Note: This glossary changes constantly, receiving new
the time. Most of these words will not crop up in all
stories. I have
not written down all of the unusual words and terms that I
in my notes, but have concentrated mainly on those most
finished novels (which is why you will at first see more
notes on Til
Territories and the Charadoc than any other cultures)
though I am
trying to include as much as I can on missions, cultures
and lands not
yet formally written about--hundreds of cultures exist in
my notes, and
they all have their peculiar terminology. Please notify me
if you find
anything unfamiliar in my tales that I haven't yet
catalogued for this
letter. Thank you.
A gently derogatory term, used in Magorris, for someone
lovably, harmlessly dull-witted. A cute fool. A
Eldon the Sufferable: Tenth monarch of Magorris, son of Matyas the Monster. He inherited an oppressed country on the verge of revolution. Yet having been emotionally abused by his tyrant of a father, Eldon had a painfully shy demeanor, a tendency to withdraw at the earliest excuse, a bland personality, a sympathetic heart, and a persistent stutter, for which his people felt a great relief and gratitude. He healed the country, initially by refraining from doing it further harm, later by seeking experts on every sort of reform, listening to them, financing their operations (since Matyas had filled the coffers with exorbitant taxes and bribe money, and had also filled the palace with many an extravagance which Eldon found pointless and sellable.)
He probably would have counted as one of the greatest kings of Magorris, if he had trumpeted his own achievements. He did, in fact, rescue his people from the bring of destruction. Instead comedians often parodied him, but in gentle humor, to the shocked delight of a country which previously had witnessed the beheading of citizens for far lesser shows of disrespect. His name has become proverbial for a loveable idiot ever since.
His hobbies were ceramics and horseback riding. He often held court, in fact, rambling on horseback over the countryside with his advisors. While people indulged this as the whim of a man uncomfortable in his father's palace, it also enabled him to gain a good idea of the needs of his people, as he and his court dressed humbly on these occasions and did not always announce their names and titles.
A modern movement exists to redeem his name from the dustbin of history. Some have even proposed his sainthood, although that is unlikely to happen.
made in the manner of Eldon the Sufferable. Made of high
quality white porcelain, covered with a relief of abstract
swirls, these glazed with color or gilded. Although
objectively of lesser quality, actual works of Eldon himself
high price for their historic value.
The English Mountains: The chief range of the Northeastern Continent, so-named because of the many little nations of English origin scattered throughout its valleys. Roughly equivalent to Old Earth�s Himalayas.
The largest aquatic bird in Novatierre, native to the coasts
eastern continents, north and south. Characterized by
a long neck
that curves gracefully when it swims. It has
plumage, with a breast v-striped in black and iridescent
turquoise and gold (cobalt blue predominant, plus similarly
blue and gold wingtips, and a blue, gold, black, and pink
tail that it
sometimes spreads in mating displays. Hunted for its
its meat nearly to extinction, till various countries put
on its hunting or banned it altogether--an effort in which
we played no
erlie: a type of thick,
dark green moss common
throughout the rainforests of the Northwestern Continent,
distinguished by an
early spring development of scarlet globules, also called
erlies, with a sticky
red nectar on the inside and invisible spores on the
browsing these globules get spores
stuck in their feathers or fur, which later fall off in
new locations with
grooming or drying. These
are edible and
have a honeylike flavor overlaid with tangerine
eroika: A thundrous, dramatic style of music, originally native to Aistruli. The name, of course, means "Heroic dancing tune", from a language that is even more of a mishmash of Earthian influences than usual. Some have described it as Beethoven crossed with Dvorak crossed with Heavy Metal. Eroika is syncopated in a minorish 9-note key and played vigorously on folk instruments, including but not limited to large animal horns, big-bellied strummed string instruments of various kinds, and wild fiddles, plus home-made kettle-drums, castanets and other percussion, punctuated periodically with a chorus of loud and deliberately raw, flamenco-esque vocals. A bit strong for some tastes, but popular among agents.
Essential Data: The oldest and most trusted news and journalism empire in Istislan, based in Istislan Capitol. Originally a free paper handed out on streetcorners in the United States of America on Earth, when nobody trusted the established news outlets anymore, Abdul Al'Aalem recruited the anonymous young men and women to get the word out about transfer technology and the real state of the planet, to save as many lives as possible. Later he found berth space for every one of them in starting his new colony on Novatierre.
Essential Data owns a newpaper of
the same name in Istislan Capitol, and has many affiliates
communities. They also broadcast news reports on 3/4
several stations, create educational videos, and sell weekly
of more in-depth reports to computer-owners. Their
is an attempt to create a computer web throughout Istislan
if successful, spread out fron there, but have met with some
Estela, Saint: Queen of the Orphans. Though the
little documentation of her life, beyond the fact that she
exist (Real name: Maria Estela del Mar) and died young in
colony, her legend says that she displayed heroic virtue in
together street children to find non-criminal ways of
last days, when most people in her circumstances found such
impossible. She is the patron saint of orphans,
dealers (presumably penitent) and agents of the Tili�n.