This brooding bird, dressed in tattered sackcloth and ashes, paces the Mattanah marketplace, stuffing emergency provisions in its baglike bill. It warns the public with its placard (which says “The war is near” in Imperial Aramaic) and prophesies that a tremendous storm of attacks are on the horizon.
What will be the Bavel Macrostructure’s reaction to all this commotion? Only the pelican knows!
The Sackcloth Pelican is powered by the שקק shoresh root, which governs sackcloth, sacks, storms, attacks, commotion and more.
This bear rides an exploration vehicle through the market streets of Mattanah to boost the people’s passion to buy and consume. The bear’s megaphone loudspeakers roar out the latest sales on items like Dumpling Bundles.
The speakers also blast Bavel propaganda over the din of the bustling shoppers, with the ursine enforcer there to intimidate anyone who dares not swear loyalty to the regime.
The Bear Rover is powered by the שקק shoresh root, which deals with rovers, bear grunts, roaring, noise, bustling, street markets, longings, oaths and more.
The Dumpling Bundle is a stitched snack sack stuffed with doughy dumplings that are filled with kofta-style beef shoulder and other blended meats. The dish was first developed by cattle herders in Medinat Alef’s hilly Katef region.
Eventually, the dumplings grew popular among elite foodies in Bavel’s Mattanah city. ‘Ivrit’s Ulpan Academy cafeteria also serves the dish to its hungry troops, making this meal a rare point of agreement between the two warring factions.
The Dumpling Bundle comes from the כפת shoresh family, which deals with dumplings, kofta, shoulders, stitches and blends.
The Jackal-in-the-Box is a special delivery for all the wrong reasons!
This packaged predator hides among the piles of presents lining the streets of Mattanah, a wealthy Bavel city. When an unfortunate citizen, subject or creature opens the box expecting a reward, the jackal pounces. Unscrupulous donors — including Bavel’s Sotem forces — have used these traps to assassinate enemies.
The Jackal-in-the-Box is powered by the תנן shoresh root, which governs jackals, gifts, donors, delivery, citizens, subjects and more.
The Pyromaniac Arsonist is a simple man – he loves to set things on fire with his heavy spark conductor and his favorite cigarette lighter.
There’s a method to his madness, though. He needs to keep warm in the frigid city of Mattanah, where the Bavel Macrostructure stores and cools its skyscraper-sized surveillance data servers. But while Bavel bans heating for most of its subjects, it wisely adapted and hired arsonists and pyromaniacs to incinerate censored materials and criminals.
The Pyromaniac Arsonist’s power comes from the יצת shoresh family, which governs arson, pyromaniacs, ignition, lighters and more.
Milhamah: Fighting Words
Feeling silenced by the world? Join the Holy Tongue Society’s linguistic warriors as they use ancient alphabet powers to fight speech stranglers, truth manglers and a rebuilt Tower of Babel. And get immersed in a story that prizes freedom, candor and fighting back against overwhelming odds.