Glossary of character and place names
Andelle [AHn – del] – Capital city of Deauxerr.
An Dùn Mountains [an – Doon] – Mountain range that separates Hôshland from the its southern neighbors.
Artair och Mahan [Ar – tair, Ok, Muh – han] – Hôsh hunter working with Wilder Coomb to recover Ottilde Dominax.
Audri [Ow – dree] – maidservant at Corlaan Court.
Autauli [Ow – tow – lee] – Capital city of Sena.
Bangdrok [Bang – drAHk] – Capital city of Suhail.
Bethlos [Beth – lOs] – Captain of The Black Swan.
Betijan [Bet – i – jAHn] – Jungle nation west of Sena.
Bindenhaal [Bin – den – hal] – Capitol city of Roanaan.
Kester Hugo, Sir – Roanaan royal envoy sent to oversee and direct Corlaan Court after Ottilde’s arrest.
Cali [Cah – lee] – capitol and one of only two cities in Betijan
Carados Sea – Body of water separating Roanaan and Sena, Suhail, and Betijan.
Carisbric [Car – rus – brik] – Port city in Iormere.
Carshish Ocean [Car – sheesh] – Body of water west of Iormere, Suhail, and Betijan.
Claydia Hugo [Clay – dee – ya] – Wife of Sir Kester.
Cleavon Yaga – Eldest son to Tillo Yaga.
Colin Bettle – Proprietor of the Flying Horse Tavern in Corlaan.
Corlaan Court [Cor – lAhn] – ancestral home of the Dominax family.
Deauxerr [Doo – zair] – Country east of Iormere and south of Hôshland.
Dorien Dagfoot – Manservant of Corlaan Court.
Dosa [DO – sAH] – language of Deauxerr.
Essabeth [Esa – beth] – Queen of Iormere.
Great Snake River, The – Major River and water source in Betijan.
Havel – Lord Hito’s valet
Hetch Bilo [Hech, Bee – lO] – Roanaan prisoner-of-war at Lachlas.
Híto Varon [Heet – O, vA – roon] – Current overlord of Varon Manor and Corlaan Court. Son of Lord Jaret (deceased) and Lady Merin; older brother of Serona Aris.
Hôsh, The [Hoosh] – Clanlike people who live in and around the An Dùn Mountains. They are ruled by lesser chieftains who are, in turn, ruled by the Great Chief.
Hôshland – Far northern territory controlled by the Hôsh people.
Hyrman [Her – mAHn] – Roanaan prisoner-of-war at Lachlas Prison; friend of Hetch Bilo.
Ilya [El – yah] – Betijan’s interior city where they mine precious stones.
Inish – language spoke in Iormere.
Iormere [E – or – meer] – country south of Hôshland and west of Deauxerr.
Jacind [Juh – sind] – An elderly witch who lives in the forests surrounding Corlaan Village.
Jamus Tinworth [JA – mus] – Corlaan’s master carpenter and woodworker. Childhood friend of Oriabel and Ottilde Dominax.
Jaqub [Jak – ub] – soldier in Varon garrison.
Jer Bettle – Eldest son of Colin and Lia Bettle.
Jerome Hazelspur [Jer – uh – mI] – Lachlas Prison doctor.
Kala – mysterious friend of Dr. Hazelspur.
Ketrin Banks – Corlaan’s priest.
Kuonrada [Koo – AHn – rAH – dAH] – deposed queen of Roanaan.
Lachlas Prison [LAHk –lAHs] – prisoner-of-war camp in northeastern Iormere.
Leone [Lay – O – nay] – Captain in Corlaan/Varon garrison.
Lia Bettle – Colin Bettle’s wife.
Lidoessa [Lee – dO – es – uh] – Queen of Deauxerr and wife of King Talin.
Mah Ray – Ruler of Sena.
Martias Gatasour, Duke [Mar – tee – us, GAHt – uh – soor] – brother-in-law to King Talin and King’s Councilor.
Matilda Hemper – Head cook at Snow Cliff Court and aunt to Margo.
Merin Varon [Mare – rin] – Widow of Jaret Varon and mother to Híto and Araista.
Myron Reger – Sheep farmer in Corlaan. Husband to Nula Reger.
Nula Reger [Noo – LAH, Ree – gur] – Farmer’s wife in Corlaan.
Odalay, The [O – duh -LA] – The god worshiped in both Deauxerr and Roanaan.
Onkai [on – KI] – Shape shifters (alt. shape dancers). There are two types of onkai: deathborn, who become onkai only after dying as the result of an animal attack; lifeborn, who are born with a resident onkai spirit.
Oriabel Dominax [Or – I – uh – bel, Dom – i – nax] – Daughter of the late Lord Barres and Lady Nyolina (both deceased); twin sister to Ottilde.
Ottilde Dominax [O – tild] – Daughter of the late Lord Barres and Lady Nyolina (both deceased); twin sister to Oriabel.
Pleinour Islands [Plen – oor] – Archipelago between Roanaan and Deauxerr.
Pleinour Sea – Body of water separating Iormere and Deauxerr and Roanaan and Deauxerr.
Port Banruod [BAHn – roo – od] – Major port in northern Roanaan. Major interchange between Roanaan and Deauxerr and Iormere.
Pritard Onay [Pri – tard, O – nA] – Híto’s lieutenant.
Quen Caumon – Village blacksmith and youngest member of the CorlaanVillage council.
Raul Aris [Rowl, AH – rees] – Statesman in Deauxerr government; lesser nobleman; husband to Serona Aris (nee Varon).
Rigo Soudin [Ree – gO, Sow – dAHn] – Lord Governor of Deauxerr and financial overseer of Roanaan.
Roanaan [RO – AH – NAHn] – Nation South of Deauxerr. Native country of Oriabel and Ottilde Dominax.
Sena [Sen – AH] – Desert nation south of Roanaan.
Serona Aris (nee Varon) [Ser – Onah, Ah – rees ] – Younger sister of Híto and daughter of Lord Jaret (deceased) and Lady Merin. Wife of Raul Aris.
Simean Channel [Sim – E – un] – Narrow body of water separating Suhail and Roanaan.
Suhail [Soo – HAl] – Nation south of Iormere. Tentative allies with Queen Kuonrada and Sena.
Talin Sercier [TAH – lin, Sur – see – A] – King of Deauxerr.
Talís River [TAH – lees] – Major river in Sena.
Tanna [Tan – nAH] – Prisoner at Lachlas Prison; friend of Hetch Bilo.
Torinad Ocean [Tor – i – nAHd] – Body of water that lies to the east of Roanaan, Deauxerr, and Sena.
Tillo Yaga [Tee – LO, YAH – GAH] – Oldest member of the Corlaan’s Elder’s Council.
Valwynne [VAHl – win] – Capital city of Iormere.
Varoncour [Vair – uhn – coor] – ancestral estate of the Varon family.
Wedowyn [wed – O – win] – Mysterious predator unique to the An Dùn Mountain region.
Werther Wrothton – Corlaan Village lawyer and area magistrate.
Wilder Coomb [Wil – der, Coom] – Prison Chief of Lachlas.
Yilsa Yaga – Daughter-in-law to Tillo Yaga.
Betijan [Bet – tə – jAHn] – Official language is Beja. Capitol city is Cali [CAH – lee].
A tribal country, Betijan only has only two cities, Cali, the capitol where the Bejen-Ki resides. And Ilya, an interior city that manages the mines where all the precious stones come from. The continent is covered in jungle and marshland.
Betijan society is somewhat egalitarian. Women are not allowed to become chiefs or the kalipha, but they do hold places on the tribal councils and they are trained to fight alongside boys and men. Women are also allowed to hold the position of tribe shaman/wise woman/healer. Domestic violence is not permitted except in a consensual fight between spouses or members of a family who have brought their grievances before the tribe’s council. Most tribes tend to view rape and child molestation as worse than murder. Perpetrators, if found guilty, are nailed to a tree and left for the wild animals to tear apart. Their names are stricken from family records. Murderers are also executed, but quickly by beheading. They still retain their place in their family history, unless sexual assault constituted part of the murder. Theft is punished by a period of indentured servitude to the wronged party.
The Betijan people worship a warrior/hunter goddess called Yuna and her consort, Puktu. During times of war, Yuna demands a blood sacrifice (usually a pure red calf) before each battle. It is believed Yuna fiercely protects Betijan and its people; she also gives her people inordinate strength in battle through the blood of the sacrifices. She is a huntress and rules the animals of nature. Puktu, on the other hand, is a moon god, whose main attributes are healing, love, sexuality, and the strength of family. Basic religious tenets are:
- Daily devotions to Yuna and nightly devotions to Puktu.
- An emphasis on harmony and unifying the dark and light powers of the universe and the human heart.
- Loyalty to one’s tribe and one’s family above all.
- Magic users are seen as holy and are treasured and, in some tribes, worshipped as emissaries from either Puktu or Yuna – depending on the power the person possesses. They nurture magic bloodlines and so have a wealth of shape dancers. Witches/healers are more rare and thus even more cherished.
The only time the tribes unite is war and when the old Bejen-Ki dies. A tournament is held to select the new Bejen-Ri. In general, they view Sena as childish and not worth their notice. They have never attacked Sena, but they defend their borders with ferocity.
Natural resources are dishware and carvings made from a nut much like ivory, rare herbs and plants, and precious stones (diamonds, rubies, etc). Most of the mines are deep in the interior, the locations a carefully guarded secret. Tribes practice husbandry (mainly goats) the products of which are the staples of the Betijan diet.
Deauxerr [Doo – zair] – Official language is Dosa. Capitol city is Andelle.
Deauxerr is currently ruled by King Talin. Deauxerr monarchs are all men, without exception, though women can inherit property and money. Women are also permitted to train as soldiers and knights, but it is not typical for families to send their girls into the military.
Magic is not actively persecuted, but people tend to view it with wariness. Murder and treason are the two ultimate crimes and are punishable by death. Rape and child molestation are punishable by prison time as is theft. Domestic violence is grounds for divorce and the victim is awarded all material goods as well as custody of the children.
Deauxerr has become increasingly secular, though the country was originally founded on the worship of the Odalay. Its basic religious tenets are the same as Roanaan.
It is also becoming more and more urbanized. Few large farming communities exist anymore and Deauxerr imports a good deal of their food and wares. Their natural resources are shale and silver from the An Dù Mountains as well as semi-precious stones from various mines around the country. They also have a thriving fishing industry along the southern shore. Other exports include agricultural products, specifically wool, grain, tree fruits, and timber.
The people of Deauxerr are deeply patriotic and revere their king.
Natural resources/exports include agricultural products (especially wool, grain, tree fruit, dairy products) and timber.
Iormere [E – or – meer] – Official language is Inish. Capitol city is Valwynne [Vahl – win].
Iormere is currently ruled by Queen Essabeth. Egalitarian society in most cases, though women are not permitted to join the military. They can inherit and hold property and are able to seek divorces and damages in cases of domestic violence. Murder and treason are capital crimes, both punishable by death. Rape and child molestation are punishable by prison time as is theft.
The populace falls into one of two religious groups. The first worship the Odalay. The second worship a trio of goddess called the Celestial Sisters: Eda, Lu, and Nex. Each goddess rules a different portion of the world. Eda rules the sky, Lu the earth, and Nex the underworld. Basic religious tenets of the Celestial Sisters are:
- Balance between spirit and body
- Reverence and stewardship of the earth and its gifts
- Daily devotions to the sisters
- When you die, your dying breath becomes a gift to Eda while your body reverts to the earth and becomes a part of Lu’s body. Your spirit goes to the underworld to be cleansed and renewed by Nex.
Very rural kingdom as most noble families are horsebreeders. Each year there is a competition for the best horse in the country. The country is mountainous to the north with fertile plains throughout the rest of the country.
Natural resources are sought-after race horses as well as war mounts. Gold, silver, crystal, and shale from the An Dù Mountains. These minerals are especially prized since many miners have been killed by wedowyns during their procurement. They are also producers of popular crystal and gold jewelry.
Roanaan – Official language is Roanaan. Capitol city is Bindenhaal.
Ruled most recently by Queen Kuonrada until she was deposed by the Deauxerr army. The eldest child of the ruler is the heir, no matter the gender. Roanaan is an egalitarian society. Women have the same opportunities as men, including joining the military and attaining the title of knight.
Murder and treason are capital crimes and are punishable by death. Rape and child molestation are punishable by castration/public flogging and the removal of the ears or fingers on hand. Theft is punishable by hefty fines and a brand on the hand declaring the perpetrator is untrustworthy.
The people of Roanaan worship the Odalay, a winged god with black skin wearing a crown of spikes on his head. The basic tenets of this religion are:
- Monotheistic religion focused on the god Odalay. He is commander of an army of angels who punish evil-doers and answer prayers.
- A focus on community within the Odalay faith. Seeks the common good of everyone.
- The Odalay scriptures, The Book of Revealings, are the basis and guide of worship and daily life. However, there is a controversy regarding a book called the Cursed Scriptures, which many believe is the true word of the Odalay. This book makes it clear that magic users were created by the Odalay for the protection and guidance of the world. It has been intimated that religious zealots, with an axe to grind against magic users, purged all references to magic-users from The Book of Revealings and spread the doctrine that magic is an abomination.
Roanaans are also highly superstitious and believe that witches are everywhere among them, waiting to cause mischief and harm. Because of the doctrine perpetuated by the priesthood, magic is seen as evil and a danger to the common good. Anyone suspected of witchcraft is tried and, usually, executed.
This is a more agriculturally based kingdom. They import very little and are actually suspicious of doing business with outsiders, which is why they had so little support during the Pleinour War.
Natural resources are timber, agriculture (especially wheat, goat products, and sheep [wool]).
Sena [Sen – AH] – Official language is Senalese. Capitol city is Atauli [Ow – tuh – lee].
Sena is a desert country. It only has three cities along its northern coast that conduct trade with Suhail and Roanaan. Sena is ruled by its Mah Ray and his Prime Minister, who, in turn, controls a Chamber Council. Slavery is the bedrock of Senalese society. Several hundred years ago, a group of religious dissidents – Odalay-worshipping zealots – from the northern countries (mainly Roanaan and Deauxerr) conquered Sena and enslaved the native population. Now, fair skin is a sign of wealth and power in Sena while dark skin is seen as a mark of the gods’ disfavor. But there has been unrest in the native population and many believe rebellion will soon break out and attempt to purge Sena of the alien ruling class.
Under the current government, murder and treason are the only crimes punishable by death. Rape is considered adultery and so both the victim and perpetrator are punished by time in prison or stoning (non-lethal). Child molestation by parents is not acknowledged as a crime since children are considered the property of their parents until they reach the age of their majority. Molestation by anyone other than a parent is considered theft. Theft is punished by the removal of one or both hands. Domestic violence is mainly a problem for women and women have no right to divorce. Men are perceived to have a divine right to punish their wives and children with physical violence. Women are not allowed to inherit or hold property except for things like jewelry or clothing or household goods (furniture, linen, etc.). They are not allowed to hold businesses on their own. They may work outside the home, but only in a business owned by a male family member. They are not permitted to join the military, learn to fight or handle weapons, or ride horses.
Sena follows the religion of the Holy Table – a melding of Odalay worship and the native belief in something called the Holy Table. Its basic tenets are:
- Daily worship of a patron god (whatever god ruled the year you were born is considered your patron), including offerings of food and wine. The indigenous population incorporated the Odalay’s angels into their religion, marrying them to their own array of gods and goddesses. This belief became wide-spread over the years until state-sanctioned temples to each god or goddess became centers of trade, worship, and community. A version of the Odalay became the supreme ruler of heaven.
- Belief in demons, sand spirits (both good and evil), and the Odalay’s angels.
- Perfection and healthful maintenance of the body.
- Deep national pride – including a belief in the Mah Ray as the holy messenger of the Odalay.
Senalese people, as a whole, are rather contentious. They take offense easily, which led to their bitter hatred of their western neighbor, Betijan. The two countries fall in and out of uneasy truces. The current Mah Ray has also become involved in Roanaan’s troubles with Deauxerr leading to uneasy dealings with Deauxerr’s king and his allies.
Natural Resources are a large fishing industry, sandpaper mills, marble quarries, and a lucrative glass industry. They do limited slave trade with Suhail.