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North of Himal

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North of Himal is the second book of the Adamadas Chronicles. North of Himal (a land of  jungles and vast mountains under the servant leadership of the wild yet tender-hearted She, who entranced both Asha and Kanan at the Decannoal Conference in The Edj), lie The Zhrebat and MoGol, with neighbouring nations Zanista to the west and Xuxux to the east.

In North of Himal wonderful amalfa and anafa characters contribute their unique talents and traits to the tale, because there amalfa and anafa can speak to humans. The story follows the adventures of Prince Kanan of Ob’ronn who goes to The Zhrebat with its Zhyr, Tashiqa, whom he helped rescue from the oppressor, NiroVikht, in the LastWar.

LynMiller has used, extensively, the RellimNyl Resources of Alkebula University to tell the story of Kanan and his times. Mavis Stucci has also made use of this research in illustrating the story (the Alkebula world map, for instance, is a copy of Kanan’s own schoolwork).

North of Himal is a story of true friendship and of building rather than destroying, of overcoming all for the sake of love and for the love of truth.

Kanan, Second Prince of the golden Ob’ronnees, finds his destiny when he leads a mission to rescue Zhyr Tashiqa and two thousand Zhrebatan refugees from the marauding army of the MoGol despot, NiroVikht. He returns to The Zhrebat with Tashiqa and her refugees three anos later, having earned honours in civil engineering at Alkebula University while Tashiqa studied Servant-Leadership there during the interim.

Working closely with Tashiqa, Kanan helps rebuild the war-devastated nation and defends it against the last bastion of Tchata’aWay which sends its evil tentacles into The Zhrebat from the Bur sronghold at Barbur à Kung in neighbouring MoGol. Kanan is a builder who must destroy the Bur and its affiliates plotting to re-establish Bur control in the lands north of Himal and eventually over all Adamadas. But not all MoGolans support the Bur and Kanan discovers that he has friends in the heart of enemy territory even before he meets them.

Once again the Prince must fight for all that he loves. In the process he wins not only his place in The Zhrebat but also the heart of the Zhyr. With him are new friends – human, amalfa and anafa – because, north of Himal, many amalfa and anafa can speak Adamadan just as well as people.

North of Himal is a wonderful land where manfas, ha’alf and hanthas share the story with nyesha and kystylks and the mighty anat’vi of the far north and the strange and lovely ay’yahtsi. Foul troydd tribes are there, genetically modified troyya, that turn Deep Forest to darkness until the Prince and his faithful Ish’taSith, Zy’yn, destroy them forever.

Kanan’s saving of Deep Forest from the ravages of Bal’bur, a Zhrebatan member of the Bur Conclave, makes him an implacable enemy but El’b’ith, the spirit guide of the planet, helps him and his friends in MoGol to attain their dreams and prepare both The Zhrebat and MoGol for the next stage of the planet’s creation and its ultimate fulfillment.

SPIRITS

El – Source of all things, life, love, power and wisdom; eternally existent; upholds and increases all life and all things. God the Father.

El’Ya – Creator-Teacher; eternally existent. God the Son. Through Shama and at El’s direction he creates all humans (El-kind) on every planet

El’bayith – El Family (incl. El, El’Ya and spiritually resurrected [reborn] ones initially created as physical beings in the likeness of El); creators; eternal. First of the reborn came from Old Erth, called FirstOnes; now, millions of years later, the Family includes resurrected people from other planets, as well. They bring life to the universe, preparing it for ultimate spiritual fulfillment.

Shama – spirit of El and El’Ya that pervades all El’bayith and is given to physical believers in token form to identify and help them; El’s power, not a being; at resurrection this spirit is given in full.

El’bayithim – collective term for ‘children’ members of El’bayith (the ‘siblings’)

El’b’ith – individual from El’bayithim, creating new life (except El-kind/ humans) on empty planets, each caring for his/her planet

E’El’b’ith – resurrected (reborn) person, spirit being @ ‘training stage’ with El and El’Ya; this stage is spent on the first fully spiritual planet, once a physical place where the first El’bayithim were created; now the glorious city of El and El’Ya; the place all El’bayithim call ‘home’: OE

[Eventually, all planets become fully spiritual, for the glory of El]

Shinana/’a – angel/s, higher plane of existence than physical humans but lower than El’bayithim, with whom they serve and worship El

N’shama – the spirit in physical people that preserves each one’s being and is resurrected at death to become a E’El’b’ith with full shama; other creature-spirits do not join El’bayith, but these become brothers to the FirstOnes of The Family

DARK ONE (Refers to lacking spiritual light, not skin colour!)

Tchata’a – Lord of No Light, similar MO to Satan but pertains only to post-Erth planets; physically resurrected to longevity; uses his/her n’shama (human spirit) to corrupt others; very ancient but never a spirit being; debased by choosing to acquire hatred, pride, greed and power-lust, the Tchata’a are allowed to exist (one per planet) in order to Test the people that are created with the potential to be El’bayithim. Tchata’a are doomed to join the unreborn (those few who choose not to become El’bayithim spirit-beings) as non-beings, without reality or remembrance, in the dust towers of space.

Palai/OldOnes – Powerful followers of Tchata’a who did his will and prepared the way for his victories

NOTE: Following Times of Testing (which happens several times throughout each planet’s history) a Judgment occurs, usually at 7000 ano, after which there are many spirit children added to El’bayith and the few who chose not to follow El are sent as dead physical particles to the Dust Towers of space. Eventually each planet becomes spirit, in a new spirit-universe. Prior to this, the new children, after training with El for a thousand years (Erth-time), are sent (as El’b’ith) to bring physical life to empty planets somewhere else in the universe, following the creation pattern set many millennia before, by El and El’Ya on Erth, and so the process continues. In Eternity, Time is simply a tool.

Alluffa are men commissioned by El’b’ith in each nation to guide the people into understanding the reality of El and El’Ya and to respect the Way and to comprehend where their choices will lead them in the future, whether to endless creation or to nothing. Zhrebatans lost their last Alluf during their final Time of Testing; their Zhar and the previous Zhyr were not committed enough to the Way of El and succumbed to rebellion through flattery and greed, resulting in the Last War and the great losses sustained under NiroVikht and the Tchata’a. Even so, enough Knowledge was retained, often through grandparents, to bring enough survivors through the chaos to rebuild The Zhrebat under the new, dedicated Zhyr, Tashiqa. MoGol despised ElWay almost completely, preferring their own way. They cling to the Bur Tradition which kept them locked in superstition and greed, except for a few who saw the difference between El’s blessings and the Bur’s.

Sun: M’ykl; First moon: (red) Oanta; Chasing moon: Neos

The Bur – Notes:

Brotherhood of Bur’s most precious treasures:

The precious Ones

1] Eye of Mit’ruz: a red and gold flame carried in a heavy blackmetal casket; it has the power to encourage deception, to believe lies, among those who are easily led, who do not discern between good and evil

2] Reliquary of Power: a band of gold made of connected crosses with a flat disc covering the top; disc made of bars forming a 5-pointed star in the centre and radiating ‘sunbeams’ from it to the edge; it is worn as a crown by Ba’lRab of Bur (Supreme Leader); carried in a bag of shaved gip hide, painted with the same symbols

3] Black Diamond of  To’hu: emits destructive energy that can destroy a city when exposed to daylight; it can be used only six times and five times have already been used; carried in a blackmetal locket on a silver chain

4] Fang of Tannym: a poison-filled sword made to inflict cruel death; sheathed in carved troyyd armour-leather with blackmetal tip

5] Ra’a: a seductive perfume used to revitalise the powers of the other five treasures; carried in a blackmetal flask with blackmetal belt-clasps

6] The White Snake: used to make important decisions or decide difficult questions; always remains at the Temple; feeds on gip blood and poisonous creatures like kuzwasks

7] Bal’bur’s neutron-blaster: destroyed by Kh’ynan after intel from Shtenn’l. pp 184-187.    Kh’ynan, Staffyd, D’yu, Zy’yn and Shtenn’l (Sha’an) dropped the pieces in the MoGol Sea.

HolyWay, the false religion devised by the Bur to subvert ElWay. It’s prime deity has a name, Ba’l, that is never spoken, a child called T’uz, and a DivineShama to make up a DivineTriad. Yzhta (ancient goddess of fertility) is the wife-mother who is the ultimate conduit into communion with this triad. There are multiple levels of shinana to worship [angels], then the sancti (dead) who are also worshipped, above several levels of authority in the ranks and orders of the church (acolytes, deacons [brother, sister], archdeacons, vicars, reverend vicars, bishops, archbishops [father, mother], priests [excellency, excellencia], high priest [holy father, sacred mother]). The way to Paradise is purchased through devotion, discipline and donation. Soon after starting HolyWay, the Bur incorporates it into BurWay, transfers Temple facilities to Crossbar (the NewTemple) and keeps the old temple for Bur rituals and ceremonies and builds a safe enclosure inside it for the Treasures. (The commissary is restored to its original purpose.) Day1 declared holy, RestDay cancelled, and 3 feasts set up to celebrate rebirth (the child) on the new anoal beginning at the winter solstice, fertility/mystery (the mother-wife) in the spring, and the consignment of ElWay to damnation at SacrEvening in autumn.

Although this was the plan, the religion did not last beyond its first winter solstice.

Note on numbers: numbers have meanings in ElWay –

1: unity; 2: strength; 3: comfort; 4: trial; 5: progress or overcoming; 6: physical life; 7: perfection or completion or spirit life; 8: new beginnings; 9: order or endurance.

Higher numbers in tens, hundreds, etc. mean the same as unit numbers. Other multiple numbers (eg, 32) have no meaning.

Characters

Zhrebatans  

Ah’tuk; ‘brave’; young plainsman from the north, first sh’uz-rider

Ay’fel; ‘lightsong’; leader of the Temple ay’yahtsi at Zhahar

Aklon; Shtennl’s Tari father; ‘caring’

Al’nha; Lhon’sa’s deputy; becomes Ch’ef when he dies

Anhwi; Shtenn’l’s Tari mother; ‘light’

[Anlotha]; Orien’s wife, Pe’tya’s mother, died when Pe’tya was one; “breeze”

Azara; “gold”; Orien’s sakir, then wife

Bal’bur; remnant overlord from the RebellionYears, first cousin to former Zhar and to b’Zur; ‘Lord of the Castle’; member of Bur Conclave

Ba’ab b’Zur; mayor of Regit, ‘Fatness of Richness’, cousin to former Zhar

Bre’tyan; Pe’tya’s best boy friend in Zhahar

By’rhom; a Zhrebatan engineer Tashiqa found at Bae on her tour of the eastern Zhrebat; in charge of building Zhahar; ‘strong’

Charutz; golden-tailed nyesh of Zinshwa who steals Gargan’s heart

Choki; tlanfeller overseer from Bal’bur, Zhrebatan; ‘Tall’; married to a MoGol

Danti; wife of Q’ragg, ‘Lovely’

Desh’e; ‘green’; owner of the Tira Nursery

Dh’arjan; ‘affable’; operates flyer sales in Sen

D’yu; Protector of Zy’yn, companion of Ffeyn; ‘Fresh Water’; Aide-Tzam’reth to Zy’yn

Ebon’ish; ‘stone man/worker’; Gradda (grandfather) to Naz’ish of Zartan

Eddrik; ‘friend’; inn-keeper at En

Emdo; tlanfeller overseer from Bal’bur; Zhrebatan; ‘Sees far’

Fa’ra; “west wind”; Ah’tuk’s mother, Nah’tek’s daughter

Farlan; Zhrebatan leader of the tlanfellers; “thinks”; of Zartan

Ffeyn; red kystylk with blue eyes; with D’yu; “red flame”

Fyyn; old warrior who fought NiroVikht and escaped capture to live in isolation in the Deep Forest mountains west of Khlon; close friend of Zy’yn’s grandfather; ‘rock’

Gargan; “strong, great”; Hu’an’s nyesh, acquired in Regit; black tail; changes name to Ped’wy (“freed”)

Gheb’hirah; ‘Mighty Queen’; pranthor that visits Pranthor Inn, Sen; viridian, gold and orange with black legs and red-gold eyes

Gukda (first name, Tram’no: ‘Grasp’) trader of Kotruk, ‘Big’ or ‘Great’

Ha’alk’na; ‘Mother’ (of Naqi and Tahor), old, grey she-ha’alf, walks with StoryTeller

Ho’tho; horticulturalist of Regit who loses his monopoly; flees to MoGol and is inducted into Bur Conclave; ‘big voice’

Hu’an; Bal’bur’s bodyguard and informer; ‘Wile’; becomes Hu’an üg Bur when inducted into the Bur Conclave; Commander General of the MoGol Armed Forces

Ildor; ‘giant’s whelp’; former guard/Bal’bur and new ch’if of Tari (‘new start’)

In’tzut; Zartan youth; 2IC to Farlan of the tlanfellers; ‘Cheerful’

Jhazta; nyesh sent from Zhrebat by El’bith to MoGol to warn converts and RebEls of Bur plan and procedures to follow while K, D & M search for blue fire on Anat Is.

Jhia; Wo tribeswoman of the northern plains; “

Kanan; Ob’ronnee Prince who becomes Zh’ir; becomes Zhrebatan; name changes to Kh’ynan

Kh’ynan; Kanan’s Zhrebatan name; ‘peace on the mountains’

Ko’bur; ‘Majesty’; Ch’if of Yah’m

KoKo; ‘Chuckles’, kystylk to Bal’bur but not a companion, then flies with Kanan

Lady Nyesh; StoryTeller’s messenger

Lhon’sa; ‘Straight’; Ch’if of En

Met’wa; ‘Energetic’, Ko’bur’s aide.

Nah’tek; ‘fierce’; Ah’tuk’s grandfather and mentor

Nalli; wife of Gukda, a gossip and trouble-maker, ‘Laughing’

Naqi; walks with Tashiqa, white ha’alf/ling, ‘Innocence’ (twin to Tahor)

Naz’ish; ‘hill man’; Leader of Z’anzar and first to herd n’ilith on the Western Plains

Orien; widower; Over Manager to Regit horticulturalist, Ho’tho; “star shining”;moves to Tari in preparation for Zhahar. Becomes Ganna (Garden) Sh’rath to Zhahar.

Pe’tya; only child of Orien; girl aged 6 ano; “happiness flower”

Q’adik; from Nunun, breeder of racing manfas, ‘Lucky’

Qr’kBur; Regit moneylender, a Bur conspirator; defects to MoGol; ‘rich’; Bur is added affiliation

Q’ragg; from Nunun, money lender, collector, gathers information, ‘Clever’

Qu’a; guest’s sakir at the Zhan; ‘brightness’

SaSa; ‘Happy’, companion kystylk to Lhon’sa; nestmate to KoKo and TiLi; becomes Kwetzl’s informant

Rachar; an Ent’shani hunter and trader; ‘Careful’

Roqqi; wife and apprentice of D’rajay; ‘waves of the sea’

Sha’an; ‘guardian’; Shtenn’l’s new name

Shanassa; wife of Jhord’n, Kh’ynan’s sakir; ‘sparkling’

Shantu; “Mysteries”; Tashiqa’s father, the former Zhar; corrupted and betrayed to death by NiroVikht

Shereth; snow hantha of Deep Forest

Sh’nz’n; Tashiqa’s chief counselor, ‘Wise Helper’

Shtenn’l; ‘speechless’; st’waif of Bal’bur; adopted in Tari; name changed to Sha’an

Shum’r; ‘observes’;  curator of Hantha Gallery

Shyan; Ent’shani fighter [female] at Deep Forest; ‘Starlight’

Shyun; Khloni fighter [male]; ‘Moonlight’

Sir GreenTail; Yanf’u’s messenger nyesh; she kills him in fit of rage

StoryTeller; also the Keeper of the Ha’alflings during the exodus to safety in The Land; aka Zikkaron

Tahor; walks with Tashiqa, white ha’alf/ling, ‘Purity’ (twin to Naqi)

Tashiqa; Zhyr of Zhrebat, ‘North Star’; viridian eyes, dark red hair

TiLi; ‘Sings’, kystylk to Ko’bur but not a companion; escapes and becomes companion to Zo’ran the Alluf

Ti’al; Pe’tya’s best girl friend in Zhahar

Tunnud; wife of Q’adik, ‘Contentment’

T’yen; ‘Protector’, the captain of Tashiqa’s all-female guard

Tynya; Farlan’s wife; ‘Sparkling’

Vazhti; Q’adik’s nyesh, aids Bal’bur; ‘queen’; purple and gold tail feathers; joins Orien at Tari

Yanf’u; ‘First Wealth’, Lhon’sa’s chief counselor and secret political opponent in En; Bal’bur’s lover in MoGol where she becomes a model

Zzam; ‘bluebird’; D’rajay’s assistant

Ze’ny; sakir to Tashiqa (servant/dresser/helper); ‘helper’

Zikkaron; The StoryTeller; ‘recorder of memories’; Tashiqa’s recorder of Zhrebatan history and traditions

Zo’ran; ‘Quietness’, keeper of Yah’m’s anafa, escapes to Shining Lake; First Alluf of Zhahar

Zy’yn  ‘Peace’; orphan adventurer who defeats b’Zur in Regit; becomes Ish’tzaSith to Zh’ir Kanan

MoGols

Abbron; Alluf in MoGol; a farmer

Affkut the Great; leader of Affts in NE MoGol; black eyes

Ah’b; MoGol overseer for Bal’bur’s tlanfellers; ‘Singing’

Ahn’rant; MoGol trader and spy; member of Bur Conclave

Akkuht; Bur Conclave member; investment advisor at BurBank; older sister to Thuqqa; pale green eyes

Amthay; Council Secretary; promoted to Counsellor

Ba’bagh; MoGol member of Bur Conclave; media mogul; female

Ba’lRab of Bur; Supreme Leader of the Bur Conclave and Ruler of MoGol

Blag’ha; Opjul’s bodyguard; an assassin

Brugu; large black kleb belonging to Dezny’s neighbour

Chabash; ‘healing’ in the old tongue; Affland Alluf once known as ‘Kruk’ (derog.)

Chi’eltien; nyesh used as El’b’ith’s messenger

Dezny; artist of Barbur a’ Kung and member of the RebEls; Maqba’s younger sister; copper-coloured eyes; brown and smoky blue skin

Djagget; wife of Klobrug; also a natural leader; untrained soprano; works in ithka processing plant; 3 young sons

Drebblkan; Minister of Culture in MoGol prior to NiroVikht era; deceased; wrote ‘Art of the North’

Dugha; Bur informer in Barbur a’ Kung

Glardo; singer; member of RebEls ; paints luminescent runes on his forehead

Gralda; annoying, sycophantic neighbour of Tijit

G’run; MoGol banker (BurBank); member of bur Conclave; male

Hyenko; MoGol lawyer and business consultant; member of bur Conclave; male

Jirranja; young Yapp man; ordained to be Alluf

Kabdesh; young lawyer from Barbur a’ Kung

Khrrelgha; replaces Opjul on BurVid; former talk-show host; Bur Conclave; vivid yellow eyes

Klobrug; ithkacher converted to ElWay; Alluf of the southern slum gathering; married to Djagget; 3 young sons

Kobro; piano player at The Cellar

Kruk; derogatory name given to Chabash before Aff’s conversion

Kwetzl; writer for the Opjul Show and for the underground press; violet eyes

Lokan; Captain of the Civic Guard who becomes Kwetzl’s Aide

Maqba; musician of Barbur a’ Kung and member of RebEls; Denzy’s older brother; copper eyes, brown and smoky blue skin, tall, handsome. Lead/Khu’ufkha!

Nabla; Osbo’s wife, tlanfeller village overseer

Nhydal; ‘strong’; young, orphaned zhepe-herder at Gip River who joins Abbron’s Pioneers

NiroVikht; deceased; former dictator and SL/Bur; follower of Tchata’a

Opjul; MoGol member of Bur Conclave; celebrity entrepreneur; female; dusted in Zanista

Osbo; MoGol tlanfeller overseer

popu; MoGol priest; member of bur Conclave; male

Pypsook; Bur informant in Barbur a’ Kung

QahnBur; last Servant of MoGol; positioned by Bur; corrupt; assassinated; replaced by Bur Conclave

QahnTuk; last true Servant of MoGol; assassinated by Bur

Shardeqqa; author of Twin Lakes; deceased

Sho’ag; MoGol wife of Choki

Tcheverent; Investigator at Old Jail

Thedoth; owner of the

Thuqqa; cashier at BurBank; member of RebEls; sister of Akkuht

Tijit; massdrummer who joins Maqba’s band; sea-green eyes

Torrud; Commander of the MoGol SeaGuards

Ob’ronnees

Daffeed; King of Ob’ronn, Kanan’s brother, married to Magenta’s sister Coryl

Tarkan; oldest son of Daffeed and Coryl (3)

Kanan; youngest son of Daffeed and Coryl (1½ )

Gyrer; Ob’ronnee warrior

Ja’ny’yn; Ob’ronnee warrior on Ra’anan

Jhord’n; Kh’ynan’s Ob’ronnee sakir

Staffyd; Ob’ronnee warrior

BlueOnes

Asha; Queen of Blue, m. Hunter

Hunter (aka Daen Forester); the lost Prince of Blue; Keeper of the Forests; marries Asha and becomes King of Blue

Jas’n; son of Asha and Hunter

Shon; Asha’s Aide

Sqwylpi; Jas’n’s pet skwylp (see Blue)

Wolgan; an explorer and Kanan’s mentor (see Blue)

Redlanders

Braklan; the floater Ra’anan’s pilot, flight trainer for Zo’ran

Gaelin; Zh’Aide to Tashiqa

Ko; Redlander, recorder aboard Ra’anan

Magenta; Ruler of Redlands, married to Range d’Barqu’at

Ryder; young tech at Zhahar Comstation

Others

Azela; receptionist at K&K; Zanistan

Dalban; groom from Noam; works with Ah’tuk and stays in the plains

D’rajay; Urroan bodydresser; Supplies officer aboard Ra’anan, then b’dresser in Zhahar

FallionaffurPradektallur; Xuxu; earthmoving business; new Bur Conclave member; silvery eyes

Jo; Noamite vidrec tech on board Ra’anan

Kasp-har-ud; N’do member of the Bur Conclave, replacing FP; ambitious and violent

Kh’ali; Zanisto ex-member of the Bur Conclave; twin brother to Kh’an; blackmetal fabricator

Kh’an; Zanisto ex-member of the Bur Conclave; twin brother to Kh’ali; blackmetal fabricator

Lomont; No’am agent for Khu’ufkha; orange skin with vertical brown stripes, dark green hair with white bioluminescent speckles; short nose, large + blazingly white teeth; coal-black eyes; tall

NanciantaFurggetolori; daughter of FallionaffurPradektallur and ThaxinhaFurlani

Napollia; Urroan manager for Khu’ufkha; latte skin, grey eyes, white-blonde hair, dark eyebrows + lashes, small, slim, energetic, beautiful

Nathea; aide to Sharuth Iban, Servant of Zanista; wife of Shardtuk

Oleanta; a Urroan warrior-pilot, female

Osbo; tlanfeller overseer, originally from MoGol; ‘Big one’

Pa’u; warrior from Oceania; Ra’anan force

Prinz Rodan; Urroan prince, aged eleven anos

Pronn; tech at Zhahar Comstation; Urroan

Q’amsut; a Middiz warrior-pilot, female

RykkiadojadPrademnanty; son of FallionaffurPradektallur and ThaxinhaFurlani

Ruoi Glasné; Servant of Urroa; father of Prinz Rodan

Shardtuk; Zanisto trade minister

Sharuth Iban; Servant of Zanista

ShrinagarApekkatur; Xuxu member of Bur Conclave; diplomat; female; clothing industrialist; pale green-tinged eyes; darkens horn and hair, wears tinted moisturiser and sunglasses

TchishidnoiXuxallimsota; mayor of Chinchilli, Xuxux

ThaxinhaFurlani; Xuxu; wife of FallionaffurPradektallur

Ungkl; Himalese technician on Ra’anan

Traditions

Tyb and Roa: two ha’alfs (representing attitudes) that reside in each heart; Tyb is goodness and Rua is badness; the one that wins is the one that is fed.

Zhyarta: the code of succession demands that a Zhar/ Zhyr must marry a pure Zhrebatan; the Servant’s succession cannot continue through a foreigner even if she/he is naturalized.

Places

Adamadas – the planet; sun star is M’ykl; larger moon Neos (time-keeper); small moon is red, Oanta, which appears first each night to be ‘chased’ by Neos

Ad’diz – continental nation in southern hemisphere, over south pole from The Land

Alkebula – Large continent west of The Land (S. Hem.) containing K’nyika-Zambwe in the south and Eth’nymor-Kan in the north.

Bal’bur – Fortress town controlled by Chi’f Bal’bur from Bal’bur Castle, in north of Vale of B’rakha; removed by Kanan

Barbur a’ Kung – MoGol city port on northern MoGol Sea; becomes Bara’Kung

BrightWater – Ithkaching port on Shining Lake, north of Zhahar

Chinchilli – resort town in SW Xuxux

Deep Forest – Mountainous area of dense, tall forest between south River and the vale of B’rakha

Dythar – town near Xuxux border; home of T’Chax, schoolbyn of Tari

En – large village in Deep Forest; Chi’f Lhon’sa

Eth’nymor-Kan – Nation in northern Alkebula

Himal – mountainous land south of Zhrebat; higher alts than Zh. in north and drops to sea level in south; borders Xuxu and N’Da on east, Zh. and Zanista on north, Kaz’kh on west and Himal Sea in south. Northern Himal is largely unpopulated; geologically referred to as ‘the Himal Knot’. Its people are exuberant, good-natured and deeply hospitable. Led by the ‘She’ (who is regarded as ‘wild’ by more reserved tribes); extensively terraced            agricultural and urban areas in south because there is no flat land except on coast; forests abound at higher elevations and in gullies; many small, narrow lakes and fast rivers; main city is Sutyana on coast; capital is Vijur’ya, on Lake of the Warriors in centre of southern face; Ma’hu’ut – terraced, forested, mountainside city of southern Himal above the Himal Sea; famed for it’s otherworldliness, exotic appearance and hot springs; chosen by K&T for their honeymoon. Himalese are generally tall and wiry; turquoise to deep blue eyes; red-brown-skinned with dark eye-mask, fanged teeth, full lips and wide, flared nose, tightly coiled ringlets of tawny hair and a preference for oddly cut clothing and asymmetry in decoration and for ornate, multilevel buildings.  Main incomes from exotic timber plantations, perfume, spices, ikthu, and precious stones, tourism and the manufacture of electronic components

Karib – tropical nation linking Noam with Ad’diz

Khlon – small town on Regit river where the high mountains, deep Forest and the goby Ridge meet above the Regit Valley; initial base for Zhyr’s fleet

K’nyika -Zambwe southern nation in continent of Alkebula (Sthn. Hem.)

Kotruk – small village in Deep Forest; no Chi’f

Kozz – Zhrebatan port on MoGol Sea destroyed by Bur, using Black Diamond – of To’hu

The Land – Island continent in southern hemisphere; holds three nations: Redlands,                                   Ob’ronne and Blue

Laska – northern Island continent, over the pole from MoGol

Middish – Nation between Urroa and Straits of Nymor (north of Eth’nymor-Kan)

MoGol – north of Zhrebat, east of northern Zanista; left-over politically from                                             Tchata’a days, badly ruled by The Bur Conclave; poor economy (blackmetal, fishing) with potential for forestry, mining (blackmetal, gold and gems), weaving and griculture; people are mid- to dark browns with mid- to dark blue or purple spots, black hair and bright, luminous eyes (never blue); men have facial hair apart from eyebrows but not on cheeks, sides of face or chin, only on top lip and under centre of bottom lip; hair is straight, thick and coarse

N’da – nation south and west of Xuxux, partly bordering Himal

N’do – nation of tropical islands, east of southern N’da

Noam – large nation in northern hemisphere, between Laska and Karib

Nunun – small village in Deep Forest; no Chi’f

Regit – former capital of the Zhrebat, largely reduced to rubble by NiroVikht

Sen – fishing village in northeast of MoGol Sea, famed for its sea-pranthors

Shrinagar – old fortress town, now a shipping and manufacturing centre of Xuxux

Tari – new town replacing Bal’bur City; “a fresh beginning”

T’Zan’za – capital of Zanista

T’Zan River – border between Zanista and Zhrebat/MoGol

Urroa – coalition of small nations west of Kazakh (Fronnj, Kelta, LaLuano, Roz, Polgur and Lowl) in northern hemisphere

Vale of B’rakha (blessings); fertile triangular valley west of Deep Forest.

Xuxux – southeast of Zhrebat; warm-temperate climate in north to tropical in south;             people are vey pale (almost translucent), colourless hair, very light eyes; Tchata’a-era tradition of growing a ‘horn’ (by scarring front and top of infants’ skulls) among elite castes no longer practiced under El Law; trades in hardwood (plantation), wet grains, fishing, silk-making, clothing and communications

Xuxüxux – capital of Xuxux; famed for its white stone architecture and placement among many waterfalls on Xuxüxux River

Yah’m – large village in Deep Forest; Chi’f Ko’bur

Zanista – nation west of Zhrebat, east of Urroa; mountains in south, mostly plains elsewhere; Zanistos are green with gold or copper ‘dusting’ that increases with age, hair is straight, vari-coloured; eyes are dark; national trade goods – infrastructure, building frames, metalwork, precious gems and metals, flyer manufacture, flowers, grain, zhepe (wool and meat) and carpet-making. Capital city is T’Zan’za

Zanza – Zhrebatan town connected to T’Zan Island in T’zan River

Zhahar – the new capital of The Zhrebat; “City of Light”; features canals and forests

Zhrebat – a largely forested, mountainous region west of the MoGol Sea with hilly, lightly forested country in the east, bounded in the south by the Himal Knot, in the north by the MoGol tundra and in the west by the steppes of Zanista. It has many small villages, few towns and the capital, Regit, was devastated by NiroVikht’s army and reduced to the status of a regional centre; a new capital is built in the central deep Forest region at Shining Lake. Zhrebatans are a single tribe composed of nineteen zhreba or clans, and are led by a zhar (male) or zhyr (female) in concord with a council of trusted and proven advisors, usually 10. Zhrebatans are amber-skinned with pale stripes and hair that ranges through all colour spectrums; men do not grow beards and neither gender grows body hair; their eyes have black, not white, sclera and they have dark eyelid linings and tear duct channels (long, as in hanthas). Under influence of Tchata’a this region succumbed to adopting and promoting evil to a far greater extent than happened in the Land (see Blue), though less than in neighbouring MoGol.

Zyr’ka; – ‘little temple’; Zo’ran’s homeplace at Shining Lake

Terms

Time:

Ano – one A’Damadas year; 10 mons

Mon/s – one A’Damadas month, based on the phases of the large moon (Neos);

Shab’a/s – //wk; 7 per mon; 7 days/shab’a; shab’end=weekend

Day – 49 per mon, counted sunset to sunset; Day1 not DayOne, etc.

Sha’a/s – 25 per day //hr

Shi’a/s – 50 per sha’a//min

Sek – 100 per shi’a //sec

Seasons – Spring: 2 mons; summer: 3 mons; autumn: 2 mons; winter: 3 mons (same in sth. Zanista); in MoGol summer is also 2 mons and winter is 4 mons long (same in nth. Zanista)

Distance:

Cint – 100 cints equal 1 met

Met – 1000 mets equal 1 kae

Kae – largest unit of linear measurement

Near Space:

M’ykl – sun

Neos – 2nd moon, large, white

Oanta -1st moon, small, red

General:

Aide-Tzam’reth – Highest Aide; a position of complete trust, requiring great integrity and ability; tzam’reth=high branch or support

airchair – floating recliner that adjusts to different angles and to individual body shapes and weights

AirWedge – flyer designed for family use, sizes to fit 3, 5 or 10 riders (AW3, AW5, AW10)

Alluf/fa – teachers of  ElWay

Amma – “Mummy”

amanetto/s – small sponge cakes filled with nut-cream and glazed with shiny icing, usually pink; trend for other, brighter colours began with first Khu’ufkha! concert in Zhrebat and spread quickly around the world,                 popularised as ‘khu’uf-khakes’

Anak carrier the largest flyer; transport for buildings, construction plants, floaters, etc

ank – an ancient, pre-EndWar symbol of a pagan entity; usually shaped like a T with a circle around the cross-point

asfonna – mineral used in aviation industry

Bay’rük hazhri – an ElWay blessing invoking happiness and peace

BCHL – Bur Centre of Higher Learning; cynically pronounced as ‘beechl’

blackmetal – a heavy, dense, high tensile metal often used for holding corrosive or other dangerous materials; it also has excellent structural properties and can be readily fabricated in molten and gel states but once cooled cannot be re-melted to the same strength and is then recycled for fencing, ornamental work, protective casings, etc; blackmetal smithing by the Bur destroys its capacity for gilding on convex surfaces due to the use of mineral acid (eg, sulfuric, hydrochloric) in cleaning the metal prior to use; the golden sheen is retained by using organic acids (eg, formic, citric), which is the preferred treatment in Zanista

bloodstone – smooth, dark red stone used for Bur statuary; regarded as having mystical and occult powers by worshippers

bookbin – wheeled or float-powered bag/bin used by students to cart books, etc

bredd –  //bread

Burcast – radio station operated by BurConclave to promote their view of MoGol

byn – schoolteacher

cam – camera unit; action: camming

camstill – //photos

cam-sfyr – cam sphere used with L-beam generator to record or project images (still or vid) on an L-beam screen

clearwall – has aesthetic and safety uses; a meld of laser light and plastum

Chaluqq’yom – Barbur a’ Kung clock on roof of Civic Centre; tolls 1 at sunset for the       new day, 2 at midnight, 3 at sunrise and 4 at midday.

Ch’ef – village headwoman

Ch’if – village headman

coaster – open skimmer used to move people across large areas, seats 6 plus driver com

1] old-fashioned, audio-only household comset; usually wall-mounted

2] contact by com, etc (he  will com you); act of electronic connection  (he sent a com call)

compen – electronic pen that ‘writes’ messages between specific senders and readers

comset – office/household communications centre

comspy – audio/visual device designed to retrieve information surreptitiously, eg pin microphone

comstation – fully linked communication station; able to send and receive, globally or nationally; complete range of all com assets

comsystem – any com set-up that sends/receives information

comtower – communication spire (also called a comspire) built for community need.

cor – central, open area of a tree-wove village

cotsy – fabric woven in Blue specifically for hiking; cool, breathable and lightweight

Dadda, Da’ad – children’s terms for their fathers [mothers: Ummi, Muüm]

dawvah – MoGol term for ‘officer’

dragbed – simple vehicle made of skin stretched across two poles and dragged by a manfa to cart light refuse or hay

draggyn – mythical snake-like creature with wings//OE dragon

drappa – casual cloak, sim. to poncho but open at front; traditional Himal wear

dromo – unit of currency; ten sklets; five dromos=1 day’s pay [average]; ∂

drong’jooz – hallucinogenic drug made of s’som, kongon and fungi; causes brain damage and paranoia with long-term use, loss of concentration and depression in short term

dry box – a small square pyramid supported on four short columns that aids under-roof circulation and prevents ice from forming there during winter

elp – an alcoholic drink made of fermented zhibdo buds

El’Zefer – literally, ‘El’s Book’; contains history and future of the spirit world

e-recon – electronic reconnaissance probe, incorporating visual, com-signal discernment, sonar and radar capabilities

eternity band – MoGolan version of an engagement ring, worn by both parties; usually made of leather wound in a figure 8 (infinity symbol) to express eternal love; the band crosses over the back of the hand, the loops go over the palm and under the wrist; a chain, usually silver, over the top of the wrist clips to the thong on 2 sides to keep it taut. (On wedding, the thong is replaced with a metal loop and ring linking middle digit and wrist.)

Explorer – larger than a Scout, smaller than a floater; has thrust speed capable of Mak2

felway – ‘cool’; in vogue; street smart

feresh – cream or powder used for cleaning teeth and jewellery; has a sharp, tangy taste and fresh smell

f’larrtji – an insulting, demeaning term, originating with gip-herders in Upper MoGol

floater – large flyer able to carry many passengers and equipment; has fully equipped comstation on board; Izh’bana, LightStar, Ra’anan, Pranthor

floatlight – used in entertainment industry and in mining; the lights emanate from a floating disc that can be moved or managed by using a remote control

fyr’z – turquoise coloured gemstone; has a full, clear colour with no other markings and some translucence; best stones are from Zanista

gaer’on/s – headposts on te’awa prows

Ganna – Gardens [Zhrebatan term]

Gradda – affectionate term for ‘Grandfather’

groundsound – alternative/nature-lover music

hardrush – hard rock music

Hãl’ya, hál’yà – expression like ‘amen’; means, ‘it is so’ or ‘let it be so’

holocam – camera that produces holographic stills embedded in 2D screens or cards

holocard – postcard with holo image

holostat – a hologram that remains visible for a sha’a after the projector is turned off

hrudji – MoGol fighters, usually from western MoGol; minimum height 3 mets; very strong with enormous stamina; trained in armed and unarmed forms of combat; undergo loss of larynx as part of their obedience to Bur law

huzkihorn – wind instrument; similar sound to bass sax with a husky, growling edge

ice-beads – white skletium beads

iyee – ‘ay’, ‘hey’ or ‘wow’ type exclamation/query, depending on context

intcom – internal communication, used within larger buildings and floaters

Ish’tzaSith – counselor-protector; highest position under a Zh’ir

Ithkacher – fisherman/woman; applies to both ithka and iktha industries

Ithkaching – fishing (applies to sea or freshwater)

Izh’bana – construction floater; “Builder”

k’hotun – derogatory term meaning person of the lowest degree

Khu’ufkha! – Music band; ‘freedom’; Maqba [zlyrdrum and huzkihorn], Tijit [massdrum], Glardo [bass-tenor], Thuqqa [soprano]; Napollio [manager]; Lomont [agent]

kloda   – zhepe milk cheese, (sim. Italian ricotta)

klok – clicking wooden sandals used for the Wood Dance

klotti – a specific group of manfas // herd; s/pl

koia – a refreshing drink, imported from Redlands

k’hotun – derogatory term, meaning a rejected or aborted thing

ko-ko – chocolate

kongo – strong alcoholic drink based on fermented kongon root

koosp – antenna-like appendage at back of manfa head that riders use to guide him

kylor – a disintegrating beam affecting cellular and particle construction, used to break up rocks, demolish wooden and concrete buildings; not effective against thick metal

kyrt – a smoky, rich colour that flares with tones of itself; the actual colour is not translatable into any Earth-given language as the colour does not exist on Earth and it is not comparable to any part of the Earthly spectrum; can be diluted to light tones that appear translucent but aren’t; black araq bark is used in the manufacture of kyrt fabric but the colour used in ornaments and paints is ground from kyrtium, a rare mineral; due to the difficulty of making the fabric and the rarity of the mineral, kyrt is expensive and is often used as an investment currency, similar to gold, silver and skletium

kyrtium – mineral used to produce kyrt colour

kytinium – metal used for satellite technology

lakkoth – pl/s; table markers first used in monasteries [pp 233, 4]

Laffra – strong, expensive alcoholic drink made from honey and jun’f berries fermented in rez’ntlan sap and Laffra Spring water [100% pure], then stored in barrels of muschkum-smoked nilvar wood for a minimum of 10 ano; product of Himal

L-beam – solid light originally used for displaying images; other applications in L-beam technology such as ‘windows’; L-beam generator is an ultra-violet crystal; see Blue

le’anch – leaf-branch of An’fi’tlan

Lhamsa – the Sharuth’s palace in T’Zan’za

lightball – portable light (//torch) with an adjustable glow from very faint to brilliant and a variable projection casts light from a half-met radius to fifty mets

lightsaw – very strong laser light used to cut through rock, trees, ice, etc; also used to carve canals and roads as beam can be bent to any shape

LightStar – Zhyr’s floater; xodon plated; temporary HQ on board; Zhyr, Zh’Aide, counselors and Zikkaron plus staff and T’yen’s Guardians on board

LightWall – ‘thick light’ used to form a wall able to stop wind, rain, small anafa and amalfa from entering; product of RedLands; see Blue; first used in Zhrebat at Zhan entrance

lipflick – soul patch; small patch of hair beneath lower lip, usually worn with an arched moustache

lodek – a flat-decked flyer with low sides for moving goods; various sizes and capacities; some require towing, others are self-propelled

logeo – cameo-logo used for identification purposes; usually done as a 3D minivid with a short sound-byte attached

longlens telescope; also used on cams

lotr  – area of land 50 mets square (ie, 250 sq mets)

lotl – area of land equal to 250 square mets (applies to unevenly-sided sections)

m’anafa – kystylk term for flyers (‘metal anafa’)

manfa cell – //tack-room, holds chairs, mounting stools, etc.

massdrums – drum system that uses a broad range of percussion instruments arranged in layered arcs around a massdrummer who uses nails, fingers, hands and a variety of beat-sticks to play them; sound is amplified for smaller units; effect can be like listening to an orchestra of drums

mansha – 2-wheeled chair drawn by a man as city transport in Bal’bur

Maxkreen – large viewing screen, usually 3D

Muüm, Ummi – ‘Mum’, ‘Mummy’

music stick – portable storage system for recorded music, talks, etc; can be played independently or attached to speaker system; its own speakers are good for small groups although the device is only pen-sized; manufactured in Xuxux

m’zra – curved adornment at stern of te’awa.

naf – derogatory term meaning something/somebody of little or no value

ne’kring – ornament worn on the neck, often ornate, with long drops of fine chains and jewels at the front and a fitted band for the neck; more than a necklace

nintje – term of endearment used in MoGol, Zanista, Zhrebat and Xuxun; derived from popular children’s story in previous century; means “sweet, cute one”

ong – a strong alcoholic spirit made from kongon root; aromatic with spicy flavour

Opsdeck – centre of operations on a floater

OpSkin – application used to change colour appearance of flyers using                                                nanomagnetic technology instead of paint, chemicals or light-effects; White Flyer used single sided app for one colour change but app also available for three colour choices or for multiple colour arrangement

Pappu – enforcer-priests serving the new religion, HolyWay, civilian and army

peretza – //OE wine; clear, gold, pink, red, deep purple or black alcoholic drink made from peretz fruit

plasband – binding band, used for bundling items or handcuffs

plasglas  – strong, clear, flexible material used for 1-way visibility

plasbag – thin, strong, clear, very flexible sheeting, made into storage bags

PowerPack – energy generator for buildings, craft, tools, equipment; utilises available free energy with FusedGravMagEnergy to provide power, heating and cooling needs; PPs eliminate need for power grids and wasteful energy productions such as exist in MoGol

pranthor – Name of Zhrebatan troop floater; deep green livery with gold and orange flares (patterned on the namesake anafa)

prilasmum – mineral used in communication technology

puppi/s – Zhrebatan ‘fast food’ – finely sliced grilled bidj meat, roasted vegetables and p’stach seeds with a savoury sauce — wrapped in a thin, soft bredd; other foods, such as kloda or savoury jellies, may be added as extras

Qahn – male occupant of Servant’s Chair of MoGol; ordained by El’b’ith or inherited through birthright

Qahna – female occupant of Servant’s Chair of MoGol; ordained by El’b’ith or inherited through birthright

Qahnii – Qahn and Qahna together

Qozq – ancient, pre-EndWar place of worship used to pay homage to celebrities

R’ (Ro) – Title prefix for schoolteachers; eg, R’Abal (guide), Pe’tya’s teacher at Zhahar

Ra’anan – “great raptor”; floater used by Kanan to stop Deep Forest clear cutting; pilot: Braklan

ra’nov –  waterproof cloak/poncho, made of oiled fabric (cheap) or leather (expensive)

Raptor 1 – one of three heavy machinery plants; claw-shaped grab-tool; can be used airborne or from ground in construction or de-construction work

RES – reverse energy shield; defense barrier used on flyers; allows outward firing

riscom – wrist-band com unit; wide range; text-audio-visual on ‘high end’ models, text-audio on basic models

roadrunner – gas-driven vehicle with folding legs attached to drums (usually 2 or 3) that can operate on roads or grassland; favoured by army and logistics companies for moving equipment and large loads; noisy and pollutant

Roc – Explorer•3 version floater used for long distance travel

ropegun – variation of webgun; fires long strand of heavy gel that winds around target on impact, like a bolas.

sakir – personal servant; male or female term

sakkiza – Xuxux national drink, very strong, sweet, cinnamon-flavoured, smoky colour

sat’mage – realtime satellite image in holographic form

satmap – satellite projected map, set to realtime or historical

SatObs – Satellite Observation system for permanent realtime viewing

Scout – small flyer used for recon and exploration; can fly with or without canopy

S’cloak – security curtain; electronically charged L-beam wall used to protect sensitive nstallations from illegal surveillance; usually installed from float-drones positioned around or over target site; developed in Redlands during LastWar

SF2 – SkyFlyer; narrow, 2-seater fast flyer with front and rear seating; also SF1/solo rider

sfitzi – fizzy, usually applied to drink

shaftpod – elevator/lift capsule, particularly in floaters

shan – a tree-wove building

Sharuth – Servant of Zanista (Jazum)

Sharuthi – Sharuth and family – wife T’hahira, sons Anyss, Ja’ul, Laeth, Nadym, Ra’if

Shaym’á – prayer of blessing from El’Zefer

Sh’rath – servant in charge of infrastructure, facilities, parks, etc.

shech – fabric made from sh’webber web; very light and strong, waterproof

shemur – glittering decorations applied as face ornaments; from himal

sklet – most common coin in Zhrebatan currency; originally made of skletium, now made of silver

skletium – a semi-clear iridescent mineral mined in western Zhrebat; can be crystallized or shaped by melting at different temperatures into skleyts; in its natural state it is as valuable as a rare gemstone

skleyts – thin sheets of clear, crystallised skletium; used for windows and decoration

sleep-in – cheap dormitory-style overnight accommodation

slide – official record used for news releases; kept by any involved in its contents and in National Library files in Zhan (ground level); usually features holo images and text plus voice-over if an official ceremony is involved

slide-book, -menu, -sheet  flexible, durable electronic page containing text and images; similar to official slide records

slipmike – microphone used to slip voiceover into audio stream

spiracle – breathing holes found on sides of manfas and insects

sticklight/s – table light designed on candlestick model; long or short base illuminates softly, bulb-head shines enough to read a menu.

st’waif – lit. ‘street waif’, urchin, child living rough without guardian or parental care

Suq’qa – the autumn feast

sunkf – brilliant yellow mineral mined primarily in Xuxu; used for dyes and paints

suth – lit. ‘persuader’ in the ancient tongue of MoGol; ‘fist enhancer”; a savage weapon worn on the hand/s with sharp spikes and cutting edges; usually made of steel or iron; used to lethal effect by hrudji

T1, T2, T3 – Totson-built flyer for 1, 2 or 3 riders; Battle-prepped Ts have adaptations for defense and increased speed

Tchata’Way – the way of Tchata’a—harsh rule, greed, idol-worship, evil, anti-service

te’awa/s – canal boat/s; prow has gaer’on and stern has m’zra

te’no/s – teenager/s

tlanfellers – illegally employed to cut down wild trees

to’athta – national dress for women of Xuxux; a loose sheath dress (long or short) made of light, silky fabrics ornately dyed

Tri-fin – form of flyer (Urroan design) with lateral and upper fins

t’shan – a tree-wove village (see ‘shan’)

t’shani/s  – member of a t’shan; e.g. En’t’shani means a member of the t’shan of En

t’shaniti – miniature t’shan for household use or decoration

ttraj – (t is ‘rolled’) overtunic, like a closed drappa; loose; may have sleeves, draped sides or be sleeveless; can be any length/asymmetric, flared or straight; similar to kafta worn in Blue

T-Z wire – titanium-zirconium wire; strong, with high tensile strength and integrity

Ummi, Muüm – ‘Mummy’, ‘Mum’

vidcam – personal video camera

Vidrec – professional video recorder; larger than a vidcam, with more features

vidstik – compact, portable vid record; plugs into any comsystem for playing

vidrec tech – technician in charge of vidrec

vivilight – L-beam technology adapted for use in holographic projections; also used by vivilight artists to project created images and patterns onto buildings or against clouds; popular for civic entertainment projects

white noise – camouflage for secret messaging on comsets

Whoh! – Exclamation of alarm or surprise

wik’yup – self-raising domed tent with padded floor

woodash water – lye, harsh medium used in making soap

Zad’za! – inoffensive Himal expletive, widely adopted in Adamadas; often shortened to “zadz’!”

Zh’Aide – lit. ‘Zhyr’s Aide’

Zhan – the palace of the Zhyr; A bridge at the third level links two front towers. At ground level an open gateway without gates but with a LightWall arching into the second level. Behind the front towers, the main tower rises as high again, its exoskeleton consructed from Zanistan blackmetal. Panels of skletium glazing fill the apertures in  colours ranging from deep green at the base (Cor), through gold-green, to gold at the top of the third level, then light topaz (fourth) and pale yellow (fifth) with clear panels for the comtower station at the sixth level apex. Above this is the holospire of the comtower. Zh’ir and Zhyr live on L5, ambassadors, dignitaries, offices on L4, circular levels below L4 allow high ceiling for the central cor. L3 has some guest rooms, more offices, retaurants, theatre, washrooms, small ballroom, 3 bar lounges, support facilities and 3 lifts apart from the central one.

Zh’if – highest office under a Zhyr or Zhar; 2iC of the country

zlyrdrum – traditional Zhrebatan musical instrument, combining string and tongue-drum elements to produce an almost limitless array of sounds and rhythms; particularly effective in playing haunting music with deep undertones.

Zhyarta -The Law of Succession for Zhars and Zhyrs is that their marriages can only be with nother Zhrebatans; there can be no tribal mingling for Servants of The Zhrebat although it is allowed with other citizens

SPECIAL CREATURES

ay’yahtsi – unique to Zhrebat; ‘kiteflowers’; free-floating botanical creatures, like kite-shaped flowers that attach to trees by long, trailing filaments called ‘antennacles’; all nutrients gleaned from air, moisture, scents and sunlight; diamond-shaped with deep nectar reservoir in centre that links to antennacle (1 or 2 per creature); believed to be intelligent as they allow communication but not capture, releasing their mobile antennacles and dodging all attempts at capture; translucent, lightly coloured with flexible ‘gemstones’ on upper surface, pearly beneath; prehensile antennacles also aid in flying; reproduction method uncertain but believed to be division along vertical plane in those with 2 antennacles resulting in one offspring with 1 antennacle and one with two

El’laesf – Unique to Blue; brought to the 1st Temple by Hunter/Prince Daen [see Blue]

Plants

alabis – short-lived willowy tlans that grow in a circle of thick wands rather than a single trunk; deciduous; sometimes used as weaving trees; gold-brown bark over oil-rich  creamy wood that weathers to a warm brown; long wave-edged yellow-green leaves

anak’lan/s – heavy, wide tlans, coniferous; cedar-like; bundles of small, primitive cone-shaped capsules contain large edible seeds; largest tlan; smooth, silvery grey trunk with ‘waisted’ look and multiple sub-trunks,

an’fi’tlan – medium sized tlan with distinctive shapes and nuts for each gender; ice-green translucent branches formed of large leaves; symmetrical, pointed-dome shape on graceful smooth white trunk with gentle vertical ridging; pollen catkins grow ‘inside’ on upper surface of ‘leaves’ (branches); haphazard arrangement of leaf-branches growing in all directions, which join where their edges touch; trunk is thicker than on male tlan and more deeply ridged; seeds: almond shape with spikes along rounded edge; soft,  grey carapace is shed when nut falls at ripe stage (inedible up to that point); seeds: round and knobbly, soft grey carapace; drop when ripe and edible; plant is spread by amalfa storing seeds in ground holes – if not eaten before spring they sprout and are again inedible

araq – small tlan with dense foliage on long, thin branches; red autumn leaves, sometimes used as a sweetener; the black bark is used in the process of making kyrt fabric

arygh – weaving tlans; saplings are very supple and can be woven to form growing walls; traditional form of housing in Deep Forest; spicy scent to wood when dry; large nuts (much favoured by chagnas); dense, deep green foliage and rich brown wood

bahat – (spice) ground from pods of bahat tree (Himal); strong pain-killer

bhar – seed-bearing grass; glassy, cobalt seeds used for ornaments, bright blue stalks used for basketry, viridian leaves make a nourishing tea popular throughout Zhrebat, Zanista, Xuxun, Himal and MoGol.

bhax – tall, spiky reed; red seed clusters; crushed seeds used as topical field anesthetic or mixed with shaved, dry kongon root and smoked to induce stupor and dreams (causing lung damage, amnesia and paranoia)

bindl – a common berry, growing in Deep Forest; edible; juice used for a permanent red dye

brambry – bramble with long thorns, green-black foliage and red-gold fruit resembling long, shiny grubs (also known as grub-berry); makes a smokey-sweet base for liqueurs and jam; abundant in N. MoGol between Borrha River and Aff Bay just south of tundra’s swamp zone; rare elsewhere

bredd – tall grass; the nutritious seeds are used to make common bread

checi – // OE cherries; blue-black

chimi/s – //OE moss/es, lichen; some are bright green and cushiony, others have a longer, feathery appearance; some hang in long tendrils from old tlans

chiquats – huge sequoia-like tlans; fine-grained, oily wood with buttery appearance; long, fragrant, deep green needles that grow yellow-green at drooping tips of branches — used as soft fill for paths and to scent cleaning fluids, etc; excellent for marine wood, cabinet-making and carving; bark makes long-lasting soft-fill for garden paths, ground cover, playgrounds or stock stalls

clymera/s – common name for vines

dalifruit – bizarre-shaped segmented fruit with loose, warty pink and orange skin; juicy, sweet with a slight tartness

dalitlan – low tlan with horizontal habit; bears dalifruit

dru’ji – root vegetable high in carbohydrate; purple or brown skinned, white flesh

elg’n – keratin-rich root vegetable; orange-red; grows in clusters of round shapes with thin orange skin

feres – herb used for cleaning and as an antibiotic; has a sharp, fresh taste

fithri – conifer, sim. Old earth’s (OE) balsam fir, smoky-blue needles, white cones

flambo/s – //orchid/s

fronitlan – graceful deciduous tree with fernlike leaf fronds

fifurleev – groundcover with round velvety leaves; green-grey and blue-grey; single flowers like white knobs on dark grey stalks

fyrn –  fernlike perennials; yellow-green to blue-green; black stalks and stems; grow to three mets high

gaya – algae

ghanga – Zanistan decorative plant; long strappy black-green leaves and long stalks holding balls of lily-like florets in shades of blue-purple (from pale to deep)

glasswood – extremely hard wood from western RedLands; makes a sound like struck crystal when hit with something hard; requires diamond-tipped saws or drills; grown rather than

hanja – brown, velvety-looking lichen with aromatic smell; used to flavour ong

ilá’ilá – fragrant, bell-shaped garden flower; soft, pale colours; evergreen foliage; citrus-like fruit (red skinned, golden flesh) after flowering; used in perfume

izz’t – floral emblem of Zhrebat; evergreen tlan, deep green foliage, red ‘balloon’ flowers with long yellow pistil and stamens at base (summer-autumn)

ju’ji – coniferous tlan growing on poorer soils, cold climates; provides shelter but has no commercial value except as garden specimen—blues, greens, purples; has a twisted habit that provides good shelter for small birds

kalpan – Zanistan shade tlan; broad succulent leaves absorb heat in winter and evaporate heat in summer; trunks are narrow and flexible; kalpans are translucent, especially the leaves; each tlan is in constant movement, which crates warm/cool airflow in winter/summer; deep-rooted but non-invasive

klidder – a common weed on the northern plains; foliage is edible for stock but of low nutritional value; seeds are dust-like, contained in pods the explode under pressure, irritating eyes and skin and causing breathing problems for manfas who breathe thru spiracles on lower half of thorax

kongon – grey shrub cultivated for its perfumed bark (for scent), seed pods (for decorative bells) and its turnip-like root (for ong)

kylp – OE kelp

langlang – oil-rich tlan from Goby peninsula; oil is used as skin emollient, in shampoo and for medicinal application

lio/s – olive-sized berries that grow prolifically on shoulder-high lio bushes in central Xuxux; lios are pressed for cooking oil or preserved in oil or sour peretza as a food; fruit and leaves provide various medications/supplements; blue-green leaves with silvery undersides make it an attractive garden plants

livilivi – attractive shrub of north-eastern MoGol with bright foliage of round, scarlet/red/burgundy or blue/violet/indigo leaves; shiny red bark has high tensile strength and is often used as ribbon ties; fine-grained red-brown wood is used for small wooden ornaments, etc; powdered, dried root is effective in treating fungal infections

lyla – soft-stemmed, creeping groundcover with dense, rich, iridescent  green foliage of tiny leaves; edible as a cooked green; preferred for lawns because it needs no mowing; old growth composts quickly and new growth occurs from spring to late autumn

lyly – small white lily-like flower of Zanista with long sprays of silvery leaves

muschkum – swamp chimi, grows deep, staining water brown; used as fire fuel when dried

m’yklet – nutritious flower of the far north; source of fine honey

nilvar – mountain ‘beech’, evergreen; small fluted leaves; edible, wrinkled nuts inside smooth black shells used for ring cases, etc

peretz – // OE grapes, colours range from translucent white through reds and greens to purple and black

pippishi – vibrant flowers with four petals, often frilled, and indigo centres, on long, thin metallic blue stems and narrow turquoise leaves at ground level; Himal variety are bright blue

pohn tlans – many varieties; usually long, flexible trunk (may be branched), topped by long, flax-like leaves;

polpar/s – deciduous tlan; white bark; bright green leaves turn bright yellow in autumn

p’stach – tlan with twisted limbs, white bark, long weeping habit with binate fronds, bright lime-green leaves, yellow in autumn, deciduous; seeds have culinary uses

q’waxi –  brightly coloured, leafy vegetables; orange, purple and yellow varieties

rez’ntlan – red-trunked evergreen that exudes resin to heal breaks and coat its thin bark with against damage from weather or amalfa; the resin (rez’n) is a valuable material for caulking and gluing as it dries hard yet flexible; it is a transparent and attractive red-gold colour, and is much prized as a varnish

salussi – long green and yellow fruit that grows upright along a ground vine; used as a vegetable or juiced for drinking

seleths – fragrant, many petalled flower; //oe rose

shushlan – tall, spreading tlan with thin branches and long, deep blue needles that catch the breeze and make a soothing ‘shh’ sound similar to the ushh tlans of Blue

snow-puffs – small white flowers with 4 long, pointed petals and a ‘puff’ of white stamens; bloom in winter in Zhrebat only on the stony shores of glacial lakes; thin blue stems grow from rhizomes; no leaves

s’som – moss-like herb that releases a lemony fragrance when trodden upon; black and yellow colouring; also used as a soporific (or mixed with kongon root and kuzwask venom to make a hallucinogenic drug tagged ‘drongojooz’)

stimberry – Tall, slender bush grown for decoration and for its bitter, caffeine-rich berries used (with addition of sweet, powdered red araq leaves) to make stimutha

thorn tlan – small bushy tlan will loose, rough bark and large, dark green thorns that are modified leaves; green, juicy berries; dense, white, fragrant blossoms in spring; adapted to dry hill country in north and west of Zhrebat and in Zanista and almost eradicated by gip farms and wild zhepe in MoGol

tlan/s  – //trees, tall shrubs

uhuhu – clymera with white flowers that resemble wild seleths with long white stamens [sim. OE clematis]; fragrant perfume; used for perfume and decoration

watergrain – //OE rice, but with larger grains in deep yellow or red, with a nutty taste

wylfid/s –  popular garden flower; many colours

yissel – weed with thorny, sour leaves and hollow stems filled with bitter sap; spread through rhizomes not seeds, thereby forming dense mats of vegetation which is difficult to clear. Grows on depleted soils. Sap is a useful medical agent for both its antiseptic and its ‘second skin’ qualities.

zhibdo – yellow-leaved shrub common in Zhrebatan valleys; the buds are used to make elp, a fermented, alcoholic drink

zalaia – a spreading, woody shrub with striking creamy flowers (sim. OE hibiscus) that appear in spring before the fernlike turquoise-edged blue-purple foliage; in autumn the leaves turn gold and red; in winter the wood darkens and large red berries appear.

Creatures

agbah – zhepe-like amalfa of Middish; produces milk, soft cheese, meat and fibre; skins are tanned for garment wear, or dried and honed into high quality vellum

amalf/a – ground and tree dwellers, incl. gliders//OE animal/s

anaf/a – flying  creatures//OE bird/s, bat/s, draco, etc

akbu – tiny insectivorous amalfa; bright black eyes, large round ears,  long sticky tongue; shaggy brown fur; fine short- furred tail and ears; head, body, tail have same lengths (about 2 cints)

anat’vi – huge creature from northern MoGol; rare; feeds on tundra creatures and ikthu; will attack hunters and fishermen; densely furred; pale grey with grey dappling on shoulders and haunches

an’hopfi – small, omnivorous creature living in northern forests, first sighted on Anat Is. In fiord region; black and white patches, thickly furred in winter; hops on rear legs balanced by thick tail and uses forelegs like arms; long toes, nemar-like head; eats An’fi’tlan nuts, larvae, honey, berries, fungi and insects; hibernates during mid-winter

at’lef/a – colourful, scaled amalfa with bat-like wings and ‘frog’-shaped body with horns and claws; insectivore; hibernates over winter

azuret/s – long-tailed, crested nectar-eating anafa; in winter they migrate to the jungles of southern Xuxun; furred in many tones of blue; bioluminescent at night

beelt/s – //OE beetle/s

bidj – large, black and silver, long-legged herbivore with extravagant violet and purple antlers, much prized for carving, hanging-racks and jewelry; meat is tender and succulent; hide makes excellent leather for quality ra’novs

chagna – fluffy, long-tailed, pouched, nut and berry eater; grey + cream; 4 long-haired cream ears

dwomdwom – Large flambouyant anafa, sim. OE peacocks but more colourful; also an irridescent black variety

furzy/s – //OE seals; black and white striped amalfa with walking/swimming flippers

gauzewing/s – similar to the flutterbies of The Land but larger, with long wing tails, three eyes and 4 feathered antennae

GemSnake – snake of Himal; the finest specimens are used as live ‘jewelry’; usually gold with ‘stones’ like emeralds; rare varieties (p290) will display a greater variety of colours; dust-feeders; non-poisonous

ghyswa/s – (s/pl); large water-anafa, compact bodies and long necks; bluish legs, webbed feet and bills; pale purple with white underneath and a broad white V over the upper wings and middle back; farmed for meat and feathers; wild ones are migratory

gip – large, rough-haired, tusked scavenger raised for meat (unclean) in eastern MoGol before the EndWar when the laws of clean and toxic foods were largely ignored; now rare and restricted to coastal ju’ji forests in north-east

gollet – purple and  grey anafa, feed on ithka, etc, yellow or orange beaks and webbed feet //OE gulls

grass gret/s – white or yellow anafa with long necks, beaks and legs, that often move with kadlur herds to pick up insects and bugs disturbed by their hoofs

grauk – small predator-scavenger; in large numbers it inhabits refuse piles, unclean houses, etc and carries disease; can be reduced to small numbers by removing refuse, etc; in small numbers it reverts to its normal state of an insectivore/scavenger preferring to live in open forest or grasslands and is not a threat to health; red-spotted dark brown fur

ha’alf – //OE wolf, 3 nose-vents, 4 ears; grey in old age (as Ha’alk’na, the StoryTeller’s companion); run in packs; guardians

ha’alfling – ha’alf cub, sim. wolf cub; usually black then becoming silvery-grey and black; white is rare

hantha – fierce predator; panther-like; ice-blue eyes; deep blue fur, black shoulder stripe and tail-tip; bioluminescent white spots above eyes, on flanks; the Snow Hantha is white with pale blue stripes and is the fauna emblem of Zhrebat

ho’kleb – large fighting kleb used for bloodsport

hyyelth – herbivore; prefers flowers, berries, leaves and fyrns to grass; one horn; h’yeltha: family group; green-gold, blue-violet or red-purple

kabru – large, multi-horned herbivores of northern MoGol, sim. OE elk; thick brown fur spotted with grey, dull green and cream; broad, 3-toed feet, no tail but sports a rump-puff.

kadlurs – large domestic stock, dark and light colour mix/meat, fibre rabah/n (s/pl): bull, 2 mets; habah/n: cow/s, 1.5 mets; agbah/n: calf

kleb – wild klebs hunt in forest packs; domestic klebs used for hunting, herding or as house-pets; //OE dogs; 3 nose vents, 4 ears in ventral line, 3-toed feet

kystylk – predatory anaf, sim. OE kestrel, red, black or brown with banded tails in colours including red, blues, greens, blacks, greys; some are all red, like Ffeyn

l’uz – egg-laying anafa, bred domestically for eggs (their meat is tough and tasteless); feed on bugs and green ground plants; poor flyers; dull colours

l’uzon – male l’uz

l’uzzet – juvenile l’uz

manfa/s – segmented, semi-armoured, 16-legged creatures of the Deep Forest, bred for use as transport; they provide a smooth, rapid ride over rough ground and are adept at climbing and jumping; they do not fly but can curve body and legs to ‘float’ when jumping or landing; children train young manfas in races and endurance trials; useful as carrion eaters and garbage scavengers; also used to transport baggage, etc; they are asexual; reproduction is through development of minute eggs inside ‘tail’ segments, which are buried (eggs are sought-after food for certain anafa) in rotting carcases, etc, where eggs mature, splitting tail segment open in the process, and give birth to fully developed young who remain with food supply for two shab’as before forming a klotti with other survivors in the supply zone and leaving to scavenge in forest if wild or begin training if domesticated; early growth is rapid and manfas are ready for work in 8 mons; colours are usually in mottled browns but pinks, greens and black also occur and these are prized because they are uncommon; all manfas have deep red eyes; acute hearing is via 5 auricles between eyes and kusp, a long antennacle is used to gauge near distance and paths through undergrowth; breathing is through spiracles on sides of neck and on sides of body, between legs

mohim – //whales/OE; green-blue with black dappling on upper surfaces and pearly film beneath; plankton-feeders; necessary for balance of sea life; almost extinct in  MoGol oceans; known as tannim in southern oceans

nemar/a – s/pl; cat-like; 30 cints @ shoulder + gold eyes/ domestic; 60 cints, green eyes/wild; blue with bioluminescent spots

n’ilith – long-haired, horned, zhepe-like; light blue colours; name means ‘rock-flyer’

ni’i – n’ilith fawns

nyesh/a – nut and seed-eater anaf; mahogany and burnt umber or violet and purple, with gold markings in complex patterns; long tails may vary in colour; raise crests when feeling confronted; articulate messengers; wild nyesha fly high and have a clear, high-pitched call.

owtsho – large, brilliantly coloured anafa with long red legs and feet and very long tails and wing feathers; poor flyers; extravagant, curling crests on males; native of NE MoGol fithri forests; omnivorous

pranthor – huge, ithka-eating anaf, viridian with orange and gold markings

redcap – anafa of Anat Is.; omnivorous

shu’zh/a – (pl) horse-like herbivores; three horned toes/foot; 4 ears; av. 2 mets@ shoulder; many colours; plain, patched, dappled, spotted and striped

Shu’zhsta: stallion, shu’zhcha: gelding; shu’zhma: mare; shu’zhfo: foal; shu’zhki: colt/filly

shuz’mu – pack-shuzh, also used for carriage work; heavier build than riding-shu’zh; bay + white (together) only; crests rather than manes, tails sim. to shu’zha; mare and stallion and foal terms apply, ie, shuz’mu’sta, shuz’mu’ma, shuz’mu’fo

shybb/s – large, heavy hyyelth with four horns in a single row from head to mid-neck; long, thick fur with green and black stripes; wild shybbs live in rocky mountain zones just above treeline; domestic shybbs are used as cart-pullers in Khlon and the high western plains, where shybbs are shorn in the spring (hair exported to Zanistan for making heavy-duty carpet), or as mounts for older children

skyq’at/s – arboreal amalfa with long hind-limbs and thin-bodies with small, triangular heads (4 ears, three nares); long, semi-prehensile tails used for balance and climbing; russet and gold colouring; very thick soft fur but each hair-length is less than 0.1 cint, giving the effect of fine velvet, except on tail which has long fur; feed on leaf and flower buds, and berries spring through autumn and  hibernate in winter

tjanjan – green and blue-black lemur-like insectivore; most active during evenings and mornings; long, pointed nose in black-masked face; large violet eyes; 4 round, furry ears, long prehensile furry tail and long fingers/toes on all legs.

troyya – extinct in Zhrebat but small colony remains under Bur protection in Ju’ji forests of eastern MoGol because they use fermented troyya milk in rituals; armoured forest scavengers with clawed feet and large tusks; GM base for troyyds which slaughtered troyya to ‘blood’ them for pit fights and gladiator arenas (an indication of the level of that society’s degradation under Tchata’a influence in Time of Testing).

troyyd/s – armoured, predator/scavengers, 1.5 met at shoulder; dangerous and bad-tempered; genetically modified troyya, by corrupt breeders to provide blood sport in the pre-Test period (one of the reasons the Zhrebat suffered so much); still bred secretly for the MoGol market until destroyed by Kanan and Zy’yn

u’us – very large herbivores, similar to bidj but antlers are plate-shaped and cover head, neck and back like armour; dark red and creamy gold; claw-hoofed toes

uut – Green night anafa, white bioluminescent bars on wing and tail feathers, hooked beak, large round yellow eyes, four feather-horns along crest above three nares, strong short feathered legs, three clawed toes; predator

woddlers/s – //OE penguins; large anafa; excellent swimmers but poor mobility on land where they nest and breed; deep brown backs with yellow, orange and red fronts; long, saw-edged beaks; communicate by humming which can be so intense that vibrations are felt; black, leathery, webbed feet and oily feathers on rest of body and wing-flippers

woodhammer – anafa; //woodpecker/OE; red head and breast, white spots on blue sim. OE guinea fowl

zhepe – Zhrebatan term for ‘jhepe’ (see Blue), small domestic herd amalfa, herbivores, provide meat, milk and fibre; many colours; 1 met at shoulder; grow larger in the wild

zhlugs – hairless, wrinkled, grey burrowers in loam country (//OE mole)

BUGS

buzzers – //OE flies

kuzwask – large, clawed, 4-legged, venomous bug; circular saw jaws; two stingers on head, two on tail and double row of  poisonous hairs along top of thorax and abdomen; remnant of pre-EndWar era GM experiment (bio-war) like the white snake (Bur treasure)

flutterby – //OE butterfly; many varieties

fotho/s – moth-like species of flutterby; many varieties

nem’la – small, busy insect often used as a metaphor for productive living; shiny exoskeleton in bright colours, not poisonous but bite stings; community nest in mounded earth or fine gravel or in tunnels under loose tlan bark

sh’webber – spider-like bug with ten legs, the rear 2 used solely to guide the pearly silken webbing that forms its primitive laddered webs; webs are gathered to make a fine, felted, waterproof fabric (shech) or to roll into threads to form very strong, tough sewing thread, string and lightweight cordage

stingers – //OE bees

zhlug – //OE slug

Water creatures:

bazd – edible; freshwater species; sim. OE bass

ithkat – small; freshwater species; sim. minnows

ithka – edible; freshwater species; sim.trout, bass, salmon;

ithkaching – fishing

ikthu – large, edible saltwater species

ikthut – small, edible saltwater species

kwyl – estuary ikthu or freshwater ithka, sim. OE flounder

polpa – sim. OE sea-worms; symbiotic assn. with sea-gaya

uktha – inedible freshwater species; sim. catfish, eels

uthka – inedible ocean species; sim. barracuda, shark, sea snake, octopus

uthjha – shellfish (inedible), both fresh- and salt-water

varansa – exo-skeletal aquatic scavengers (inedible), both fresh- and salt-water, similar to crabs, prawns, lobsters, yabbies

volo – ithka, sim. OE trout

warwans – soft-bodied ocean species; sim. squid, octopus, sea slugs, anemones;   toxic, inedible

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