When searching for a mate the oswagi spreads its brightly hued feathers in a brilliant array that forms a crown around its neck and head. For this reason, humans who are ostentatiously adorned or dressed in garb meant to attract the attention of others are said to have an ‘oswagi strut’.
Because of the red dust that the wind whips into the atmosphere, on Mars the sky is most often a reddish hue, and to imply it is blue would be observed to be patently wrong.
An old saying which is known and used among a number of the tribes, but particularly among the Munothi. Some scholars suggest that this saying has been altered from ‘man’ to ‘woman’ when the male population dwindled so rapidly and severely that females became the protectors and warriors.
Some Galbran are known to keep skelks as pets, holding them upon their laps and caressing them. The term lap-skelk, though, has come to mean an inferior person kept around for entertainment or recreational purposes.
Legend says that this was what the Muvari warrior Erayo Cage told a squad of twenty warriors when they arrived to help take a Galbran outpost. Erayo had tired of waiting and assaulted the outpost, slaying all twenty of the Galbran by herself so that there was nothing left for the twenty warriors to do but dispose of the bodies of the dead. Later, Erayo attempted a similar exploit but she was slain by an enemy crossbow bolt. Still, her name lives in infamy as do the words she spoke. Often this phrase will be applied to any other situation where an early arrival or quick response is deemed beneficial.
‘Shaving the skelk close’ is a term which is used to describe some fate or consequence which was narrowly avoided. The term originates from an older design of skelk trap which is little used now, but actually involves a falling blade that falls like a miniature guillotine upon a skelk who is lured into the trap by a crumb of bread or cake. When the trap failed, which it often did, it was said to have ‘shaved the skelk close.’
The Martians, who live primarily beneath the ground, have a number of words to describe a cavern. This particular word indicates a cavern that is near the surface and has access to the outside world. The term had also come to describe or name some tribes who dwell close to the surface and frequently venture outside.