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S'Kra Mur Verbs


Tail
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    =                      Tail Usage                        =
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    =         For a full explanation of S'Kra terms,         =
    =                     use TAIL TERMS                     =
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    =   em / peace    - An undulating expression of peace.   =
    = ahar / agitated - An agitated back-and-forth movement. =
    = oloh / anger    - A violent slapping motion of anger.  =
    =  sih / joke     - A mischievous circular movement.     =
    =  tey / alarm    - An alarmed sharp lift of the tail.   =
    = s'sa / relief   - A relieved lowering of the tail.     =
    = s'uh / caution  - A cautious, U-shaped movement.       =
    =  hat / delight  - A low undulation of delight.         =
    =  mur / proud    - A proud, solid stance.               =
    =  peh / apology  - An arms and curved tail gesture of   =
    =                   humility or apology.                 =
    =  kho / emphasis - An emphasizing thrust of the tail.   =
    = grel / sad      - A forlorn down-curling of the tail.  =
    = lakh / lonely   - A lonely, tentative sway of the tail.=
    = kiel / think    - A thoughtful, introspective quietude.=
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Tail
Tail What you see What they see
em / peace You undulate your tail back and forth just above the ground. Ssrath's tail undulates passively just above the ground.
ahar / agitated You undulate your tail back and forth in an agitated fashion. Ssrath's tail undulates in an agitated fashion.
oloh / anger You slap the tip of your tail angrily against the ground. A look of cold menace crosses Ssrath's features, and his hands fall to his sides, his tail lashing at the ground with a sharp, angry slap!
sih / joke You make casual circles in the air with the tip of your tail. The tip of Ssrath's tail makes lazy circles in the air.
tey / alarm The thrill of alarm creeps up your spine, and your tail lifts to stand against your back. Ssrath's tail stands rigid against his back, the scales along it lifting to form an alarmed, serrated edge.
s'sa / relief You slowly lower your tail to the ground. Ssrath slowly lowers his tail to the ground.
s'uh / caution You cautiously lift your tail in a kind of "U" shape. Ssrath's tail cautiously lifts into a kind of "U" shape.
hat / delight Your tail ripples in an undulation of delight. Ssrath's tail rolls up and down in a smooth undulation.
mur / proud You fold your arms and lift your head proudly, setting your tail firmly against the ground. Ssrath folds his arms and lifts his head, a proud gleam in his eye and his tail resting firmly against the ground.
peh / apology You hold your arms with palms facing gently upward, tail curled humbly about your left ankle and your head bowed. Ssrath bows his head, raising his arms with palms facing entreatingly upward and his tail curling humbly about his left ankle.
kho / emphasis You flick the tip of your tail toward the ground in emphasis. Ssrath flicks the tip of his tail toward the ground sharply.
grel / sad You curl your tail toward the ground with a pathetic expression. Ssrath curls his tail toward the ground, his shoulders drooping.
lakh / lonely You glance back and forth, your tail swaying forlornly. Ssrath looks around, his tail swaying forlornly.
kiel / think A thoughtful, introspective quietude.= You lower your eyelids slightly, searching your mind. Ssrath's eyes darken with thought, and his tail grows very still.


Tail Terms
    The TAIL terms are an important component of S'Kra communication.  They are:

    em      A back and forth undulation of the tail, with the tail
            held roughly two inches from the ground.  Generally
            denotes pleasure, or peace.

    ahar    A back and forth undulation of the tail, with the tail
            held roughly at the center point between the middle of
            the S'Kra back and the ground.  Generally implies agitation
            or confusion, and can be considered a questioning stance.

    oloh    A slapping motion of the tail, where the tip is whipped
            at the ground, in a sharp series of motions.  Most often
            denotes anger or is used with criticisms, much like an
            exclamation point.  A single, powerful slap of the tip of
            the tail indicates extreme agression.  If a S'Kra utters
            your name and _oloh_'s, run!

    sih     A gesture of the tail involving small, circular motions
            made with the tip.  These circles are rarely larger than
            four inches in diameter, and are often followed by the
            _em_.  This likely denotes mischief, or a joke.

    tey     In the _tey_, the tail is brought straight up the back
            and held rigidly.  This clearly denotes alarm or concern.

    s'sa    When the tail is in _tey_ and brought slowly down to settle
            upon the ground, it is called a _s'sa_, which is the release
            of tension.  It can be considered a sign of relief from
            the distress of a situation.

    s'uh    When the tail is in _tey_ and dropped into a kind of "U"
            shape, this is a _s'uh_, and implies cautious observation.
            The _s'uh_ is almost always followed by a further reduction
            in stance to an _em_ or _s'sa_ when danger passes, or when a
            conflict is resolved.

    hat     An up and down rolling undulation of the tail which denotes
            delight.  The tail never rests on the ground but instead
            appears to "kiss" it.

    mur     The tail rests upon the ground, with the tip slightly curved
            upwards.  During _mur_, the S'Kra is standing fully square-
            shouldered.  This is a sign of pride or defiance.

    peh     This gesture involves the tail and the arms of the S'Kra,
            and is the only gesture of supplication and humility in the
            vast range of S'Kra gestures.  With the tail curved so that
            the tip cradles the left heel, the arms are held outward
            from the elbow with the palms facing upward.  While there
            is some disagreement on how the _peh_ evolved, the obvious
            inferance is the holding forth of an offering.  Since the
            S'Kra rarely genuflect, owing to their incapability to
            make the maneuver gracefully, the significance of
            a S'Kra with upward-facing palms should always be considered
            a call for a truce, an end to an argument, or an apology.

    kho     The sharp, angled thrust of the tail from middle of the back
            toward the ground.  There appears to be no discernable
            difference from a leftward thrust or a rightward thrust.  It is
            most often used for emphasis, but can also be considered an
            expression of disdain or insult if directed at another individual.

    grel    A forlorn down-curling of the tail, grel is a casual expression
            of sadness.  The entire body tends to droop slightly; it is a
            subtle combination of movements not always obvious to non-S'Kra.

    lakh    A tentative, almost inquiring sway of the tail, _lakh_ is an
            expression of loneliness, and is often accompanied by a turning
            of the head, as if in search of companionship.

    kiel    An intense, introspective posture where the tail grows absolutely
            still.  This motion is often seen as calculating by those members
            of other races who know how to interpret it.


Other Verbs
Verb What you see What they see
Bask Indoors: You tilt your head back and bask, closing your eyes and imagining the blazing warmth of a bright summer sun.
Outdoors: You tilt your head back and close your eyes, basking luxuriously.
At another: You lift your tail slightly, bending just a bit at the waist to bow and bask fondly in Meili's presence.
At an object: You bask in the glory of the plaque.
Indoors: Valkom stretches languidly, tilting his head back and basking under an imaginary blazing summer sun. Maybe he should get out more.
Outdoors: Valkom's eyes slowly slide shut as he tilts his head back and basks.
At another: Valkom lifts his tail and bows gracefully, making a great show of basking in your presence.
At an object: Valkom basks in the glory of the plaque.
Blush You blush a splotchy, mottled color. Valkom blushes a splotchy, mottled color.
Chirr You chirr contentedly.
At another: You chirr contentedly at Meili.
Valkom makes a chirring noise in the back of his throat.
At another: Valkom makes a chirring noise in your direction.
Flirt <self> You display your fangs. Valkom curls back his lips to display his fangs briefly.
Gobble <other person> Gobble? I'm afraid not. You might chip a fang. Valkom clicks his fangs together thoughtfully.
Meow You make a very strange gurgling noise. Valkom makes a strange gurgling noise.
Purr You make a dry clucking noise in the back of your throat. Valkom makes a dry clucking noise in the back of his throat.
Raspberry You flex the scales along your neck and let loose with a loud, mocking hiss. Valkom flicks his tongue rapidly twice before uttering a mocking hiss!
Pull <self> You rub your scalp in agitation. Valkom rubs his scalp in agitation.
Stare <other person> You fix Meili with a cold, reptilian stare. Valkom fixes you with a cold, reptilian stare.
Whistle You shrilly whistle.
At person: You shrill a whistle at Meili.
Valkom shrilly whistles.
At person: Valkom shrills a whistle at you.

Trill

  Usage: TRILL (<emote>)
         TRILL [player|critter|item]
         TRILL [player|critter|item] <emote>
         Valid emotes are: question, happy, content, war, worried, brief, love
Trill What you see What they see
standard (without crest) You utter a soft, rumbling trill from the back of your throat.
At person: You trill softly at Meili.
Valkom utters a soft, rumbling trill.
At person: Valkom trills softly at you.
Question (without crest) You raise your head slightly, uttering a brief, inquiring trill.
At person: You flick a curious glance at Meili, directing a brief inquiring trill at her.
At object: You trill inquiringly at the plaque.
Valkom raises his head slightly, uttering a brief, inquiring trill.
At person: Valkom casts a curious glance at you, uttering a brief octave-climbing trill.
At object: Valkom trills inquiringly at the plaque.
Happy (without crest) You give a bright, high-pitched trill from the back of your throat.
At person: You beam and trill happily at Meili.
At object: Valkom trills happily at the plaque.
Valkom gives a bright, high-pitched trill from the back of his throat.
At person: Valkom's slit pupils flare with happiness as he trills at you.
At object: Valkom trills happily at the plaque.
Content (without crest) A deep, contented trill rumbles in the back of your throat.
At person: You rumble a low, contented trill at Meili, tail swaying slightly.
At object: What you see: You trill contentedly at the plaque.
Valkom utters a deep, contented trill from the back of his throat.
At person: Valkom's tail sways slightly as he rumbles a low, contented trill at you.
At object: Valkom trills contentedly at the plaque.
War (without crest) Your pupils dilate with fury as you throw back your head and shriek a rattling challenge into the air, tail lashing!
At person: You glare, enraged, at Meili, drawing back with muscles taut as you shriek a war cry at her!
At object: You trill with wrathful menace at the plaque.
Valkom's slitted pupils dilate disturbingly as he rears back his head and shrieks a spine-chilling challenge into the air!
At person: Valkom's pupils flare dangerously as he draws himself up and shrieks a spine-chilling war cry at you! It might be a good time to hide.
At object: Valkom trills with wrathful menace at the plaque.
Worried (without crest) You fidget worriedly, unconsciously giving voice to a soft, high-pitched trill.
At person: Your tail lashes haltingly with worry as you trill lowly at Meili.
At object: You trill worriedly at the plaque.
A brief, high-pitched trill escapes Valkom's throat as he fidgets worriedly.
At person: Valkom's tail lashes fitfully as he utters a low trill at you.
At object: Valkom trills worriedly at the plaque.
Brief (without crest) You trill briefly.
At person: You utter a short, staccato trill at Meili.
At object: You trill briefly at the plaque.
Valkom gives a short, truncated trill.
At person: Valkom utters a short, staccato trill at you.
At object: Valkom trills briefly at the plaque.
Love (without a crest) A warm, rumbling trill sounds from deep within your chest.
At person: Your heart fills with love as you look at Meili, and you trill softly in her direction.
At object: You trill fondly at the plaque.
A warm, rumbling trill emanates from deep within Valkom's chest.
At person: Valkom's expression softens as he rumbles a soft, loving trill at you.
At object: Valkom trills fondly at the plaque.