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== The People of the Crossroads ==
 
 
The People of the Crossroads is the name of an order of [[physicians]] started by a loose collection of village midwives, leech wives, horse doctors, and others interested in healing crafts who were not blessed with healing magics by the gods.
 
 
The name is also used to describe the [[gypsy]] people in general, referring to their practice of wandering the roads rather than settling down in one place.
 
 
 
== The Mark of the Crossroads ==
 
 
Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of members of the order of the Crossroads is the mark that they bear: a blood-red tattoo of an equal-armed cross, meant to be visible to anyone. The mark is sometimes sewn into their personal possessions, usually on a grey field. The mark represents the thin line between life and death, as well as the blood that must be shed in order to preserve life.
 
 
 
== Common Practices ==
 
 
*All of the physicians of the Crossroads take a tattoo of the Mark of the Crossroads in order to advertise to any who see them that they can provide physician's services.
 
 
*Unlike most healers and many physicians from other parts of the realm, the People of the Crossroads make it their practice to charge fees for their services, unless they are rendered in the absolute exigency of battle. The reason given for this is that the physician must first ensure that they have the necessary resources to continue their practice, "so that the well does not run dry." Working for free is considered dishonorable to the memory of the first People who sacrificed the little they had in order to learn the knowledge that they passed down to their apprentices.
 
 
*While many healers choose to offer their services indiscriminately, physicians of the Crossroads reserve the right to refuse their services. They believe that the freedom to exercise their own judgment in this area is necessary for the greatest benefit to all in the long-term, helping to prevent them from being used as unwitting pawns by those who would use their aid for nefarious purposes.
 

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