Walking into a Sanctuary on Earth will often feel like meeting a rainbow of people. That doesn't necessarily mean that the members of the Sanctuary are diverse so much that they wear a literal rainbow of clothes, especially to official functions or when travelling the wider Multiverse. Their robes can give a stranger a quick glimpse into a given mage's specialty, their Affinities, their rank in the Seven and even where on Earth they're from.
Appearance and OrnamentationMost Terran robes are made from about 7-8 square metres of fabric; the type of cloth is often polyester these days, but older or specially crafted robes can be made from wool, tweed, linen, cotton, silk or (extremely rarely due to it being often banned) denim. Taller Sophonts often need more fabric, and a mage can request an inner lining of a certain colour which will double the required amount of fabric. What the robe looks like follows a general set of criteria:
- The Affinity of the mage determines the basic colour palette of the robe. Depending on the dress code of the Sanctuary, these colours might be colour accents on the collar or bottom hem of the robe, or might be the main colour of the robe. The colours are as follows: Fire is red, Protection is orange, Air is yellow, Earth is green, Water is blue, Flora & Fauna is purple, Mind is pink, Health is brown or dark red, Time is black, Lightning is grey and Illusion is white.
- If a mage has multiple Affinities (a relatively common occurrence) or they feel that their Affinities don't accurately portray their area of specialization, they might use multiple colours from the above or some other colour to indicate this. A mage with a double Affinity for Fire and Lightning, for example, might wear a red robe with grey fringes or a plain robe with a red-and-grey collar. Another example is that many Enchanters working in Sanctuaries wear light brown robes to indicate their profession.
- There is a very specific rule regarding the cuffs of the robes: Masters will wear robes whose cuffs are silver or grey while their Apprentices will have a plain cuff or no cuff at all. Some Directors of Sanctuaries have golden cuffs on their robes or a rainbow pattern here, depending on the dress code of the specific Sanctuary.
- Most Sanctuaries permit one badge to be worn with the robes, usually pinned over the heart or sewn into the fabric in that spot. These badges are for identifying a particular profession that the mage holds, such as a combat medic, or a guild or Department they belong to in the Seven, such as the sign of a set of scales for the Department of Justice. A few Sanctuaries, particularly in North America, permit a second badge or pin that has their pronouns on it so strangers can properly address them.
- Most robes are fastened with small plastic or metal fasteners on the inside of the robe or are buttoned up with plastic or ceramic buttons. Many Sanctuaries permit the wearing of a belt in addition to help tie it together, usually of a similar colour to the robe or to the cuff colour.
Regulations regarding the wearing of robes/dress robes in the Sanctuary:
- Robes cannot be worn on Saturdays so as to respect Shabbat activities.
- Clothing (robes or otherwise) may not be so long as to be caught underfoot or tuck into shoes.
- Robes may not be worn in the outside courtyards as it is possible for mundane folk to be able to surveil the building from above.
- When in doubt for social or religious reasons, wear regular clothing or ask an expert.
Wearing RobesRobes are a requirement for many social gatherings between mages. These might be events like a marriage, a meeting with an important dignitary, an election or a holiday. Many will also wear them as a general rule when travelling around inside of a Sanctuary, such as having meetings at lunch time or when teaching students, but this is generally not required. Naturally, robes are never worn when travelling in the rest of the world outside of the Sanctuary, as Terran mages do not want to violate the Terra Doctrine by bringing undue suspicion onto themselves. Robes are often worn, however, when Terran mages are travelling to Limbo or to any of the other worlds of the Multiverse. This differentiates them from other Sophonts like the opur of Endaman or the tepilar of Orkanis who might look very similar otherwise.
Clothing / Accessory
They will often reach just above the ankle, leaving the feet, hands and head exposed.
Usually distributed and updated free of charge.
History of Terran RobesAs soon as magic first arrived on the world, Terrans immediately began to go into hiding, forming small subcultures of magic-using people who often felt like exiles from their home cultures. They immediately began to try to create (or recreate) the sort of clothing that appeared in folklore and stories in an attempt to define themselves, and so many began to wear robes. It wasn't until the arrival of the Seven about a century ago that these bands of mages began to be connected to one another. Since robes were the most common clothing option that defined these groups as a whole, they became the general expectation for Terrans, then the rule. The last couple of decades has cemented robes as a general uniform for Terran mages whenever they are in their Sanctuaries or on official business in other parts of the Multiverse.
Non-Robe-Wearing CulturesTerran Humans are so diverse that many cultures have specific cultural practices that prevent the wearing of this particular style of robes or replaces them with something that is more culturally appropriate. In particular, many South Asian and sub-Saharan African cultures feel like the usage of robes is another colonization tactic by a predominantly European robe-wearing culture. Therefore, they replace the robe with more appropriate clothing but often guard some of the same colouration and ornamentation practices. The Seven does not have specific rulings regarding clothing, so it is often up to the individual Sanctuaries to determine which clothing types are considered respectful.
Remove these ads. Join the Worldbuilders Guild