The Upcoming Persona series was a hit, it warms my heart to say! More so than that, Lady Maril Hawker’s work with the Matron’s Reach has been expanding steadily since I last wrote of her through naught but the skill and talent she has for leading a lovely group of healers.
Instead of one of the many Clinics they have around Eorzea, the Matron’s Reach healers were instead conscripted to be onsite healers for one of the numerous tournaments in the land. This time, their talents were recognized at the Spellbreaker Melee. The Melee itself pit aether users against their physical counterparts, mage against melee, and was an exciting tournament for all! Hosted upon the beach of the Seagaze market in the Mists, the healers began setting themselves up in the tents lining the shore; two lounging chairs to each tent would give the Matron’s Reach men and women plenty of area to work their talents should the need arise. And arise, it did! Though I am most pleased to say that no one was seriously injured, with the exception of one poorly (or well) thrown knife, the healers still had much worker to do.
It warms my heart to say that I was able to speak with one of the healers, Sir Mikh’al Lihzeh, who spoke of being worried that the injuries would be more dire; full glad he is, I suspect, that they were not. Yet he looks forward to the next time the Matron’s Reach officials will be able to assist with tournaments and, presumably, other events!
Lady Maril Hawker herself later gave a statement, saying that she “quite liked this opportunity”. Speaking further on it, she would go on to say, speaking of both the tournament herself and her experience with being on-call:
“I find it a great way for people to get some experience with crossing the genres of fighting, so to speak. The injuries weren’t too severe bar a few exceptions, so I take it as a good sign that people know where their strengths are and how to regulate it. And naturally, this has been an invaluable opportunity for us to heal more together, in the Reach, to see more of each other's capabilities and most importantly, how we deal with the unknown. You never know what you get at a tournament like this! From electric shock, frozen toes, and all the way to stab wounds. I definitely think we will be doing more of it in the future. It is a great way for us to help.”
Though the Matron’s Reach has just begun to work outside of their Clinics, I wholeheartedly suspect we shall see more of their work in the future. Should you need onsite healers for any such event, whether it be a tournament or otherwise, I am certain you could do no wrong by seeking out the Lady Maril Hawker.