Tag: Dire Planet Eytmology

The Quickest Sword Slays the Enemy

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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.

 

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Shaving the Skelk Close

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‘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.’

 

Spiny Lizard

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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.

 

Wedge of Opportunity

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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.