A Khokarsan Primer

The city of Khokarsa, the Great Tower of Kho and Resu, and the volcano Khowot,
as depicted by artist Bob Eggleton.

Adeneth. Goddess of sexual passion, love, and madness.

akarwadamo. Khokarsan word meaning “monkey.”

akarwadamowu. Khokarsan word meaning “baboon.”

Akwaphi. A town in the valley of Kloepeth on the island of Khokarsa; also a local river godling in that region.

Aquthly. The Congo River.

Asema. A port city at the southern tip of the Gulf of Lupoeth on the island of Khokarsa.

Awamuka. A port city on the northwestern coast of the island of Khokarsa.

Ax of Victory. A double-edged ax crafted by Paga and later given to Kwasin; the head of the ax was made from meteoritic nickel-iron ore, and its handle was composed of the solid lower leg bone of the giant Irish elk. Paga believed the ax brought victory for a while to its wielder, but ultimately the owner’s death. See H. Rider Haggard’s Allan and the Ice-Gods for the story of the ax’s origin, as well as Nada the Lily, She and Allan, and Allan Quatermain for its continuing saga.

Bawaku. A major port city on the western coast of the northern inland sea.

Bay of Boqawenqady. The harbor of Dythbeth.

Bay of Dythphida. The far-western arm of the southern inland sea.

bear-headed-woman standard. The standard of the Klemklakor, the Bear Totem.

Begetter of All Jewels. A legendary diamond reputedly recovered from the wreck of the infamous pirate ship known as the Haken.

Besbesbes. The goddess of bees and mead.

Beswaly. The eastern tributary of the Karhokoly River emptying into the Bay of Boqawenqady on the island of Khokarsa.

Bikeda. The ancient sun goddess, who eventually became the male god Resu.

bog”ugu. Khokarsan word meaning “giant wild pig.”

Bohikly. The Niger River, discovered by the expedition of Nankar in 685 A.T.

bok’ul”ikadeth. Khokarsan word meaning “rhinoceros.”

bom’odemu. Khokarsan word meaning “warthog.”

Boulevard of Khukly. A thoroughfare in the city of Khokarsa.

Bhukla. The goddess of war before she was usurped by Resu; after Resu, she became goddess of the sword. Bhukla is the patron goddess of Towina.

c’ad”eneske. Khokarsan word meaning “giraffe.”

Chamber of the Moon. A chamber in the Temple of Kho.

Cold Snake, the. A monster which reputedly dwells in the thick mud at the bottom of a subterranean river beneath Hadon’s home city.

College of Awines. An earthquake-resistant building in Dythbeth constructed according to plans conceived by the genius Awines.

Corporal Phallic. A character from a bawdy Khokarsan folk song.

Dance of the Castrated Baboon. An ancient ritual dance of the Klakordeth.

Dance of the Mating Bear. An ancient ritual dance of the Klakordeth.

datoekem. Large white birds with hooked black beaks; seagulls.

datoepoegu. Lieutenant.

don. Khokarsan word meaning “hawk.”

Door of the Nine. The gigantic nonagonal doorway leading into the Temple of Kho.

double golden crown. Awarded to Hadon after he won the long jump competition in the Great Games.

Dythbeth. A major port city on the western coast of island of Khokarsa, and Kwasin’s birth city. Known historically for its fierce independence, Dythbeth sided with the priestesses in the bloody war against King Minruth IV.

Fifth Army (also Vth Army). Dythbeth’s army.

fish-eagle-head standard. The standard of the Khokarsan navy.

Gokako. Apish slaves. The Gokako practiced group marriage and were known to be free with their wives. They were a short, squat, massively chested, and slant-browed people.

Great Cycle, the. The nine-year cycle of Khokarsa, represented by a fish-eagle, a hippopotamus, a green parrot, the hero Gahete, a sea-otter, a horned fish, a honeybee, a millet plant, and the hero Wenqath.

Great Games, the. A series of athletic and combative tournaments which determined who would be the king of the empire of Khokarsa, held in Khokarsa following the death of the old king or chief priestess. The Great Games were initiated in 10,460 B.C. (1140 A.T.) by the chief priestess of the city of Khokarsa; later the tournaments were known as the Great Games of Klakor, after the winner of the first games.

Great Gamester. A competitor in the Great Games of Klakor. A red-dyed hawk feather tied to the hair above the right ear indicated the wearer was a Great Gamester.

Great Plague. A terrible epidemic, also known as the Whooping Plague, which devastated the Khokarsan empire around 10,261 B.C. (1339 A.T.).

Great Tower of Kho and Resu. An immense ziggurat begun by Klakor in 10,460 B.C. (1140 A.T.). When Hadon witnessed it during the Great Games, its base was almost a half a mile wide in diameter, with staggered stories which rose to almost five hundred feet.

Gulf of Gahete. A long, narrow gulf on the island of Khokarsa stretching from the city of Khokarsa to the northern coast.

Gulf of Lupoeth. A long, narrow gulf on the island of Khokarsa stretching from the city of Khokarsa to the southern coast.

G’xsghaba’ghdi. The goddess of the Gakako’s forefathers.

ha. Khokarsan word meaning “red.”

Haken, the. An infamous pirate ship that long stalked the seas near the Strait of Keth; literally “the Death Hawk,” but also known as the Red Death after its crimson sails and the bloody toll it took in the strait over the years.

holy prostitutes. A Khokarsan woman who was not pregnant at the time of her first marriage, and had never before delivered, was required to serve as a prostitute in the temple of a deity for a period of one month. Conception as a result of this attendance was regarded as being of divine origin, despite the fact that the latter-day Khokarsans understood the male sperm was responsible for conception.

Inn of the Red Parrot. An inn at the town of Akwaphi on the island of Khokarsa.

Inner City. The inner part of the city of Khokarsa, enclosed by high black granite walls.

Isle of Lupoeth. The landing place of the explorer-priestess Lupoeth during her exploration of the southern inland sea. Later a white domed temple was erected there as a shrine to Lupoeth, and males were forbidden on the islet.

Kaarkor. A village at the foothills of the eastern Saasanadar on the island of Khokarsa.

Kaarquth. A major port city on Khokarsa’s south-central coast.

kagaga. Khokarsan word meaning “raven.”

kar. “Khokarsan word meaning “tree.”

Karhokoly. A river originating in the Saasamaro and emptying into the Bay of Boqawenqady near Dythbeth on the island of Khokarsa.

Karken. (“Tree of Death.”) Hadon’s sword, created by the legendary smith, Dytabes of Miklemres, for Hadon’s father, Kumin. Karken’s carbonized-iron blade was two feet two inches long, two-edged, slightly curving on the lower edge, and square-ended. The hilt of the sword was made of a piece of elephant ivory carved with ridges for better gripping.

Karkoom. A port village approximately four hundred miles upcoast from Qethruth, consisting of a population of approximately five hundred, and a cluster of huts and longhouses on stilts behind a stockade; situated at the end of a narrow harbor formed by two rocky peninsulas.

Karneth. Goddess of the oak, manifesting in the form of a half-woman, half-tree. She is the daughter of Kho.

Kartenkloe. A new mining settlement in the time of Hadon and Kwasin, rich in copper and some gold and heralded as the gateway to the southern savannas.

Kasukwa. A river godling.

kawuru. Khokarsan word meaning both “crocodile” and “pirate.”

-kem-. The Khokarsan root word meaning any relatively unconfined liquid or jellied mass; also means “water.”

Kemsilemu. The peninsula situated directly to the south of the Bay of Boqawenqady on the island of Khokarsa; literally, “the Great Claw Peninsula.”

Kemu. The great northern inland sea of ancient Africa, located in what is now the Chad Basin. The Khokarsan syllable -kemu- literally means “water-great”; i.e. “sea.”

Kemuwopar. The great southern inland sea of ancient Africa, originally called the Kemuketh but later renamed; located in what is now the Congo Basin.

Kemuqoqano. See Ringing Sea.

ken. Khokarsan word meaning “death.”

Kethna. A city fifty miles east of the Strait of Keth. Kethna paid tribute to Khokarsa but ran its local maritime affairs with a high hand, requiring every merchant ship that passed through the Strait of Keth to pay a heavy tax for the privilege.

Kho. The Great Mother goddess of the Khokarsan people; her son is Sahhindar. Also known as “the Creator and Replenisher of all things,” “the White Goddess,” “Mother of All,” “Goat-Headed Mother,” “Bird-Headed Mother,” etc. Kho is represented in the form of a steatopygic, huge-breasted woman, with the head of a fish-eagle, a parrot, a hippopotamus, or a goat.

Kho and Her Children. A sixty-four-figure frieze that decorated the marble base of the Great Tower of Kho and Resu, sculpted by Awodon, the Praxiteles of Khokarsa.

Khokarsa. The name of the empire spanning the two Central African seas during the late Ice Age. Also the name of the island and capital of said empire, first discovered by the Khoklem hero Gahete of the Fish-Eagle Totem in 11,800 B.C.

Khoklem. A people who wandered down from the Saharan savannas to the shores of the northern inland sea sometime before 13,000 B.C. and eventually went on to settle the island of Khokarsa. Those of Khoklem stock tended to be short, snub-nosed, and thick-lipped; they had straight dark hair, and their skin was darker than that of the Klemsaasa. The Khoklem language, like that of the neanderthaloid tribes on the coastline northward of the Strait of Keth, utilized click-consonants.

Khosaasa. A coastal mountain range northeast of the capital on the island of Khokarsa.

Khowot. The great volcano on the island of Khokarsa just east of the capital city; also referred to as the Voice of Kho.

Kho-wu. The five festival days at the end of the Khokarsan year (preceding the vernal equinox).

Khukhaken. The Leopard God, the divine consort of Khukhaqo.

Khukhaqo. The Leopard Goddess, “Our Lady of the Leopard”; patron goddess of Dythbeth.

Khuklaqo. The Shapeless Shaper.

Khukly. Goddess of birds; “the heron goddess.”

Klakordeth. The Thunder Bear Totem, the totem to which Kwasin belongs.

klakor. Khokarsan word meaning “bear.”

klakoru. Khokarsan word meaning “cave bear.”

klem. Khokarsan word meaning “people.”

Klemkho. An alternate name for the Khoklem, “the People of Kho.”

Klemklakor. (“People of the Bear.”) The Bear Totem; their standard is that of Kho as Goat-Headed Mother.

Klemqaba. (“People of the Goat.”) A wild half-neanderthaloid, half-human people who lived in or near the Strait of Keth and were subjugated and forced to pay tribute by King Minruth IV. They were short and broad, and bore blue and green tattoos.

Klemreskom. (“People of the Fish-Eagle.”) The tribe of Khoklem who first landed on the island of Khokarsa in 11,800 B.C.

Klemsaasa. (“People of the Mountains.”) A tall, hazel-eyed people, often with long, beaked noses, who first appeared in the mountains north of Miklemres in 11,450 B.C. (150 A.T.). They seized the city of Khokarsa in 10,875 B.C. (725 A.T.), and their chief, becoming King of Khokarsa, was the first to bear the name Minruth.

Klemsuh. (“The Yellow People.”) A group of people who drifted into the middle-eastern coast of the northern inland sea at about the same time as the Khoklem, sometime before 13,000 B.C. They had yellow-brown skins, straight and coarse dark hair, and slight epicanthic folds.

Kloepeth. A twenty-mile-long valley in the mountains northwest of the city of Khokarsa.

Klykwo. Goddess of fire.

ko’bok’ul”ikadeth. A giant, three-horned, armor-cowled rhinoceros said to inhabit a valley east of Sakawuru.

kokeklakaar. (“Long-Armed Killer of the Trees.”) A reputed hairy half-man creature living in the wilds of the island of Khokarsa, the kokeklakaar was said to possess crab-like pincers which it used to break the neck of its victims, as well as a trumpet-shaped mouth made of horn.

Konabasi. A demon believed to haunt the swamps near Dythbeth.

Kopoethken. Presumably a goddess or a figure out of folklore. Hadon says, “Run as if Kopoethken herself was after your manhood, Kebiwabes!”

K’ud”em’o. The people of the Sea Otter Totem who dwell on the coast below the city of Bawaku, as well as on colossal rafts which float across the northern inland sea.

Kunesu. A port city on the southeastern coast of the island of Khokarsa.

kwa. Khokarsan word for “equals”; also, the part of Khokarsan grammar indicating the vocative case, as well as an “empty” syllable carrying no meaning specific meaning in verb-dominated phrases.

“Kwa-kemu-kawuru-wu.” Words spoken by Ruseth upon seeing a crocodile in the waters off Rebha. Literally, “O great sea crocodile.”

Lahhindar. Gray-Eyed Archer Goddess.

Lahla. Goddess of the moon, Kho’s fairest daughter, patroness of music and poetry.

Law of Pwymnes, the. The law established by the chief priestess of Khokarsa in 10,460 B.C. (1140 A.T.) stating that the victor of the Great Games became the husband of the chief priestess (if she accepted him) and was crowned King of Khokarsa. Games occurred when the old king or the chief priestess died. However, the reigning king could keep his kingship if he could induce the dead wife’s daughter to marry him, or if she lacked a daughter, the nearest relative to assume the priestess’s throne. Any man was eligible to compete in the Great Games as long as he was not a slave, a neanderthaloid, or a Klemqaba.

Lesser Games, the. Competitions held in the queendoms throughout the empire of Khokarsa as a run up to the Great Games of Klakor (see entry for Great Games, the).

Lupoeth. A priestess-heroine-explorer who later came to be regarded as a demigoddess.

M’adesin. The Raven-Goddess.

M’agogobabi. The mosquito demon.

mi. Khokarsan word meaning “city.”

Mibessem. An ancient city founded by Bessem, the exiled son of Keth, located in the lowlands (now marshlands) along the southern inland sea just beyond of the Strait of Keth.

Miklemres. A city on the northern coast of the northern inland sea.

Minanlu. A city on southwestern coast of the island of Khokarsa.

Mineqo. A city located just east of the Gulf of Lupoeth on the island of Khokarsa.

Mikawuru. A pirate city on the northwestern coast of the southern inland sea, founded in 10,757 B.C. (843 A.T.) by criminals and political refugees from across the northern inland sea. Also the name of an earlier pirate city located on the fjord coast northwest of the straight into the southern sea, founded by the hero Anesem and a group of Bawakans who escaped the occupation of Bawaku by King Madymin and his army.

Miterisi. An ancient ruined city on the eastern perimeter of the Saasanadar on the island of Khokarsa; literally, “the City of the Snake.”

Mohasi. An island in Khokarsa’s Gulf of Gahete; a fortress lies on its western tip.

mowometh. An edible red berry. Dioscoreophyllum cumminsi is three thousand times sweeter than sugar on a weight-for-pound basis.

Mukha. A city on the northwestern coast of the northern inland sea.

Nakendar. (“Old Father Nakendar.”) Cave-bear worshiped in the village of Q”okwoqo on the island of Khokarsa.

Nangukar. A port along the southern inland sea.

Nanumim. Goddess of floods.

nasuhno. The gold coin which serves as the basic unit of Khokarsan currency (note: “suh” means both “yellow” and “gold” in Khokarsan).

Ninth Army. The Khokarsan army contingent stationed at the city of Kunesu; loyal to Queen Awineth and her forces during the revolt of Minruth IV.

Notamimkhu. A seaport on the island of Khokarsa to the north of the valley of Kloepeth.

Nukaar. The hairy ape-men of the trees.

numatenu. “Heroes of the broad sword”; a warlike class of swordsmen similar to the samurai. By custom, only the members of the numatenu were allowed to use the slightly curved, blunt-ended broadsword, although this was not strictly observed.

Oliwa. A major port city on the southeastern coast of the island of Khokarsa.

Opar. Hadon’s home city, the region of which was first explored by the priestess-heroine Lupoeth. The name literally means “I don’t understand you” in the aboriginal speech of the area.

Owalu. A major Khokarsan city.

Phetapoeth. A mountain village along the southern Kemu.

Piqabes. The goddess of the sea, green-eyed daughter of Kho; “the green-eyed Our Lady of Kemu”; “Goddess of the Two Seas.”

Poehy. A naval-base island on the island of Khokarsa’s Gulf of Lupoeth.

priestesses of Kho. The clergy of the goddess Kho. They often wore caps made of oval and circular gold pieces confining hair that was tied in a Psyche knot. Their high priestess was the Queen of Khokarsa.

priests of Resu. The clergy of the sungod Resu. They wore flowing robes, and their heads were shaven except for stiff roaches of hair from the forehead to the nape of the neck, brushed and kept stiff and upright by eagle grease. After King Minruth IV’s revolt, they sported mustaches and beards in defiance of ancient tradition. Their high priest was the King of Khokarsa.

pwam. Khokarsan word meaning “song.”

Python’s Head. The two-pronged peninsula projecting from the mainland of Khokarsa island; in Khokarsan, Terisiwuketh.

qaba. Khokarsan word meaning “goat.”

qampo. Khokarsan word meaning “elephant.”

Qawi. The name of the first man created by Kho.

Qawo. Goddess of healing and birth; “Our Lady of Healing.”

Qethruth. A city on the eastern coast of the northern inland sea.

q”ok’odakwa. Khokarsan word meaning “ostrich.”

Q”okwoqo. A village in the northern Saasamaro on the island of Khokarsa.

Qoqada. A city on western Khokarsa island, famed for its honey.

Rebha. A pile city located in the inland sea just north of the Strait of Keth. Rebha was a very important reprovisioning and refitting port, controlling the southern part of the Kemu and, in a sense, the Strait of Keth.

rekokha. Sergeant.

Renamam’a. Possibly a god of iron or metal; upon seeing Sahhindar’s steel knife, a hillman in Akwaphi exclaims, “By Renamam’a...!”

Reskomureeskom. A title meaning the king of kings; literally, “the Great Fish-Eagle of the Fish-Eagles.”

res. Khokarsan word meaning “sun,” “sungod,” and “eagle.”

Resu. The god of the sun, rain, and war.

Ringing Sea. The Mediterranean Sea and North Atlantic; in Khokarsan, “Kemuqoqano.”

Road of Kho. A wide stone-block-paved highway that meandered from the wall of Khokarsa’s Inner City up the steep side of the volcano Khowot.

r”ok’og’a. A now extinct giant reptile, probably the same species as the dragonlike sirrush depicted on the Ishtar Gate of ancient Babylonia. In the time of Hadon and Kwasin, the species could still be found in the jungles along the southern inland sea.

rosary. A string of prayer beads, utilized by Khokarsan priestesses and priests, as well as the common people.

ruwodeth. Khokarsan word meaning “lion.”

salute of Khokarsan military. The right arm is held out straight with the thumb and little finger touching tips and the three longest fingers spread out.

Saasamaro. A mountain range northwest of Dythbeth on the island of Khokarsa.

Saasanadar. A mountain range on the northwestern coast of the island of Khokarsa.

Saasares. A mountain range on the northern and northwestern borders of the Khokarsan Empire. In Hadon and Kwasin’s day, the slopes of these mountains were covered with olive trees on the lower levels, oak higher up, and then fir and pine.

Saasawabeth. A mountain range on the northeastern coast of the island of Khokarsa.

Sahhindar. The Gray-Eyed God, the Archer God, the god of gifts, plants, bronze, and time. Religious lore had it that Sahhindar, Resu’s son and younger brother, stole Time from his mother Kho and thereafter She exiled him from the land, dooming him to wander on the edge of the world. Sahhindar was said to have been able to travel through time before Kho took away his power. He holds a position in the Khokarsan pantheon analogous to that of Thoth in the Egyptian pantheon, although Sahhindar himself makes no claim to divinity. For more on his backstory, see Time’s Last Gift by Philip José Farmer, Ballantine Books, 1972.

Sakawuru. The red granite city where Hadon stopped while the Semsin resupplied on the way to the Great Games of Klakor in Khokarsa; Minruth IV quelled a rebellion there when he was younger. The city was established by colonists from Mikawuru.

Saqaba. A major port city on Khokarsa’s eastern coast.

Semsin, the. The name of ship which transported Hadon and his fellow Gamesters to Khokarsa. The Semsin was a long, narrow vessel with two tiers of oarsmen, each tier having twelve oars on a side and two men at each oar. The vessel also carried two catapults and was steered by the recently invented rudder.

sin. Khokarsan word meaning “black.”

Sisisken. “The grim ruler of the shadow world”; Kho’s eldest daughter.

Sigady. A naval-base island on Khokarsa’s Gulf of Gahete.

sign of Kho (old). A sign of supplication to Kho signified by touching the forehead first with the tips of three fingers, then the right breast, the genitals, the left breast, the forehead again, and ending up on the navel.

sign of Kho (new). A sign of supplication to Kho signified by touching the forehead with the ends of three longest fingers, then describing with them a circle which sweeps out and over the loins and ends on the forehead.

Sisisken. Goddess of the underworld and death.

Siwudawa. A queendom on the western coast of the northern inland sea. Also, the aboriginal parrot-headed androgyne deity of the people of Wentisuh.

Sixth Army (also VIth Army). Army contingent under the control of the city of Khokarsa and, during his revolt, King Minruth IV.

Sleeper, the. The god of Paga’s people.

-s”o-. Root word referring to liquids, jellies, or gases in containers.

s”okendon. The Khokarsan equivalent of Greek fire, invented by the native Dythbethan genius Awines by the year 11,118 B.C. Probably a liquid hydrocarbon used in conjunction with grease, oil, sulfur, and natural saltpeter.

s”okoko. “The water of life”; a hard liquor made in the high mountains, harsh and peaty-flavored.

Song of Gahete, The. A great epic composed by the legendary bardess Hala.

Song of Hadon, The. An epic composed by Hadon’s bard Kebiwabes; Pwamwothadon in Khokarsan.

Song of Kethna, The. A great epic composed by the legendary bard, Kwamim; Pwamwotkethna in Khokarsan.

Song of the Moon of Change. A song about Lalila composed by Kebiwabes; Pwamwotlalila in Khokarsan.

Song of Rimasweth, The. An epic composed by the bard-poetess Kwamim, generally regarded as the second-greatest epic of Khokarsa, although some critics consider it the greatest. It is also the first epic to sing of living heroes. Pwamwotrimasweth in Khokarsan.

Song of the Wanderings of Hadon of Opar, The. An epic song composed by Hadon’s bard Kebiwabes; perhaps synonymous with, or a major cycle of, the Pwamwothadon (see Song of Hadon, The).

Song of the Wanderings of Kwasin. A song that Hadon speculated Kebiwabes might have been composing; the bard Bahko of Dythbeth later went on to compose the Pwamwotkwasin (“the Song of Kwasin”).

stone of C’ak’oquq”o. The K’ud”em’o equivalent of the Khokarsan Qawo, goddess of healing. A prophecy among the K’ud’em’o stated that if the stone was ever lost, the two great inland seas would dry up.

Strait of Keth. The narrow strait which connected the northern and southern inland seas.

Street of the Overturned Hives. A street in the pile city of Rebha.

suh. Khokarsan word meaning both “yellow” and “gold.”

Suhkwaneth. Goddess of the scales.

sweating sickness. A swiftly spreading plague, accompanied by a sense of overpowering dread, that struck Wethna while Hadon and his friends were staying there. Responsible for the deaths of eighty-thousand inhabitants in the area of Wethna alone.

Takomim. Goddess of trade, thieves, and the left-handed.

Temple of Kho. Specifically, a temple on the side of the volcano Khowot on the island of Khokarsa and the abode of the oracular priestess, although generally many temples of Kho existed across the Empire of Khokarsa.

Temple of Golden Kho. A temple dedicated to the Goddess Kho; Hadon’s father was forced by circumstance to be a lowly sweeper of floors in the temple after he lost his arm in a battle with pirates.

Temple of Takomim. A temple in Akwaphi dedicated to the goddess of trade, thieves, and the left-handed.

tenu. A long, broad, blunt-ended, slightly curving iron sword used by the order of the numatenu.

Terisikokori. Pythoness worshiped in the village of Kaarkor on the island of Khokarsa.

Terisiwuketh. See Python’s Head.

Tesemines. The goddess of the night.

thirty queendoms of the empire. The empire of Khokarsa consisted of thirty cities, each of which was presided over by a priestess of Kho.

totems. A sampling of the many diverse clans among the cultures inhabiting the shores of the two inland seas includes: the Ant Totem (Hadon’s totem), the Bear Totem, the Beach Baboon Totem, the Crocodile Totem, the Fish-Eagle Totem, the Goat Totem, the Green Parrot Totem, the Leopard Totem, the Pig Totem, the Red Sea Otter Totem, and the Thunder Bear Totem (the Klakordeth, Kwasin’s totem).

Tower of Diheteth. A five-hundred-foot-tall cedar, stone-based tower on the pile city of Rebha.

Towina. A city on the western coast of the northern inland sea; Kwasin was shipped there immediately after being sentenced into exile.

Trade Khokarsan. A pidgin lingo understood in most large seaports on the Kemus and used by the polyglot crews of merchant and naval ships.

-u-. Khokarsan syllable meaning “great” or “large”; “wu” when preceded by a vowel.

Wan”so. A tribe from the Western Lands.

Wasu. Goddess of mountains.

wentis. Khokarsan word meaning “land” or “country.”

Wentisuh. (From “wentis,” meaning “land” or “country,” and “suh” meaning “yellow” or “gold.”) A city where Hadon and the Semsin stopped on the way to the Great Games of Klakor. Wentisuh was inhabited by a brownish-yellowish-skinned people with coarse, straight black hair, long, thin, and beaked noses, and a fold of skin in the inner corners of their eyes. See H. Rider Haggard’s Allan Quatermain for an account of the modern rediscovery of Wentisuh, also known as “Zuvendis.”

Wethna. A city on the southeastern coast of the northern inland sea.

Wild Lands, the. The regions beyond the borders of the Khokarsan empire. The Wild Lands to the west of the empire were referred to as the Western Lands.

Wind-Spirit, the. Ruseth’s first-of-its-kind fore-and-aft sailing ship.

Wootla, the. “The Voices of the Moon”; the priestesses of the temples of the moon.

wot. Khokarsan word meaning “voice.”

W”uwos. Goddess of the red-headed eagle.

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