The Derzhi Empire Characters, Language, and Locations of Restoration

Derzhi Hegeds


attellé:   (ah tell LAY) the student partner in an extremely close mentoring relationship;
aveddi:   (ah VEHD ee) firstborn;
avocar:   (AH voe kar) oracle;
carroc:   (KARE rock) a fleshy, thick-skinned plant that grows in the desert;
chukar:   (CHEW kar) desert bird;
cofat:   (KOE faht) short Derzhi cape fastened at one shoulder, leaving one arm bare;
flet:   (fleht) a thick mush of boiled millet stuck together with pig fat and flavored with onion and scraps of meat;
gonaj:   (GO naj) the manager of a caravan who arranges for guards, bribes, and taxes;
gualar:   (GWAY lar) a traditional Manganar garment; a large woven square with many pockets that drops over the head; the colors and patterns indicate the wearer’s family;
hali:   (HAH lee) alkali; found in the desert by dry waterholes;
haffai:   (hah FIE) a simple, full-length robe, having a trailing scarf that can be wrapped about the face, traditionally worn in the desert to protect skin and clothing from sun and blowing sand;
kanavar:   (KAH nah var) a Derzhi clan vow that must be carried out though every man of the clan dies in the attempt;
kayeet:   (KIE yeet) a medium sized desert cat; the fastest runner in the desert;
merat:   (MARE aht) intermittent salt lakes;
mezzon(a):   (mehz OWN (ah)) a businessman (woman);
nagera:   (nah GEH rah) a desert tree that produces oil from the hard seeds of its fruit; its gray-green fibrous leaves are used for weaving mats and baskets;
namhir (namhirra):   (nahm HEAR (ra)) Derzhi assassin(s);
namhiddar:   (nahm hid ARE) death vow of a namhir; the assassin will carry out his mission or kill himself;
nyel:   (nee ELL) Madonai word for forgotten;
nyamot:   (NEE ah moe) a tiny white desert flower;
octar:   (OCK tar) bitumen; a flammable, asphalt-like seepage in the desert;
palatine:   (pah lah TEEN) a desert ruler, in particular, a Suzai noble;
paraivo:   (pah RYE voe) a powerful sandstorm, said to be raised by the gods;
siffaru:   (sihff FAR oo) a Derzhi warrior’s rite in which the warrior seeks visions to restore mental balance;
srif:   (sreef) the dune seas of the Azhaki desert;
taíne:   (tie EEN) a desert spring or well;
tef-coat:   (TEFF coat) a knee-length, sleeveless coat worn by Derzhi men;
wasil:   (wah SEAL) desert area of stone and sand;
the ways:   the magical paths that can be traveled by joined humans/demons, taking the traveler long distances in short times;
zhaideg:   (ZHIE deg) a scavenger wolf;



Admet:   (AHD met) a Suzaini outlaw with a twisted shoulder;
Aleksander:   crown prince of the Derzhi Empire;
Arago:   (ARE ah go) false name used by Seyonne;
Avrel:   (AH vrel) a Manganar beekeeper;
Blaise:   (blays) the Yvor Lukash; the charismatic leader of a rebellion against the Empire;
Bohdan:   (BOE dahn) brutish second lord of the Rhyzka heged;
Borian:   (BORE ee ahn) a potter in Karn’Hegeth; Vanko’s brother-in-law;
Brynna:   (BRINN na) a joined Ezzarian woman member of Blaise’s outlaw band;
Catrin:   (CAT rin) a mentor of Wardens in Ezzaria;
Damok:   (DAY mock) Princess Lydia’s sixteen-year-old brother;
Denas:   (DAY nass) a powerful rai-kirah who is joined with Seyonne;
Dolgar:   (DOLE gar) the Manganar god of strength and virtue; a one-eyed warrior hero elevated to divinity and revered by the common people;
Dovat:   (DOE vaht) a powerful baron of the Hamrasch heged; the first lord Zedeon’s younger son;
Drych:   (dritch) a young Warden and former student of Seyonne’s, wounded in the final battle of Revelation;
D’Skaya:   (d SKY ah) a Thrid woman warrior;
Edik:  (EH dick) Derzhi prince; Ivan's cousin; second in line to the throne after Aleksander;
Elinor:   (EH lih nore) Blaise’s sister; Ezzarian by birth;
Evan-diargh:   (EH vahn-dee ARE) small boy being fostered by Elinor and Gordain;
Farrol:   (FAIR role) Blaise’s best friend and foster brother;
Felics:   (FAY licks) a Derzhi tax-collector in Karn’Hegeth;
Feyd:   (fade) a young Suzaini warrior, son of an exiled Suzai nobleman;
Fiona:   (fee OH na) a young Aife; the exiled successor to the Ezzarian queen;
Gaspar:   (GAS par) a blind Derzhi mystic, who lives in ancient Drafa;
Gordain:   (GORE dain) a one-legged Manganar man; Elinor’s husband and a former outlaw;
Gorrid:   (GORE rid) an Ezzarian born demon-joined; a member of Blaise’s outlaw band;
Hadeon:   (HAY dee on) a young noble of Karn’Hegeth; son of Vassile, First Lord of the Mardek;
Hessio:   (HESS ee oh) Aleksander’s longtime bodyslave;
Ivan:   (EYE vahn) Emperor of the Derzhi; Aleksander’s father;
Kasparian:   (kah SPAHR ee an) a war-like Madonai of modest talents;
Kerouan:   (CARE oo ahn) powerful Madonai sorcerer;
Kiril:   (KEER ill) Aleksander’s cousin and friend; born of the female line and thus unable to inherit the throne;
Leonid:   (LAY oh nid) powerful Hamraschi warrior baron; Zedeon’s oldest son;
Madonai:   (MAD oh nigh) ancient race of long-lived sorcerers;
Malver:   (MAL ver) lowborn soldier, who has risen to command in service to Aleksander;
Marouf:   (mar OOF) Suzai palatine; Feyd’s father;
Magda:   (MAHG dah) wife of Yulai, a Manganar exile;
Marya:   (MAH ree ya) Manganar village woman;
Mattei:   (mah TAY) orphaned Kuvai youth; one of Blaise’s outlaw band;
Nyamot:   (NEE ah moe) Leonid zha Hamrasch’s daughter; forced into marriage with Bohdan zha Rhyzka;
Olia:   (OH lee ah) a Manganar child who lives in Karn’Hegeth;
Panfeya:   (pahn FAY ah) Manganar goddess of family and home;
Pujat Kavel:   (POO zhat KAH vel) a Hollenni caravan owner;
Qeb:   (keb) a talented Derzhi boy of twelve who lives in Drafa;
Rahil:   (rah HEEL) Kiril’s mother; sister to the Emperor Ivan;
Roche:   (roesh) a joined Ezzarian outlaw in Blaise’s troop;
Sarya, Manot, Fessa:   elderly Derzhi women in Drafa;
Seyonne:   (say OWN) an Ezzarian sorcerer;
Sovari:   (so VAH ree) captain of Aleksander’s personal guard;
Terlach:   (TER lock) son of Yulai and Magda;
Valdis:   (VAHL diss) the god of the forest; son of Verdonne and the Nameless God;
Vallot:   (VAH low) a Derzhi tax collector in Karn’Hegeth;
Vallyne:   (vah LEEN) a female rai-kirah who chose to remain in Kir’Vagonoth even after the gateway was opened to Kir’Navarrin; Denas’s lover and Seyonne’s enchantress;
Vanko:   (VAHN koe) poor Manganar stonemason;
Vassile:   (vah SEEL) First Lord of the Mardek heged;
Verdonne:   (vare DOAN) mortal maiden beloved of a god, who gave birth to Valdis and became the goddess of the forest;
W’Assani:   (wah SAH nee) a Thrid woman, cloth trader and bone smuggler;
Wat:   (watt) false name used by Aleksander;
W’Osti:   (WAW stee) a Thrid chieftain;
Yulai:   (YEW lie) an old Manganar who lives in the valley of Taíne Horet;
Ysanne:   (ee SAHN) Seyonne’s wife, the Queen of Ezzaria;
Zedeon:   (ZEH dee on) the first lord of the Hamrasch heged;



Andassar:   (AHN dahs sahr) village in Manganar; site of an Yvor Lukash raid on a slave caravan;
Eleuthra:   (eh LEW thrah) village in Manganar;
Mount Kyroscha:   (kee ROW shah) the tallest mountain in Azhakstan;
Parassa:   (pah RAH sah) ancient capital of Suzain, when that land was known as Suza; utterly destroyed in the Derzhi conquest, its women sold away, its boys gelded, and its men condemned to slavery in the mines;
Senigar and Thryce:   conquered territories north of Azhakstan;
Suza:   (SOO sah) the ancient name of the country of Suzain; Suzain means “little Suza”, a derogatory name;
Suzai:   (SOO zie) the ancient name of the Suzaini people, and the name free Suzainis call themselves;
Syra:   (SIGH rah) town east of Zhagad, near a rich mining region;
Taíne Dabu:   (tie EEN dah BOO) a lush well north of Tanzire, on the road between Karn’Hegeth and Vayapol;
Taíne Het:   (tie EEN het) a spring fed sink in the desert near Zhagad;
Taíne Horet:   (tie EEN HOAR et) a fertile valley in the mountainous regions of the Azhaki desert; named after the deep spring that feeds it; adjoins Taíne Keddar;
Taíne Keddar:   (tie EEN kehd DAR) a fertile valley in the mountainous regions of the Azhaki desert; named after the deep spring that feeds it; adjoins Taíne Horet;
Tanzire:   (tan ZEER) a moderately sized town in north central Manganar; ruled by the Bek until Edik gives it to the Rhyzka;


Derzhi Hegeds

The Ten

The eldest, though not necessarily the richest, of Derzhi families, along with their power base.
Danatos:   (dahn AH toes) gold;
Denischkar:   (DEN ish car) horses, land, political savvy; Aleksander’s heged; ruling family of Azhakstan for 500 years;
Gorusch:   (GORE ush) a highly traditional heged; controls trade in olive oil;
Fontezhi:   gold and silver;
Marag:   (MAH rahg) Princess Lydia’s family; less wealthy than many, but ancient and highly respected;
Nyabozzi:   slaves;
Palderiff:   silk;
Saluz:   horses;
Tambour:   priests; caretakers of the lore of Druya and the more ancient gods; Gaspar and Qeb are of the Tambour heged;
Yaniv:   one of the original families;
Others of the Twenty
Ten families who have gained great power strictly through wealth and battle prowess.
Hamrasch:   (Hahm RAHSH) Derzhi heged leading the rebellion against Aleksander; wealth is in land and horses;
Mezzrah:   (MEHZ rah) northern family; one of its minor lords, Vanye, was disgraced by Aleksander and executed by Ivan;
Rhyzka:   (RIZ ka) powerful heged that holds a dangerous border of the Empire;
Minor houses (some)
Minor houses are often wealthy, but tend to be newer families with limited resources of warriors and horses.
Juran:   (JUH rahn) spices;
Bek:   wheat; lands in Manganar;
Mardek:   (MAR deck) silver; traditional guardians of the royal treasury;
Fozhet:   (foe ZHAY) copper;
Naddasine:   (NAH dah seen) land, wheat;
Ramiell:   (rah MEEL) the heged of Kiril’s father; horses;
Sadavar:   (SAH dah VAHR) wine;


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