Dictionary

A collection of Pangaean words, phrases and concepts.

Ada Means “father” in Kayalana. Adada (ada-ada) is paternal grandfather, Anada (ana-ada) maternal grandfather.

Akaua Goddess of water. She reigns the rivers, lakes and capricious seas, and all life therein.

Aku Means “brother” in Kayalana. Anaku/Adaku (ana-aku/ada-aku) means maternal or paternal uncle. Akuza/Akuji (aku-za/aku-ji) is fraternal niece and nephew respectively.

Ana Means “mother” in Kayalana. Anana (ana-ana) is maternal grandmother, Adana (ada-ana) paternal grandmother.

Arani The golden-skinned people living east of the mountain range.

At-ni Cal Capital of Sirn.

Bahari The reclusive Ititshi empire to the south, made up of both mainland and many thousands of islands, traditionally ruled by empresses. The southern passage through the mountains lies here.

Carryn-yehl The northernmost of the known Arani lands. This is where the northern passages through the mountains lie.

Celestial Zodiac The spiritual guides and guardians assigned every member of the royal family of Kayalana, chosen according to their time of birth.

Chima The foremost of the five goddesses, who holds dominion over life and death, time, and judgment. Often used as an expletive or prayer, asking for mercy.

Chima-healer A priest or priestess of Chima who draws ethereal power from their goddess herself, and who can occasionally work outright miracles. If the fates so wish, and the price is met.

Dock-rat Slur for a person living in the Floating City of Machra-la.

Emeja The goddess of skies and weather, as well as thought, science, language and poetry.

First Servant A trusted personal servant and representative of a royal person in Kayalana. Near equal in status to their master or mistress, with the mandate to act and speak in their name, unless explicitly limited in their role.

Floating City The slums outside the walls of Machra-la, consisting of rafts moored together in the protected lagoon beneath the city.

Hall of Kings The sacred gallery beyond the throne room of the Kayalana royal palace, that houses depictions and statues of all Kayalana rulers since the beginning of time.

Hope The city built in the valley halfway between Kayalana and Carryn-yehl, hub of the trade and international relations between the peoples and nations.

Ina Means “sister” in Kayalana. Anina/Adina (ana-ina/ada-ina) means maternal or paternal aunt. Inaza/Inaji (ina-za/ina-ji) is sororal niece and nephew respectively.

Ititshi The white-skinned, dark-haired people living west of the mountain range.

Jan/Jal (m/f) A Sirn term used in name-construction, meaning “male/female descendant of”, referring back to the most distinguished ancestor of a person’s family. Hereditary only by blood, not marriage.

Ji Means “son” in Kayalana. Priests are referred to as sons of their respective goddesses; Chimaji, Mishraji, Z’entaji, Akauaji, Emejaji.

Jishith A Ku’Ombian slur for (male) people not conforming to strict gender roles. Often used about the Machralese.

Karakal/Karakali (singular/plural) The warrior caste/army of Kayalana. According to time-honoured tradition sworn to serve the king or queen, but at times declaring their loyalty to the kingdom itself, not the person wearing the crown.

Kayalana The northernmost of the Ititshi kingdoms. An ancient nation, deeply ingrained in sacred tradition, and dedication to absolute honour. This is where the northern passages through the mountains lie.

Kherann. Capital of Carryn-yehl.

Kiara A fruitbat-like creature with colourful wings, once common in the Western lands. Clever, social and easily trained they were often used to carry messages over long distances. During the civil war this made them brutally targeted by both sides, and they are now very rare.

Ku’Naq Capital of Ku’Ombos

Ku’Ombos The Arani jungle kingdom south of Sirn, where the worship of the Sun still remains alongside the religion of the five goddesses.

Machra-la A small island city-state west of the mainland Ititshi kingdoms, known for fine craft, trade, riches and absolute debauchery.

Mahéau/Mahéaya/Mahé (m/f/neutral plural) A Machralese gender-caste, also knows as “the refined”. The gender-castes are all to do with presentation, and are unrelated to physical gender traits. Mahe wear fine clothes, much jewelry and make-up, are expected to be beautiful and sweet, eloquent performers.

Meléa The smaller of Pangaea’s two moons. Jade green in colour.

Mishra The goddess who rules over green growing things, animals and plants and the life-giving earth itself.

Mishra-healer A hands-on, down to earth healer trained in midwifery, medicine and physical aspects of healing.

Na- A diminutive prefix used in the Ititshi kingdoms, meaning “dear, sweet, beloved”.

Ngali The lands east of Carryn-yehl and Sirn.

Niphrith A nefarious Machralese poison.

Raku/Raki/Rakoi (m/f/neutral plural) A Machralese gender-caste, also knows as “the coarse/unpolished”. The gender-castes are all to do with presentation, and are unrelated to physical gender traits. The rakoi are down to earth, wear little or no ornamentation and are expected to be assertive, tough and straightforward.

Reed People The people who live on and alongside the banks of the river that marks the border between Kayalana and Bahari. Unrelated to either culture, they keep to themselves as much as they’re allowed to, though they occasionally assist smugglers and slavers in crossing the mountains.

The Roh A powerful but elusive forest-spirit of Carryn-yehl.

Sati Honorific meaning “lord” in the Ititshi lands.

Sati-rehu Honorific meaning “royal lord” ie prince in the Ititshi lands.

Sati-rama/Sati-rava Honorific meaning “most exalted lord” ie king in Kayalana and Bahari, and Machra-la respectively.

Saya Honorific meaning “lady” in the Ititshi lands.

Saya-rehu Honorific meaning “royal lady” ie princess in the Ititshi lands.

Saya-rama/Saya-rava Honorific meaning “most exalted lady” ie queen in Kayalana and Bahari, and Machra-la respectively.

Shantu/Shanti/Shantoi-lima (m/f/neutral plural) The highest leaders of the Karakali warrior caste in Kayalana.

Shirae A bioluminescent algae that lights up when heated to just the right temperature. Water-filled baubles filled with shirae, heated with coals or candles, are used for light in the Ititshi nations. So far no-one has managed to transport it across the mountains without it rotting.

Sirn The Arani desert kingdom between Carryn-yehl and Ku’Ombos.

Sjali Fine drapes of cloth worn in Machra-la and parts of Bahari. Ranging from simple to exquisite, they are often given as gifts, and denote wealth and social status.

Stiryx Large horned monsters created by the Warlock to slaughter and cast out the people of Carryn-yehl.

Yalar The larger of Pangaea’s two moons. Greyish purple in colour.

Ylvain A breed of sleek wild canines that inhabit the northern parts of the mountain range that divides the world. Highly intelligent, but wary enough to mostly avoid human habitation.

Za Means “daughter” in Kayalana. Priestesses are referred to as daughters of their respective goddesses; Chimaza, Mishraza, Z’entaza, Akauaza, Emejaza.

Z’enta The fierce and merciless goddess of fire, heat, drought and war. Often used as an expletive.

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