Anonymous said: Can we talk about the frustrations of writing a fic set in Carolingian France? Because they didn't have sugar available to the masses at that point. Wouldn't become known in Europe till after the crusades. Do you know what this means? NO PIE. At least not sweet pie. This Dean is gonna be all over the meat pastries though. (also, no potatoes, tomatoes, salt (oh dear, what did early Eurpean hunters DO?), corn and bunches of other stuff!!) You don't know how important food is till it's gone!
Team Free Will approves. And I’m sure that there were ALL KINDS of things that early hunters could use instead of salt. Perhaps some kind of herbs?
This story sounds super exciting, though!!!
Re: lack of salt, try crumbled bits of holy wafer! It works as a weapon and a barrier against vampires in Bram Stoker’s Dracular. I bet some in a bowl of pottage would expose demons as well as a shot of holy water in beer does in the show.
Some protective herbs/plants: fennel, rue, rosemary, garlic, holly, vervain, mistletoe (poisonous), St. John’s Wort, wolfsbane/aconite (poisonous), mandrake (poisonous), asofoetida (its banishing properties probably mostly having to do with how much it stinks when burned).
Consecrated ground probably packed more of a punch back in the day than it seems to in the show, and pentagrams and circles of protection have been a thing for ages.