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Related to Autonomy
Prerequisites Unknown
Type End-Positive
World of Origin Taldain
Universe Cosmere
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The more I study sand mastery, the more I see connections to the Starcarved of Darkside. The sun invests some kind of power into the lichen on the sand, similar to how the particulate cloud sends out a weekly pulse that invests power into our starmarks, even if only some few chosen seem to be able to access that power.

A starmark is a manifestation of Investiture on the Darkside of Taldain.[1] Those who use this system are called Starcarved. Starmarks are highly connected to sand mastery.[1]


It is unknown how someone gains starmarks, but only a few are able to access the power. Those who gain the power must first be shown by another Starcarved, possibly in a testing process similar to how the Diem finds acolents that have the ability to master sand.[1]


The magic primarily functions through tattoos and its effects are not nearly as noticeable as sand mastery,[2][3] although with current information the latter may no longer be true. Starcarved are charged by weekly pulses of light and Investiture from Ridos. There are several different colors of Starmark. Some applications of starmarks allow the starcarved to make razor sharp blades or create a shield that can withstand bullets.[1]

Starmarks do not work and are not visible on Dayside.[4][5]


  • Starmarks may be a type of tattoo, possibly using ink only visible under UV since they cannot be seen while on Dayside.[2]


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