Beryl berries grow thick in the rocky soil outside of Ledgrim and parties of foragers often brave the open daylight skies to gather buckets of them to make into preserves.
They are called beryl berries because their green coloration is similar to that of the mineral after which they are named. They have a mostly sweet, but slightly tart flavor, similar to the wild huckleberry of Earth.
The skelk, when in danger, emits a high-pitched squall, which makes it sound more fearsome than it really is. When someone says that they hear the squall of a skelk, and are not speaking of the actual rodent, they mean they are hearing big talk but there is little to back up those boasts or claims.
Smooth-talking merchants from the Anathasi Tribe showed up on the doorstep of Ledgrim’s main gates and demonstrated swords of superior quality, which could hew through bone and wood with an ease that was not known possible by Muvari steel.
In truth, these merchants had not discovered a superior alloy. They had found a handful of sword blades made by the ancients, and these were the swords they used to demonstrate the superiority of their wares.
In the meantime, the Anathasi blacksmiths forged many blades in a style that duplicated those ancient blades—and they sold thousands of them to the Muvari, before they realized they had been buying inferior goods.
Still, though that was eighty years prior, rumors of ‘superior’ Anathasi blades persist and though most of them have been broken and discarded, there are a few still circulating among the Muvari and these can fetch high prices because of their rarity and their supposed superiority.
One possible reason that rumors of the high quality of these blades persist is perhaps that few Muvari wanted to admit they had been fooled into spending good money on inferior blades, and so they quietly moved back to Caladrexian steel, rather than bruit about the sordid details of how they had been swindled.
All marriages must be recorded with the Muvari Records Office to be considered official. Warriors residing in the residence of a given clan, who are not registered, are considered to be hearth guards and, by strictly enforced Muvari Law, are not eligible for marital consortium, for the family unit is the recognized as the central component to Muvari and all societies.
This phrase has two connotations. At one point an invitation to a man’s parlor was part of the courtship process, and a prospective wife would take part in a small repast where she would have conversation with the potential husband. Sometimes, it would even involve interviews by a husband’s other wives, where they would determine her eligibility.
In more licentious times, when the Muvari had fallen away from the worship of the Father and his One Son, a visit to a man’s parlor often meant extramarital intercourse.
A common expression among the Muvari and the other tribes, including the Galbran, which ostensibly means ‘turn the point of the sword’ upon our enemies, and is usually used in circumstances where the enemy has already gained considerable ground or advantage.
This refers to a pile of hobranx feces, and the hobranx does leave behind prodigious piles of dung. This phrase is often used to refer to an assertion of dubious truth or sometimes to a product of poor quality. The picture above depicts a Galbran warrior standing near a pile of hobranx dung in order to illustrate the common size of a hobranx pile.