Bladebreeze, Devon, and Vi skin and markings!
I may or may not do some rambling here, because I realized I need to explain Vi skin in regards to these images. These also touch on “hair” occurrence and texture, which I’ll leave for another time. First three images are Bladebreeze, his markings and a comparison to the colors of a healthy Vi with the same patterning (basically from the same area/clan). The others are an example of the full ranges of skin tone, using Devon as a base, and Devon’s markings in multiple skin tones and his scars after cutting out the markings because he’s a hardcore crazy pants.
Vi are pretty lucky in that, rather than just having melanin, they have pigmentation that is able to harness light for energy like chlorophyll. Because of this they don’t need to need to eat much, but still benefit from it. They still need a lotta water. Vi need oodles of sunlight to remain healthy, which keeps their skin at a super, super dark yellowish-gray black. Their psychology and method of survival is basically all about hiding from everyone forever, so the skin tone helps them stay fairly invisible more easily. If they don’t get enough sunlight, they effectively experience chlorosis, grow paler over time, and, if given years, will grow taller as well. Given the worst-case-scenario, the chlorosis will render them a ghostly translucency and, combined with the exponential increase in energy expenditure for growing - often reaching to a gaunt 9 feet tall -, they will basically starve to death. Natural death for Vi invariably consists of a slow failure to produce more pigmentation, starving them to death over a century or two.
Bladebreeze is unique in that they have an either autoimmune or genetic disorder that causes the pigmentation failure very early in his life. At 5’ 8”, they are much taller than ordinary Vi at (which are rather short, averaging between 4’ - 4’6” tall) and will basically die at the equivalent of 25 or so.
Vi also have colorful markings that are vaguely different from person to person, but can be drastically different from clan to clan or area to area. They can typically be used to locate the origin or even specific family of Vi, although the majority of clans are nomadic. Color is always present within these markings, but there isn’t necessarily any harsh definitions for color within clans or families they come from; some clans will all share the same colors, some will cover a range. However, ALL markings will be the same color as the eyes of the individual. Bladebreeze’s disorder is affecting his markings, turning them into a pale yellow. His eyes are also a yellow-gold color.
Devon’s markings are a light blue, like his eyeballs, although the specific shade of blue alters some based n the health of his skin tone.Not wanting to be seen as a Vi, Devon has cut two parts of his out, leaving relatively minimal scarring on one side of his face and ear, and pretty big scars on the other with a remarkable bit of his ear missing (because he fucked up because he was kinda drunk and also he just cut his face up and was just a smidgun in shock and not too accurate). His third chin marking was left alone that day and later covered with a surgically implanted beard. It is also worth mentioning that Devon typically stays about 90% covered by clothing. Part of this is so that no one will see the details of his form and recognize him as Vi and part of this is because it keeps him from processing enough sunlight, making his skin tone less recognizably gray-black as Vi skin.
Since this post was fucking enough of a book, I’ll explain “hair” and why I put it in quotes later with some more examples.