The dangers of the outdoors are so prevalent that the Muvari and most other of the Martian Tribes have grown to consider all things associated with the outdoors as undesirable. Having a dusky shade of skin is not considered undesirable, but having skin that is darkened by the sun, whatever the initial shade, is thought to be unhealthful and a sign of ill health. It is also often associated with criminality because exiled criminals are often ejected from the shelters of underground living and forced into the out of doors. Many Muvari suffer severe sunburns from just short exposure to the sun. For these reasons, the members of the Muvari Tribe are careful to cover their heads when going into the out of doors.
The triumvirate of Technopriests, as the title indicates, has traditionally maintained three leaders. However, Orja Gath usurped this position and refused to replace the other two leaders, elevating herself to the sole position of presidential power among the Technopriests. So, in this case, Orja Gath is referred to as the entire triumvirate.
An alcoholic beverage which is actually fermented from the fat worms that are found plentifully in the algae pits of Labyrinth.
Concha is a vine that grows prolifically in humid cavern environments and thrives on the glow of luminescent lichens. The sun, however, is too harsh for it and it shrivels and dies. It grows large leaves which are often used for wrapping packages and foods. The vine itself is quite fibrous and it can be unraveled and wound into ropes and twines.
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.
Throwing bones is playing dice, which naturally requires luck, and the rest of this saying has likely originated because skelks who managed to avoid the traps and snares set for them are considered lucky.
The fearsome hobranx has been known to defeat many of its enemies by merely walking over them. To be able to ‘walk over’ something indicates an easy victory or, loosely used, a far superior option.