Lexicon

A bit of Lexicon from the world; such idiom that might have found its way into common speaking. Feel free to invent your own context-driven turns of phrase in place of nightly scuttlebutt! Bonus points for clever in-character usage!

“Clear Skies.” A well-wishing farewell, even more universal than good-bye.

“Put his chin on it,” as in, propped his chin on the front of a crossbow. Depending on connotation, someone might have done it for himself, taking the selfish coward’s way out, or might have “put his chin for us” as we would say someone “willingly took a bullet for us.”

“Popped it by the props,” as in, opened a parachute in front of an engine. As in, unwittingly, carelessly, or obliviously entered a dangerous situation.

“Default High, Default Low, High, Low” Used to denote rarity, value, or relative worth. As in, high-default lodestone being rarer. “Those diamonds default higher than anything else in the horde, save that magic sword there.” Also a common euphemism, as in: “That Baron’s mistresses tend to default low, so if you’re going to seduce him, make sure to take precautions…”

“Heats up rather nicely,” related to the above, as in, something increases in worth or elevates itself with effort. “I see you’ve heated these green recruits up rather nicely, Sgt. Well done.” Or, “That scrap crossbow defaults low now, but she’ll heat up rather nicely once I restring the tension wire and polish out the loading mechanism.” Related: “Cooled down,” as in, something has been left to rot or decay. “She used to be pretty, but she’s really let herself cool down over the years.” “If that wagon cools down any more, it’ll be a sled.”

“Run out of steam,” “Steamed,” “Let off some steam,” “Grinds my gears,” “Any Port in a Storm.” All pretty much direct imports.

“Sucking Smoke,” to have fallen far behind, as in, to be within the exhaust wake of the ship in front of you.

“Keep falling,” “Go take a fall,” as in, go to hell. Or rather, literally, the Abyss. Considered the most serious non-personal insult; not used in polite company.

“Stormwracked,” adjective, as in, something is cursed, corrupted, or ruined. Often used as an expletive, "Get those stormwracked wagons out of my way! Also not used in polite company.

Oathsworn Military:

-“Stay Alive.” Common farewell.
-“Until I find a reason otherwise.” Traditional response to the above.

“Still alive.” Common response to “How are you?”

“My word gave itself.” To be faced with a difficult decision or course of action, often suddenly or unexpectedly, in which the correct response is obvious to oneself, if not easy. Does not immediately imply that one has actually given their word, though there can be a strong correlation. Examples:
-“Well, we would have simply avoided the horde of restless dead in that village, but as soon as we saw them, my word gave itself.”
-“I have no wish to kill these prisoners in cold blood either, but we cannot take them with us, and they cannot be trusted not to relay our position back to their command. I’m sorry, but my word has given itself on the matter.”

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