Legend says that this was what the Muvari warrior Erayo Cage told a squad of twenty warriors when they arrived to help take a Galbran outpost. Erayo had tired of waiting and assaulted the outpost, slaying all twenty of the Galbran by herself so that there was nothing left for the twenty warriors to do but dispose of the bodies of the dead. Later, Erayo attempted a similar exploit but she was slain by an enemy crossbow bolt. Still, her name lives in infamy as do the words she spoke. Often this phrase will be applied to any other situation where an early arrival or quick response is deemed beneficial.
Khan Chengra reigned for only fourteen turbulent days in which he slew three thousand and twelve of his political enemies in a series of forays into various parts of Vermopolis. However, he was stabbed to death by his three oldest sons as he bowed to the idol of Naalbrock. He was not wearing his armor at the time.
This refers to the practice of exiling undesirables. In some tribes it was traditional to take the unsuspecting person, who was soon to be exiled, out on a patrol and stake them to a dune in the desert, leaving them without water and awash in sand—hence the term ‘dry and awash’.
The dangers of the outdoors are so prevalent that the Muvari and most other of the Martian Tribes have grown to consider all things associated with the outdoors as undesirable. Having a dusky shade of skin is not considered undesirable, but having skin that is darkened by the sun, whatever the initial shade, is thought to be unhealthful and a sign of ill health. It is also often associated with criminality because exiled criminals are often ejected from the shelters of underground living and forced into the out of doors. Many Muvari suffer severe sunburns from just short exposure to the sun. For these reasons, the members of the Muvari Tribe are careful to cover their heads when going into the out of doors.
The triumvirate of Technopriests, as the title indicates, has traditionally maintained three leaders. However, Orja Gath usurped this position and refused to replace the other two leaders, elevating herself to the sole position of presidential power among the Technopriests. So, in this case, Orja Gath is referred to as the entire triumvirate.
‘Shaving the skelk close’ is a term which is used to describe some fate or consequence which was narrowly avoided. The term originates from an older design of skelk trap which is little used now, but actually involves a falling blade that falls like a miniature guillotine upon a skelk who is lured into the trap by a crumb of bread or cake. When the trap failed, which it often did, it was said to have ‘shaved the skelk close.’
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THE MIGHTY AIRSHIP IS DESTROYED AND THE DARK EMPEROR RULES THE DUSTY LANDS. Having enjoyed his greatest victory against the hated enemy who slaughtered every relative of the royal family, Strommand Greattrix sits, restless upon the throne of Argalas, his vigor fading with the years, and bad habits he had sworn to forever discard creeping back to haunt him. Only when word of the return of his old enemy reaches him is he roused from his stupor. But is he too late to avoid the complete and utter destruction of the city and family he has painstakingly rebuilt from the ashes of the old?