This exclamation is often used when someone is surprised or shocked, bringing back recollections of Farona, an ancient warrior of the Muvari Tribe who was known for her battle prowess, her full lips, and her great girth.
Tag: Martian Etymology
The Sink Holes of Xan lay somewhere beneath the City of Ledgrim, but no one recalls precisely where—though the location is rumored to be had in the great archives of the Technopriests. It was here that rich veins of gold were discovered by the explorer Xan and her intrepid party of adventurers. However, a madness took over them and they slew each other in greed and jealousy. The rescue party that went after them were unsuccessful in recovering their bodies and claim they were chased away by the banshees or ghosts of the slain party, who were still jealously guarding their golden discovery and did not want to share it with anyone else.
Above: Depicts a thumb protection device which is used by some Martian tribes.
“Paying the enemy” is a term that is used by the Muvari and some others of the Martian tribes, which means to return some of the misery that the enemy has already inflicted. These crossbows are known for their power and require levers to pull back the cable in order to fire. Levers sometimes break and a taut cable will snap forward unexpectedly, or sometimes a crossbow will be fired when an extremity is not clear of the cable, and a finger will be lost. The phrase “Cutting of your thumbs to pay the enemy” developed, which loosely has a similar meaning to the Earthling idioms “Robbing Peter to pay Paul,”, denoting an action which has little meaning because of the cost associated with it.
Gutter Muvari are those members of the tribe without other useful skills or abilities who are given the task of keeping the streets clean and the gutters and water channels free of debris and pollutants. Though an important and even vital service, this task is considered menial by many Muvari and ‘gutter muvari’ is used as a derogatory term to indicate someone of low station or of little use.
This saying originates from an incident where a Kranuvi ambassador met with an ambassador of the Tredwari tribe to negotiate a treaty. With one hand the Tredwari ambassador offered up gifts to the Kranuvi and with the other hand he drew his dagger and plunged it into the heart of the Kranuvi ambassador. So when someone is believed to be speaking deceitfully, they are said to be “speaking with both hands.”
The Muvari and other of the Martian Tribes have a number of proverbs, which are used to instruct children and remind themselves of basic truths. One such proverb is:
Trust a hungry hobranx and soon he will no longer be hungry.
This, of course, is a cautionary proverb about the perils of putting faith in those who are untrustworthy … or of turning your back on an insatiable beast.