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A thick carapace of the athrovar is ridged with bulbous knots which give it the ability to crush and grind its foes–that and its immense weight which is carried on thick, stubby legs.



Ponder Thrice

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Gamma Medin, who was one of the founding mothers of the Muvari Tribe, and said to have borne eighteen children, four of them sons, and the rest mighty warriors, was reputed to have thought thrice before she hurled herself from a high defense and into the midst of a Scurm horde to buy time for her husband and progeny to seal the Back-Bridge Gate to Ledgrim. She slew ten galbran and then was transfixed by four spears, and continued to fight on until the gates were indeed sealed and she gave up the ghost. To this day, the Back-Bridge Gate remains sealed, walled off by seventy feet of brick and mortar.


Mushroom Chocolate

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Having been familiar with earthly chocolate, Garvey Dire was quite excited to taste mushroom chocolate, which is derived from a sap that seeps from a dark mushroom of a variety that grows up to five feet in height and in diameter. The mushroom chocolate was not, however, quite the same flavor as the chocolate to which Garvey was accustomed. It has a more earthy flavor more closely resembling a dark chocolate mixed with the bite of cumin. Though a bit foreign to the palate of the astronaut, it is considered a delicacy among the Muvari and is a popular item when trading with other tribes.

The mushrooms that produce this chocolate grow only in the climates of certain soil and caverns and it is said that the Scurm and Rathgur tribes of the Galbran once waged a fifty-year war over one such cavern.



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Naalbrock, like her male counterpart, Baalbrock, is endlessly thirsty for the blood of sacrifices. All sacrifices to her must involve at least nine victims or a multiple of nine, and the victims are violated by the priests and then by the followers prior to death. The followers of Naalbrock prefer to sacrifice captives from rival galbran tribes or from non-Galbran tribes. Despite the bestial appeal of this sect, only a few galbran tribes worship Naalbrock, for the priests of Baalbrock see the worship of Naalbrock as a threat to their own power, and have done their best to quash it.


Bajar’s Doomed Pit

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Bajar Cresh was a Muvari scientist who discovered a deep pit twelve leagues outside of Ledgrim. When she sounded the pit—a method of measuring depth by dropping a rock, and measuring the time before the sound of it striking returned—she found that no sound ever returned. Instead of determining that it was a very deep pit or perhaps that the rock fell upon a carpet of lichen growth, she decided on this slender evidence that the pit must go all the way through to the opposite side of Mars.