Warriors of Sirei
(Your guide to all terms and references used within the story)
*Acacia - (uh-KAY-See-uh) A dancing girl with magical abilities but no memory of her past. Named by Zyan after the constellation "Acacia". Acacia = a yellow flower that stands for platonic love. The constellation is derived from the story of a priestess who tried to sacrifice herself to save her village. It is a grouping of seven stars in the center of the sky. She is a woman holding a staff and at the tip of the staff, meant to guide lost travelers home, is the North Star.
*Acerna - (uh-SAIR-na) The sixth kingdom of Sirei, created as a result from the civil war within Terria in A.C. 729.
*Acerna Prison - The largest prison in Sirei, this construct lies on the border of Coral Desert where inmates are sent to die if found guilty.
*Aiea - (ai-A-uh) One of the major cities within the kingdom of Aingeal, Aiea is a center for trade between western Sirei and the Imperial City.
*Aingeal - (AN-gee-l) The second kingdom of Sirei, known for its elite Scarlet Knights and Mount Origin. (Old Irish name meaning "Angel")
*Akinda - (uh-KIN-duh) A large wolfling with advanced abilities. She is Rio's mother and acting leader of the wolfling tribes. She was a past acquiantance of Zyan's mother whom erected the barrier around Razil.
*Amala - (ah-MA-la) Younger sister to Etain, she is an ancient princess that fell in love with a neighboring country's prince and succeeded the throne instead of her sister. In her jealousy, Etain killed Amala and the prince, but because she was pure of heart the goddess granted her a place in the heavens and she now guards Idoneus as a constellation. Amala is also the fifth month of the Sirein year.
*Animon - (AH-nee-mon) A servant to the goddess, this is the elemental spirit of wind. Can be summoned by magic users and directed in battle.
*Armoon - (ar-MOON) Zyan's father and a master swordsman. Son of a blacksmith, his family sword is later passed down with special hidden abilities.
*Astridr Castle - (a-STRIDE-er) Home of the Leusian royal family, the castle stands surrounded on three sides by water to best defend against invasions. Home to the oldest kingdom of Sirei, Astridr Castle's architecture is as unique as it is ancient.
*Athar - (AH-thar) Third oldest kingdom in Sirei it was discovered along with gold in the Halal Mountains but later built a library and became the central society for scholars.
*Athos - (A-thos) Capital of Athar and home to royal family's Rahgnall Castle. The kingdom lies on a slant to the West where the castle resides but just beneath that is the famed library.
*Aquaria - (ah-qu-WHERE-i-a) The largest of the six kingdoms, it houses all of Lunar Lake which atop lays Madan Castle. The last of the original five kingdoms to be established in A.C. 698.
*Aquarian - (ah-qu-WHERE-i-an) A race within Sirei that was known for its rich blue hair and eyes. Having dedicated themselves to the research and development of healing magic, they are the most powerful healers in Sirei. They diappeared along with Madan Castle and the royal family in A.C. 850.
*Ayla - (AI-la) Capital of Terria, Ayla is split into North and South Ayla because of The Scar it sits in. The Scar is a deep canyon filled with various minerals that are mined as Terria's major trade. Su Castle sits on the Eastern side of the Scar, protected on three sides by cliffs. Gondolas and lifts connect North Ayla which is above the canyon and South Ayla which is inside. Radiance River flows into the scar and out the other side. Some suspect The Scar used to be a lake that dried up and now the river is all that's left.
*Battle of Maloshi - The final battle fought in the war against the Twisted Ones. Taking place the 17th of Kadeem A.C. 863, the capital city of Acerna was the confrontational point between Sirein Royal Forces led by the Emperor and both of his sons against the Twisted Ones. King Malum, general of Emperor Dein's army's at the time, ordered the assault. History states, it was here that Saithin troops turned against Sirei, killed the emperor and his heirs. Malum was the only survivor to make it back to safety to report the Saithin defection. Shortly after this tragic battle, Malum is crowned the new emperor and orders all Saithins captured or killed for their treason. This is called the Day of Exitus.
*Bora the Healer - (BORE-a) One of the oldest wolflings alive today, Bora is a skilled healer both in herbal medicine and magical healing. She is a close friend of the wolfling leader Akinda and acts as the village's grandmother. Her granddaughter Suily recently became her assistant and will one day take over when the moons call back Bora to be with the ancestors.
*Cassandra - (ka-SAW-n-drah) Keeper of the Full Moon Inn, Cassandra was married once but Malum had her husband executed for harboring Saithin and half breed refugees and "traitors". Since his death, Cassandra has continued to aide the innocent and help get them to safety. She even has connections in high places.
*Cobras - Created by dark magic, these snake-men creatures serve their master and hunt down those who oppose the imperial throne. They have green or black scales and can bite or project poison from their fangs. They can also pick up light scents in the wind with their reptilian tongue which makes them good trackers.
*Daughter of the Goddess - The Goddess Vindica's favorite subject, this girl is the tool with which Vindica relays messages to her people in times of need.
*Day of Exitus - The 15th of Prema, Emperor Malum orders all Saithins captured or killed for treasonous acts that led to the death of the previous regime at the Battle of Maloshi. On this day, imperial forces lay siege to all Saithin villages, killing everyone and burning the bodies (to prevent the Saithins from reincarnating which was a human superstition and never actually a Saithin ability). The imperial law which advocated this action also outlawed any magic using from half breeds and destroyed any Saithin artifact, book, or paraphernalia that existed within Sirein borders. ("Exitus" in english is the end of a disease that leads to death)
*Death Dealer - Servants of the spirit Exitus, death dealers separate a person's soul from their body when it comes time for them to die. The newly detached spirit is then brought before Idoneus for judgment into the afterlife.
*Dragonkin - Children of the first dragon Origin, their home now resides on the Varmetir Islands. These dragons have a history and lineage completely hidden from society and though their numbers have dwindled dramatically because of their past, they still strive on to save their race from extinction.
*Eliana - (eli-AH-na) Once a queen of the Kingdom of Leus, she is the sister to Empress Emiko and mother to Princess Victoria. She was half Saithin and so strongly supported them, as did her sister. She was murdered with her husband by assassins and is survived by her daughter Victoria.
*Emiko - (Eh-miko) Sister to Queen Eliana of Leus, she fell in love with Emperor Dein and became Empress. Half Saithin, whenever charges were brought against Saithins, she was a strong advocate for them. She died of an illness in A.C. 851.
*Emperor Dein - (DAY-N) Emperor of Sirei before Malum, he was killed during the Battle of Maloshi. He ruled from 802-864.
*Etain - (et-A-een) A Princess of mythology, she was supposed to inherit the throne but when her younger sister Amala fell in love with the prince from the neighboring country, a wedding was planned and Amala was renamed the heir in order to reinforce relations between the two countries. Filled with a sense of betrayal and jealousy, she killed her sister and the prince.
*Exitus - (EXIT-us) A spirit created by the goddess. He controls the death dealers that people fear of when it comes time to die. The death dealers, and in essence Exitus, take the souls to Idoneus where they are to be judged. Exitus is also in charge of overseeing the death of other living things such as plants and animals which become food for the Cycle of Life.
*Faran - (FAR-on) King of Athar, he was succeeded by four daughters, all who were thought to have died when Malum brought Athar under his direct rule.
*Fides - (FEE-des) The green moon child, middle born of the three, she represents Trust within Vidician religeon. She descended upon Sirei once, and was attacked by dark creatures. Saved by Raziel, she returned to the heavens, her mission for the goddess failed. The cycle of her moon in the sky is one half month, or 14 days.
*Frid - (FREED) The town of Zyan's birth, his mother was its Vindician priestess and was talented in all forms of magic. Frid was located near the Inori River but since all its residents were killed during the Day of Exitus, no one knows its location.
*Fulsi - (FULL-see) A town located in the northern part of the Ather Kingdom, it used to be called "The Jewel of the Desert" and people would come to enjoy the waters of this oasis. But some time ago the waters dried up, leaving the people desolate and poor. Many left, but some would not leave their homes. Now sandstorms and hot weather are all the visit the remains of the village. The seemingly random location of this desert began rumors of "divine punishment" but no one knows for sure.
*Gobeithio - (go-BETH-thee-o) Eldest moon child and largest in the sky above Sirei, Gobeithio represents Wisdom within Vidician mythology and watches over the land with his two youngest sisters, Fides and Lara. No one knows if he has yet to descend upon the land, doing the will of the goddess, or if he already walks among the people, guiding them with subtly and caution. He is seen full in the sky only once a month. It is also the day Lara and Fides are also full in the sky.
*Gollan - (GOAL-un) A Saithin survivor of the Day of Exitus, Gollan swore loyalty to Malum in exchange for his life and although he seems emotionless and ruthless, there is an underlying sadness that hints at something deeper. Now a bounty hunter, Gollan chases after Zyan, determined to fight until one of them falls.
*Goryu - (go-RI-u) Capital of Aingeal and home to the Scarlet Knights, Goryu is situated at the base of Origin Peak, Sirei's only dormant volcano and its people believe they are protected by its sleeping power rather than in danger of it. Su Castle, home to the royal family of Aingeal, also resides here.
*Halal Mountains - (HALL-all) A large mountain range that creates all of the southern border, as well as some of the western, Halal Mountains are home to such places as Suicide Point, Howling Point, and the final resting place of Zyan's mother and father.
*Half-breeds - Offspring of a human and a Saithin, these powerful children although they don't inherit the angelic wings, they possess powerful magic. After the Day of Exitus, Half-breeds were also hunted down and force into hiding.
*Howling Point - A large rock in the shape of a wolf's head crying to the moon, this monument is the birthplace of all Wolflings, for it was here that Raziel saved Fides and became a Wolfling through sheer force of will and his love of the moon goddess.
*Humans - Creations by the Vindica herself when cruel Saithins were charge for the ill-treating of their brethren. Humans, without magic or wings, are thought to be the weakest of the races.
*Hyleen Forest - (HI-leen) A bridging forest connecting the Scar in Terria with the mountain range Kettos. While passing through, travelers claim to experience a "time-lapse" saying they no sooner enter the forest from one side, than come out safe and sound through the other. No one to date has discovered why.
*Idoneus - (ee-DO-N-ee-us) "The Door" constellation, it is a grouping of 7 stars that create a passage through which parted souls transcend into heaven, if they are worthy. One either side of Idoneus are its guardians, Amala and Kadeem.
*Imperial Castle - Home to the Emperor of Sirei and his family, it is where all five of the original kingdoms meet. Set atop the point at which Suicide River splits into Radience River and Leili River, much of the castle and nearby city is run entirely through water power.
*Imperial Guards - The private army of the Emperor, when Acerna became its own kingdom, Emperor Dein gave its King the position of General over his armies, a show of trust that in the end may have brought about his downfall. The main job, as of late, for the Imperial Guards, has been hunting down Saithins and Half-breeds, as was dictated by Emperor Malum's edict.
*Iniabi Plains - (IN-ee-AH-bee) The large portion of grass and hills that spans the distance between Athos and Verinth. There is but one road traversing it and because of the high economical nature of the two closest cities, is used mostly by merchants and traders.
*Inori River - (ee-NO-ree) A river that was once near Frid, a Saithin town before the Day of Exitus. Whether it dried up or merely disappeared, no one knows its true location...much like the town itself.
*Kadeem - (ka-DEEM) Sometimes called "The Hermit" or "Wise One", it is a constellation located next to Idoneus. He guides people both living and dead in the ways of wisdom and patience.
*Kara - (KAH-rah) A priestess from Acerna, she was captured and comes across Zyan during his journey. A power ally, she uses a staff and can use magic as a half-breed.
*Kettos - (KET-tos) One of the two Gemini Mountain Ranges, this easternmost twin borders Hyleen Forest and gives an astounding look over the "Scar" in Terria. As of late, Imperial Forces seem to have other plans for it.
*Kors - (CORES) One of Malum's forces, unseen by the regular populace, these dark creatures are a mixture of several animals and has enough power to take on several fighters at once. Towers at least three men high.
*Krith - One of Malum's underlings, he has been put in charge of a meranite excavation site along with Odio. With his ruthless, he keeps prisoners there under painful lock and key and never hesitates to use his whip to punish them.
*Lamia - (la-ME-ah) "The Witch" constellation, she was placed in the sky for unknown reasons and is worshipped by users of the Dark Arts.
*Lara - (LA-Rah) The youngest of the moon children, she stands for Faith. Her red moon in the sky is full one every week.
*Leus - (LOOSE) The oldest of the six kingdoms, its culture is rich in dance, music, and literature. Its capital is Lynn. Founded the 6th of Saeran A.C. 579.
*Lynn - (L-IN) The capital of Leus, it is located in the northwestern most corner of Sirei and is home to Astridr Castle. Surrounded on three sides by water, the city and castle are thought to be impregnable.
*Madan Castle - (MAH-DAH-N) Once home to the royal family of Aquaria, Madan Castle was located in the center of Lunar lake. In A.C. 850, the castle along with all the Aquarians disappeared from Sirei without a trace.
*Maji - (MAH-gee) A town in Aquaria. Mainly deserted after A.C. 850.
*Malum, Emperor of Sirei - (MAL-um) Named heir by the previous king days before his death, Malum inherited the throne in A.C. 842. Performed his duties as the Imperial General over the Emperor's army and personal advisor for almost thirty years. Then, after the Battle of Maloshi, as the sole survivor of the Saithin's betrayal, he is declared Emperor by the people.
*Mana - (Mah-Nah) The energy the Goddess Vindica granted upon her children. It is what enables magic spells and what breathes life into everything. If one casts a spell and doesn't have enough mana (depending on the spell), its possible his own mana, or life force, can be used.
*Mana Barrier - A mana spell that can be used to protect something from physical and magical attacks, or be used to hide something from the seeing eye. Barriers, depending on their strength and the strength of the caster, can last even past the death of the caster. There are several other forms of mana barriers as well.
*Mana Seal - Not often seen, a mana seal is similar to a mana barrier in the fact that it protects whatever it surrounds. But where a barrier can be broken, a seal cannot be removed by anyone except the one who placed it. A kind of magical key.
*Maloshi - (Mah-low-shee) A town in the center of Acerna, it was the scene and witness to the death of Emperor Dein and his two sons at the hands of the Saithins.
*Meranite - (MARE-uh-nite) A dangerous stone that when touched acts like a void and sucks up the mana of the individual. A stone Emperor Malum has interests in...
*Misume til Aquan - (Me-SUE-may TILL AH-qu-on) Princess of Aquaria, heir to the throne.
*Moon Children - Upon her departure from Sirei, Vindica mourned the death of her love Vann and her tears, when they fell into the sea, formed the three moon children Gobeithio, Fides, and Lara. They represent Wisdom, Faith, and Trust and remained on Sirei to guide the goddess children and carry out her will.
*Mount Origin - The only dormant volcano in Sirei, it is located in Aingeal and looms over its capital of Goryu. Its peak is usually hidden from clouds because it rises so high into the sky.
*Nerine - (ner-REE-N) Spirit of water created by the Goddess, it is her powers magic users call upon when they cast water.
*Odio - (OH-dee-o) As heartless and mean as Krith, he serves Malum as an overseer in one of Malum's mine. He takes pleasure in controlling people and punishes them without due cause.
*Origin - (OR-i-gin) The first dragonkin, created by the goddess as her companion and mount. Also a constellation in the Northern sky, he protects Vindica's creations with his power. The sixth month of the year.
*Parros - (PAIR-oh-s) Twin mountain range to Kettos and oversees Sunset Cliffs. It also has many caves hidden within that could be used for different purposes...
*Pranav - Male twin to Prema, as well as a constellation in the southern sky. Second month in the Sirein calender.
*Prema - Female twin to Pranav, as well as a constellation in the southern sky. Third month in the Sirein calender.
*Priestess of Vindica - There are several shrines to the goddess located around Sirei, usually one within each kingdom. Its priestess are women who have sworn their lives to the study and worship of the Goddess Vindica. They are recognized by the white, blue, and black color of their dresses along with the beads found around their neck of the same color. The priests, though lower in rank, have similar garments and wear 5 beads: blue-white-black-white-blue in the hair.
*Rahgnall Castle - (RAG-n-all) Home to the royal family of Aingeal and located in the capital city of Goryu at the base of Mount Origin.
*Raziel - (RAH-zee-el) The wolf that witnessed the descent of the moon child Fides. Upon protecting her from those that would mean her harm, he transformed himself into the image of a human and approached her. He was the first wolfling.
*Razil - (Raa-Z-ill) Although there are many hidden wolfling villages, Razil is their "capital" and is home to the wolfling matriarch Akinda and her son Rio. Presently all wolfling villages are protect and hidden by barriers created by Zyan's mother.
*Royal Guards - The Emperor's personal bodyguards. Answerable to no one but him and almost never leave his side.
*Rio - (SEE-oh) The wolfling prince and son to its present matriarch Akinda. Growing up with Zyan, he considers them brothers and always has Zyan back no matter what the situation. As evidence of this, Zyan and Rio both entered and completed the coming of age ceremonial hunt of the wolflings and received gold loops that both wear in their left ears.
*Saeran - (SAY-rah-n) a mystical bird resembling a swan but with three long tails that each have a different colored jewel at the tip: turquoise, jade and pink quartz. These three stones are also intertwined and make up the wedding band for many couples in Sirei. Saeran is a companion spirit to the goddess and is in charge of overseeing the fates of her children. Often depicted carrying the 'blue ribbon of fate', once Saeran wraps it around two people, they are destined to find each other and fall in love. A Saithin marriage custom is to throw the bouquet into the sea so that Saeran may pass on your good fortune onto the next person.
*Saithin - (SAY-thin) Creatures created in the form of the goddess, they have angelic white wings and can use magic as granted by Vindica. Because of the Battle of Maloshi where they were accused of assassinating the Emperor and his heirs, they have been hunted to the brink of extinction.
*Saithin-Ka - Ancient and far stronger and more powerful in the ways of magic than regular Saithins, Saithin-Ka were the nobles of the original Saithin race.
*Saithin Birthmark - A symbol on the right arm of every Saithin, proclaiming their birth right.
*Salus - (SAW-loose) A fish constellation in the eastern sky, farmers pray to him for a bountiful harvest. The ninth month of the Sirein calender.
*Scarlet Knights - An elite order of knights trained in Aingeal in the ways of the warrior. Upon completion of their training, each Scarlet Knight is granted a "Seun" or charm of protection as proof of their accomplishment.
*Shadow Warriors - Pledging their lives to the royal family of Aquaria, these warriors are adept with the powers of Nedine. They can transform into pure water hence their infiltration and information gathering is unrivaled. As fearsome warriors of Aingeal's Scarlet Knights.
*Selaan - (SAY-l-on) The leader of refugees, she keeps those who would flee Emperor Malum's tyranny hidden and protected anyway she can. With powerful bodyguards, some wonder about her true identity...
*Sela Castle - (SAY-la) Home to the royal family of Terria, it is surrounded on three sides by sheer cliffs, bring located at the easternmost side of The Scar. As formidable defenses as Astridr Castle if not more so.
*Serenade of Life - Originally a Saithin song, this melody is played throughout Sirei in honor of the Goddess. An ancient offering that still exists today.
*Seun - (SOON) A charm of protection created from gold and engraved with the symbol of the goddess. It is only given to Scarlet Knights that complete their training and swear to protect all under the three moons.
*Shriekers - Freakish half bat-half men creatures at the beck and call of the Emperor. Those who witness these monstrosities are never seen again...
*Shrine of Vindica - Sacred temples created in honor of the Goddess Vindica, Vindician religion is taught and learned by its priests and priestesses. At least one is located in every kingdom.
*Sira - Zyan's mother, a powerful Saithin who serves the Goddess as a priestess in the village of Frid before its destruction the Day of Exitus. She excelled at Divination and barriers.
*Star Rock - Rare and valuable rocks that when broken or cut in half, reveal crystals of various colors within. Usually the size of an apple to a grapefruit, some larger ones are claimed to have been discovered.
*Suicide Falls - Towards the end of Athar's Golden Era, those who had spent their life's savings to excavate in the Halal Mountains yet did not find any gold, threw themselves off the top of these falls, ending their lives on the jagged rocks below.
*Suicide River - Beginning in the Halal Mountains in Athar and named for the waterfall where several people committed suicide, this river is the largest and longest in Sirei, traveling North until it expels into the Omega Sea.
*Taranis - (tah-R-ON-iss) The spirit of lightning, servant to the goddess but can be called upon by the mana-sensative for powerful and destructive spells.
*Terra - (T-Air-a) The spirit of Earth, servant to the goddess and is also used in Earth spells by magic users.
*Terria - (T-AIR-ia) Last kingdom to be created of the original five. A civil war cause the south half to branch off and become the sixth kingdom, Acerna. Excels at commerce and trade because of the rich soul which produced most of Sirei's metals and produce. The lands most famous architects, builders, and craftsman come from Terria. The military strength was thought to rival Aingeal, but it was the first kingdom to fall under Malum's siege.
*Tranquility Isle - A small island in the northwestern corner of Sirei, it is the refuge for the royal family of Leus as well as the site for all their marriages. It is off-limits to everyone else.
*Twisted Ones - Coming up from the abandoned Wastelands to the south, they're discolored green skin made them weak to the sun so they often attacked at night when they invaded Acerna in A.C. 849. Their bodies appeared mangled and misshapen. They would continue to attack until the death of Sirei's emperor in 863 then they disappeared as mysterious as they had arrived.
*Valeo de Teris - (vah-LAY-oh) Prince of Terria. When his parents were killed during Malum's attack on Sela Castle, Valeo surrendered under the condition that his people be spared. He has live since then living a life he can't stand in order to oversee their continued survival.
*Vann - (V-ON) A mere teenager when he came across an injured reincarnated Vindica, he did not know her true identity and slowly fell in love with her. He presented her with presents over the six days he knew her, but lost his life when he set out to find the legendary Cerulean Pearl. His death would cause Vindica pain for many centuries to come.
*Varme - (VAR-may) Spirit god of Fire, a powerful magical ally that can be used in battle or enchanted into weapons by magic users.
*Varmetir Islands - (var-meh-T-EAR) A grouping of islands in the northeast, they are very rocky and so were never inhabited by Sireins.
*Victoria til Leusia - Daughter of Queen Eliana and heir to the throne of Leus. She is 1/4 Saithin and has the powers of prophecy. Her Aunt was the late Empress Emiko who passed away in A.C. 851.
*Vindica - (VIN-di-cah) Goddess and creator of everything on Sirei. She is worshipped and loved by all. A caring goddess who believes in her children and guides them through her magical spirits and companions.
*Wen - (WHEN) An owl constellation in the east sky, his eyes can see far into the future and warns people with bad omens when danger is coming.
*Wolfling - (WOLF-lings) Wolves that can will themselves into the form of a human, yet they retain their tails fangs and have pointed ears instead of round. They are powerful warriors and after suffering at the hands of persecution by Emperor Malum, went into hiding to bide their time.
*Xue - (SHJOO-ay) The spirit of ice, she is cold and unyielding. Can be called upon by magic users but is one of the more difficult elements to harness.
*Verinth - (V-AIR-inth) A large trading town located in Acerna, it is a meeting point for the goods of Terria and the merchandise of Athar. Some say if you can't find it here, then it doesn't exist.
*Yuri de Aingus - (YUU-ree day AA-N-g-us) Surviving member of the royal family of Aingeal and heir to the throne. He is a strong leader and learned strategist.
*Zyan - (Z-EYE-in) Last surviving member of Saithins, he witnessed the destruction of the Day of Exitus firsthand when he lost his family, and turns his back on Sirei until he meets Acacia. A powerful magic user and swordsman, Zyan is a formidable warrior, having past the coming of age hunt with Rio of the Wolflings. He intends to survive no matter how painful it is.