This phrase is formally used in Muvari funerary rites, expressing the desire that the deceased’s soul return to their Heavenly Father, or the One True God.
Typically, the Muvari consign their dead to the lava pits beneath Caladrex in elaborate funerary rites. It is expected that upon the second coming of the All Father’s Son that the lava pits will turn cold and the dead will be resurrected from their fiery slumber.
This is the formal way of telling a Muvari that a relative of theirs has been killed or has passed away. Because of the violent realities of life, Muvari children are taught to expect that they may one day hear these unfortunate words.
The Kranuvi Tribe is infamous for its shrewd trading practices–some of which involve having scales that are weighted falsely and shaving coins for their precious metal. In fact, the Kranuvi Tribe minted a coin specially meant for trading with other tribes. This coin was thinner and contained less precious metal.
This gave rise to the saying “Kranuvi’s thin piece” which came to indicate any bargain in which one party felt he was being given short shrift, an unfair bargain, or outright cheated.
This saying comes from a well known tale about an emissary from the Varoni Tribe that pleaded peace with the chief of the now-extinct Nokavuri Tribe and then killed him with a dagger slipped from his sleeve. The phrase ‘Dagger in the Sleeve’ refers to anyone that is hiding treachery or simply a surprise.
The legend of Jabel tells of how he was captured by a rival tribe called the Nokavuri—now extinct—and though they had reason to believe he was one of their own, he would not lie. When he confessed that he was Muvari the Nokavuri executed him.
In the aftermath of a battle, the dead are sometimes left for scavengers to devour. These are referred to as feed for the hobranx. And though the fearsome hobranx, who is equipped with scythes on its arms, is certainly capable of slaying its own prey, it prefers to scavenge. This phrase also came to reference the outcome of a situation which the participants are unlikely to live through.
This phrase has come to reference the outcome of a situation in which the participants are unlikely to survive.
Forced into the Courtesans Guild at a young age, Sedrah sought to transcend her position by winning a position with the Assassins Guild. She made few friends prosecuting the assignments of the Assassins Guild, so when she receives the assignment to kill a former ally she must make the choice between keeping her good standing with the Guild or taking the life of one of the few people in Bathos who she can trust.
Sedrah appears in the books Escape from Devil’s Head and Through the Groaning Earth and in the upcoming Dogs and Sorcerers.