[...]As I crossed one of the bridges leading to the Gethen district, I almost crashed into someone. A tall fella, built like a bear. His face was covered with a metal mask and he wore thick rubber gloves that reached up to his shoulders. A kelp gatherer. He and his friends were going down to docks to start their shift. What do they exactly do? Well, ...Gathering Azure Kelp is a very dangerous job. Not only one risks the possibility of Oversaturation (condition) just by being near to the surface of the Blue seawater, but pulling out the kelp from the sea bottom brings the risk of pulling anything feeding on it or using it as its nest. In combination with the high demand for Blue and Black Pigments one can extract from said kelp, it's no wonder that the job of the kelp gatherer is the highest paying job in the southern part of the continent.
Don't mess with the kelpersWhile not part of their gear, many of the kelpers dress similarly to the point there are stereotypes about them. If you ever see a man wearing a beanie and chest waders or a heavy raincoat with wellingtons, you almost certainly met a kelper.
It is common sense to not mess with them. They are overworked, stressed, and know how to kill beings much bigger than them. Still, it's always an entertaining day when some traveler from the north doesn't know about this "common sense". That's when the betting for how long he will survive the fight starts.
Agricultural / Fishing / Forestry
- Protective masks - protect the eyes and lungs from absorbing the Blue Pigment,
- Rubber gloves - for handling oversaturated kelps, changed regularly,
- Grapple - to catch, pull and manipulate the kelps from ship's claw,
- Machete, mace or a spear - for self-defense from sea creatures.
- prolonged hallucinations and brain damage
- permanent blindness
- being eaten alive
- oversaturation (death or worse)
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