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Over Tracing


Painted Diseases

These are a category of disease that leave coloured markings on the victims, most of which are transferable to the later descendants of the infected. Curiously, these people who are painted blue, yellow, white or otherwise patterned are considered exotic by some. Though most of these illnesses kill, those who survived are considered either as a decorative slave commodity or desirable breeding stock.



Using 5 basic painted shapes: solids, spots, rings, strips and bends as dictated by past painted diseases; a myriad of important events, personal ideals and forgotten cultural heritages can find expression on the layers of ones own skin.
Full solid colours may come from normal human tones or blotches from conditions like the blue devil or be tattooed over to cover symptoms of tiny unsightly rashes.
Striped markings are thought to alter others perception of those so marked. Conditions that add striped colourings to the body seem to target specific parts of the body.
There are many choices for spotting the skin. Nanáua, cocoliztli, pardus and misti hawar are a few, but making spots pleasing is considered challenging given that there are so many of them and can be unsightly.
Minor symptoms of peepers, argpte and black eye marred the victim's skin with complete or imperfect circles about the body.
These generally describe kidney shape lesions that rise to discoloured lumps on the meatier parts of the body.

Components and tools

Cactus Needles

Century needles plucked from cactus are the favoured tools in tattooing. But sharpened sticks and turkey bones with clay formed disks are also used in its place.  


It is named for the painted tribes who live along the shores to extract the slugs, snails and fungi that secrete multiple discharges into the beach which colours the sand in a myriad of dark colours that stream along the waves.   The beach's seacoast is also home to several seasonal explosions of luminous algae that beat against the rock shield in glowing blue, green, red and orange waves. The algae and their colours are the most valuable exports the painted tribes have to trade due to the high demand to make glowing dyes and limited time available to harvest. Some might skim the flooded surface on a boat to be the first to collect their prize, but it is just as prized to pick the teeth between the shield for the algae that washed ashore.


Painted Tribes

The tattooed peoples live in a region best known for containing many rich sources of fabulous dyes; be it plants, animals, the soil, the sand, even the rocks. As a result, they developed a great many techniques for regional collection and storage.   Due in-part to the 'painting' traditions, there is great incentive to show off as much skin as possible. Therefore, if a person is confident enough in their art, it could be a viable show of social dominance and importance to carry on topless or totally nude; even though they possess the means of dyeing cloths any design they wish.


Commune Visitation

The painted beaches are home to a semi-nomadic lifestyle where people come-and-go as they please. The beach communities offer their services year-long during the mornings and afternoons. There is higher foreigner traffic during the flood season, as the waters make it easier to travel with the elder moon above.
Ink Stone
Material | Oct 8, 2021
Character | Dec 11, 2021

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