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.
Ubarni Peak: An active volcano in the lower slopes around Ganshu. The Ganshi consider Ubarni Peak a mystical site, where seers climb to gaze into the molten crater in search of visions.
The name supports the theory that the original colony, although funded by Chinese investment, consisted mainly of technicians and laborers from Upper Pradesh, India, of the Ubarni region.
Underground Outlaws: Disciples of Alroy kept under the closest
supervision, usually in the formative stage of their education in
Alroy's ways. Most often they literally live underground.
Universitei de Chanson et Roman:
The chief university of Vanikke and a world-class institution of
higher education, found in Nuvelle Parie, in Vanikke. Even after
the unfortunate events of 2708, it still possesses one of the greatest
libraries in the world, particularly in its store of fiction and poetry.
unvigna: A weed native to Altraus and the surrounding islands,
with long, lanceolate leaves striated in red, and pufflike seed heads
much like the dandelion. Absorbs magentine and iron compounds to create
its red streaks, which attract a blood-sucking insect with whom it
enjoys a symbiotic relationship. The Novatierran mosquito burrows into
the upper tuber to lay its eggs, depositing a pool of blood there to
nourish its larvae. This blood also nourishes the Unviga.
Upovae: In Darvinian mythology, the four Causal Mates of Timora, who create all things through mating with Timora, Goddess of Transition, who "came from somewhere else, somewhere unknown." The first being in the universe, they say, was Horo, or Time, who first discovered Timora and woo'ed her. begetting on her the planets and stars and all things that have regular cycles. Then came Theto, Fate, who begat upon her humankind and all creatures of instinct.
But one night Theto sleepwalked out among his people and begat Daio on a human woman named Mette; they say that his unconscious mind knew that he needed some counterpoint that he would never consciously plan on. Sure enough, Daio grew up to become a great gambler, and Theto heard about him, and challenged him to a game of dice, thinking that no power on Novatierre or Earth could best Fate. When asked what Daio would wager his life for, Daio said a night with Timora--and to Theto's shock Daio won; only then did he recognize his own son, touched with divine energy. Horo, however, declared him a brother, come into the world differently, but destined to join them. Thereafter Daio has often had access to Timora by trickery.
The final brother, Ario, Horo
begat on Melle, consciously and by choice. He gave his son a
destiny greater than all, and the bards call Ario the god of Choice and
Free Will. On reaching his maturity he walked right up to Timora
and kissed her fully in Theto's sight, and whisked her off to make
love, while Horo held Theto back and said, "His time has come."
The Darvinians say that Timora loves all of the brothers in different
ways, yet she loves Ario best of all.