Tag: dire planet etymology

Feed for the Hobranx

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In the aftermath of a battle, the dead are sometimes left for scavengers to devour. These are referred to as feed for the hobranx. And though the fearsome hobranx, who is equipped with scythes on its arms, is certainly capable of slaying its own prey, it prefers to scavenge. This phrase also came to reference the outcome of a situation which the participants are unlikely to live through.

This phrase has come to reference the outcome of a situation in which the participants are unlikely to survive.



That Rips the Soul

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This saying originates from Galbran priests of Balbrock who perform a rite called ‘Ripping the Soul’, which involves tearing the still-beating heart out of a victim. Because of the finality of the act, the phrase “That rips the soul” evolved to indicate a finality or devastating impact in whatever matter is being referred to. Oddly enough, this phrase is used frequently by non-Galbran tribes, as well as by the Galbran themselves.


In the Stick of the Moon

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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.


Cut through the Spottle


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The spottle-toothed skelk has red canines which it wears down through chewing on a particularly hard tuber found in rocky areas. Fortunately, nature has provided a way to replace these teeth and every three lunar cycles the spottle-toothed skelk grows a new set of canines. The old canines, usually worn down to nubs, fall out and join the other detritus of the skelk. Hence, spottle has become a term to indicate something useless, of no value, or garbage.


The Break of Chansk

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Though the exact location has been lost in the murk of time, Chansk was a legendary Muvari outpost that was assailed by rival tribes and vast hosts of Galbran for nigh on twenty years. During this time the impenetrable walls were never breached and, finally, after being repulsed hundreds of times, the enemy hosts gave up and went to their homes. Thus when a Muvari uses the phrase, “The Break of Chansk” they mean never or forever or some variation thereof.