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Glossary of Terms and Proper Nouns

 

ahvenge
v. Act of mortal retribution, carried out typically by a male loved one.

 

Black Dagger Brotherhood
pr n. Highly trained vampire warriors who protect their species against the Lessening Society. As a result of selective breeding within the race, Brothers possess immense physical and mental strength as well as rapid healing capabilities. They are not siblings for the most part, and are inducted into the Brotherhood upon nomination by the Brothers. Aggressive, self-reliant, and secretive by nature, they exist apart from civilians, having little contact with members of the other classes except when they need to feed. They are the subjects of legend and the objects of reverence within the vampire world. They may be killed only by the most serious of wounds, e.g., a gunshot or stab to the heart, etc.

 

blood slave
n. Male or female vampire who has been subjugated to serve the blood needs of another. The practice of keeping blood slaves has largely been discontinued, though it has not been outlawed.

 

the Chosen
pr n. Female vampires who have been bred to serve the Scribe Virgin. They are considered members of the aristocracy, though they are spiritually rather than temporally focused. They have little or no interaction with males but can be mated to Brothers at the Scribe Virgin's direction to propagate their class. They have the ability to prognosticate. In the past, they were used to meet the blood needs of unmated members of the Brotherhood, but that practice has been abandoned by the Brothers.

 

cohntehst
n. Conflict between two males competing for the right to be a female's mate.

 

Dhunhd
pr n. Hell.

 

doggen
n. Member of the servant class within the vampire world.
Doggen
have old, conservative traditions about service to their superiors, following a formal code of dress and behavior. They are able to go out during the day, but they age relatively quickly. Life expectancy is approximately five hundred years.

 

the Fade
pr n. Nontemporal realm where the dead reunite with their loved ones and pass eternity.

 

First Family
pr n. The king and queen of the vampires and any children they may have.

 

ghardian
n. Custodian of an individual. There are varying degrees of
ghardians
, with the most powerful being that of a
se-hcluded
female, known as a
whard
.

 

glymera
n. The social core of the aristocracy, roughly equivalent to Regency England's ton.

 

hellren
n. Male vampire who has been mated to a female. Males may take more than one female as mate.

 

leahdyre
n. A person of power and influence.

 

leelan
adj.; n. A term of endearment loosely translated as "dearest one."

 

Lessening Society
pr n. Order of slayers convened by the Omega for the purpose of eradicating the vampire species.

 

lesser
n. De-souled human who targets vampires for extermination as a member of the Lessening Society.
Lesser
must be stabbed through the chest in order to be killed; otherwise they are ageless. They do not eat or drink and are impotent. Over time, their hair, skin, and irises lose pigmentation until they are blond, blushless, and pale-eyed. They smell like baby powder. Inducted into the society by the Omega, they retain a ceramic jar thereafter, into which their heart was placed after it was removed.

 

lheage
n. A term of respect used by a sexual submissive to refer to her dominant.

 

mahmen
n. Mother. Used both as an identifier and a term of affection.

 

mhis
n. The masking of a given physical environment; the creation of a field of illusion.

 

nalla
(f.) or
nallum
(m.) n. Beloved.

 

needing period
n. Female vampire's time of fertility, generally lasting for two days and accompanied by intense sexual cravings. Occurs approximately five years after a female's transition and then once a decade thereafter. All males respond to some degree if they are around a female in her need. It can be a dangerous time, with conflicts and fights breaking out between competing males, particularly if the female is not mated.

 

newling
n. A virgin.

the Omega pr n. Malevolent, mystical figure who has targeted the vampires for extinction out of resentment directed toward the Scribe Virgin. Exists in a nontemporal realm and has extensive powers, though not the power of creation.

 

phearsom
adj. Term referring to the potency of a male's sexual organs. Literal translation something close to "worthy of entering a female."

 

princeps
n. Highest level of the vampire aristocracy, second only to members of the First Family or the Scribe Virgin's Chosen. Must be born to the title; it may not be conferred.

 

pyrocant
n. Refers to a critical weakness in an individual. The weakness can be internal, such as an addiction, or external, such as a lover.

 

rythe
n. Ritual manner of assuaging honor granted by one who has offended another. If accepted, the offended chooses a weapon and strikes the offender, who presents him- or herself without defenses.

 

the Scribe Virgin
pr n. Mystical force who is counselor to the king as well as the keeper of vampire archives and the dispenser of privileges. Exists in a nontemporal realm and has extensive powers. Capable of a single act of creation, which she expended to bring the vampires into existence.

 

sehclusion
n. Status conferred by the king upon a female of the aristocracy as a result of a petition by the female's family. Places the female under the sole direction of her
ghardian
, typically the eldest male in her household. Her
ghardian
then has the legal right to determine all manner of her life, restricting at will any and all interactions she has with the world.

 

shellan
n. Female vampire who has been mated to a male. Females generally do not take more than one mate due to the highly territorial nature of bonded males.

 

symphath
n. Species within the vampire race characterized by the ability and desire to manipulate emotions in others (for the purposes of an energy exchange), among other traits. Historically, they have been discriminated against and during certain eras hunted by vampires. They are near to extinction.

 

the Tomb
pr n. Sacred vault of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Used as a ceremonial site as well as a storage facility for the jars of
lessers
. Ceremonies performed there include inductions, funerals, and disciplinary actions against Brothers. No one may enter except for members of the Brotherhood, the Scribe Virgin, or candidates for induction.

 

trahyner
n. Word used between males of mutual respect and affection. Translated loosely as "beloved friend."

 

transition
n. Critical moment in a vampire's life when he or she transforms into an adult. Thereafter, they must drink the blood of the opposite sex to survive and are unable to withstand sunlight. Occurs generally in the mid-twenties. Some vampires do not survive their transitions, males in particular. Prior to their transitions, vampires are physically weak, sexually unaware and unresponsive, and unable to dematerialize.

 

vampire
n. Member of a species separate from that of Homo sapiens. Vampires must drink the blood of the opposite sex to survive. Human blood will keep them alive, though the strength does not last long. Following their transitions, which occur in their mid-twenties, they are unable to go out into sunlight and must feed from the vein regularly. Vampires cannot "convert" humans through a bite or transfer of blood, though they are in rare cases able to breed with the other species. Vampires can dematerialize at will, though they must be able to calm themselves and concentrate to do so and may not carry anything heavy with them. They are able to strip the memories of humans, provided such memories are short term. Some vampires are able to read minds. Life expectancy is upward of a thousand years or in some cases even longer.

 

wahlker
n. An individual who has died and returned to the living from the Fade. They are accorded great respect and are revered for their travails.

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