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Arsacian Pronunciation

“x” is pronounced “sh”--as in Axane (Ah-SHANE); Caryax (Car-YASH); Darxasa                  (Dar-sha-SA).

The stress in proper names is generally placed on the last syllable--as in Santaxma        (San-tash-MA); Baushpar (Baush-PAR); Sundit (Sun-DIT)--except...

...A circumflex (^) indicates a long “a” sound (as in “father”) where stress is                   placed on that syllable--as in Ârata (AH-ra-ta); Râvar (RAH-var); Habrâmna                    (Ha-BRAHM-na); Vâsparis (VAHS-par-is)

Dramatis Personae

Gyalo Amdo Samchen: A Shaper, vowed Âratist, and servant of the Brethren
Axane: A woman of Refuge, a healer


Utamnos: A Son, Gyalo’s master
Ivaxri: A Son, Utamnos’s ward
Taxmârata (the Blood Bearer): A Son, elected leader of the Church of Ârata
Vimâta: A Son, the Bearer’s ward
Sundit: A Daughter
Haminâser: A Son
Baushtas: A Son
Ariamnes: A Son
Dâdar: A Son
Artavâdhi: A Daughter
Martyas: A Son
Vivaniya: A Son
Kudrâcari: A Daughter
Santaxma: King of Arsace

The Burning Land

Kaluela: Wife of Thuxra City’s administrator
Eolani: Kaluela’s daughter
Dorjaro: Aide to Thuxra City’s administrator
Teispas dar Ispindi: Commander of the expedition to the Burning Land
Aspâthnes: Teispas’s second in command
Vâsparis: A former mining prospector, the expedition’s guide
Diasarta dar Abanish: A soldier
Gâbrios: A soldier
Haxar: A soldier
Sauras: A soldier
Bishti: A soldier
Saf: A soldier
Cinxri: A soldier
Nariya: A soldier
Kai-do Seiki: A female Dreamer
Senri-dai Tak: A male Dreamer
Rikoyu: Dream interpreter for Seiki and Tak

The Lost Âratists

Râvar: Axane’s fiancé, a Shaper
Kiruvâna: Râvar’s cousin
Habrâmna: Axane’s father, leader of Refuge
Narstame: Habrâmna’s first wife
Randarid: Their grandson
Vivanishâri: Habrâmna’s second partner
Sarispes: Vivanishâri’s oldest son
Ardinixa: Axane’s former lover
Biryâsi: Ardinixa’s wife
Parimene: A woman of Refuge, a healer
Irdris: A woman of Refuge, a healer
Yirime: A woman of Refuge, a healer
Gâvarti: A female Shaper, Principal Shaper of Refuge
Haxmapâya: A male Shaper
Oronish: A female Shaper
Aryam: A male Shaper
Jândaste: A female Shaper
Varas: A male Shaper
Uspardit: A female Shaper
Sarax: A male Shaper
Sonhauka: A male trainee Shaper
Omida: A man of Refuge, a councilor
Cistâmnes: A man of Refuge, a councilor
Kariyet: A woman of Refuge, a councilor
Ixtarser: A man of Refuge, a councilor
Dâryavati: A woman of Refuge, a councilor

Historical Characters

Marduspida: Prophet of Ârata, also known as the First Messenger
Fârat: King of Arsace, first royal convert to Âratism
Nabrios: Leader of the pagan Shaper army during the Shaper War
Vantyas: King of Arsace, leader of the Âratist army during the Shaper War
Caryax: Arsacian philosopher executed for treason
Voice of Caryax: Leader of the subsequent rebellion based on Caryax’s precepts
Vandapâya IV: King of Arsace, overthrown and executed by the Caryaxists
Risaryâsi: Female Dreamer, leader of the lost Âratists
Utane: Second of Refuge’s two original Dreamers
Cyras: First of Refuge’s two original Shapers
Mandapâxa: Second of Refuge’s two original Shapers

Gods and Aspects

Ârata: Principal god of the Âratist religion
Ârdaxcasa: Ârata’s brother and foe, also known as the Enemy
Dâdarshi: Aspect of Ârata, Patron of luck
Skambys: Aspect of Ârata, Patron of war and weather
Hataspa: Aspect of Ârata, Patron of fire and weaponry
Tane: Aspect of Ârata, Patron of crops and the moon
Vahu: Aspect of Ârata, Patron of healing and childbirth
Jo-Mea: Aspect of Ârata, Patron of travel
Inriku: Aspect of Ârata, Patron of learning and the arts

Place Names

Galea: Continent that contains the Seven Kingdoms
Arsace: Largest and richest of the Seven Kingdoms, birthplace of the Âratist faith
Ninyâser: Arsace’s capital city
Darna: An Arsacian city
Fashir: An Arsacian town
Baushpar: An Arsacian city, traditional headquarters of the Âratist church
First Temple of Ârata: The largest and oldest Âratist temple in Galea, located in Baushpar
Kanu-Tapa: Another kingdom of Galea, known for martial skills
Haruko: Another kingdom of Galea, home to a large population of Arsacian refugees from          Caryaxist persecution
Aino: Another kingdom of Galea, home to most Dreamer monasteries and nunneries
Chonggye: Another kingdom of Galea, refuge of the Brethren during the time of Caryaxist          rule in Arsace
Rimpang: Chonggye’s capital city, seat of the Brethren during their exile
Isar: Another kingdom of Galea
Yahaz: Another kingdom of Galea
The Burning Land: A vast desert occupying the whole of Galea’s southern portion, sacred        to Ârata, who according to Âratist belief lies sleeping there
Range of Clouds: Vast mountain range that divides the kingdoms of Galea from the Burning      Land
Thuxra Notch: Pass through the Range of Clouds
Thuxra City: Caryaxist prison, built at the edges of the Burning Land as a deliberate                desecration of holy ground
Refuge: Rock-carved settlement of the lost Âratists
Revelation: Refuge’s river
Plains of Blessing: The fertile grass steppes beyond Refuge
Labyrinth: Refuge’s living quarters
Treasury: A complex housing Refuge’s workshops and storehouses
House of Dreams: Abode of Refuge’s Dreamers

Miscellaneous Terms

Âratism (Âratist): Dominant religion of Galea
Way of Ârata: Broad term covering the secular and religious practice of Âratism; includes           ethical as well as religious precepts
The Five Foundations: The central credos of Âratism--Faith, Affirmation, Increase,                 Consciousness, and Compassion
Vowed Âratist: Men and women who swear themselves to Ârata’s service
The Sixfold Vow: The vow they take on ordination: to abjure doubt, ignorance, greed,             complacency, pride, and fear, the Failings that caused the First Messenger six times to         reject Ârata's summoning dream
The Brethren: Perpetually reincarnated leaders of the Âratist church
The Blood Bearer: Elected leader of the Brethren
Darxasa: Âratism’s holy scripture
Book of the Messenger: Âratism’s second scripture: the life story of the First Messenger,         Marduspida
Dreaming: The power of true dreaming; according to Âratist belief, born into humankind             only after Ârata lay down to sleep
Shaping: The power to form, unform, and transform inanimate matter; according to Âratist         belief, granted to humankind by Ârata at creation
Manita: Plant whose leaves yield a drug that suppresses shaping ability
Doctrine of Baushpar: Seven-point creed formulated after the Shaper War, defining                 Shaping as the property of the church
Shaper War: Ancient conflict in which pagan Shapers, angry at Âratist attempts to place           limits on Shaping's practice, tried to eradicate the Âratist faith from Galea
Caryaxism (Caryaxist): Modern atheistic political movement that came briefly to power in       Arsace