Endless Blue – Week 89.4 – Jetsam: Tears in Sea Water   Leave a comment

Biology

Tears in Sea Water

It is said that tears have the same level of salt in them as sea water.  While this is untrue, despite how poetic, it is difficult to differentiate between the two while submerged.  The pisceans  of the Endless Blue are all capable of sorrow and pain, but crying is lost to the currents.  Since there is so much poignancy in the act of crying, it would be a shame to lose the ability simply because Elqua is a water world.  To compensate, crying in the Endless Blue setting has a couple of added details.

Tears are not simply a mix of H₂0 and NaCl.  There are other, organic compounds in tears, a by-product of biology.  Fatty acids, lyzosomes, antibodies, and protein-based hormones all combine together to make tears a heady cocktail of fluid.  To reflect this and the “alien” nature of being piscean, crying produces a slightly cloudly liquid that disperses slowly in the surround water.  Visually, small clouds form at the tear ducts which grow in size but lessen in visibility as they disperse over time.

The other part of the act of crying is the succor given by the act.  Crying releases the pain, lessens the hurt, releases the anguish.  To reflect this, pisceans will “keen” when crying.  Keening is a vocal wail, and though it is technically a semi-autonomic process, it is very difficult to curtail.  The keening can be mournful and soft, or grating and loud.  The nuances of how the keening sounds helps define the kind of sorrow being felt.  In piscean literature and folklore, tortured wails and anguish keening heard from a distance establish mood and foreshadowing.

Combined with the physical signs of crying — extreme facial tension, flushing of skin, even shuddering — these signs of sorrow enable pisceans to share their feelings when a glistening tear running down a cheek is simply impossible.

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