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The Keys to Chalion: A Dictionary of People, Places, and Things

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The Keys to Chalion:

A Dictionary of People, Places, and Things

Note: the descriptions in this document contain spoilers for various plot points in The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold. If you have not read the entirety of both books and do not wish to see such spoilers, you should stop reading now.


ch = ch as in church

g = g as in girl

zh = s as in pleasure

oh = o as in go

aa = a as in as, or cat

ah = a as in father

are = air

ar = are

au = ou as in out


Acolyte: An intermediate rank of members of a holy order, above a dedicat and below a divine.

Ajelo dy: (ah-ZHEH-lo, dee) Family of minor relatives of the provincars of Baocia.

Annaliss of Labran: (AH-nah-liss) Courier for the Chancellery of Chalion. Black hair, of medium height, 18 years old. Daughter of the holder of a small estate near Teneret.

Arbanos, Illvin dy: (ar-BAHN-ohs, ILL-vin dee) Master of horse for and half brother of Arhys dy Lutez. High forehead, frosted dark long hair worn in the Roknari style, dark eyes. Speaks Roknari fluently. About 39 years old.

Arbanos, Ser dy: (ar-BAHN-ohs, dee) The late castle warder of Porifors for Arvol dy Lutez. His mother was Roknari.

Archdivine: The person with highest and central administrative responsibility for a region of the Temple, including all the orders operating therein; in Chalion, there is one for each province, and their seat is normally in the provincial capital. Compare to divine.

Archipelago: See Roknar Archipelago.

Baocia: (bay-OH-see-ah) Centralmost province of Chalion. Cities: Valenda, Taryoon. The Baocian guard wears green and black.

Baocia, Provincar of: Ruler of the province of Baocia in Chalion, son of the dowager Provincara, and uncle to Royesse Iselle.

Bastard: One of the five gods in Quintarian theology, but regarded as a demon in Quadrene theology. The Bastard is the god of balance, of all disasters out of season, of bastard children and orphans, of executioners and many other dirty jobs, and the god of odd loves, such as sodomy. The Bastard was begotten by a demon on the Lady of Summer. Acolytes wear white; rat and crow are sacred animals in Chalion, gull is sacred in Ibra.

Bastard’s Day: An intercalary holiday, inserted every two years after Mother’s Midsummer, to prevent the calendar precessing from alignment with the seasons.

Bastard’s Teeth: A mountain range between Ibra and Chalion.

Beetim: (BEE-tim) Huntsman for the dowager Provincara of Baocia.

Behar: (beh-HAR) Brajaran poet, author of the classic verse romance The Legend of the Green Tree.

Bergon, Royse: (berg-on) Second son of the Fox of Ibra (and a child of his Darthacan second wife), who became the heir after the death of his rebellious older brother. Tall, brown hair tinged with reddish highlights. Childhood nickname used by his mother was Danni. He was kidnapped by his older brother and sold to the Roknari galleys, and was saved by Cazaril from being raped by the oar-master.

Betriz: (bee-TREZ) See Ferrej, Betriz dy.

blocks-and-dodges: Game played with a carved board and colored marbles.

Bonneret, Learned: (BON-ur-RET) Royina Iselle’s private secretary, a divine of the Father. A neat dark-haired fellow about 30 years old.

Borasnen: (bor-AAS-nen) One of the Roknari princedoms, located between Jokona and Vardo and north of Chalion at Gotorget. Capital city is the port of Visping.

Brajar: (brah-ZHAR) Country to the east of Chalion, a royacy; language spoken is Ibran. Brajar has good ports.

Brajar, Roya of: Ruler of Brajar. “An aging drunkard who sports with his court ladies.”

Brauda: (Ser dy - BROW-dah, dee) A member of the pilgrimage party that Ista encounters. A dedicat of the Son, an older man travelling with his son.

Brother: See Son of Autumn.

Cabon, Learned Chivar dy: (CAB-un, SHIH-var dee) A divine of the Bastard. An obese young man, cousin to dy Yarrin.

Cabon, Ser Odlin dy: (CAB-un, sehr ODD-lin dee) - Father of Chivar dy Cabon, died at the battle at Dalus.

Cardegoss: (KAR-de-goss, rhymes with boss) City of Chalion; favored seat of the royas of Chalion. The city has seven gates.

Caria of Palma: (CARE-ih-ah) A member of the pilgrimage party that Ista encounters. The widow of a saddler; gossipy, stout, and red-faced.

Caribastos: (care-ih-BAAS-tos) A province of Chalion. Borders Tolnoxo and the Roknari princedom of Jokona.

Casilchas: (CAAS-ill-chas) A sleepy town in Baocia. A school of the Order of the Bastard, including a fine library, is located there.

Castillar: (CAAS-till-lahr) Title of nobility in Chalion, below march and above ser, roughly equivalent to an earl or baron.

Castillara: (caas-till-LAHR-ah) Wife of a castillar, or a female castillar.

Cazaril, Castillar Lupe dy: (KAAZ-ah-rill, LOO-py dee) Protagonist of The Curse of Chalion, a former soldier, courtier, and scholar, most recently a galley slave of the Roknari. No longer holds the lands of Cazaril. Was a page in the household of the provincar of Baocia, rode courier for the provincar of Guarida, has been a soldier for the last seventeen years. Was made castle warder of Gotorget by March dy Jironal and held it nine months against besieging Roknari forces. Thirty-five years old but appears older, tall, graying beard, left hand is mangled, back has ropy scars from a severe flogging. Speaks and writes Darthacan and Roknari in addition to Ibran.

Cembuer: (SEM-buer, slight dipthong with the ue) Young Ibran lord who accompanies Bergon on the trip to Chalion.

Chalion: (CHAL-ee-on) A country, a royacy. The country is land-locked, and has mountain ranges to the north, south, and west. Language spoken is Ibran; symbol is a royal leopard rampant upon a stylized castle.

Chalion, Orico dy: (CHAL-ee-on, OAR-ih-ko dee) See Orico.

Clara, Mother: (CLARE-ah) One of the Mother’s midwives and an acolyte in Cardegoss, and a petty saint of the Mother. Her gift from the Mother allows her to aid healing at times. Middle-aged and dumpy.

Dalus: (DAAL-us) Site of a battle in which Cazaril was a captain on the losing side.

Danni: (DAAN-ee) Childhood nickname of Bergon, used by his mother.

Daris: (DARE-his) Tongueless and thumbless undergroom in the Zangre, often serving Umegat. He is also a lay dedicat of the Bastard.

Darthaca: DAR-tha-ka Country to the south and beyond the mountains from Chalion, with South Ibra between them. Language is Darthacan. Referred to as “Great Darthaca”.

Daughter of Spring: One of the gods of the Quintarian and Quadrene religions, also called the Daughter or the Lady of Spring or the Sister. Colors are blue and white.

[Note from LMB: I rather think, but haven’t had occasion to mention and therefore fix it yet, that the Daughter has something to do with general and/or early education, the sort most people do in the spring of their lives. Her theological point on the body in the five-point sign (or four point sign, if you are a Quadrene) is the forehead, after all. (Lois-Bujold Mailing List, 20 July 2002)]

Daughter’s Day: A festival day for the Daughter of Spring on the first day of spring, the vernal equinox. A secondary festival for the Daughter is held at the middle of the season. Daughter’s Day events include collecting the quarterly gifts that will keep the temple running for three months. Household fires kept burning over the winter are extinguished, and a new fire is obtained at the temple.

Daughter’s Order: See Order of the Daughter.

death magic: A ritual which involves asking the Bastard to let one of his demons into the world, and then the demon returns with 2 souls — that of the asker and that of the one on whom the ritual is cast. Punishments for unsuccessfully attempting death magic are ferocious. Successful death magic is a miracle of justice.

Dedicat: (DED-ih-caat) The lowest or beginning level of members of a holy order. Dedicats have made a higher level of commitment than lay dedicats.

dedicat-commander: A lay dedicat or dedicat serving as an officer in a military order.

Demi: (DEM-mee) Groom in the castle in Valenda.

Deni: Groom in the castle at Valenda (typo for Demi).

Divine: The highest rank of members of a holy order; almost always entails advanced schooling. A divine is expected to be a preacher and a teacher, as well as assuming other tasks in holy service, most commonly of supervision of a temple on the local level. Smaller or more rural temples may have to make do with leaders of lesser training and rank.

Dondo: See Jironal, Dondo dy.

dowager Provincara: See Provincara, the.

Father of Winter: One of the gods of the Quintarian and Quadrene religions, also called the Father. Colors are black and gray; acolytes wear gray.

Father’s Day: A festival day on the first day of winter, the winter solstice. A secondary festival for the Father is held at midwinter. Father’s Day events include collecting the quarterly gifts that will keep the temple running for three months.

Father’s Feast: Feast held on the Father’s Day, typically with sacred music and dancing.

Ferda: (FUR-da) See Gura, Ferda dy.

Ferrej, Betriz dy: (fer-EZH, bee-TREZ dee) Daughter of Ser dy Ferrej, companion to Royesse Iselle. Brunette; nineteen years old.

Ferrej, Ser dy: fer-EZH Castle warder for the dowager Provincara of Baocia, father of Betriz. Stoutish, middle-aged.

Five-fold sacred gesture: Gesture of the Quintarian faith, performed when swearing an oath or calling down a blessing. The hand is touched to the forehead (Daughter, the mind), lip (Bastard, the tongue), navel (Mother, the womb), and groin (Father), then spread flat over the heart (Son). Quadrenes make a similar gesture at forehead, navel, groin, and heart with the thumb tucked beneath the palm, denying the fifth finger that is the Bastard’s.

Foix dy Gura: (FOY dee GUR-ra) See Gura, Foix dy.

Fonsa: (FAWN-sa) Roya of Chalion before Ias, known as Fonsa the Wise or, after his death, Fonsa the Fairly-Wise.

Fonsa’s Tower: Round tower of the Zangre, where Fonsa worked death magic against the Golden General. The tower burned that night, and was bricked up and not repaired.

Fox of Ibra, the: Roya of Ibra. Over 70, stringy, balding, formerly red hair is now a white fringe, vigorous.

General of the [Daughter’s/Son’s] Order: Head of the Daughter’s Order or Son’s Order in Chalion. Lucrative and powerful positions, the Son’s more so than the Daughter’s.

Golden General, the: A Roknari ruler who united all five Roknari princedoms then prepared to march south on Chalion, Ibra, and Brajar against the “Quintarian heretics”. Roya Fonsa of Chalion was granted death magic on him, but his unfulfilled destiny then cursed Chalion, specifically Fonsa’s heirs. Also known as the Lion of Roknar.

Goram: (GORE-um) A groom in Porifors who cares for Lord Illvin. A former captive and slave of the Roknari.

Gotorget: (GOH-tor-get) Fortress in the north of Chalion or in Roknar, which Cazaril held against besieging Roknari forces for nine months before being ordered to surrender to them. Commands the mountain passes that lead to Visping.

Guarida: (gwa-REE-dah) A province of Chalion. Borders on the Roknari princedom once ruled by Olus.

Guarida, Provincar of: Ruler of the province of Guarida. Cazaril rode courier for him and was in his train in a border war with Roknari prince Olus.

Gura, Ferda dy: (GUR-ra, FUR-da dee) Cousin of Palli and older brother to Foix, lieutenant to Palli’s master of horse, a lay dedicat of the Daughter’s Order. Of middle height, wiry, an obvious rider as his legs are slightly bowed.

Gura, Foix dy: (GUR-ra, FOY dee) Cousin of Palli, younger brother of Ferda, and a lay dedicat of the Daughter’s Order. Broad and muscular.

Hamavik: (HAM-ah-vik) A town and fortress in the Roknari princedom of Jokona.

Heron: (HEH-ron) A city and marchdom in Chalion, located between Taryoon and Cardegoss.

Heron, Marchess dy: (HEH-ron) A noblewoman of Chalion.

High Ones: Members of the Holy Family.

Hixar, dy: (HIX-ar, dee) A captain of horse in service to Lord Dondo dy Jironal.

Holy Family: The gods of Quintarian (and Quadrene, if the Bastard is omitted) theology. There are divines of the Holy Family, as well as divines of individual gods.

Hueltar, Lady Tessa: (dy HWEL-tar) Cousin and companion to the Dowager Provincara of Baocia, a lay dedicat of the Temple.

Huesta, March dy: (HWEST-ah) Wealthy brother-in-law and major supporter of the Provincar dy Baocia.

Ias: (EYE-ass) Roya of Chalion prior to Orico, sixth and youngest son of Fonsa the Wise. Was known as Ias the Good. Dy Lutez was his closest advisor, and Ias died partially as a result of grief and guilt over dy Lutez’s death.

Ias’s Tower: A square tower of the Zangre which dominates the courtyard, built by Roya Ias.

Ibra: (IB-rah) Country to the west of Chalion, a royacy; language spoken is Ibran, though southernmost provinces speak Darthacan. City: Zagosur (port).

Ibra, Fox of: See Fox of Ibra.

Ibra, Heir of: Older (unnamed in the book) son of the Fox of Ibra. He rebelled against his father from his base in South Ibra after another failed rebellion and a treaty the previous summer and a secret falling-out in the autumn.

Ibra, Roya of: See Fox of Ibra.

Ibran: (IB-rahn) 1. Of Ibra. 2. The language of Ibra, Chalion, and Brajar.

Ildar, Provincar dy: (IHL-dar) Ruler of the province of Ildar, in Chalion. The current holder of the title dies during The Curse of Chalion, and the title is given to Martou dy Jironal instead of to the nephew the provincar’s family was promoting.

Isara: (ih-SAH-rah) Daughter and first born child of Iselle and Bergon.

Iselle: (is-SELL) Royesse of Chalion. Daughter of Ias and Ista, older sister of Royse Teidez, half-sister of Roya Orico. A generous mouth, hair in ringlets neither blond nor red, pale skin, heavy-lidded eyes, turns sixteen 6 weeks after the opening of Curse of Chalion; shorter than Betriz. Birthday is at the midpoint of spring. Cazaril tells Ista she is quick at arithmetic and geometry, and “persistent” at Darthacan.

Ista: (IS-tah) Dowager Royina of Chalion, married Roya Ias in his second, her first marriage; was widowed early. Youngest daughter of the Dowager Provincara, and has been living with her mother for six years at the opening of The Curse of Chalion. Masses of crinkly hair, once gold, now darkened to dull dun, bitten fingernails, gray eyes.

Jarn: (JAHRN) A Roknari princedom located south and east of Tavaki, east of Chalion, and north of Brajar.

Jironal, Dondo dy: (JEER-o-nel, DON-doh dee) Younger brother of the March dy Jironal, named to be General of the Daughter’s Order early in The Curse of Chalion, and then named March dy Jironal after Martou becomes provincar dy Ildar. Was a part of the border war against Olus, and was sent with Cazaril as envoys to deliver an ultimatum when Olus was cornered. A libertine. Stocky, black eyebrows, tendency to sweat profusely, forty years old. Two daughters by his late first wife.

Jironal, March Martou dy: (JEER-o-nel, Mar-TOO dee) Ruler of the march of Jironal, Chancellor of Chalion, general of the Son’s Order, then named Provincar dy Ildar on the death of dy Ildar, when the title of March dy Jironal is passed to Dondo. Led Roya Orico’s forces to the north coast for a winter campaign three years before The Curse of Chalion begins, during which he made Cazaril castle warder of Gotorget. Spare, graying, often unsmiling, cool of eye, tense with energy.

Joal, Ser dy: (ZHOHL) Courtier of Chalion and one of Dondo dy Jironal’s bravos; attempts to challenge Cazaril to a duel.

Joen: (JOH-en) Regent Dowager of Jokona, the youngest daughter of the Golden General. Short, dull gray-brown curling hair, face sallow and lined, pale blue eyes.

Jokona: (joh-KON-ah) Westernmost of the Roknari princedoms, located north of Ibra and Chalion and west of Borasnen. Uniforms have white pelicans on green.

Labran: (LAAB-raan) A province of Chalion. Borders on Roknar; was invaded by the Golden General.

Labran, Provincar of: A noble of Chalion, ruler of the province of Labran. Nephew of Royina Sara.

Lady of Spring: See Daughter of Spring

Lady of Summer: See Mother of Summer.

Laonin: (LAY-oh-nin) A lay dedicat of the Daughter’s Order, one of Ista’s escort on her pilgrimage.

lay dedicat: A lay person who has pledged him/herself to a particular task on the behalf of a holy order, but has not entered in to the full disciplines and training of that order. Lay dedicats may serve in the military orders as soldier-brothers, or may perform various non-military functions in the service of their god.

Learned: A courtesy title for any divine.

Lion of Roknar: See Golden General.

Liss: (LISS) see Annaliss

lord dedicat: A lord dedicat might be either a lay dedicat or fully in an order, but in any case has special administrative responsibilities for the task at hand. Lord dedicats are usually drawn from the nobility.

Lupe: (LOO-py) See Castillar Lupe dy Cazaril

Lutez, Arhys dy: (LOO-TEZ, AR-hise dee) March of Porifors. Striking appearance, with reddish dark hair, a lighter beard that is shot with gray, about 41.

Lutez, Cattilara dy: (LOO-TEZ, cat-ih-LAHR-ah dee) Marchess of Porifors, daughter of the March of Oby. Black hair, about 21 years old.

Lutez, Liviana dy: (LOO-TEZ, liv-ih-AH-nah dee) Daughter of the March of Porifors. Nine years old, lives with her maternal grandparents.

Lutez, Lord dy: (loo-TEZ) Boyhood friend, closest advisor for 30 years, brother in arms, and lover to Roya Ias; arranged Ias’s second marriage (to Ista). Provincar of two districts, chancellor of Chalion, marshal of Ias’s household troops, master of the order of the Son. Was accused of treason and widely believed to have died under torture.

Maradi: (MAR-ah-di) A city in Chalion, provincial capital of Tolnoxo and site of a provincial temple.

March: (MARCH) 1. Title of nobility, below provincar and above castillar, roughly equivalent to a marquess. 2. The lands held by such a noble. marchess Mar-CHESS The wife of a march, or a female march.

Maroc, Ser dy: (mare-ock) A courtier of Chalion, maker of Orico’s armor and wardrobe. Brings the accusation of rape against Cazaril because of the flogging scars.

Martou: (mar-TOO) See Jironal, Martou dy.

memori boards: (mehm-MORE-ih) Plaques or similar items placed in a chapel in memory of a family member, similar to small Chinese shrines: “. . .tiers of little family memori boards” (in the chapel of the castle in Valenda)

Mendenal: (MEN-den-all) Archdivine of Cardegoss.

Mother’s Day: A festival day on the first day of summer, the summer solstice. A secondary festival for the Mother is held at midsummer. Mother’s Day events include collecting the quarterly gifts that will keep the temple running for three months.

Mother of Summer: One of the gods of the Quintarian and Quadrene religions, also called the Mother, or the Lady of Summer. Acolytes wear green. Healing and health are under the purview of the Mother. The Bastard is a child of the Mother and a demon.

Mother’s Midsummer: A festival day.

mourning colors: black and lavender

Naoza, ser dy: (na-OH-zah) Celebrated duelist in Valenda, assassinated by death magic by a provincial wool merchant whose only son he had killed in a duel.

North Ibra: A region of Ibra.

Oby: (OH-bee) A marchdom and a stronghold in Caribastos, the greatest fortress in Caribastos except the Provincar’s seat.

Oby, March dy: (OH-bee, MARCH dee) A noble of Chalion, father of Cattilara dy Lutez.

Officer of Inquiry: A member of the Chancellery of Justice of a province or (presumably) a royacy, sent to investigate suspected crimes. There are also Inquirers for Temples which investigate such things as alleged death magic attempts.

oil cake: Food sold by street vendors in Valenda.

Olus: (OH-lus) A mad Roknari prince, involved in a border war against Chalion five years before the opening of The Curse of Chalion; offered envoys Dondo dy Jironal and Cazaril the choice of cutting off the other’s head or dying. He was murdered by his own bodyguards a year after the border war.

Order of the Bastard: A religious order. Among its main concerns are the Temple’s foundling hospitals and orphanages.

Order of the Daughter: A military order, far smaller than the Son’s, concerns itself with domestic matters such as guarding temples, controlling banditry, etc.

Order of the Son: A military order in Chalion, with a tradition of battling the Roknari; most young men of military leaning swear themselves to the Son’s Order.

Ordol: (OAR-dole) Author of The Fivefold Pathway of the Soul: On the True Methods of Quintarian Theology, a major (perhaps the major) religious work of Quintarian theology.

Orico: (OAR-ih-ko) Present roya of Chalion at the opening of The Curse of Chalion; son of Ias and his Brajaran first wife. A little below average height; nose was broken in an accident and looks like a squashed mushroom in the middle of his face; hair was auburn, now graying to roan, curly; face pale and puffy, body grossly broadened.

Paginine: (PAH-gah-NEEN) A petty judge serving the municipality of Taryoon, and a petty saint of the Father. His gift from the Father allows him to sometimes tell who is lying.

Palli: (PAL-ee) see March dy Palliar

Palliar: (PAL-ee-are) A marchdom in Chalion. Palliar is not located in the province of Baocia.

Palliar, March dy: (PAL-ee-are, MARCH dee) A noble of Chalion who holds the lands of Palliar, lord dedicat of the Daughter’s Order at Palliar, and a close friend of Cazaril. He was Cazaril’s favorite lieutenant at Gotorget. A tall athletic man with dark hair. (Paladin of Souls) Marshal of Chalion.

Palma: (PAHM-ah) A village in Baocia, twenty-five miles from Valenda on the road from Ibra. Site of an inn with a spring sacred to the Daughter. The region around Palma is noted for fine pasturage, and a post of the Daughter’s Order there is devoted to breeding and training remounts for the Temple.

Pechma, Lord: (PECH-mah) Jokonan courtier, clerk to Umerue.

Pejar: (peh-ZHAR) Sergeant-dedicat of the Daughter’s Order, one of Ista’s escort on her pilgrimage.

petty saint: A saint whose ability to channel their god is very limited.

Porifors, Castle: (POHR-ih-fohrs) Seat of the March of Porifors.

Porifors: (POHR-ih-fohrs) Marchdom in Caribastos held by Arhys dy Lutez. Uniforms are gray tabards with gold.

provincar: (PRAH-vin-SAHR) Title of nobility, below a Roya and above a March, roughly equivalent to a duke. Addressed as “Your Grace”.

provincara: (PRAH-vin-SAHR-a) Wife of a Provincar, or a female provincar. Addressed as “Your Grace”. The Provincara (capitalized) is the dowager Provincara of Baocia in The Curse of Chalion.

Provincara, the: Widow of the former Provincar of Baocia, still controlling the (castle/palace/fortress) in Valenda. Her husband died ten years before The Curse of Chalion begins. Her son is current ruler of Baocia; her youngest child is Ista, the dowager Royina of Chalion.

Quadrene: (kwahd-REEN) Pertaining to a religion prevalent in Roknar which believes in four gods, omitting the Bastard. See also the Roknari heresy of the four gods; contrast with Quintarian.

Quintarian: (kwihn-TARE-ih-an) Pertaining to a religion prevalent in Chalion, Brajar, and Ibra which believes in five gods: the Father, the Mother, the Son, the Daughter, and the Bastard. Contrast with Quadrene.

Rauma: (RAU-mah) Town and Marchdom in northeastern Ibra.

Rinal, Lord dy: (rih-NAL) One of the younger courtiers of Chalion. Plays the bandit king at a mock abduction of Iselle; witnesses the Lady Pig incident and makes a butt of Dondo.

Rojeras, Dedicat: (ro-ZHER-as) A lay dedicat and a master physician of the Temple Hospital of the Mother’s Mercy in Cardegoss who has made a special study of wasting diseases. About 40, with sandy hair slightly receding from his forehead, freckles, and blue eyes.

Roknar: (ROCK-nahr) A region to the north of Chalion which consists of five princedoms on the mainland and the Roknari Archipelago; language is Roknari. Roknari hold to the Quadrene faith, believing in four gods and holding the Bastard to be a demon. They make sodomy a crime subject to torture and hanging.

Roknar Archipelago: Group of islands to the north of the Ibran Peninsula settled by Roknari Quadrenes but which are not part of the Roknari Princedoms.

Roknari: (rock-NAH-ree) 1. Of Roknar. 2. The language of Roknar, which has a complex system of address forms depending on the rank of the speakers.

Roknari heresy of the four gods: Belief in the Roknari princedoms that the Bastard is a demon like his father, not a god after his mother the Lady of Summer, making crimes of the odd loves that the Bastard rules; the Quadrene faith.

Roya: (ROY-ah) Ruler of a country, equivalent to a king.

Royal: Gold coin in Chalion.

roya’s milestone: Stones set to mark certain mileages on the roads of Chalion.

Royesse: (roy-YES) Daughter of a Roya, a princess.

Royina: (roy-EE-nah) The wife of a Roya, or (possibly) a female ruler of a country: a queen.

Royse: (ROISE) Son of a Roya, a prince.

Sanda, Ser dy: (SAN-dah) Secretary-tutor to Royse Teidez, was murdered, probably by Dondo dy Jironal in order to gain more influence over Teidez.

Saint: In Quintarian and Quadrene theology, a living soul who gives the gift of their soul (the control thereof) to their god, thereby allowing the god to act in the world. Saints have a second sight that allows them to see a glow on other saints but not on themselves. The person ceases to be a saint when the god’s presence is withdrawn, and they cease to glow. See also petty saint.

Sara, Royina: (SARE-ah) Royina of Chalion, wife of Orico, has chambers on top of Ias’s Tower. Mid-thirties, her earlier prettiness now faded and worn.

Ser: (SIR) Lowest title of nobility, below a castillar in rank.

Sera: Wife of a ser, or a female ser.

sermon of the cups: Classic sermon by Ordol, which illustrates that the gods of Chalion cannot act unless a living soul opens to them and gives up his or her will.

Snowflake: A white mule bought by the Provincara for Iselle.

Sister: See Daughter of Spring.

soldier-brother: A lay dedicat serving in one of the military / religious orders such as the order of the Son.

Son of Autumn: One of the gods of the Quintarian and Quadrene religions, also called the Son or the Brother; god of the hunt and of war. Acolytes wear red-orange. Symbols include “weapons and animals and wine casks”.

Son’s Day: A festival day on the first day of autumn, the autumnal equinox. A secondary festival for the Son is held at mid-autumn. Son’s Day events include collecting the quarterly gifts that will keep the temple running for three months.

Sordso, Prince: (SORD-soh) Ruler of the Roknari princedom of Jokona, also called Sordso the Sot. Handsome, high cheekbones, crinkled gold hair.

Sould, March dy: (SOOLD) Young Ibran lord who accompanies Bergon on the trip to Chalion. Slightly older than dy Tagille and dy Cembuer.

South Ibra: Province of Ibra, led in rebellion against the Fox of Ibra by his heir; lies between Chalion and Darthaca.

Subdivine: A divine working in a subordinate capacity in a larger temple, among other roles.

Tagille, dy: (ta-GEEL) Young Ibran lord who accompanies Bergon on the trip to Chalion.

Taryoon: (tarry-OON) Town in Baocia, now the seat of government as the dowager Provincara’s son moved it from Valenda on inheriting his father’s gift. Southeast of Valenda.

Tavaki: (tah-VAH-key) One of the Roknari princedoms, located between Vardo and Jarn.

Teidez, Royse: (teh-DES) Royse of Chalion, half-brother to Roya Orico, younger brother of Iselle, son of Ias and Ista. Fourteen years old at the opening of The Curse of Chalion. Curly hair a shade redder than Iselle’s, a wide mouth.

Temple Hospital of the Mother’s Mercy: Hospitals of this name exist in Zagosur (dedicated to the succor of men cast up by the sea) and in Cardegoss (where Dedicat Rojeras practices).

Temple of the Holy Family: A building for religious ceremonies in Chalion. Usual construction is four-lobed about a central court, with one altar in each lobe for the god of each season. The Bastard has a separate round tower directly back of his Mother’s gate.

Teneret: (TEN-er-ET) A town in Labran.

Thistan: (THIS-tan, th as in think) A province of Chalion, east of Baocia. Martou dy Jironal’s funeral was conducted there.

Thistan, provincar of: Ruler of the province of Thistan, son-in-law of Martou dy Jironal.

Tolnoxo: (tohl-NOX-oh) A province of Chalion, bordering Baocia and Caribastos.

Tolnoxo, dy: (tohl-NOX-oh, dee) Provincar of Tolnoxo, in Chalion.

Tovia: (TOHV-ih-ah) A divine of the Mother’s Order in Valenda, a physician and lesser theologian.

Umegat: (OO-me-gat) Roknari head groom to Orico, a scholar, and both a divine and a saint of the Bastard, who hosts the miracle of the menagerie that keeps Orico alive. As a young divine, was an assistant Inquirer for the Temple investigating charges of death magic. Of noble Roknari descent, tall but a little stooped, leathery skin that had been gold, now faded to ivory, curly bronze hair going gray.

Umerue, Princess: (OO-me-roo) Widowed sister of Prince Sordso of Jokona, married twice to rich old Jokonan lords.

Vaida: (vah-EE-dah) Copper coin in Baocia (probably throughout Chalion).

Valenda: (va-LIN-dah) Town in Chalion situated on a low hill, houses of ochre sandstone, Provincara’s castle on the hilltop. Seat of government for the province of Baocia under the previous Provincar. Northwest of Taryoon.

Vara, Lady dy: (VAH-rah) Lady of Ias’s court.

Vardo: (VAHR-doh) One of the Roknari princedoms, located between Borasnen and Tavaki.

Vella: (VELL-ah) Herbivorous goat-like animal from somewhere beyond the Archipelago. Vella are like tall leggy goats, with long sweeping necks, thick soft fur, and brown eyes and sweeping eyelashes.

vest cloak: An open-fronted, loose sleeveless coat, of varying length from thigh to floor, variously lined or decorated, designed to be worn over other garments.

Vinyasca: (vin-YAAS-cah) Town in Tolnoxo, in the foothills of the western mountain ranges and on the trade route from Ibra.

Visping: (VIS-ping) Port in Roknar, capital of the princedom of Borasnen. The unransomed men from Gotorget were marched there to be sold to Roknari corsair masters.

Vrese, the Honorable: (VREES) Provincial judge/justiciar in Valenda who ruled the death of the wool-merchant’s son to not be murder, thought to be corrupt. A dour-looking fellow of middle years.

Vrit, Sera Nan dy: (VRIT, rhymes with hit) Middle-aged lady-in-waiting to Iselle.

Yarrin: (dy - YAR-in, rhymes with “far in”, dee) A Provincar of Chalion; lord dedicat of the Daughter’s Order; highest-ranking lord of Chalion holding allegiance to the Daughter’s Order.(Paladin Souls) Holy General of the Daughter’s Order

Yarrin: (YAR-in, rhymes with “far in”) - A province of Chalion. Dedicat of the Daughter’s Order; highest-ranking lord of Chalion holding allegiance to the Daughter’s Order.

Yiss, March dy: (YIHS) Darthacan noble, has twin 12-year-old sons.

Yiss: (YIHS) A land-locked territory located between Ibra and Darthaca, which pays fealty to Darthaca but is independent of it. Called the “high march” of Yiss because of Yiss’s historical state as a politically independent entity.

Zagosur: (ZAHG-o-sir) A port city of Ibra, nearly 300 miles from Baocia.

Zangre: (ZAN-gry, rhymes with angry) The great royal keep of Chalion, located at Cardegoss.

Zavar: (Zaa-VAR) A castle in Chalion, close to the Ibran border.

Zavar, Castillar dy: Holder of the fortress of Zavar.

© 2002-2003 by Nancy Barber & Lois McMaster Bujold