BASIC ATTRIBUTES IN BODY MARKING (USING INK).
Everyone has a marking of their personal symbol or crest, low to high,—human and troll. These markings are on the shoulders of young people and on the backs of human adults. Trolls bear both personal crests and zodiac symbols. As such their zodiac signs are worn on their shoulders and their personal crests always on the back. These are made with tea leaf ink. The vinegar used to fortify the longevity of the tea leaf ink is made through a process combining fermented acetic acid (which is produced as a byproduct from other tasks involving fermentation of glucose). The average life time of a symbol marking is two to three months. Considering these are the most important, they must last the longest.
Occupational markings are made with henna ink. These represent jobs, rank, and qualities “required” for each job within a kingdom . These are bound to change should a person switch jobs. Unless someone is bound to a job for life (usually a prisoner) or is exiled, this henna is replaced every three weeks.
BODY MARKS AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE:
Depending on where the marks are on the body, these can hold several meanings and be reserved for certain occupations only.
On the forehead: Represents the third eye. (Shamans and royalty only)
Around the eye: Perceptiveness.
Nose: Familiarity, proximity to nature (Trolls) Good judgement. (Humans)
From cheeks to jaw: Free zone.
- Front: To speak out. (Warriors, shamans, merchants)
- Back: Perseverance. (Warriors)
- All around: Virtue, faith, leadership. (Royalty)
Upper arms: Power, responsibility.
Forearms: Dexterity, craftsmanship, tending.
Hands: Trading, negotiation, compromising.
Chest: Protection, control, bravery.
Abdomen and hips: Balance. Shamans, warriors, and royalty. Maternity (humans only)
Back: Responsibility. Highest ranks only.
Thighs: Personal marks. (Trolls only) Free zone. (Humans)
Lower legs: Agility. (Warriors mostly.) Self defense.
Feet: Progress, assertion. (Royalty, merchants, advisers, on occasion warriors)
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