You are a superfan of Leoshine. You want to know the meaning behind the character names, the Myxolidianisms and Aeolian vocabulary. You want to impress your friends with smooth pronunciation of the Aeolian Alphabet .Here is your dictionary, your fast track to understanding the world under the Dome!
ao Kenan Iliana’s Guide to Myxolidia (aka Glossary)
In the far distant future, those who read of ao Kevath Avram’s initiative on Myxolidia, as well as those who visit this important project in the High King’s dominion, may wish to know the meaning of some terms and place names familiar on that project.
Here I, ao Kenan Iliana, mother of Avram, son of Avram, offer a humble assortment of definitions and pronunciations to you, noble progeny and reader.
Leoshine – The fifth child of Curstas, mayor and last leader of Myxolidia. Kept in artificial youth. Slave of the Invading Aeolian leader, Avram.
Avram – Also known as ao Kevath. Overlord of Myxolidia. Leader of the mission to regenerate the atmosphere of Myxolidia and revive civilisation under the Dome.
Resham – Valet to Avram. Also chief advisor of all things Myxolidian, bodyguard, priest, and physician. Kidnapped from Myxolidia as a child. Freely morphs between Myxolidian and Aeolian.
Ao Kevad – High King of Aeolia and Myxolidia. Instigator of the rescue mission.
Curtstas – Leoshine’s father, mayor of the only town under the Myxolidian Dome.
Mother – Leoshine’s mother, keeper of traditions and superstitions.
Iliana – Avram’s mother. Priestess, physician, and teacher. Daughter of the Overlord of Aeolia.
Georg – Leoshine’s oldest brother. Trained to lead. Brave, trustworthy, and dead.
Giffshine – Leoshine’s oldest sister. Deranged by several failed Rites of Womanhood. She did not conceive a live child. Leader and rival of Wol. Tall, agile, strong.
Hillashine – Leoshine’s middle sister. Recently initiated through the Rite of Womanhood, she is pregnant at the beginning of the series. Short, dumpy, ornery.
Wol – Leoshine’s nearest sibling in age. Rebellion against Father transfers to Avram. Leader of the Woltreaders. Intelligent, arrogant, favourite of Mother.
Gavin – Avram’s city general. Giant and strong. Gentle and observant. He has a wife, Heien, who is Iliana’s neice, and five children. They arrive with Iliana.
Uly – Avram’s general. Spokesman for the generals. He had a wife that died early in their marriage.
Dorim – Avram’s general. Brother of Kirim. They were given to Iliana’s orphanages on Aeolia.
Kirim – Avram’s general. All the generals grew up with Avram, schooled together, trained as soldiers together. Loves swimming and boating.
Lantro – Avram’s general. Quick with the sword.
Alan – Avram’s general. Tall and hawk-like. Most cynical and prejudiced of the generals.
Zolous – Gavin’s second in command.
Elego – Oxikobh wifeholder. Manages a compound full of other wifeholders and children while their men fight with Wol.
Shua – Oxikobh youth, Woltreader healed by Leoshine. Servant of the Tassanara. One-armed son of Elego.
Yebit – Younger brother of Shua. Quieter and more suspicious than Shua.
Paulos – Avram’s stallion. Imprinted on Avram and trained for war.
Gorphiline – Leoshine’s servant before Avram arrives.
Byetoh – Giffshine’s failed Initiation partner.
Ankong – Hillashine’s successful Initiation partner. Woltreader.
Teshaddar – Tĕ-shĕ-ddahr An electronic shield that secures Leoshine into her saddle.
Obenici – Ō-bĕn-ēssē Oracle
Tassanara Tă-ssă-nă-ră Princess
Tobera TŌ-bear-ă Diminutive Slave
Snoriginund Snor-ĭ-ghĭ-nund Sleepy Head
Norfinoof Nor-fĭn-oof Ninny
Torpvehr Torp-fair Beauty
Flora and Fauna
Pulimeit Pŭl-ĭ-mēt Plant Species
Planetine the perfect chunk of rock for building generated atmospheres
Chackwood Chăck-wude Coeval Cō-ēvaal a stream
Barskatrafing Squallywalker Oxikobh Ŏx-ĭ-cŏb Savages in the Myxolidian Forest
Cooking and Food
Eqipgn Oil Ĕkwĭ-pĭdgeon Oil Cooking Oil
Legend and Myth
Alsabal ăl-să-băl The Creators
Aeok’n Ā-ō-kĭn The Dome
Eaogk/Eogk’n Ē-ăō-gk-(n) (gutteral sound in the back of the throat) Evil infection of Aeok’n
Trickixim Trĭck-ē-ĭck-sēm Ministers to Aeok’n, original scientists who set up the Dome.
Bethspall Bĕth-spaal The first Trickixim of legend.
Grenlor Grĕn-lor The second Trickixim of legend.
Units of Measurement
Rihg Reeg Paces
Lort Lort Kilometers
Titles of address
ao Kevath – my lord
ao Kenan – my lady
Rellogat – more like a servant than a slave. A trusted member of the household who does menial work in exchange for food and shelter.
Concepts and Rituals and Protocols
Mercy Plea: When one Myxolidian wrongs another, they pay with their life, unless, they call “Mercy.” At that point they become a Rachnorgat – the lowest form of slave. They are kept in animal-like conditions, fed minimally. But at least they are alive. The wronged party becomes the Rachnorgain, or ‘master.’
Rite of Womanhood Initiation for girls into childbearing. Her parents choose a man for her. She must fall pregnant during the ritual. After that, she must give birth to a live child before she is allowed to join her man as a primary wife. If she fails to give birth to a live child, she either stays with her parents, or becomes a secondary wife to any man who will support her. He must protect and feed her. In return she gives him sexual rites without fear of feeding children.
Note: From her place of privilege, Leoshine’s oldest sister, Giffshine was given several “Initiations” before her father returned from Aeolia and stopped the practice.
Sequeacght: The drowning of a sacrifice in blood.
This Glossary and Guide is dedicated to a wonderful young woman named Emily, who has contributed a powerful amount of information and advice to Leoshine’s creation. Thank you Emily!