In most Elevener circles, any depiction of any part of any living body is forbidden. Personal mirrors are allowed, but no illustrations or objects may contain or depict any part of a living body, in whole or in part. This includes animals, plants, single-celled organisms, and even viruses (thanks to a ruling by an Eleven high circle that anything that might be alive is considered alive).

This has an effect on the use of illustrations for educational purposes and signage. Conservative Eleveners insist that the prohibition is universal, and that technical publications must omit any living beings, often depicting items being suspended in midair or in the middle of an oval blob, roughly human sized but not human shaped. More liberal Eleveners make exceptions for technical and medical manuals but require them to be produced elsewhere and only handled in emergencies and specific training situations, followed by symbolic ablutions to purge the ritual impurity.

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