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.
* (information on Sena, Suhail, and Betijan will be added after Book 2’s release)
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]).