Month: January 2018

Ears Set

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When a man or woman is married they symbolize that union by a piercing through their ear. So when a male or female is interested in a potential spouse it is said that they have their ‘ear set’ on them.

 

Presenting Swords

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It is a common custom for families to purchase their daughters swords and present them upon their graduation from the Weapons Academy, a required training for all Muvari young women who are in good health. Though sword training is in the Muvari curriculum from a very young age, the practice swords are generally made of wood until they reach the Weapons Academy. In the meantime, a popular practice of young Muvari women is to carry saps carved from the Kantha Mushroom, which has a long and fibrous stem. Kantha mushrooms are not particularly tasty and all but inedible unless consumed when they are at the stage of their initial sprouting. However, they grow very quickly and quite tall, and the stems are used to make furniture and any other number of wood products, including these saps. It is also a source of pride for the Muvari to carve elaborate designs upon these saps and paint them in colorful ways. Young men will also carve these saps, though this activity is frowned upon for the Muvari society does not want to instill the martial instinct in the males for fear that they will take unnecessary risks that might lead to an untimely demise and thereby reduce the male population which is already severely diminished.

 

Armistice Gap

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There is a legend of a Muvari warrior who was spurned by her husband when she could not bear him a male heir. In her sorrow, she threw herself into Armistice Gap thinking that she would fall to her doom. Instead, she fell upon the ledge and later another man heard her cries and fished her out of the Gap.

The legend tells that the man was so smitten by the beautiful Faris Sonja that he made her his own wife. She changed her name and let herself be considered dead, until years later after she had borne her new husband seven children, her former husband encountered her in the market one day and died in shock because he thought he had seen a ghost.