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Dint, Oras, and Tasgar

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Dint, Oras, and Tasgar are three of the founding fathers of the Verm Tribe—revered by their progenitors for their legendary feats—some of them of dubious merit.

Dint stole thirteen women from the Scurm and Vengri tribes and made them his wives, siring, it is said, thirteen children in one night. It is from him and his eighteen sons that the Verm Tribe sprang.

One of these sons was Oras whose daughter Matheld was deturpated by the son of the Chief of the rival Vengri Clan. The chief of the Vengri Clan came to Oras offering a dowry for Matheld so that his son might marry her. Oras hid his anger and offered up twelve tuns of mushroom wine to celebrate the impending marriage.

When the wine had been consumed and the Vengri Clan was deep in its cups, Oras arose with ten men and slew every male of the clan who was over five years of age. He then took the most favored of the Vengri women for his own, distributed the rest to his ten warriors, and sold the remainder as slaves or concubines.

Oras was also known for slaying his wife, Sangretia, who was not able to bear him children. As she died, she cursed him by Baalbrock that his descendants would be the vermin of the earth, and it was hence that the tribal name “Verm’ sprang—for this epithet was adopted with pride.

Tasgar the 27th was one of the 63 sons of Oras and, to seize power, he killed his brothers, except for three which escaped, and took their wives as his own.

He was also known for slaying the tribal chieftain of the Scurm by thrusting him through with a spear at a peace parley and hoisting his body from a peak where the pesthules devoured it and left nothing but bones come the morning. Hence, comes the expression, “by the bones of the Scurm!”

Note: Prior to the cataclysm the birth rates of males were much higher. Also, for some genetic reason, post-cataclysm the Galbran have not suffered as much from the drastic imbalance in male to females as the other Martian Tribes.

 

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Leap That Precipice When We Come To It

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Once, a Muvari named Troi Deen was with a reconnaissance party in the rocky wastes to the north of Ledgrim and was caught in an ambush. All her party was slain, but she escaped by leaping three separate precipices as the Galbran chased her. Many of the Galbrans attempted the same leaps but fell to their doom. These chasms are now called the ‘Three Precipices’ and the story of Troi Deen is told often to commemorate her fantastic escape. Also used as a term to mean jump to conclusions.

 

The Bells of Sisepha

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Sisepha was a Muvari priest who captured a Galbran scout. All his methods of interrogation failed until Sisepha put him in the bell towers. The Galbran scout found the pealing bells so cacophonous and horrible that he gave up information about an impending Galbran attack, which the Muvari were able to thwart because of the specifics which Sisepha was able to extract.

 

Should it Come to Swords

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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.