Concha is a vine that grows prolifically in humid cavern environments and thrives on the glow of luminescent lichens. The sun, however, is too harsh for it and it shrivels and dies. It grows large leaves which are often used for wrapping packages and foods. The vine itself is quite fibrous and it can be unraveled and wound into ropes and twines.
The spiny lizard shows its spines when it feels threatened—a bright crimson ridge of thorns that rises about its neck and offers some defense against predators. Some animal shamans can sing a song to these spiny lizards, and the soothing tones will cause the spines to lower and smooth. ‘Smoothing the spines’ has come to indicate an effort to soothe harsh feelings and seek reconciliation between aggrieved parties.
It is said that Kelves Riddan, a Munothi chieftain, once received ill news from a messenger that her troops had been defeated in battle with enemy galbran. To express her displeasure, Kelves bit off the messenger’s nose. This story spread far and wide and the phrase ‘Don’t bite my nose off’ has become equated with the idea of not taking out one’s anger on the bearer of bad news.
At one time Muvari blacksmiths were promoting the idea that a wider sword blade was more effective than a narrow one in blocking an enemy blow. As the alloys of the blacksmiths improved this increased width which was designed to give additional strength to the blade became unnecessary because even a narrow blade contained enough strength to block enemy swords without breaking. “It matters not a sword’s width” became a phrase indicating indifference or inconsequentiality, and this phrase also became commonly used among other of the Martian tribes.
The term ‘hitch along’ is derived from the story of Asha Guld, a Muvari warrior whose fellow warriors were slain while scouting. She was wounded in the right leg and unable to walk and so she used the body of one of her fellow warriors as bait for the pesthules and when night descended, so did the winged pesthules. One landed long enough for Asha Guld to tighten a noose around its legs. The first reaction of the pesthule was to escape and so it took to flight, dragging Asha Guild into the air after her. Asha Guld clung to the rope and the pesthule carried completely across the Rift where it finally regained its composure, cut the rope with one of its claws and left Asha Guld much nearer to Ledgrim, where she was discovered by other Muvari warriors and helped back into the city.
The skelk is a rat-like martian creature that is known for raiding pantries. A skelk crumb would be something that the skelk would carry off—or in other words just a small portion of the original loaf. This term is used often to describe something that is small or minuscule in amount.
The great grandmother of Kawnos Sirk, Sulym Omt Sirk, once dueled for the hand of Honar Sirk, who had eight wives and had room for only one more. However seven women vied for that position, and so Sulym Sirk challenged each of them to a duel to decide who would have the honor of being Honar Sirk’s eight wife.
Sulym was wounded thrice in the successive duels, killing four of her challengers, wounding two so that they relinquished their claim upon Honar Sirk, and the seventh challenger withdrawing from the duel before sword could be drawn. The bridge upon which these successive duels were fought was renamed in honor of Sulym Omt, who shortly thereafter became Honar Sirk’s eighth wife.