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youngsorceressformobileread1Uarm: The Uarm were an ancient people from the interior of Sumir who migrate north to the coast about -4400 into the land of Trippia.  They were a matriarchal society who built cities around strange temple towers.  They were conquered by the Ballar about -3350.

Unenlagia: A dinosaur/bird of Birmisia, the unenlagia is very similar to the velociraptor and deinonychus, closer in size to the latter, but features much longer and more colorful feathers.

United Kingdom of Greater Brechalon: The Kingdom which encompasses the five major islands of Greater Brechalon as well as the many smaller nearby islands.  Greater Brechalon was part of Rundaria after the death of Magnus the Great, and became an independent kingdom in 461 with the crowning of Harold I.

Unterirdisches Esser:  A magical creature living underground, the Unterirdisches Esser is created by exposing a normal creature to magical energy over a long period of time.

Utahraptor: The utahraptor is the largest of the predatory Birmisian “birds.”  Standing six feet tall and up to twenty feet from nose to tail, the utahraptor has an eight inch claw upon each foot and is covered in feathers of dark blue to turquoise.  Utahraptors usually hunt in pairs.

Uuthanum: Magic spells, whether cast by a wizard or a sorcerer, must have an incantation to trigger the magic.  The more complex the spell, the longer and more complex that the incantation must be.  However the magical word “uuthanum” is always a part of the incantation.  For simple spells, it may be the entire incantation in and of itself.  The word predates all presently known languages and its original meaning is lost to time.

Vaterland, S.S.: One of a number of Freedonian ships hired to deliver Zaeri to Birmisia.

Velociraptor: The velociraptor is the most common of the predatory Birmisian “birds.”  Standing two and a half feet tall and up to five feet from nose to tail, the velociraptor has a three inch claw upon each foot and is covered in feathers of greenish, with color details that vary from group to group.  Velociraptors usually hunt in groups of seven to nine, and are happy to scavenge from human garbage.

Villa Cochon: A small village just east of Port Dechantagne in Birmisia Colony.

Villa Colonie: Villa Colonie is a small town on the Isle of Petitt Elvert, in the channel.

Virgin, Argrathian: Priestesses of Siris in Ancient Argrathia, the Virgins became legendary for their adherence to a life of chastity.  Indeed the penalty for not doing so could in some cases be death.

Virgins in Spring: A novel by Sable Agria, Virgins in Spring concerns the fall of the main character after she gives away her virginity before marriage.

Visio: (See White Opthalium.)

Voindrazius: A red dragon who made his home in Sumir, Voindrazius was first mentioned in Misoan records dated 480, though it is believed he was old at that time.  The last recorded sighting was in 1819 north of Bangdorf.

Volcano in Winter: The most popular book by Freedonian writer Angana Hedrick.

Wahlstedt: A small town in Freedonia near the port city of Friedaport.

Waif des Vaterlands, S.S.: A smaller cargo/passenger vessel traveling from Friedaport to Mallontah.

Warlick, Lamis: A modern Dallorian writer.

Way of Life, The: A long novel by Indrajit Klumb, The Way of Life is an indictment of socialist principals.

Weevoc, Orian: A Brech author who emigrated to Forland.

West Brumming: West Brumming is a small town about fifty miles north of Brech City.

Westmacott, Dillan: A popular Brech writer.

West Wills: One of four district areas in the port city of Redgepool.

Whale, Common Brech: Found in the waters around Brechalon, Mirsanna, and Freedonia, the common Brech Whale or White Whale grows to the length of ten feet, and is a slender torpedo-shaped aquatic animal.

Whale, Great: More than thirty feet long, and weighing up to fifty tons, the Great Whales are common to the cold waters around Enclep and the Mulliens as well as the far north.

Whipple Avenue: One of the east-west roads in Port Dechantagne.

Whispy: Whispy is a classic Brech trick-taking card game.  Although the rules are extremely simple, there is enormous scope for scientific play.  Unlike Canals, it can be played by any number of players.

White Opthalium (Visio) (See Spice): Also known as Visio or See Spice, White Opthalium is a magical drug produced largely in Enclep.  It is made of enchanted lotus blossoms and a rare blue fungus native to that land.  It is used by rubbing it directly onto one’s eyeballs.  All users of White Opthalium share a fantasy vision of a land with bizarre purple flowers and a perfect fantasy lover.  The drug is highly addictive.

White Sea: A novel by Freedonian author Owena Frylander.

Whitney, Samson: A Brech novelist and poet.

Who Live in My House?: This novel by Abel Bonaventura tells the story of a man dying and looking back on an empty life.

Wide Open, The: The Wide Open is a novel by Tracy Burson which extolls the principals of conservation and care of natural resources.  It is popular for its sweeping descriptions of the wide-open lands of central Sumir.

Wild Woman, The: The Wild Woman is a pulp adventure novel by Rikkard Banks Tatum.

Windemere, S.S.: One of the transport ships making the run from Brechalon to Birmisia.

Wise Little Children: A novel by Samson Whitney.

Wise men: A novel by Freedonian author Owena Frylander.

Wissinger, Isaak: A Freedonian Zaeri writer, Isaak Wissinger was imprioned in the Zurelendsviertel ghetto along with tens of thousands of other Zaeri, where Zurfina the Magnificent rescued him.  He then relocated to Birmisia.

Wizard: One of the two types of magic users, Wizards tap into magic by using mathematics.  They create long and complex equations to create magical spells.  Each time they cast a spell, it is lost and they must reset their minds to be ready for it, by studying their equations once again.  Wizards may compensate for this by recording equations which can be cast by igniting them with very small spells (cantrips).  Wizards can be either male or female, though historically women have had less access to the education required.

Worron: Worron was one of a pantheon of deities worshiped in ancient Donnata.  Worron was the death god and along with the other gods of the pantheon was adopted by the Mersh and the Rundak.

Wyvern, H.M.S.: The HMS Wyvern was a Brech Galleon (sometimes called a battleship in the Brech histories).  It was sunk off the coast of Brechalon in a storm in 1574 in a storm.  Timbers were later recovered and built into a pair of desks.  One desk is in use by the King and the other by the Prime Minister.

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The Drache GirlTall Man’s World: An expression used by the Short Men to describe the world and their place within it.

Tatum, Rikkard Banks: A popular Brech pulp author, Rikkard Banks Tatum has written more than 100 novels, mostly science fiction, and all of featuring high adventure.

Tea Room, The: A novel by Walter Grace.

Teachings of Kafira, The: The Teachings of Kafira is the Zaeri term for The Modest Scriptures, which form the second half of the Kafirite Holy Book.  The Zaeri do not share the belief that Kafira is the daughter of God, and hence do not hold the teachings of her or her apostles to be holy.  However, she is still recognized as a Zaeri Imam, and so her teachings command a certain amount of respect.

Teddy Sweet Men: A popular snack in Brech, Teddy Sweet Men are tiny biscuits cut in the shape of soldiers, baked, and dusted with sugar.

Telegraphs Memories: An epistolary novel by Dorrit Quinn.

Telmatosaurus: A small dinosaur similar in built to iguanodons, but smaller, Telmatosaurus is usually less than 16 feet from nose to tail when fully grown.  They are found in the hills south of Port Dechantagne in Birmisia.

Terrence Dechantagne Boulevard: The main north-south roadway in Port Dechantagne.  It features two traffic lanes in each direction and a trolley path between them.

Thiss Regatta: The Thiss Regatta is a sailing boat race held each year in the River Thiss near Brech City.  It is an event usually attended by the Brech aristocracy.

Thiss, River: The River Thiss (pronounced Tiss) is a large, navigable river that runs northward through the island of Brechalon.  It runs through the center of Brech City and is too wide to be bridged.

Three Marks for a Pfennig: A rather uninspired novel by Sable Agria, Three Marks for a Pfennig extolls the virtues of chastity, honesty, and frugality.

Tideburg: A small city in northern central Freedonia.

Time and Space: A large science volume by Phoebus Dodson.

Toad in the Hole: Toad in the hole is a traditional Brech dish consisting of sausages in brown pudding batter, usually served with vegetables and onion gravy.

Toler, Shia: A Mirsannan author.

Tommulon: Tommulon was one of a pantheon of deities worshiped in ancient Donnata.  Tommulon was the goddess of battle and along with the other gods of the pantheon was adopted by the Mersh and the Rundak.

Treffia: Treffia was one of two deities worshiped in ancient Akkas.  Treffia was the aspect of darkness and was directly opposed to his twin: Juton.  Though both names have been found on the few ancient monuments that remain of Akkas, little is known of their temples or religions practices.

Treuary: Treuary is the third month under the modern reformed calendar.  Like all the months except Hamonth, it has 30 days.  Treuary 21st is the first day of Spring.  Treuary 1st is Iolana Staff’s birthday.

Trials of Kafira: A religious text by Shrem Tunney which analyzes the teaching of Kafira with an emphasis on chastity.

Triceratops: The triceratops is a Birmisian dinosaur notable for its heavy quadrupedal form, as well as the three large horns on its face, boy frill around its neck, and its beaked mouth.  Individual Triceratops have reached about 30 feet in length, 10 feet in height, 10 tons.  With one of the largest skulls of all land animals, the triceratops bears a single horn on the snout, above the nostrils, and a pair of horns approximately 3 feet long, with one above each eye.  To the rear of the skull was a relatively short and quite solid, bony frill, which is flushed with blood for display.  The skin of Triceratops was unusual compared to other dinosaurs, covered in bristly hair-like structures.  Three baby triceratops were captured by colonists at the time of Port Dechantagne’s establishment.  These three specimens, raised by humans, eventually were trained to pull trolley cars on the city track.

Trifle: Trifle is a dessert dish made from thick (or often solidified) custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers.

Trippia: An ancient civilization north and west of Brechalon, Trippia was only in existence from about -5200 to -4950.  Little remains of Trippia.  Most of what is known comes from the scholars of Ballar and Uarm, the kingdoms that occupied the land after Trippia.  The most startling fact known is that the Trippians evidently had complex plumbing with flushing toilets.

Trolley: A trolley (trolleycar, or trolley car) is a rail vehicle which runs on tracks along public urban streets, and also sometimes on separate rights of way. Trolleys in Brechalon are pulled by draft horses and are sometimes referred to as horsecar railways.  In Birmisia, the trolley is pulled by triceratops.  In Mallontah, the trolley cars are steam powered

Trolley, The: A collection of stories by Baumgarten Glines which center around a magical trolley that takes poor orphans away from the city to a magical land.

Trumpet, S.S.: One of several ships chartered to bring supplies to Brech Birmisia, S.S. Trumpet was the second ship to do so, and the first to bring pigs and sheep to the new colony.

Tsahloose: One of the great city-states of lizardmen, Tsahloose is located in southern Birmisia.

Tsaua: The traditional greeting among lizardmen of Birmisia, tsaua roughly translates to “how are you?”

Tsotollah: One of the great city-states of the lizardmen in Birmisia.

Tserich: A native village in Birmisia, Tserich was the first to contact the Brech settlers upon arrival.

Tsuus: One of the closer lizzie cities to Port Dechantagne in Birmisia.  Lizzies from Tsuus were some of the first to form trade relations with Brechs upon their arrival in Mallon.

Tunney, Shrem: A Brech writer, known for his conservatism.

Turripi Cheese: Turripi cheese is a aged, hardened cheese used in traditional Zaeri cooking.  It is usually shaved or grated into foods.

Tuustutu: A native village in Birmisia.

Tu-Riven: Like the Rundak, the Tu-Riven were barbarian invaders from central Sumir, at their height of power about -850.

Twentieth: The twentieth of each month is the traditional day of starting new tasks.

Two Men Travel: A short novel by Cathal Parvis, Two Men Travel tells the story of two friends who journey down the Thiss having silly adventures.

Tyrannosaurus: The Tyrannosaurs is a large bipedal carnivore with a massive skull balanced by a long, heavy tail.  Common throughout Birmisia, the Tyrannosaurus is an apex predator, hunting iguanodon, triceratops, and sauropods, though they will often steal the kills of other predators.  Relative to the large and powerful hind limbs, Tyrannosaurus forelimbs are small, though unusually powerful for their size, and bear two clawed digits. Sporting a black body and blood-red head, the Tyrannosaur measures from 40 to 50 feet in length, and can stand up to 15 feet tall at the hip.  Females are generally larger and more aggressive than the males.  Tyrannosaurs usually hunt singly or in mated pairs, but on rare occasions, groups of five to eight male tyrannosaurs will gang together and sweep a region clear of all life forms big enough to be counted as prey.

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Sabrina, S.S.: One of the larger Brech freighters making the trip to Birmisia.

Sacrifice: Perhaps the most controvercial book by Kasia Garstone, Sacrifice tells the story of the growth and expansion of the Kafirite Church in Sumir and particularly in Brechalon.

Saint Admeta Park: A lovely square park in Brech City, several miles west of the Great Plaza, Saint Admeta Park is open to the public only on holidays or special occasions.  It is named for St. Admeta, one of Kafira Kristos’s apostles.

Saint Dante, University of: The University of St. Dante is a small educational institution outside Brech City.  It is relatively exclusive, with a high tuition, and has a student body that is almost 70% female.  St. Dante is named for the apostle of Kafira of the same name, and not-coincidently, St. Dante has a strong theology department.

Saint Ulixes: The capital city of Brech Mallontah, St. Ulixes was originally an aboriginal city-state before being taken over by Brechs.  Home to tens of thousands of human inhabitants and several million locols (trogs), the city is mostly made up of round mud brick structures with a few modern buildings.

Sands of Time, The: The Sands of Time is a novel my Mirsannan Arjen DeAlonzo.  It is set in the time of Magnus the Great.

Sapira: A kingdom in central Sumir from about 800 to 1500, Sapira was controlled by groups migrating from nearby kingdoms.  Sapira was eventually swallowed up by Akkas-Miza.

Sassonicah: An ancient lizzie empire in Birmisia, Sassonicah was once a vast country ruled by one or more dynasties of lizzie rulers, including Sessonoth and his predecessor Sissisinat.  The true extent of Sassonicah is unknown, although obelisks and artifacts of the civilization have been found all over Birmisia Colony.  Only estimates of the age of these artifacts have been made, but those estimates range from -3000 to -14,000.  If the latter age is to be believed, then Sassonicah would have been a mighty empire long before any human culture reached civilization.

Sauroposeidon: A huge Birmisian dinosaur, the sauroposeidon is similar in form to the paralatitan, but has a longer neck in relation to its body.  Sauraposeidon are found near the coastal areas throughout most of the year, but can be found further inland during mating season.

Schaub, Maddchen: A contemporary and friend of Kasia Garstone, Maddchen Schaub wrote similar muckraking books, highlighting the underclassed and disenfranchised, though it is generally accepted that her work is inferior to Garstone’s.  Schaub was arrested in Freedonia and charged with treason.  She died in prison.

Schraam, Leda: A transplanted Freedonian, Leda Schraam is a writer of jingoistic Brech poetry.  Her work is frequently quoted by members of the Conservative Party.

Schwarztogrube: Schwarztogrube was an ancient fortress built on the Isle of Winds, halfway between Greater Brechalon and the northern coast of Sumir.  Built in 1499 as a defense against Laess and Derich, it was soon discovered that Schwarztogrube was in a magic dampening zone.  By 1750, it had become a prison for wizards and sorcerers, and held many criminals and political prisoners with magic powers.  Near New Years day in 1899, Schwarztogrube and the Isle of Winds disappeared off the face of the world.  At first it was believed that some act of god was responsible, but it was later discovered to have been the work of an escaped sorceress—Zurfina the Magnificent.

Scrum Boulevard: Scrum Boulevard runs north to the edge of Brech City.  King’s Oval Park is located on Scrum Boulevard.

Secret Service, His Majesty’s: An spy network working under the Prime Minister, His Majesty’s Secret Service employs both wizards and non-magical agents to protect the realm and gather information on Brechalon’s enemies.

See Spice: (See White Opthalium.)

Seismosaurus: Seismosaurus is a very large long-necked quadrupedal animal, with a long, whip-like tail. Its forelimbs are slightly shorter than its hind limbs, resulting in a largely horizontal posture. The long-necked, long-tailed animal with four sturdy legs has been mechanically compared with a suspension bridge.  Seismosauruses are common throughout Mallon.

Septuary: Septuary is the seventh month of the modern reformed calendar.  Like all the months except Hamonth, it has 30 days.

Setting Sun, The: The Setting Sun is a novel by Isaak Wissinger.  Originally published in Freedonian (Die Einsellungsonne), the book became popular in Brechalon after being translated.

Seventh and One Half Avenue: One of cross streets in the peninsula of Port Dechantage, Seventh and One Half Avenue runs from the shipyards uphill to the militia base (which early on, served as the government offices of the colony), and is lined by warehouses.  In later years, a trolley track was added to the center of the avenue.

Sevo, Anapurna: A Mirsannan writer.

Sexuary: Sexuary is the sixth month of the modern reformed calendar.  Like all the months except Hamonth, it has 30 days.  Sexuary 24th is the first day of Summer.

Shopton: A town of about 6,000 some 260 miles southeast of Brech City, Shopton is the location of Mont Dechantagne, the traditional family home of the Dechantagne family.

Short Men: Short Men were are an entirely different species from human beings, as evidenced by their historic inability to interbreed with ‘normal humans’.  If the articles in the Royal Geographic Society Journal were to be believed, they descended from a completely different, though contemporary, group of prehistoric cavemen.  They are short.  The average height for males was about four foot six, and the women were slightly shorter.  They are not proportionally narrow however, and tended to be just as wide as a human being.  Coming in not quite the variety of colors and variations of the taller people they lived among, most are tan to brown skinned, and had thick locks of dark brown to black hair, as well as thick, similarly colored beards.  The Short Men stayed in the mountains, living their cave-dwelling lifestyles long after humans had moved to the river valleys to invent agriculture.  This served them well, for when the needs of civilization pushed technology beyond that of stone tools to copper, and then bronze, and then iron, the Short Man were sitting atop these precious resources.  At first, there had been wars fought to acquire the raw materials needed by man, and the Short Men were faced with the real possibility of extinction, but they learned compromise and accommodation and became part of the procurement process of the riches of what they called “the tall man’s world.”  Over the centuries, they parleyed their control of rich metals into the control of even more rich metals, and the paper representation of those metals.  Today the Short Men are an integral part of the financial world of Greater Brechalon and most of the other nations on the continent of Sumir.  They own a great many banks and brokerage houses, and those they do not own, they manage.

Shrine: A Zaeri house of worship.

Silver Pendulum, The: The Sivler Pendulum is the only novel by Marcus Andreasen.  It is considered macabre and frightening and most young Brech women will not admit to having read it, even though most have.

Sinceree Palace: The largest royal residence in Brech City, Sinceree Palace is the official home of the King when he resides in the city.  It is notable for it’s bright white marble façade, trimmed with Erechon quartz, a translucent blue stone found only at the southern end of the Island of Erechon.

Siris: Siris is one of a pantheon of gods worshipped by the ancient Argrathians.  Siris was goddess of the moon and eventually the sun as well.  Siris was well on her way to becoming the focus of a monotheistic religion, when Zaeri supplanted the native Argrathian beliefs.  Priestesses of Siris played an important cultural role in carrying out wills and serving as arbiters of disagreements.  They were required to remain virgins, and a failure to do so resulted in expulsion from the order, and sometimes death.

Skajick: People of the northern subcontinent of Abrax are known as the Skajick.  The Skajick became active as raiders about 1000.  By 1800, two Skajick empires had formed on the southern coast of Abrax—Skagia and Tvarik.

Snowflake, H.M.S.: A battle sloop in the Brech navy, Snowflake was a new class ship, designed to attack airships and submarines.

Socialism: Socialism is a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.  Though embraced by large segments of the population, as well as writers like Kazia Garstone, Socialism remains an unpopular idea among the ruling elite in Brechalon, Mirsanna, and Freedonia.

Softskins: The term used by lizardmen of Birmisia to describe human beings.

Soldier’s Memory, The: A book of poetry by Leda Schraam.

Somersby Women’s Etiquette and Fashion: A popular magazine published in Brech, Somersby Women’s Etiquette and Fashion is second only to Brysin’s in popularity.

Song of Seven Secrets: The longest novel by Sable Agria tells the story of a group of friends caught up in an ever-increasing web of lies.

Sorcerer: A Sorcerer is a magic-user with a natural affinity toward magic.  They are able to cast spells without the complex equations used by Wizards, and therefore can cast spells repeatedly, without having to restudy mathematical equations.  Female sorcerers are called sorceresses and are more common that the males, though both are quite rare.

Sorceress: (See Sorcerer)

Springtime Revolution: An anti-monarchical novel by Vance Suddeth, Springtime Revolution resulted in its author being imprisoned by the Freedonian authorities.

Sigils: Tattoo-like marks that appear on the skin of wizards and sorcerers, sigils are caused by magic energy being channeled through the body.  These are sigils, my dear girl.  High level conjuring and evocation spells (such as creating matter, teleporting, and summoning), in particular can produce sigils, while enchantments and transmutations are much less likely to leave marks.  Sigils usually form symbols or images reflected the focus of magic near the magic-user.  Zurfina the magnificent had eight sigils, 5 five-pointed stars, a flaming sun, and a crescent moon.  By 1905, Senta had six sigils: 4 five-pointed stars and two dragons.

Spit-N-Gag: A colloquial term for the language of the Birmisian lizardmen.  The language, which has no actual name, contains many more “s” and “t” sounds than most human languages, and is notable for a lack of labials, such as “m,” as lizardmen have no lips.  Many humans have mastered spit-n-gag and can speak the lizardman language fluently.

Steam: A novel by Kasia Garstone, Steam tells the story of workers on Brechalons railroads.

Steam-Powered Mouse, The: A novel by the Mirsannan writer Anapurna Sevo, The Steam-Powered Mouse tells the story of a tiny fictional nation that goes to war with Brechalon, Mirsanna, and Freedonia and wins because of technological superiority.

Stolz, Leda: A poet and playwright, Leda Stolz was imprisoned in Brech for contributing to the delinquancy of a minor, when her affair with a Duke’s seventeen year old daughter came to light.

Suddeth, Vance: A modern Freedonian writer, Vance Suddeth was imprisoned for 12 years after the publication of his book Springtime Revolution.

Sumir: The smallest of the world’s twelve continents, Sumir is home to Brechalon, Mirsanna, Freedonia, and all the other homelands of humanity.

Suusthek: One of the great city-states of lizardmen in Birmisia, Suusthek was destroyed by Zurfina the Magnificent.

Sundrop Fruit, The: A book by Shia Toler.

Superb, H.M.S: One of the newest battleships of the Royal Navy of Greater Brechalon, Superb saw service against the Red Sashes and their allies in Enclep as well as against Freedonian and Mirsannan ships of war.

Swentarra: Swentarra is one of the Mullien Islands, a vast chain northeast of Sumir.  Swentarra is a small island, with no known ports or major settlements.  It is populated by several villages of natives who live a simple life of hunting and fishing.

Szague: Capital of Borazon, Szague began as a small town in the early 600s.  Known cold winters and cool summers, Szague boasts a population of just over one million.

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The Dark and Forbidding LandRabbits Under the Fence: A novel by Ebrahim Detsky, Rabbits Under the Fence tells the story of Arba, an orphan who is sold as slave labor on a massive rabbit farm in Mirsanna.

Red Heart: A novel by Isaak Wissinger.

Ragone, Raphael: A modern Mirsannan writer.

Rall, Giridhara: A modern Mirsannan writer.

Ravendeep: A notorious prison in the Old City of Brech, Ravendeep is built on twenty levels below ground.

Red Dragon Hunter: The book by wizard Phirun Lovell, recounting the death of the dragon Abberixiz.

Redgepool: A large port city in Regencia, Redgepool is home to Brechalon’s largest fishing fleet.

Red Sashes: A terrorist organization based in Enclep, they are violently opposed to outside influence and frequently allie themselves with local cults, such as that of the ape god Guma.

Regencia: One of 66 regional divisions in Greater Brechalon, the Duchy of Regencia is located in the northwest corner of the island of Brechalon.  Regencia is the home of the University Ponte-a-Verne.

Reine Zauberei: Die Wahre Kunst von Zauberei is a cabal of Freedonian wizards who gained control over much of Freedonian society.  They believe in the domination of wizardry over sorcery and Freedonians over all other races and ethnicities.  They practiced racial puification and ethnic cleansing, up to and inclucing genocide.

Resnick, Geert: A popular Brech writer of books for children, Geert Resnick is best known for his book The Magic Whale.

Restuary: Resturary is the first month of the year under the modern reformed calendar.  Like all the other months except Hamonth, it has 30 days.  Traditionally, Restuary is a time of rest.

Result Mechanism: A steam-powered, clock-work computer designed and built by Professor Merced Calliere and programmed by Egeria Lusk, the Result Mechanism was used to design the layout of Port Dechantagne.  It was later used by both Wizard Suvir Kesi and Calliere to craft magic spells.

Revenge: A novel by Kasia Garstone, Revenge is the story of an apprentice Wizard and illuminates the control of magic by the Brech War Ministry.

Rex and Stern: Brech manufacturers of firearms, Rex and Stern are most famous for their line of .44 caliber pistols produced in the mid-1800s.  Later models have included .45 caliber and .38 caliber revolvers.

Rickshaw: A is a mode of human-powered transport by which a runner draws a two-wheeled cart which seats one or two persons.  Rickshaws are commonly made with bamboo.  Rickshaws were in wide use in Enclep, and were imported to Birmisia for use by the aboriginal lizardmen.

Rivenholz: A town in central Freedonia, Rivenholz is about 40 miles from Magdafeld.

Riverton: Riverton is a small settlement east of Port Dechantagne in Birmisia Colony.  Fewer than fifty individuals live in Riverton which sits on the banks of the Manzanian River.

Roger’s Pie: Roger’s Pies are a variety of simple but tasty meat pies available throughout Greater Brechalon.  The main ingredients of Roger’s Pies are beef and turnips, but pork with carrots and peas are popular as well.

Royal Geographic Society: The Royal Geographic Society is a distinguished Brech learned society founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical sciences.  Today, it is a world center for geography: supporting research, education, expeditions and fieldwork, and promoting public engagement and informed understanding of the world’s races, places and environments.

Royal Geographic Society Journal: A publication of the Royal Geographic Society, the Journal is published monthly.

Rueter, Liana: A popular Freedonian religious writer.

Rugby: Rugby is a football came common in Greater Brechalon.   In Brechalon, rugby is widely regarded as an “establishment” sport, played mostly by members of the upper and middle classes.  For example, many students at public schools and grammar schools play rugby.

Rundak: The Rundak were tribesmen who migrated north from central Sumir.  The destroyed the civilizations of Mershona and Latyum.  Those lands remained essentially a barbarian wasteland until conquered by Magnus the Great.

Rundaria: The land of the Rundak became Rundaria after the death of Magnus the Great.  Rundaria encompassed all of modern Freedonia, Greater Brechalon, and half of modern Mirsanna.  Rundaria converted to Kafirism in year 88.

Rivven: About -2050, in the heart of central Sumir, a new culture took shape, copying the ancient monuments of Akkas.  Creating a theocracy worshipping the gods of nature, Rivven became a land of unique and beautiful cities.  About -1800, the priests were overthrown by a warrior class and eventually the cities were abandoned.

The World of Senta and the Steel Dragon: Favorite Entries

I’ve been posting the entries from the Senta and the Steel Dragon Encyclopedia, but I’m continuing to add to it as I go.  Hence, there will be a few more entries when it appears as an appendix in the ebooks than when I posted it here (unless I post it again).  Some of the details in my little world I enjoy more than others.  Some of them tickle me.  Here in no particular order are ten entries that I really like.

Garstone, Kasia

Perhaps the most influential writer in modern Brechalon, Kasia Garstone has written dozens of realistic novels, all of which expose the excesses and social problems of Brech society.  Though frequently denounced as a socialist, she remains widely read and early editions of her books are highly sought by collectors.

Spit-N-Gag

A colloquial term for the language of the Birmisian lizardmen.  The language, which has no actual name, contains many more “s” and “t” sounds than most human languages, and is notable for a lack of labials, such as “m,” as lizardman have no lips.  Many humans have mastered spit-n-gag and can speak the lizardman language fluently.

Mrs. McKeeb’s Big Book of Childhood Admonitions

One of the most popular books in Brechalon for more than 100 years, Mrs. McKeebs is a compendium of short tales in which children defy authority in various ways, usually resulting in their horrible death, dismemberment, or at least disfigurement.  Brech parents generally consider this required reading for all their children under 10 years of age.

Major Frisbie’s Chutney

Major Frisbie’s Chutney is a product produced in Brechalon and distributed around the world.  Founded by a former army officer, the company produces several different varieties of chutney, the most popular of which is green tomato.

Billingbow’s

Billingbow’s Sarsaparilla and Wintergreen Soda Water is a soft drink produced in Brech City.  The syrup is mixed with sparkling water and bottled.  Billingbow’s syrup is shipped to Freedonia, Mallontah, and Birmisia, where it is mixed and sold.  Billingbow’s is a favorite of Saba Colbshallow.  Ssissiatok (Cissy) was also fond of the drink, though it is not generally particularly popular among lizardmen.

Fostbeck Sandwich

A sandwich named for the Brech city of Fostbeck, the Fostbeck Sandwich is popular in Brechalon and Freedonia.  It consists of corned beef on rye bread, with stone ground mustard.  In Freedonia it usually included sour kraut, instead of sauteed onions as is usually found in Brechalon.

Brysin’s Weekly Ladies’ Journal

A popular magazine published in Brech, Brysin’s Weekley Ladies’ Journal is the most popular of a new variety of publication featuring news on fashion and etiquette.

Importance of Pleasing the Misses, The

A play by Leda Stolz, filled with sexual innuendo, The Importance of Pleasing the Misses has seen little time on stage, but is quite popular in Brechalon in book form.

Profanity

Profanity is a subset of language that includes references that are crude or blasphemous.  Much of the profanity of Greater Brechalon focuses on Kafira Kristos.  It includes “Kafira” or “Kafira Kristos” used as an expletive, “Kafira damn it,” “Kafira’s tit,” and perhaps the wost epithet “Kafira’s bloody twat.”

Schwarztogrube

Schwarztogrube was an ancient fortress built on the Isle of Winds, halfway between Greater Brechalon and the northern coast of Sumir.  Built in 1499 as a defense against Laess and Derich, it was soon discovered that Schwarztogrube was in a magic dampening zone.  By 1750, it had become a prison for wizards and sorcerers, and held many criminals and political prisoners with magic powers.  Near New Years day in 1899, Schwarztogrube and the Isle of Winds disappeared off the face of the world.  At first it was believed that some act of god was responsible, but it was later discovered to have been the work of an escaped sorceress—Zurfina the Magnificent.

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The Voyage of the Minotaur Palace Eidenia: The Palace Eidenia is a beautiful royal residence just north of Saint Admeta Park in Brech City.  It is the traditional home of the Princess Royal.  It was the home of Princess Aarya (the younger sister of King Tybalt III) from 1881 to her death1886.  Since that time, it has remained empty.

Pale Sun: A book by Geert Resnick, Pale Sun is far less popular than his other book—The Magic Whale.  Though a children’s book, it was banned in Freedonia for allegedly anti-Freedonian political ideas.

Paralatitan: One of the largest creatures in Birmisia, the paralatitan weighs up to 60 tons.  It is a long-necked long-tailed creature that feeds of the immense redwoods.  It can be found both near the coast and deeper inland.

Parksosaurus: A small bipedal herbivorous dinosaur found in Birmisia, the parksosaurus stands about two and a half feet tall and is about ten feet long.  Though not believed to be related, they strongly resemble the much larger iguanodons.

Parnorsham’s Pfennig Store: For some time, Parnorsham’s Pfennig Store was the only retail outlet in Birmisia.  Like similar pfennig stores throughout the empire of Greater Brechalon, Parnorshams carries notions, stationary, toys, small hardware, small sports equipment, and some canned and packaged foods.  Originally founded by Herbert Parnorsham, the business was passed to his nephew Oswald Delks upon his retirement.

Patrylla, Augustus: A modern Brech author.

Parvis, Cathal: A contemporary Brech author, Cathal Parvis is best known for light-hearted stories with simple morals.

Pavir: Pavir was a successor state to Magnus’s Empire of the Zur.  Originally covering most of central Sumir, about 500, Pavir split into Upper and Lower Pavir.  By 1081, Upper Pavir had become the Kingdoms of Sapira and Esseria.  In 1864, Lower Pavir (now known simply as Pavir) joined with neighbor Oster to become Pavir-Oster.  Porcelain from the early period of Pavir (500-700) is highly sought-after and expensive.

Pentuary: Pentuary is the fifth month of the modern reformed calendar.  Like all the months except Hamonth, it has 30 days.

Perfico: Established in 1460, as the capital of the Kingdom of Rivven, Perfico is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Under the rule of Akkas-Miza since the early 1800s, Perfico continues to be a center of trade and culture.

Petitt Elvert: An island in the channel between Brechalon and Mirsanna, Petitt Elvert has long been claimed by both countries, and emigrants from both countries have settled there.  Brechalon has controlled the island and the waters around it for more than 200 years, and Mirsanna has never really had the island in its possession.

Pfennig, Brech: The Pfennig is a unit of Brech money equal to 1/100 mark.  In modern Brechalon, coins are minted in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 pfennigs, as well as a mark coin and a gold decimark.  The modern 1 pfennig coin features an image of King Tybalt on the obverse.

Pilgrimage into Danger: An alegorical novel by Delia Hume in which animal characters representing various parts of the human soul must navigate the dangers which metaphorically represent growth and maturity.

Pith Helmet: The pith helmet (also known as the safari helmet or sun helmet) is a lightweight cloth-covered helmet made of cork or pith.  Designed to shade the wearer’s head and face from the sun, pith helmets were often worn by Brechs and Freedonians in the tropics, but have also been used in other contexts.

Plagues in Brick Towers: A novel by Samson Whitney

Polacanthus: The Polacanthus is a dinosaur common to the much of Birmisia.  They grow grow to between 12 to 15 feet in length.  The polacanthus is quadrupedal, and about four feet high at the shoulder.  They are heavily-built with pointy spines poking out at forty five degree angles right and left from the top of their neck to their mid-back for protection, and an armored rear hip.

Ponte-a-Verne: A small town in the Duchy of Regencia and home to the University of the same name.

Ponte-a-Verne, University of: The University of Ponte-a-Verne, located in the Duchy of Regencia, is one of Greater Brechalon’s most prestigious universities.  It is well known for its research department.  Professor Merced Calliere was a tenured teacher at Ponte-a-Verne prior to his move to Birmisia.

Portrait of Kafira Kristos: A book about the life of Kafira Kristos by medieval writer Kenitra Madoff.

Potatoes Kasselburg: Named for the city in western Freedonia, Potatoes Kasselburg is a spicy dish of potatoes baked in a cream sauce with onions and pepper.

Potter’s Field: The location just outside of Brech City proper where the poor and unknown are buried.

Prayerful Readings: A book of religious poems and essays by medieveal writer Kenitra Madoff.

Prescott Agency, The: The Prescott Agency is located on Avenue Boar in Brech City.  They supply servants of aristocratic Brech families including the Dechantagnes.

Priest: The primary clerical position in the Church of Kafira, priests often have potent magic that is used to heal or defend their flocks.

Prime Minister, Brech: The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Greater Brechalon is the most senior minister of cabinet in the executive branch of government in the Brech parliamentary system. The Prime Minister selects and may dismiss other members of the cabinet, and allocates posts to members within the government, subject only to the approval of the King. The prime minister is the presiding member and chairman of the cabinet. It is the duty of the Prime Minister to execute the directives of the King, who is the head of state.

Prince Clitus Avenue: A secondary street in Brech City, Prince Clitus Avenue is south of Hexagon Park, perpendicular to Prince Tybalt Boulevard.  It is home to small shops and three and four story apartment buildings.   Zurfina makes a home on Prince Clitus Avenue prior to leaving Brech City for Birmisia, by taking over an abandoned storefront.

Prince Tybalt Boulevard: A Major Street in Brech City, Prince Tybalt Boulevard runs north and south along the western edge of Hexagon park, perpendicular to Avenue Phoenix.  Zurfina had lodgings on Prince Tybalt Boulevard prior to her imprisonment at Schwarztogrube.

Prince Tybalt Chair: A stylish wooden chair with a cushioned seat and back, the Prince Tybalt Chair was originally designed durning the reign of King Tybalt I, and was named for his son, who would go on to be King Tybalt II.

Prince Tybalt’s Scepter: A book by Orion Weevoc.

Princess Aarya Boulevard Station: The main train station in Brech City, Princess Aarya Boulevard City Station sees trains from all over Brechalon arriving daily.  Four blocks north of the Great Plaza, Marcourt Station is sometimes simply referred to a “the great station.”  It appears from its front façade to be a large two story building, but stretches out hundreds of yards from the street.

Privilege and Sacrifice: A long novel by Kasia Garstone, Privilege and Sacrifice tells the story of several generations of an aristocratic Brech family and the servents who live among them.

Profanity: Profanity is a subset of language that includes references that are crude or blasphemous.  Much of the profanity of Greater Brechalon focuses on Kafira Kristos.  It includes “Kafira” or “Kafira Kristos” used as an expletive, “Kafira damn it,” “Kafira’s tit,” and perhaps the wost epithet “Kafira’s bloody twat.”

Prudence Plus: Prudence Plus is the largest manufacturer of ladies’ undergarments in the United Kingdom of Greater Brechalon.  One of their top selling items is the Fairy Bust Form Corset.

Pursuit of Perfection, The: The most popular novel by Dillan Westmacott.

Quaduary: Quaduary is the fourth month of the modern reformed calendar.  Like all the months except Hamonth, it has 30 days.  Quaduary 1st is Senta Bly’s birthday.

Quality of Damiano, The: A novel by Abban Keiman, The Quality of Damiano is one of the most quoted books in the Brech language.

Quasit: A quasit is a small demonic creature used by wizards and sorcerors to spy on others or run errands.  They are usually kept stored in a state of torpor inside glass jars when not in use.

Queen of Expy, S.S.: A brech freighter, one of the larger ships on the seas.

The Queen of Expy is named for the isle of Expy just north of Brechalon, which contrary to what one might expect, has no queen.

Quinn, Dorrit: A popular Brech writer who chronicles modern life in Brechalon.

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Nacht-der-Blumen-Fest: One of the major Freedonian cultural holidays, “The Night of the Flowers” is held each spring.  A major part of the celebration is feasting and dancing, as well as bright colorful displays of flowers.  Before bed on Nacht-der-Blumen-Fest, children place their shoes by the fireplace in hopes that they will be filled with candy by the flower sprites.

Natine: Capital city of the Kingdom of Mirsanna.  It is a major center of culture in the world, particularly of food and fashion.  Built on a site inhabited since prehistoric times, the modern city of Natine was established in 590 with the construction of the iconic city walls.

Nationalistische Demokraten: A minority political party in Freedonia, the National Socialists are allied with the Reine Zauberei and their policies.

Neo-Zaerphon: Today the portion of Zaerphon which remained after -1800 is recognized as a separate culture and called Neo-Zaerphon, due to differences in art, science, and architecture.  The Zaerphonians however considered themselves to be a continuation of the earlier society.  The Zaeri religion became monolithic in Neo-Zaerphon, centered around the Temeple of Axemom.

Neuschlindenmacht Castle: A beautiful medieval castle in Freedonia, Neuschlindenmacht Castle was confiscated as by the Reine Zauberei and used as their headquarters.

Nightmare Song: A book-length poem by Delia Hume, Nighmare Song tells the story of a woman in search of the meaning of dreams.

Night of the Snake: A novel by Ebrahim Detsky, Night of the Snake tells the story of twelve travelers who spend the night in a roadside in.

Novuary: Novuary is the ninth month in the modern reformed calendar.  Like all the months except Hamonth, it has 30 days.  Novuary 28th is the first day of Fall.  Novuary 4th is the birthday of Iolanthe Dechantagne.

Numateme, The: An artifact left by the people of Ancient Bormass, the Numateme is an entire mountain carved into the shape of a lion.  It is located in modern Freedonai near the city of Löwestadt.

Nutooka: Nutooka is a small city in northern Enclep, with a native population of perhaps twenty thousand living in homes made of bamboo and palm fronds.  Its only roads are winding pathways of dirt filled with rickshaws, carts pulled along by oxen, and in a few cases by large pigs, and native women carrying bundles upon their shoulders.  The Brechalon Royal Navy maintains a deepwater port in Nutooka.

Numis: Numis is a country in southern Sumir.  Numis was a province of Pavir that became independent in 1011.  Numis is an enemy of Camora and is allied with Freedonia.

Nurix: One of the largest cities of Neo-Zaerphon, as well as capital from -1700 to -1120, Nurix is best known as the location of the Temple of Axemom.  The city was destroyed by the Rundarians in year 88.

Obscured by the Sand: The best known novel of Augustus Patrylla.

Octuary: Octuary is the eighth month of the modern reformed calendar.  Like all the months except Hamonth, it has 30 days.  Terrence Dechantagne was born in Octuary.

Oddyndessen: A Zaeri holiday, seldom celebrated in Brechalon but still common in other countries, Oddyndessen is a remembrance of the scriptural hero Odessah who set out on a journey around the world at the command of God.  This journey is recounted in the Book of Odyssey in the Grand Scriptures.

Old City, The: The central part of Brech City, The Old City consists of large marble and stone buildings constructed between 1,000 and 300 years ago.  The relatively small population of The Old City (about 600,000) is largely venerable and affluent families and tradesmen who operate businesses in the area.

Old Prophets, The: The Old Prophets is the fourth book of the Holy Scriptures of the Zaeri (known as the Grand Scriptures to Kafirites).  It deals with the lives of ancient Zaeri prophets and their pronouncements.  Zeah quotes The Old Prophets Chapter 26, Verse 3: “Fear neither dragon nor storm.”

Olgon: Originally a mountain people, the Olgon conquered first the Driconda and then their neighbors, creating an empire two thousand miles long.  Between -2100 and -1300, the Olgon built commercial centers around huge pyramids dedicated to their gods.  The practice of bloody sacrifice led to their overthrow by subject races.

Omris: Omris was one of a pantheon of gods worshipped by the ancient Argrathians.  Originally a death god, Omris evolved over time to a resurrection deity.  The cult of Omris was surpassed by that of Sirris long before the Zaeri religion was brought to Argrathia.

On the Rails: On the Rails is a book by Mirsannan writer Corrina Orendia.  It tells the story of Brech railroad moguls and was published in Brech before being translated by the author to Mirsannan.

Orendia, Corrina: A Mirsannan writer.

Ornithomimus: Ornithomimus is a large Birmisian bird.  It is characterized by feet with three weight-bearing toes, long slender arms, and a long neck.  It has an elongated, toothless, beaked skull.  Ornithomimus is bipedal and superficially resembls ostriches. They are swift runners.

Oxenbourse, Lord: Lord Oxenbourse was a title granted to Mr. Robert Pine in 1822 for heroic defense of the Kingdom in the naval engagement at the Battle of Mulien.  Upon his death, without heirs, the title was returned to the King, and was never granted again.  A statue of Lord Oxenbourse stands above a fountain on Avenue Dragon.

Osprey, S.S.: One of a number of passenger/cargo ships making the run from Brechalon to Birmisia.

Oster: A kingdom of souther Sumir from about 800 to till 1864, Oster combined the cultures of Argrathia and Pavir.  In 1864, Lower Pavir (now known simply as Pavir) joined with Oster to become Pavir-Oster.