Sayings of Al-Shirkuh
Names Everyone Knows
There are a few names that are used in sayings all across Al-Shirkuh
- Suleiman – Sayings usually involve wisdom and bravery, and standing up for what is right. Someone might say “they are almost as wise as Suleiman” or “Only Suleiman would have chosen better.” Another popular one is “may the blessings from Suleiman be with you” (this is in his form as the greatest priest/teacher, not as a divine being). Note that Suleiman is revered such that no one would compare someone to Suleiman on equal (or exceeding) terms. They would never say “As wise as Suleiman”. Saying “Wiser than Suleiman” is near heretical and would like cause a fight.
- Martek, the Grand Vizer. Or “The First of Suleiman”. Martek arose to prominence at the conclusion of the War of Copper Jars. He served as Suleiman’s Vizer. Its was not that Suleiman really needed a Vizer, but he served to take up more and more of the day to day obligations as the former slaves rebuilt their lives. Martek was the first apprentice to Suleiman after he achieved Oneness. Martek is never to have said to achieved Oneness while alive, but he is regarded as the greatest mage outside of Suleiman. Martek is quoted less often – he has not faded from memory but over time people favor Suleiman’s words over his. “As quick as Martek” is a the most popular phrase meaning “a quick learner”. Another popular phrase is “As favored as Martek” meaning a person is in very good with someone in power, akin to our “favored son”.
- Sultan Malik ibn-Ra’id – A most evil and foul name as he was the Sultan of the Jinn. This ifrit’s name is used like that of the devil or like we would use the name Hitler. Many will add “ibn-Malik” to their name of despotic leaders, meaning the “son of Malik” has many traits of the evil sultan. Much like with Suleiman, no one will equate someone with Malik as he is the true epitome of evil.
- Dahish ibn Al-Aamash- An ifrit emir that was the Vizer to Sultan Malik. It was he who told the Sultan that Suleiman should be flayed and cast out into the desert for bring the cause of the slaves forward. This was the spark of the rebellion. During the rebellion, Dahish was the general over the Jinn forces. Phrases involving Dahish usually involve ill advice, cruelty, and leadership that costs of the lives of those under him.