The Arylyn Glossary

Afa (name means ‘storm’) Simon

He is originally from French Polynesia and came to Arylyn in 1856 when he was 33. By the time William arrives, age has left him stooped and weak, but he somehow still maintains the lush gardens around his home. He is also the most creative raha’asra on Arylyn.

Bar Duba

He is native born to Arylyn and possesses features typical those types of individuals with Mediterranean dark skin and hair. In addition, he is the councilor for Cliff Air and is known to enjoy his food and dislike folk who are long-winded. 

Break Foliage

A native born magus who is also born politician. He’s a small, weasel-like man with a nasally voice who represents Cliff Fire on the Village Council. He and Zane Blood generally vote together, and Rukh can’t stand either of them.

Daniel Karllson

Native born, but his parents are not. They are Trace and Magnus Karllson, and he is their only child. When William was discovered in the Far Beyond, Daniel’s parents were asked to help evaluate this potentially powerful asrasin. They wanted Daniel to experience life in the world outside of Arylyn’s shores, but he was initially hesitant to go. At the time, he had no belief that the Far Beyond could teach him anything. It took Jason Jacobs, his best friend, weeks of hounding to convince him to temporarily leave Arylyn. Then Daniel saw Star Wars, and his world changed. He became a proud participant in all things nerdy. He also became a good friend to William Wilde and later on, he fell in love with Lien, who also accompanied the Karllsons to the Far Beyond.

Daniella Logan

Native born, but like her older sister, Karla, she has blue eyes. She doesn’t like enrune and tends to be quiet until people get to know her.

Emma Lake

A young native born girl, and one of Selene’s earliest friends on Arylyn.

Fiona Applefield

She was originally from England and kidnapped to Sinskrill when her lorethasra flowered to life. For decades, she was the only raha’asra on the island (other than the Servitor), and consequently, for the past sixty years, she has functioned as a battery for the rest of the mahavans. She is also Serena and Selene’s grandmother.

Jake Ridley

He was originally a rich snob, athletic, good-looking, and smart, but life hasn’t been kind to him. Growing up, he and William disliked one another. Much of this is because Jake was a bully. Yet, he can also be quite charitable and loving, especially to his brother, Johnny. His rivalry and distaste for William continued through high school but, they have to set aside their differences when they’re both kidnapped to Sinskrill since both are raha’asras. There, the two of them forge a tight bond and become the best of friends. His parents are Steven and Helen Ridley.

Janine Dale

 A native born blacksmith.

Jason Jacobs

He was born in New Orleans to Randall and Amelia Jacobs but entered a saha’asra at age nine. In that moment, his lorethasra came to life. He would have died, but his great-great grandfather, Odysseus Louis Crane III (Mr. Zeus), discovered him. Jason moved to Arylyn, and that was also the last time he saw his parents or the rest of his family. He doesn’t speak of why that occurred. He and William are close friends. 

(An interesting historical note: Jason’ great-grandmother, Layla, was the only daughter of Odysseus and Edith Crane. Layla was half-black and married a white Cuban Hispanic. They had seven children, including a son, Sonny who married Julia, a member of the Cherokee tribe. Sonny and Julia had three sons and one daughter, Amelia—Jason’s mother. She married Randall Jacobs, whose family hails from Scotland and Germany.)

Jean-Paul Bernard

A flamboyant, somewhat obnoxious Frenchman. He was once a pot-smoking hippie from Paris, France before emigrating to Arylyn. He loves to surf and taught Serena how to do so. She considers him one of her only friends on Arylyn. He is married to ThuDuc Thu. 

Jeff Coats

A farmer murdered by the mahavan, Evelyn Mason, during her scouting mission to Arylyn. 

Jimmy Webster

A native born restaurateur. He owns and operates Jimmy Webster’s Restaurant. 

Julius O’Brien

He is originally from Montserrat, British West Indies, but his parents moved to Jamaica when he was young. He was a bit of a black sheep, falling into the Rastafarian life, of which his parents disapproved. Later, he chose to pursue civil engineering at Purdue University, but on a trip home to visit family in Jamaica, he came in contact with a saha’asra and had to emigrate to Arylyn. He helps rescue William and Jake from Sinskrill and later takes part in the battle to free Travail and Fiona. 

Karla Logan

Native born, but like her younger sister, Daniella, she has blue eyes and wears glasses. Her grandfather was a rector in the Episcopal Church in the United States. She loves enrune and often plays the sport with Serena and Lien.

Lien Sun

She is originally from China, but as a teenager, she found herself on the wrong side of the Communist Party. She fled and ended up in a saha’asra in Beijing. Luckily, Peter Magnus Karllson was visiting the city at the time and saved her by bringing her to Arylyn. She originally stayed with Mr. Zeus for the first three years of her life on Arylyn, but when he moved to the Far Beyond to determine William’s eligibility for Arylyn, she moved in with the Karllsons and pretended to be their foreign exchange student. She loves to sing but is a terrible singer. She also prides herself on not being a nerd, although she is one.

Lilian Care

Originally from England, she moved to Arylyn in the 1940s, shortly after the end of WWII. She once worked as a governess and has been Lilith’s mayor for the past five years. 

Lucas Shaw

He is originally from Charleston, South Carolina and retains the accent of his blue-blood forebears. He emigrated to Arylyn in the 1920s. He is a member of the Village Council and represents Cliff Water. 

Maxine Knight

She is originally from a small town in Indiana. She runs Ms. Maxine’s, the best place for ice cream in all of Arylyn.

Odysseus Louis Crane III aka Mr. Zeus

At the time of the events of William Wilde and the Necrosed, he is 134 years old, but he only appears to be in his sixties. He has a deep, soothing voice, a long white beard, and looks like a wizard. He emigrated to Arylyn in 1878 and married another emigrant to Arylyn, a black woman named Edith Naomi Merle. However, when their only child, Layla, proved to be a normal—a person without asra—they took her to the Far Beyond and raised her there. Edith never returned to Arylyn, though. She died somewhere in Mississippi, and Mr. Zeus has never explained how she passed away, although he’s let slip that she died at the hands of a necrosed.

A more detailed biography of Mr. Zeus:

Mr. Zeus’s great-grandfather, Lucius George Crane, emigrated to the American Colonies in the mid 1700’s. He settled in Savannah, a young town in what later became the state of Georgia. Lucius worked as a fisherman, but when the Revolutionary War erupted, Lucius joined the Continental Army. Later, after the war’s conclusion, Lucius bought land near Augusta and became a farmer, founding the plantation Aria. By the time Mr. Zeus’ father, Odysseus Louis Crane II, inherited the plantation, it had five hundred acres of land and almost 35 slaves.
Decades later, the Civil War broke out, and Mr. Zeus’s father joined the Confederate Army, serving in the 6th Regiment, the first unit mustered from the state of Georgia and commanded by a good friend of the family, Colonel Arthur Colquitt, whom his father had met while the two men were studying at Princeton. Mr. Zeus’ brothers, both of whom were much older than him, joined the Confederate Army as well, but they were assigned to the 19th Regiment. His eldest brother, Joshua, was killed at Cedar Mountain, while Jeb died at Second Manassas. His father learned that they had expired when the 19th and the 6th both fought at Antietam. He wrote home to Mr. Zeus’ mother (Miriam Francis Crane) that his heart was empty. All he had seen was death and suffering, and soon after, he died at the battle of Fredericksburg. Later, General Sherman burned Aria to the ground, leaving Mr. Zeus’ family destitute.
After the surrender of the Confederacy, Miriam married Zachary Thomas, a local plantation owner whose entire family had also perished during the war. Mr. Thomas adopted Zeus and his sister, Ruth Esther, and moved the family to California in 1866. He wanted a fresh start and no memories of a way of life that had died in a flood of fire and blood. They moved to Santa Barbara, where Mr. Thomas, took his remaining savings and bought land. He established an orchard and grew oranges. Within 12 years, the family was living prosperously. Mr. Zeus’ mother had several more children, a girl, Susan and a boy, James. Ruth Esther married a local lawyer, the son of a well-to-do family that had been in Santa Barbara for many years.
As for Mr. Zeus, at twenty-six he was sent east to take a tour of Europe, but he never arrived. Instead, he came across a saha’asra in New York City, in a swampy field that would eventually become Central Park. His lorethasra came alive, and Afa Simon brought him to Arylyn.

Peter Magnus Karllson (aka Magnus)

He is from Sweden and looks like his Viking forebears. When his lorethasra came to life, it broke his heart to have to leave his family. He spent years hating what had happened to him, but eventually Trace arrived, and his life changed. He married her within nine months of their meeting, and they have a son, Daniel. When William is discovered, they accompanied Mr. Zeus to Cincinnati in order to expose Daniel to the wider world beyond Arylyn’s borders. In addition, Magnus discovered Lien in China and brought her to Arylyn prior to the events of William Wilde and the Necrosed.

Rail Forsyth

A scout in the Ashoka Irregulars.

Robert Weeks

A native born blacksmith who helps build Arylyn’s cannons.

Seema Choudary

She is a small, quiet Indian woman originally from what became the Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh after the end of the British Raj. Her caste is Kamma, which Rukh and Jessira find interesting. She emigrated to Arylyn in the early 1900s when she was still in her teens and is the councilor for Cliff Earth.

Selene Paradiso

Serena’s younger sister, and they share the same parents. She is aware of this shared lineage—the fact that they’re true sisters and that the Servitor is their true father. Until escaping to Arylyn, she didn’t know about her grandmother, Fiona Applefield. William and Jake think of her as their little sister.

Serena Paradiso

She was born on Sinskrill to Axel Paradiso and Cinnamon Bliss. However, at age 11, when she passed her Tempering, she was taken from Cinnamon and given to Axel’s wife, Alaina, to become her daughter. She eventually became a bishan, but not until after she saw her birth mother, a woman she loved with all her heart, whipped to death in front of her eyes. This event is the main reason why Serena became so hard, ruthless, and a consummate liar.

Sioned O’Sullivan

She is originally from Ireland and came to Arylyn when she was twenty-three. She is a raha’asra, and William’s and Jake’s originally instructor in Jayenasra, the Beautiful Art. By the time William arrives on Arylyn, she is over 140 years old.

Sile Troy

Native born to Arylyn. He works as a farmer with a plot of land in Janaki Valley. His wife is Jennifer Troy, a singer and a baker, and his grandmother is Sioned O’Sullivan. Sile agrees to take on Serena as an apprentice farmer, acting as her master.

Stacey Cloud

 A scout in the Ashokan Irregulars.

ThuDuc Thu

Originally from Saigon, Vietnam, he emigrated to the United States as part of the Vietnamese boat people in 1978. Shortly thereafter, he emigrated to Arylyn. He is married to Jean-Paul Bernard.

Trase Karllson

Born in Ethiopia, and her birth name is Hanan Malak Abdullah (‘merciful angel’ in Arabic). She was engaged to a family friend at age fifteen, but after she was attacked by her fiancé’s older brother, she had to flee, fearing an honor killing. She entered a saha’asra, and its glory calmed her pain. She stayed there, preferring to die, but Mr. Zeus saved her. As a result, she has a deep and abiding gratitude for him. On Arylyn, she eventually met Peter Magnus Karllson. They have a son, Daniel.

Travail Fine

He is a young troll, only about 200 years old. He was tricked into coming to Sinskrill by a prior Servitor, and with his fear of open water, he was trapped there. As a result, he has a deep and abiding hatred for Sinskrill and all mahavans. Like all trolls, he is massively built, quiet and solitary, and a Justice. In addition, he was William’s and Jake’s protector and teacher during their time on Sinskrill, and they love him for his friendship. Fiona Applefield was once his bishan and has always acted in his best interests, although on Sinskrill they kept their friendship secret.

Travail Fine

He is a young troll, only about 200 years old. He was tricked into coming to Sinskrill by a prior Servitor, and with his fear of open water, he was trapped there. As a result, he has a deep and abiding hatred for Sinskrill and all mahavans. Like all trolls, he is massively built, quiet and solitary, and a Justice. In addition, he was William’s and Jake’s protector and teacher during their time on Sinskrill, and they love him for his friendship. Fiona Applefield was once his bishan and has always acted in his best interests, although on Sinskrill they kept their friendship secret.

Ward Silver

He is a native to Arylyn and master of multiple Elements: Fire, Earth, and Water and Spirit. He is young and is the one who eventually teaches William how to properly braid his Elements.

William Wilde

Born in the mountains of North Carolina but moved to Cincinnati, Ohio when he was ten. As a result, his mountain accent sometimes still comes through. His parents, Kevin and Jane Wilde, were killed by the necrosed, Kohl Obsidian. It was assumed that his brother, Landon, was similarly murdered. These events started William on the long road to becoming an asrasin. He is also a raha’asra.

Zane Blood

A native-born man who has an overabundant sense of self-worth, much of it undeserved. He is the councilor for Cliff Spirit, and he and Break Foliage are allies on the Village Council.

HISTORY

History

The island was discovered in 7545 B.C. At the time, it was volcanic and uninhabitable, but in 6257 B.C., a small colony of asrasins was eventually established there. Most were magavanes—followers of Shokan—and fleeing the Nusrael, the catastrophic war amongst the asrasins. At the time, the island was a relative backwater given its active volcanism, tortured landscape of flowing lava and erupting sulfur vents, and its meager lorasra. As a result, it was largely ignored during the worldwide war. However, as the battles raged on, other asrasins who had once scorned the island chose to settle there.

The Nusrael eventually settled down to a low-level conflict, and the island was once again forgotten as many of its inhabitants rejoined the larger world. But as the millennia passed, more and more saha’asras were slowly bereft of lorasra, and Arylyn became one of the few places in the world that could sustain the life of those with lorethasra. It was permanently settled in 2039 B.C. with the founding of the village of Lilith. The volcano at the island’s heart was put to sleep through the asra of the dwarves, and several sithes of elves beautified the place when they planted forests and jungles on the once barren hills and valleys of Arylyn.

In the centuries that followed, with the ongoing failure of all the world’s saha’asras, the island was conceived as the final home of the magi. A sithe of elves and creche of dwarves—the descendants of those who had helped tame the island—was allowed to live there as well. By 533 AD, no other community of magi existed in the world.

Still, the passage of time did not leave Arylyn untouched. The saha’asra dwindled, the lorasra faded, and the elves and dwarves living there eventually died out. They became nothing more than Memories. The island’s magi population shrank as well, and by the time William Wilde enters the island, it has become a shadow of its former self, although its inhabitants don’t seem to realize it. Nevertheless, it remains a place of peace, beauty, and grace.

GOVERNMENT

Lilith is governed by an elected council with one councilor representing each of the five Cliffs upon which the village is built. The councilors serve for three years. In addition, the mayor who oversees the government, is chosen in a village-wide election. Lilith, though, basically governs itself without much input from the Village Council. This was actually the intention of Lilith’s founders.

The current Village Council:

Mayor: Lilian Care.
Cliff Air: Bar Duba
Cliff Fire: Break Foliage
Cliff Water: Luke Shaw
Cliff Earth: Seema Choudary
Cliff Spirit: Zane Blood

GEOGRAPHY

Charybdis Way

A narrow pass that cuts across the western slopes of Mount Madhava. It is south of the Jaipurana Pass, and the Riven Road extends through both of them.: A narrow pass that cuts across the western slopes of Mount Madhava. It is south of the Jaipurana Pass, and the Riven Road extends through both of them.

Chimera Seed

A blocky bridge that connects Cliff Spirit with Cliff Water. Carved into the posts of the bridge are figures of fantastical creatures who Rukh and Jessira recognize as Chimeras from their home world of Arisa. No one knows how such carvings came to be.

Elven Tor

A large, rocky hill where the Elven Memory comes to collect those who are on their pilgrimage to examine Arylyn’s history.

Guanyin Bridge

A reflective, silvery bridge made of an unknown material. It traverses River Namaste at the base of Cliff Spirit where the river recollects after plunging down Lilith’s cataracts.

Jaipurana Pass

A mountain pass skirting the northwestern shoulders of Mount Madhava. It is north of the Charybdis Way, and the Riven Road extends through both of them.

Janaki Valley

The name means ‘mother’ in Hindi, and it is a mystical valley of fertile fields and lush orchards. It is where the bulk of Lilith’s crops are grown, and all magi hold the valley in reverence.

Lakshman Bridge

A stone bridge that traverses River Namaste near the enrune fields. The name may be derived from that of Rama’s brother, Lakshmana, in the ancient Indian epic poem, the Ramayana.

Lilith

The only village in Arylyn. It is built upon terraces carved into five cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. The five Cliffs are Cliff Air, Cliff Fire, Cliff Water, Cliff Earth, andCliff Spirit, and each one is bifurcated by a set of Main Stairs. They also all contain a number of smaller stairs and bridges to connect the various terraces of each Cliff.

Clifftop

The area atop the Cliffs. It’s Lilith’s industrial and mercantile core.

The Village Green

The heart of Lilith. It sits at the point where Clifftop eventually runs into the Main Stairs of Cliff Spirit and that portion is shaped like a ship’s prow.

The Village Green

The heart of Lilith. It sits at the point where Clifftop eventually runs into the Main Stairs of Cliff Spirit and that portion is shaped like a ship’s prow.

Linchpin Knoll

A small hill near Clifftop where all the known anchor lines that connect Arylyn to the rest of the world are located.

Mount Madhava

It is the only true mountain on Arylyn, visible from nearly every vantage point on the island. It had once been an active volcano until a creche of dwarves calmed it. The descendants of those dwarves would go on to live in a set of villages they built within the mountain’s broad shoulders.

Riven Road

A rugged road that branches off Sita’s Song north of Janaki Valley. From there, it extends around the western and northwestern shoulders of Mount Madhava by passing through Charybdis Way and then Jaipurana Pass. From there, it leads to Arylyn’s northern beaches and watchtowers.

River Namaste

The river that feeds Janaki Valley. The waters collect from the foothills that surround Mount Madhava. From there, the river flows through Janaki Valley and tumbles over the cataracts, spreading like a fine mist across Lilith’s Cliffs before recollecting at the base of Cliff Spirit. The waters then sweep north through a narrow canyon lined with statues of great figures from Arylyn’s past.

Scylla Pass

A mountain pass on the northwestern slopes of Mount Madhava. It branches of the Riven Road and parallels Jaipurana Pass before rejoining Riven Road north of Jaipurana Pass.

Sita’s Song

A long road that runs through Janaki Valley and all the way to the southern base of Mount Madhava.

Village of Meldencreche

It was the last, living dwarven village on Arylyn before the dwarves became a Memory. It sits within the bulk of Mount Madhava and the Dwarven Memory resides there.

MISCELLANEOUS

Enrune

The national game of Arylyn. It utilizes speed, physicality, and skill with asra. The latter is actually the most important attribute for success in enrune.

Treatises on Travel—A Translation

A translated book about anchor lines.

Treatises on Travel—A Translation

A translated book about anchor lines.

The Intervention

A very boring book about the Nusrael. William discovers it in the library. The librarian advised him to never open the book’s pages, but William didn’t listen. He wishes he had.

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