Chimera
An Illusion of Thieves
A Conjuring of Assassins

Glossary of the Chimera World

Terminology
Common
Old Costa Drago
Paolin
Typhon
People
Citizens of Cantagna
Foreign Citizens
Beings of Myth
Places
The Nine Independencies
Others

An Illusion of Thieves

Terminology

  Common
Ascoltaré :   (ass-coal-TAH-ray) the Casting of the Nine Mysteries; traditional rite of augury;;
Ascoltaré needles:   needle-sharp etched bronze rods used in the divination ritual;
boon:   a license fee for use of land, ie. tariffs that benefit wealthy citizens;
ghiri:   (GEAR–ee) bundle of pomegranate twigs to put over windows and doors for good luck;
gora :   (GORE–ah) icy winter storms on the northeastern coast;
Great Abyss:   the abode of demons; the afterlife for the wicked and suicides;
judiciar:   (joo–DISH–ee–are) judge from the Philosophic Confraternity who has final determination in cases of sorcery;
mysenthe:   (my–SINTH–ay) a highly addictive pleasure drug;
nan or gammy:  grandmother
natalé:   (nah–TAH–lay) bronze or glass statuettes placed on the grave of a dead child to divert demons;
Night Eternal/Boundless Nightl:   oblivion; the gods retired here;
nullifier:   person charged with hunting down and capturing magic users;
philosophist:   member of the Philosophic Confraternity; academician, enforcer, defender;
praetorian:   (pray-TORE-ee-an) member of the military arm of the Philosophic Confraternity
Quarter Day:   The first business day of each season; the day after the solstice or equinox.
segno/segna:   (SEN-yo/SEN-yah) honorific for a gentleman/lady;
Sestorale:   (sess-tore-AHL) the twenty-one member governing council of Cantagna; nine are elected by the people; twelve are elected from candidates nominated by the great Houses of Cantanga;
segnoré/segnora; grand segnoré/grand segnora; :   (sen-YO-ray/sen-YO-rah) honorific for a head of a family (House) or for the head of a wealthy family (a great House);
sleugh:   (slew) metal threshold trough holding oil and water to deter the entry of demons;
sniffer:   male sorcerer-slaves who detect and follow magic use;
solet:   (SOUL–et) small standard size coin struck in silver or copper; 100 coppers to one silver;
teriaca:   (tare–ee–AH–cah) medicinal that supposedly protects against all poisons;

  The Hours
Hour of the Spirits:   3am; aka half-night;
Hour of Business:   6am; aka morning;
Hour of Profits:   9am; aka half-morn;
Hour of Respite:   3pm; aka half-day;
Hour of Gathering:   6pm; aka evening;
Hour of Contempation:   6am; aka half-even;

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  Old Costa Drago
cederé:   (CHEH–dah–ray) yield;
cinque :   (CHEEN–kay) five;
essere ancora, lo spirito maligno:   (ESS–eh–ray ahn–CORE–ah low SPIH–ree–toe mah–LIG–no) "be still malignant spirit"; chanted by nullifiers as they approach sorcerers;
il Padroné: (eel pah-DROW-nay) the Master, ie a benevolent fatherly sort who grants favors;
l'scrittóre:   (el scree-TORE-ay) the scribe;
mago:   (MAH-go) sorcerer;
magrillaio:   (mah-grill-EYE-oh) butcher
maré:   (MAH–ray)sea;
scala ciondolante:   (skah-lah chee-OWN-doe-LAHN-tay) a very steep (dangling) staircase;
sigillaré:   (sih-jill-AH-ray) be sealed;
spada de lato:   (SPAH-dah day LAH-toe) arming sword (predecessor of rapier);
stronzo:   (SHTRON-zo) asshole;
tesure:   (teh–ZHU–ray) paymaster;
trattiere:   (trah–tee–YEH–ray) traitor;
riposa nella Notte Eterna:   (ree-POE-sah nell-ah NOT-tay eh-TARE-nah) rest in the Night Eternal;
fino al ritorno degli Dei Invisibili.:   (FEE-no ahl ree-TORE-no daily DAY-ee eenn-VEE-see-bee-lee) until the Unseeable Gods return;
vendetta omnia:   campaign of revenge that includes children, cousins, retainers, business partners, every remote connection;;

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  Paolin
[name]–zha/[name]–zhi:   (zhah/zhee) polite way of using woman’s/man's personal name;
vaiya:   (vie-yah) butterfly;
kailing:   (KAY-ling) tidbits of meat, vegetables, noodles or whatever is available put together for a light meal;
naihi:   (nigh-hee) mama;
sainye:   (SAHN-yeh) pillar;
kieyu:   (KYAY-you) sedan chair;
tónf­ún:   (TAWN-FOON) gout;

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  Typhon
deíxe éleos:   (DAY–ix ELL–yose) DAY–ix ELL–yose
dóse mou dynami:   (DOE–say moo DEE–nah – me) give me strength;
kyria :   (KIH–ree–uh) lady;
mystiko :   (MISS–tee–coe) secret;
okeanú:   (oh–kee–AH–nu) ocean;
síko páno:   (SEE–coe PAH – no)stand up;
skatá:   (SKAH–tah) shit;
synchorste tin apotychía mou:   (seen-core-ES-tay teen ah-POE-tee-HEE-ah MOW) forgive my failure;
synchorste tin adynamia mou:   (seen-core-ES-tay teen ah-dee-nah-ME-ah mow)forgive my weakness;
theíko patéra:   (TAY–ee–coe pah–TERR–uh)divine father;
theía mitéra:   (TAY–uh me–TERR–uh)goddess mother;
ton nisión:   (ton nee-SHON) from the islands;
tyflós:   (TEE-flee-yos) blind;
voíthisé:   (VOY–tee–suh) help;
xypna :   (ZEEP – nuh) wake up;

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People

  Citizens of Cantagna
Romy:   (ROW-me) a former courtesan; aka Mistress Cataline, aka l'scrittóre of Lizard's Alley;
NEH–ree:   (NAIR–ee) Romy's fifteen-year-old brother;
Dolce, Cino:   (DOLE-chay, CHEE-no) the next oldest sister and brother of Romy and Neri's eight living siblings;

Placidio di Vasil:   (plah–SEED–dee–oh dee vah–SEAL) a professional duelist and swordmaster;
Bonaguido (Basha) Dumond :   (bow-nah-GWEE-doe dew-MOND) a metalsmith, painter, and sculptor;
Vashti:   (VAHSH-tee) A seamstress and needle artist; Dumond's wife;
Cittina:   (chih-TEE-nah) Vashti and Dumond's eldest (fourteen years) daughter;
Laleh, Aria and Enia:   (LAY-lah, AH-ree-ah, EH-nee-ah) Vashti and Dumond's younger daughters

Alessandro di Gallanos:   (gah-LAH-no-ss) a wealthy banker and segnoré of House Gallanos; aka il Padroné and the Shadow Lord;
Gilliette di Manvile-Gallanos:   (jih-lee-EHT dee MAHN-veel gah-LAH-no-ss)
Lodovico di Gallanos:   (low-doe-VEE-coe) Alessandro's deceased uncle, known as a depraved and ruthless man;
Cosimo di Mantegna:   (KAUS-ee-mo mahn-TAIN-yah) Alessandro's consigliere, his advisor in matters of the law;
Ettore:   (ET – or – ray) Alessandro's favored assassin and bodyguard; albino twin to Gigo;
Gigo:   (ZHEE-go) Alessandro's favored bodyguard; albino twin to Ettore;
Micola:   (MEE-koe-lah) a maidservant in Alessadro's household; Romy's former maidservant;
Lucci:   captain of a troop of mercenaries frequently hired by Alessandro;

Boschetti:   (boss–KEH–tee) an antiguities merchant;
Paola di Boschetti:   (PAH – oh – la) wife of Merchant Boschetti;
Rinaldo di Bastianni:   (rih-NALL-doe bah-stee-AH-nee) One of three Philosophist Directors of Cantagna's Philosophic Academie; an expert in sacred antiquities;
Basilio:   Germond the ironmonger's partner;
Germond:   an ironmonger; neighbor of Romy and Neri; Basilio's partner;
Fesci:   (FESS – key) Owner of the Duck's Bone Alehouse;
Pascal and Mekki:   friends of Vashti and Dumond; Dumond rents space in Pascal's forge;

Aventai:   lawyer; Romy's customer;
Alonzo di Cinetti:   a sleazy lawyer; Romy's potential customer;
Garibaldi:   a lawyer; Romy's customer;
Renzo:   a notary; Romy's customer;

Matteo di Berlinguer:   segnoré of House Berlinguer, which controls the docks and port traffic;
Rodrigo di Fermi:   (FAIR-me) segnoré of House Fermi;
Lucrezia di Fermi:   (lew-CRETZ-ee-ah) Rodrigo's wife;
Genevra di Gavonti:   segnora of House Gavonti, which owns the land where most of Cantagna's markets are situated;
Civenne die Longello:   segnora of House Longello,which historically controls the rules and operation of the city gates;
Vitalo di Malavesi:   boyhood friend of Alessandro; segnoré of House Malavesi, which owns river barges and warehouses;
Beatrice and Piero di Mesca:   wealthy Cantagnans; members of the Public Arts Commission;
Digo di Pizotti:   () segnoré of House Pizotti, which has a disreputable reputation;
Buto di Pizotti:   () Digo's nephew; cousin to Tartuno and Vesci di Pizotti;
Naldo di Savilli:   segnoré of House Navilli, descendant of the hereditary grand ducs of Cantagna;
Lorenz di Savilli:   Naldo's son and heir;
Arrigo di Secchi:   (SEH-chee)boyhood friend of Alessandro; segnoré of House Secchi, which controls the market in horses and the land apportioned for horse farms;
Falco di Taglino :   Governor of the Sestorale Prison;

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  From Outside Cantagna
Eduardo di Corradini:   the grand duc of Riccia-by-the-sea;
Shadhi::   (SHAH-dee) the indigenous people of Paolin;
Cerelia Balbina Andreana di Vizio:   the tyrant Protector of Mercediare;

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  Beings of Myth
Aea, Lady Virtue:   (AYE-ah) daughter of Atladu and Gione; twin to Espe;
Antigoneas of Sysaline :   (an – TIG – oh – NEE – us) legendary sculptor who cast his bronzes in the forge of the god Atladu in the drowned city of Sysaline;
Atladu:   (aht-lah-doo) god of sea and sky; retured after the Wars of Creation;
Chloni:   (CLONE-ee) the creator of stars;
Dragonis:   (drah-GO-niss) the beautiful monster; the First of Atladu and Gione's children, now prisoned under the Costa Drago and Sysaline; seeded the world with sorcery;
Espe, Lady Fortune:   (ESS-pay) daughter of Atladu and Gione; twin to Aea;
Gione:   (zhee-OH-nay) mother of earth and air;
Manadi:   (mah-NAH-dee) the huntress;
Veitan:   (VIE-tahn) the gateward for the passages between earth-sky-sea-the Night Eternal-the Abyss;

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Places

  The Nine Independencies of the Costa Drago
Argento :   (are–GEN (hard g)–toe)
Cantagna:   (khan–TAHN–yah)
Cuarona:   (kwah–ROAN–ah)
Invidia:   (in-VID-ee-ah) poor mountain independency;
Kairys:   (CARE–ees) heart of the cloth trade;
Mercediare :   (mer–SAID–ee–are) sprawling independency that includes two hundred islands;
Riccia–by–the–sea :   (REE–chee–uh) wealthy independency with a large standing army;
Tibernia:   (tie-BURN-ee-ah) port city;
Varela :   (vah–RELL–ah) coastal independency; home of explorers and fishermen;

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  Other Lands
Eide:   (ide) distant land renowned for its sheep;
Empyria:   a desert land;
Hylides:   (HIGH-lih-dees) cluster of islands off the coast of Varela in the Mare Lacrimé - the Sea of Tears;
Isles of Lesh:   group of distant islands far into the Mare Lacrimé;
Lhampur:   (lom–POOR)land of high mountains;
Paolin:   (pah–oh–LIN) land of the Shadhi;
Sysaline:   (siss-ah-LEAN) city of myth; drowned when Dragonis was improsoned beneath the Costa Drago and the Sea of Tears;
Typhon:   (tie-fon) Ancient island nation renowned for art and culture, absorbed by Mercediare;
Umbrae Lunae:   (UHM-bray LOO-nigh)Typhonese city buried by a volcano;

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