Desanguination is a massive blood loss, and the complete loss of blood is referred to as exsanguination.
I never knew that.
I did know that some places kept a recluse on their grounds somehow to show off... I am not sure how the story goes again. Can't find what I mean. Not sure about the exact terminology and in which language I had found it, so that makes searching a bit harder.
Hermits is also not a religious saying, it is a person who lives alone away from humanity.
The clue represents the different connotations of "Heathen," not a slap at "Pagan."