The Martian rat, the skelk, has teeth that continuously regrow if they are lost. The detritus of these teeth, which can often be found in skelk burrows or nests, is called spottle. When someone says they ‘can’t make spottle from jaw’ it means they can’t discern between the jaw and the spottle, or can’t make any sense of what they are referring to.
The quarrel of some crossbows have four points, and this is the origination of a phrase used to indicate any effort carried out wholeheartedly or with maximum effort and intention.
Some of the hobranx’s natural enemies, such as the razor-toothed fingrit, who hunt in packs, are hatched, and so whenever a hobranx encounters a nest of its enemies’ speckled eggs, it crushes them beneath its three-toed feet.
One ancestor of the Pesh Clan, Favrona Pesh, was told that because of the great debt her spend-thrift husband had inflicted upon the family, that her home would be forfeit and her five companion wives and eighteen children would be thrown to the streets.
She said that she would endeavor to see every penny of that debt paid even if she should have to sew skelk furs together to make cloaks to sell at the market, but that if anyone came for her home it would “come to swords”.
After praying for guidance she felt she should go glean the mushroom mines. Though this was unlikely to provide more than a meal or two for her family, and would nothing do in the way to compensate the man they owed a debt, she followed the prompting. While she was gleaning she found an emerald in the earth.
Elated to be able to pay what her family owed, she approached a money changer and was paid in gold. She separated the amount she owed, but when she went to pay her debt she found her home had been repossessed and her family tossed out. She paid the lender who still refused to relinquish her home, so she took up the Pesh family sword and slew seven men before the lender finally returned her home.
Favrona Pesh put her husband on a strict budget, invested her remaining gold in an oil sump and was able to support the family off the dividends. Local lenders refused to extend any more credit to Favrona’s husband when she personally visited each of them and warned them they would never receive one penny of the money they lent.
This phrase indicates that they will be slain and be eaten by one of the many beasts of Mars who feed upon carrion. Most notably, this turn of tongue originated when the warrior Bilba Noss used it in a speech prior to going to war with the Chenjari Tribe, when her pitiful force was outnumbered twenty to one.
Bilba, who was renowned for her willowy beauty and callipygian figure, first fooled the Chenjari Chieftess into thinking she would betray her forces into her hands but instead launched a trap which slew many Chenjari.
All the Muvari were eventually slain, but when the battle was over the Chenjari had been decimated. A third rival tribe, the Fejuvisi, seeing the weakness of the Chenjari fell upon them and made them slaves. The Chenjari Tribe is now extinct, however their bloodline has now intermingled with that of the Fejuvisi.
Skelks are constantly regrowing teeth. The worn teeth fall out and are replaced by new ones. These tooth remnants are a sign of skelk infestation and are referred to as spottle.
The phrase ‘casting darts into the wind’ indicates wishful thinking or hoping for a lucky turn of events, since throwing darts into the wind is unlikely to result in those darts actually hitting the target.