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Rolfin's Orb
Book 3 - Pearl

Glossary for 3rd book of 12 book series  - Some of the people, foods, places and things  mentioned in this glossary will be found in other books in the series. Some will not. Some are merely mentioned in passing and have no important part in story, however, I included all characters, including animals with names, into this glossary. Some will go on to be important in future books, but since they aren’t yet, they’ve been listed in the minor category column.



 Main Characters:

Angus McAllister- Fiona’s Uncle – her father’s older brother – age 50, lives in  Inveralba with lots of cats, light brown hair with gray, blue eyes. Lives in a croft and has lots of cats.

Callum McAllister- 10 years old, brown eyes, dark brown hair, cousin to Fiona and Elspet and one of the three who travel in search of the jewels

Elspet McAllister -10 years old, reddish hair and blue eyes, cousin to Fiona and Callum, artistic, draws, and one of the 3 who travel in search of the jewels

Fiona Isabella McAllister -11 years old, blonde hair, green eyes, the main character, whose responsibility it is to gather all 12 jewels. She also has magical powers, descendant of King Kegan and King Dugan

Mairi Anna Ferguson McAllister - Fiona’s mum, makes honey from heather and bluebell and thistle.  Sells it in the shops to tourists and also sends it off to Edinburgh and Glasgow. She also is a good cook and works part time at McKenzie’s bakery in town.  Age 35, brown hair and fern green eyes

Drayton Steele - Descendant of King Duncan and Princess Isabella and owner of the necklace stole from King Kegan – Age 19, from Truro, Cornwall, England. He is the nephew of Nellie McAllister Crawford and Catriona McAllister McAllister, and son of Penelope McAllister and Shardow Steele.

Jack Thomson/Artur - Pearl – Posing as tourist from London, who came to Inveralba to be with his brothers, he is one of King Dugan’s 12 trusted men, who hid the 3rd jewel, pearl, in the Seychelles

Jesse Thomson/ Pond – Spinel – Posing as a tourist from London who came to Inveralba to be with his brothers, he is one of King Dugan’s 12 trusted men, who hid the 2nd jewel, spinel, in Iceland, 27 years old

Jimmy Thomson/ Cowan – Obsidian – Posing as a tourist from London, who came to Inveralba to fish and hunt, he is one of King Dugan’s 12 trusted men, who hid the 1st jewel or stone, black obsidian, in Hydra, Greece – Age 37

Johnny Thomson/ Alroy Cathmore - Posing as a tourist from London, who came to Inveralba to fish and hunt, he is King Dugan’s scribe – Age 37 Light brown hair, brown eyes. His ancestry is Persian. Author of the book Fiona found at Castle Athdara


Minor Characters

Andre – Sales clerk at shop in Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles

Princess Anna – Daughter of King Kegan, wife of Robert of Ferguson in Scotland and mother of Jorbi. Also ancestor of Fiona and Mairi. 14 at time of capture by King Dugan. 15 when she gave birth to Jorbi.

Big Tommy – Pirate ghost on Silhouette Island, Seychelles

Bonny John – Pirate ghost on Silhouette Island, Seychelles

Mr. Bill and Mrs. Nancy Botli – Give children a ride from Fairyland Beach to Victoria

Cap’n Will – Pirate ghost on Silhouette Island, Seychelles. Horrid brown teeth with several missing, leaving a gap.

King Dugan – Descendant of King Bartolf, evil king, who lived in Zanaad, North Africa. Father of Ithgar and Jorbi (birth father).

Princess Isabella – Daughter of King Kegan, wife of Colin of Ferguson and mother of Ithgar. 16 at time of capture by King Dugan. 17 when she gave birth to Ithgar.

Ithgar – Son of King Dugan and Princess Isabella. Never knew his mother. Raised to be evil like his father in Zanaad, North Africa.

John – Waiter who served children lemonade at an outdoor café in Victoria, Seychelles

Jorbi – Son of King Dugan and Princess Anna, raised by the villager she married, Robert of Ferguson

King Kegan - Descendant of King Rolfin – good king, he lived in Burill on the Arabian Peninsula and left, taking his family to Scotland and built Castle Athdara. Father of Isabella, Anna, Cerdic, Gelis, Rayad and Gilian. Married to Queen Sarmantha. Died at age 43. Son of King Abbasan and his wife, Queen Nadia.

Elsie McAllister - Runs McDougal’s B&B in Inveralba

Bonnie McFarland – owner of the Highland Thistle Hotel in Inveralba

Jacques Monet – Owns tourist boat, LaPlage, and takes Fiona, Elspet and Callum to Silhouette Island, Seychelles

Wizard Phelan - King Dugan’s evil wizard, wizard of Xilia

Philippe – Waiter at Seaside Fantasy Hotel restaurant, Victoria, Seychelles

Wizard Zerahemna –  King Kegan’s wizard, from Xilia, long nose, eyes sparkle like diamonds, but his iris are white, long dark brown hair that hangs down his back, wears purple hat and robe decorated with symbols from Xilia



Castle Athdara – On a small island in Loch Doon – King Kegan built it

Burill – name of King Rolfin’s kingdom in the Arabian peninsula after he moved from Hadrumetum

Fairyland Beach – in Mahe, Seychelles

Hadrumetum – near Carthage, where Bartolf and Rolfin once lived before establishing other kingdoms elsewhere

Highland Thistle Hotel - in Inveralba, Drayton stays there

Inveralba – town in the highlands of Scotland where main characters live

Mahe – the main island in the Seychelles

McDougal’s B&B – run by Elsie McAllister in Inveralba, Scotland

Seaside Fantasy Hotel - in Victoria, on island of Mahe, in the Seychelles

Seychelles – Cluster of islands off east coast of Africa in Indian Ocean. Capitol - Victoria

Silhouette Island – one of the islands in the Seychelles

Sun and Fun – the shop where Drayton pours sand all over the salesclerk, Andre

Swaying Palms – outdoor café in Victoria, Seychelles

Waving Palms Hotel – where Drayton goes to steal everyone’s wallets and money

Xilia - Kingdom where the wizards come from.  The rivers look like gold when the sun shines because they are filled with tiny bubbles of air. The leaves are perfect shaped and no insects eat them. The flowers are brilliant and the birds sing perfect melodies. All animals live with the wizards in peace and harmony and it is a land of fruit and honey on every table.

Zanaad – North Africa, where Bartolf founded his new kingdom and later home of King Dugan and Phelan


Odds and Ends

La Plage – Name of Jacques Monet’s boat that transports Fiona, Elspet and Callum to Silhouette Island. The word plage means ‘a sandy beach at a seaside resort’.

Coco-de-mer palm – Coconut palm that produces huge coconuts.  It is known as the ‘nut of the sea’ because mariners often found them floating in the Indian Ocean long before the discovery of the Seychelles in 1743. People thought there was a huge tree beneath the sea. The giant palm trees that bear them are found on just two of the Seychelles Islands near Madagascar, making them one of the world's most exotic plants. Their creamy white meat was revered as an antidote to any poison, and their provocative shape earned them a reputation as a powerful aphrodisiac. They produce the largest seed in the world; it can weigh more than 20 kg. The seed is inside a husk. Coco-de- mer palms probably live for between 200 to 400 years.

The Trade Wind – Pirates attacked this ship and stole the treasure from it and buried it in the Seychelles (Silhouette Island)

Rhinoceros beetle –  Huge beetle that can carry 850 times its own weight. Has horns on its head, like a rhino, used for foraging. Eat rotting fruit and sap. Don’t bite or sting.

Black parrot – The parrot is clearly brown, not black, but its eyes and beak are very dark, almost blending in with the dark facial plumage. Eat seeds, blossoms and fruit - especially berries and mangos. They build their nests in hollow trees and go through courtship in February. During this time, the female may shed the feathers on her head giving it a yellowish tone. The male's beak may also turn white during this time.

Fruit bats – The largest of bats, and one of the most important to humans. Many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy on our table would not exist without these bats. They disperse the seeds and pollinate the flowers of many plants. Fruit bats, like other bats, have very long, webbed fingers that serve as wings. Fruit bats also have very good senses of smell and sight (contrary to the myth that all bats are blind). Fruit bats, as their name hints, consume fruit and flowers. These bats usually suck on the flowers and fruit, then swallow the nectar or juice and spit out the remaining pulp.

Octopus Cari – Curried octopus stuffed with aubergines, saffron, curry, garlic and sprinkled with ginger and cinnamon, served with coconut milk

Daube de banana – Bananas cooked in coconut milk

Flora – Callum McAllister owned her as a cow once

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