Aranor Elondris: The Divine Republic presently consisting of twenty realms.
Bael: (see Realm Breaker) The greatest of all the ancient Realm-Breakers, the titan world-cleavers that broke three of the Realms, or worlds above Midgaard, the Realm of Men. They appear deceptively like dragons, but no dragon would call them kin. They are only ever burnished black in color; depending on the strike of light, their wings and scales flare like living embers.
The Bael were the mightiest known species in the universe, with wingspans as large as eight hundred paces across. They were extremely cruel and spiteful. Their ability to mind-control led them to toy with elves and men tempted to try to ride them. Emperor Baelaeryx, the greatest of them, trapped the minds of any would-be rider that approached him, torturing them for a number of days, before crushing them completely.
One thousand years ago, Baelaeryx led the Realm-Breakers to begin the most epochal divine war in history, the Breaking of the Realms. They broke the veilings of Atallgaard, their home world, and destroyed all the lower Realms to Midgaard, causing the surviving elves, dwarves, and dragons to fall out of their home worlds and into the Realm of Men. Vaeritas, the Prince of Light, and his seraphs narrowly defeated Baelaeryx, who would become known as the Great Scourge, and exterminated the Bael race... or so it appeared. (See "The Breaking of the Realms.")
Betrayer, The: The instigator of the War of Treason, the bloodiest continental war fought in all Elondrian history. Little is known about the Betrayer other than that he was a rogue human mage with extraordinary elemental powers sufficient to kill dragons. During the war, he and his followers destroyed countless realms. Ultimately, he failed to conquer the elves, and was forced to retreat to Calendria, the southern continent, where he now rules as its emperor. Rumors have it he is planning a continental invasion, which necessitates the Realm-Building Enterprise (see “Realm-Building Enterprise).
Binding: (also. Soul-Binding and v. Bind) This refers to the soul-connection a rider and his dragon has. Bindings typically form upon the touching of a dragon egg to its rider-called. Bindings fuse two souls and cannot be undone except by death or an intentional saer'ammath, a Severed Binding. This severing may be performed by the Lord Prince through the Níthrael’yr spell.
Note that because man is a "lower being" as compared to a dragon (being that dragons came from the upper Realms), if his dragon dies, the human rider will soon succumb to madness and die within days. However, if a the human dies, the dragon has the natural strength and ability to heal from a Severed Binding. Similarly with elves, if their dragons die, they have the ability to heal, albeit their heart may remain broken as all those who lose their flights.
Breaking of the Realms, The: (Also known as "The First Breaking") The most epochal event in the history of all races. This was a divine war fought one thousand years ago between the Realm-Breakers, as led by Baelaeryx, the Great Scourge, and Vaeritas, the Prince of Light.
The Baels destroyed all the home worlds of the elves, dwarves, and dragons, causing the few survivors to fall into Midgaard, the Realm of Men. The four races united against the Baels, but it was ultimately Vaeritas who defeated them before they could destroy Midgaard and exterminated their race. The cost was so great, however, that he fell out of Aethragaard, his divine world, and the highest of all Realms.
Many church texts and art in Aranor Elondris, the Divine Republic, depict this epochal event. Certainly, the dwarves, elves, and dragons will never forget... and certainly they were never prepared for The Second Breaking. (See "The Second Breaking.")
Chapters: (see dragonscript) This is the Order’s artificial unit of measurement to determine a dragon’s strength. The more the chapters, the greater its strength.
Chethem: An elvish word for a flight of the "Low Dragon" class. These dragons have three fingers on each wing. They are typically smaller in size and may have short "ears" in place of formidable horns. Some examples include picas, skipdragons, and grymfyres. (Compare to "High Dragon" and Great Dragon.")
Deep North, The: The free lands north of the Republic of Aranor Elondris.
Dragon Wars, The: A set of wars that took place over 400 years ago between the Svenn Empire and wild dragons. It ultimately caused the fall of that empire, which today is romantically remembered by the remnant Svennish peoples as Old Svenn.
Dragonpost: A post of any size that a rider starts and builds under the Realm-Building Enterprise.
Dragonscript: This is another term for a dragon’s soul. Its soul is like its story; hence it is called a dragon’s script, or a “dragonscript,” and is measured by “chapters.” The more a dragon matures, the more “chapters” it unlocks in the greater story of its soul.
Dragonsteel: See The Order.
Eldari: A member of the Elenntarien, the Republic Ruling Council. An Eldari is a divine royal representative of a realm, and a Republic ruler of the highest order. It is possible for an Eldari to also be a king or queen; or he may simply be a member of a royal family. The High Eldari is the supreme ruler of the Republic and serves twelve years per term. Unlike the other Eldari, he cannot serve another throne, but must forgo his if he is elected by the Elenntarien to take the Republic’s scepter. A High Eldari has executive power over the Republic’s military, commands the Order, and may veto any decision made by the Elenntarien.
Elenntarien: The Republic’s Ruling Council, which consists of one royal representative from every sanctioned realm. Also known as “the Holy Elenntarien.” This is the highest political power on the continent.
Elondria: The northern continent that houses the Republic of Aranor Elondris.
First Breaking, The: (also. "The Breaking of the Realms) See "The Breaking of the Realms." Compare to "The Second Breaking."
Great Dragon: A class of flights that are known as the largest and most dreadful of all dragons. These are the dragons commonly remembered in Elondrian lore - wyrms with fire glands that could destroy entire cities in a day. They are commonly called "centennial hatchers" although Greats might go for several centuries never hatching, but always waiting for the next legendary rider. A Great Dragon's minimum wingspan begins at one hundred paces across. Some famous historical Greats are Vallyrath, the royal flight of Vhalaerys the Great; Xyransul, the flight of Aeogorath the Cruel; and presently, Lumaerrax the White Terror, which belongs to the Lord Prince of the Order.
High Dragon: A class of dragons with at least four fingers on each wing. They are typically larger and stronger horned dragons, with some examples including elds, cranewings, and all species of wyverns. (Compare to "chethem" and "Great Dragon.")
Kærdighaeder: The old Svennish word for "Realm-Breaker."
Lord Prince, The: The highest ranking rider that oversees the Dragonsteel Order. The current and only Lord Prince in all history is Vharyn Morghûl, Prince of Rhaennöria.
Mhorgûls: The most powerful ruling family on the continent. They are High Elves descended from the line of Vhalaerys, who rode the first dragon and ended the ruinous Dragon Wars.
Nhorssn: The original language of the Rhún, the source of all life and magic. It is also the Old Culture formed from the original races of the Nine Realms.
Nine Realms, The: The original nine worlds as formed by Vaeritas, the creator of the universe.
Old Svenn: The remnants of the Svenn Empire, the greatest empire in Elondrian history, and which once spanned the entire northern half of the continent. The present Svennish peoples scattered across Elondria are descendants of Old Svenn.
Order, The (also. Dragonsteel): An order of dragon riders as overseen by the Lord Prince and commanded by the Elenntarien Ruling Council. After the War of Treason, the Order was formed out of the Imperial Dragonguard, consisting only of High Elves duty-bound to defend only the Rhaennörian Empire.
Realm-Breaker: An old race from the Eighth Realm with the power to break the veilings between the Nine Realms (see “Nine Realms”). Historically, the greatest of the Realm-Breakers were the Bael, dragon imitators that grew to thrice and more the size of a Great Dragon.
Realm-Builder: A rider of the Order, and a legal builder of dragonposts, which may be grown and developed into settlements of all sizes.
Realm-Building Enterprise: A set of laws and regulations as set by the Dragonsteel Order. Under the Enterprise, inducted riders of the Order may build towns, cities, and even realms on the continent of Elondria.
Rhaennöria: (also. Rhaennörian Empire and Morghûl Empire) The oldest of all the nations on Elondria, and a united empire of eight elven kingdoms ruled by the Morghûls.
Second Breaking of the Realms, The: (also. The Second Breaking. See "The First Breaking") A continental war of divine proportions taking place one thousand years after The First Breaking. Historical texts say it was caused by the last Bael and its rider. Unlike The First Breaking, which saw the breaking of worlds, The Second Breaking saw the ceaseless breaking of entire realms on a world scale.
Svennish: (also. the Svenning) Svennish are a race of people descended from Old Svenn (see "Old Svenn") and, as folktales have it, the original Nhorssn races of Midgaard, the World of Men. Their ancestral language is known as "the Svenning." These are a northern people with a long history of rich lore and culture.
Thomdrim: Present day giants that are engineers of the earth. They are said to dwell in rare weldin, verdant retreats in the continent’s deepest woodlands. They are said to be a cousin race of the dwarves (“Haldrim” and “Ghomdrim”), for all were originally birthed in Vjolgaard, the Sixth Realm, and the home world of the drim races.
Thorgest Vigarda: Born eight hundred years ago, this demi-wolf warrior was said to be closer to a god than man, and the first Vigardian to walk the continent. This is all according to old Svennish folklore.
Vigardians: Mythical warriors of the fallen Svenn Empire. It was said they could best any man in combat; the only thing that could take them down was dragons—and indeed, four hundred years ago, the dragons supposedly did during the Dragon Wars.
War of Treason, The: A devastating war led by the Betrayer, a rogue human mage, that took place 40 years ago. It decimated the continent, ended countless royal bloodlines, and almost caused the fall of the Republic. The War of Treason left the continent in ashes and is the entire reason why the Realm-Building Enterprise was conceived. Historians also agree this was the foundation of the present elven hatred of humankind.
Wyvern: This dragon class has only two legs, with larger wings that comprise of most of their body's surface area. Together with their slender build, they are swifter than most four-legged dragons. It's also commonly known that wyverns are extremely aggressive and difficult to tame. For this reason, the Order has many restrictions around who can Bind with a wyvern.