This is a general glossary of places, animals, plants, gods, species, and things on Llurien. It does not include settlements, kingdoms, or people unless they are especially famous. If more information is available on anything, the heading will be a clickable link to the full entry on this site, where an audio file will let you hear how it is pronounced; animals and plants have audio files on those pages.
This will be updated as needed. If you notice anything missing, contact me.
The god of aspiration, skill, dreams, ambition, good fortune, chance, talent, and persistence. She’s the summer/fire goddess of the red sphere and one of the creators of kryll. She’s the patron of fools and rules the second three months (summer) in the Court of Gods.
A continent in the northern hemisphere of Llurien, usually depicted on the left/west of world maps.
The god of Araiya, cunning, strategy, war, strife, conspiracy, manipulation, and extortion. He’s the autumn/earth god of the blue sphere and one of the creators of jhaikan. He’s the patron of warriors and rules the third month of autumn in the Court of Gods.
Arc of Binding
A headband that prevents the wearer from performing magic, and which cannot be removed by the person wearing it. Only someone knowing the release word for the specific arc can remove it.
A deciduous tree growing 30-150 feet tall, used for syrup and bows.
A decay-resistant conifer found in colder climates and used for ship decking, floors, and furniture. Named for the Kingdom of Baeshor on the southern tip of Llorus, but found elsewhere. Some humanoid species eat the inner bark, called kandi, as a snack or use it as seasoning in food.
A large, hairy, smelly, four-legged herbivore mammal found in northern climates. Used to pull wagons in caravans. Their large tusks and pelts are prized.
From the Lake of Souls, or rivers feeding it, in Everland, this potent, thick ichor is a powerful substance used in spells.
The goddess of haste, chaos, misfortune, impatience, accidents, mischief, bad luck, and sabotage. She’s the spring/air god of the violet sphere and one of the creators of riven. She’s the patron of jesters and rules the second month of spring in the Court of Gods.
Any magical weapon left inside Ever Land can become corrupted so that it’s powers are unpredictable.
Circle of Ever
On the continent Antaria, within the Weeping Waste desert, stands the Circle of Ever, an area of blackened sand that resulting from a magical battle between two magicians during the fall of the Empire of Antaria. Rising from the sand is a wall of shimmering darkness that stirs as if disturbed by something within, leading some to believe at least one wizard is still inside in some form. The Karelian Guard keeps everyone away. The black “Ever Sand” that blows out is known to be a powerful magic component.
A priest whose job entails administration of a religion, including teaching and library work.
The god of courage, honor, integrity, pride, dignity, protection, victory, and heroism. He’s the autumn/earth god of the green sphere and one of the creators of karelia. He’s the patron of warriors and rules the first month of autumn in the Court of Gods.
Named for the god of courage, these expert horsemen are a major unit of defense for almost all cities and major towns.
A staple plant covered in tight leaves, under which are kernals that can be boiled and eaten.
Court of Gods
Each month, three gods (one good, one evil, and one neutral) wield more influence on Llurien than the other gods, or than they themselves normally do, than at any other time of the year. It is known as the Court of Gods.
The god of inspiration, craft, creativity, and ideas. He’s the spring/air god of the indigo sphere and one of the creators of mandeans. He’s the patron of builders and rules the third month of spring in the Court of Gods.
The afterlife conceived by the gods of the yellow sphere, for the least good, who’ll be reborn with no memory of their previous life.
An afterlife reserved for daekais, virtually all of whom end up here regardless of how they live their life, since most live it the same.
One of the original seven species of Llurien but now a race of the kais species. Created by the gods of the orange sphere: deception, greed, jealousy, and fear. Their teeth and claws are poisonous. Considered basically evil in disposition. See “kais” and “Divine Covenant” entries.
Dariven are a race of riven who are raised by a civilized society (i.e, not among riven) and enjoy better health and outlook, though they struggle against their violent, hateful tendencies.
The goddess of empathy, joy, affection, pleasure, vice, beauty, dance, play, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. She’s the spring/air goddess of the yellow sphere and one of the creators of querra. She’s the patron of festivals and rules the third month of spring in the Court of Gods.
Nickname for Ridel’s Forest in the Kingdom of Ridel in southwest Antaria, the woods are rumored to be haunted.
Descrying Eye Amulets
Karelian amulets that grant non-karelia one of their supernatural abilities.
An agreement between the gods to allow ghosts to happen, to create morkais from a male and female daekais, to give magic to the species, to grant healing powers if species create religions, and give the karelian supernatural talents to resolve matters of undead and roaming spirits.
The afterlife created by the gods of the orange sphere, reserved for the evilest, whose souls are shredded into oblivion without hope of recovery.
Giant conifer trees over a thousand feet tall, this is where the humanoid species of kryll prefer to live. Kryllan towers in cities imitate these.
Soil found in Everland and which causes anything planted in it to produce an unusual and unpredictable yield, either in volume or properties.
Llurien’s boogeyman, the Ever Fiend is rumored to rule Everland and use Ever Gates to appear on Llurien to terrorize people.
Portals from Llurien to Everland. They are naturally occurring but hard to detect without the Reveal Ever Gate spell. Karelia can sense them. From within Everland, they are always open, but from Llurien, a spell must be used to open one.
The god of fear, loss, death, darkness, dusk, night, and loneliness. He’s the winter/water god of the orange sphere and one of the creators of daekais. He’s the patron of the undead and rules the first month of winter in the Court of Gods.
A supernatural land ruled by the Ever Fiend and accessed directly via Ever Gates, or indirectly via Moon Gates. Everland, and everything in it, like the Ever Fiend, is not believed to be real by most people.
Another name for Everland.
The black sand that’s only located inside the Circle of Ever and which is considered a potent magic additive to spells and potions.
Eyes of Scrylyn
Nickname for the twin moons and named for the goddess of intuition, who is also the goddess of the moons.
A large bird of prey used for transportation, casual riding, and sometimes war. Florin birds are tamer than the larger perrin birds. They are up to 23 feet long, stand 14 feet tall, have a wingspan of over 40 feet, and are up to 150 pounds, being able to carry twice their weight.
The goddess of passion, love, devotion, intensity, lust, and vice. She’s the summer/fire deity of the indigo sphere and one of the creators of mandeans. She’s the patron of lovers and rules the second month of summer in the Court of Gods.
Footprints of Vylorn
The god of the sea, Vylorn, is rumored to have stood offshore and left these giant footprints while staring at Antaria, a continent he hopes to reclaim and bury beneath the waves. Located off the southern coast between Illiandor and Talendor, passing sailors offer tribute and are considered on safe “ground.”
Great Forest of Antaria
A large forest dominating central Antaria and which is home to a large population of karelia and kryll. It includes the Rolling Forest and Kryllan Forest.
Grove of Lullling
A peaceful glade along the road from Tabur to Sollinae, and near the latter, on the continent Antaria.
A mid-sized, tree found in temperate climates. The leaves are used as kraven bane by mandeans.
A herbivore with antlers and long, powerful legs and compact bodies, being excellent swimmers and jumpers. Often found in forests and hunted for their meat.
A priest who can magically heal the wounded using the power of the gods, with their bodies as a conduit.
The eighth species of Llurien, humans were created by all twenty-eight gods and are the most variable species in temperament and disposition. Also called Antarians after the first man and woman, Antar and Taria respectively.
A hydean is not a race of mandeans but a hybrid mandean. The are most often born of oceanic and river mandeans mating, meaning the hybrid can breathe both salt and fresh water.
The goddess of cynicism, denial, ignorance, sickness, poison, pessimism, obstinacy, doom, disease, aging, epidemics, and madness. She’s the autumn/earth goddess of the violent sphere and one of the creators of riven. She’s the patron of the damned and rules the second month of autumn in the Court of Gods.
A foot long, venomous snake with a single yellow stripe down its black back.
A very large, hairy, forest-dwelling omnivore with four stocky legs, a long snout, and big paws with retractable claws and long tail. Hunted for fur and meat.
An afterlife reserved for jhaikan, virtually all of whom end up here regardless of how they live their life, since most live it the same.
One of the original seven species of Llurien. Created by the gods of the blue sphere: wrath, cruelty, cunning, and domination. They stand seven to nine feet tall, have a sinuous tail and reptilian skin that can change colors at will. They are man-eaters and are synonymous with evil.
A quarterstaff developed and used by kryll against jhaikan, it can be disassembled into three pieces for easier transport. Blades can be made to protrude from either end like a scythe, spear, or both.
A yellow, juicy citrus fruit with an inedible, thick skin that’s poisonous but not fatal unless a concentrated dose is administered. Makes juna juice and can be eaten as a snack.
Kadeans are a corrupted race of mandeans who terrorize ships and port settlements.
This humanoid species has two races – daekais and morkais. Aside from disposition, they are largely the same, about four feet tall with feathery wings.
The soft, moist, white inner back of the Baeshoran Pine tree, eaten as a snack or dried and ground into powder used as seasoning.
One of the original seven species of Llurien. Created by the gods of the green sphere: truth, exuberance, courage, and intuition. They need only four hours of sleep a night and have a well-developed sixth sense that varies from one to another. Appointed by the gods to resolve supernatural disturbances. Considered basically good in disposition.
A guard, made exclusively of karelia, that prevents supernatural phenomenon or undead/spirits from reaching a protected place, person, or thing.
A double-edged weapon with a sharp tip, two and a half feet long, being a half foot longer than a short sword. The hilt is long enough for the karelia to use this sword as a two-handed sword, but larger species may use only one hand.
A cleaner fish that eats dead scales and parasites from sleeping mandeans, they are several inches long, narrow, and have a bright red stripe along the sides.
An ill-manned mountain bovine with two curved horns that are used to ram anyone or anything entering its territory. Prized for milk (used for cheeses), skins, and their wool. Their waste is known to be especially smelly, resulting in the popular expression, “kerr shit.”
The goddess of rejuvenation, growth, nourishment, agriculture, renewal, and fertility. She’s the autumn/earth goddess of the yellow sphere and one of the creators of querra. She’s the patron of farmers and rules the third month of autumn in the Court of Gods.
A predatory vined plant in the darkshade family. It slowly feeds on the blood of creatures it captures, which it renders docile with a secretion to calm them. Victims die of starvation or dehydration, as the plant wants they to live as long as possible. The plant is mobile, moving from tree to tree and hanging over trails.
An edible vegetable eaten raw or cooked, and used in many dishes, sauces, and drinks.
The god of domination, authority, oppression, command, intimidation, conquest, and control. He’s the winter/water god of the blue sphere and one of the creators of jhaikan. He’s the patron of the dead and rules the third month of winter in the Court of Gods.
An apex sea predator, kraven are large fish with four to nine gill slits on their heads. They can lie motionless or stop swimming with no ill effects.
The goddess of peace, freedom, and nature. She’s the winter/water goddess of the red sphere and one of the creators of kryll. She’s the patron of hunters and rules the final three months (winter) in the Court of Gods.
The goddess of innocence, hope, spring, birth, naivety, purity, dawn, marriage, and chastity. She’s the spring/air god of the indigo sphere and one of the creators of mandeans. She’s the patron of children and virgins, and rules the second month of spring in the Court of Gods.
One of the original seven species of Llurien. Created by the neutral gods of the red sphere: curiosity, aspiration, fairness, and peace. They prefer to live in large Evenorr trees and are extremely acrobatic, athletic, and masters of weapons. Every kryll has a subject to which they devote themselves, becoming an expert. Considered basically ambivalent in disposition.
A magical pair of bracers over the forearms. With a word, a metal gauntlet covers the hands, allowing for hand-to-sword combat. Also a fighting style of martial arts.
Equivalent to a bastard sword.
This kingdom became an empire that dominates the continent of Llorus even in areas not under its control.
Found in the kingdom/empire of the same name, this tall, wide tree has drooping, flowering branches. Females often wear he flowers in their hair.
Lake of Scrying
Located in the southwestern part of Antaria, this lake is believed to allow someone who looks into it to see something of their future if conditions are right.
A carnivorous, web-footed lizard that live in swamps and rivers, where they feed on anything that enters or comes near the waters. They swim and run fast but are short in height but over twenty feet long. Shoes, belts, bag, and hats are made from their leathery skins.
The afterlife conceived by the gods of the indigo sphere, reserved for the moderately good, who enjoy a paradise for eternity.
The god of expressiveness, eloquence, music, art, appearance, poetry, and rhyme. He’s the autumn/earth god of the indigo sphere and one of the creators of mandeans. He’s the patron of artists and performers, and rules the second month of autumn in the Court of Gods.
A large continent lying mostly on the southern hemisphere of Llurien, south of the continent Antaria.
The planet, with two moons.
A blue and white flower, unpleasant to smell, it’s a form of riven bane. It’s pollen can be used to put people to sleep.
Believed to only grow in Everland in a grove surrounding the Ever Fiend’s Black Tower. Black trunks and blood red leaves. The trees are sentient and can move, barring passage, trapping people, or killing them.
The afterlife conceived by the gods of the blue sphere, for the moderately evil, who suffer eternal torture.
The god of malice, suffering, pain, torture, hurt, and cruelty. She’s the summer/fire goddess of the blue sphere and one of the creators of jhaikan. She’s the patron of torturers and rules the third month of summer in the Court of Gods.
The god of curiosity, literature, science, knowledge, books, and education. He’s the spring/air god of the red sphere and one of the creators of kryll. He’s the patron of scholars and rules the first three months (spring) in the Court of Gods.
Lake of Scrying
Located in the southwestern part of Antaria, this lake is believed to allow someone who looks into it to see something of their future if conditions are right.
An afterlife conceived by the gods of the violet sphere, for the least evil, who suffer boredom everlasting.
Anyone with magic talent, whether they’ve become a full-fledged wizard or sorcerer or not. The term can be an insult to anyone of skill and power, since they should be referred to by their proper skill set: wizard or sorcerer.
Naturally occurring places where magic does not work. Magician prisons are often built on them.
One of the original seven species of Llurien. Created by the gods of the indigo sphere: innocence, passion, expression, and unity. They are sea-dwelling but humanoid and, with gills and webbed fingers and feet. Taller and broader than humans. Can walk on land. Considered basically good in disposition.
The finger language created by mandeans to communicate underwater without making vocal sounds.
The goddess of deception, lies, and illusion. She’s the spring/air god of the orange sphere and one of the creators of daekais. She’s the patron of rogues and rules the first month of spring in the Court of Gods.
A tall annual plant with two large, flowering heads of silver petals with a black circle in the middle. The flowers always face the moons, turning to do so, even with heavy cloud cover. Can be used to make butter and oil. The seeds are frequently chewed, discoloring teeth.
Powered by the moon, Moon Gates are portals that allow nearly instantaneous travel between two Moon Gates, which are typically controlled by Priests of Scrylyn. The gates actually use the Ever Pathways at high speeds, meaning travelers are going through Everland, but most people don’t realize this.
The goddess of hate, murder, revenge, malevolence, contempt, and vengeance. She’s the summer/fire goddess of the violet sphere and one of the creators of riven. She’s the patron of killers and rules the second month of summer in the Court of Gods.
A large, black, bald-headed carrion bird with a white underbelly. They will attack sick or wounded animals and can spit corrosive vomit as a weapon or in defense.
A race of the kais species, they resulted from the Divine Covenant and were created by all twelve benevolent gods from a male and female daekais. Considered basically good in disposition. See “kais” entry.
A large, maneless, carnivorous cat (some as large as a horse) that can be trained in battle tactics and bonded to its owner. Mynx can wear armor, follow commands, and communicate threats to their owner with different vocalizations.
Immortal beings that always look like humans but whom have no character traits of their own; instead, they adopt whatever traits someone projects onto them, whether good or bad. They are believed to be mythical by many and might also be the afterlife conceived by the gods of the red sphere, reserved for the few who are truly neutral at death.
The god of greed, gluttony, theft, possessions, money, wealth, gambling, and trade. He’s the summer/fire god of the orange sphere and one of the creators of daekais. He’s the patron of merchants and rules the first month of summer in the Court of Gods.
A subterranean race of the mandean species, they are seldom seen and thought to be a myth by many.
A small, yellow nut with a hard shell that must be pried open to reach the salty nut, eaten as a snack.
A cursed race of querra, the night querra, or niquerra, typically live underground and are rarely seen, especially in daylight, which can harm and even kill them. They horde gems and other precious minerals they mine in mountains.
Money made from gemstones and typically engraved with their value. Invented by niquerra but adopted by other species, the name refers to any gemstone coins.
The god of wrath, power, destruction, storms, disasters, and earthquakes. He’s the spring/air god of the blue sphere and one of the creators of jhaikan. He’s the patron of the hostile and rules the third month of spring in the Court of Gods.
In southcentral Antaria, an area prone to tornadoes. Named for the god of wrath and storms, Okier.
A tree-growing fruit that can create a strong, semi-sweet white wine. The leaves can be smoked to produce a hallucinatory state and is usually done with an “olin stick.”
Oracle of Nyst
A famous oracle that appears throughout Llurien for brief periods at a given spot that changes each time. Named after the village of Nyst in the Kingdom of Marula on the continent Llorus.
Orb of Vessyn
A sphere located in the Vanishing Tower of Everland and which causes the tower to randomly change locations.
Orb of Souls
A huge glass orb in the karelian capitol that cleanses tortured souls (i.e., ghosts) so they may enter an afterlife.
A staple cereal grain used for making bread, noodles, cookies, cakes, pasta, and alcohol (after fermentation).
A large bird of prey used for war, named for the Perrin Kingdom on Llorus. Perrin birds are fiercer than the smaller florin birds and too hard for anyone but trained riders, preferably warriors, to control. They are up to 31 feet long, stand almost 20 feet tall, have a wingspan of 57 feet, and are up to 200 pounds, being able to carry twice their weight.
Located in Everland, the Poison Pond is believed to have killed a group of riven who entered it for unknown reasons. The waters have since turned silver and are known as the silver elixir, a potent supernatural item.
Members of a religious order. Within a priesthood, clerics and healers are more specific roles than the generic term priest, which not only refers to all of them, but to those who conduct ceremonies, listen to people’s problems and console them, and interpret the will of the gods for the common people, though clerics and healers can also do this. Priests are the figureheads of a religion, while clerics administrate the religion and healers heal the wounded.
One of the original seven species of Llurien. Created by the gods of the yellow sphere: inspiration, empathy, rejuvenation, and patience. Three to four feet tall, they are playful, wise, and beloved by many. Considered basically good in disposition.
The goddess of sloth, boredom, passivity, silence, sleep, irresponsibility, indecision, indifference, procrastination, cold, and winter. She’s the winter/water goddess of the violet sphere and one of the creators of riven. She’s the patron of the lazy and rules the second month of winter in the Court of Gods.
The rhaikan are a race of jhaikan and are less temperamental. They are sometimes accepted among civilized societies, or at least more so than jhaikan.
A circle of mountains in southwestern Antaria, believed to be caused by a massive eruption long ago. A deep chasm runs east to west through its center.
A staple cereal grain usually grown by querra, who don’t mind the considerable labor to produce it. Sometimes called “querran riva” as a result.
An afterlife reserved for riven, virtually all of whom end up here regardless of how they live their life, since most live it the same. Dariven are an exception.
A variety of plants that are poisonous or an irritant to riven. They are often planted around locations to keep riven out. The plants have been mostly developed/discovered by querra.
One of the original seven species of Llurien. Created by the gods of the violet sphere: haste, hate, cynicism, and sloth. Three to four feet tall and often carrying diseases. Considered nefarious in disposition.
The goddess of envy, jealousy, vanity, corruption, selfishness, perversions, shallowness, vice, insecurity, cowardice, pride, and evil. She’s the autumn/earth goddess of the orange sphere and one of the creators of daekais. She’s the patron of the vain and rules the first month of autumn in the Court of Gods.
A starchy vegetable that can be baked or boiled a served whole or in think wafers called rosun chips. Can be used to brew alcohol.
The goddess of intuition, sixth sense, instinct, navigation, stars, moons, and superstition. She’s the winter/water goddess of the green sphere and one of the creators of karelia. She’s the patron of mariners and rules the first month of winter in the Court of Gods.
Medium-sized birds prized for their eggs and meat and found especially in port cities, where they eat seeds, fruits, insects, worms, and scraps from humanoid species. Can be trained to carry messages and are highly maneuverable in flight.
Named for the Shining Grove in Everland where the trees grow, these leaves are useful in spells. They resulted from daekais dying and decomposing in the tree branches.
From the Kingdom of Siara, this deciduous tree lives a thousand years and is used for building ships (keels, framing), great bows, bows, and all manner of buildings. Produces oak nuts that are poisonous to livestock.
A form of riven bane, this shiny green vine produces small green flowers. The vine frequently covers city walls and gates to keep riven out.
Found in the Antaran Sea north of the continent Llorus and the Kingdom of Siara, the foot long, blue fish with golden stripes has retractable wings and up to eight poisonous spines on its back. These are used by mandeans as a weapon to stun fish or people. It can leap from the water for a hundred yards.
Invented in the Empire of Antaria but spreading beyond it, Signet Gold means those with a special ring can affix their seal to a bill of sale and the empire’s government will pay that bill. This is reserved for warders and very privileged individuals.
The toxic waters of the Poison Pond in Everland. Highly prized by magicians for its supernatural properties, which augment spells. Can be used to turn ordinary weapons into Chaos Blades.
A highly toxic plant in the darkshade family, this poisonous plant has five black petals with silver, bioluminescent lines emanating from the center. Candles made with it can put people to sleep, in a coma, or the grave. Also used to dull pain.
The god of fairness, justice, loyalty, duty, judgment, and obedience. He’s the autumn/earth god of the red sphere and one of the creators of kryll. He’s the patron of rulers and rules the three months of autumn in the Court of Gods.
The class of magician which is capable of performing magic through force of will, rather than needing a spell.
A corrupted race of the karelian species, they were created when the goddess of corruption, Ronkainen, read the passage about creating karelia from the Book of Creation. Sorelia look just like karelia but have more variable eye colors.
For one month, which changes every year, the goddess of deception is imprisoned in the Solon Tower in the city of the gods, thereby depriving her of influencing life on Llurien. This is punishment for her involvement in the race of sorelia being created.
The god of exuberance, spirit, energy, youth, magic, vitality, speed, lightning, and regeneration. He’s the summer/fire god of the green sphere and one of the creators of karelia. He’s the patron of magicians and rules the first month of summer in the Court of Gods.
The afterlife created by the gods of the green sphere. Reserved for the most good, who ascend and become demi-gods of a particular aspect of life. Since the sorrairyn dwell with the gods in their city, that city has come be known as Sorrairyn.
While this can refer to animals, it usually refers to the humanoid species: karelia, mandeans, querra, kryll, kais, riven, and jhaikan, some of which have multiple races.
These items can temporarily turn one humanoid species into another.
A deciduous tree found in temperate climates, this small tree or shrub is used for paper and firewood.
A purple flower with four petals, found in warm climates. Talender oil is sweetly scented with the petals. Associated with the goddess of passion and used as a perfume and aphrodisiac.
Worn by daekais, the glove has two long hooks for tearing into and latching onto great birds of prey.
The goddess of truth, reality, fate, time, prophecy, and the sun. She’s the spring/air god of the green sphere and one of the creators of karelia. She’s the patron of sages and rules the first month of spring in the Court of Gods.
Up to thirty feet long, this herbivore lizard is broad, slow, and can be tamed, often used as a draft animal in humid climates.
The god of patience, wisdom, compassion, understanding, endurance, perseverance, listening, tolerance, consistency, and industry. He’s the winter/water god of the yellow sphere and one of the creators of querra. He’s the patron of philosophers and rules the final month of winter in the Court of Gods.
A mid-sized, ferocious omnivore with four legs, curved tusks and a bad attitude. Prized for their tusks and meat. Preyed on by giant birds and cats (the mynx).
Means teaching on Llurien, the word is used to denote those still in school or who never graduated. Knight of the Valend are the lowest rank of knights. Valend cards depict the gods and species and are used to teach these to children, play games, or perform magic.
The god of unity, solidarity, water, belonging, companionship, oceans, and family. He’s the winter/water god of the indigo sphere and one of the creators of mandeans. He’s the patron of friends and rules the second month of winter in the Court of Gods.
Simple spells that any magician can usually do whether they’ve trained to become a wizard or not (or developed their talent for sorcery).
The art of creating magical items.
Magicians who failed the tests to become wizards and are not allowed to perform magic except by creating magic items, known as valendry.
Individuals who take it upon themselves to right the world’s wrong and destroy evil people and regimes. Created by the Empire of Antaria, they have spread far and are a loosely held organization of individuals who often have special privileges, such as the right to commandeer anything and receive food, lodging, items, and services for free (aka pay with Signet Gold).
Those who ride the great birds of prey and who are often part of a settlements defense.
The class of magician who needs spells to work magic.