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Face painting can be done with paintsticks. The face paint shows up in a character's features, but it does not replace any of the character's features. A face painting can be worn even when a person is wearing blush on the cheeks, warpaint on the face, and a temporary henna tattoo on the face, all at the same time. A face painting can be worn with nail polish or other things that occupy the character's unique feature line.


You analyze your yellow stick and sense that the item is largely free from merchant alteration restrictions.

The creator has also provided the following information:

You get the sense that any talented merchant can do some alteration work on a twisted yellow stick, but no merchants can change the base color unless they are providing a special service to do just that.

You can try to FLIP and PAINT with the stick, and INSPECT might give you some usful information.

Currently the designs you can use on the yellow stick are:

You get no sense of whether or not the stick may be further lightened.


The yellow stick appears to have 23 uses remaining.

The stick can not be worn.


Verb Style First Second Third
FLIP Single-sided paintstick You idly flip your swirl-etched stick into the air and catch it. N/A XXX idly flips her swirl-etched stick into the air and catches it.
Double-sided paintstick (two color choices) You flip your stick around, going from red to yellow paint! N/A XXX flips her stick around from the red paint to the yellow colored paint on the other end!
PAINT (target) Successfully applying a face paint design to another character requires two attempts.
First You offer to paint a black rose on Vanah's face. Vanah has 30 seconds to grant or refuse her consent. Cupcake offers to paint a black rose on your face. You can CONSENT GRANT or CONSENT REFUSE in the next 30 seconds to grant or refuse your consent. If you do not respond, consent will automatically be refused. Third Person View --> None
Second Vanah consents to your painting her face. You step up to Vanah and paint quickly, dabbing at her with your black stick. Soon, a skillful image comes out on her face.

Roundtime: 20 sec.

You consent to Cupcake, allowing him to paint your face. He steps up to you and begins to dab at you with a black stick. After a few minutes of intense concentration, Cupcake steps back with a proud look on his face. Cupcake steps up to Vanah and begins to dab at her with a black stick. After a while, a pattern begins to emerge on Vanah's face. After a few minutes of intense concentration, Cupcake steps away to proudly display his work.

Additional Information

Some alternate names for a paintstick are: branch, brush, stick, or twig. FLIPping a double-sided paintstick will change its color. Not all colors will work with all designs.


Here, in bold text, is the location of a face painting in a character's description:

You see Lady XXXX YYYYY the Bard.
She appears to be a Human.
She is tall and appears to be young.  She has a shimmer of <EYESHADOW-COLOR> on her eyelids, beautifully <EYELINER-COLOR>-outlined blue eyes , <BLUSH-COLOR> cheeks, glossy <LIPSTICK-COLOR> full lips, bold <WARPAINT-COLOR> stripes on her face, and <POWDERED>, <SOFT>, tanned skin.  She has long, straight blonde hair pinned back on one side with a <HAIR ADORNMENT>.  She is inked with a <TEMPORARY HENNA TATTOO>.
She has a <FACE PAINTING>.
She has <WOUNDS>.
She is wearing <CLOTHING>.


  • PAINT <character> WITH <style> USING <item>

Error Messaging

Incorrect Syntax

In this case, the correct syntax would have been "paint XXX with goldfish using stick":

>paint XXX using goldfish
Syntax:  paint <player> with <design> using <item>
Currently the designs you can use on the red stick are:
Incorrect Color Selected

In this case, the stick was FLIPped to the "red paint" setting, but the GOLDFISH design can only be painted using the "yellow paint" setting, so to fix it, you must FLIP the stick to the "yellow paint" setting:

>paint XXX with goldfish using stick
You study the designs on the stick a bit harder.
Invalid Design

In this case, a design was being attempted which was not among the designs listed upon ANALYZING the stick. The only designs available on this paintstick were STARS, SUNBURST, DRAGON, CAT, RAINBOW, and DROPS.

>paint XXX with goldfish using stick
You study the designs on the stick a bit harder.

Paint Fading Messaging

Over the course of a few hours of in-game time, the face painting will fade and flake off:

1st person: The ink upon your skin tightens a bit, getting drier as time slowly works its wear upon it.
3rd person: This section has not been added yet; please add to it now!

1st person: The ink upon your skin tightens significantly, and you can feel the little fades and flaws begin to form upon the design.
3rd person: This section has not been added yet; please add to it now!

1st person: The ink upon your skin feels as if it's nearly about to fade away, and a few tiny flecks begin to drift into the air.  Looks like it's only got a couple hours left.
3rd person: This section has not been added yet; please add to it now!

1st person: A small bit of paint from your face cracks off and falls to the ground at your feet.
3rd person: A small bit of paint from XXX's face cracks off and falls to the ground.

1st person: You feel the paint on your face begin to crack.
3rd person: Tiny cracks begin to appear on the design painted on XXX's face.

1st person: You feel the painted design on your face rapidly crack and rapidly fall away.
3rd person: A painted design on XXX's face begins to rapidly crack, and within a few seconds it completely falls away.


Red Paintstick

Name Design
Blood wavy rivulets of red paint resembling blood trailing down from his/her eyes.
Scar a ragged scar painted in deep red winding across his/her cheek.
Target a bright red target painted on his/her forehead.
Fangs a pair of long red-tipped fangs painted across both lips.
Gashes raking gashes resembling claw streaks painted in a bloody red across his/her cheek.
Flower a tiny red dew-kissed flower painted on the tip of his/her nose.
Bloom a soft red rose in bloom painted delicately on his/her forehead.
Hearts several bright red hearts painted on his/her face.
Pumpkin a grinning pumpkin shaded in bright reddish-orange painted on his/her cheek.
Eagle the image of a soaring blood eagle painted in a vivid red across his/her cheek
Mistake a bunch of tiny red dots resembling some sort of pox is painted on his/her face.

White Paintstick

Name Design
Daisy a bright daisy painted in soft shades of yellow and white on his/her cheek.
Ghost a pale ghost painted in eerie shades of grey and white on his/her forehead.
Wolf the white and silvery grey markings of a fierce wolf painted on his/her face.
Skull a bright white face painted to resemble a cracked skull.
Jester the pale white makeup of a jester painted on his/her face, accompanied by black diamond patterns.
Clown the colorful makeup of a clown on his/her face, accompanied by comical red-painted diamonds on his/her cheeks.
Feathers crisp white feathers painted on his/her face accompanied by a bright yellow nose.
Skeleton a spooky dancing skeleton rendered in bright white painted on his/her cheek.
Mummy a shambling mummy with dirty white trailing bandages painted on his/her cheek.
Kobold two dirty white kobold horns painted on either side of his/her forehead.
Golem a stony crack-riddled grey face painted to resemble a golem.
Mistake there are a bunch of ugly white splotches resembling a horrid disease all over his/her face.

Blue Paintstick

Name Design
Lightning a large lightning bolt painted in vivid blue on his/her cheek.
Rose a soft blue rose in bloom painted delicately on his/her forehead.
Moon a deep blue crescent moon dotted with tiny grey craters painted on his/her forehead
Butterfly a colorful butterfly painted in vivid iridescent blue on his/her forehead.
Flames a painted image of flickering blue flames rising up upon both cheeks.
Hearts some somber blue hearts painted on his/her face.
Demon the visage of a horned blue-black demon painted on his/her face.
Hummingbird a brilliant tiny hummingbird drinking from a blue orchid rendered in iridescent paint on his/her cheek.
Flower a tiny blue dew-kissed flower painted on the tip of his/her nose.
Wraith , painted on his/her forehead, a ghostly blue wraith juggling jack-o-lanterns.
Wave , painted on his/her cheek, a deep blue wave in mid-crash.
Mistake there are a bunch of ugly blue splotches resembling a horrid disease all over his/her face.

Green Paintstick

Name Design
Scales a pattern of painted dark green scales covering his/her face.
Eye a bestial green eye riddled with tiny red veins painted on his/her forehead.
Warts a painted green face with several large purple warts drawn on his/her nose.
Dragon a dark green dragon rendered as if it were in flight painted on his/her forehead.
Lizard a tiny lizard rendered in shimmering green paint upon his/her face.
Leaves two light green leaves painted delicately across either cheek.
Frog a cute little green frog painted as if it were clinging to his/her cheek.
Clover a small delicate clover painted an iridescent green on the tip of his/her nose.
Dots an intricate pattern of dark green dots painted along both his/her cheekbones.
Mistake a sticky green spot of paint in the middle of his/her forehead.

Black Paintstick

Name Design
Wraith a ghostly black wraith juggling several pumpkins painted on his/her forehead.
Spiders a trail of black spiders painted in a line along his/her cheek.
Ghoul a ghastly black ghoul sticking its tongue out, its visage comically painted on his/her cheek.
Witch a grinning black-clad witch with a long wart-covered nose painted on his/her cheek.
Bat a small black bat perched on a pumpkin painted on his/her forehead.
Cat a pair of thin black cat whiskers painted on both cheeks.
Rose a deep black rose in bloom painted delicately on his/her forehead.
Cloud a roiling black thundercloud painted a dark and stormy hue on his/her cheek.
Beetle a scuttling beetle painted in shiny black on his/her cheek.
Black Widow an ominous black widow spider painted with menacing legs stretching across his/her forehead.
Mistake there are a bunch of messy black streaks dotted with tiny fingerprints painted on his/her face.

Multi-Colored Paintstick

Name Design
Puppy a splotchy white and brown face painted to resemble a puppy.
Rolton a face painted with swirls of brown resembling a rolton.
Tiger a bright orange-painted face streaked with the black marks of a tiger.
Raccoon a painted grey face accompanied by the deep black mask of a raccoon across his/her eyes.
Unicorn a spiraling horn of a unicorn painted in shimmering golden colors across his/her forehead.
Mouse a pair of round grey mouse ears painted on both sides of his/her forehead, accompanied by a pair of white buckteeth drawn on his/her lower lip.
Rainbow a vibrantly colored rainbow painted in a perfect arc across his/her cheek.
Bee a little bee with rainbow wings painted on his/her cheek.
Note a quarter note rendered in shimmering rainbow paint on his/her forehead.
Sun a brilliant flaring sun rendered in sparkling golden paint on his/her forehead.
Veins several enlarged purple veins painted as if they were bulging on his/her face.
Kobold a cavorting kobold gnawing on a tiny bone painted on his/her forehead.
Mistake a messy conglomeration of multi-colored streaks painted all over his/her face.

Vine-etched Paintstick

Name Design
Vines dark trails of green-hued ivy painted around his/her eyes.
Design a swirling painted abstract design flowing across his/her cheeks and chin.
Pyramid a deep blue pyramid rendered in shimmering paint in the middle of his/her forehead.
Flower a delicate white flower rendered in softly mute hues painted on his/her cheek.
Lightning twin cobalt blue flashes of lightning rendered in bold blue paint across both his/her cheeks.
Ivy delicate vines of verdant-hued ivy painted across his/her forehead and trailing down his/her cheek.

Swirl-etched Paintstick

Name Design
Stars a scattered pattern of stars and crescents painted on his/her face.
Sunburst a brilliant yellow sunburst painted on his/her forehead.
Dragon a shimmering green dragon painted across his/her face.
Cat a glossy black cat with shiny green eyes painted on one cheek.
Rainbow a glittering multicolored rainbow painted across one cheek.
Drops several small raindrops rendered in bright blue paint across his/her face.

Bird-etched Paintstick

Name Design
Fish a small fish painted in glistening gold on each cheek.
Unicorn a rearing unicorn painted with a twisted gold horn on his/her cheek.
Bird a fiery-winged scarlet bird in flight painted across his/her cheek.
Cloud a serene skyline of lustrous white clouds painted across his/her forehead.
Sadfrown a broad red frown and a single blue tear painted on his/her face.
Rose a delicate red rosebud with a glistening drop of dew painted on his/her cheek.

Yellow Paintstick

Name Design
Banana a bright yellow banana painted on one cheek.
Canary a mustard-colored flying canary painted on one cheek.
Bolt a luminous gold lightning bolt painted across his/her face.
Tart a golden brown tart filled with cherries painted on one cheek.
Lion a roaring lion with a beige-colored mane painted on one cheek.
Goldfish an orange and yellow goldfish painted on his/her forehead.
Coin shimmering gold coins painted all over his/her face.
Wings a glimmering pair of golden wings painted on both of his/her cheeks.

Moon-etched Paintstick

Name Design
Cholen a crimson lute outlined in gold painted on his/her cheek.
Lumnis a golden scroll with five multi-colored circles painted on his/her cheek.
Ronan a black sword with a silver edge painted on his/her cheek.
Kai clenched fists painted in silver on both cheeks.
Lorminstra a golden key painted across his/her forehead.
Eonak a golden anvil outlined in dark brown painted on his/her cheek
Oleani a red heart with a budding flower growing from it painted on his/her cheek.
Fash'lo'nae a yellow, slit-pupiled eye painted on his/her forehead.
Imaera a stylized sheaf of grain twined with viridian bindings painted along his/her jawline.
Phoen a spiral of azure-edged golden sunburts painted down the center of his/her right cheek.
Jastev a silver crystal ball filled with grey smoke painted on his/her forehead.
Zelia an opalescent crescent moon in a spray of silver stars painted over his/her entire face.
Tonis a tiny golden pegasus in flight painted just under his/her right eye.
Koar a golden crown atop a craggy mountain painted on his/her left cheek.

Moon-carved Paintstick

Name Design
Mularos a tiny red heart pierced with a silver dagger painted on his/her cheek.
Eorgina red, stylized flames painted over his/her cheeks and stretching across both ears.
Ivas a red-painted face with a swirling green wisp that trails from his/her forehead to his/her chin.
Luukos a coiled green serpent on a brown background painted on his/her forehead.
The Huntress a silver eight-pointed star painted on his/her forehead.
Charl an emerald trident painted on his/her cheek.
Sheru a crouched, inky black jackal painted on his/her right cheek.
V'Tull a midnight black scimitar with a crimson-stained blade painted on one cheek.
Marlu a star of six black tentacles over a splash of grey painted down the middle of his/her face.
Andelas a black cat mask painted over his/her face.
Gosaena a grey-winged figure of misty shadows painted along the right edge of his/her face.
Arachne a variety of small arachnids painted in a haphazard line that wanders from his/her left eyebrow to his/her right ear.
Amasalen a two-headed purple serpent, which is wrapped around a crimson hand, painted on one cheek.
Onar the faint outline of a broken white skull set within a wash of blank ink painted atop the bridge of his/her nose.

Phoenix-etched Paintstick

Name Design
SERPENT He has a painted golden serpent encircling his eye.
PHOENIX He has a painted vermilion phoenix with wings outstretched across both cheeks.
PONY He has a rainbow-maned white pony artfully painted on his cheek.
HORSESHOE He has a glittering silvery horseshoe boldly painted on his forehead.
PENNANT He has a multi-colored pennant painted aslant on his cheek.
LANCE He has a pair of crossed lances rendered in dull grey paint on his forehead.
HORSE He has a galloping golden horse painted with white mane and tail across one cheek.
SHIELD He has a silver-painted knight's shield bearing a black coat-of-arms on his cheek.
STRIPES He has bold stripes of alternating colors painted across his face.
SPUR He has a bright silver spur painted off-center on his forehead.
STRIKE He has a striking golden serpent, backed by splashes of royal blue, painted diagonally across his face.
FLIGHT He has three strips of gold paint streaking across his left cheek, matched to three strips of royal blue paint on his right cheek.
VERMILLION He has twin flame-wreathed vermilion phoenixes, each caught in flight against a pool of black, painted along the sides of his face.
GOLDEN He has five strips of golden paint slashed across his left cheek, matched to two strips of black paint on his right cheek.

Coney-etched Paintstick

Name Design
CONEY He has a snowy white coney racing a tortoise painted across his face.
TORTOISE He has a virescent tortoise artfully rendered beneath his left eye.
STALLION He has a silver-painted stallion rearing up on its hind legs on his cheek.
SADDLE He has a painted umber saddle on each of his cheeks.
HELMET He has a frog-mouth helm with a snowy white plume painted on his cheek.
VIRESCENT He has dual stripes of virescent paint streaking down both sides of his face.
WHITE He has bright snowy white paint covering his entire face.
HOOF He has a bold black horse hoofprint painted on his forehead.
SHELL He has a faint tortoiseshell pattern painted over his entire face.
EARS He has a pair of snowy white rabbit ears painted along the sides of his face.
CREST He has a snowy white-on-cerise crest painted askew on one cheek.
INSIGNIA He has a brightly painted virescent-on-umber insignia slashed across his left cheek.
CROWN He has a cockeyed crown of metallic gold paint above his left eye.
TANKARD He has a vividly painted grey tankard of foamy ale splashed across his right cheek.
TOMATO He has an eye-catching painting of a bright red tomato in the center of his forehead.

Scratched Paintstick

Name Design
SCAR He has an ashen grey scar painted across his forehead.
WOUND He has a gaping wound rendered in red paint under his left eye.
BRAND He has a blackened "RW" brand painted on his chin.
STITCHES He has a line of criss-crossing stitches painted diagonally across his face.
BRUISE He has a faintly painted livid bruise enveloping his right eye.
BLEMISH He has a beauty mark rendered as a sable-painted dot beneath the corner of his left eye.
SCRATCH He has a trio of scarlet-painted claw marks dragged down his left cheek.
SHORT He has a short, vertical line of black stitch marks painted on his cheek.
SCAB He has an irregularly shaped scab painted in a dark ruddy hue on his chin.
PUS He has a yellowish white pus-oozing crimson cut painted in graphic detail along his jawline.
JAGGED He has a bright red-painted scar running in a jagged zig-zag from his left cheek to his right brow.
NICKS He has a grouping of tiny nick-like cuts painted in pale flesh tones along his nose and right cheek.
SKELETAL He has a black and white-outlined impression of an underlying skeletal structure painted on the lower half of his face.`

Clockwerke Paintstick

Name Design
CLOCK He has a clock face in coppery hues painted in the center of his forehead.
CLOCKWORK He has interlocked clockwork gears painted across his forehead from temple to temple.
HALF He has half of his face painted to look like the skin is torn away to reveal a clockwork mechanism beneath.
SIDE He has a series of interlocked gears painted down the side of his face.
MASK He has a monochromatic eye mask of painted interlocked gears expanding from the inner corner of his eyes outward.
AUTOMATON He has the lower half of his face painted like a mechanical automaton's jaw.
GASH He has a painted gash across his face revealing clockwork mechanisms beneath.
RIVETS He has painted rivets at evenly spaced intervals along the jawline
CELESTIAL He has an intricate clockwerke design painted down one side of his face, featuring celestial bodies nestled against gears.
PANEL He has a clockwork control panel painted behind one ear.

Insect-etched Paintstick

Name Design
BEETLE He has an intricate beetle painted between his eyes, with delicate wings outstretched above both eyebrows.
WINGS He has a pair of delicate scarab wings painted across the face like an eye mask, extending outward and upward from the corner of each eye.
TRACKS He has an intricate copper beetle painted on his cheek trailing stylized track marks in a meandering pattern across his forehead and curving around his eye.
SPIDER He has an elaborately painted spider poised on the bridge of his nose with forelegs splayed out below, across his cheeks, and back legs above, across his forehead.
WEB He has painted spiderwebs extending outward from the corner of each eye.
EYE He has one eye obscured by an elaborately painted spider, visible in full when his eye is closed.
EYES He has a cluster of spider eyes painted across his forehead.
WIDOW He has a black widow spider set on a black web stretching from nose to jawline, its painted crimson mark standing out in stark contrast against its dark backdrop.
CURLING He has sable and crimson spider painted across his entire forehead, its legs curling around his eyes to terminate in the center of each cheek.
DANGLING He has a quintet of painted spiders dangling below one eye from silvery thread at different lengths.
SIDE He has a tiny spider dangling from a copper thread painted down the side of his face.
SCORPION He has a black scorpion painted on one cheek, its raised tail curving around his eye and stinger poised to strike on his forehead.
SABLE He has stripes of sable and crimson paint streaking down both sides of his face.
COPPER He has stripes of copper and turquoise paint streaking down both sides of his face.


The face paint can be removed with special cloths. Otherwise, it will last a few hours. To remove the face paint, RUB <cloth> while holding the cloth in one hand.

Cloths that DO remove face paint
  • a soft white cloth with a subtle grey border (face paint only)
Cloths that DO NOT remove face paint
  • a quilted ivory cotton square (cosmetics and warpaint only)
  • a soft periwinkle cotton cleansing cloth (cosmetics and warpaint only)
  • a folded black linen cloth (stationery ink only)
  • a white cotton face cloth (stationery ink only)
  • a lace-edged lilac cotton facecloth (purpose unknown)
  • a thin-striped red and ivory facecloth (purpose unknown)

See Also

Paintstick Information
Type Fluff
Feature altering
Item Classification Miscellaneous
Item(s) Applied to Paintstick
Alterable Yes
Feature(s) Altered Extra line
Item Verbs