Tag: dire planet etymology

An Oath is an Oath is an Oath

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So says the prophet Jaj in the 130th logion of the twelfth scroll, emphasizing that one’s word should be binding.



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.


They Sleep Deep as the Mists in the Rift

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The great gate to the city of Ledgrim lies over the Rift, which drops a mile into the crust of Mars and is always shrouded with mist and smoke because of the volcanic activity at the bottom.

When it is said that someone sleeps deep as the mists in the Rift it means they are heavy in slumber or it can also mean that they are dead.




You Aren’t Early to the Water’s Edge

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The watering holes of Ledgrim, where young people are sent to fetch water for their clans, are notorious places to meet, socialize, and flirt. Young women who have not yet reached graduation into full-fledged warrior status primp and will sometimes wear full armor to the springs and pools, so that they might impress the males they meet with their martial prowess and their ability to defend and protect their potential mates.

When someone is “early to the water” they have attempted to get a jump on the competition so that they might have more time with a potential suitor. This phrase has grown to include anyone who gets an early start, and is not dissimilar to the earthly phrase, “the early bird catches the worm.”


Like Striped Honey on the Eyes

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There are several types of bees that roam the surface of Mars, but the honey of the striped bee is particularly sought after because of its smooth flavor and particular sweetness. Hives can be found hidden amidst rocky crevices and declivities, and the bees can be smoked out long enough to remove the honey without being attacked by the swarm. Originally a simile evolved comparing the sweetness of this honey on the tongue to the pleasantness of someone’s beauty or a longed for sight, such as water to a thirsty man or a landmark to a lost traveler. Eventually, this phrase was shortened.


Companion Mother

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This term indicates a woman who is married to one’s father, but who is not your biological mother. In the case where a biological mother is slain in battle or in defense of Ledgrim, the companion mothers will take up the rearing of the bereaved children.

It is likely that the companion mother will already have been involved in the upbringing of these children since they are often called to fill in when companion wives are assigned to various watches and outposts which take them away from their family.