Above: Depicts the size of a mindworm in relationship to a Martian hand
The mind worm is a parasite sometimes used by the Galbran to extract information from prisoners. The mind worm will crawl in through an orifice and infect the mind of the victim, causing them to hallucinate and eventually lose all semblance of their sanity. A side effect of this parasitic infection is that the victim babbles forth whatever is in his mind. Sometimes this will include an important piece of information which the Galbran are anxious to have. More often, though, the babbling describes various hallucinations which have no bearing on reality. The phrase ‘touched by the mindworm’ is used to describe not only those actually affected by the parasite but anyone whose sanity is in question for whatever reason.
Below: A Martian warrior under the effects of the mindworm
Though some of the technopriests of the Muvari have developed or reverse-engineered more advanced methods of time keeping, the traditional method has been that of the sun dial. Crude sun dials were made by thrusting a stick into the sand and reading the shadow. The Muvari also found that the stick in the sand method worked by moonlight, but due to the double moons of
The Muvari also found that the stick in the sand method worked by moonlight but, due to the double moons of Mars, it was a much more complicated process since there were conflicting light sources. This difficulty of discerning the proper shadow by moon fostered the phrase “stick of the moon” which was used when time was difficult to discern, insubstantial, or scarcely available.
“It came on six legs, working in concert and giving it a superb balance. For one moment those rear legs bent a bit deeper, and then the great feline sprang into the air, great muscles rolling beneath its speckled purple fur.” –Lost Tribes of the Dire Planet
The theroptra is feline in nature, large enough to pluck up a man and tear him asunder between its great jaws. Its tail is ridged and able to slice through foes, and it has the added advantage of a chameleon since its fur can shift colors to match its surroundings.
This is the title bestowed upon the most respected and senior leaders of the Muvari Tribe. Also, the bravest and most distinguished warriors of the Muvari may go through a special ceremony in front of the Council of Elders which bestows upon them the honorary title of Shad.
The oswagi are raptor-like creatures, about the size of an ostrich, that inhabit certain areas of the hot and steamy climes of the Rift Bottom. They are known for their blinding speed and their rainbow-hued feathers, as well as their deadliness.
The feathers of the oswagi are highly prized as ornamentation and as a sign of bravery. The priests of such galbran gods as Naalbrock and Baalbrock often array themselves in multi-colored cloaks of oswagi feathers which are passed down from generation to generation.
Gutter Muvari are those members of the tribe without other useful skills or abilities who are given the task of keeping the streets clean and the gutters and water channels free of debris and pollutants. Though an important and even vital service, this task is considered menial by many Muvari and ‘gutter muvari’ is used as a derogatory term to indicate someone of low station or of little use.
This saying originates from an incident where a Kranuvi ambassador met with an ambassador of the Tredwari tribe to negotiate a treaty. With one hand the Tredwari ambassador offered up gifts to the Kranuvi and with the other hand he drew his dagger and plunged it into the heart of the Kranuvi ambassador. So when someone is believed to be speaking deceitfully, they are said to be “speaking with both hands.”