In The Emperor's Wake
Heavenly Script Tattoos
Source of power
The Heavenly Script tattoos on Jin’s skin have granted him his powers. As he progresses they open up and gift him with new abilities and attributes. The asian characters morph and move revealing new secrets to him.
They change depending on the viewer and choose who may read them. They appear to be in an unknown language to any who view them. They are clearly legible to those they choose…at least partially.
All things come with a cost.
With the death of his brother the Heavenly Script written upon his skin vanished and rose as smoke to engulf Jin. When he awoke the tattoos had been etched upon his body. Some of them he could read and they explained how he had changed. He was no longer the same.