Month: May 2019

Concha Vine

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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.

 

Spiny Lizard

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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.

 

Don’t Bite My Nose Off

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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.

 

 

 

It’s Not a Sword’s Width To Me

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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.