The quarrel of some crossbows have four points, and this is the origination of a phrase used to indicate any effort carried out wholeheartedly or with maximum effort and intention.
The last bastion of freedom on Mars is about to fall…undermined by enemies within: a secret sisterhood of assassins and the fugitive remnants of the Yellow League–rogue Technopriests with the secret of immortality–who are returning with ancient weapons of unimaginable power, and vengeance in their cold, cold hearts.
Only an astronaut from future Earth and a motley alliance of Martian female warriors stand in their way.
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This phrase indicates that they will be slain and be eaten by one of the many beasts of Mars who feed upon carrion. Most notably, this turn of tongue originated when the warrior Bilba Noss used it in a speech prior to going to war with the Chenjari Tribe, when her pitiful force was outnumbered twenty to one.
Bilba, who was renowned for her willowy beauty and callipygian figure, first fooled the Chenjari Chieftess into thinking she would betray her forces into her hands but instead launched a trap which slew many Chenjari.
All the Muvari were eventually slain, but when the battle was over the Chenjari had been decimated. A third rival tribe, the Fejuvisi, seeing the weakness of the Chenjari fell upon them and made them slaves. The Chenjari Tribe is now extinct, however their bloodline has now intermingled with that of the Fejuvisi.
This is an ancient piece of technology which Sar Savaht recovered, repaired, and used to replace his missing left hand, which was burned off in an encounter with the artificial intelligence construct, Sved (later reprogrammed to become Svedra).
When originally discovered, this ancient artifact was malfunctioning and though it lent the user great strength it also sapped the life forces of the wearer, so prolonged use or intense use would age or even kill the wearer.
Sar Savaht was able to repair the gauntlet so that it fed off internal power sources rather than the energies of the person wearing it.
Instead of the Earthly custom of putting a ring upon the finger to indicate a marriage, members of the Muvari Tribe indicate marriage by a ring through the left ear. Males who are married to multiple wives will have multiple rings. A naked ear indicates being unmarried.
This phrase also has taken on the connotation of something that is obvious or apparent to anyone who is observing.