Tag: Martian Etymology

Thinker Class

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Muvari who demonstrate scientific aptitude are drafted into the Thinker Class of the Technopriests. The Thinker Class is subdivided into categories of Archivist, Mechanic, Technician, Retro-Engineer, LiveGivers, and Mastermind.

 

 

 

 

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Edge of the Precipice

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On the spur of the moment. The term ‘edge of the precipice’ is derived from the story of Dalimnus Menthus—a Muvari warrior known for her great beauty and silver tongue, who once was caught on the literal edge of a precipice by a group of galbran who planned to run her off that very cliff. She invented a tale of how she possessed knowledge of a great cache of ancient weaponry which she would lead them to if they spared her life. They did spare her life and later she managed to escape them, slipping away into a mountainous region where she claimed this cache of weaponry was hidden. Unfortunately, this gift of a glib tongue was used to less honorable effect as well. Dalimnus Menthus lied about military promotions to her peers, lied about wealth, and eventually lied about the paternity of her children and was exiled from Ledgrim for the violation of her marital vows. Her ultimate fate is unknown, but her legacy also coined another phrase “the words of Dalimnus” which means “lies.”

 

 

 

 

Calling a Skull a Skull

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This expression is derived from a popular dice game called Rattle Bones. Rattle Bones is played with five eight-sided dice carved with various symbols and runes. Traditionally these dice were carved from bones of the enemy, though they are sometimes carved from wood or even stone. Originally some priests or shaman of Galbran and pagan tribes used these dice for divination and when all dice turned to show a skull, that was considered to be a sign of death, and became known as “death’s throw.” Often this meant that prisoners would be killed or sacrificed instead of meeting some slightly less horrible fate. Sometimes a shaman who was doing a divination would conceal dire prognostications by using a sleight of hand to change or spirit away the sign of the skull, and from this comes the phrase ‘sleighting the skull,’ which means to hide a hard truth. On the other hand, the phrase ‘calling a skull a skull’ means to tell the hard truth despite the consequences.

 

Striking Blades to the Third Blood

 

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As newly-appointed Chief Councilman, Garvey Dire has outlawed dueling as a way to resolve disagreements among Muvari, but the practice still persists. ‘Striking blades’ indicates a challenge to a duel. ‘To the third blood’ indicates that when one party has been injured three times the duel will be over and the party with three wounds will be declared the loser. About half the time, duels to the ‘third blood’ end in a fatality. A ‘striking of blades to the final blood’ indicates that a duel will be fought to the death.