Kappe av Fremtredende
(Norwegian) Cloak of Prominence
If you want to make it in these parts, you best learn the skills you need and the gear to use em. Sure a knife is handy in a fight but it's a more important tool. The number of times my kappe has saved me from the cold, wet land is more numerous than I care to admit. You'd do yourself right by earning one of your own.
Kappe av fremtredende is a general term for the fur cloaks worn by the denizens of Kinhambe. As Kinhambe is the northern most major settlement on the continent of Seclora, its populace have historically protected the western half of the continent from the monstrous denizens of the north-east wildlands. In such a rough area, hunters and fighters took to skinning their foes, preserving their skin/pelt, and fashioning a cloak. The community naturally defer to those with the most 'patchworked' cloak of the most dangerous creatures, and the kappe av fremtredende became a sort of status symbol to identify local "celebrities".
As time past and the influence of the Barnema Trade Company grew from the west, the patchwork cloaks were adopted by the region's Slavefanger. Now it's best to stay away from anyone in these cloaks, especially if you know you're being hunted or near Kinhambe.
The most important part of each kappe is that its composition consists of foes slain by the specific Slavefanger that wears it - in the presence of their peers. Most often the beast is defeated nigh single-handedly, usually saving a fallen coworker from imminent death. The more patches, the greater the hunter.
You can even get a sense for where a Slavefanger operates and the type of quarry they pursue most often if you have a keen eye and enough sense about you. Exotic creatures are likely prominently displayed with additional pieces of tooth, eye, claw, horn, and scale used for decoration. Depending on the nefariousness of the individual, certain features or textures that look much more.. akin to a species of the civlized world.. may be displayed subtlely or.. less so.
Falsifying 'kills', stealing a Kappa av Fremtredende, and other methods of deceit are not unheard of; however, are met with swift and brutal retribution by other Slavefanger if discovered... those killed for this crime oft find themselves a part of another's kappe.
When a Slavefanger dies, they most typically are buried in their cloak symbolizing their life's achievement. Works of art (paintings, statues, and even stories) will usually depict a Slavefanger kappe av fremtredende in great detail, even to the point where the actual individual's features are poorly defined or misrepresented.
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