The Third Circle

"You do not have much on tattoo magic, I see. I did not realise the art was so rare outside my people. Or perhaps it simply has not spread to this world." Not wholly true, the last bit; Ingrid knows a bit of tattoo magic, though her version is slightly different to the elf's. "The rune grimoires are promising, however. My people were late to literacy, so our symbols tend to be more direct. That, I feel, is a disadvantage. A single rune can represent more things than a feather." And as he draws the symbols on and then channels the magic into a shape linked to the symbol later, that nebulousness is far more useful.