Legend says that this was what the Muvari warrior Erayo Cage told a squad of twenty warriors when they arrived to help take a Galbran outpost. Erayo had tired of waiting and assaulted the outpost, slaying all twenty of the Galbran by herself so that there was nothing left for the twenty warriors to do but dispose of the bodies of the dead. Later, Erayo attempted a similar exploit but she was slain by an enemy crossbow bolt. Still, her name lives in infamy as do the words she spoke. Often this phrase will be applied to any other situation where an early arrival or quick response is deemed beneficial.
‘Shaving the skelk close’ is a term which is used to describe some fate or consequence which was narrowly avoided. The term originates from an older design of skelk trap which is little used now, but actually involves a falling blade that falls like a miniature guillotine upon a skelk who is lured into the trap by a crumb of bread or cake. When the trap failed, which it often did, it was said to have ‘shaved the skelk close.’
The Scurm will eat any flesh of man or animal, but they find the meat of man most plentiful. The dregs of the flesh barrel tends to contain the spoiled meat, but this term is used by the galbran of many tribes to refer to the worst of anything.
The spiny lizard shows its spines when it feels threatened—a bright crimson ridge of thorns that rises about its neck and offers some defense against predators. Some animal shamans can sing a song to these spiny lizards, and the soothing tones will cause the spines to lower and smooth. ‘Smoothing the spines’ has come to indicate an effort to soothe harsh feelings and seek reconciliation between aggrieved parties.
The skelk is a rat-like martian creature that is known for raiding pantries. A skelk crumb would be something that the skelk would carry off—or in other words just a small portion of the original loaf. This term is used often to describe something that is small or minuscule in amount.
Once a warrior named Ersi Thinbati was trapped in the vestibule of an enemy clan’s abode. The doors about her were locked, while the warriors of the enemy clan went to the second floor so that they might pour crossbow fire through the murder holes (machicolations) in the ceiling above. One of the locked doors did not fit tightly in its jam and Thinbati drove a wedge-shaped dagger into the crack, hammering on the pommel with the pommel of her sword, driving the crack deeper until the locking mechanism broke and she was able to escape, slaying three of the enemy Krosha Clan warriors as she escaped. This story spread far and wide and the term ‘wedge of opportunity’ became commonplace.
Though oswagi are able to run down much larger prey and are known for separating and hunting humans, they often hunt the large canyon skelks.