’t enough left to save . . . so the med-mages cut off what was left, and made them grow back.
For a finger, this is possible. But a whole arm is too big to grow back and make it like new.
Leif: . . . Thorn? Could you get a skin transplant?
Thorn: A what?
Leif: When you get new parts from another person?
It’s a last resort — at least, it is in Sønheim — And I don’t think it works for whole arms, either. But I know we do it for skin.
Thorn: Right! A skin graft. I didn’t need one to live, so they waited until I woke up, to ask if I wanted one. I thought about it . . .
But the real problem is the muscle underneath. It doesn’t work like it used to. And the med techs said that couldn’t be fixed. A “trans-plant” has side effects. It can cause problems. For me, more problems than it can fix.