I have some pearl bracelets that are stretchy. Instead of having them on string that’s knotted between each pearl, they’re throwing caution to the wind and rub together. I vaguely worry about that. I worry a little more about me stretching the elastic to its limit and the pearls scattering across the floor, but not worried enough to do anything about it. In fact, when I’m typing and the bracelets jangle in my way, I push them up my arm as if they were a sleeve. And that’s how I got these lovely marks:
Coming home from work one day, I stared at the marks on my arms and thought what an interesting characteristic that would be for an alien. Instead of Martians being lizard men with scales, wouldn’t is be interesting if their skin simply had a slight pattern to it. How would that play when species met? Would an indent pattern like this be a welcome feature in an alien since, unlike scales, we humans don’t associate it with reptiles that creep us out? And for the species itself, would there be a uniform pattern? Or would the pattern be like a fingerprint? Or possibly even a status symbol?
Any of you creating alien beings? Where do you get your species characteristics?