Sunday, September 21, 2014

ECHO QUEEN Preview: The (Almost) Complete Glossary

Five days until the release of Echo Queen! I can hardly believe it, and I can't wait for you all to continue Lex's journey! This installments full of plenty of history, steaminess, and good ol' fashioned time-bending fun. :)


I thought it might be neat to share the glossary from Echo Queen with you. It contains most of what was included in the Echo Prophecy glossary, along with quite a few new entries, some of which are blacked out because they're a little spoilery, but you can read them if you want by highlighting the blacked-out text. Enjoy!


GLOSSARY

Akhet  The first of three seasons in the ancient Egyptian year. Akhet is the inundation season, when the Nile floods, and is roughly correlated with fall in the northern hemisphere.

Ankhesenpepi  Nejerette. Nuin’s eldest daughter and queen and consort to many Old Kingdom pharaohs, including Pepi I and II.

Apep (Apophis) Netjer or “god.” One of two Netjers responsible for maintaining balance in our universe, the other being Re. Apep was historically worshipped against as Re’s opponent and the evil god of chaos.




At  Ancient Egyptian, “moment, instant, time”; The At is a plane of existence overlaying our own, where time and space are fluid. At can also be used to refer to the fabric of space and time.


Ankh  Ancient Egyptian, “life”.






Ankh-At  Nuin’s power. Includes (at least) the power to travel through time, to create and remove memory blocks, and to manipulate the At on this plane of existence.


Aset (Isis)  Nejerette. Heru’s sister. Aset was worshipped as a goddess associated with motherhood, magic, and nature by the ancient Egyptians.





At-qed  State of stasis a Nejeret’s body enters when his or her ba departs for the At.

Ba  Considered one of the essential parts of the soul by the ancient Egyptians. In regards to Nejerets, the ba, or the “soul,” is the part of a person that can enter the At.

Bahur  Arabic, “of Horus” or “of Heru”.

Blade  A ruling Nejeret’s chief protector and companion.

Council of Seven  The body of leadership that governs the Nejerets. The Council consists of the patriarchs of the seven strongest Nejeret families: Ivan, Heru, Set, Sid, Moshe, Dedwen, and Shangdi. The Meswett, Alexandra Larson Ivanov, is also an honorary member of the Council.

Dedwen  A member of the Council of Seven. Dedwen was worshipped as a god associated with prosperity, wealth, and fire by the ancient Nubians.

Deir el-Bahri  Located on the west side of the Nile, just across the river from Luxor in Upper (southern) Egypt. Several mortuary temples and tombs are located in Deir el-Bahri, including Djeser-Djeseru, Queen Hatshepsut’s mortuary temple.

Djeser-Djeseru  Ancient Egyptian, “Holy of Holies”. Queen Hatshepsut’s mortuary temple in Deir el-Bahri.

Hatshepsut  (ruled 1479—1457 BCE) Female Pharaoh during the Middle Kingdom of ancient Egypt. One of Heru’s many wives, and mother to the Nejerette Neferure.

Hat-hur (Hathor)  Ancient Egyptian goddess associated with love, fertility, sexuality, music, and dance. According to the Contendings of Heru and Set myth, Hathor is the goddess who healed Heru’s eye. She is often depicted as a cow or a woman with cow ears or horns, and a sun disk is frequently cradled by the horns.


Heru (Horus)  Nejeret. Osiris’s son, Nuin’s grandson, Aset’s brother, and former leader of the Council of Seven. Heru stepped down from his role as leader to function as the Council’s general and assassin, when necessary. Heru was worshipped as the god of the sky, kingship, and authority by the ancient Egyptians. He is often depicted as a falcon or falcon-headed.




Ipwet  Human, Nejeret-carrier. Nuin’s primary human wife at the time of his death.

Ivan  Nejeret. Leader of the Council of Seven. Alexander’s father and Lex’s great-grandfather.

Kemet  Ancient Egyptian, “Black Land”. Kemet is one of the names ancient Egyptians called their homeland.

Ma’at  Ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, justice, and order. To the Nejeret, ma’at refers to universal balance.

Men-nefer (Memphis)  Ancient Egyptian city. Men-nefer was the capital city of Egypt during the Old Kingdom.

Meswett  Ancient Egyptian (mswtt), “girl-child”. The Meswett is the prophesied savior/destroyer of the Nejerets, as supposedly foretold by Nuin upon his deathbed, though none actually remember it happening. The prophecy was later recorded by the Nejeret Senenmut.

Moshe (Moses)  Nejeret. Member of the Council of Seven. Central figure in most western religions.

Neferure (Neffe)  Nejerette. Daughter of Hatshepsut and Heru.

Nejeret (male)/Nejerette (female)/Nejerets (plural)  Modern term for the Netjer-At.

 
Netjer  Ancient Egyptian, “god”.



 

Netjer-At  Ancient Egyptian, “Gods of Time”.





Netjer-At Oasis  The ancient, historic home of the Nejerets, deep in the heart of the Sahara Desert.

Nuin (Nun)  Netjer/Nejeret. One of two Netjers responsible for maintaining balance in our universe, the other being Apep. Also known as the “Great Father”, Nuin was the original Nejeret and the father of all Nejeretkind. Nuin was worshipped as a god associated with the primordial waters and creation by the ancient Egyptians.

Old Kingdom  Period of Egyptian history from 2686—2181 BCE.

Order of Hat-hur  An over 5,000-year-old, hereditary order of priestesses run by Aset and devoted to aiding the goddess Hat-hur (Lex) during her temporal journeys.

Osiris  Nejeret. Heru and Aset’s father and leader of the Council of Seven until his murder a few decades after Nuin’s death. Osiris was worshipped as a god associated with death, the afterlife, fertility, and agriculture by the ancient Egyptians.

Pepi II (Pepi Neferkare)  Pharaoh of the 6th Dynasty of ancient Egypt, 2284-2180 BCE. Final ruler of both the 6th Dynasty and of the Old Kingdom.

Peret  The second of three seasons in the ancient Egyptian year. Peret is known as the season of emergence, during which planting and growth took place.

 
Re (Ra)  Netjer. One of two Netjers responsible for maintaining balance in our universe, the other being Apep. Re was historically worshipped as the ancient Egyptian solar deity.




Ren  
Considered one of the essential parts of the soul by the ancient Egyptians, closely associated with a person’s name. In regards to Nejerets, a ren is the soul of a Netjer, like Re or Apep, much like a ba is the soul of a Nejeret or human.

Senenmut  Nejeret. Scribe of Nuin’s prophecy and architect of the underground temple housing the ankh-At at Deir el-Bahri. Senenmut was the “high steward of the king” to Queen Hatshepsut as well as Neferure’s tutor. Senenmut was killed by Set after the completion of the underground temple.

Set (Seth)  Nejeret. Nuin’s grandson, father of Dom, Genevieve, Kat, and Lex, and member of the Council of Seven. Possessed by Apep, Set went rogue when the Council of Seven chose Heru as their leader after Osiris’s death around 4,000 years ago.



Shangdi  Nejerette. Member of the Council of Seven. Shangdi is worshipped as the supreme sky deity in the traditional Chinese religion.

Shemu  The third and final of three seasons in the ancient Egyptian year. Shemu, literally “low water,” is known as the season of harvest.

Sheut  Considered one of the essential parts of the soul by the ancient Egyptians, closely associated with a person’s shadow. In regards to Nejerets, a sheut is the power of a Netjer, like Re or Apep, or the less potent power of the offspring of a Nejerette and Nejeret.

Sid (Siddhartha Gautama)  Nejeret. More commonly known as “Buddha” to humans.


Wedjat (Eye of Horus)  Ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, healing, strength, and perfection.



2 comments:

  1. This will be super helpful! Can't wait to order my copy and read all the revisions :)

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    1. Wooo! Glad it's helpful. And I can't wait for you to read the final version, too! I think you'll like the changes I made, especially getting rid of the ba-ka-ra fiasco. :D

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