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5 : Path Of Blood

The heart is a large muscular organ which constantly pushes oxygen-rich blood to the brain and extremities and transports oxygen-poor blood from the brain and extremities to the lungs to gain oxygen. Blood comes into the right atrium from the body, moves into the right ventricle and is pushed into the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. After picking up oxygen, the blood travels back to the heart through the pulmonary veins into the left atrium, to the left ventricle and out to the body's tissues through the aorta.

5 : Path of Blood

The heart is an organ, about the size of a fist. It is made of muscle and pumps blood through the body. Blood is carried through the body in blood vessels, or tubes, called arteries and veins. The process of moving blood through the body is called circulation. Together, the heart and vessels make up the cardiovascular system.

The heart has four chambers (two atria and two ventricles). There is a wall (septum) between the two atria and another wall between the two ventricles. Arteries and veins go into and out of the heart. Arteries carry blood away from the heart and veins carry blood to the heart. The flow of blood through the vessels and chambers of the heart is controlled by valves.

The heart pumps blood to all parts of the body. Blood provides oxygen and nutrients to the body and removes carbon dioxide and wastes. As blood travels through the body, oxygen is used up, and the blood becomes oxygen poor.

Your heart is a powerful muscle, about the size of your fist. Every second, it pumps nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood to your body. With each heartbeat, your heart sends blood through your circulatory system.

Every day, blood pumps throughout your heart and the rest of your body. The process of blood flowing through your heart is crucial for staying alive and healthy. When blood enters your heart, it is low in oxygen. Your heart sends the blood to your lungs, where it receives oxygen. Then, your heart pumps the oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to the tissues and organs throughout your body.

More enlightened Kindred on the Path of Blood also seek to uncover lore and knowledge that may lead them to foes possessed of ancient and powerful blood, so that they can diablerize them. As such, vampires who follow the Path of Blood are not mindless monsters gorging on Kindred vitae, but would-be saviors of the entire world. All Kindred on the Path of Blood strive to attain "Oneness" with the mythical Haqim, though few who have reached this lofty goal deign to explain its nature; most Dervishes believe that Oneness resembles Golconda, or another state wherein vampires can cast off their curse and revel in their Cainite natures, using the metaphor of climbing the mountain of Alamut to reach the summit. By taking the cursed blood of the Antediluvians and their spawn, the followers of the Path hope to concentrate the curse of Khayyin in the hands of those who will use it responsibly.

Over the years, the Path had to be restructured several times. With the advent of Zoroastrianism and Islam, many theistic elements were incorporated into the Path, such as the element of divine grace that forgave the Assamites their own cursed existence if they would dedicate themselves to fight against Caine's get. When the Baali cursed the Warrior Caste, the Assamites incorporated the diablerie as a means to rise in Haqim's favor. Under the blood curse of the Tremere, the Clan instead collected blood from vampires as payment, using that to follow Haqim's directives until the night when the curse upon them would be lifted. When Ur-Shulgi rose and purged the curse, he also restored the original Path of Blood, although many subtle influences of Middle Eastern religions are tolerated.

The above version represents the Path as its followers envisioned it. During the time of the Blood Curse, however, Assamites were unable to fulfill their thirst for diablerie. As a result, the Path of Blood during this time period had different sins. Instead of demanding diablerie, this Path demanded tithings of blood to the Clan.

Thaumaturgy uses a system of paths and rituals to focus the thaumaturge's will. Paths are learned expressions of thaumaturgical principles developed into reliable, repeatable effects. Unlike the "natural" powers of Disciplines, however, thaumaturges must concentrate their will, forcing the power of their blood to unnatural ends. If their concentration is not complete, if they falter, then the magic will fail, and in extreme cases such failure can have a lasting effect on the thaumaturge, draining their mental resources. It was not always so, however; before the Final Nights, paths were less difficult to use and did not carry the possibility of harm to the thaumaturge.

Among the Camarilla, all practitioners of blood magic are sometimes lumped together as a generic "thaumaturgists".[1] While other traditions chafe at this misnomer, it shows the long-lasting effect of the Tremere on blood magic in general, since they have worked hard to incorporate most forms of pre-existing blood magic into their hermetic system.

Thaumaturgy has a large number of paths; though it is not the oldest tradition of blood magic, the Tremere were magical scholars long before they were vampires, and toil ceaselessly to push their studies ever further. Many paths were once known by names which reflected the Tremere's previous magical heritage.

This path, known as Rego Ignem or Creatio Ignis in the Dark Ages, creates unnatural flames, which some believe are conjured from Hell. Rather than distinct powers, each level of mastery allows the practitioner to summon larger and more dangerous flames.[11]

This path grants the practitioner the power of telekinesis, allowing them to move matter at a distance - at first as though they were using their hands, and, at higher levels, allowing flight and levitation. It was known in the Dark Ages as Rego Motus. Modern versions of the path do not have distinct powers; instead, higher levels of mastery simply increase the mass a thaumaturge can affect (though level three is required for flight, and level four for throwing objects). Older versions have the following - more strictly defined - powers.[14]

This path is the pagan version of the infernal Rego Manes. It does not have individual powers at each level. Instead, each level allows the user to summon stronger nature spirits, and to inflict more damage upon any spirit.[33]

In Vinland Saga Season 2 Episode 5, following the death of Sweyn, King of Denmark, war erupts in England again after losing its ruler. Canute, who once despised conflict more than anyone, now walks a bloody path alone to conquer England. Now Canute must find a way to usurp the current king and take his throne.

The urinary tract is one of the systems that our bodies use to get rid of waste products. The kidneys are the part of the urinary tract that makes urine (pee). Urine has salts, toxins, and water that need to be filtered out of the blood. After the kidneys make urine, it leaves the body using the rest of the urinary tract as a pathway.

The kidneys also help regulate blood pressure, the level of salts in the blood, and the acid-base balance (the pH) of the blood. All these jobs make the kidneys essential to keeping the body working as it should.

Each of the nephrons contain a filter called the glomerulus (pronounced: gluh-MER-yuh-lus). The fluid that is filtered out from the blood then travels down a tiny tube-like structure called a tubule (pronounced: TOO-byool). The tubule adjusts the level of salts, water, and wastes that will leave the body in the urine. Filtered blood leaves the kidney through the renal vein and flows back to the heart.

Examination of a blood smear is an integral part of a hemogram. Blood smear analysis allows quantitation of the different types of leukocytes (called the differential count), estimation of the platelet count, and detection of morphologic abnormalities that may be indicators of pathophysiologic processes. In some instances, a diagnosis may be evident. Deriving full value from blood smear examination requires a well-prepared, well-stained blood smear and some basic skills in the methods of assessment. For more information on how to make a good blood smear, please also refer to related links below. Though some automated hematology analyzers provide a differential count as part of their output, this does not fully take the place of a microscopic exam by an experienced observer.

A well made blood smear consists of several areas: The feathered edge, the monolayer, and the body and base of the smear. All parts of the smear should be examined, however the monolayer is the area where the cells are examined in close detail and differential cell counts performed. Note that in a severely leukopenic animal, you will not find enough leukocytes within the monolayer to perform a 100 cell differential leukocyte count and you may have to use the entire smear and may not be able to count 100 leukocytes.

This is usually a distance of one 10x field behind the feathered edge and is the optimal area for examination of cells, because it dries quickly and cells are well spread (not overlapping) and not disrupted. Red blood cells are separated or barely touching, with little overlapping. In any species but the horse, rouleaux, consisting of stacks of 3 or more red cells, in this area is an abnormality suggestive of increased globulin concentration, which is common in animals with inflammatory disorders (and also seen in animals with neoplasms of B cells, which can produce abnormal immunoglobulins). White blood cells should also be uniformly distributed in this section.

A systematic approach is important so that all the available information is derived from each smear examined. This is our recommended protocol for blood smear examination: Scan the smear at low magnification, then use a higher magnification to perform a differential leukocyte count, enumerate nucleated RBC, estimate a platelet count, and evaluate red blood cell (RBC), white blood cell (WBC) and platelet morphologic features. 041b061a72


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