Cobbleskin is a grotesque skin condition associated with old age in Melior.

Cobbleskin is a grotesque skin condition associated with old age in Melior. It causes the skin of the body, (particularly the face), to dry up and go very bumpy with the appearance of street cobbles, hence the name of the affliction.   This disease occurs from the ages of forty and over, and is not an uncommon sight in Melior. The affliction is not contagious, and is most prominent on the hands, arms and face, which are usually the most exposed to the elements, but it can spread further across the skin and even cover the whole body.   It is very rare to die from the disease, but it does cause horrible symptoms that vary in individuals such as: chronic pain, chronic fatigue, mobility issues, skin irritation, blindness, and baldness. The skin can become infected if scabs crack or break and open up to other diseases.  


Cobbleskin is caused over time by long exposure to harsh outdoor environments along the coastline. Salt crystals in the sea spray and breeze are abrasive to the skin and cause irritation. The body's natural defense is to form large, hard blisters that scab over into a thick crusty skin.


This condition can be reduced and prevented with rigorous skincare routines, of which most seafolk of Melior are not keen to adapt in their cultural lifestyles. Moisturising can help a lot, but it's more important to wash away the salt crystals regularly throughout the day. Cobbleskin can be avoided alltogether with a drastic lifestyle change by simply reducing the amount of hours spent at sea or living by the coast.


Until recently, there was no cure for cobbleskin's symptoms, but thanks to Malcom Peveril's Collection of Restorative Recipes, sufferers of the condition are now able to partially or even completely rid themselves of this horrible disease by eating a different diet.
Chronic, Acquired
Condition | Nov 29, 2022

A physical condition that causes barnacle-like cysts to appear on the face, back and shoulders of elderly folk.

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