Cast of Characters
The Southern Shore
DJ – as in “judge,” or “gym.”
GH – In Indas, a fricative as in the Arabic letter ghayn. Similar to the “ch” in Scottish “loch” combined with the French rolled r. In Qemassen and eq-Anout, pronounced as “ch”as in “loch.” Either pronunciation would be intelligible in each country.
J – zh, as in French. E.g. “joie de vivre.”
Q – a hard “c” sound, as in “cat,” or “kingdom.”
Lorar and the North
AE – long “a” as in “say,” or “game.”
EI – long “i” as in “sigh,” or “ice.”
IE – long “e” as in “bee,” or “tree.”
K – a hard “c” sound, as in “cat,” or “kingdom.”
ABRAXAS (uh-BRAKS-us): An actor.
ASHMODAI (ASH-moh-dye): An actor.
ASHTARA ET-MONIQA (ash-TAH-ruh): Princess of Qemassen. Ashtaroth’s twin sister. Daughter of Moniqa and Eshmunen.
ASHTAROTH EQ-ESHMUNEN (ASH-tuh-roth): A prince of Qemassen. Ashtara’s twin brother. Son of Moniqa and Eshmunen.
AURELIUS EQ-ESHMUNEN (or-AY-lee-us): Eldest son of Moniqa and Eshmunen. Named for Moniqa’s deceased lover. Diminutive: Aurel (OR-ehl).
CHETI EQ-HOREB (CHEH-tee): Servant to the Semassenqa. A scribe.
DAANA ET-TITRIT (DAH-nuh): High priestess (heq-Ashqat) of the goddess Qalita
DANSILA (DAN-sihl-uh), SADAT (suh-DAT), and ELISHA (eh-LEE-shuh): Acolytes in the temple of Qalita.
DASHEL EQ-YEREMI (DASH-uhl): Royal companion to Moniqa and her children, son of Yeremi, the royal mahout. Brother of Sarah, a merchant. An Erun servant.
DJANA ET-BIDAL (DJA-nuh): An Ajwatat princess and ambassador to Qemassen, companion to the royal children.
ESHANT ET-LORIQA (uh-SHANT): An acolyte in the temple of Qalita.
ESHMUNEN EQ-ISIR (ESH-mun-nehn): King of Qemassen, father of Ashtaroth, Ashtara, Qwella, Himalit, and Aurelius. Husband of Moniqa.
FADIL EQ-HITANKHY (fad-EEL): Anata ambassador to Qemassen.
FRITHA EQ-IFAR (FREE-thuh): Feislandan ambassador to Qemassen, member of King Ossa’s court.
HESH EQ-DIRRETH (also RED-EYED HESH) (HESH): A merchant of questionable fare.
HIMALIT ET-MONIQA (HIMA) (HEE-muh-lit; HEE-muh): A Massenqa princess. Eldest daughter of Moniqa and Eshmunen.
HIRAM (hih-RAHM): A child-prince of the Semassenqa. Son of Himalit, brother to Reshith.
LARA (LAH-ruh): A Lora slave.
LILIT (lih-lit): An Eru fortune teller.
MADAULA (muh-DOW-luh): A Massenqa slave.
MONIQA ET-ARISHET (MON-ih-kuh): Queen of Qemassen, wife of Eshmunen, mother of Ashtaroth, Ashtara , Qwella, Himalit, and Aurelius. An exiled Indat princess.
QANMI EQ-SABAAL (QAN-mee): A wealthy Massenqa merchant, one of the Semassenqa (noble families of Qemassen).
QIRANI EQ-MALEQ (ki-RAHN-ee): Samelqo’s Anan physician.
QORBAN (KOR-bahn): A naval captain and member of the Semassenqa. Husband of Titrit.
QWELLA ET-MONIQA (KWEHL-luh): Massenqa princess. Youngest daughter of Moniqa and Eshmunen.
RESHITH (reh-SHEETH): A child-prince of the Semassenqa. Son of Himalit, brother to Hiram.
SABEQ EQ-SABAAL (SAH-bek): Qanmi’s brother. A wealthy man. Diminutive form: Sabé (SAH-bay).
SAMELQO EQ-MILQAR (suh-MEHL-koh): Heq-Ashqen (high priest) of the Massenqa. High priest of the goddess Tanata. Diminutive: Samé (SAH-may).
SHAQARBAS EQ-ZOTAN (SHAH-kar-bahs): An exiled Indan prince and member of the Massenqa court.
THANOS (THAN-ohs): Loran ambassador to Qemassen.
TITRIT (tee-TREET): Qanmi’s eldest daughter, companion to the royal children.
UTA ET-LOHIT (OO-tuh): Slave to the young Aurelius. Of Vetnu ancestry.
ZIOBAN (ZYE-oh-ban): A rebel slave.
AEORNUS SARDO (also THE BUTCHER OF LERA) (ay-OR-nus SAHR-doh): Commander of Hadrianus’s armies.
DEGHASHI (day-GHASH-ee): Child king of Indas.
HADRIANUS (ha-dree-AN-us): Loran governor of Indas, father of Liberio. Member of White Faction.
IRIDESCIA (ih-rih-DESS-ee-uh): A royal child in the Inda court. A mute orphan.
LIBERIO EQ-HADRIANUS (lye-BEER-ee-oh): Son of Hadrianus, a young man.
MAZAETUL EQ-QAPUSSA (muh-ZYE-tuhl): A wealthy landlord in. A member of Hadrianus’s court.
MIQIPSI (muh-KIP-see): Royal scribe.
ROEWYN (ROH-win): A young cloth merchant, originally from the Feislands.
STAR: Vizier to Hadrianus, an Indat woman.
TOBI (TOH-bee): An Inda child.
BASIMUS DRENDA (BA-sih-mus DREHN-duh): A Yellow Faction senator. Kordelia’s uncle, father of Varco.
FARNUS ALBA (FAR-nus AL-buh): A White Faction senator.
KIRIN (KIH-rihn): A gladiator of northern extraction. A man of Lorar.
KORDELIA (kor-DEE-lee-uh): Wife of Yakovius.
MARIANUS RUFUS (ma-ree-A-nus ROO-fus): Leader of Red Faction. A war hero.
NUNA (NOO-nuh): Wife of Marianus.
ORAN (OR-an): An Anouti gladiator.
PRISCILLA (prih-SIL-uh): Daughter of Kordelia and Yakovius.
SILICES (sye-LEE-sees): A soldier. Twin brother of Vasthes.
TARKIS MURINUS (TAR-kihs MUHR-in-us): Leader of Grey Faction.
VARCO DRENDA (VAR-koh DREN-duh): A soldier, Kordelia’s cousin, son of Basimus.
VASTHES (VAS-thes): A soldier. Silices’s twin brother.
YAKOVIUS (YAKOV)MATHIAS AZIZIN/LUTELIAN (yah-KOH-vee-us; YAH-kov ma-tee-AHS ah-zee-ZEEN loo-TAY-lee-uhn): A senator, originally from Qelat. Leader of Yellow Faction. Husband of Kordelia. Father of Priscilla.
YDELKA (ee-DEHL-kuh): A northern servant, bodyguard to Marianus.
PRINCESS BREE (BREE): A Feislandat princess, daughter of Queen Eaflied and King Ossa.
QUEEN EAFLIED (AY-uh-fleed): Queen of the free Feislands, wife of King Ossa, mother of Bree.
KING OSSA (OSS-uh): King of the free Feislands. Husband of Queen Eaflied. Father of Bree.
VIVAEN (VIH-vane): An orphaned Feislandat princess, maid to Princess Bree.