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14 May 2007 @ 09:48 pm
A sign of belonging  

What you see here is the official "badge" of the Sooner family of Rafferty, a kerchief of a unique and particular design and color.

Each Sooner family has there own particular kerchief design--the fact that some of the non-turquoise kerchiefs seen in Chapter 7 : Scene 5 have no design means I'm still working out what they are.

Naturally I had to figure out the design of Mare's family, the Raffertys, up front. I derived the Rafferty design from an old Coat of Arms of Rafferty:

Rank and place are indicated by the color variations. In the example below, the color combination on the left indicate the wearer is a guest of the Raffertys or as-good-as-family. This is the variant that Griffen and Molly are seen wearing; they are under the Rafferty aegis and part of the same contract.

The variation on the right indicates a boss or chief of the family. You seen the current family matriarch, Mare's mother wearing this in the third panel of page 27. Mare, as heir apparent, also wears this variation, as do several other higher ups in the family. The high muckety-muck has no other distinguishing badge, you just know who they are.

touchagrae on May 16th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
So what does the red/teracotta fish with the tan/beige stripes on the kerchief mean? (See 4th panel - man in foreground)
touchagrae on May 16th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
Nevermind. Dumb question. I totally get it.
(Anonymous) on June 9th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Hi. Mare is a really interesting character and I'd like to know more about her... hair. The hair in her face. At first I thought I had the wrong impression that she had a beard (ok, sideburns), but in the last panel it becomes quite conspicuous. Hopefully you won't think it's too silly to mention that.
dicebox on June 13th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Mare
Hi--sorry my response has taken so long! And, not silly at all! I've been getting many comments about this.

Mare is actually based, physically, on a female street performer I used to see on the streets of Portland, a juggler who had a full beard. I first saw her around the time the character of Mare was forming and the juggler's appearance instantly clicked with the character.

Naturally there has always ben the odd bearded lady and I simply posited that Mare's family and society are more accepting of facial hair on females, on shaming them into shaving, waxing, bleaching, etc. Actually, I imagine she actually has farily wimpy growth and has used hair growth stimulators to get thicker sideburns.
(Anonymous) on June 14th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
Re: Mare
O-kay. Cool.
Thanks. :)