You are a superfan of Leoshine. You want to know the meaning behind the character names, the Myxolidianisms and Aeolian vocabulary. You want to impress your friends with smooth pronunciation of the Aeolian Alphabet .Here is your dictionary, your fast track to understanding the world under the Dome!
ao Kenan Leoshine’s Guide to Myxolidia
In the far distant future, those who read this history of Myxolidia, as well as those who visit, may wish to know the meaning of some terms and place names familiar to the Myxo-lidian people.Here I, ao Kenan Leoshine, Co-Regent of Myxolidia, offer a humble assortment of definitions and pronunciations to you in hopes that you will feel at home among us.
Leoshine – The youngest child of Curtstas. Mediary between the Aeolians and her own people of Myxolidia.
Avram – Also known as ao Kevath. Chosen leader of the Aeolian mission to regenerate the atmosphere of Myxolidia.
Resham – Valet to Avram. Also chief cultural advisor, bodyguard, priest, and physician. Taken from Myxolidia to Aeolia as a child and adopted by ao Kenan Iliana as a son and brother to Avram.
Ao Kevad – High King of Aeolia and Myxolidia. Instigator of the rescue mission.
Curtstas – Leoshine’s father. Mayor of the only pre-Aeolian town under the Myxolidian Dome. Studied the Dome and invented a system to record its deterioration. Taken to Aeolia to experience and recognise the benefit of re-establishing connection with our progenitors’ descendants.
Mother – Leoshine’s mother, keeper of traditions. Wifeholder of Curtstas’ compound and weaver of fine linen.
Iliana – Avram’s mother. Priestess, physician, and teacher. Daughter of a past Overlord of Aeolia.
Georg – Leoshine’s oldest brother. Trained to lead. Brave, trustworthy, and dead.
Giffshine – Leoshine’s oldest sister. Deranged by several failed Rites of Womanhood. She did not give birth to a live child. A rebel against the Aeolians.
Hillashine -Leoshine’s middle sister. Initiated through the Rite of Womanhood, she is pregnant at the beginning of this history.
Wol – Leoshine’s nearest sibling in age. Rebellion against Father transfers to Avram. Leader of the Woltreaders. Intelligent, arrogant, favourite of Mother.
Gavin – Avram’s city general. Giant, gentle, and observant. His wife Heien (Iliana’s niece) and five children arrive with Iliana.
Uly – Avram’s general. Spokesman for the generals. He had a wife who died early in their marriage. Expert in transportation.
Dorim – Avram’s general. He had a wife who refused to come to Myxolidia. Expert with energy forces.
Kirim – Avram’s general. Brother of Dorim. They were abandoned to Iliana’s orphanages on Aeolia. Loves swimming and boating.
Lantro – Avram’s general. Quick with the sword. All the generals grew up with Avram, schooled together, trained as soldiers together.
Alan – Avram’s general. Tall and hawk-like. Most cynical and prejudiced of the generals.
Zolous – Gavin’s second in command. Rasset – The chief scientist responsible for the regeneration of the Dome. He would have been called a Trickixim or “guardian of the Dome” in pre-schism days. Post-schism they became an order of priests.
Elego – Oxikobh wifeholder. Manages a compound full of other wifeholders and children while their men fight with Wol.
Shua – Oxikobh youth, Woltreader healed by Leoshine. Servant of the Tassanara. One-armed son of Elego.
Yebit – Younger brother of Shua. Quieter and more suspicious than Shua.
Paulos – Avram’s stallion. Imprinted on Avram and trained for war.
Gorphiline – Leoshine’s servant before Avram arrives.
Byetoh – Giffshine’s failed Initiation partner.
Ankong – Hillashine’s successful Initiation partner. Woltreader.
The Dome of Myxolidia – A generated atmosphere first established on a planetine by the Aeolians 1000 years before Avram’s arrival. Her people suffered a tragic schism that led to the Dome’s neglect and deterioration.
Bertrae Bair-trāy – A strategy for protecting the town. Four generals are posted to the four points of the compass. Gavin remains in town. The sixth general is available to support wherever he is needed.
Cortransa Cor-trăn-să – When two large bodies of soldiers meet outside the town, this manoeuver allows them to mix without accident. The leader of each body swings it around behind him and then converges on the other leader.
Tinamarrhi Tēn-ă-mărē – The command to unleash the energy waves of the large Aeolian weapons.
Teshaddar – Tĕ-shĕ-ddahr An electronic shield that secures Leoshine into her saddle.
Obenici – Ō-bĕn-ēssē – Oracle
Ephitide Ĕff-ĭ-tyd – Treasure
Whips-tarn Whĭsp-taarn – An Aeolian sprite – character in a fairytale.
Tassanara Tă-ssă-nă-ră – Princess
Epiphrondite Ĕp-ĭ-frŏnd-yte – Darling
Sassnigor Săss-nĭ-gor – Someone who lags behind
Tobera Tŏ-bear-ă – Diminutive Slave
Babim Bă-bim – Infant Darling
Snoriginund Snor-ĭ-ghĭ-nund – Sleepy Head
Norfinoof Nor-fĭn-oof – Ninny
Torpvehr Torp-fair – Beauty
Flora and Fauna
Asced āth-sĕd – Plant Species
Pulimeit Pŭl-ĭ-mēt – Plant Species
Planetine Plă-nět-ēn – the perfect chunk of rock for building generated atmospheres
Chackwood Chăck-wüd – Twigs of a shrub that taste sweet and are good for cleaning teeth. “To suck on chackwood” is to be part of the family. Coeval Cō-ēvaal a stream Gallalla Ghă-lă-ăh-lă – Tiny, fierce bird that hides its nest in hedges.
Barskatrafing Squallywalker – Bår-skătrā-fŋ Skwållē-wå-ker Oxikobh Ŏx-ĭ-cŏb – Savages in the Myxolidian Forest
Servants and Slaves
Rachnorgat – Raɣ-nor-găt – Victim of the Mercy Plea
Rellogat Rěl-lŏ-găt – Household servant of Myxolidia
Omaeulenen Ō-mæ-ü-lĕ-nĕn – Handmaid to Iliana (Plural: Omaeuli Ō-mæ-ü-lē)
Cooking and Food
Eqipgn Oil Ĕkwĭ-pĭdň Oil Cooking Oil
Legend and Myth
Alsabal ăl-să-băl The Creators
Aeok’n Ā-ō-kĭn The Dome
Eaogk/Eogk’n Ē-ăō-gk-(n) (gutteral sound in the back of the throat) Evil infection of Aeok’n
Trickixim Trĭck-ē-ĭck-sēm Ministers to Aeok’n, original scientists who set up the Dome.
Bethspall Bĕth-spaal The first Trickixim of legend.
Grenlor Grĕn-lor The second Trickixim of legend.
Units of Measurement
Rihg Reeg Paces
Lort Lort Kilometers
Titles of address
ao Kevath eye-0h Kĕ-văth – my lord
ao Kenan eye-0h Kĕ-naan – my lady
Concepts and Rituals and Protocols
Mercy Plea: When one Myxolidian wrongs another, they pay with their life, unless, they call “Mercy.” At that point they become a Rachnorgat – the lowest form of slave. They are kept in animal-like conditions, fed minimally. But at least they are alive. The wronged party becomes the Rachnorgain, or ‘master.’
Rite of Womanhood Myxolidian Initiation for girls into childbearing. Her parents choose a man for her. She must fall pregnant during the ritual. After that, she must give birth to a live child before she is allowed to join her man as a primary wife. If she fails to give birth to a live child, she either stays with her parents, or becomes a secondary wife to any man who will support her. He must protect and feed her. In return she gives him sexual rites without fear of feeding children. (Note: From her place of privilege, Leoshine’s oldest sister, Giffshine was given several “Initiations” before her father returned from Aeolia and stopped the practice.)
Sequeacght: The drowning of a sacrifice in blood.
This Glossary and Guide is dedicated to a wonderful young woman named Emily, who has contributed a powerful amount of information and advice to Leoshine’s creation. Thank you Emily!