Scar, the: Abbreviated term for The Scarred Lands.
Scarred Lands: And area east and slightly north of Recityv where the last battle of the War of the Second Promise took place, also known sometimes as the Battle of the Scar or the Battle of the Round. The Scarred Lands have lost their vitality due to being raped by Velle, who drew it’s essence and life to darkly render the Will during that great last stage of the War.
Sedagin (Seh-dah-gin): Name of a near-mythic people living in the High Plains, whose mastery with a greatsword is legendary. They live by the principles of the First Promise, and are loyal unto death. The Sedagin leader adopts the name of his people, being called simply, Sedagin, after the son of the great Holivagh. The child Sedagin was given command of the army of the War of the Second Promise at the age of nine in honor of his father’s sacrifice.
Sa’hon Ghetalloh (Sa-HOHN Geh-TAHL-ah): In the language of the Bar’dyn, a phrase translating as, “Impudent Breeder.”
Salter’s Hand, a: Used to refer to one that spoils something for others, coming from the practice of salting fields in order to make them incapable of yielding crops.
Scola (SKOAL-ah): An order or association devoted to academic study, and consisting of many disciplines, including: Authorial, Dramatic, Scriveners, Diplomatists, etc.
Scolito(SKOAL-e-toe): The pupil of an Author.
Scorner: See Quietus.
Scrib (SCRIB): A musician.
Scriveners: An highly literate association whose purpose is to assist in the collection of ancient documents and genealogy, with emphasis on studying the Covenant Language and its applications.
Seanbea (SHAWN-bay): A Ta’Opin and mor, serving the Descant Cathedral as goods transporter. Also a former student of the Maesteri.
Season of Accountability: Alternate name given to the current Age.
Season of Disdain: See Age of Disdain.
Season of Rumors: Name some have given to the current age.
Season: See Age.
Second Promise: A renewal of the First Promise, added upon by a spoken commitment to end, once and for, the shedding of blood by emissaries of Quietus. Every governed people was represented and signed the contract to assert its might in the interest of the shared goal, a universal peace that restored hope, restored prosperity, restored unconditional brotherhood across even political boundaries. Justice would be served by deliberation and codified laws. One actions would not be the sole determinant of every consequence. Once ratified, it was seen as a great stride in civility and progress.
Secret: A strong epithet of defamation.
See your pockets’ stitching: A common turn of phrase, meaning to rob or be robbed.
Sevilla Daul:(Suh-VIL-uh DAHL): A Walker from Freestone.
Shadow of the Hand: The place where the Veil wears most thin, and where Quietgiven are known to escape the Bourne. Also used to describe generally the dark influence of the Bourne as it stretches over the land.
Sheason (SHAY-son): Members of this Order possess the ability to renderer the Will—influence Forda I’Forza. When the First Ones abandoned their work in Aeshau, they conferred the authority to direct the Will in the interest of men to a select few. The right and privilege to render has since been passed down only after vigorous training. Though their order was conceived on the principle of service and sacrifice, they are often disliked for their sometimes secretive nature and their propensity to allow apparently dangerous or inappropriate actions to occur in the interest of what is deemed ‘best.’ The Sheason are also sometimes known also a “three ring” for the emblem that signifies their order: Three rings inside of each other, and all meeting at one point. From the Language of the Covenant, meaning “servant.”
Shehogoth (SHEH-ho-goth): An utterance used by Sheason when rendering the Will. Its meaning unknown to the unconferred.
She’holta (Sheh-HOLE-tuh): Something blessed or consecrated.
Shelah (Sheh-LAH): From the Covenant Language meaning, “messiah.”
Shenflear: An acclaimed author of the early years of the Craven Season.
Sholate (Shoh-LAHT): A confection made of cocoa beans and brandy.
Shoulder Wrestling: A game typically played in taverns where contestants stand shoulder to shoulder facing opposite directions, placing their inside arm across the chest of their opponent and gripping their opponent’s outside shoulder. On a count usually of three or four, each person tries to thrust the other to the floor. The one who remains standing is the winner.
Sighting Stones: A colonnade of large vertical stones erected on the common lawns of the Hollows, each stone carved with a thin, rectangular hole through which to observe the placement of the sun and mark the seasons and cycle of the year. Also, of central importance at Northsun Festival.
Sky, the: The overreaching, never-ending constant of life. Often used interchangeably with the word “life,” it connotes assurance, stability. The Sky holds the sure patterns and procession of the stars, and the unvarying, necessary return of the sun and daylight. It represents that which is known without being touched or proven. It is also the shortened term for ‘Tabernacle of the Sky.’
Slope Nyne(sloap NINE): Tenendra word for Bar’dyn. See Bar’dyn
So’mother (SOH-muh-ther): Colloquial term for grandmother.
Sodalist Covenant: Known also as the Sodalist Creed, it is the oath a Sodalist makes to stand fast beside the Sheason.
Sodalist Creed: Blood oath given by anyone accepting the “Sword and Quill” emblem to stand in defense and helpmate to the Order of Sheason.
Sodalist: A member of the Sodality, and one given to the study of the Authors as well as the crafts of war. Ancient diaries define the Sodalist as both keen in body and mind. By virtue of a Sodalist’s study, he or she is often serves in a community as teacher, healer, and counselor. See also Sodality.
Sodality: A brotherhood of men and women aligned to protect the integrity of Authors’ words, and to bring them to bear in conjunction with the bite of steel. The Sodality’s highest call is as protectorate to the Order of Sheason, to whom it holds a solemn oath.
Solom (SAHL-ahm): Winemaker from the Hollows.
Song of Suffering: The musical rendering of the Tract of Reveling, performed in the inner sanctum of Descant Cathedral. Sung entirely in the Language of the Covenant, a single performance has but one refrain and lasts nine hours, and is given by a Leiholan who must commit the song to memory.
Songbox: A small box, often made of wood, fitted with a small turnkey music device to play a tune when opened.
Soren Seas: In the Language of the Covenant: “ungentle.”
Spine-root: A low-lying plant which grows barbs and needles.
Stand at Mal Point South: A single battle lasting from winter to winter which nearly ended the Mal wars.
Standing: A rite of passage which takes place at the first Full Moon after a Melura’s nineteenth Northsun. The ceremony is witnessed to by a First Steward, typically the child’s father or mother. Beyond this time, the child becomes Alchera, an adult, and is considered responsible thereafter for his or her every action.
Staned, Roth (STAN-ed, ROTH): Defender of Civility himself, first among the Leadership of the League of Exigents (League of Civility).
Stem: A paper rolled with tobaccom inside to be smoked.
Stipple toes: A common cooking root known as rhubarb.
Stoke the coals: Colloquial expression meaning, ‘to excite.’
Stonemount: An abandoned city near the Valley of Lesule almost entirely constructed of stone: granite, marble, and other indigenous rock. Legend holds that the inhabitants simply vanished, no war or disease accounting for their disappearance.
From the sky to one: Colloquical expression meaning, “no matter what.”
Stranger: See Quietus.
Straw Drift: Backstreet folk: moneygrubbers, informants, thieves, etc.
Strong-wagon: A large, heavy wagon with thick walls used to convey important cargo.
Summer Eve: A high festival held at Kali Firth, where members of every artistic discipline come to display their talents and wares. Commerce is not permitted, while food and drink is supplied by the Festival Hosts, none other than the King and Queen of Reyal’Te. Discretion is always observed, people enjoying themselves, but rarely to excess.
Sutter Te Polis (SUH-ter): A young farmer from the Hollows.
Sword and Quill: Emblem of the Sodality. See Sodality.