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.
Zanne's Rouge: Street name for a tranquilizer closely related to
“Pink Paste” in its composition. Cherry-red in color and suspended in a
gel, one administers it directly to the tissues under the tongue, where
the skin absorbs it and conveys it to blood vessels headed directly to
the brain. Allegedly first concocted by the field pharmacologist and
coran, Zanne Charlotte.
Zarm-Michawn: Southernmost nation of the Southeastern Continent,
wealthy in almost all important minerals, farm produce (particularly
root crops and tropical fruits) and exotic woods. The people are known
for their mysticism, their religious diversity and their demanding
standards of honesty. The Michawnas hyphenate all place names. The
first half, followed by an -o, then becomes an adjective for inanimate
objects pertinent to the place. The second half, followed by an -a,
becomes an adjective for human beings, human traits, institutions, or
sentiments related to the place. Thus a Michawna woman weaves Zarmo
cotton in traditional Michawna style on a Zarmo loom.
Zarmo: Adjective for an inanimate object of Zarm-Michawn
Zarmo Cedar: A hardwood tree of Zarm-Michawn, with wood
that bears considerable resemblance to Earth’s cedar, though entirely
unrelated, as it has large, heart-shaped leaves, and the habit of sending down
many auxilliary trunks to uphold its unusually thick branches. It flowers and fruits in rapid succession in
rainy season, bearing large, lotus-like white blossoms shading to deep pink in
the centers. The fruit, resembling a
half-melded handful of green walnuts, has an unpleasant, resinous taste, but
provides a rich oil useful for polishing furniture, as it can impart many of
the insect- and rot-resistance of the tree itself to cheaper varieties of wood.
People covet the straight wood of the trunks for
building, and the burlwood of the branches for fine furnishings, but Michawna
law prohibits harvesting the primary trunk of the tree. Lumberjacks have sustainably harvested Zarmo
cedar for generations by cutting only outlying branches (many of which have the
circumference of common trees in their own right) and auxiliary trunks
alone. In time the wood turns from red
to silver unless one fixes the color by the proper finish. Resistant to insects and rot, it withstands
moist conditions and weather changes remarkably well.
Zeteca: A nation largely defined by the midrange of the Zetecan
Mountains, predominantly inhabited by people of Mountainfolk race.
Bordered to the north and eat by Xarthikae, to the west by Sananda, and
to the south by Dhalzinj, it has one extension to the northwest to
connect it to the Greater Ocean, a hard-won concession, gained in war,
to keep it from becoming completely landlocked. This enables them to
export silver, copper, and timber. Otherwise they have little contact
with the outside world, and Mountainfolk in other nations refer to
Zeteca as a refuge for their kind.
Zetecan Mountains: A range of mountains that extends almost the
entire length of the western Northwestern Continent, and is not
confined, contrary to popular misconception, to the nation of Zeteca.