Hi Tom.

no offense, but actually in medeval society people rarely drank streight water, though they did use it for irrigating fields, watering crops, doing laundry etc.

Actually though, a standard medeval breakfast would be gruel, and a pint of small beer, or very weak ale (the grieks drank wine for the same reason), sinse deseases like cholera, Disentry, viles desease etc can all be got from drinking unpurified water, but are all killed when water is used to ferment licker.

Tea was also drunk, though not as much in the west as in Asian countries (one reason why people of European descent often have a genetically higher tolerance for alcohol than people of Eastern descent).

As I said to Phil, I think fetching water for various tasks is generally part of the micro management and personal life of each person that everyone does for him/her self but the player doesn't manage, though possibly water based desasters could be included later.

As regards the facts on drinking, well I'm afraid that while doing my degree I did several modules on history of medicine, so this sort of thing is right up my alley, and in fact yesterday I just came back from visiting Iam, a small village in Darbishire that was the only place outside london to get the plague in the 17th centurey, ----- now there! would be a cool mission for castaways, designating your peasants dig plague pits to bury corpses, and making some herbalists to try and find herbs to counter the desease which obviously your miracle working doctors would have trouble dealing with.

Beware the grue!


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