Squall of a Skelk

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The skelk, when in danger, emits a high-pitched squall, which makes it sound more fearsome than it really is. When someone says that they hear the squall of a skelk, and are not speaking of the actual rodent, they mean they are hearing big talk but there is little to back up those boasts or claims.



Anasthasi Tribe

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Smooth-talking merchants from the Anathasi Tribe showed up on the doorstep of Ledgrim’s main gates and demonstrated swords of superior quality, which could hew through bone and wood with an ease that was not known possible by Muvari steel.

In truth, these merchants had not discovered a superior alloy. They had found a handful of sword blades made by the ancients, and these were the swords they used to demonstrate the superiority of their wares.

In the meantime, the Anathasi blacksmiths forged many blades in a style that duplicated those ancient blades—and they sold thousands of them to the Muvari, before they realized they had been buying inferior goods.

Still, though that was eighty years prior, rumors of ‘superior’ Anathasi blades persist and though most of them have been broken and discarded, there are a few still circulating among the Muvari and these can fetch high prices because of their rarity and their supposed superiority.

One possible reason that rumors of the high quality of these blades persist is perhaps that few Muvari wanted to admit they had been fooled into spending good money on inferior blades, and so they quietly moved back to Caladrexian steel, rather than bruit about the sordid details of how they had been swindled.




An Invitation to His Parlour

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This phrase has two connotations. At one point an invitation to a man’s parlor was part of the courtship process, and a prospective wife would take part in a small repast where she would have conversation with the potential husband. Sometimes, it would even involve interviews by a husband’s other wives, where they would determine her eligibility.

In more licentious times, when the Muvari had fallen away from the worship of the Father and his One Son, a visit to a man’s parlor often meant extramarital intercourse.