Tag: Customs of Mars

Violet Nails

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The Munothi clans have a pillar within each of their homes where clan members drive a violet nail each time they slay an enemy. Some of these pillars date back hundreds of years and are filled with thousands of nails. In later years, some artisans began inscribing the story of how the victim was slain upon the head of the nail. Sometimes, this description is very brief as in ‘beheaded’ or ‘arrow in kidney’ but other times it is more detailed and the story more lengthy. For this reason, certain artisans have become skilled in writing in miniature, using just one strand of hair to paint each symbol, and a magnifying glass must be used to read the inscriptions upon the nail’s head.

Someone interested in a clan’s sanguinary history might spend many months reading and making a study of the inscriptions upon these nails.



Throwing You to the Hobranx

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Some tribes have worshiped the hobranx as a god and have thrown sacrifices to them as appeasement. The idea of throwing someone to the hobranx has persisted as a phrase that indicates a person is being left to their fate or offered up as appeasement to satisfy an aggrieved party.


Presenting Swords

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It is a common custom for families to purchase their daughters swords and present them upon their graduation from the Weapons Academy, a required training for all Muvari young women who are in good health. Though sword training is in the Muvari curriculum from a very young age, the practice swords are generally made of wood until they reach the Weapons Academy. In the meantime, a popular practice of young Muvari women is to carry saps carved from the Kantha Mushroom, which has a long and fibrous stem. Kantha mushrooms are not particularly tasty and all but inedible unless consumed when they are at the stage of their initial sprouting. However, they grow very quickly and quite tall, and the stems are used to make furniture and any other number of wood products, including these saps. It is also a source of pride for the Muvari to carve elaborate designs upon these saps and paint them in colorful ways. Young men will also carve these saps, though this activity is frowned upon for the Muvari society does not want to instill the martial instinct in the males for fear that they will take unnecessary risks that might lead to an untimely demise and thereby reduce the male population which is already severely diminished.