Caught sneaking from the bedroom window of the Duc de Nimes by his wife, with nothing to protect his modesty and good name but his quick wit and a bouquet of roses (thorns intact), the Chevalier d’Aubry started a new fashion trend. The skill lays in making an arrangement that skirts the edges of obscenity and incapacitating pain, while still capturing the drama of the look.
These days is quite the done thing at the Imperial Court for venomous snakes, scorpions, and spiders to be worn about the person as a signifier of their wearer’s unflappable sang froid. Some have filigree cages, while the more daring wear simple chains to prevent escape. The infighting at court has got especially biting.
With the increasingly mainstream appeal of piercings and other body modification, the Unchained Demon Motorcycle Club have taken to hammering nails through spare skin, and even (ironically) riveting chains directly to bone. Needless to say, this does not make coming off a bike at high speed more pleasant, and they are incentivised to ride well.
The workers and the slum dwellers are plotting revolution, and those who openly commit to the cause wear dark red caps upon their head. For some, this dye is crushed berries or soaked in wine; for those who wish to enter the true heart of the conspiracy, this is dyed in the blood of their oppressive overlords.
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“You know what? I don’t hold much with the trend to have venomous snakes as pets. What do you mean, they’re not pets, they’re ‘fashion statements’? Sure I can show you how to find a rattlesnake in the desert, but you shouldn’t try to catch them! These aren’t Pokémons, kid, never mind the pretty sound they make!”
“Your Majesty! This fine magical fabric is visible only to those who deserve to be in their position in life, and also to those who possess true wisdom.” The Emperor squinted at the cloth he supposed should be there and said, “Yes! I shall have a suit made of this wonderous material!”
[Apologies to Hans Christian Andersen…]
And that’s it for this month, thanks everyone! I’ll see you all back here in June for Codex - Melancholy.