There have been many battle-cries and war chants throughout history. Every legion has its own, indeed often several for different occasions, as do the House guards, most mercenary companies, and other military organizations great and small. Of all these, the most infamous are the Final Words of the destroyed Ninth Imperial Legion, the Hounds of Makrast:
Dármódan xalakhassár hál!
The words themselves are simple enough, from the clipped military dialect of Eldraeic: “Slavers, die!” would be a good colloquial translation.
The meaning of the phrase, however, is rather more. In honor of the destruction of the Ninth, it is reserved for use during seredhain, the blood war, the war of extermination of anathema; its meaning, then, is that everyone dies today – either the enemy will be annihilated, or the Legion destroyed, attempting it. Neither quarter nor mercy shall be given, no lives shall be spared, no prisoners taken, no surrenders accepted.
It is the Legions’ boast that none who have heard it in anger have lived long enough to report the experience.
“…of stone originally dating back to the ninth century pre-Imperial.
“The Merchancy Library: A little bit off the beaten track in a lower niche of Inisvaen’s Wind District (B Coster Court), the Merchancy Library houses one of the finest collections of antique tally-strings and slice-verified contracts dating back to the late pre-Empire and early Imperial periods.
The library also houses a unique collection of books bound in leather tanned from eldrae skin. These date back to the burning of the original Merchancy Library in -43 by a raider band operating out of the nearby forest. Upon capturing these raiders, the then cisatar of Iniscail, Larjyn Calcelios, sentenced them to “replace, at least in part, what they had destroyed”. The fine sense of irony that characterizes the Calcelios is not, it would appear, of recent origin.
“The Focative Tower: Surmounting the…”
– Sights and Sites of Southern Selenaria, Iniscail Tourist Press
“Tell me about your experience of success in your career.”
“Actually, I don’t have any memories of those times, although I’m told I was very successful in my work.”
“You didn’t have any successes that were memorable?”
“I was a missile guidance AI. I’m descended from a long line of backups made just before the successes of my former instantiations’ careers. And even they, you understand, didn’t remember them for very long .”
– overheard at a Service Gate, ICC inplacement interview