Tag: Martian Etymology

Dredged the Cess

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A Muvari way of saying putting two and two together. Legend tells of a wife, Lyeen of the Kimald Clan, who became jealous of her companion wife and the amount of attention she was getting from her husband. In a fit of jealousy induced acrasia Lyeen stabbed her companion wife to death and threw her and the dagger which she had used into the cesspools beneath Ledgrim. Some bloody tracks were found that led investigators to the cesspool which they dredged, first finding the discarded dagger which had been a gift from Tik Kimald to his wife Lyeen and was engraved with her name. Further dredging brought up the body of Xoxey Kimald and this was considered enough evidence to convict Lyeen before the Chief Judges of the Muvari.

The rest of the story is rarely related, but of equal interest. Despite her transgression, Lyeen was apparently a quite attractive woman and could be devastatingly charming when she wanted to be. She convinced her husband to help her escape, which he did, loosing her from her cell before she was slated to walk into the lava pits. He found her a secret cavern in the Dark Quarter and visited her every week. Lyeen bore Tik five children over the next four years (Muvari gestational periods are shorter than those of Earthings). When she was finally discovered she fled Ledgrim altogether with her five children. They fell in with a Sand Tribe, and Lyeen married a second time to one of the males. Eventually, Tik was able to recover three of his children, but he never knew the fate of the other two.



The Forgotten Sink Holes of Xan

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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.


Cutting off Your Thumb to Pay the Enemy

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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

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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.