"In the grand desert of the south lie several salt mines. Those who work there rarely go into the cities and the flow of their lives is entirely dictated by the mines, such is the routine of the dregs of the southerners society. It is quite easy to recognize the miners if and when they go into the cities from their whitened hands and feet. It only takes a few months in the mines before the change in color happens. If you were to touch the hand of one of them, you would notice how sharp and rough it feels as their scales are coated in tiny salt crystals. These crystals are also the cause of the disease of the depths, which despite its name is not caused by being far below ground, but instead by the miners body becoming too salinated. It rarely is lethal, but its side effects are rather nasty, vomiting, terrible headaches, internal cramps and so on. Less severe versions of this are simply just called salt stabs, a reference to the stabbing headaches and cramps, or salt sickness. The changes in temperature and the high humidity are also a cause for illness and disease, some get used to it over time, but others newer get used to the shock of coming out of the cold humid mines into the scorching daylight.
Another factor that usually is exclusive to miners is whittled or cut horns. Southerners tend to pride long horns, but for the miners they become a burden in the often cramped spaces. New arrivals tend to hold onto their horns, but after a few months or years in the mines, most resign to cutting their horns down to size, as who is there to impress in the humid depths of the mine?
It is possible to ascend out of the salt mines in terms of your job position, but it is hard. Those who work hard they naturally want to keep in the mines and not promote them outside of it. The people who run the mines also tend own the shops around the mines as well, allowing the owners to mostly dictate how the workers spend their money while giving them a sense of financial freedom. People who realize this oftentimes run from the mines before they are completely broken down by the back breaking labor."
I am Themefinland (Timi Honkanen) an illustrator from Finland, which you may have guessed from my username :) I specialize in landscapes and creatures which you can find aplenty in my gallery, have a look!
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.