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FormalitiesEdit

"I confirm our bond and seal it with blood."Edit

When a lord binds someone to them, they often use the ancient formula, "I confirm our bond and seal it with blood," or in the case of someone who's already bound, "I reconfirm our bond and seal it with blood." This is a vestige of a time when lords were blood-binders, and the ritual involved cut palms.[1][2]

"All gates and hands are open to you."Edit

"All gates and hands are open to you," is a formal greeting of hospitality when welcoming someone in. "Honor be to you and to your hall," is the repose.[3][4] It is always described as being said in a formal register of Kens.

ExpressionsEdit

"To ride a rathorn"Edit

"To ride a rathorn" is a phrase meaning to take on a task too dangerous to let go. It also has the implication of going mad.[5]

AncestorsEdit

There are many Kencyr phrases that reference their ancestors, such as:

"Ancestors be praised"[6][7]
An expression of gratitude
"Ancestors preserve me"[8][9]
A invocation for safekeeping
"Ancestors forbid"[10][11]
A invocation for something to not happen
"Ancestors know"
"Ancestors know" is used for things that are clearly true.[12][13] The slight variant "Ancestors only know" is used for unknown things.[14][15]

ExclamationEdit

"God's claws!"Edit

"God's claws"[16][17] is a shorter, more common form of "God's claws and whiskers."[18] It refers to the natural armament seen in depictions of Regonereth, That-Which-Destroys, the third aspect of the Three-Faced God.

"God's teeth and toenails!"Edit

"God's teeth and toenails"[19][20] and sometimes the shorter form "God's teeth"[21] refer to the natural armament seen in depictions of Regonereth, That-Which-Destroys, the third aspect of the Three-Faced God.

"Perimal's name!"Edit

"Perimal's name"[22][23] refers to the Perimal Darkling.

TrinityEdit

There are many Kencyr phrases that reference the three-faced nature of their god.

"Trinity"[24][25]
An exclamation
"Sweet Trinity"[26][27]
An exclamation
"Trinity knows"
"Trinty knows" can be used both for something that is unknown,[28][29] or for something that is well known.[30][31] The slight variant "Trinity only knows" is always used for unknown things.[32][33]
"For Trinity's sake"
Torisen tends to favor this one[34][35]
"Trinity-be-damned"
Gorbel favors this one[36][37]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 4: First Blood" — " 'I reconfirm our bond and seal it with blood,' said Torisen formally, repeating the ancient formula. He gave the randon his hands. In the days long before Rathillien, when the Highlord had often been not only a Shanir but a blood-binder, his palms would have been cut across for the full blood rite,"
  2. The Sea of Time, "Chapter XX: A Season of Fog", V — " 'I confirm our bond and seal it with blood,' he said, using the ancient formula that went back to the time when Highlords were often blood-binders."
  3. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 7: The Feast of Fools" — " 'All gates and hands are open to you," she said to him in formal Kens, then, in Easternese, 'Be welcome to this house and peace be yours therein.' 'Honor be to you and to your halls.' "
  4. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 4: First Blood" — " 'All gates and hands are open to you,' he said in formal Kens. Torisen, in the doorway, gave a half bow. 'Honor be to you and to your hall.' "
  5. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter V: A Length of Rope", I — "The Kendar had a phrase: to ride a rathorn. It meant to take on a task too dangerous to let go. Also, since the rathorn was a beast associated with madness, it implied that to ride one was to go insane."
  6. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 1: Fire and Ice" — "looking for serious wounds, finding none. Ancestors be praised for that, at least."
  7. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 2: The Hell Hunt" — "To far-see, even in dreams, was a Shanir trait and he—ancestors be praised—was no Shanir."
  8. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 7: The Feast of Fools" — "She no longer knew how to regard any of these events. And what, ancestors preserve her, would this man, this emblem of her people and past, think of them?"
  9. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 1: Fire and Ice" — "Ancestors preserve me, she thought. I've set fire to the blizzard!"
  10. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 6: The High Council" — " 'We must support our own people, even if—Ancestors forbid—that only means gathering their bones for the pyre.' "
  11. Seeker's Mask, "Part III: The Riverland", VI — " 'that we should start afresh on Rathillien, as a hierocracy.' 'Ancestors forbid!' "
  12. Seeker's Mask, "Part VIII: Kithorn" — " 'Ancestors know," said Kirien, after a pause, 'she's got trouble enough.' "
  13. Seeker's Mask, "Part VIII: Kithorn" — "Ancestors knew, she had done sufficient harm already."
  14. Seeker's Mask, "Part I", III — "Ancestors only knew what would happen if they learned who her mother was."
  15. Seeker's Mask, "Part V: Mount Alban", V — "Rue fidgeted with the sack of chicken feathers which she was carrying in aid, ancestors only knew, of what arcane experiment."
  16. Seeker's Mask, "Part I", V — " 'God's claws, don't you think I know that?' "
  17. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter VII: The Day of Misrule", I — "God’s claws, how dangerous."
  18. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 15: The Killing Ground" — " 'What happened?' he said weakly. 'God's claws and whiskers. Don't you know?' "
  19. Seeker's Mask, "Part III: The Riverland", III — " 'God's teeth and toenails. I've never met anyone so determined to beat in his own brains.' "
  20. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter XII: Unsheathed", V — " 'God's teeth and toenails, didn't you hear?' "
  21. Seeker's Mask, "Part V: Mount Alban", I — " 'God's teeth, a lady of that stature, to descend on us at a time like this…!' "
  22. Seeker's Mask, "Part II: Gothregor", I — "What in Perimal's name…?"
  23. Seeker's Mask, "Part III: The Riverland", IX — " 'What in Perimal's name d'you think you're doing?' she demanded of them,"
  24. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 1: Out of the Haunted Lands" — "Trinity, another slip like that and she would be gone for good."
  25. God Stalk, Book III: Shroud of Days, "Chapter 14: Untempling of the Gods" — " 'It lives off the life-force of children, and as for its soul… Trinity!' "
  26. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 8: Voices of the Past" — " 'Another journey. Sweet Trinity, how many there have been.' "
  27. God Stalk, Book III: Shroud of Days, "Chapter 13: Three Pyres" — "Well, she had put an end to that; but Sweet Trinity, what an end."
  28. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 9: A Matter of Honor" — "There, presumably, they had taught her to dance, fight, read the runes, and Trinity knew what else;"
  29. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 7: A Rage of Rathorns" — " 'But why? Where does it go?' 'Trinity knows.' "
  30. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 12: Night Pieces" — "Trinity knows, the man needs some rest."
  31. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 13: Converging Paths" — " 'Trinity knows, I've seen more than a few people die in my time,' "
  32. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 8: Voices of the Past" — " 'He must have refused recall again, Trinity only knows why.' "
  33. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 9: A Matter of Honor" — " 'I've been summoned to the temple of our god by Ishtier, Trinity only knows why.' "
  34. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter I: An Unfortunate Arrival", II — " 'Adric, for Trinity's sake…!' "
  35. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter IV: Testing", I — " 'For Trinity's sake,' he had muttered to her on his way out, 'don't make fools of us both.' "
  36. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter XIII: Blood and Ivory", VIII — "Gorbel wondered if the Knorth madness was indeed contagious and if so, whether he had caught it. After all, here he was on top of a bloody big rock […] trying to break a Trinity-be-damned chain with an ancestors-cursed boar spear, while trying to fend off a swarm of willow saplings."
  37. Bound in Blood, "Chapter XVI: Gothregor and Tentir", VI — " 'Myself, I think it's a Trinity-be-damned big cave bear,' "

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