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.
breed of woolly red and cream cattle, favored in the
Duerlongh for their hardihood in cold winters. The
their thick fur into twine and coarse yarn used for
outerwear, but it
is too scratchy and stiff for commercial use.
narrow-V formation: An
escape tactic where two parties feint as
if to scatter and regroup, but never actually diverge very
their intended destination.
inland sea in the center of the Northeasten Continent,
bordered to the
west and north by Duerlongh, then briefly touching
to the east by Aistruli and Clomen and to the south by
Mabhrathan and a
small portion of Tsariosh. Rich in fish and
also has wonderful beaches, particularly along the Clomen
Named for a
legendary tragic heroine, Nimu of Mabhrathan, who drowned
the sea as a sacrifice to end a drought in the region.
that she cast a spell to exchange salt water for fresh for
but it required the sacrifice of a life. Her teacher
mysteries told her that if she did not drown an animal,
would die, but she could leave it up to chance if she
that step; people died every day. However, rather than
creature, she offered herself. Some mariners say that
seen her ghost walking on the waves, but that it is best to
eyes immediately, for if your eyes meet hers, and see her
is a sign that you will drown soon and join her.
Nissenwaters, The: A long, narrow, curving bay fed by the Mirabecca River, between the DiMedici Forest and Storm Garden Peninsula. Century Point marks the tip of its southern shore. Bordering communities are Redlark, Our Home, the Forested Community of DiMedici, Beachblossom Village, Splendor, and Joy Regau. It is approached from the north by the Old Artist�s Road, and Castle Stark overlooks it. Early colonists tell some interesting legends about beautiful, water-breathing women dwelling in the waters, but inhabitants of that part of Til Territories are well-known for their imagination.
Njeri Summer: In the Charadoc, an extension of warm weather into north-facing deep valleys, canyons or gorges with sun-reflective rock walls and heat-conserving water at the base, sometimes for months. According to legend, a rebel leader named Njeri hid out from soldiers in such a place (different communities point out different valleys, etc., as the original) and used magic to extend the warm weather, thus enabling her band to outlast the government soldiers struggling with the snow.
The name has long puzzled historians--how
did a Kenyan-origin name wind up in the Charadoc? But
discoveries have revealed an Africa colony landing in the
the early migration days, too small in number to survive by
so they sought out and intermarried with other colonies till
remained but some names and a handful of genetic markers.
A beautiful nation of the Northeastern Continent�s High
Country, known for its wide range of microclimates and
known, however, for a stable government. Travelers are
advised to watch
out for highwaymen.
nuliyakui: A Charadocian
emotion sort of meaning a cross
between despair and resignation, but more than that. It is the
emotion that comes with accepting,
without questioning, one�s own inferiority, and indeed
fearing that questioning
it would make one evil, though of course one cannot be
happy with it. It
feels familiar and right, and at the same
time wrong, a habitual clench in the chest that one must
nutbutter burrito: A convenient food for hikes and excursions. To make one, spread a thick streak of the butter of any nut onto a whole-wheat tortilla, sort of in the middle but a bit towards one side. Then fold in the top and bottom over the nut-butter, and roll.
A major metropolis of Vanikke, founded by a French colony,
of whom we
know little, because their books quickly decayed within a
generations and they went through a period of illiteracy,
contact with other colonies restored to them the written
(especially restoring to them a trove of French literature,
translation) as well as a wealth of technology lost to most
humanity. Regaining this marvelous power of education
them to build a famous center of learning, The Universetei
et Roman, and to invite scholars from all over
and surrounding nations.
Originally located in the middle
of a fertile plain watered by many small streams, Nuvelle
relocated westward to the banks of the Rivesinuesa River,
trade of goods and ideas increasingly possible. It
them to perfect their most notable product, Roseau, a