Archive for the ‘glossary’ Tag

Endless Blue – Glossary   Leave a comment

Lexicology

Glossary

There are numerous concepts in the Endless Blue setting that do not have normal sounding names.  Some names come from inside the setting (the name of the world Elqua for example), while others utilize phonemes that may be a bit unfamiliar to English speaking readers.  Collected here are some of those “difficult to grasp quickly” concepts that are employed as means and motivation in the setting.

acari noun – 1. a plant that produces a fruit noted for its acidic properties, used in the denaturing of food.

Administrative Trinity noun – 1. the highest ranked council in the Church of Merrshaulk.

aegis noun – 1. a shield

aerostat noun – 1. a form of phytoplankton/rhodoarchaea that floats in the Vastness due to internal gasses like methane and uses a tiny, flexible chamber for propulsion.

ajna noun – 1. one of the eight nadis in chakra medicine.  The Third Eye chakra, it is represented by tanzanite and located in the brow.

anah noun – 1. one of the eight nadis in chakra medicine.  The Heart chakra, it is represented by emerald and located in the chest.

anatomist noun – 1. one who learns about the piscean body through dissection, a taboo practice in the Known World.

animus vitae noun – 1. the force of life.
2. the animating energy that makes matter move.

argei noun – 1. the intermediate denomination of lucrum. (pl. argeium)

Assembly of Cosigners noun – 1. the lowest ranked council in the Church of Merrshaulk, whose main purpose is to oversee the activities of all Sidars and Tyros.

aurei noun – 1. the highest denomination of lucrum. (pl. aureium)

Auxesis noun – 1. the first week of an Elquan month.

Avarita of the Greed noun – 1. the Idolatrastic form of Merrshaulk.

ayurveda noun – 1. the medicinal belief that health is achieved through the balance of bodily humours.

bloodtrace noun – 1. a form of currentsense that can sense even the tiniest traces of blood in the water and follow it to its source.

bluelight noun – 1. a source of light that uses bioluminescent amoebae.

Bubble Below noun – 1. a massive, empty cavern below the Undertow that prevents those trapped in the catacombs underneath from escaping the whirlpool.

Charybdis noun – 1. a floating island that slowly crosses the oceans of Elqua.

chakra noun – 1. the medicinal belief that health is achieved by the harmonious vibrations in the eight body locations called nadis.

chirurgery noun – 1. a medicinal belief that concentrates on cutting away infections and injury.

coiltech noun – 1. technology of the Lumulus that utilizes spiraled metal rod to store kinetic energy.

College of Doctors noun – 1. an organization where anatomists can practice what they have learned about the piscean body, with the intention of healing and saving lives.

Core noun – 1. the area of the Known World occupied by the Crèche of Civilization and the Maw of the Kraken.

Cosigner noun – 1. a member of the Merrshaulkite Assembly of Cosigners.

Crèche of Civilization noun – 1. the area of the Eastern hemisphere where civilization is believed to have been born.

Crisis noun – 1. the third week of the Elquan month.

crown noun – 1. the highest denomination of coinage used by the Mer for inter-current (read, “inter-tribe”) trade.

Culinist noun – 1. a profession notable for the denaturing and storage of food.

cuprei noun – 1. the lowest denomination of lucrum. (pl. cupreium)

current noun – 1. any aggregate of pisceans united by ties of descent from a common ancestor, community of customs and traditions, adherence to the same leaders, etc., equivalent to “tribe”.

currentsense noun – 1. the ability to sense the surroundings by the movement and/or trace elements in the water.

Cyesis noun – 1. the second week of the Elquan month.

dearthsteel noun – 1. a metal produced by the Lumulus that possesses the ability to be enchanted with xanthellaette magic.

delphiz noun – 1. a domesticated species of dolphin with neotoninous features.

denatured adj – 1. the state of being chemically broken down to achieve the same result than as if they were cooked.

dirhem noun – 1. the unit of currency used by the Orcan government.

dram noun – 1. the lower end coinage used by the Chelon.

Eadro noun – 1. the Pantheonic god of envy.

Eadro’s Ardent noun – 1. Worshipers of the Pantheonic god, Eadro.

echolocation noun – 1. a type of senses that uses reflected sound to comprehend the surroundings.

Elder Brokers noun – 1. one of three members of the top-most council of the Church of Merrshaulk, called the Administrative Trinity.

elqua noun – 1. the Aquelan word for “water”.

essence noun – 1. the medicinal belief that healing can be willed into existence through the body’s vitae.

Elqua noun – 1. the world of the Endless Blue campaign setting, equivalent to “Earth”.

Endless Blue noun – 1. the usually temporary loss of orientation caused by the featureless expanse of deep waters, equivalent to “snow blindness”.

Everglow noun – 1. the ceremonial light source of the Free Olypiad (read, “eternal flame”).

Fluid Nations noun – The eight nations of Elqua, namely the Cetacean Ocean, the Chelon Sea, the Lumulan Basin, the Bay of Kouton, the Gulf of Locanth, the Sahaguin Lagoons, the Yaun-Teel Bights, and the Mer Currents.

frothlight noun – 1. a source of light that requires periodic jostling of chemical to produce a fluorescent reaction.

gelding noun – 1. the intermediate range of coinage used by the Chelon.

Gnosis noun – 1. the fourth/last week of the Elquan month.

Godless noun – 1. the philosophical movement that disbelieves in the divinity of gods.

hoarder bandit noun – 1. an outlaw that preys on those in a weaker position than themselves, using their superior ability as justification for the robbery.

Hinterseas noun – 1. the portion of the Fluid Nations populated by the primitive races, namely the Gulf of Locanth, the Bay of Kouton, the Sahaguin Lagoons, and the Yaun-Teel Bights.

homeopathy noun – 1. the medical belief that “like cures like”, utilizing diluted tinctures to cure illnesses.

homesea noun – 1. one’s native waters, equivalent of “homeland”.

Icht noun – 1. a species of prehistoric sapient pisceans that mysteriously disappeared prior to the rise of the Cetacean Hordes.

Icht Dominion noun – 1. the area populated by the extinct Icht civilization.

Icthara noun – 1. the Pantheonic goddess of gluttony.

Ictharan noun – 1. a worshiper of Icthara.
adj 1. of or pertaining to the worship Icthara.

idolatrastic adj – 1. of or pertaining to the religion of Idolatry, as opposed to the act of idolatry.

Idolatry noun – 1. the reformed worship of the Pantheon under the Yaun-Tish tenets of Principle of Service.

indigo noun – 1. a thick, oily liquid rumored to be spreading out along the outer fringes of the Known World.

Invidia of the Envy noun – 1. the Idolatrastic form of Eadro, god of envy.

kapha noun – 1. one of the bodily humours in ayurvedic medicine, related to phlegm.

kelaguen noun – 1. a yeast like extract used by Culinists to embue their denatured fruit with magical effects.

kelpygmy noun – 1. a species of ambulatory plant that posses a shape reminiscent of the piscean form. (pl. kelpygmies)

Known World noun – 1. the explored area of Elqua east of the Spine of the World, containing the Hinterseas, the Periphery, and the Core.

kraken noun – 1. a monstrous race of now extinct ancient squid that once led an empire that occupied the Known World.

Kraken Occupation noun – 1. the period of time when the Kraken race invaded and conquered the Fluid Nations.
2. the event that caused the renaming of the Verdant Epoch into the Verdigris Epoch.

langeneli noun – 1. a tartan-like weave of strips and knots used to denote debt in the Locanth culture.

lucrum noun – 1. a form of currency used by the Mer for international trade.

lumulated metal noun – 1. a special process of the Lumulus that makes metal resistant to corrosion from being submerged in water.

mani noun – 1. one of the eight nadis in chakra medicine.  The Plexus chakra, it is represented by topaz and located in the stomach.

Maw noun – 1. a massive crater that forms a ring of islands, where the Kraken began their Occupation of the Known World.  Also known as the Maw of the Kraken.

Merrshaulk noun – 1. the Pantheonic god of greed.

merrshaulkite noun – 1. a worshiper of Merrshaulk
adj – 1. of or pertaining to the dogma of Merrshaulk

mula noun – 1. one of the eight nadis in chakra medicine.  The Root chakra, it is represented by ruby and located in the pelvis.

nadis noun – 1. one of eight locations that run down the center of the body that chakra practitioners believe need to be in harmony for good health.

naturopathy noun – 1. the medical belief that illness can be cured through herbs and plants.

nautilus noun – 1. armor and/or helmet.

No Mer’s Seas noun – 1. the territory between Fluid Nations that have been declared off limits to habitation or predation, usually the shallowest waters near land where abominations are common.

noble noun – 1. the lowest denomination of coinage used by the Mer for inter-current (read, “inter-tribe”) trade.
2. the highest rank in the Church of Merrshaulk.

Noble Collector noun – 1. honorific for the Elder Brother of the Church of Merrshaulk responsible for the Church’s income.

Noble Debtor noun – 1. honorific for the Elder Brother of the Church of Merrshaulk responsible for the Church’s obligations.

Noble Lender noun – 1. honorific for the Elder Brother of the Church of Merrshaulk responsible for the Church’s financial risk.

Oberus noun – 1. the pale, outer most moon of Elqua.

pa’Anga’tha noun – 1. the lowest denomination of currency used by the Lumulus.

Packbreeder noun – 1. a profession notable for the raising and training of animals.

paragon cynosure noun – 1. the Ressurectionist goal of bringing an extinct species back to viability.

Periphery noun – 1. The portion of the Fluid Nations populated by the civilized races, namely the Cetacean Ocean, the Chelon Sea, the Lumulus Basin, and the Mer Currents.

pigmit noun – 1. the language of the kelpygmies.

piscean adj – 1. any individual of the species sapien, equivalent of the term “human”.

piscean form noun – 1. the intellectual concept of the “mermaid” morphology, possessing the torso of a humanoid and the tail of an aquatic creature.

pitta noun – 1. one of the bodily humours in ayurvedic medicine, related to bile.

piscean form noun – 1. the “mermaid” shape, with the torso of a humanoid and the tail of a fish.

preycatcher noun – 1. a form of polearm with a wide set of jaws at the end, used to catch and subdue creatures instead of killing them.

Prime Meridian noun – 1. line of latitude that crosses over the deepest point in Elqua’s water, in the Cetacean Ocean.  It delineates the Western and Eastern hemispheres.

Principles of Service noun – 1. the formalized philosophical belief predicated on the concept that everyone serves someone else, forming the basis of Yaun-Teel culture.

Protean monks noun – 1. reclusive Eadro’s Ardent that posses the ability to change their appearance into other piscean races.

Pull noun – 1. decompression sickness, where diffused gasses from the depth pressure form in the bloodstream.

qigong noun – 1. the medicinal belief that physical stimulation like acupressure or acupuncture can heal illness.

rand noun – 1. the highest range of coinage used by the Chelon.

Resurrectionist noun – 1. a philosophical movement that seeks to understand the piscean body through medical and scientific research.  See, anatomist.

rhodoarchaea noun – 1. a form of phytoplankton that uses retinal instead of chlorophyll to transform sunlight into food through photosynthesis.

ricelqua noun – 1. a grain-like plant known for it’s unique chemical properties.

Saragasso Ring noun – 1. the greenish shadow cast by Elqua’s planetary ring, the Sargasso.

Sargasso noun – 1. the green planetary ring of Elqua, located between Urowes and Ymaris.  It’s full name is “Sargasso in the Sky”.

sashra noun – 1. one of the eight nadis in chakra medicine.  The Crown chakra, it is represented by amethyst and located on the top of the head.

scientific medicine noun – 1. the medicinal belief that treatments require evidence of their efficacy.

shagreen noun – 1. textile made from shark skin.

Shelf noun – 1. the waters starting below the Shoals and extending to the bottom of the ocean, where nearly all light waves are absorbed by the surrounding water.

Shoals noun – 1. the deeper waters where red, orange, and yellow wavelengths of light are absorbed by the surround water.  It is bordered by the Shore and the Shelf.

Shore noun – 1. the shallow waters near the shore, typified by little to no absorption of light wavelengths, and before the Shoals.

Sidar noun – 1. honorific form of address for vetted clergy of Merrshaulk.

Signatory noun – 1. honorific form of address for a member of the Merrshaulkite Signatory Council.

Signatory Council noun – 1. the intermediate ranked council in the Church of Merrshaulk, whose main purpose is to oversee the long-term goals of the Church.

sovereign noun – 1. the intermediate denomination of coinage used by the Mer for inter-current (read, “inter-tribe”) trade.

Spine of the World noun – 1. a chain of mountains that circles the globe, splitting the planet in half and preventing exploration of the western hemisphere.

spur noun – 1. large, immobile slabs of nearly transparent crystal randomly found in the wild of the oceans.

swadi noun – 1. one of the eight nadis in chakra medicine.  The Sacral chakra, it is represented by amber and located in the coccyx.

tlo’Onga’tha noun – 1. the intermediate denomination of currency used by the Lumulus.

talent noun – 1. similarly cut gemstone used by the Kouton as currency.

torc noun – 1. the locked collar used by the Yaun-Teel to denote slaves.

tracescent noun – 1. a form of currentsense that can detect trace elements in the water beside blood, such as bodily waste or food remnants.

Tropic of Cetacean noun – 1. the imaginary circle around the globe at 64° λ, the northern-most point where the sun is still directly overhead at noon.  Counterpart to the Tropic of Kraken.

Tropic of Kraken noun – 1. the imaginary circle around the globe at 64° λ, the southern-most point where the sun is still directly overhead at noon.  Counterpart to the Tropic of Cetacean.

trove noun – 1. a church building dedicated to the worship of Merrshaulk.

Tyro noun – 1. honorific form of address for unvetted clergy of Merrshaulk.

tze’Enga’tha noun – 1. the highest denomination of currency used by the Lumulus.

ultravision noun – 1. vision in the ultraviolet wavelength range, sometimes requiring a source of localized ultraviolet light to work.

unguis noun – 1. a weapon

Undertow noun – 1. a submerged whirlpool in the Chelon Sea.

Urowes noun – 1. the dark, inner most moon of Elqua.  It orbits Elqua in the opposite direction of the other two moons.

Vastness noun – 1. the land and sky above the surface of the water.

vata noun – 1. one of the bodily humours in ayurvedic medicine, related to gas.

vishu noun – 1. one of the eight nadis in chakra medicine.  The Throat chakra, it is represented by sapphire and located in the neck.

vitae noun – 1. the force that differentiates inanimate matter from living things.
2. the soul.

Verdigris Epoch noun – 1. the later part of the Verdant Epoch, characterized by the rise of the Kraken Empire and their occupation of the Fluid Nations.

Verse noun – 1. the words used to create Elqua
2. the language used in the creation of the universe.

xanthellae noun – 1. the coral shaping magic of the Chelon that taps into ley lines for its power.
2. coral shaped through the magic of the Chelon.

Xanthellaette noun – 1. a Chelon capable of taping into ley lines and casting coral shaping magic.

Ymaris noun – 1. the reddish, second moon of Elqua.

%d bloggers like this: