Rogan is a strong man who uses his strength well; he also makes mistakes – but learns from them, though sometimes his recovery takes a long time. We first met him in Blue, angry and grief-stricken over the murder of his wife and unborn child.

Rogan’s story begins as he enters his teno anos (‘teenage years’ to Earthlings). His parents are gifted, successful people, highly esteemed among their social set, who want Rogan to be as much like them as he can be; they do not expect much of their only child, but hope only that he does well in the course they have chosen for him. Rogan has no intention of burying his talents in their pretentions. As a teno, he rebels cautiously, appreciating their provision for him but impatient to be his own man. His opportunity comes before he expects it; suddenly, at seventeen anos, Rogan must find his own way in life.

Rogan has two talents that help him through many trials. One is the ability to see emanations emitted by precious metals and minerals; the other is the wisdom to choose good friends. His first real friend is an old woodcarver who taught him how to learn. At university in The Edj, capital of Redlands, Rogan meets Range deBarq’at and so begins a lifelong friendship that benefits the entire nation. Readers first met Range in Blue, when Asha and Kanan attend the Decannoal Conference at the Redlands Palace, just before the LastWar.

Rogan believes that real success lies in helping others to prosper, rather than merely prospering himself – this is the real basis of his estrangement from his parents. In this, he and Range are fully at one purpose in their lives. Rogan works his way through university and grows into a decisive man who refuses to compromise his beliefs for the sake of gain or expediency. In so doing, he collects scars, both outwardly and inwardly. Sometimes, these scars result from his one great weakness – in taking his ability to win against all odds for granted, a sort of pride that must be overcome before it kills him.

Rogan’s story begins as a teno feeling the first stirrings of rebellion against his parents’ view of his future. While he appreciates their care for him he has no desire to follow in their footsteps.

At seventeen he is on his own, determined to succeed. He forms a friendship and a productive partnership with Range d’Barqu’at that will last all their lives. After his spectacular success at RedlandsU, he is sent to the desert by Ruler Nu’or to transform a desert wasteland into a viable, productive and sustainable region. Again, he succeeds, despite nearly losing his life in the process. He falls in love and marries and withdraws from life’s challenges to a quiet, happy existence until aliens destroy his village and his family. (This episode was first related in Blue; Ruler Nu’or of Redlands and King Taran of Ob’ronn die in that quest.) Magenta (married to Range d’Barqu’at) takes over as Servant Ruler and Daffeed becomes King of Ob’ronn; Rogan joins the mission to rescue Zhrebatan refugees (see North of Himal prologue for greater detail) and then hides away, still grieving, caring for Prince Kanan’s Shu’zh Stables in Ob’ronn.

Then Ruler Magenta calls on him to fix the dire situation at Lake of the Land Estate, caused by the corrupt and depraved Sharath Gaelu’un. It is here that Rogan finds his redemption and learns to love again. He rescues six children from Gaelu’un’s clutches and transforms the Estate and its villages.

When everything is perfect, Rogan again forgets that he is not bullet-proof. He goes after an enemy without adequate back-up and nearly dies in the attempt; one of his men is killed and he is again overcome by guilt and despair. While Magenta and Range deal with the enemy and search for him, his faith in El and his love for his family give him the strength to make the long journey home.


Ano: one Adamadas year; 10 mons

Mon/s: one Adamadas month, based on the phases of the moon, Neos Shab’a/s: 7 per mon; 7 days/shab’a;


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


Cint: approx 1 OE centimeter; 100 cints = 1 met

Met: 1000 mets = 1 kae

Kae: largest unit of linear measurement


M’ykl: sun

Neos: 2nd moon, large, white

Oanta: 1st moon, small, red

Things of Spirit:

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. The FirstBorn. 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.

El’b’ithim: collective term for ‘children’ members of El’bayith (the ‘siblings’); includes ElYa as the Elder Brother

El’b’ithimi: those of the first risings, apart from ElYa, the Firstborn; they are the ‘little children’ of the El Family

El’b’ith: individual from El’bayithim, creating new life (except El-kind/humans, which are begun by El’Ya) on empty planets, each caring for his/her planet; a newly resurrected (reborn) spirit (n’shama) spends the next ‘training stage’ with El and El’Ya on the first fully spiritual planet, once a physical place where the first El’bayithim were created as physical entities (it now holds the glorious city of El and El’Ya and is the place all El’bayithim call ‘home’); not all El’b’ithim become creators — most are caretakers and guides who assist El’b’ith, unseen by humans until the final stage of a planet’s physical life [see The Six]

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.

Shinana: 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; also used for ‘spirit’ in any concept except

T’cha’a: ancient evil spirit, liar, murderer, destroyer and corrupter; died billennia ago; t’chata’a are powerful followers of T’cha’a (aka Chaya), who rise from time to time, which El allows to test humanity; they live very long but at death they always go to the dust towers in space and all their works are destroyed as a warning that following evil leads only to annihilation


The Six: Albyn, Danael, Ez’zha, Ky’yl, Mez’tha, Shadron; Redlanders

Ahn, Ahnfad: Gold sharath of The Edj; Redlander

Ahn, Eloyiz: His wife and shop manager; Redlander

A’khan, Kazma: ‘Netted’ nickname; from Cove; Redlander

A’khan, Kenzy: Kazma’s older brother; a fitter in Cove; Redlander

A’khan, Kith’ra: Kazma’s older sister, Architect/Civic Designer, originally from Cove; bronze eyes, short, spiky black hair, thin build, attractive; Redlander

Altha: laundry sakir at the GreatHouse; Redlander

Anadis, Barrat: Town Manager for Turret; Redlander

Asha: Queen of Blue; small, short silver-white hair, golden eyes, gold tlan-motif tahq on right cheekbone [see Blue]; BlueOne

Bak’kar, Ayron: Aide to Judge Kerul; Redlander

BelNithe, Ahr’n: Architect and civic designer, sharath level; handsome, violet eyes, urbane; in charge of turning the GreatHouse into a resort-hotel; Redlander

Boomer aka Dann Ny’yt: Jullard’s protection; retires after rescue and healing; Redlander

Brodo: Mining captain at Turret; Redlander

Bronn, Dann: historian and member of Tlan’yn Village Team; Redlander

Brukk, Saz: Tlan’yn Sanitation Chief and member of Village Team; Redlander

Burrun Burrun: works with T’sholpan; amedic (vet); Redlander [see Blue]

Burrun, Aketa: amedic clinic manager, married to Burrun; Redlander

Chaddak: trooper under Captain Laz’yr

Cooryan: JaKanda’s assistant at the plantation; Redlander

Coryl: Queen of Ob’ronn; married to Daffeed; former princess of Redlands [see Blue]

Cutter, Dërk: musician of Tlan’yn; plays fanpipes, composes forest-song; Redlander

Daffeed: King of Ob’ronn [see Blue]

DaTant: trooper under Captain Laz’yr; Redlander

Dayl, Lexando: loji-mate of Rogan; ‘Dayl’; redhead; T2; NanoTech student; Redlander

d’Barqu’at, Kevar: Rogan’s University Advisor; uncle of Range; Redlander

d’Barqu’at, Range: friend and business partner of Rogan; marries Ruler Magenta; SharathExemplar of Trade at the Estate; Redlander [see Blue]

Del’orra, Rom: loji-mate of Rogan; from Oceania; NanoTech student

Dezny: Qahna of MoGol [see North of Himal]

Dijh’ka: Rogan’s Palace sakir for his L3 suite; Redlander

Dorago: ithkacher friend and mentor during Rogan’s childhood; Redlander

Elder, Elfa: dressmaker/tailor for the estate at Lake of the Land; wife of Troj’n; Redlander

Elder, Kara: eldest daughter of Elfa and Troj’n; Redlander

Elder, Mywyn: second daughter of Elfa and Troj’n; Redlander

Elder, Shalfi: youngest daughter of Elfa and Troj’n Redlander;

Elder, Troj’n: village cobbler for the estate at Lake of the Land; husband of Elfa; Redlander

Endir, Ella: Mining captain at Turret; Redlander

Faran, Fa’hi’a: na’sakir (nanny) at Rogan’s house; trickster and liar; Redlander

Faran, Ta’hi: tutor for Rogan’s house; Fa’hi’a’s cousin; Redlander

Fechyere: Mining Manager’s aide at Turret; Redlander

Finn: trooper under Captain Laz’yr; Redlander

Gaelu’un: corrupt sharath (disbarred) of The Estate; Redlander

Galda, Thena: Tlan’yni; maker of jams and zhepe cheese; one daughter (Imijyn); Redlander

Garrad the Red: independent miner at Turret; advisor to Mines Ministry; Redlander

Garran: Rogan’s head gardener; resident of Lakeside village; Redlander

Gowon: head mechanic at the GreatHouse; Redlander

Gyrtza: head cook at The Estate, then at Rogan’s house; Redlander

Harri Harri: proprietor of Harri’s Den, a steakhouse and bar in Chilla; Redlander

Hlaen: childhood friend of Kith’ra; one who used her poorly; Redlander

Hunter: Prince, then King Daen of Blue when he marries Queen Asha [see Blue]; deep blue skin, ice-blue eyes, white-blond hair, tall, turquoise pranthor tahq on left cheekbone

Jak: trooper under Captain Laz’yr; Redlander

JaKanda, Kayn: plantation manager; member of Tlan’yn Village Team; Redlander

Jaymz, Kav’yn: Pastoral Overseer for The Estate; Redlander

Jokk, Jadan: Tlan’yn Transport; member of Village Team; Redlander

Jon-lo: expert rig/harness-maker and leather-worker of Lakeside; Redlander

Jullard: corrupt Mining Manager, Turret; Redlander

Kala: Rogan’s sakir in Chichilla; 40 anos; a widow from the borderlands; promoted to HouseManager at the GreatHouse on The Estate, then StaffManager for DeepWater Resort Hotel;  Redlander

Kalban, Dothene: House Manager at Lake of the Land Estate; sister to Lak; Redlander

Kalban, Lak: Human Resources Manager at Lake of the Land Estate; Redlander

Karaszia, E’yn: Kith’ra’s camp cook; Redlander

Karrajan, Kodan: apprentice to Jon-lo the rig-maker; Redlander

Kerul, Den’sa: Judge appointed to serve The Triangle; Redlander

Kh’ynan: Zh’ir of The Zhrebat; formerly Kanan, 2nd Prince of Ob’ronn [see Blue and North of Himal]

Kith’ra: see A’khan, Kith’ra; Redlander

Kreo, Tanali: Village Team; mother of Indi (14) and Gannon (17); Redlander

Ku’peper: Aide to Princess Magenta; Redlander

Kwetzl: Qahn of MoGol [see North of Himal]

Ky’yz, Chando: spokesman for the Burrokans; Redlander

Laz’yr, Captain: Leader of the twenty troopers sent to The Estate; Redlander

Nadin: Ob’ronnee guard involved in rescue of Zhrebatans; Redlander [see North of Himal]

Nedson, Ned: loji-mate of Rogan; poor and tough; T1; Engineering student; Redlander

Ny’yt, Dann: see Boomer; Redlander

Old Ru’byn: Sela’yn village headman; father of Young Ru’byn; Redlander

Osid: Miners Captain, Turret; Redlander

Pa’artian: previous Ministry Assessor of The Triangle Mining Group to Rogan; Redlander

Paziim: groom on RoganRange from Lakeside village; Redlander

Pierr’o: head sakir to the BlueHaven Rogans; Palace-trained at The Edj; Redlander

Platty, Ryal: loji-mate of Rogan; son of Raul Platty; plump, soft and self-important; Economics student; Redlander

Platty, Raul: Palace catering administrator; father of Ryal Platty; Redlander

Porta’a, Sibelan: subversive leader among the woodcutters; wife of Toteem; Redlander

Porta’a, Toteem: husband of Sibelan; woodcarver; Redlander

Raeghal, Zo’yn: Alluf of Blue Haven and Cove district; Redlander

Raeghal, Tessera: wife of Alluf; Redlander

Rakkaby, Alban: Mining administrator at Turret; Redlander with some Ob’ronnee genes, which accounts for his unshaven look (Redlander men are usually beardless)

Rogan, Esthere: sharath level silversmith of BlueHaven; wife of Rendyl; Redlander

Rogan, Dermyd: businessman of The Edj; brother to Rendyl; husband of Pattiti; Redlander

Rogan, Pattiti: fashion house floor manager; wife of Dermyd; Redlander

Rogan, Rendyl: sharath level goldsmith of BlueHaven; husband of Esthere; Redlander

Rogan, Za’ab: ‘gold one’; only child of Esthere and Rendyl Rogan; known as ‘Rogan’ and as ‘DesertMan’; Redlander [also see Blue and North of Himal]

Roozgenn, Gaela: miner from Peat’s Wall who brought Za’im (h’ari cub) to Rogan; Redlander

Ronsy: Ob’ronnee guard involved in rescue of Zhrebatans [see North of Himal]

Sahar: Alluf to The Triangle; Redlander

Shor, Gradda: owner and host of The Blue Cat stimutha bar; Redlander

Shor, Rusty: grand-daughter of Gradda Shor; barista of The Blue Q’at stimutha bar, which she inherits on Gradda’s death; Redlander [see Blue]

Slayder: a Group Leader of AltaSupport Unit in The triangle; Redlander

Slay’yd, Benn: Arable Overseer for the estate at Lake of the Land; Redlander

Sziah: Estate accountant; Redlander

Takeesh: Quarry orphan, 9 anos; under Rogan’s protection; brown eyes; Redlander

Takkata, Kuhri: sharath level woodworker of BlueHaven; Redlander

Tahl’Qut: ancient word for ‘Redemption’

Tansing, Thom: sharath-level curator of Tlan’yn Library & Music Centre; on Village Team; Redlander

Tansing, Tili: daughter of Thom; runs Candy Store in Tlan’yn; Redlander

Tashiqa: Zhyr of The Zhrebat [see North of Himal]

Taymur: old sakir at GreatHouse, promoted to Cellarman and HouseRecords; Redlander

Teko, Tha’ya: fossicker and gem-setter; beautiful; marries Rogan; killed by aliens

Thanna, Jo’than: ‘king’ of Burroka; depraved man with sensual and drug addictions; Redlander

Thanna, Anga: sister to Bal’Rab of MoGol and wife of Jo’than; a witch adept at poison-craft; ‘queen’ of Burroka; MoGol

Thanna, Nimrobal: ‘prince’ of Burroka, son of Jo’than and Anga; cruel, depraved, purveyor of drugs and sexual crimes, opression, slavery and theft; Redlander

T’sholpan: Kazakh Shu’zhKeeper, specifically for Shu’zhAltira breed [see Blue]

Totson, Sturt: apprentice to Aide Ku’peper; Redlander [see Blue]

Valtiar, Daesh’yn: the young sakir who saved Rogan’s life in Burroka; Redlander

Yarrytz: Captain of the AltaSupport Unit in The Triangle; Redlander

Zai’z, Shelsi: Ob’ronnee student

Zay’qav: ancient word for ‘Remember’, as in ‘Never forget’

Zu’ar, Nath: Alluf for Lake of the Land; Redlander

Zu’ar, Ma’ef: musician; wife of Alluf; Redlander


Blue – the blue nation, served by Asha and Hunter (Daen)

BlueHaven – town on west coast of Redlands, where Rogan was born

Burroka – town in north Redlands at mouth of Jazh’pa River, under Thanna rule

Cove – port of BlueHaven

Kamfr’la – woodwork and weaving village in Blue

The Labyrinth – former site of an EndTime town, buried in a deep shaft to survive LastWar; when safe, inhabitants built The Edj nearby and transformed their refuge into a technological and manufacturing site; see Blue for greater detail

Lake of the Land – large lake shared by the three nations; The Estate takes up most of the Redlands side of the water

Ob’ronn – the golden nation, served by Daffeed (m Coryl of Redlands)

Ob’ronne – capital of Ob’ronn

Redlands – the red nation, served by Magenta (m Range d’Barqu’at)

RockWave – natural limestone formation in the western desert of Redlands; its wind-scoured western face looks like a huge white wave rising from the desert; approximately 2 kaes long and 9 mets high at its highest part

Ka’zhad Estate – formerly Estate of Lake of The Land; new name means ‘one purpose, one vision, oneness’; residents: Ka’zhadis

DeepWater – ithkachers village at The Estate

Ifto’s Spur – place where Ifto’s Spur Pact ratified; 7 kaes from Sela’yn on west side of TorRidge; northern plantation zone

Lakeside – southernmost village on The Estate; market gardens; Lakesiders

Mizh’ta – Kith’ra and Rogan’s hideaway in RathShaya

RathShay’a – new name for Brigand’sWood, the forest at the north end of Lake of The Land; means ‘forest of life’

RoganRange – Rogan’s ranch, part of The Estate; house is called RoganHall

RhohanKrag – the peak on RoganRange, south of TorRidge

Rua’shir Resort – the resort on The Estate; ‘wind song’ intimating wonder

Sela’yn – lit. ‘place of rugged stone’; name of quarry village on The Estate; Sela’ynis

Tlan’yn – lit. ‘place of tlans’; name of woodworkers’ new village on The Estate; Tlan’ynis

TorRidge – long ridge marking the western boundary of The Estate; it’s western slopes used for plantations


ady’m: groom’s attendants; first ady’m = ‘best man’

a’grav: lit. anti-gravity; refers directly to the crystals used for flyer engineering; also used in footwear, matresses and other items

airchair: floating chair that adjusts automatically to body shape and leg length to give the best possible comfort; float levels can be increased to aid, eg, floor cleaning, or turned off for stacking; very popular for mass seating, camping  and in restaurants as well as in homes; product of The Labyrinth

altbar: part of guidance system on small flyers for controlling altitude

alluf/fa: ElWay teacher/s and moral guide/s

altplaz: Urroan term for a pied-è-terre, a home-away-from-home, a permanent dwelling used for occasional or regular business or other needs

aly’mi: bride’s attendants; aly’m – singular

ambret: crystal gem, light amber-gold colour

amedic: veterinarian

Amm: intimate term for Mother; ‘Amma’ is a more affectionate term

avortic: counter-clockwise; see ‘vortic’

azult: smooth, fine-grained grey stone favoured by sculptors and masonry artists

bak-pak: commercial name for backpack, adopted into general use

Bay’rük hazhri: a blessing or invocation for happiness, taken from ElZefer

Biosferic transference: rare and largely unknown technology uniting engineering principles with natural elements; such construction is biologically fused to its creator and those chosen to live with it; Kith’ra used it to build Mizh’ta, the hideaway she shared with Rogan after their wedding

bodywax: a light, protective emolient used by desert dwellers in Redlands to prevent skin dehydration; it is usually sprayed on; tends to darken and give a glossy finish to skin

bond-bands: engagement rings, usually a matched pair

box-garden: lit. a garden in a box; usually a met-high rectangular box built for growing small tlans and other plants; used as a room divider or feature.

b-pin: small e-pin containing contact information; inserted into an e-pin port on any riscom or other comunit, it connects directly to the comsite of its subject

com: prefix/suffix for ‘communication’ devices; used colloquially in reference to same

comsat: orbiting geosynchrous satellite used for relaying vid and com connections; also used to record weather patterns, land use, traffic movement, etc

comset: desk device//computer

comspire: permanent, solid-form antenna for comsat (satellite) connection

comstation:  workstation comprising comset, holo-printer, satellite modem, etc

comtab: portable comset in a tablet; screen can be shrunk for portability and extended for display purposes

i-com: inboard communication system used for internal and external conversation

ne’com: comlink worn around the neck like a nekring ornament; has planetary range

riscom: small, powerful com-device worn on wrist or arm

sat com: satellite data communication

cha’a: devil; word is used as an expletive and is unacceptable in ElWay; originally T’cha’a follower from the non-physical world; all cha’as perished with T’cha’a and were replaced by T’chata’a-kind

chill: slang term for ‘cool’, used by tenos

crutch-bar: softly padded, slightly curved bar incorporating an a-grav unit and used to assist walking with injured/broken legs, etc; acts like a traditional crutch

crystal boma: a hollow boulder containing crystal formations, like amethyst or agate

Da: intimate term for ‘Father’

Diaseal: a diamond-hard, slightly flexible sealer for wooden floors; high polish; cleans with water only

DiscFlyer: aka DF; circular flyer with central propulsion section (domed) and surrounding ‘donut’ that spins either vortic or avortic; able to move very rapidly in any direction; can expand from Scout size to the size of a medium flyer; Rogan bought one for the Estate, called Freedom

di-wire: diamond-toothed steel ribbon used to cut stone

drappa: a loose sleeved robe, worn short over leggings or long as lounge-wear/women

dressakir: lit. ‘dress sakir’; one who fits formal/custom clothing, footwear, accessories

dromo, ∂: the common coin of exchange, currency symbol for dromo

feathertopper: quilt stuffed with feather-down

foletha: dense, waterproof fabric with a smooth surface used for coats and tunics

folyo: an electronic folio used for authority identification, permits, etc

gradda, gramma: familiar Redlander addresses for grandfather, grandmother

Hãlyà: Strong plea for acceptance used at the end of a prayer; lit. ‘let it so be’

holim: holographic images, usually found in books

holmir: a static mirror using holo technology; works by accepting an image (‘take’) absorbed over five shi’as or less, still or moving, and then replaying it back to the viewer; used by bodydressers, medics, masseurs, designers, etc

holo: free-standing hologram; small from riscom to full-size from comstation

hot-pod: small oven for heating or toasting food, drinks

ithkacher: one who profesionally harvests ithka, ikthu and ikthut

I’yee: expressive word denoting feeling through the way it is said

Jeema, Jeeda: affectionate Ob’ronnee terms for grandmother, grandfather

kae: 1000 mets

kafta: a sleeveless, loose over-garment made from open-felted silk or any light fibre, made in Blue and growing in popularity, particularly in Redlands (usually in stronger, brighter colours)

kakak: a poison derived from shellfish; induces disorientation and deep lethargy; potency increases until poison is completely purged, by drinking pure water

kamyl: drink made from leaf buds of kamyl bushes

k’awa: small canoe-like boat with paddles

keyline: electronic musical instrument using keys arranged in a line along a narrow board with adjuster knobs aligned behind them; popular band piece

kirium: glossy, non-conductive, transparent metal used for surfacing fragile electronic components, particularly in satellite technology; ensures material longevity

klips: slang for kaes-per-sha’a

klodi: milk products, esp. kloda (cheese)

koko: sweet black powder from Alkebulan kokotlan pods; used to make beverages and confectionary, or in baking

koto:  airy, light, strong-wearing fabric used for shirts, undergarments, etc; may be woven or knitted

krag; sharp rocky peak; mountain top

krem’la: reference to amalfa colouring, particularly of shu’zha; very pale colours, eg white,   light grey, cream

kylytron: themost precious plasto-metallic compound on Adamadas; used in microtechnology, particularly for energy transmission, L-beam delivery and 3D printing; later used for making flexible, everlasting cookware and containers; colour of new copper; emits orange glow in raw state

kyrt: a deep, 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 is not comparable to any part of the Earthly spectrum; can be diluted to light tones that seem 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

L-beam: solid light used for displaying images, also other uses such as glassless windows and FrostNets; L-beam generator is an ultra-violet silicia crystal

level: ‘floor’; Level1 (L1) is the ground floor, Level2 is the floor above that, and so on; underground levels are UL1 for the floor immediately below L1 and numbers increase with depth; at the Palace, UL1 has road access for deliveries and removals; mezzanine floors (above ground only) are ‘hanging levels’ with numbers relating to the floor immediately beneath, eg H1

loj: group of lojis, usually 4 or 6, for student dwellings, or workers at large sites

loji: individual dwelling in a loj, for 2 to 8 occupants, with shared livingroom, kitchenette and bathrooms but private bedrooms

lolol: any sort of unwrapped candy

mempin, m-pin; memory stick, used for storing small amounts of data

musil: a smooth, crease-resistant fabric usually woven in a heavy denier but remains very light in actual weight; similar to schech in Zhrebat but is made from the down of seed filaments of klemati vine flowers grown in Zrayl; the fabric is widely popular, being breathable and non-irritating even to injured skin

nekring: any neck-worn ornament, eg necklace, torque-band

pakpak: ‘fast food’ – pastries filled with ground meat, bl’kphar nuts, oyoa and spices

PAU:  Public Address Unit; a matchbox-sized voice amplifier that can be attached to cuff or collar, or placed into danger areas for voice capture, eg during rescue operations, etc

peretza: //OE wine; clear, gold, pink, red, deep purple or black alcoholic drink madfrom peretz fruit

pilotl: pilot’s licence, ranging from 1 (basic grade) to 7 (highest grade)

ponce: insulting term signifying softness and prettiness in a man

pozzati: a widely adopted La Luano word for cutlery/flatware/silverware (pertaining to knife, fork and spoon settings)

p’retzad: peretza-making plant containing vats, setting cellars, bottling plant, etc and run by a MasterP’retzar

putron: rare term meaning ‘abuser of children’; a worthless, repugnant person

Qataq: an ancient Mondan discipline in act-react training and stance analysis; grades are awarded as knotted head bands in various colours ranging from white through deep yellow, turquoise and purple to black; a red star (made of anodised xodon) pinned to the knot symbolises the best of the best. Although primarily studied for purposes relating to self-control in modern Adamadas, qataq was originally the premier martial art prior to the EndWar.

quahnal: an oily, pale gold, smooth-textured wood used for sculpture and flooring

rent-buy: an arrangement in which rental payment becomes time-payment without interest for house purchases; used with discretion of local authority

RES: reverse energy shield; aka ‘shields’; defense barrier used on flyers; allows outward firing while preventing any incoming strikes

roganite: tiny crystals of unparalleled clarity in two colours: an intense sea-blue pinpointed with aqua stars; discovered by Rogan inside boma boulders at The Marbles; valued gems; also used to enhance data storage; ‘marble glass’

saltrock: naturally occuring salt-infused sandstone; in the wilderness these outcrops are used as salt-licks by many amalfa, especially herbivores

satdata: freely available vid-records of flyer movements, weather patterns, land use, etc, gathered by comsats in geosynchronous orbits

satobs: satellite observation, usually used for mapping

scat: amalfa or anafa droppings

secshield: electronic security shield or barrier of magnan particles sprayed from a central hover-hose; will withstand fire, storms, floodwater, blaster/missile attacks and subterranean infiltration; can be exited but not entered unless a clearance code is used

Sha’aya!: a goodwill toast; also a blessing

sharath: skilled and notable worker in specialised fields; master artisan and trainer [equiv. sh’rath in Zhrebat – Book2]; also abbreviated to ‘sh’rath’; SharathExemplar is the highest designation

sharatha: official function of an individual sharath; his/her position as sharath

shech: fabric imported from The Zhrebat; woven from shwebber webs; lightweight, warm, strong and waterproof

shemur: glittering decorations applied as face ornaments; from himal

Sigh:  te’no slang for attractive member of opposite gender

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

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

slider: a step up from a staircase… an undulating sliding ramp that moves up or down according to a signal sent from the entry point (usually set along the bannister and able to be triggered at any point); it operates on a system of counterbalances and magnetism and requires no power input

spekto: teno slang for ‘spectacular’, ‘awesome’

stellyt: [stell-ite]; a strong, light, non-magnetic, corrosion resistant metal mined in Redlands; primarily used for scaffolding, ring-connectors, airchair frames

stinger: tiny drone used for crowd control or containment; senses hostile movement and deals out a beam of hardlight to offender/s, causing a painful stinging sensation; this can be ‘hardened’ to near-lethal impact

sun diamond: very bright diamond with a golden hue; rare; from southern Kebu in Alkebula

tahq: genetically inherited identification mark among the royal line of Blue; appears only on those in direct line of succession, which may be 2 people – as in the case of Asha and Daen (Hunter)

ta’kwaksi: cider-like alcholic drink, or ‘stihl’

te’no: teenager

thiklite: L-beam technology product: ‘thick light’ of the same sort used in Nuor’s suite at the Palace; air-window

Uhuru: a beautiful, delicate scent made from the bark of huru tlans, a spindly high desert species found only in Zanista

virid: brilliant, pure green mineral used for paint colourant; crystal forms are rare and treasured as jewels

vortic: ‘clockwise’; on Adamadas, as on Old Earth, atmospheric and water vortexes (vortices) circle clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anticlockwise (avortic) in the southern one; the terms ‘vortic’ and  ‘avortic’ are used to describe any circular movement or direction; in engineering terms, the initials V, L and A (with number of degrees from North) are used to designate vertical, lateral and angular positions

vortvind: Middiz term for small but intense whirlwind that occurs in desert regions

wa’dak: swimming suit; one-piece, backless tank-top with shorts; loose or fitted

whytgold: platinum

wik’yup: self-raising domed tent with insulated/padded floor

yucy: form of unarmed combat favoured in Gudole; a variant of kick-boxing

zabacrèm: dessert made of whipped and heated egg-yolks, honey and sweet fortified peretza; served hot or cold

Zad’za!: inoffensive Himal expletive, widely used in Adamadas; often shortened to Zad’z!”

Zay’qav: ancient word invoking complete forgiveness

Zhan: the palace of the Zhyr in Zhahar, Zhrebat; 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. L2 is also circular, with 4 lifts apart from the central one and a wide staircase; main ballroom and large dining hall, various lounges, meeting rooms and offices; L1 is the Cor, an open space for civic gatherings, public addresses, etc, has seating, 7 lifts going to L3 and L4 as well as the central one, many public facilities, etc.

Below LI is B1 for underground docking and support offices, connected by Zhan Road to outside; B2 holds supplies and facilities; B3 carries infrastructure terminals and offices

zultanite: semiprecious Redlands gemstone; gold, blue and red variteties


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

Anak’lan/s: largest tlan; smooth, silvery grey trunk with ‘waisted’ look and multiple sub-trunks, coniferous; cedar-like; bundles of small, primitive cone-shaped capsules contain large edible seeds; dense, deep blue-green foliage

araq: bush with dense foliage; red autumn leaves used to sweeten drinks like stimutha

bellyfruit: //pear; chrome yellow skin and flesh

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.

bl’kpahr/s:  massive tlans; twisting, intertwining branches; habitat tlan; plantation wood

BlueFronitlan: tall, evergreen tlan with weeping habit, very long, thin leaf branches; sim. to OE weeping willow but the trunk is black, smooth, straight and evenly branched; leaves are oval at the stem and pointed at the tip and are a smoky blue colour on the upper surface and ice-green underneath; native of Blue

chechi: //cherries; blue-black

chimi/s: //moss/es

chocho/s: vine bearing green-fruit used as a vegetable or as a desert when cooked in combination with other fruit; inedible when raw

clymera: vine; may be wild, decorative or grown for food as with chochos and totams

daishe/s: //daisies

dalifruit: bizarre-shaped segmented fruit with loose pink and orange skin; juicy, sweet yet tart

drop-fyrn: long-fronded fyrn with leaflets shaped like droplets of bright green water

feet’lan: a tropical tlan with twisted limbs, lush green foliage; pink fruit resembles fat, juicy feet

fithri: conifer; fragrant, soft, smoky-blue needles, white cones; of The Zhrebat

flambo/s: orchid-like flowers; the rubbery-leaved plants grow on host tlans or fallen logs; popular in Redlands

fronitlan: //ash but has longer, thinner branches with slight weeping habit

fruitlan/s: fruit tree/s

furleev: leafy, moss-like growth; variety of colours and types

fyrn: //fern

fyrnpohn: //tree-fern; many varieties

fyushy: frilly, vivid pink and/or purple flowers of a common garden shrub

kamfr: sweet smelling tlan; seeds used for insect repellent; smooth grey trunk favoured by wood-carvers; leaves run whole range of greens from dark (older) to very pale (new) on each tlan; dark blue wood

kamyl: bushy shrub; green leaf buds plucked, dried/roasted and brewed to make hot or cold beverage; from the Ob’ronn highlands

koolib: large ornamental tlan; fyrny foliage; yellow flowers, red seeds; blue wood

lanvern: //lavender

leel: //waterlily

lillim: silvery vine with soft, deeply serrated grey-white leaves and small, white trumpet-like flowers; light, sweet scent; a favourite wedding decoration

lymat/a: citrus-type fruit; sweet or sharp flavours; bright red skins and pink flesh

mahon: tall, straight species of tlan growing in tropical north Redlands (and Blue), much favoured in cabinetry and by carvers for its rich sienna colour and its multitudes of tiny golden ‘flares’

mozari: //rosemary

nanab: //banana

nilvar: //mountain beech

oyoa: sweet, juicy fruit with pale green flesh and vivid purple-blue skin

paxi: //flax, all colours, many striped or banded

pearl-dust plant: white leaves and aquamarine flowers have bristly but soft upright surface cells, creating a pearly ‘dust’ effect

peretz: fruit clymera; fruit grows in spikes or bundles; used as raw food, juice or is made into peretza and vinegar [sour peretza]; many varieties and colours — ice-green, gold, pink, red, deep purple and black

pinnifin: hardy, green desert grass with short blade growth; popular lawn grass in Redlands due to it staying green, even in summer, and never needing mowing; surprisingly soft, blades look like fine wire but are curled and hollow to hold moisture within; deep root system

plate-flower tlan: like a big-flora dogwood

plumma/s: sim. OE plum/s; turquoise green leaves, sweet gold, blue or purple fruit; white flowers

pohn/s: slender trunks with a head of swordlike leaves; many varieties and colours

polpar/s: //poplar/s

purple beard: lichen with trailing habit; grows on old tlans

quawa: fruit tasting like guava but smoothly textured like persimmon

quahnal: tall rainforest tlan harvested from plantations in Blue and Ka’zhad Estate; a popular wood for flooring, exposed beams and cabinetry; fine-grained, pale gold colour with    attractive ‘flares’; leaves are edible, large and black-green; bark is smooth purplish grey with medicinal value in pain relief

raqi-raqi: a hardy desert shrub with wrinkled grey bark from which is extracted a light, pleasing scent used in the making of fine perfume

rhodod tlans: sim appearance to OE rhododendron trees; blue-green and violet flowers

seleth: perennial with fragrant flowers and deep purple, ice-green backed, leaves; single or double petals; many colours; bush, standard and clymera varieties

seabright: coastal plant popular as potted plants; velvety, round, scalloped leaves and trailing stems; oval-petalled flowers in vivid pinks, scarlets and mauves as well as white; scent is lightly spicy; flowers are tasty and often used in salads

sedir: large, fragrant tlan with water-resistant dark red wood; oil used as preservative; small leaves, white flowers and berries, smooth purple bark; also a sprawling ground-cover variety

scrubweed: a woody weed that takes over grassland if uncontrolled; grows to 1½ mets; sticky bark attracts insects which are absorbed into the stems; foliage is dense, hairy and grey-green and irritates amalfa and anafa alike; very useful when dried and mulched as a soil improver

shufin: a nutritious, hardy grass suitable for shuz’ha

silvar/s: //silver beech

spikeflower: lush vine, long thorns, pink-purple flowers; seeds can be milled

stickywede: small purple and dark green plant with hairy ‘sticky’ leaves and cup-shaped yellow flowers filled with nectar; honey plant

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

tamar pohn: short, sturdy trunk; plumma-shaped dark, sweet fruit; fruit also used to make tamsk,             an alcoholic drink

ta’kwak: juicy, sweet fruit from tlan of same name; white, pink or pale gold flesh with edible seeds in core; edible bright red, purple or yellow skin; favourite ingredient for pies; also juiced or used to make alcoholic drink called ta’kwa

tebinth: large tlan with deeply frilled leaves, grown for shade and nuts

thizldown: seed-puff of mauve flower of a broadleaf plant grown for kadlur fodder

tlan/s: tree/s

totam/s: vine growing juicy red, purple, yellow or green fruit used raw or cooked, as a vegetable

uush tlans: // sheoaks; red bark; very long needles in blue, purple, green and black (used for weaving screens and baskets by BlueOnes)

vinberry: sweet, wild berry, purple when ripe, that grows on blue stalks in forest soil

wolpine: ancient tlan, large ‘spearhead’ needles; tall; resin/craft, technology; v. dark wood/carving; found only in Blue

wrata: evergreen, single-stalk, green + purple foliage; single, elaborate flower in red or yellow

yucali/s: eucalypt-like tlan; smooth multi-coloured trunk under strappy, peeling white bark; leathery leaves make useful antiseptic oil; wood used in paper manufacture and cabinetry; widespread

weedreed:   a coastal plant that chokes estuaries and is difficult to eradicate; spreads underground through extensive root systems that may be kaes long if not controlled; its redeeming quality is that, when healthy reeds are burnt off, the roots die and provide rich nourishment to soil, being particularly useful in altering the composition of salt into plant-friendly nutrients; the plant is, however, highly susceptible to disease and parasites which destroy this ability; the weed is a result of genetic experimentation before the EndWar

wylflowers: wild flowers on long, thin stalks without leaves that grow in sheltered places; pink, violet or white, the petals are slightly askew, not evenly set, and flat, not rounded, on the tips ­– prettily dishevelled

yellowball: a popular carbohydrate vegetable grown in Ob’ronn and exported to Redlands; slightly poisonous green and purple foliage with yellow-fleshed, ball-like tubers (the food element) growing from its fine, straggly roots.

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.

zynym: spindly yellow-barked tlan found in north Redlands; green-black strappy leaves used for weaving; loose, curling bark is aromatic (powdered for spice)


El’laesf: large, aloe-like arrangement, 3 met floating leaves of 3D ‘lace’, pearly silvery-white colour; bioluminescent @ night; first created being on Adamadas by its El’b’ith; flowers on full moon (Neos) which is once every hundred ano; the single, very large flower has long, clear, floating, iridescent stamens enclosed by seven luminous, pure white petals that curl back and are a long triangular shape; beautiful scent travels for many kaes before fading; bud generation happens more often than flowering and buds grow until self-sustaining before moving to new location (method of movement not understood)


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)

dinkleb: wild kleb, usually yellow or red

foshom: forest dweller with reputation for curiosity; nests in tlans but ranges through all canopies in forest; large dark eyes, thick green and deep smoky-blue fur, white undersides, paws and face, long furry tail banded in all three colours; feeds on seeds, nuts, fruit and enjoys raiding picnic baskets

ghona: large desert lizard with pale spots on red surface, dark underside, claws and feet; large black and yellow eyes; carnivorous, therefore it has 3 nares set horizontally across its nose; the 4 ‘ears’ appear as larger spots arranged in an X-pattern behind skull; tail is nearly twice as long as body and is used for balance, support and body-temperature control;

grauk: small scavenger-predator, brindled grey and brown//rats of Old Earth [OE]

grox:  a giant lizard-like predator with savage teeth and armoured skin; tail is festooned with sharp, bony, yellow needles that the grox uses as a weapon; mostly yellow, with black detail around individual armour cells; carnivore

hantha: panther-like; ice-blue eyes; deep blue fur, black shoulder stripe and tail-tip; bioluminescent white spots above eyes, on flanks

h’ari: large, omniverous, hantha-like creature that inhabits regions of north, central  and west Redlands (also found in Alkebula); exhibits predator nares but is omnivorous; ears form fan crest across back of skull; black with bioluminescent rump stripes; males have tawny, spiny crest (from forehead to rump) and long tail-tuft

ho’kleb: hunting kleb; dangerous when blood-trained or feral

hy’yelth: herbivore; prefers flowers, berries, leaves and fyrns to grass; single horn, green with white stripes on shoulder and rump; hy’yeltha: group, herd

intlop/i: long-necked herbivore with long tufted ears; tends to bound rather than run and can change direction mid-leap; hunted for its meat and pelt, which is a deep metallic blue with green rump stripes and shoulder spots; has a long tapering tail used for balance; forelegs much shorter than hind legs; 3 horned hooves on rear feet, hooves on front feet are claw-shaped

jhepe: small domestic herd amalfa; used for meat and fibre; many colours

kadlur/s: large domestic stock, dark and light colour mix; bred for meat, milk and fibre

rabah/n (s/pl): bull, 2 mets; habah/n (s): cow, 1.5 mets; agbah/n (s): calf

kleb/s: //dog/s; range from pets to working and hunting breeds, eg ho’klebs; many colours, sizes and shapes

leta’a: various small lizards; insectivors

nemar/a: domestic: cat-like; 30 cints @ shoulder + gold eyes, various colours and patterns; wild: 60 cints, green eyes, usually black or dark brown with green dappling on shoulders and flanks

q’at: nemar-like, 15 cints @ shoulder, fluffy white with rounded blue or violet eyes

Rua’sha: Takeesh’s Shu’zhAltira; ‘wind-spirit’

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’zhfosta – colt; shu’zhfoma – filly

Shu’zhAltira are a riding breed, tall (17 hands), enormous stamina, metallic hair — gold, red, black and kremyla; Shu’zhArbs are smaller(15 hands) and also exhibit great powers of endurance, are used for trail-riding and stock work. Mahl’qut (majestic); tall (17 hands+) have the metallic bloom of the Altira (black, kremyla, copper, bronze and dappled), the arched neck and floating step of the Arb, great strength and dramatic mane, tail and fetlock hair — both attributes from an ancient Urroan breed – Rogan’s breed. There are many other breeds of shu’zh, some useful for light carriage or coach-team work as well as for riding

shuz’mu: pack-shuzh, also used for cartage 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


at’lef/a: //Old Earth bats; small insectivores; grey or brown with black eyes and small, neat, round ears set 2 on each side of neck behind skull; very short tail

b’jiji/s: smallest group of the curved-beak seed eaters; favour grassland habitats; soft full-spectrum colours;  form very large flocks in the wild

blanda: large at’lef found in desert regions; dark, leathery skin with webbed wings and three-clawed feet; colourful, blotchy stripes over wings and back; no tail; four antennacles instead of ears positioned in a ventral row behind skull; large eyes for night vision; they are insectivores and fruit-eaters

baz’d: large predator/scavenger anafa found in all non-forested wilderness areas throughout the Land; orange skin head and neck, orange legs, long neck, brown feathers with white speckling on back, long black tail feathers (much prized by crafters); excellent flyer; stands 1 met tall to base of neck

dwomdwom/s: Large flamboyant anafa, sim. // OE peacocks but more colourful; also an irridescent black variety and a pearly white variety

f’yota: rare ithkaching amalfa; found mostly in Blue and very rarely in RathShay’a; attractive, soft grey-blue and cream bands on a long tail blurring into deeper tones on the rump-flare, with grey and white mottles over the body; ears are dark with pale edging; charcoal mask surrounds dark, bright eyes;  belly and legs are near-white; sturdy limbs, strong toes with long claws and short webs; highly inquisitive nature, easily trained; slightly larger than a house nemar

kanafa: (s + pl) domestic anafa kept for eggs, meat, feathers; vibrant colours

kotu/s: largest of the seed/nut eaters, often brightly coloured; found along coastal areas where food is most plentiful; strong curved beak, paired ear patches behind each eye, three nares above beak; long distance foragers

panna/s: medium sized curved-beak seed eaters (will also eat fruit) that include many varieties; brightly coloured; widespread habitats

rhohan/i: large predator, usually gold and brown with black talons and beak; eyes are gold; males feature red signature feathers in wing-tips; native to The Land

rho’hyr/s: large white predator, slightly smaller than rhohan, blue eyes and claws; Kh’ynan’s emblem; native to Himal and The Zhrebat

u’ut: night anafa; indigo and pale brown with 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

winterbell: rare songbird of high, mountainous regions of Blue that heralds winter when it migrates to Lake of the Land in late autumn, and spring, when it leaves; silvery-green feathers with darker primaries and tail feathers, black             eyes, beak and legs; females have 3 white-tipped green spike-feathers for a crest and males have full white crests; song is beautiful, bell-like with 5 notes repeated in intricate sound-patterns

Ithkatha [Water Creatures]

ithka: edible freshwater fish (similar to  trout, bass, salmon)

ithkat: small freshwater fish (similar to  minnows, etc)

ikthu: medium to large, edible saltwater fish

ikthut: small, edible saltwater fish

uktha: inedible freshwater fish (similar to catfish, eels)

uthka: inedible ocean fish (similar to barracuda, shark, sea snake)

uthsha: shellfish (inedible), both fresh- and salt-water

kwyl: flat ikthu (similar to flounder) that feeds on estuary-bed vegetation

mundyi: large ithka from rivers of northern Redlands

varansa: exo-skeletal aquatic scavengers (inedible), similar to crabs, prawns, lobsters

volo: ithka // trout

warwans: soft-bodied ocean amalfa similar to  squid, octopus, sea slugs, anemones (inedible)

sulluk: common ikthut netted in estuaries


rainbow beelt/s:  large iridescent, multihued beetle-type insect; poisonous to anafa and most amalfa;             redigests manure and decaying life forms, including vegetation, turning it into compost

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

m’quiza: sap-sucking insect with a continuous, sharp whine when flying


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