Okay. I have a character, he needs half of his arm removed. He will not accept cauterization to help with the blood loss, and magic is also a no go. To use any of those methods on him would be instant betrayal to him. So... First things first. What's the ideal instrument to remove the arm with? I want something that would take it clean off, but I'm not sure if the bone requires some sawing to get through. I just want it off in one swipe. Secondly, what kind of surface would this be done upon? Like.. Would a stone table suffice? Then.. Sterilization. I presume they should wash this instrument in something to avoid infection, so maybe some type of alcohol, but which one? Should he drink some alcohol as well beforehand to help the pain? And then he's going to need something to bite down on so he doesn't accidentally bite off his tongue, so, would a belt suffice? Then preventing blood loss. So, since cauterization and... Well anything with burning is off the table, I'm assuming applying pressure and a tourniquet would be an idea. Would another belt tightened a whole lot around the area do? And should they apply the tourniquet before or after the amputation? Should he do anything else for the tourniquet? Like, are we applying cloth and pressing it against him as well for pressure.. And what about sterilizing the wound, are we applying alcohol to that too? And what of preventing shock.. I don't think I want the procedure performed whilst he's unconscious, but I don't know if that increases or decreases his chances of shock, and how I'd avoid shock overall. Then infection is a thing, how to stop that? Would there be any mixtures he might drink besides the alcohol to help with the pain, like herbs or something, and then, would he use poultices on the amputated arm or would that just worsen chances of infection because open wound, like, when should that be applied if at all, and what kind of stuff would we find in this poultice? And then.. Day to day upkeep of the amputated arm, and recovery. What should he do, and how long would the initial recovery be, you think? Lastly, could an unqualified person (supervised and with the guidance of physicians at the ready) perform this amputation for him? His girlfriend is going to do the amputation, she is a warrior, but no physician. Supplies wise he has a lot because he is wealthy, he's not out in the middle of nowhere he's at his home and he has proper physicians around him. So that's not an issue. Thanks.