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Botanist  A

Historical background

In the Middle Ages, man’s relationship with nature was often characterised by superstition and popular beliefs. In Tuscany, for example, it was believed that fried fleabane leaves given to a pregnant woman protected the newborn child from fractures; or it was believed that verbena was an excellent remedy for headache but only if picked on the feast day of San Giovanni.

A significant role in the scientific development of medieval botany was played by monastic orders. The botanical and pharmaceutical tradition, in particular, was developed thanks to the institution of the Hortus simplicium or Hortus medicus, an area inside the monastery reserved to the cultivation of semplici (simple officinal herbs, that is to say unrefined, while the composti were instead semplici combined to obtain medicines). Adjoining the gardens were the armaria pigmentariorum, precursors of the first monastic pharmacies, where the various officinal plants were preserved and dried.

How does it work?

A Botanist can produce knowledge in the following ways:

* By studying certain palnts or mushrooms at the Researcher's Desk
* By dissecting certain plants on the Slab
* By observing certain plants in the field (select them with your Job Log)

Produces

 • Deep Truffle Biology
 • Herbs in the Fields
 • Herbs, Vol IX
 • Lifecycle of the Firethorn
 • Mushrooms
 • Strange Herb
 • Strange Mushroom

Legend

G Gatherer: You gather natural resources such as ore and wood.

C Converter: You convert none resource into the other, for example ore into metal.

F Farmer: You plant crops or breed animals from which to harvest resources.

H Hunter: You locate creatures or areas and interact with them.

A Academic: You can generate knowledge by examining objects.

S Service: You can boost abilities by attending a character.

T Trader: You can buy, sell, and store resources.

U Unique: See description.