Ballar: Though little is known of its beginnings, by -6000, Ballar was an expanding empire in the northwest corner of Sumir. Ballar maintained trade with many other civilizations and its culture became quite diluted, taking on the traits of neighboring civilizations. About -2600, the Ballar Slave Class overran the Ballar ruling class. The resulting Kingdom of Zaerphon bore little resemblance to its predecessor.
Bamport: A deep water port and airship base for the Kingdom of Freedonia, Bamport was located on a small island north of Enclep.
Bangdorf: Capital of Freedonia, Bangdorf is a city of nearly two million. The original city predates Freedonia, having been established about 520. Upon selection as the capital in 1794, a massive rebuilding project was begun that continued to the present.
Barnyard, The: The Barnyard is a novel by Willam Hormby in which the farmer and his family are captured and put on trial by the animals of the farm. Eventually the animals kill and eat the humans and then turn on each other.
Bentin: Bentin is a small city in Greater Brechalon n the County of Cordwell. It is chiefly known for the Royal Military Base located just beyond the edge of the city.
Beer: Beer is an alcoholic beverage produced by the saccharification of starch and fermentation of the resulting sugar. The starch and saccharification enzymes are often derived from malted cereal grains, most commonly malted barley and malted wheat. Most beer is also flavoured with hops, which add bitterness and act as a natural preservative, though other flavourings such as herbs or fruit may occasionally be included. The preparation of beer is called brewing. There are dozens of brands of beer produced in Greater Brechalon, but this number is dwarfed by the varieties found in Freedonia. Beer is less common in Mirsanna, where wine drinking is much more prevalent.
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 particularly popular among lizardmen.
Bird Feet: One of a variety of species of violet, Bird Feet are common in Enclep.
Birmisia: The northeastern portion of the continent of Mallon, Birmisia covers an area of about 8 million square miles. Home to hundreds of lizardman settlements and several large cities, it is sparsely settled by human beings—the one notable exception being Brechalon’s Birmisia Colony. Most of Birmisia falls in the temperate climate range.
Birmisia Colony: A Brech Colony in Birmisia, Mallon, Birmisia Colony was founded in 1899 by the three Dechantagne siblings and is centered on the city of Port Dechantagne.
Blackbottom: Also known as The Bottom, Blackbottom is a section of Brech City built on land sloping down toward the River Thiss. Besides thousands of two and three story houses that all seem to be either leaning toward the river because of the sloping land or leaning in the other direction in hopes of countering the slope, there are countless seedy pubs, sordid meeting houses, and hidden drug dens in Blackbottom.
Black Pudding: Black pudding, blood pudding, or blood sausage is a type of sausage made by cooking blood or dried blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled.
Bloomers: One of several types of divided women’s garments for the lower body.
Bonaventura, Abel: A writer from Borazon, Bonaventura is known for his novels Who Lived in My House? and Bring Me My Life.
Bonnano, Lan: Brech writer Lan Bonnano is best known for his novels Death and Destruction and Fiora Kirseen.
Booth, Duchy of: The Duchy of Booth is located on the northern corner of the island of Mirilon and is one of 66 political divisions within the United Kingdom of Greater Brechalon.
Borazon, Kingdom of: A large country south of Freedonia, Borazon was formed as a successor state to Magnus’s Empire of the Zur. The modern Borazon encompasses only the eastern portion of the original kingdom. Borazon converted to Kafirism about 160. The Borazonian language is closely related to Freedonian and the two counties share many other cultural traits.
Bormass: Bormass was an ancient culture occupying the horn of Sumir from about -2000 to about -1500. It has been speculated that the Bormass originated on Enclep, because of a similarity of artwork. Little remains of Bormass, except for massive carvings of animals found throughout their land. The largest of these is Numateme, an entire mountain carved into the shape of a lion.
Brech (The Great City): Brech City is the capital of the United Kingdom of Greater Brechalon. It is the largest city in the world, with a population of more than four million. Tradition holds that Magnus the Great laid out the city himself in year -6.
Brech Mallontah: (See Mallontah.)
Brechalon: The large island upon which Brech City resides, it is the center of the United Kingdom of Greater Brechalon. Brechalon is roughly circular, approximately 500 miles in diameter.
Brechalon (Ancient): The civilization of Brechalon was a military empire. The discovery of an ancient fortress on the Island of Greater Brechalon is what gives the Brechalonians their name, though it was later determined to be only an outpost and the bulk of the empire was in fact, on eastern coast of what is today Mirsanna. The Brechalonians pioneered iron weapons, and defeated Donnata about -4600.
Brech by Starlight: A romantic novel by Cathal Parvis.
Brech’s Islands: A historical novel that follows the development of the Kingdom of Greater Brechalon, Brech’s Islands is one of the most popular foreign novels in Brech.
Brech Stories: A popular collection of short stories by Baumgarten Glines.
Breeding Booksellers: A small bookstore on Avenue Phoenix in Brech City, Breeding Booksellers is noted for procuring hard-to-find editions. Terrence Dechantagne purchased a copy of Kazia Garstone’s Revenge at Breeding.
The Bribe: The Bribe is a novel by Chirem Gynn that tells the story of a police constable whose life crumbles around him after he accepts a bribe from a drug dealer.
Bring Me My Life: A novel by Abel Bonaventura, Bring Me My Life tells the story of a man returning from six months of living in a coma to find himself replace by a man who has married his wife and adopted his children.
Broken Tooth: A novel by Wadsworth Dietle, Broken Tooth is the story of a dog that must choose to stay with humans or join a wolf pack. It is the only book by Dietle that is as popular in Brech as it is in Freedonian.
Brownworth, Tzuriel: A Brech biologist and medical doctor, Tzuriel Brownworth best known for his Theory of Evolution, developed during his jouney to the Mullien Islands as detailed in The Adventures of the S.S. Flying Fish.
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 featureing news on fashion and etiquette.
Buitreraptor: Buiteraptors are a rather small species of Birmisian predatory bird. They are bout three feet in length and about a foot tall. The buitreraptor has a slender, flat, extremely elongated snout with many small teeth that lack meat-tearing serrations or cutting edges and are grooved, strongly recurved and flattened. It is not a hunter of relatively large animals, but rather a hunter of small animals such as lizards and mammals. The forelimbs of Buitreraptor are long and end in hands with three fingers.
Burson, Tracy: A Brech novelist and proponent of conservation.
Bustle: A bustle is a type of framework used to expand the fullness or support the drapery of the back of a woman’s dress. Bustles are worn under the skirt in the back, just below the waist, to keep the skirt from dragging. Heavy fabric tended to pull the back of a skirt down and flatten it. Thus, a woman’s petticoated or crinolined skirt would lose its shape, making her behind look flat and unappealing. Since their introduction in Mirsanna, bustles have become synonymous with the fashion, and continue to increase in size.