GLOSSARY OF TERMS

  • Artifact: A catch-all term for any item thought to be from a bygone era. Artifacts are liable to fetch a high price from the right buyer, even if the particular use is unknown. A tenet of the Order requires ordinary citizens to turn in any artifacts they come across to officials of the church immediately.
  • Auspice: A monument believed to have been constructed by forgotten generations to point out places of importance. Cities and towns prosper around Auspices, as they often carry some religious significance too.
    • The Ashen Totem: A tall iron sculpture, black in color, of a dragon sitting on a dead tree with its wings spread. Located in Rocíolán.
    • The Iron Thicket: A forest of angled iron spikes, several square miles in size. Located north of Rocíolán. Not all believe this to be a true Auspice.
    • The Stone of Life: A monolith inscribed with pictographs that seem to tell a story. Located in La Ciudad Red.
    • The Weeping Drake: An enormous white statue of a dragon in a hunched position. Located in Tidewater.
  • Bone: A type of currency made from the tail vertebrae of the apex predator, the Eelrex. Widespread use, aside from northeastern regions.
  • The Banished Wings: Two gods who are believed to be betrayers of the Emblazoned Wing, and were thus banished to the inhabitable regions of Sierra.
    • The Northern Wing: Known as the Melodic Wing before the Fall. Now sometimes called the Frigid Wing.
    • The Southern Wing: Known as the Thunderous Wing before the Fall. Now sometimes called the Shadowed Wing.
  • Crowbit: A type of currency made from flattened iron and stamped with the emblem of the Emblazoned Wing. Used mainly in Trillium.
  • The Constellation: An organized crime syndicate within Tidewater.
  • Dragon: The mysterious creatures that inspire both fear and admiration in the populous. Dragons are believed to be reincarnations of the Emblazoned Wing’s fallen feathers, now serving as her judicators. Some dragons directly work within the church, while most wander freely in search of sinners. A small number have bonded with humans outside of the Order.
  • The Dragondove: No one really knows who or what the Dragondove is, only that there is some connection to the Fallen Wings.
  • La Emblazoned Fortaleza: The reinforced cathedral in Trillium that serves as the center of the Order and the home of the Emblazoned Lady.
  • The Emblazoned Lady: The woman thought to have a direct connection to the Emblazoned Wing. When a Lady passes away, the next awakens.
  • The Emblazoned Wing/The Great Wing: The central godhead to the Order of the Emblazoned Wing who is believed to be protector of life, the mother of all dragons, and the only thing keeping the sun and stars from burning out. Stories credit her with discovering the sun and placing it in the sky with the help of two others who are now known as the Banished Wings. Known as the Clever Wing before the fall. Called the Fallen Wing by some denominations of the faith.
  • Envy: A grave sin within the tenets of the Order.
  • The Fall: The event in which the Emblazoned Wing was betrayed by the other two wings and was forced to banish them. It is said that their jealously drove them to madness and they attacked the sun, breaking it into millions of pieces. The Emblazoned Wing turned the pieces to stars, but it was an imperfect solution.
  • Judgment: A dragon attack on a person or place to rid the world of that sin.
  • Mudworm: A subterranean worm, but also used as an insult.
  • The Old Tongue: An ancient language understood and respected by dragons. While most of the words and meanings are lost, some commands are still used by Shielders and Wranglers alike.
  • The Order of the Emblazoned Wing: The faith that centers around the Emblazoned Wing. Belief is ubiquitous in Sierra, though the Order’s reach thins as one travels westward.
  • Sailback: A pack hunter, but also used to refer to a particularly ambitious or ruthless person.
  • The Salvation: An organization that actively opposes dragons.
    • The Crown: The leadership rank within a regional Salvation chapter.
  • Sangre Skull: A symbol used to mark places as blasphemous, as if to tell the dragons to pass judgment soon.
  • Shielder: A shortened term for a soldier of the Regimen of the Emblazoned Shield. These soldiers wear masks and carry round shields. Many are sanctioned by the Order to have a dragon companion.
  • Sierra: The name of the world.
  • The Spite: A widespread sickness, thought to be a punishment for transgressions. Whether the punishment is personal or simply by example is often debated, even by rectors. Symptoms include hair loss, weight loss, weakness, fatigue, migraines, and nightmares. There is no known cure. Life expectancy for the diagnosed varies widely. “Spited” is a common curse.
    • Dragonspite: A rapidly progressing form of the Spite, often a result of direct contact with the burning breath of a dragon.
  • Solshard: A very rare artifact, believed to be a piece of the sun. It is considered the highest level of blasphemy to keep one personally.
  • State Parish: A roughly defined political division of land. Parish identity is somewhat important to the populace, but most people identify more strongly with their township or city. Each State Parish has its own religious hierarchy and law enforcement, but ultimately report to the Emblazoned Lady. Cities and townships generally elect their own leaders by vote, council, succession, or another method.
    • Adirondack: Northeastern, contains Trillium.
    • Ashsky Basin: Southwestern.
    • Big Thicket: Southeastern, contains Rocíolán and La Ciudad Red.
    • Bitter Steppes: Far north.
    • Carolina: Eastern, contains Tidewater.
    • Firelands: Southern, contains Dejado.
    • Ramhorn: Northern.
    • Roseprairie: Northwestern.
  • Rector: A religious leader of the Order.
  • Wrangler: An individual who manages to bond with a dragon outside of church sanctions. An outlaw.