SALUTATIONS OF THE FLANAESS
following is a list of salutations common to the Flanaess. This is
by no means an exhaustive list of the many different and varied
greetings an explorer may encounter throughout their sojourns, but
rather a brief example of some of the more common greetings. Many
pockets of the Flanaess have their own unique greetings or twists,
some with obvious religious overtones and others with more secret
or sinister meanings.
“Cold iron avail you”
A common exchange between warriors among the Highfolk and in
Furyondy, referring to the efficacy of cold iron against certain
undead (among luz’s servants).
“I spit on the Old One”
An almost aggressive greeting, a rejoinder to any question of
one’s bravery, among the same folk. It can even be a challenge to
the bravery of the one so addressed.
“Stone endures still”
Greetings and sign of friendship among those allied with Irongate,
an acknowledgment of the heroism of the dwarves there and the
endurance of their walled city. Variants included Stone endures,
and So long as stone endures.
“‘ware and were, friend”
A greeting used between, and when meeting, rangers of the Gnarley
Forest, who have many friendships with werebears there. When used
by an outsider, it shows politeness in that one has taken the
trouble to learn something of the rangers’ ways.
“Hands in your pockets, eyes on your purse!”
A characteristic well-wishing and farewell used in the Free City
of Greyhawk. It is a city ruled by thieves, after all.
“Are you athought?”
A half-challenge or intimidation used by seniors of the Scarlet
Brotherhood wishing to put juniors at a disadvantage. True
believers should not think. They should just obey orders.
“Until the starbreak”
A farewell and oath of fidelity used among the barbarians. It has
two distinct meanings. The exhalation of breath in the bitter cold
causes a frost and tiny cloud of snow flakes to fall, and those
falling flakes are referred to as ‘the breaking of stars” Hence,
until the starbreak is roughly equivalent to until we talk again.
Also, an ancient barbarian religious myth tells that the end of the
world begins with the falling of stars from the sky as the heavens
break. Hence, until the starbreak also means forever.
“May the Axe grow great”
An expression used among the exiled Knights of Holy Shielding. It
refers to their deity Heironeous, who possesses a magical axe that
can shrink and expand in size. The phrase expresses the desire to
see good grow great, for the Shield Lands to be reclaimed, and is a
general expression of goodwill, an encouragement, and a hope of
“Kill your father, eat your mother”
An encouragement among the orcs of the Pomarj, entreating the
listener to evil and notable deeds. It sounds marginally more
unpleasant in original orcish. However, if the listener’s parents
are both dead, it is a terrible insult, for it implies that the
listener is incapable of performing worthwhile acts of evil, and
generally leads to a fight to the death.