KDP AUTHORS HAVE BEEN INFORMED a bit lately that we are being watched for spelling and grammar — this due to the complaint that self-published ebooks comprise a “tsunami of crap” and need to be policed by some uber authority to be taught the error of our ways. My response was and remains that I warn my readers that I make words for a living and that some of them are even original to me. It’s a tradition of long standing going back to Shakespeare — or even Chaucer. I will go further and guarantee that every single word in my novels is correctly spelled — according to my spellcheck dictionary and style sheet.
Some authors — in what is perhaps an excess of prudence — are even preparing lexicons for their fictons for inclusion in their books. Mine takes more space than is reasonable, as one also needs a reference for Dolly’s ad hoc portmanteau words, neologisms, and puns as well as the more standard word lists. Excluding the dollish dictionary, here is the Baby Troll lexicon.
Astarté (God female) — The Akkadian avatar of the Goddess Inana
Antistasis — a mechanism, within a time bubble that permits acceleration of time-dependent processes. Proper use can accelerate aging. Improper use can accelerate aging.
Arcadia — an ancient city in Peloponnese Greece, Arcadia was the host country, its capital city the site of the ancient Olympic Games
Aesclypius (Medical Center) — the teaching hospital attached to (and owned by) East College of the Americas
A330 — Airbus-manufactured jumbo jet
Aphrodite — the Greek Goddess of Love, family, and filial devotion
Billilaal — the Pasu analog to the Muslim tradition of harem — the difference being that Trolls are not sexually dimorphic, so the inhabitants of the billilaal are not of specific sex
billilaalu (pl ~a) (Pasu) — an inhabitant of the billilaal or one who could be such, but may enter a vocation other than the traditional attendant of the billilaal
Boeotia the “county” north and west of Attica in Greece
Boeotia, Regiment — a Troll Guard regiment, based in Western Australia, named after the Greek county
Book, Prosper (Man female)– commander of the modern Amazons, descendant of James Book, captain of Gabrielle Francesca East’s yacht, the sloop Bella Donna.
Britten, Terence Hallow (Terry) (Man female) — Director of the Center for X Studies. In essence, President of East College of the Americas, subordinate only to the Board of Regents in the person of its Chairman, the Chancellor, Marduk.
Carter (Pasu male)— a Troll Guard trooper
Childe of the East — the leader of the human component of Upothesa. A.k.a. the enterprise. In early days, the office was one of king or tribal chief. In latter days, it is more of a figurehead position, as Upothesa is far too large, diverse, and covert for a single individual to rule or even administer the whole shebang. The Childe of each generation is sought out by the Gods of Olympus, who were the original divine partners in the arrangement. Legend has it they are searching for a qualified candidate. What is not known — and is possibly one of the most closely-held secrets of a super-secret organization — is that they are searching for the current incarnation of a single individual. The Childe has been the same anima from the beginning of the enterprise. Literally the Hero of a Thousand generations. The most successful Childe by all reckoning was Gabrielle Francesca (“Fanny”), the 125th Childe (1838-1863. (q.v.) The Childe was originally designated to be the second youngest offspring of the chosen branch, but that has been honored more in the breach. GFE1, for example, was the fourth youngest among twelve siblings. The term of the Childe’s service is “five and twenty” — twenty-five years, though few have survived, as the job is full of risk. Those who do are showered with wealth by the Gods.
Doll, Xe (artificial Man female)— originally the Xena Dolly, she developed the preference to be referred to by this shortened name. When she made the Leap to human, she adopted Xe Doll as her legal name. It is not revealed early on, but her anima is that of Felicity Warren, GFE1’s lesbian lover.
Drummond, Mitchell Cary (Man male – demigod)– Gabrielle “Dolly” East’s Geppetto and lover. The bastard son of Hephaestus, God of Fire and Industry by a human woman (never named).
East — the English language version of the chosen surname of the descendants of the Dawn Phraetries of the Hellenic colonies in Asia Minor. Human component of Upothesa.
East, Billy “Koro” (the Elder) (Man male) — a ship’s captain and patriarch of the New Zealand Easts (van Oosten). Grandfather to the late 20th-Century generation of that family, including the Childe, Charming Billy.
East, “Charming” Billy (the Younger) (Man male) 128th Childe of the East, New Zealand family.
East, Gabrielle Francesca (”Dolly”) (artificial Man female) — 129th Childe of the East, first artificial person. Inherited anima directly from
East, Gabrielle Francesca (“Fanny”) (Man female) — 125th Childe. Gabrielle Francesca East (Childe 1838-1863) was Childe from age eight to age 33, raised in part in her father’s household on the farm which later became the majority of the East College campus, and in major part in the household of Hephaestus and Aphrodite, who at that time lived in eastern Surrey in England. Their neighbors included Charles Darwin and Thomas Huxley in Kent. She was trained up in Hephaestus’s trading business and, by the age of 16, was commanding trading ships and served as factor in many of the business’s stations in foreign ports of call. She was instrumental in moving the headquarters of the company from London to Athens, with its principle trading station in Constantinople. She also participated in the founding of Hong Kong and its lease to the British Empire, (which the founders intended to be perpetual). She retired to Ohio and the family farm with a fortune of several tons of gold, with which she endowed East College, dedicated to the training and education of the children of the East families and their associates and servitors.
East, Semiramis (Semi) (Man female) — older sister of Charming Billy. Drummond’s sometime lover. She is exceedingly attractive and desirable.
Elves, Greater (or High) — Inhabitants of Earth-Analog (called Faerie) in the parallel universe closest to our own. High Elves descend from a common ancestor with most hominids in both universes
Elves, Lesser (or Low) — descendants of a sub-branch. In deep pre-history, a common ancestor of both varieties of Elf accidentally slipped through the gates between the universes and settled on Earth Prime. The same branch on Faerie died out. Low Elves serve in Upothesa as miners and mechanics.
Field, Victor (Man male), thaumaturge, teaching assistant to Jonathan Redpath, developer of the Field Test for humanity (High T Affair)
frekun ang — the major body morph type of Pasu, characterized by large size, strength, and relatively aggressive tendencies — the soldiers of the species
Frell (pl ~s) (Pasu) — not-Trolls, aliens, (In general Uptsa Use:)“not us”
Freya — fertility Goddess of the Aesir (Norse) pantheon. Member of the Independent faction among the Gods.
Genesis, Project — Aphrodite’s initiative to create original life
Gods, the, Convocation of: any of the adhoc meetings or gatherings of all the Gods of humanity
Hephaestus — Greek God of fire and industry, leader of Gods of Olympus subsequent to the death of Zeus in the Twilight of the Gods
Heisenberg Hall — the main classroom building of the Science School of East College.
Imp — a minor hominid, created by primitive breeding efforts of the Babylonian Gods.
Jo (Little) a Troll Guard trooper (High T Affair)
Kentenport a fictional section of an imaginary Auckland, New Zealand. Real name: Devonport
King, Wayne (Man male)– a loose cannon hired to play the role of Internal Affairs to Regiment Arcadia (which has its own Inspector General and Judge Advocate General to perform the IA function.)
Llandrew, Rose — a High Elf from the tropic zones of Faerie. She is remarkable in that she has the “racial” characteristics seen in earthly inhabitants of that zone, reinforcing the notion that race is merely a social construct used as a short hand to describe inhabitants of a particular climate zone.
Little Low (Li’h Lo’ah) — a billilaalu Troll Guard trooper, member of Dolly’s squad in basic training
little people — general term of reference which includes diminutive species of hominids associated with Upothesa, such as Brownies, Fairies, et al.
Marduk — the King of the Babylonian Gods. Also known in other cultures as Baal Hadad, Beelzebub, et al. Adherents of Yahweh have perverted his Aspect to that of Satan, who is a different, distinct individual God.
Men — humans. Homo sapiens in Upothesa usage. The term is used to refer to both males and females. Where clarification is necessary, young Man females are referred to as girls, older as women. (The same nuances as the difference between mademoiselle and madame in French.) A young married woman will be called a Man woman or a Man wife, whereas an older, still youthful woman might be referred to as a girl. None of the peoples in Upothesa give any credence to politically correct subversions of language.
Meru (Pasu female)– Gunnery Sergeant in Regiment Arcadia. Platoon leader in Troll Action Team Bodicea.
Messengers and Emissaries (M and Ems)
mischief — the collective of Imps
New Xenaland — New Zealand in the human-Pasu patois of the X Center
Oracle Overwatch (“Oh-oh”) — the system by which select Gods assist the Troll Guard in keeping watch on Upothesa installations, property, and personnel. The Gods attending use the Oracle sense to observe contemporary events. The intent is to foresee threats and risky situations.
Pa’a — (Pasu) the spirit. Analogous to the terms atmen
Pasu — the Troll’s word for themselves. This form is singular, plural, and collective, noun and adjective.
Patariki — male siggo to Olivia Wilson (High T Shebang)
Peeka a Troll Guard trooper (High T Shebang)
Petra Alexandra Troll (”Pete”) — junior lieutenant. Platoon leader in Troll Action Team Bodicea
Potidaeia — bronze age Greek village located approximately at contemporary town of Portaria in Central Macedonia, by the Kalkhidiki peninsula.
Project Genesis — Aphrodite’s project to create original life, of which natural Gods are not capable. It began in the mists of prehistory, but one of the early episodes in its history is reported in the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. Its progress has been reported in myth and folk tales throughout the ages. Various of the non-Olympian Gods have become jealous of Aphrodite’s efforts and the knowledge she has gained therefrom and have practiced to scotch her.
Redpath, Jonathan — a thaumaturge who, early in his life (at age 50) fell under the influence of Aphrodite and Hephaestus and joined the effort to create original life. He was the attendant thaumaturge at the penultimate experiment, which gave birth to the autoclone of Gabrielle Francesca East, the 125th and 129th Childe of the East.
Regents, Board of — the ruling body in trust of the Gabrielle East estate, including East College of the Americas.
Sails, City of (Auckland, New Zealand)
Sammianth (”Sammy Antha”) a Troll Guard trooper (High T Affair)
STEM the scientific disciplines at East College of the Americas: Science, Thaumaturgy, Engineering, and Mathematics
Taharoto(Maori) a made-up word combining two Maori words to make a name which means roughly Westlake. Made in honor of the Westlake Girls School Swimming Team in Auckland, New Zealand. A road near the Upothesa safe house in the North Shore area of Auckland.
tamahine Maori term of endearment: “granddaughter”
ta moko Maori facial tattoos
Tarkasian, Sappho (Man female)– commander of the M and Ems, a friend of Mitchell Drummond at EcoA
Troll member of the species homo sapiens neanderthalensis — soi disant Pasu
Vallee, Kairn (Man female)— the Warrior Doc … a human medic employed at the X Center and frequently tdy’d to duty with the Troll Guard. She is also a major in the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve Medical Corps and is frequently called up for high-profile cases (such as overseas (to the Australia viewpoint) air crashes)
van Oosten — the family name of the Easts who resided in the Netherlands and came to view the country as home. Van Oosten family members emigrated to New Zealand in the Seventeenth Century
Waitangi Imports — an East company in New Zealand, named after the Treaty of Waitangi, which settled major differences between British settlers and Maori natives.
Ware — a Troll Guard trooper (High T Shebang)
Whare Nui Tupuna — Maori, “ancient ancestral home” — the joking and unofficial name for the East family compound on the Pacific coast of New Zealand’s North Island, near Snell’s Beach in the Rodney district.
Willard — a Troll Guard trooper (High T Shebang)
X Center — short version of The Center for X Studies, a research-and-development laboratory complex, founded by the original Gabrielle Francesca East. The secret core of East College of the Americas. Subsumes the School of Thaumaturgy.