The Scarbacks are a religious group of monks that practice suspension, the act of suspending a human body from hooks that have been put through temporary body piercings. With their religious connections, Scarbacks can move more freely throughout The Quad than most of the population.
The Scarback faith grew up in the mines of Westerley and some of the monks were miners before they took the ropes of the order. All the mines have underground temples. Monks use waymarks, symbols scribed into the walls of mine tunnels, to find their way in the dark.
Monks use scarification, involving superficially cutting words into their skin as a permanent body modification, as a method of writing scriptures onto the skin of their backs. Scriptures are written in the Old Word, the ancient language of the monks. Symbols are also used in representing certain scriptures.
There is a Scarback Monastery on Leith where monks pursue their theological studies. The monastery contains a repository of early Scarback Scriptures.