An extinct tribe said to have inhabited the City of Rainbow Towers in the ravines near the Moon Drift Mountains. Some maps now mark it as the habitation of dragons and satyrs. Dragons’ likely indicate large reptiles such as geltars, which are commonly used as beasts of burden in the Vanuri Tribe, and satyrs are likely the hooved and long-tailed beasts sometimes known as pipers, who haunt desolate places and have an eerie and haunting call, which can hypnotize and lure the unwitting, much in the way the sinthral can lure their victims.
Though some varieties of the luminescent lichens shed a constant light, others go through cycles which can replicate the cycle of day and night—though they are not always concurrent with the outer world.
A common amusement of children is to lure skelks out of their holes by tying a string to a crumb or piece of cheese. Once the skelk comes out the child will move the bait, causing the skelk to run in circles after its own tail. The phrase ‘turning the skelk’s tail’ has therefore also come to encompass the idea of someone telling a tall tale, a trick, or a jest.
Once the warrior Tasiver Tod was beset by a hungry oswagi. She thrust her sword blade down the gullet of the beast and managed to slay it, but when she withdrew her sword she found her gauntlet had been chewed through and she had lost the skin from her fingers. From that day forward a close call is often referred to as escaping by the ‘skin of your knuckles.’
This phrase indicates ten men- each toe equals one man. If a Martian were to say ‘one foot’ that indicates five men. Ten feet equals fifty men, and twenty feet indicates 100 men.
Or forever. This is a Martian phrase similar to the Earthling’s ‘until hell freezes over’.
Some Galbran tribes refer to their underground cities as burrows and generally name them after the tribe.
In cases where tribes are large enough to have multiple burrows they often call them toes and number them. For example: The seventh toe of the Scurm Burrow.
Larger tribes have no restraint against numbering cities with a greater number than ten. However, such affiliations do not usually last for long. Often toes will split off and form splinter tribes and the originating tribe will go to war with the new tribe in an effort to reassimilate their lost toe.