As with all proper Highborn ladies, she wore a full outer skirt over a tight undergarment which restricted her steps to a flowing mince.
Torisen's narration, Bound in Blood,
"Chapter I: Naming the Dead"

The traditional dress of a Highborn lady has two skirts:[3] a tight underskirt and a voluminous overskirt.[4] The tight undershirt restricts the wearer's legs, making them walk with tiny, graceful steps.[5] The overskirts sometimes have pleats that open embroidered panels when the wearer turns.[2]


  1. Seeker's Mask, "Part I", III — "let the heavy velvet of her gown act as padding as she caromed down the stair's stony throat."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Seeker's Mask, "Part I", I — "pivoting on her toes. Her full outer skirt belled out round her, velvet pleats opening to reveal panels of rich embroidery, restraint transformed by long practice into grace."
  3. Seeker's Mask, "Part I", III — "snatched up both of her skirts and ran,"
  4. Seeker's Mask, "Part I", III — "the tight under and voluminous overskirt."
  5. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter VIII: A Forgotten Name", I — "Because of her tight under skirt, she moved in tiny steps converted by long practice into a smooth glide."

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