Tattoos - Midkemia Online Online Help

9.19 Tattoos

Table of Contents
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    I. Inking a Tattoo
   II. Removing a Tattoo
  III. Activating or Using a Tattoo
   IV. How Long Do Tattoos Last?
    V. How Do You See What Tattoos You Have Currently?
   VI. Getting Tattoos from Giorgio
  VII. How Do You See What Tattoos Do?


Introduction
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The skill of Tattoos is an ancient one, having been discovered and perfected by the earliest Magicians of the Lesser Path. Using special dry-powder inks made from berries and roots, the tattoo artist magically inscribes, without a needle, various types of symbols onto a body (his own, or another's).

Each type of tattoo requires a different combination of inks. To see the types of ink a specific tattoo needs, check AB TATTOOS <the specific tattoo name>.

It should be noted that tattoo inks must be stored in a vault when one departs the realms or they will slip from your hands or pack and fall out of your inventory (see HELP VAULTS for more information).


I. Inking a Tattoo
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In order to ink a tattoo, use the following command, with options as follows:

   INK <tattooname> ON <body part> OF <adventurer|ME>.

Body parts are: head, torso, right arm, left arm, right leg, and left leg.

For example: INK JEWEL ON RIGHT ARM OF ME.

Inking a tattoo requires that you have the proper inks in your inventory. It will take about half a minute, during which neither the inker nor the inkee may do anything. Ink is for sale at various markets in the land.

You may have only one tattoo on each body part, until you have received the ability to Superscribe tattoos and ink two on each body part.


II. Removing a Tattoo
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A tattoo may be wiped off your body by:

   WIPE OFF <tattoo>.


III. Activating or Using a Tattoo
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For most tattoos, TOUCH in order to use or activate. Some are continuous in effect after activated, such as sun or star. Some, such as shield or serpent, perform a single function when TOUCHed. TOUCH again when you wish to use again. To avoid confusion with other items of the same name, TOUCH <tattoo> TATTOO will also work.


IV. How Long Do Tattoos Last?
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Continuous effect tattoos, such as sun or moon, may wear off at any time. The average duration is several Midkemian days of active, continuous use.

Instantaneous, single function tattoos, such as shield or jewel, have a limited number of uses. When those are gone, the tattoo fades.


V. How Do You See What Tattoos You Have Currently?
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To see what tattoos you currently bear:

   TATTOOS


VI. Getting Tattoos from Giorgio
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The leading tattooist in the realms is Giorgio. His parlor is in Zun. It can be reached by using the DIR landmarks to walk to Zun, and from there you will find another DIR to Giorgio's parlor.


VII. How Do You See What Tattoos Do?
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Unlike other skillsets, you can AB TATTOOS <tattoo> to see the full AB description of what the tattoo does, and how to use it. Remember to AB TATTOOS FULL to see a full listing of all the abilities in Tattoos.