So I found an… “identification bracelet” on my kitchen counter and naturally this was my first thought.
Are these things supposed to have barbs or something on the inside? Because I don’t know how you’re supposed to get it tight enough that it cuts into the skin without also cutting off the blood supply so that the arm just falls off.
I always figured that if you removed one, the skin would come with it— it wouldn’t just be cut around the edges. Unless it’s meant to wear the skin underneath away— though that would take time, and it seems like they become irremovable as soon as they’re on. I forget how exactly they’re attached (if it was ever specifically detailed), but I imagined it as some sort of bolt system, since apparently they’re reusable.
But more to the point. Whose grand fucking idea was it to bring this wonderful technology with them to their idyllic new Eden? Whatever happened to, you know, branding, tattooing, tagging, chipping your livestock? NOPE. We need a scary metal band that can’t be removed without DEATH. Apparently livestock theft must’ve been a big deal on the Old World.
I’m also terrified by how casually Coyle mentions them occasionally being put on people as a prank. Like, dude. Add a little more weight to that statement, won’t you? That just how shitty the Old World was, I guess.