By Dolores J. Nurss
Note: This glossary changes constantly, receiving new entries all
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 have buried
in my notes, but have concentrated mainly on those most pertinent to
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 street-peddler who sells small, cheap devices, useful for individuals
or families, usually imported from a country with a more developed
technological and/or manufacturing base.
gamshaw: An obscene epithet. One who, being too old or ugly to
prostitute hirself, forces into prostitution the younger members of hir
A narrow pass high in the Mountains of Fire, where two ranges meet,
between two peaks called The Judges. Known for channeling
powerful, sand-laden winds, it was held sacred by most of the Hill
Cults of the Charadoc before their eradication. Folksongs from
that era indicate that a criminal convicted of a capital offense could
sue the mountains for mercy if, for penance, e climbed to Gandralnarya
Pass and stood three days naked at that concentrated point where the
wind blasts the strongest, and survived. The people back in hir
home village would know if e had done this by the characteristic
scarrinng, and some return blinded. The folksongs sometimes deal
with those who stayed just long enough for some scarring but not the
entire three days, who conceal their shortfall but come to a bad end,
usually an avalanche or fall. Sorcerors are said to also brave
the pass, heavily clad, to gather juchach'akai.
An ancient colony, yet one only recently discovered. No inhabited
countries border it. Located in the Southeastern Continent, in a
deep, broad valley of what we have confirmed to be the tallest mountain
range in the world, higher than both the English Mountains and the
Charadocian Range, the colony not only became completely isolated from
all others, but believed that they alone had landed in the only
habitable corner of a planet that they did not know was even
Novatierre, assuming that a mistake in navigation had landed them in
another parallel world. The surrounding mountains reach so high
into the atmosphere that they believe that their valley cups the only
oxygen in the world.
inhabitants, originally believed to be of African descent, are in fact
largely from the Uttar Pradesh region of India, intermingled with
Chinese members from the Gansu region of China.
Although originally intended as a
place name, Ganshu eventually came to mean "Civilization", in the
diverse tongues of the region. The valley has many branches and
lobes, and these have developed distinct city-states and tribes, each
speaking their own tongue.
The trade language of Ganshu. A hodgepodge rooted in (in order of
influence) Hindi, Urdu, Mandarin, Bhojpuri, English, Cantonese, a
variety of Indo-Aryan dialects of central and eastern India, Japanese,
Portuguese, French, Spanish, Arabic, German, and Farsi, but of course
each has mutated quite a bit over the centuries. Used to get
around the intense proliferation of languages in the many folds of the
Originally believed to indicate
great diversity of origins and multiple colonies in Ganshu, this wide
scattering of language roots in fact comes from the polyglot nature
of a single colony arising out of two nations, due to their
members, prior to departure seeking employment, recreation, and
socialization on a worldwide network of communication before the
collapse of the Internet on Earth. This indicates that Ganshu
numbers among one of the oldest colonies on Novatierre, departing
probably within years of the founding of Til and Istislan.
Euphemism for a male prostitute, often associated with higher class
brothels. One may find it widespread in port towns around the
world, as it does not derive from any Novatierran language, but rather
from Greek mythology on old Earth. According to the myth Zeus
lusted after a boy named Ganymede, kidnapped him and either seduced or
raped him, depending upon the account.
The largest international port in Vanikke, on the east coast of the
Northwest Continent. The name means, in Vanikketan, "Harbor for
Guests" with a connotation of hospitality and welcome. Known for
the world's largest museum of glass art and artifacts, including some
rare and precious pieces from Earth, going all the way back to ancient
Gates, Gates of Knowledge: The "True Tili�n" name for black
clams, under the belief that these mollusks (deified in their
belief-system) can grant to their chosen full knowledge of good and
Gazelistan: An Islamic nation in the rough vicinity of what on
Earth would be Greece. Strict separation of the sexes in all places
save for the private home, and a predominance of female births, has
resulted in a thriving female economy, abetted by research and
development in laboratories where no man may enter. Men, of course,
have their own research facilities, but lack of access and
collaboration with their female counterparts means that once they fell
behind, the gap increased dramatically in a short period of time. A
resultant skyrocketing of male unemployment filled the streets with
restless young men supported by increasingly impatient mothers, wives
and sisters, resulting in duels and other high-risk behaviors that have
further depleted the male population and depressed the masculine
economy. Despite the widespread practice of polygamy, most men dread
increasing the number of wives unless financial necessity demands it,
as it means more wives to gang up on them and boss them around.
wish to note that I had dreams about, and wrote story fragments about
Gazelistan in the 1970's, many, many years before I ever met anyone
with a similar name, and no one of similar name ever influenced me in
writing about this place, nor does this place reflect any opinion
whatsoever regarding any such person in the waking world.]
GEM: Initials for Ground Effects Machine. Originating in the
20th century, a Ground Effects Machine travels on a cushion of air and
can navigate practically any terrain (although the Tili�n map out main
routes of travel to produce a smoother ride, regulate traffic and limit
did not become useful for anything but marsh-travel until the 21st
century, when shortages of asphalt and other petroleum products made
the maintenance of paved roads difficult. Prior to this time the
air-cushion would scatter rocks and other objects beneath it in a
dangerous, projectile fashion. In the 21st century the air-cushion
became refined enough to propel such objects at an inner angle up
against the undershield (which needs periodic refinishing) and straight
back down again.
Now more broadly useable, it still did not become common, due to the
above-mentioned shortages; by the end of the 21st century, only the
rich could drive. It wasn't till the Post-Migration 25th century and
the invention of the Biologic Conversion Engine that humanity overcame
GEMdump: The byproduct of a GEM's biologic conversion engine: a
rich, if smelly, fertilizer, which tends to accumulate in mounded banks
alongside GEM highways. These mounds quickly become overgrown with
lush, new vegetation, thereby producing fuel for other GEMs, when they
aren’t harvested by gardeners and farmers.
General Electorate: The voting population of Til Institute.
Suffrage extends to all Tili�n who have gone through initiation. They
vote on bills proposed by the Council of Lobbies on a quarterly basis:
twelve bills every seasonal-midpoint.
People often don’t
vote in an election unless an issue catches their attention. Minors in
particular have a reputation for not bothering to vote. The Tili�n do
not employ social pressure to encourage voting, figuring that
indifferent or ignorant persons probably aren’t the best people in
which to entrust the fate of the nation.
gentlean: (1) A person of good manners.
(2) A polite address for one presumed to exhibit good manners until seen otherwise.
gentleani: (1) Plural of Gentlean.
(2) The polite way to address a group of people.
gentleman: An archaic term for a male person of good manners.
Gerald IV of Mabhratha:
Last monarch of Mabhratha, 2392-2470, ruling from 2409 to 2442,
when he abdicated his throne in favor of the life of a carpenter.
As a king he had ruled with a sort of indifferent competence, but did
not particularly advance the country. Ultimately he declared that
all he had ever wanted to do was work with his hands, and decided to
turn his hobby, pursued in stolen moments from his bureaucratic
responsibilities, into a full-time profession, saying, "I, too,
have the right to a satisfying life of shaping useful, pleasing things
of a tangible nature, which I have envied in the least of my peasants
for quite some time now. Let those who have envied my power take
it up in my place, and we shall all be better off." Many hold
that he made a much better woodworker than monarch, and an authentic
chair or credenza made by his hands can fetch a small fortune these
Ghost Bay: A bay on the east side of Til Peninsula, facing the
Coral Gulf, led into by the Dweomer River and bordered on the land side
by the Dwimmermarshes. Heavily overgrown by coral and seaweeds, and
unnavigable. Legend populates it with all manner of ghosts and uncanny
phenomena. Geologists suspect it of harboring a major repository of
magentine, pouring downstream from the river and accumulating in the
waters, which would explain at least some of its legends, rendering it
able to trigger latent illusionism, and also readily taking
Ghost Bay coral: Coral reaped from Ghost Bay in Til Territories,
reputed to carry good luck. Difficulty in obtaining it conveys a hefty
price. Not everything sold as Ghost Bay coral actually comes from that
Ghost Horse Inn: An inn in Sandurste, very comfortable and often
frequented by Til students on vacation, or locals year 'round. Named
for the legendary ghost of Silverbelle.
Giant's Clap: A mountain-pass in the northeastern Charadocian
mountains, consisting of an earthquake fissure through southwestern
chert. An important passage for the cocoa trade. Legend says that it
has been known to clap shut and crush evildoers.
Gift: The popular term for psychic abilities.
ginikk: A bulb plant indigenous to the Southeastern Continent.
The leaves are unremarkable, rather grasslike, and it grows small,
off-white trumpet-flowers. The bulb has a flavor resembling a sort of
burnt vanilla with a touch of sharpness. Used in flavoring and
giraffe: An animal very similar to the Earth Giraffe, except
that it has golden legs and body striped in brown, fading to light grey
in the upper body, neck and head. It also has small, curved, pointed
The Glass District: Popular name for the Istislan Diplomatic
Territory within Novo Durango on the northeasternmost cape of Alonzo
Harbor, next to the harborage for the Istislan Commercial Fleet. Named
for the Istislan Crystal from which its makers built it, this small but
densely developed neighborhood falls under the legal jurisdiction of
the Nation of Istislan, trades in Istislan dollars (a currency
preferred by much of the world) and hosts those diplomats whose
business with the Tili�n must remain unofficial. Its denizens, however,
come and go throughout Til Territories freely, without passport or
other restrictions--as do Tili�n into the Glass District.
Goat Fever: Infectious disease, usually spread through drinking
contaminated milk, or by having contact with dead goats or sheep,
especially in tropical countries. Symptoms include widely fluctuating
fevers and chills, (sometimes according to a regular cycle, often not),
weight loss, delirium or irritability, head and muscle aches, joint pain, and
diaphoresis. The disease readily becomes chronic and can continue
indefinitely until treated. A number of antiparasitics, however, have
proven effective in curing the condition.
Goat Island: A steep island off the coast of Novo Durango,
across from Delphin Bay. Named for the feral goats that live on it,
who, according to legend, swam to the island to escape a cargo vessel
shipwrecked on a nearby reef. Habitable (in regards to the animal
kingdom) by them, rodents, lizards and birds. On the peak of Goat
Island stands a weather station connected to Misty Island by cable
gondola, mainly used for training meteorologists. Human beings visit
Goat Island on a workaday basis, but do not inhabit it. Its level
spaces are very few and very small, and one can quickly grow
claustrophobic for lack of anywhere to walk.
A small electic vehicle, consisting of a front seat or pair of seats,
and a back compartment, used primarily to convey luggage around large
travel-hub stations, including all three shuttles, the major train
stations around the world, and especially large bus depots and the
It has become the custom in recent
years to fashion go-carts roughly reminiscent of animals or other
emblems of their place of origin. Of the shuttles, the Alonzo
City Shuttle has go-carts suggestive of deeroo. The Istislani
fashion their go-carts to resemble the amatahten fish. Naugren
does not imitate animals, but drive go-carts in the shape of wind-blown
leaves. Some notable train depot go-carts include Darvinia's
dove-shaped carts, complete with iridescent paint to duplicate the
colors of the rainbow dove, and the bright green scorpion go-carts of
goda: A plant native to the grasslands of the southern horn of
the Northwestern Continent, strikingly similar in appearance and smell
to Earth's parsnip, distinguishable only by a faint speckling of purple
on the leaves. Poisonous and hallucinogenic. Used rarely and with great
caution in rituals by the Godites and the Pahkias.
Godites, the: A religion/philosophy founded by Nikolai
Borisanov, after accidentally eating four bites of a goda-root which
had grown as an undetected weed in his vegetable garden, mistaken for a
parsnip. The subsequent hallucinations shook up the explorer's entire
cosmology, which the Godites call the Blessed Accident. They
believe that the Spirit of Novatierre sowed the weed in his garden in
order to awaken him. On that
night, he later says, he saw the DNA of Novatierre combine with the DNA
of Earth as the two planets wed.
The Godites believe that
this has made all earth creatures born subsequently on Novatierre--man,
beast, or plant--true children of the new planet. Harmony and Love are
their highest good, and peace between divergent types in all things.
A valley village in Vanikke, initially supported by truck-faraming and
orchards, later the location of Montoya Cookies and Food Processing,
later still a bedroom community for the mining of magentine in the
surrounding mountains. Farming eventually discontinued due to
toxins in the soil.
golden Myer’s crab: A large, ochre crab, discovered by Alexander
Myers, which its admirers call the most delicious crab alive.
Indigenous to the shores of the southern hemisphere within the
Gomigo-38: A 38 caliber gun manufactured in Duerlongh and issued
to the military. A reliable, workhorse of a gun, which holds up well
under rough conditions and almost never jams.
Good Friday: Moveable fast. The day on which many Christian
communities honor the crucifixion of Jesus, usually by a variety of
austere practices, though some countries hold modest celebrations.
good luck curry:
A dish served on New Years both in Corriebhai and Corriebhai colony, of
lentils, raisins, sweet potato, butter, and fresh diced garlic, onion
and ginger-root (mutton optional) and a squeeze of lemon, a dash of
some alcoholic beverage (which one varies widely) plus variations on
curry spices that differ from family to family or from village to
village, but most of these include red pepper or some other heating
spice. Some cooks replace sweet potato with czyf. Most
families add a "secret ingredient" passed on from mother to daughter,
as well, which is not always an ingredient but sometimes apparently a
ritual and at other times stirring with a special spoon. This
food is said to bring the warmth of the sun deep into the vitals and
create a store of energy, hope and luck in the body for slow release
throughout the year.
Goodwill College: A small but important college located on the
north coast of Carmina Island, opposite Blue Island, run by the Society
of Friends (Quakers) in cooperation with but not governed by Til
Institute. Goodwill College offers majors in theology, philosophy,
political science, sociology, and civil engineering.
grain-guardian: (Sometimes also called a grain-spirit.) A virgin
of Samina-Ved, sacrificed to the grain. A maiden volunteers, usually
disabled or sickly. Her people sink a basket previously used to
transport spices into a silo, burying the basket up to the rim, and
then lower the maiden into it, with a bowl, a waterskin, and a
chamberpot. Afterwards they lower down to her food and water and lift
up her chamberpot for emptying on a regular basis. At night they give
her opium from poppies of the same field as the grain. By day she
offers up her suffering in prayers for the grain, and by night (the
people say) her ecstasy passes into the grain and makes it nutritious.
The grain also absorbs her beauty, and when she becomes frightful in
appearance, they say that she scares off demons. Grain-Spirits never live
The Tili�n have debated whether to intervene and
end this barbarous custom. However, so long as the grain-guardians
always embrace their status willingly (and indeed would fight bitterly
against losing it) and so long as the farmers treat them well within
the limits of their own self-imposed penances, we have no mandate to
stop a custom that works well for this society, which seems to inspire
kindness and self-sacrifice.
grain-spirit: See grain-guardian.
grandfather oak: A tree native to the eastern tropical shores of
Novatierre. It somewhat resembles a banyan from Earth, in that it sends
runners down from branches to create sub-trunks. However, it grows more
densely than a Banyan, the trunks much more likely to meld into a
deeply convoluted primary trunk. It also can grow much taller than a
banyan, given plenty of water and fertile river-silt or marsh to grow
in, even though it often grows wider than it is tall. Named for its
strikingly oaklike leaves—lobed, cupped, and prickly. It blossoms in
clusters of creamy white, four petaled flowers with deep crimson
stamens that both set fruit and pollinate. The fruit develops in small
clusters of gumball-sized drupes of a golden-beige to olive-gold color,
mild and sweet (faintly flavored with a hint of vanilla or maple) with
a small, black, oval seed in each. Resistant to salt and tolerant of
Granny Shtara: Folk hero of certain Mountainfolk villages in the
Southwestern continent, mostly in the Charadoc and the two Stovaks. A
benign witch believed to possess a magic jar that could produce
anything the community needed, the legends conclude that the villagers
murdered her when they discovered that she also brought death. Numerous
communities claim to have been her native village, and point to various
rock formations to confirm this (one rock formation might be said to be
her remains, another the remains of her magic jar, another the
petrified version of her cottage, depending on the local variations of
the tale.) This variable yet repeated motif of her or her remains
turning to stone might point to her legend as a survival of the
rock-goddesses of the old Hill Cults.
graylife: Life forms that are neither animal nor vegetable, such as viruses, fungi, etc.
Greater Ocean: The larger of Novatierre’s two oceans, roughly equivalent to the Pacific.
Great Fiddler’s Fire: A legendary conflagration in the Middle
Migration Period that burned down the Forested Community of DiMedici.
It is called the Fiddler’s Fire according to a legend that a local
fiddler saved lives when he sang the flames to sleep.
Great Gulf Road: A pedestrian-only road around the rim of the
Coral Gulf which separates Til Peninsula from the rest of Til
Territories. Cut halfway into red cliffs of about a mile high, natural
springs cross it here and there, providing refreshment for thirsty
travelers, but also demanding alertness in travel. The same may be said
for cracks in the cliff and road. The somewhat fragile nature of the
coral-block and sandstone material makes it too dangerous to widen the
road for the admission of vehicles. Spires of coral below, such as
"Three Angels" or "Weary Hiker Reefs" provide landmarks for the
traveler with which to gauge hir progress. Above the cliff lies a
great mottled wolf: A large, bear-sized carnivore of the
Northeastern Continent, fully quadrupedal, with a canine-appearing head
and small tusks, somewhat short of muzzle, powerfully muscled,
particularly about the shoulders, and capable of running at great
speeds for surprisingly long distances. It prefers colder northern
latitudes, growing a shaggy calico coat for this purpose, in tones of
gray, beige, apricot, cream, white, and sand. Much prized for its fur,
but in little danger of extinction, as it can take care of itself; it
is proverbial that half of all wolf-hunters become the prey,
themselves, and only the doughtiest or most foolish will undertake the
task, unless the wolf has begun to prey on a village. Folklore ascribes
to evil wizards the ability to turn into a great mottled wolf, or to
seal pacts with them.
green beauty: A wide, lime-green fish, very succulent and meaty,
usually about a half a meter to a meter long. The flesh is a deep
green card: A Tili�n identification card specifically for
minors. It cannot be used for purchases of materials illegal for
children's possession, such as liquor, drugs, or weaponry (an adult
may buy a weapon for a child’s use and training, but a child may only
use it under adult supervision--this can get hard to enforce.)
Similarly, a child may use the card to seek employment, but not in
fields too dangerous for a minor (such as demolition engineer) or
unsuitable for a child’s level of judgment (such as stripper.) If a
child’s grades or health suffer (as traced by Archives, through medical
and scholastic reports) the card will cease to authorize continued
employment. Authorities may trace transportation use of a green card in
order to track down a missing or truant child.
greenlife: Vegetable life forms.
greenfire: (Charadocian slang.) The physical/psychological sensations of CNS stimulation from an unrefined botanical source.
greenfire bush: Bush native to the mountains of the Southwestern
Continent, with bronzy, olive, or dark lime green leaves, tapered and
oval in shape, areolate at the base. It also bears golden-white
blossoms that yield in season to inedible (extremely bitter) red
berries. The chewed leaf has the same properties as Earth's coca leaf,
only stronger, being more concentrated in its alkaloids.
green magentine: The commonest and weakest form of magentine, of
an uneven grey-green color, fragile and prone to fractures. It is
seldom used commercially.
green nutcracker: A large, tropical bird of the western
continents, bright green with yellow-tipped magenta wings and an
enormous black beak capable of cracking the toughest nuts or snapping
small to medium sized bones in two. The green nutcracker has the
peculiar habit of becoming nocturnal during its mating-season in
spring, perhaps to avoid predators at that time when it casts all
caution to the wind to sing at its loudest and longest.
green-snake: A largely aquatic freshwater snake of the Altraus
coast, distinctive for its hunter-green color but even more so for the
nostrils on the top of its head. Harmless, small, subsisting primarily
on fingerling fish, tadpoles, and frogs. Although locomoting primarily
through water, the green-snake must climb up onto rocks to sun itself
fairly often to recharge itself with warmth. Breeds in shallows,
especially the side-pools of rocky courses.
gregor-force: A form of psychic pollution; a side effect of
human psychic abilities coming into contact with amplifying magentine.
Strong emotions or memories can leave a psychic trace of themselves on
objects in the vicinity where they've been experienced, later readable
by a psychometrist. When the emotions or thoughts grow especially
strong, shared by a large number of people near a concentration of
magentine, this psychic overlay can reach a critical mass where it
develops its own pseudoidentity independent of the collective minds
that gave birth to it. Small gregor-forces might simply repeat some
phenomena called up in its vicinity till it eventually flickers out.
The more dangerous ones act out the emotions of the mob that generated
it, with will but without mind, like a curse upon the land. War is the
most common cause. At times, under certain extreme circumstances, one
or a few persons can also generate a gregor-force.
Greystone: Once a city-state, later a province of Puerto Sal, on
the southwest coast of Altraus. A port town, it derives its economic
base not only from trade and shipping but also from a quarry that
produces a particularly dense and fine-grained gneiss coveted for tile
and ornamental work.
The Grid: Popular term for Istislan Capitol's world-famous
transportation system. It starts with a backbone of rail. The Istislan
rail passes within a system of girders which hold most buildings up
off of the rainforest floor, and out again into a raised connective
network. Each car has a solar panel roof, and air-scoops that turn
turbines so that its very passage further charges its batteries. It
does not, of course, run on perpetual motion, so the remainder of their
power comes from combustor-assisted steam generation. Istislan, in
fact, has very little paved ground; you could pass your entire life, if
you wished, without ever setting foot on the ground. But if you did
wish, your foot would find the soil cushiony with untrampled humus.
The grid-system works thus: You enter a station-room (every apartment
complex has one, as does every commercial center or other public place)
and upon the console within you punch your desired destination (it
already automatically logs the location of the console.) A price will
flash across a screen, and you will put money in a slot. The price
quoted will bring a two-seated car-pod, double will bring a
four-seater. For more people you order more than one vehicle. During
commuting hours these can snap together into trains, and detach at
various junctures as people go to different ultimate locations. Your
transport will arrive in about ten minutes, unless you push the
emergency buttton. This will override all other programs to get you
where you need to go as fast as possible, but later a routine inquiry
will confirm the emergency, or else levy a stiff fine.
Once you board, you go exactly where you desire, all traffic
coordinated by computer, no getting lost, no drunk drivers, and no
accidents. On the other hand, if you change your mind as to where you
want to go, you're stuck until you reach the specified destination,
where you'll have to start the process all over again. And if you want
to just cruise, you will have to do it on foot. Fortunately everything
interconnects also by open-grid metal footbridges and staircases.
People do sometimes hike on the ground, too, for the pleasure of it,
not desiring pavement. And those who can, of course, often travel by
flit. Istislan has the highest percentage of levitators per capita in the world.
Elevators follow the larger grid-system in miniature. These do not
merely go up and down, but also in four horizontal directions (not to
every single room, but to general areas.) On the older elevators the
jolt of transferring from one track to another can unsettle tourists,
but the Istislani are quite used to it, and most places keep their
machinery well-oiled and in good order.
Grinny Harbor: A small harbor in Robinson’s Retreat that, to the imaginative, vaguely resembles a smiling mouth.
A midsized, broadleafed tree of complex multi-trunked structure, with
smooth reddish to pinkish-beige bark. In spring it bears small,
white, six-petaled flowers with long stems, in plumelike or drooping
umbrels. In summer these develop into roughly cylindrical or ovoid purple
fruits (varying according to subspecies from red-violet to indigo) with
a reddish-purple flesh that has the gritty texture of a coarse pear and
a flavor somewhat like a cross between cherries and raisins.
Indigenous to riparian environments of the Northwestern Continent,
although now cultivated elsewhere.
groundberry: A low-growing vine, non-climbing, that thrives on
conifer humus and shade. It has small, round leaves, fluted around the
edges, and produces small white flowers with yellow centers in early
spring, popular with honey-beetles and bees. By late spring and on into
summer it develops berries of a sort of cinnamon-brown color, glossy
but with a sea-green bloom, slightly knobby, and firm. The flavor
tastes sort of like a cross between fig and almond, and offers a wealth
of vitamins and phytochemicals. Hard to find; some train dogs to sniff
it out amid the underbrush.
Guardian Hill: That prominence in Til Territories which divides
the Fertile River from its split-off, the Rhallunn River. The steep-cut
spur between the rivers is the Hildurlea Cliffs. These rivers lie up to
the south of Guardian Hill; down north it rises up over Modrian's
Tangles. It gets its name from a legendary battle fought to protect
Alonzo Valley from an invading force, and indeed archaeologists have
found remains of an Early Migration fort upon its north slope, but
history has lost track of who might have done the invading–a topic of
much debate among the historical/archaeological community.
Guererro, Monty: Born Montano Alexis Guerrero. A surrealist oil
painter of distinction, native to Alonzo Valley, known for
incorporating contemporary and historical folk and pop themes into his
works as symbols. He is counted among the Industrial Folklorists. His
most famous paintings are “The Yellow Kid Speaks,” “Elvis Giving Birth
to Elvis”, and “At the Feast of the Easter Froggy.”
Gueymaial: Gueymaial is a mountainous, northern, inland nation
in the Northeastern Continent, bordered to the south (going clockwise)
by Novostopol and Duerlongh, to the west by Lludlowe and Neyth, and to
the north by that vast and icy region known as Usrey, which rumor
claims does host a nomadic population, though seldom—if ever—seen.
Gueymaial has an economy based primarily on titanium mining and the
cashmere trade. The population consists of nine distinct hill-tribes,
each with complex customs and rules of behavior, that in the lowland
cities have blended into a separate tribeless people of a more
cosmopolitan nature. The original colony consisted of a Mexican
contingent of primarily Gueymas Indians, soon joined by a Russian, a
Finnish, and a Canadian contingent, forming the original core of
lowland urban society in Gueymaial. Later arrivals included Kurds,
Bedouins, Somalis, and Japanese.
False gratitude. A demanded expression of shame and emotional
submission in return for gifts, favors, or even the peformance of
someone's duties to oneself. Distinguished from gratitude in 1)
being demanded rather than arising spontaneously, 2) feeling miserable
rather than delighted at one's blessings, and sometimes 3) expectation
of return that has not been agreed-upon in advance.
gum-tree: A variety of eucalyptine with round, bluish-green
leaves displaying a powdery bloom, stouter and more convoluted in the
trunk than most. Known for its resin, used in folk medicine as the
basis for a chest plaster, also used for incense, in cough drops, and
as a chewing gum.