"Where's Binabik?" he asked. "I want to speak to him. I had the strangest dream... the strangest dream..."
Before Jiriki could speak, Haestan poked his head in through the cave mouth. "Th'king doesna want t'talk," he said, then saw Simon. "Y'r up, lad!" he crowed. "That's fine!"
"What king?" Simon asked, confused. "Not Elias, I hope?"
"No, lad," Haestan shook his head. "After... after what happened up on the mountain, th'trolls found us. You were sleepin' for some days. We're on Mintahoq, now—the troll-mountain."
"And Binabik is with his family?"
"Not quite." Haestan looked at Jiriki. The Sitha nodded. "Binabik—Sludig, too—th'king's holdin' them for prisoners. Under sentence o' death, some say."
"What!? Prisoners?!" Simon exploded, then sagged back down as a band of pain tightened cruelly around his head. "Why?"
"Sludig because he is a hated Rimmersman," Jiriki said. "Binabik, they say, has committed some terrible crime against the troll-king. We do not know yet what it is, Seoman Snowlock."
Simon shook his head in amazement. "This is madness. I've gone mad, or I'm still dreaming." He turned accusingly to Jiriki. "And why do you keep calling me that name?"
"Don't…" Haestan began, but Jiriki ignored him, producing instead from within his jacket the looking glass. Simon sat up and took it, the fine carvings on its frame rough to his sensitive fingers. The wind howled outside the cave, and cold air crept in below the door-cloth.
Was all the world covered with ice, now? Would he never again escape the winter?
In other circumstances he would have been quite taken with the reddish golden whiskers which were coming in thickly all over his face, but his attention was captured by the long scar running up from his jaw, over his cheek and past his left eye. The surrounding skin was livid and new-looking. He touched it and winced, then slid his fingers up to his scalp.
A long swath of his hair had turned as white as the Urmsheim snows.
"You have been marked, Seoman." Jiriki reached out and touched his cheek with a long finger. "For better or for worse, you have been marked."
Simon let the mirror drop, and covered his face with his hands.
Bamabas—Hayholt chapel sexton
Beomoth—one of Jack Mundwode's mythical band
Breyugar—Count of the Westfold, Lord Constable of the Hayholt under Elias
Caleb—Shem Horsegroom's apprentice
Colmund—Camaris' squire, later baron of Rodstanby
Deorhelm—soldier at Dragon and Fisherman
Deornoth, Sir—Josua's knight, sometimes called "Prince's Right Hand"
Dreosan, Father—chaplain of Hayholt
Eadgram, Sir—Lord Constable of Naglimund
Eahlferend—Simon's fisherman father, husband of Susanna
Eahlstan Fiskerne—Fisher King, first Erkynlandish master of Hayholt
Eglaf, Brother—Naglimund monk, friend of Strangyeard
Elias—Prince, Prester John's elder son, later High King
Elispeth—midwife at Hayholt
Ethelbeam—soldier, Simon's companion on journey from Naglimund
Ethelferth—Lord of Tinsett
Fengbald—Earl of Falshire
Freawaru—innkeeper, master of Dragon and Fisherman in Flett
Godstan—soldier at Dragon and Fisherman
Godwig—Baron of Cellodshire
Grimmric—soldier, Simon's companion on journey from Nagilmund
Grimstede, Sir—Erkylandish noble, supporter of Josua
Guthwulf—Eari of Utanyeat, High King's Hand
Haestan—Naglimund guardsman, Simon's companion
Heahferth—Baron of Woodsall
Helfcene, Father—Chancellor of Hayholt
Hruse—Jack Mundwode's wife in song
Inch—Doctor's assistant, later foundry-master
Jack Mundwode—mythical forest bandit
John—King John Presbyter, High King
Josua—Prince, John's younger son, lord of Naglimund, called "Lackhand"
Judith—Cook and Kitchen Mistress
Lofsunu—soldier, Hepzibah's intended
Lucuman—stable-worker at Naglimund
Miriamele—Princess, Elias' only child
Morgenes, Doctor—Scrollbearer, King John's castle doctor, Simon's friend
Noah—King John's squire
Ordmaer—Baron of Utersall
Osgal—one of Mundwode's mythical band
Ostrael—pikeman, son of Firsfram of Runchester
Peter Gilded-Bowl—Seneschal of Hayholt
Rachel—Mistress of Chambermaids
Rebah—castle kitchen maid
Ruben the Bear—castle smith
Shem Horsegroom—castle groom
Simon (Seoman)—a castle scullion
Strangyeard, Father—Archivist of Naglimund
Susanna—Simon's chambermaid mother
Towser—jester (original name: Cruinh)
Wuldorcene—Baron of Caldsae
Arthpreas—Count of Cuimnhe
Brynioch of the Skies—Sky God
Cadrach-ec-Crannhyr, Brother—monk of indeterminate Order
Cifgha—young lady of Taig
Craobhan—old knight, advisor to King Lluth
Efiathe—original name of Queen Ebekah of Erkynland, called "Rose of Hernysadharc"
Eolair—Count of Nad Mullach, emissary of King Lluth
Fiathna—Gwythinn's mother, Lluth's second wife
Gealsgiath—ship's captain, called "Old"
Gwelan—young lady of Taig
Gwythinn—Prince, Lluth's son, Maegwin's half brother
Hem—Founder of Hernystir
Inahwen—Lluth's third wife
Lluth-ubh-Llythinn—King of Hernystir
Maegwin—Princess, Lluth's daughter, Gwythinn's half sister
Mircha—Rain Goddess, wife of Brynioch
Murhagh One-Arm—a God
Penemhwye—Maegwin's mother, Lluth's first wife
Red Hathrayhinn—character in Cadrach story
Sumach—Prince, Battle of Knock war-leader
Tethtain—King, only Hernystiri master of Hayholt, called "Holly King"
Tuilleth—young Hernystiri knight
Dror—Ancient War God
Elvrit—First Osten Ard king of Rimmersmen
Fingil—King, first master of Hayholt, "Bloody King"
Frayja—Ancient Harvest Goddess
Gutrun—Duchess of Elvritshalla
Hani—young soldier killed by Bukken
Hjeldin—King, Fingil's son, "Mad King"
Hoderund, Saint—priest from Battle of Knock
Hove—young soldier, relative of Isgrimnur
Ikferdig—King, Hjeldin's lieutenant, "Burned King"
Ingen Jegger—Black Rimmersman, master of Norn hounds
Isbeom—Isgrimnur's father, first Rimmersgard duke under John
Isgrimnur—Duke of Elvritshalla
Isorn—Isgrimnur and Gutrun's son
Ithineg the Harper—character in Cadrach story
Jarnauga—Scrollbearer from Tungoldyr
Jormgrun—King of Rimmersgard, killed by John at Naarved
Loken—Ancient Fire God
Memur—Ancient Wisdom God
Nisse—(Nisses) Hjeldin's priest-helper, writer of Du Svardenvyrd
Sigmar—young Rimmerswoman courted by Towser
Skali—Thane of Kaldskryke, called "Sharp-nose"
Skendi—Saint, founder of abbey
Sludig—young soldier, Simon's companion
Storfot—Thane of Vestvennby
Thrinin—soldier killed by Bukken
Tonnrud—Thane of Skoggey, Duchess Gutrun's uncle
Udun—Ancient Sky God
Ute—of Saegard, soldier killed by Bukken
Aeswides (probably Nabbanization ofErk. name)—first lord ofNag-
Antippa, Lady—daughter of Leobardis and Nessalanta
Ardrivis—last Imperator, uncle of Camaris
Aspitis Proves—count ofEadne, master ofPrevan House, Benigaris' friend
Benidrivine—Nabbanai noble house, kingfisher crest
Benidrivis—first duke under John, father of Leobardis and Camaris
Benigaris—son of Duke Leobardis and Nessalanta
Camaris-sa-Vinitta—brother of Leobardis, friend of Prester John
Clavean—Nabbanai noble house, pelican crest
Crexis the Goat—former Imperator
Dendinis—architect of Naglimund
Devasalles—Baron, intended of Lady Antippa
Dinivan—Lector Ranessin's secretary
Domitis—Bishop of Saint Sutrin's cathedral in Erchester
Elysia—mother of Usires
Enfortis—Imperator at time of Fall of Asu'a
Fluiren, Sir—famous Johannine knight of disgraced Sulian House
Gelles—soldier at market
Hylissa—Miriamele's late mother, Elias' wife, Nessalanta's sister
Ingadarine—noble family, albatross house-crest
Leobardis—Duke of Nabban, father of Benigaris, Varellan, Antippa
Mylin-sa-Ingadaris—Earl, master of Ingadarine House, Nessalanta's brother
Nessalanta—Duchess of Nabban, Benigaris' mother, Miriamele's aunt
Nin Reisu—Niskie aboard Emettin 's Jewel
Nuanni (Nuannis)—ancient sea god of Nabban
Pelippa—noblewoman from Book of Aedon, Saint, called "of the Island"
Plesinnen Myrmenis (Plesinnen of Myrme)—philosopher
Prevan—noble family, osprey house-crest
Pryrates, Father—priest, alchemist, wizard, Elias' counselor
Quincines—Abbot of Saint Hoderund's
Ranessin, Lector—(born Oswine of Stanshire, an Erkynlander) Head of Church
Rhiappa—Saint, called "Rhiap" in Erkynland
Sulis—Rogue noble, former master of Hayholt, "Heron King"
Turis—soldier at market
Usires Adeon—Aedonite religion's Son of God
Varellan—Duke Leobardis' youngest son
Yuvenis—ancient chief god of Nabban
Amerasu—Eri-queen, mother of Ineluki and Hakatri
An'nai—Jiriki's lieutenant, hunting companion
Finaju—Sithi-woman in Cadrach story
Hakatri—Ineluki's elder brother, gravely wounded by Hidohebhi
Ineluki—Prince, now Storm King
Isiki—Sithi Kikkasut (Bird God)
Iyu*unigato—Eri-king, Ineluki's father
Jiriki, (i-Sa'onserei)—Prince, son of Shima'onari
Ki'ushapo—Jiriki's hunting companion
Mezumiiru—Sithi sedda (Moon Goddess)
Nenais'u—Sithi woman from An'nai's song, lived in Enki e-Shaosaye
Shima'onari—King of Sithi, Jiriki's father, son of Hakatn
Sijandi—Jiriki's hunting companion
Utuk'ku—Queen of the Norns, mistress of Nakkiga
Vindaomeyo the Fletcher—ancient Sithi arrow-maker of Tumet'ai
Binabik (QANUC)—(Binbimqegabenik) Ookequk's apprentice, Simon's friend
Chukku (QANUC)—legendary troll hero
He Who Always Steps on Sand (WRAN)—god
Kikkasut (QANUC)—king of birds
Lingit (QANUC)—legendary son of Sedda, father of Qanuc and men
Lost Piqipeg—legendary troll hero
Middastri (PERDRUINESE)—trader, friend of Tiamak
Ookequk (QANUC)—Singing Man of Mintahoq tribe, Binabik's master
Qinkipa of the Snows (QANUC)—snow and cold goddess
Sedda (QANUC)—moon goddess
She Who Birthed Mankind (WRAN)—goddess
Steawe (PERDRUINESE)—Count of Ansis Pelippe
Tallistro, Sir (PERDRUINESE)—famous knight of Johannine Table
Tiamak (WRAN)—scholar, correspondent of Morgenes
Tohuq (QANUC)—sky god
Vorzheva (THRITHINGS>—Josua's companion, daughter of a Thrithings-chief
Yana (QANUC)—legendary daughter of Sedda, mother of Sithi
Ce/todsAw—Erkynlandish barony west of Gleniwent
Da'ai Chikiza (Sithi; "Tree of the Singing Winds")—abandoned Sithi city on east side of Wealdhelm, in Aldheorte
Eirgid Ramh (Hernystiri)—Abaingeat tavern, haunt of Old Gealsgiath
Enki-e-Shaosaye (Sithi)—"Summer-city" east of Aldheorte, long-ruined
Ereb IrigH (Sithi: "Western Gate")—the Knock; in Rimmerspakk: Du Knokkegard
Hewenshire—northern Erkynlandish town east of Naglimund
Hullnir—eastern Rimmersgard village on northeast rim of Drorshullven
Jao e-Tinukai'i (Sithi: "Boat on [the] Ocean [of] Trees")—Only thriving Sithi settlement, in Aldheorte
Jhina-T'senef (Sithi)—city of An'nai's song, now beneath ocean
Little Nose—mountain in Yiqanuc where Binabik's parents died
Moir Brack (Hernystiri)—long, finger-shaped ridge off Grianspog
Nakkiga (Sithi: Mask of Tears)—Stormspike, Stunnrspeik (Rimmerspakk)
Qilakitsoq (Qanuc: Shadow-wood)—Troll name for Dimmerskog Runchester—northern Erkynlandish town on Frostmarch
Sent Anzi'in (Sithi; Tower of the Walking Dawn)—Tumet'ai's great tower
Sent Q/hisd (Sithi)—cited in An'nai's song
Skoggey—central Rimmersgard freehold east of Elvritshalla
Tsi Suhyasei (Sithi: "Her Blood is Cool)—river running through
Da'ai Chikiza; in Erkynlandish: Aelfwent
Tan'ja Stairs—(great Asu'a stairs, formerly centerpiece of Asu'a
Tumet'ai (Sithi)—northern city buried under ice east of Yiqanuc
Ujin e-d'a Sikhunae (Sithi: "Trap that captures the Hunter")—Sithi name for Naglimund
Woodsall— barony between Hayholt and southwestern Aldheorte
Aeghonwye—Maegwin's brood sow
Croich-ma-Feareg—legendary Hernystiri giant
Greater Worm—Sithi-myth, original dragon from which all others are descended
Hidohebhi—Black Worm, mother of Shurakai and Igjarjuk, slain by Ineluki; in Hernystir: Drochnathair
Igiarjuk—Ice-worm of Urmsheim
Khaerukama'o the Golden—dragon, father of Hidohebhi
Kiku'a—Ingen Jegger's lead hound
Qantaqa—Binabik's wolf companion
Shurakai—Firedrake slain beneath Hayholt, whose bones are Dragonbone Chair
Boar and Spears—emblem of Guthwulf of Utanyeat
Bright-Nail—sword of Prester John, containing nail from the Tree, and finger bone of Saint Eahlstan Fiskerne
Citril—sour, aromatic root for chewing
Ciyan—a Nabbanai fruit shrub, very rare
Fire Drake and Tree—emblem of King John
Ilenite—a costly, shimmery metal
Indreju—Jiriki's witchwood sword
Lu'yasa's Staff—line of three stars in the sky's northeast quadrant early Yuven
Mezumiiru 's Net—star cluster; to Qanuc: Sedda's Blanket
Minneyar—iron sword of King Fingil, inherited through line of Elvrit
Mock/oil—a flowering herb
Oinduth—Hern's black spear
Pillar and Tree—emblem of Mother Church
Rhynn 's Cauldron—Hernystiri battle-summoner
Shent—Sithi game of skill
Sorrow—sword of iron and witchwood smithied by Ineluki, gift to Elias (Sithi: Jingizu)
Sotfengsel—Elvrit's ship, buried at Skipphavven
Thorn—star-sword of Camaris
Tree—the Execution Tree, on which Usires was hanged upside down before temple of Yuvenis in Nabban, now sacred symbol of Aedonite religion
Knucklebones—Binabik's auguring tools;
The Shadowed Path
Torch at the Cave-Mouth
Clouds in the Pass
The Black Crevice
Avrel I—All Fool's Day
Avrel 30—Stoning Night
Maia 1—Belthainn Day
Yuven 23—Midsummer's Eve
Tiyagar 15—Saint Sutrin's Day
Septander 20—Saint Grams' Day
Octander 30—Harrows Eve
Novander 1—Soul's Day
Decander 21—Saint Tunath's Day
Jonever, Feyever, Marris, Avrel, Maia, Yuven, Tiyagar, Anitui, Septander, Octander, Novander, Decander
Days of the Week
Sunday, Moonday, Tiasday, Udunsday, Drorsday, Frayday, Satrinsday
A GUIDE TO PRONUNCIATION
Erkynlandish names are divided into two types. Old Erkynlandish (O.E.) and Warinstenner. Those names which are based on types from Prester John's native island of Warinsten (mostly the names of castle servants or John's immediate family) have been represented as variants on Biblical names (Elias—Elijah, Ebekah—Rebecca, etc.) Old Erkynlandish names should be pronounced like modem English, except as follows:
a—always ah, as in "father"
c—k as in "keen"
e—ai as in "air," except at the end of names, when it is also sounded, but with an eh or uh sound, i.e., Hruse—"Rooz-uh"
ea—sounds as a in "mark," except at beginning of word or name, where it has the same value as ae
g—always hard g, as in "glad"
h—hard h of "help"
i—short i of "in"
j— hard j of "jaw"
o—long but soft o, as in "orb"
y—oo sound of "wood," never yoo as in "music"
The Hernystiri names and words can be pronounced in largely the same way as the O.E., with a few exceptions:
th—always the th in "other," never as in "thing"
ch—a guttural, as in Scottish "loch"
y—pronounce yr like "beer," ye like "spy"
A—unvoiced except at beginning of word or after t or c
e—ay as in "ray"
ll—same as single l; Lluth—Luth
Names and words in Rimmerspakk diner from O.E. pronunciation in the following:
j.—pronounced y: Jarnauga—Yamauga; Hjeldin—Hyeldin (H nearly silent here)
ei—long i as in "crime"
e—ee, as in "sweet"
o—oo, as in coop
au—ow, as in "cow'
The Nabbanai language holds basically to the rules of a romance language, i.e., the vowels are pronounced "ah-eh-ih-oh-ooh," the consonants are all sounded, etc. There are some exceptions.