I have a character who practices self flagellation for dubious religious purposes in a medival setting and though I doubt I will be featuring any scenes in which he's whipping himself a few details have come to my attention that my google fu has not been able to solve. I found plenty of porn stuff sure, and even one semi helpful health risks for bdsm practicers page, but I haven't specifically been able to locate anything relating to how this guy (a sixteen year old wquire)is going to be able to keep this secret for very long.
The character already has a reputation as a prude, he's not likely to take his shirt off in front of others in any case(for which the other squires HAVE mocked him,yes) so I'm not terribly worried about scars being detected more like what he's going to do about the blood he manages to bring up. Does anyone have suggestions as to what he could use to stop the bloodflow and prevent scars from opening up while he's running around doing the squire thing?
I'm also guessing that the amount of damage he's able to do to himself is going to have a lot to do with his implement of choice, whether the strings of the whip are knotted, etc. I haven't quite figured out what's going on there, though I'm thinking it's going to be more difficult to keep it secret if the whip is knotted too much, correct?
Also if anyone has google suggestions that I may not have thought to try, I'd appreciate your tossing them my way.