Shem Peraṭi

Shem Perati, the proper noun, is Shem 'Etzem's father.

Shem Peraṭi represents the proper noun in “Milhamah: Fighting Words” and is the father of the story’s main protagonist, Shem ‘Etzem. Just as ‘Etzem has an affinity for garlic, Peraṭi favors mushrooms.

Peraṭi is a famous researcher, engineer and inventor who built some of Avgad’s finest pieces of technology. The Bavel Macrostructure hired him to create a network of Bavel Gate portals. However, he longs to quit and pursue his research of shoresh roots. (He keeps a secret inventory of dozens of specimens.)

Rumors call him a mad scientist who splits otiyot letters and rearranges them into time-warping chronograms and space-warping anagrams.

While Peraṭi is a private, fiercely independent person, he also is an aspiring musician. Sometimes, when he enters the public square, he disguises himself in a shabby overcoat and busks for change.  He goes nowhere without his Postlude Lyre and Shredding Plectrum, as well as his disintegrating Ṭoref Scrambler for self-defense.

Peraṭi gets his powers from the טפר shoresh family, which governs fathers, plectrums, mushrooms, privacy, inventories, specimens, small change, playing stringed instruments, shabbiness, scramblers, tearing, creating, disintegrating, splitting and quitting.


Who is Peter Tarfa? A mysterious kidnapper and bounty hunter.

Ṭarfa is the known name of a mysterious bounty hunter. This fierce, unholy predator is known to kidnap for ransom, rend targets with beastlike claws, or cleave to kill with a Lamina Blade machete. Thanks to plant powers, Ṭarfa can hide in foliage while surviving on a diet of plucked grapes, edible greens and forbidden meats. But what is this one’s true motive?

Ṭarfa is powered by the טרפ shoresh family, which governs ransom, food ritual impurity, claws, tearing to pieces, leaf blades, plucking, grapes and more.



Ṭoref Scrambler

The Toref Scrambler can brainwash or disintegrate targets.

The Ṭoref Scrambler is a disintegration raygun invented by the great engineer Shem Perati, father of Shem ‘Etzem. Peraṭi made the original device, codenamed Haftarah, out of an automatic card shuffler and an egg beater. Peraṭi used it to mine otiyot letters from objects, combine them into new forms and bend the laws of time and space.

But the device’s sponsorship came from the occupying Bavel Macrostructure, and the government ended up claiming and abusing the technology. On stun, discharging this gun can scramble a target’s brains and confuse it. Pulling the trigger while on kill disintegrates the target into basic otiyot letters. Bavel leaders ultimately want to weaponize the Toref to profane the Holy Tongue.

The Ṭoref Scrambler is powered by the טפר shoresh family, which governs scramblers, eggbeaters, shufflers, items, discharges, triggers, decomposition, death, the Haftarah, confusion, termination, anagrams, chronograms and ritual impurity.




Luqäs Mishqal

Luqäs Mishqal owns much of Mattanah and is the guardian of the Metrical Tree.

Luqäs Mishqal represents the linguistic noun pattern. He is the guardian of Tashqili the Metrical Tree, the source of balance and wealth in the primeval garden of Pardes. And as a result of this inheritance, he is one of Avgad’s richest men and owns much of Mattanah City. Although he once backed the ‘Ivrit Revival Movement, his devotion suddenly switched to the Bavel Macrostructure, and now he funds Beli Ya’al’s war machine.

In his spare time, Mishqal consumes a diet of soft dough, grasses, boiled veggies and unripe produce. He hopes this will add mass to his pale, wispy and underdeveloped frame. When he exercises, his body heat elevates and burns all that he touches.

Also while he is weak, his touch has the power to make light metallic objects heavy and heavy metallic objects light. This gives him rhythm and balance in combat when he fights with his scales or pitchfork.

Evaluator eye lenses scan his surroundings for insight, and his composure is normally rational and measured, with only rare outbursts. However, he tends to work slowly and fall behind in his plans.

Luqäs Mishqal gets his power from the לקש family (שקל shoresh), which governs dumbbells, weights, sheqels, lightness, heaviness, boiling, blanching, pitchforks, metrics, lateness and more.