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*Note*: Terms with an * were created for the book.
Aesir – In Norse mythology, gods and goddesses normally associated with war.
Aett – Family or set of runes. Runes are divided into three sets of eight; some sources correlate an aett set with a particular Norse god.
Angra Mainyu – Literally means “angry or destructive spirit” also called Ahriman in ancient Persian mythology. In Zoroastrianism, he is the adversary who counters every act of creation with an act of anti-creation.
As-Iga – Benign spirit from Slavic mythology that guards and protects rivers.
Babalu Aye – Also known as the Lord of the Earth in Voodoo. This Orisha’s attributes are aligned with healing and infectious diseases.
Badb – Literally means “crow.” In Irish mythology, she is a goddess of war responsible for causing fear and confusion on the battlefield. She also has the ability to predict outcomes on the battlefield or the fates of the warriors that fight on them.
Bagua – One of the three main Chinese internal martial arts that is primarily circular in movement but has some linear qualities.
Bagua short swords – In this book, the term refers to the “chicken claw or rooster claw”, which are short swords normally used in pairs in Bagua.
Banshee – Literally means “woman of the barrows”. In Irish mythology, the banshee emits a shattering, piercing wail before someone dies.
*Blood Eagles – An elite mercenary guild that sell their services to the highest bidder.
Bokotonon – Priest of an occult science. The term is associated with Voodoo.
*Bureau of Magical Affairs – A Federal agency created to investigate magical crimes. Made up of primarily combat mages.
*Cataclysm – The event that brought magic back to the world.
*CCA – Celestial Court of Authority. A court created by the gods and goddesses to judge and seal rogue gods and goddesses.
Chi – (Also called Ki depending on geographic location in Asia) – The energy found in all things.
*Da – Sam’s speech pattern – Means “the” or “that.”
Dan Tien – In Chinese medicine, the energy reservoirs of the body. Depending on school of thought, there are three major dan tiens.
*Dead Zone – A place in New Phoenix where the wild magic is strongest. See wild magic.
Demi Lune – Also called a half-moon. A fixed pole arm used by the Spanish in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Draugr – Literally means “revenant” in Old Norse mythology. The walking undead.
Ehwaz – Rune in Old Norse that means horse.
Einherjar – The warriors chosen by Odin to fight for the Norse gods during Ragnarok.
Elder Futhark – Set of twenty-four runes believed to be the oldest amongst the existing rune sets.
Flying Claw – A Chinese weapon that resembles the foot and talons of a bird with a long chain attached.
Foci – Something that a mage uses to concentrate magic for a particular spell or ritual.
Folkvangr – In Norse mythology, a field or meadow under Freyja’s rule.
Foo dog – Chinese representation of a lion. They are believed to be fierce protectors.
Freyja – Also known as Freya, Valfreyja, Frowe, Sow, The Lady of the Slain, and leader of the Valkyrie, etc. In Norse mythology, Freyja is the Vanir goddess of love and battle.
Gasper – Slang phrase. It is someone that likes to be strangled during sexual intercourse.
*Gath – Mixture of heroin, coke, meth, and magic.
*God chant – A high-powered spell given to a follower by a deity.
Gullveig – Sometimes described as a “witch” in Norse mythology, this being was injured and burned three times only to be reborn each time. Some sources say this was the cause of the war between the Aesir and the Vanir.
Gungir – Literally means “the swaying one”. A spear created by dwarves and given to Odin. It never misses its target.
Hel – In Norse mythology, refers to the realm of the dead, and the being that rules over it.
Holmgang – In ancient Norse culture, a duel to settle disputes.
Hsing-I – One of the three main Chinese internal martial arts that is primarily linear in movement but also has circular qualities.
Hunga Munga – A weapon from West Africa that could either be thrown or used as an axe.
Igbodu – Name of a ritual altar in Voodoo.
Itzcoliuhqui – Also known as twisted obsidian one, and god of biting cold, volcanic eruptions, disaster and destruction. In Aztec mythology, it’s a blind god that lashes out at others.
*Jagged Claws – Sanctioned enforcer group for the Pack.
Kelpie – Scottish water spirit that can shapeshift between horse and human.
Ki – (Also called Chi depending on geographic location in Asia) – The energy found in all things.
*KOSIYHTO – Kill On Sight If You Have the Opportunity.
*Kross Guard – Secret division of the Church that hunts down “monsters” after the Cataclysm.
Law of Diminishing Returns – The more times you do something in a short period of time, the less effective it becomes.
Ley lines – Mystical lines of power under the Earth.
Loa – (Also called Orisha or Lwa depending on geographic location) – In Voodoo, they are the spirits that are the intermediaries between humanity and the Divine.
*Ma – Sam’s speech pattern – means “my”.
Macha – Also known as Raven. In Irish mythology, she is a goddess associated with war, horses, and sovereignty.
Mana – Polynesian term that translates as “power” usually in a paranormal context.
Midgard – In Norse mythology, it is the name for the Earthly realm where humans live.
*Mistress – In the context of the story, Abby’s current patron. She is also called the “Phantom Queen”.
Muramasa Senji – a swordsmith that lived in Japan during the 14th century. His blades were believed to crave blood and make its wielders commit murders or suicide.
*Mynda – Name of shapeshifting staff that Vardr created in his teens.
Nagi – In Buddhism and Hinduism, a creature that had the torso and head of a woman, and the body of a snake.
Naglfar – Literally means “nail ship”. In Norse mythology, a boat made from the fingernails and toenails of the dead.
*National Pack Alliance – Also known as “the Pack”, or “the Pack Alliance”. It is the governing body of Weres in the Northern Continent.
Nemain – In Irish mythology, the goddess that represents the chaos of war.
Nine realms – In Norse mythology, the nine realms or worlds were Asgard – home of the Aesir gods, Vanaheim – home of the Vanir gods, Ljossalfheim – home of the Light Elves, Jotunheim – home of giants, Midgard – home of humans, Svartalfheim – home of the Dark Elves and Dwarves, Nilfheim – land of ice, Hel – the underworld or home of the dead, and Muspelheimr, land of fire – home to the fire giants.
Njord – In Norse mythology, Vanir god of the seas, wealth, and wind.
Noatun – In Norse mythology, Njord’s hall or home.
Norns – In Norse mythology, the three goddesses of fate.
Nukekubi – Women from Japanese folklore that can detach their heads from their bodies.
Nun’Yunu’Wi – Literally means “dressed in stone”. A man-eating spirit from Cherokee (Native American) folklore.
Obake – Shapeshifting creatures from Japanese folklore.
Odin – Also called Woden, Allfather, The Hanged One (and in the story, Old Bastard), etc. In Norse mythology, he is a member of the Aesir and the de facto leader of the gods and goddesses in Asgard.
Orlog – In Norse mythology, primal law in regards to fate.
Orishas – (Also called Loa or Lwa depending on geographic location). In Voodoo, they are the spirits that are the intermediaries between humanity and the Divine.
Osain – In Voodoo, the Orisha that is the ruler of the woods and the keeper of the secrets of herbs and plants.
Papa Legba – In Voodoo, the intermediary between Orishas (also called Loas) and humans that guards the crossroads between worlds.
Pukwudgies – Mischievous imps in Native American folklore. They can disappear and reappear at will.
Ragnarok – In Norse mythology, the apocalypse. Most Norse gods and goddesses will be destroyed at this time.
Raksasha – Spirits in West Indian mythology that take different shapes of animals, humans, or hybrid. They usually have multiple limbs.
Redcap – In English and Scottish folklore, a malevolent fairy that gains power by adding blood to their cap.
Roc – In Persian folklore, a giant bird. Some sources say that it could also shoot lightning. It is similar to the Native American Thunderbird.
Runes – A written alphabet developed in ancient Norse culture, and thought to have magical properties.
Santa Muerte – Literally means “Holy Death”. A controversial saint associated with healing and protection worshiped in Mexico and the United States.
Scorpion Man – Also known aqrabuamelu or girtabellu. In Babylonian mythology, a creature that had the head and torso of a man and the lower body of a scorpion.
Scrios – In Irish Gaelic, the word translates as “destruction”.
Seal – A sigil or drawing made of some substance used as a signature or a diagram to prevent opening an object.
Seax – Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse term for a single-edged knife, usually around ten-inches long.
Seidhr – In Norse mythology, a practice of magic by going into a trance state. It is often used for prophecy or predictions.
Sessrumnir – Literally means “seat-room”. In Norse mythology, Freyja’s stronghold or hold.
*Shineys – Abby’s speech pattern. “Shi nee” for shiny.
Sigil – Drawing that symbolizes a name, phrase, or magical intent.
Skald – In Old Norse, the word translates as “poet”.
Skedja – In Old Norse, the word translates as “to scathe or hurt”.
Skegg-barn – In Old Norse, “beard-bairn” or “bearded baby”, a name given to a man by a giant.
St. Peter – In Christianity, one of the twelve apostles of Christ.
St. Thomas – In Christianity, one of the twelve apostles of Christ that once doubted Christ’s resurrection.
Svartálfar – The realm of the dark elves and dwarves in Norse mythology.
Tei-Pai-Wankas – Spirits of Native American humans that the pukwudgies killed. The pukwudgies also control those spirits.
*The Ancient One – A deity that used to be Abby’s patron.
*The Book of Mainyu – Tome of various magic and nefarious spells written down by the Mad Priest. When all the pages have been collected, it can unseal Angra Mainyu.
*The Church – Religious organization formed after the Cataclysm.
The Thing – In ancient Norse culture, a governing body that creates laws and dishes out punishment for breaking those laws.
Thingstead – In ancient Norse culture, the assembly hall where The Thing convenes.
Valkyrie – In ancient Norse culture, maidens that chose which warriors would live or die on the battlefield.
Valhalla – Literally means “Hall of the Slain”. Odin’s hall in Asgard.
Vanir – In Norse mythology, gods and goddesses associated with fertility or nature.
Veve – A magical diagram that connects the practitioner with the Orishas.
*Were – Slang for shapeshifter.
Weregild – Literally means “man price” in Old Norse. Value usually associated with restitution for loss, stolen, or damaged property. The term was also associated with payment to a victim’s family, when someone was injured or killed.
*Whippy Style – An external martial arts style used by Abby, which uses the arms and legs as whips against a target.
*Wild Magic – A high density of mana in the air that affects living things. A high concentration of wild magic can transform the landscape.
Will-o-the-wisp – A spirit shaped in the form of a ball from English folklore. It is semi-transparent and can shoot lightning.
Yggdrasil – In Norse Mythology, The World Tree that contains the nine worlds.
Zu – Also known as Anzu. Demonic bird in Babylonian mythology that steals the tablets of fire in order to place himself at the head of the gods.