The Martian rat, the skelk, has teeth that continuously regrow if they are lost. The detritus of these teeth, which can often be found in skelk burrows or nests, is called spottle. When someone says they ‘can’t make spottle from jaw’ it means they can’t discern between the jaw and the spottle, or can’t make any sense of what they are referring to.
Some of the hobranx’s natural enemies, such as the razor-toothed fingrit, who hunt in packs, are hatched, and so whenever a hobranx encounters a nest of its enemies’ speckled eggs, it crushes them beneath its three-toed feet.
One ancestor of the Pesh Clan, Favrona Pesh, was told that because of the great debt her spend-thrift husband had inflicted upon the family, that her home would be forfeit and her five companion wives and eighteen children would be thrown to the streets.
She said that she would endeavor to see every penny of that debt paid even if she should have to sew skelk furs together to make cloaks to sell at the market, but that if anyone came for her home it would “come to swords”.
After praying for guidance she felt she should go glean the mushroom mines. Though this was unlikely to provide more than a meal or two for her family, and would nothing do in the way to compensate the man they owed a debt, she followed the prompting. While she was gleaning she found an emerald in the earth.
Elated to be able to pay what her family owed, she approached a money changer and was paid in gold. She separated the amount she owed, but when she went to pay her debt she found her home had been repossessed and her family tossed out. She paid the lender who still refused to relinquish her home, so she took up the Pesh family sword and slew seven men before the lender finally returned her home.
Favrona Pesh put her husband on a strict budget, invested her remaining gold in an oil sump and was able to support the family off the dividends. Local lenders refused to extend any more credit to Favrona’s husband when she personally visited each of them and warned them they would never receive one penny of the money they lent.
Some tribes of the Galbran hold yearly tournaments similar to the hastiludes of the Muvari, but far deadlier. Ten contestants vie to prove their superiority in arms and strength, and the survivor wins five wives and a dozen servants and five casks of mushroom ale. One of the contests is the war of knots, which is similar to tug-of-war, where teams vie to pull the others into a chasm filled with spikes.
One of the unfortunate side effects of these hastiludes is it has the tendency to slay most of the best warriors of the tribe, thereby weakening them when it comes time to go to war. Naturally, the winner of the hastilude is expected to fight valiantly, which they almost always do, unless they have become drunkards, imbibing too much of their winnings.