ALL PLAGUE DOCTOR, ALL THE TIME
"A plague doctor (Italian: physici epidemeie, Dutch: pestmeester, German: Pestarzt), was a special medical physician who saw those who had the bubonic plague. They were specifically hired by towns that had many plague victims in times of plague epidemics. Since the city was paying their salary they treated everyone, the rich and the poor. They were not normally professionally trained experienced physicians or surgeons, and often were second-rate doctors not able to otherwise run a successful medical business or young physicians trying to establish themselves." --Wikipedia
”If I’m going to have a public platform, I want to use it not just to elevate myself but to elevate issues that are important to me… there are so many more trans folks coming forward and saying, ‘This is who I am, this is my story, I will not be silent anymore, I will not be in hiding anymore,’ and that’s when a movement really happens, right?”
Okay, here it is. This is an idea for a character of mine that I actually plan on being at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. My character’s name is Dr. Noir.
For those interested in why this doctor is all covered in pink and flowers, it’s because of a hard fact he has learned in his career: Plague doctors mean certain death. But Noir does not want that fact to be true. He is one of few doctors who will do what they can for the patient before sending them to their death. He wants to make a difference, but it’s hard for him, because who’s going to trust someone who looks as scary as a plague doctor? Black and white do not a friendly demeanor make. And frankly, he’s had enough of the darkness. Time to bring in some light.
So, he tries to make himself more approachable. He allows others to touch him, while most doctors will use their stick to touch the sick. He has a very friendly attitude, and is always looking up when he walks. He wears flowers to add color to his attire, and it helps him work with sick children.
Should you go to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Noir will be wandering around, most likely near Mermaid Cove or Fairy Forest. He will not speak, as all doctors do not. It’s hard to speak in that mask and be understood. Plus he’s a survivor of the plague and the illness basically just killed his voice.
The fgleeful yet slightly perverted plague doctor with his entertaining and highly comprehensive medical book. He also had a few cards for prescriptions but they all seemed to involve sex acts so I took a pass. If fetish dressing gigglers with pretenses towards medical degrees were my type I’d go bother Johanna.
(I would not actually go bother Johanna. A) We’re all kinds of incompatible and B) I like my sanity where it is, thank you.)
Another gorgeous one, #33, Gaap. This one had issues with translation: I got two sources, both of whom had translated the latin differently, and the latin itself is ambiguous because it’s handwritten. So he either appears “when the sun is in the southern signs” or… “in the form of a doctor”. I went with the latter because how the hell do you illustrate the former, come on.
hahaha the amount of work I’m putting into this is ridiculous. let me tell you how irritating I find the Dictionnaire Infernal ho ho ho