Can't tell Shifra from a shimsha? Want to know the difference between Ibhesh and Bhaarsh? The glossary of people, places and things is a collection of thumbnail descriptions of all the strange names of Conclave, listed alphabetically.


Magister Administory. Title of officials who run the Empire of Splendour in the Emperor's name.

Magister Judiciary. Title given to officials of the Empire of Splendour who maintain the law.

Magister of Dawn and Birds. See Dawn and Birds, Magister of.

Magister of Dusk and Diamonds. See Dusk and Diamonds, Magister of.

Magister of the Longing Star. See Longing Star, Magister of.

Magister of Morning and Orchids. See Morning and Orchids, Magister of.

Magister of Noon and Jade. See Noon and Jade, Magister of.

Magister of the Silent Earth. See Silent Earth, Magister of.

Magister of the Six Winds. See Six Winds, Magister of.

Magister of the Succulent Gourd. See Succulent Gourd, Magister of.

Magister of the Twelve Rivers. See Twelve Rivers, Magister of.

Magistracy of Nirhamsa. See Nirhamsa.

Malandrapin, Magister of Noon and Jade. Magister Administory for the City of Blue Jays.

Manrupashnar. Great Sage from four hundred years ago. She taught a philosophy of peace and compassion. Many followers believe she became one of the Ten Thousand Immortals upon her death.

Mansharga. Immortal in charge of preganancy and childbirth.

Mantrashar, General. Historical war leader who led an insurrection against his Emperor.

Many Blessings, Emperor. Ruler of the Empire of Splendour who precipitated a civil war with his High Priest, Sepuraabi.

Many Nightingales. Farming town in the Ward of Plentiful Abundance. Home to Magister Arjenchashur.

Master Cinnabar. Immortal in charge of medicine.

Master-in-Waiting. Title given to a practitioner of medicine in lands outside the Empire of Splendour.

Matoo. Tame gorilla-like beasts used by Salsham'ai as mounts.

Merchant's League. Successor to the Empire of Splendour, a conglomeration of trade cartels with greater power than many governments.

Ministry of Shining Wisdom. See Shining Wisdom, Ministry of.

Moa-Ruaki. Sea-faring nomads who wander the southern seas of Conclave. Many never set foot on land. The name means "People of Ruaki" (a folk hero).

Money Day. Festival on the last day of Victory Over Injustice (ninth lunar month), celebrated with the giving of monetary gifts. Some businesses give discounts on this day.

Mopendor. Distant land supposedly ruled by civilised yet cruel tlaxu.

Morning and Orchids, Magister of. Second rank of Magister Administory.

"Morning Bather". Slang term used in the Empire of Splendour to refer to an effeminate or effete man. Derived from the tradition in bathhouses of only permitting women to morning sessions.

Morning Snow, Clerk of. Fourth rank of clerk to a Magister Administory

Morning Star, Cult of. A fringe cult in who believe that the morning star is the "Sun to Come", and will usher in a new age of peace and prosperity.

Most August Minster Es-Gadar. See Es-Gadar, Most August Minister.

Most Wise Master. Title given to a practioner of medicine in the Empire of Splenodur. See Master in Waiting.

Mountain Tlaxu. Tabby-furred primitive Tlaxu found mainly in the Three Sisters Mountains.

Nai-Hempashu. A type of animal shape-changer. Nai-Hempashu are rare Immortals, one of whom exists for each species of animal. From time to time they wander amongst the mortal realm.

Nai-Nek-Chai. A type of shape-changing animal who can become human (or vice versa). Nai-nek-chai have a touch of Immortal blood in them. Some live amongst humans, some in the wild, depending on the type of animal.

Narvinda. Name given to the temple complexes of Ut'Bharma.

Near Anhui. Branch of the Anhui River that runs west of the Three Sisters Mountains.

Nekuu. One of the four races of human in the heart of the Empire of Splendour. Pure Nekuuese are short and golden-skinned. They can be found from Ut'Bharma to Oksa and are the indigenous inhabitants of the land.

Nephre. Navigation beacon in City of Ten Thousand Ships, named after a legendary Imperial princess.

Nine Arts, Divine Minister of. Immortal in charge of imparting knowledge to the mortal realm.

Nine Spirits River. Main trade river that runs through the Utushar Province of the Empire of Splendour.

Niranim, Hills of. Range of forested hills in Nirhamsa.

Nirhamsa. Independent nation in the north of Anhui. Famed for jade and peppers.

No Geese, River of. Tributary of the Nine Spirits River which runs through the Ward of Plentiful Abundance in Utushar.

Noon and Jade, Magister of. Middle rank of Magister Administory.

North Sun. Deity of the winter sun. His body was slain in battle, hence the winter sun is now his pale ghost.

Novodnalaki. A type of animal shape-changer from Vaarta. The name means "Totem People", and they are common amongst the wilderness tribes who still worship animal totems.

Novomsk. Trade city in the nation of Vaarta. The only place in Vaarta where foreigners are allowed.

Nyerdhan. Split level city east of Ashoyin. Prone to flooding.

Observatory, The. Temple complex at the east end of Sunset Canyon, part of the Temple of the Setting Sun. Home of the priesthood, and used to watch the heavens.

Ocrisian Alchemy. Magical art practised on the Island of Or which involves extracting stored magic from minerals, liquids and plants. Named after its discoverer, Ocris.

Oksa. Island closest to the southern shores of the Empire of Splendour. Comprised of five squabbling kingdoms, Oksa was once under Imperial rule.

"On the Workings of the Universe". Thirty seven scroll treatise by the sage Teshnuvar discussing the way the world works. Comparable in scope and influence to Aristotle's Physics and Metaphysics.

One Hundred Sacred Readings. Last day of Victory Over Ignorance (eighth lunar month). To mark the gift of literacy by the Celestial Emperor to mankind, priests recite tales of the gods from dawn to dusk. Unofficial celebratiosn take the form of plays and other performances.

Opal Tiger. Immortal servant of Banarjahab. Guardian of travellers.

Opal Tiger, Claws of. Cult that worships the Immortal Opal Tiger. They have twisted the mythology to serve violent ends.

Or, Island of. Large southern island known for its peculiar magical minerals. Home to Ocrisian alchemy.

Oracle of Kulaban. See Kulaban, Oracle of.

Orobap. A famous poet, Orobap lost favour with Emperor Bright Vitality as a consequence of court intrigue. He was sent to The Fortress in the City of Ten Thousand Ships, and subsequent works were all shameless attempts at flattering the Emperor.

Pancra. Navigation beacon in City of Ten Thousand Ships, named after a legendary Imperial princess.

Paper Lantern Gang. Name given to a particular form of protection racket that uses magic (or the appearance of magic) to extort money.

Paradise, City of. Lawless pirate haven on the island of Tas-Nabrenor.

Path of Water and Mountains. See Water and Mountains, Path of.

Pas at. A Salsham'ai term for internal mystical energy.

Pentesh. Quilted vest, originally from the mountain province of Ut'Bharma. Traditional penteshu are heavy and stuffed with yak or tembu hair, but they have been adapted to lighter silk versions for fashion.

Perfection of Concordance. Name given to the central continent of the world, a vast landmass that surrounds the Great Glacier.

Pesh, Plains of. Abandoned land bordering Nirhamsa.

Poem Festival. Last day of Victory Over Desire (eleventh lunar month). Public contests between poets are held to see who can write and perform the best elegiac poem.

Plains Tlaxu. Nomadic, tawny race of Tlaxu that inhabit the steppes east of the Near Anhui River.

Plentiful Abundance, Ward of. Farming district in the heart of Utushar.

Pokan. Underworld creatures found near the Plains of Pesh.

Port Linlin. City on the northern shore of Oksa. Mostly destroyed in the Oksan rebellion against the Empire of Splendour.