The bride attended the last of the preparations herself. By tradition, These could only be performed by her closest family members, and she was alone in a strange country.
She carefully powdered her face, white for purity, and shaded above her eyes. She painted a rose at her lips, and arched a thin, black line along each eyebrow.
Finally she painted her nails, inscribing each one with a glyph. A normal bride would choose charms for happiness and fertility. She painted the names of her family, whose revenge she would take as a hostage in a country far from home.

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