This phrase indicates that they will be slain and be eaten by one of the many beasts of Mars who feed upon carrion. Most notably, this turn of tongue originated when the warrior Bilba Noss used it in a speech prior to going to war with the Chenjari Tribe, when her pitiful force was outnumbered twenty to one.
Bilba, who was renowned for her willowy beauty and callipygian figure, first fooled the Chenjari Chieftess into thinking she would betray her forces into her hands but instead launched a trap which slew many Chenjari.
All the Muvari were eventually slain, but when the battle was over the Chenjari had been decimated. A third rival tribe, the Fejuvisi, seeing the weakness of the Chenjari fell upon them and made them slaves. The Chenjari Tribe is now extinct, however their bloodline has now intermingled with that of the Fejuvisi.
This is an ancient piece of technology which Sar Savaht recovered, repaired, and used to replace his missing left hand, which was burned off in an encounter with the artificial intelligence construct, Sved (later reprogrammed to become Svedra).
When originally discovered, this ancient artifact was malfunctioning and though it lent the user great strength it also sapped the life forces of the wearer, so prolonged use or intense use would age or even kill the wearer.
Sar Savaht was able to repair the gauntlet so that it fed off internal power sources rather than the energies of the person wearing it.
Skelks are constantly regrowing teeth. The worn teeth fall out and are replaced by new ones. These tooth remnants are a sign of skelk infestation and are referred to as spottle.
The phrase ‘casting darts into the wind’ indicates wishful thinking or hoping for a lucky turn of events, since throwing darts into the wind is unlikely to result in those darts actually hitting the target.
Instead of the Earthly custom of putting a ring upon the finger to indicate a marriage, members of the Muvari Tribe indicate marriage by a ring through the left ear. Males who are married to multiple wives will have multiple rings. A naked ear indicates being unmarried.
This phrase also has taken on the connotation of something that is obvious or apparent to anyone who is observing.
Narrow-lipped indicates that only select words come out a mouth, and usually these words are untruthful, whereas if someone is wide-lipped they are known to speak the truth, though wide-lipped can also take on the connotation of someone who has little tact because they speak whatever comes to their mind.
Some Galbran tribes require the leaders of their defeated enemies to signify their submission by laying their hands flat upon a stone. The victors will strike off the hands or if they are merciful, which happens only rarely, they will accept this sign of submission without requiring both hands of their vanquished enemy.