War paint

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Proposed Canon

War Paint is a special material applied to the skin to produce a positive effect. It's usually a termpotal Signamancy change, although Juggle Elves that used to be Shady Elves, Scene Elves or Navy Elves can cast it as a permanent one.

Stanley the Tool, his Knights In Stanley's Service, and Wanda Firebaugh of Gobwin Knob have all used war paint. Most Juggle Elves use it permanently.

Speculation

It is likely magical, though probably a low level. Similar to a Magic Item, changed like raiment. Its effects may include combat bonuses, or adding special abilities.

Real World References

Wearing paint on the face, body, (and steed), was a common enough practice in many civilizations, and indeed endures today in its fashion (camo paint, eye black on athletes). The belief that the paint would grant magical properties may have been wrong, but the added confidence added to the fear and intimidation of the enemy could have been a real benefit.

At some point "war paint" became a glib and/or derisive colloquialism for cosmetics (particularly women's). The use of cosmetic makeup for "war paint" is a cute reversal.