I’ve seen a few really old topics on this, and there was mention that the bracelets prevented pregnancy via a conversation with the Warmaker.
However, there is a note in the Mound of the Dead about someone taking their 13 year old little brother out to learn the ways of the warrior and collect the right plants. A 13 year old boy in the Exiled Lands? Some people have been in exiles for decades. If this wasn’t a person born in the Exiled Lands, then this person was kidnapped and placed there with his family when he was younger than 13? His arms would be considerably smaller than the bracelets that the adults wear; do they grow with a person or did the bracelet stay small for a boys wrist and then cut off circulation to his hand as he grew?
That question leads to the next one: the pirate queen has no bracelet. She has a hook hand where the bracelet would be, but the hook hand is far, far smaller than the bracelet, so it should be visible, but it’s not. So she can come and go as she pleases?
This leads to the next question: cutting off one’s hand or arm and then leaving the exiled lands. Sounds pretty simple to do. The bracelet only kills people who try to remove it, but there is nothing stopping people from removing a body part to remove the bracelet.
With a blade sharp enough, one could very delicately amputate above the bracelet, then slide the bracelet off and reattach the amputated limb and it would heal.
So, where are the kids at, and why aren’t people removing their arms to escape?