A glossary of terms used within the world and story with simple explanations of what they mean.
Alunia Cieores - The name of the world. A world separated into four continents; Serethe, Phetos, Certhas and Lymeth.
Cearisen - The cycle of 11 months; [ Aether / Misral / Neiva / Erebus ] [ A’ust / R’tear / E’stes / S’rin ] [ Dioneros / Nyx / Aste ]
Serethe - The largest continent of Alunia. Serethe holds the largest political power and territory above all the other continents. The capital of Serethe is the kingdom of Lumière. The royal family of Serethe is 'Osiera'
Serethian - The race of Serethe, naturally light-tanned skin. Natural hair colours: Browns, auburn, blonde (rare; ginger, white). Natural eye colours: brown, yellow, green (Rare; teal, purple)
Phetos - The second largest continent of Alunia, rivals in power with Serethe. The capital of Phetos is Lunoir. The royal family is 'Cresenia'.
Phetan - The race of Phetos, natural pale white or light pink skin. Natural hair colours: Black, pink, red (rare; Blue, purple, maroon). Natural Eye Colours: Grey, blue, red (rare; yellow)
Certhas - A minor continent that shares an alliance with Phetos. The capital of Certhas is Soleil. The royal family is 'Solaire'
Certhae - The race of Certhas, naturally dark tanned skin (golden to brown). Natural hair colours: Blonde, platinum, Sahara (rare; strawberry blonde, light brown). Eye colours: Orange, green and teal.
Lymeth - The smallest continent that is owned by Serethe. The captial of Lymeth is Sterren. The royal family is 'Estillis'
Lymecian - The race of Lyemeth, shares many similiarities to the Serethian race.
Cieoren - The goddess of Alunia Cieores. In lore she separated herself into two; Orpheus and Pathea. When the two deities caused disorder and broke the land into four pieces, she sacrificed herself for the world to be spared.
Orpheus - The god that is believed to be the guardian of Serethian territory. Symbolised by gold.
Pathea - The goddess that is believed to be the guardian Phetan and Certhae territory. Symbolised by silver.
The Golden Era - Pre-Cearisen. The time when Orpheus and Pathea ruled the world. It was believed to be the era of the perfect world - the promised land. The golden era ended with the battle of Orpheus and Pathea and the destruction of the promised land.
The Silver Era - Cearisen 000-094. The period of time after the world's rebirth when Medenians governed and ruled the continents. The silver era ended when Serethe and Phetos won the war against Medenia.
The Dark Era - Cearisen 095-466. The era after Serethe and Phetos claimed the world back from the Medenians, no longer having guardians, dietes or spectres to rule the world. The leaders of the continents were unsure of how to rule and began developing their own rules and cultures.
The Isolation Era - Cearisen 467-696. The era when the continents became competative, tentions began to rise between the continents as technology and armies increased. During this era, Phetos and Serethe were on bad terms. Continents were isolated from each other due to lack of trust and many small wars occured during this time.
The Light Era - Cearisen 697-716 (present). The revolution has began. It is referred to the Era of Light as Serethe and Phetos have began to build bridges. It was the marriage and ideals of the Serethian Prince, Ethos Osiera, and the Phetan Princess, Aliciell Cresenia, that relieved the tension between the two continents. However, it is a fragile era as many Serethians are not able to accept the forbidden act of cross-marriage, nor the concept of a Phetan ruler.
Lua Aternia - The night of the full moon, occurs once every year. Holds the tradition of being the night for revelations of the new cycle. Occurs during Aste.
Lua Aterniun - A month after the Lua Aternia. It is a natural meteor shower that passes by Alunia every year. It is now a cherished festival of Serethe in which lovers are to watch the fall together and make a wish.
Lua Eclipse - The night of the black moon, occurs once every year. Seen as an omen. Occurs during one of the months in mid-sector of a Cieora
Festival Of Passing - A yearly festival to reminisce on those who are gone. During this festival, candles are placed into a stream or river in hopes that the candles will be guided to sea. It is believed that the candles would carry the thoughts to the dead.
White Heart day - A yearly event for men to announce their feelings to the woman they love by giving them a gift of white, usually a commitment ring or white rose depending on the severity of the relationship or feelings. Generally, it is the opportunity for men to confess their feelings as well as propose marriage. (In Serethe this would mean giving a Serethian feather.) However, the female cannot reply to the man until Gold Heart day.
Gold Heart day - A yearly event that takes place a week after White heart day. During Gold heart day, the girl either accepts or rejects the confession of love from the man. The girl accepts by giving the man a gift of gold, or rejects by returning the gift given.
Isolation - The period of birth to 16 years for the heir of Serethe's throne. The heir is unable to communicate or be seen by anyone; the exceptions to this are blood relatives, the heir's personal Verse Knight and the heir's suitor.
Festival of Serenation - The festival of introducing the heir of legal age and suitor to the public of the kingdom. A parade that is held across the 1st and 2nd quarters of Serethe.
Serenation - The coronation of the new King and Queen of Serethe.
Marriage - Serethian marriages are a lifelong commitment. The ceremony is conducted by a priest ( Archbishop to Royalty ) usually within churches ( or the castle in terms of Royalty ). The Groom is given a golden wedding band and the Bride is given a silver wedding band. It represents the lore of Orpheus and Pathea who were converted to crystals to be united in Cieoren's eyes.
Cross - The symbol of Lumiere. The cross represents the four quarters of Lumiere but also the four main houses of Serethe; Esthien, Viatrian, Oliece and Daiseth. Some variations of the cross have a circle within the middle to signify the Royal family; Osiera. Members of the royal family wear white cross pendants. Verse Knights have a golden cross emblem on their chest plate armour.
The Aristocracy Heirarchy - Serethe uses a system of status in order to decide the amount of authority one has. The status ladder consists of Nobles who are given duties by the royal family. The more important the duty is relevant to the higher title received. The status and title is now only inherited through blood or marriage or through progression of certain careers. The titles are a form of office and importance, the tiers range from first tier to third tier; Third being the highest in power. Holders of social titles are eligible to become suitors for the heirs of Serethe.
The Archduke ( Archduchess ) - A third tier Aristocracy title. The duty of the Archduke is to be the chancellor, giving guidance and advice to the King. Only a Duke can progress to this title.
The Grand Earl ( Grand Countess ) - A third tier Aristocracy title. The duty of a Grand Earl is to be the Judge in the court to prosecute criminals in the name of the King. Only an Earl may progress to this title.
The Archbishop ( Arch Bishopess ) - A third tier Aristocracy title. Given to those who dedicate their life to religion and progressed throughout the church. The Archbishop conducts marriages, blessings and other religious ceremonies for the royal family. Only a priest or priestess with considerable notoriety can progress to this title.
The Grand Lord ( Grand Dame ) - A third tier Aristocracy title. Given to those who have served in the Verse Knights till retirement. It is a title that rewards honour and long service but holds no significant duties.
The Duke ( Duchess ) - A second tier Aristocracy title. One of the duties of the Duke is to oversee the nobles of the first quarter. The Duke also serves as the leader of Parliament. This title has been passed down through many generations by the Viatrian family.
The Earl ( Countess ) - A second tier Aristocracy title. The Earl is the overseer of the fourth quarter. A duty of the Earl is to document and moniter criminal activity, working closely with the King to adapt the Knights in accordance to deal with crimes. The title has been passed down through many generations by the Esthien family.
The Marquise ( Marquess ) - A second tier title of Aristocracy, given to land owners outside of the capitals. These Aristocracy rule over prominant cities.
The Regent ( Regentess ) - A second tier Aristocracy title. The Regent is the overseer of the second quarter.
The Viscount ( Viscountess ) - A second tier Aristocracy title. The Viscount is the overseer of the third quarter.
The Barons ( Baronesses ) - A first tier Aristocracy title that tend to own the major businesses of the kindom. They have no significant duties in recent years.
The Lords ( Ladies ) - A first tier Aristocracy title that is given to branch families of those who have status.
The Senates - Elected officials to represent the four quarters of Lumière. They are equivilent of a first tier Aristocracy title. The senates work with the Overseers of their elected quarter in order to fix issues and problems that arise within those quarters.
Lumière - The captial of Serethe. Lumière was once originally known as Serephis, an ancient city that was rumoured to be the city established by the god Orpheus. However, it was restored to glory by Serethe's first princess, Sera Riathe, with the help of a Phetan scholar, Virdir Nait. The two combined their efforts in order to restore the ancient city with the ideal of all the races of the world living together in harmony. The four quarters were to represent each of the four main races. Despite their efforts, their ideals were futile and eventually the quarters became nothing more than a separation of financial and social status.
Quarters of Lumière - The kingdom is separated into four quarters and correspond to social status.
First Quarter - The quarter closest to the castle, residents of the First quarter are nobles and aristocracy. This quarter is highly secure by Knights. Residences are manors and mansions that are occupied by the wealthiest nobles of Serethe. Entrance to the first quarter is controlled and hard to enter. It is the only quarter without a train station.
Second Quarter - Residents of the second quarter are wealthy middle class citizens who tend to work well paid jobs. Houses are moderate sizes for families. The second quarter is patrolled by knights.
Third Quarter - Residents of the third quarter are working class citizens. Homes are rather small and in some cases conjoined with shops. This quarter is highly commercial with the shops selling catered to the fourth, third and second quarters.
Fourth Quarter - Residents of the fourth quarter are lower class citizens. This quarter is mainly populated by Phetans and half-breeds but there is a population of Serethians within the fourth quarter. Dorms are most common in the fourth quarter housing many people in one building. There are many homeless and orphans. This quarter is the furthest away from the castle and is mostly industrial. However, black market activities have become more prominant as there is no Knight involvement within the fourth quarter leaving it to be the most dangerous.
Verse Knight - High ranking order of knights who are sworn in their devotion to the royal family. Their primary concern is protecting the royal family. Knights who seek to enter the Verse are highly dedicated and placed through many physical and emotional trials before they can take the Verse. There are very limited Knights allowed to join the verse at any time. It is considered one of the highest honours amoung Knights and is highly respected.
Verse Captain - Captain of the Knights of Verse. The captain is the King's personal guard and leader of the Verse Knights. It is the highest ranking Knight within the Kingdom and continent.
Trial of the Verse - Knights can only take the trials if they are recommended by a Verse Knight or by a member of the royal family. The Trials are designed to challenge the participant physically, mentally and emotionally to show their utter devotion to the royal family as well as their capabilities.
The Foreign Knights - As the continent Lyemeth is owned by Serethe, they share the order of the Verse. However, other continents have their own equivilent to the Order of the Verse. Phetos has the Chorus Knights and Certhas has the Stanza Knights, both of which operate in a similar manner to the Verse Knights.
The Rebellion - A resistance group against the Monarchy and Aristocracy Heirarchy. They believe in a system of Meritocracy and emphasize the need for a more streamlined Parliament system in which has less involvement with Aristocracy. They ultimately want to bring rights back to the neglected lower quarters of the kingdom. Around two thirds of residents of the lower quarters support the Rebellion, but also a minority of second quarters also silently support the Rebellion. The Rebellion has a strong stance on racial equality, wanting Phetans to be treated the same as the Serethians, instead of being supressed to the fourth quarter.
The Rebellion Divisions - The Rebellion is divided into four sections. The main division is very small but under direct command from the Rebel Prince, it is their duty to secretly pass on the information to other divisions of the rebellion as well as take on the most dangerous missions. During missions they are recognised by their trademark black cloaks. Two of the other divisions are on a larger scale and are always on standby to support the main division, they also provide information to the main division. The last division are activists, they do not participate in missions however they raise awareness and spread the word of the Rebellion.
The Rebel Prince - A rumoured true leader of the Rebellion, although never seen.
Silent Supporters - People who do not openly admit their alliance or support to the Rebellion, in fear of being stigmatized or punished.
Black Cloaks - A negative term used by the castle to address members of the Rebellion.
Meritocracy - A system in which status and power is earned rather than inherited. A system that allows lower class citizens to progress up the social ladder.