Tattoos belong on sailors. Seeing them decorating bandits, marring the skin of workers in pleasure houses, makes me uneasy. This particular marking is more like branding of livestock to prove ownership.
But I will tell you one thing, it makes it a simple task to know who is against us.
I worry that we are pawns and don’t direct our own course. Between spies, the court, and the Church it is difficult to know if we are doing the King’s will, or are we harming him?
I will mention to my companion’s this concern. Perhaps we can manage our own route for discovery and communicate directly to the King, without the filters of these other “factions”.
It may prove to be difficult, being so far from home.