The skelk, when in danger, emits a high-pitched squall, which makes it sound more fearsome than it really is. When someone says that they hear the squall of a skelk, and are not speaking of the actual rodent, they mean they are hearing big talk but there is little to back up those boasts or claims.
This phrase has two connotations. At one point an invitation to a man’s parlor was part of the courtship process, and a prospective wife would take part in a small repast where she would have conversation with the potential husband. Sometimes, it would even involve interviews by a husband’s other wives, where they would determine her eligibility.
In more licentious times, when the Muvari had fallen away from the worship of the Father and his One Son, a visit to a man’s parlor often meant extramarital intercourse.
A common expression among the Muvari and the other tribes, including the Galbran, which ostensibly means ‘turn the point of the sword’ upon our enemies, and is usually used in circumstances where the enemy has already gained considerable ground or advantage.
This refers to a pile of hobranx feces, and the hobranx does leave behind prodigious piles of dung. This phrase is often used to refer to an assertion of dubious truth or sometimes to a product of poor quality. The picture above depicts a Galbran warrior standing near a pile of hobranx dung in order to illustrate the common size of a hobranx pile.
A person who appears kind and well-meaning on the surface but is scheming beneath and ill-intentioned beneath.
The Martian rat is called a skelk and has teeth which continue to fall out and new ones grow in their place. The teeth they shed are referred to as spottle and are considered worthless detritus. So if someone speaks ‘spottle and smoke’ they are speaking worthless words that fade quickly like smoke and have no truth or value.
Skutter is the noise a flying object makes but, in Martian language, it has also come to be recognized as the sound of a flying quarrel that has missed its target, for warriors are very aware of this noise when a shaft flies past their heads. So a ‘skutter-shot’ has come to mean a missed shot or to refer to the idea of someone losing their path or their objective. This word is also sometimes used as a noun, referring to someone who has no clear aim or direction.