Glossary

Aesin – Literally “the shining ones.” Name applied to the pantheon of gods worshipped by the Asengiir. Their names and descriptions are in the section on religion.

Aesun – Singular of “Aesin,” used to describe particularly great heroes, particularly those with some claim to divine lineage.

Aptr-Virding – Literally, “One honoured on her back,” an insult implying that a wife is good for nothing other than sex.

Asengiir – Literally “the people of the shining ones,” used to refer both to that group of people and to their lands, although the latter is more formally called “Asengervald.”

Baniir – Formal term for the orc race.

Berserker – More common word for members of the barbarian class. Since a berserker is in part defined by the strength they gain through their rage, it is very rarely used to refer to a member of any other class.

“By Kehl” – Said as a vow or oath of vengeance that carried with it some weird – “By Kehl, I will slay that orc before the sun sets.”

Draugrim – “Tree-people,” the most common name for forest gnomes

Eissthirm – Formal term for the frost giant race

Esein – Formal term for the northern tribes of the athaminar.

Fylgja – No literal translation, although it translates as something like, “the one from the many,” or, “the many made one.” Previously used to describe the Asengiir as a people, now used to refer to the spirits venerated as part of shamanic tradition.

Gifri – Formal name for the troll race.

Horthoth – Literally “place of high stones,” a reference to the city’s defensible position on a mountain cliff.

Hunter – More common word for members of the ranger class, but can also refer to someone of any class who is good at hunting.

Jotun – General term for giants. Always includes hill giants, mountain giants and frost giants. Can also refer to ogres and fire giants, but more rarely, and occasionally includes trolls as well.

“My friend by the wolf/My friend by the fire” – An oath made between two people. The first says the first line, the second utters the second. The oath is made before an assembly of at least two others. Thereafter, the two people making the oath share the same honour.

Myrrnoi – Literally, “sons of the fen,” the Asengiir term for lizardfolk.

Rakke – Dimunitive of the word for “bitch,” usually used to refer to a poorly trained female hound, can also refer to gnolls as a pejorative term.

Rekke – Dimunitive of an archaic word for “warrior.” Used to refer to warriors who are undisciplined or do not fight with honor.

Skald – A teller of tales of war, trained as a warrior but also as a performer, traditionally female.

Svellnir – “Daughters of ice,” impolite term for the Esein.

Thurm – Formal name for the ogre race

“Tiw’s beard” – Very mild curse, non-directive.

“Tiw’s eye” – An exclamation used when seeing something strange or unusual.

Valkyr – The most honoured status a shield-maiden can attain.

“Ver’s cunt” – Do you really want your character to get punched really, really hard by everyone in the room? Say this when surrounded by humans and you’ll get your wish.

Vir-Bjarnthoi – Literally, “honored sons of stone,” the Asengiir reverential term for the dwarves.

Weird – The power of importance of an oath or vow.

Weirgild – A promise of payment or compensation.

Weirkehl – An oath promising vengeance against another.

Ymirim – Informal name for the frost giant race, particularly those organized frost giants who directly oppose human habitation of Asengervald.

Glossary

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