6th 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
– Fiona’s uncle – her father’s older brother – age 50, lives in Inveralba.
Light brown hair with gray, blue eyes. Lives in a croft and has lots of
– 10 years old, brown eyes, dark brown hair, cousin to Fiona and Elspet
– 10 years old, reddish hair and blue eyes, cousin to Fiona and Callum,
Fiona Isabella McAllister
– 11 years old, blonde hair, green eyes, lives in Inveralba and is a
descendant of King Kegan and King Dugan.
Mairi Anna Ferguson
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
– Descendant of King Dugan and Princess Isabella and owner of the necklace
stolen from King Kegan – Age 19. Son of Shardow Steele and Penelope
Jack Thomson/ Artur -
Pearl – Pretending to be
a brother of Johnny. He is actually Artur, one of King Kegan’s 12 men and
hid the 3rd jewel, the pearl, in Seychelles. He is from Arabia
with dark hair and eyes, about 32 years old.
Jason Thomson/Buntabi –
Ruby – One of the
12 men, who hid the 6th stone, the ruby, in Jordan. From Burell
in Arabia, with African heritage, so he has short, curly black hair, brown
eyes, and dark brown skin. He is 31 years old.
Jeffrey Thomson/ Kitar -
Emerald – One of
the 12 men, who hid the 4th stone, the emerald, in Yukon. From
Burell in Arabia, but with Germanic descent, so has blond hair and blue
eyes. His mother was Arabic, but his father was of Germanic blood who came
to that land. He is 39, the oldest of the 12 men.
Jesse Thomson/ Pond -
Spinel - One of the 12
men, who hid the 2nd jewel, spinel in Iceland. From Burell in
Arabia so he has dark hair and brown eyes. His is 27 years old
– Black Obsidian -Pretending to be the brother of Johnny. Is actually Cowan,
one of King Kegan’s 12 most trusted me and he hid the 1st jewel
in Hydra, Greece. He is from Arabia – so he has dark hair and eyes.
Johnny Thomson/ Alroy
Cathmore - Posing
as a tourist from London, come to Inveralba to fish and hunt – Age 37 – He
has light brown hair and brown eyes – his ancestry is Persian. King Kegan’s
scribe and author of the book the children found.
Julian Thomson/ Edwi
– Topaz – Hid the jewel in Tasmania, one of the 12 men who hid the 5th
stone, Topaz– has black hair and dark brown eyes and is 28 years old
waitress from the café just outside of Inveralba
Master in Jordan, owns Salome and has four wives
that attacks the group as they’re camping
1st wife of Ahmed
the camel master
Prince Cedric -
The oldest son, but 3rd child of King Kegan and Queen Sarmantha.
He has golden hair, curly like his mother and violet eyes. 8 years old when
– Dragon that belonged to Lehimna, Zerahemna and Lephimah, black.
– Malcolm McAllister’s hunting dog, Scottish deerhound
– Malcolm McAllister’s hunting dog, Scottish deerhound
A redcap that attacks the
group as they’re camping
A redcap working for Wizard
Phelan at Castle Athdara
A bean nighe or washerwoman
of the restaurant in Inveralba that Drayton frequents
2nd wife of Ahmed
the camel master
A redcap who Wizard Phelan
uses at Castle Athdara
– 4th child of King Kegan and Queen Sarmantha, with light, sandy
brown hair, usually wears braided. Blue eyes. Plays harp. 7 years old when
Princess Gilian -
curly ringlets, violet eyes, happy nature, 3 years old when killed.
who helps Fiona and the others in Jordan
– A bean-nighe that attacks the group as they’re camping
loans his SUV to Angus to go camping
3rd wife of Ahmed the camelmaster
– Owns Heshbon’s Carpet Shop in Madaba. Good friend of Warda, who is wife of
Ahmed, the Camel Master
– King Rolfin’s wizard, who made the orb, from Xilia
Wizard Lephimah –Son
of Zerahemna, lives in Xilia and is now caretaker of Cloudwaltzer, the black
Anne McGregor McAllister
– Callum’s mother - knits gloves and sweaters, uses Elspet’s mum’s wool and
sells the things she knits to tourists that pass through and stop in the
village shops. 36 years old, brown eyes, mousy brown hair
Catriona McKenzie McAllister
– Elspet’s mother. She has a spinning wheel and spins wool from their
sheered sheep. Spins it into wool, cards it, and then she sells the wool to
knitters etc. She knits things for her own family Age 29, red hair, blue
Elsie McAllister –
Runs McDougal’s B&B
Jamie Robert McAllister
– Elspet’s father. He herds sheep and a few highland cows. Age 32
John and Susan McAllister –
live in Inveralba,
close relatives of Callum McAllister. Drayton trashed their home.
Malcolm Keith McAllister
– Callum’s father – is a gillie. When people come to the highlands to shoot
grouse, partridge, or hunt a deer, or want to go fishing, he takes them and
shows them where the best places are. He has a few hounds that he uses to
scare out the grouse. He often brings home fish he’s caught in the loch and
streams for his family and also venison. Age 38, brown hair, brown eyes
Shona Maureen McAllister
– Callum’s sister, age 2, fair hair, brown eyes.
Wizard Phelan -
King Dugan’s evil wizard,
wizard of Xilia
- 2nd son of King
Kegan and Queen Sarmantha, dark hair and dark eyes like his father’s
ancestors. Likes to read, quiet in nature. 6 years old when killed
Owner of the original orb – good king, brother of Bartolf. Lived originally
in Hadrumetum, near Carthage, but fled and moved to Burill on the eastern
edge of the Arabian Peninsula(Yemen)
– Leader of the sluaghs, who Wizard Phelan uses at Castle Athdara
who gives Fiona, Callum and Elspet a ride to the desert castle
Was Chief Wizard during days
Queen Sarmantha -
Wife of King Kegan, mother of
Princess Anna, Princess Isabella, Prince Cerdic, Princess Gelis, Prince
Rayad and Princess Gilian. Comes from Viking stock, born in Norway. Her
father, King Aluric, did trading with Kegan’s father, Abbasan, and when
Kegan and she met, they fell in love. She had fair hair, violet eyes, and
was 35 when she died. Her mother was Queen Finna.
Sultan Omar Karan Dibouji –
banished Hakim to the magic lamp
vulture who helps rescue Fiona in Jordan
– A stray gray kitten, female, that found its way into Jean Butler’s garden
– 4th wife of
Ahmed, Camel master
– Elspet’s Uncle, a Sufi
- 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. Lehimna’s son.
23 Anstrathven Street
lives in his croft on that street
It is the capital of Iraq and
the second-largest city in south-west Asia after Tehran and the
second-largest city in the Arab world after Cairo, and the largest city in
Iraq, with the 2003 population estimated at 5,772,000. Situated on the
Tigris River the city was once the center of Islamic civilization.
name of King Rolfin’s kingdom
in the Arabian peninsula after he moved from Hadrumetum
Carrara Marble Quarries
- Massa Carrara is a province of Tuscany, Italy, named after the two
main towns in its territory: Massa and Carrara. Its economical relevance,
once mainly based on the production of the famous White Carrara marble, has
now shifted to the importation and fabrication of blocks of marble and
granite from all over the world. is quarried there. It is on the Lavensa
River, some 60 miles west northwest of Florence. Carrara marble has been
famous since the time of Ancient Rome .
Orthodox Church of St. George
– located in Madaba and home to famous mosaics
Heshbon’s Carpet Shop –
Located in Madaba. Owned by Layla, friend of Warda.
Village where Fiona and her
family and friends live in the highlands of Scotland.
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, commonly called Jordan is an Arab country in
the Middle East. It is bordered by Syria to the north, Iraq to the
north-east, Saudi Arabia to the east and south, and Israel and the
Palestinian territories to the west. It shares with Israel and the
Palestinian territories the coastlines of the Dead Sea, and the Gulf of
Aqaba with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.
A City in Jordan, also known as ‘City of Mosaics’
– the word for castle. Many
can be found in the deserts of Jordan
Silk Road - The
Silk Road was not a trade route that existed solely for the purpose of
trading in silk; many other commodities were also traded, from gold and
ivory to exotic animals and plants. Of all the precious goods crossing this
area, silk was perhaps the most remarkable for the people of the West. It is
often thought that the Romans had first encountered silk in one of their
campaigns against the Parthians in 53 B.C, and realized that it could not
have been produced by this relatively unsophisticated people. They reputedly
learnt from Parthian prisoners that it came from a mysterious tribe in the
east, who they came to refer to as the silk people, `Seres'. In practice, it
is likely that silk and other goods were beginning to filter into Europe
before this time, though only in very small quantities. The Romans obtained
samples of this new material, and it quickly became very popular in Rome,
for its soft texture and attractiveness. The Parthians quickly realized that
there was money to be made from trading the material, and sent trade
missions towards the east. The Romans also sent their own agents out to
explore the route, and to try to obtain silk at a lower price than that set
by the Parthians. For this reason, the trade route to the East was seen by
the Romans as a route for silk rather than the other goods that were traded.
The name `Silk Road' itself does not originate from the Romans, however, but
is a nineteenth century term, coined by the German scholar, von Richthofen.
Tuscany, Italy - Tuscany
is a region in central Italy, bordering on Latium to the south, Umbria to
the east, Emilia-Romagna and Liguria to the north, and the Tyrrhenian Sea to
the west. It is often regarded as among the most beautiful parts of Italy.
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.
A cross-shaped like a T with a loop at the top, especially as used in
ancient Egypt as a symbol of life. A tau cross with a loop at the top, used
as an attribute or sacred emblem, symbolizing generation or enduring life.
also called Washer at the Fords - She wanders near deserted streams
where she washes the blood from the grave-clothes of those who are about to
die. It is said that Bean Nighe are the spirits of women who died giving
birth and are doomed to do this work until the day their lives would have
normally ended. She is thought to have one nostril, one big protruding
tooth, webbed feet and long hanging breasts. A mortal who is bold enough to
sneak up to her while she is washing and suck her breast can claim to be her
foster-child. The mortal can then gain a wish from her.
An Arab of any of the nomadic
tribes of the Arabian, Syrian, Nubian, or Sahara deserts.
Black iris –
National flower of Jordan
Traditional Scottish turnovers filled with ground lamb.
Carrera marble –
Pit in Carrera, Italy where
they get the finest marble from. Michelangelo used it to carve his famous
The traditional filling is, of course, beef and potato, usually with slices
of onion and swede mixed in as well, but the humble pasty can also be found
in a number of other guises. Popular fillings down the years have included
Egg and Bacon, Rabbit, Apples, Figs, Jam, and Egg and Currants. A hearty
meal wrapped in a pastry casing made for a very practical lunch (or
"croust", as they used to call it) down in the dark and damp tunnels of the
mine. Some mines even built huge ovens on the surface to keep the miner's
pasties hot until it was time to eat. Tradition has it that the original
pasties contained meat and vegetables in one end and jam or fruit in the
other end, in order to give the hard-working men 'two courses'. Cornish
housewives also marked their husband's initials on the left-hand side of the
pastry casing, in order to avoid confusion at lunchtime.
Date palms are known to live at least 200 years in their native areas of
North Africa and Arabia. A date tree can be grown from the pit or seed in
Desert diamonds (also called Saudi diamonds) are just high-grade quartz, but
they have one important attribute. They look like expensive carbon-based
diamonds. They are very clear and their internal structure is very stable.
This means desert diamonds will not become brittle and crack or lose color
as they age.
In Muslim legend, a spirit often capable of assuming human or animal form
and exercising supernatural influence over people.
Is a fried ball or patty of
spiced fava beans or chickpeas. It is a highly popular form of fast food in
the Arab East. Falafel is also very common in Israel, being regarded there
as a national food. The word "falafel" comes from the Arabic word
filfil, meaning pepper, and probably ultimately from Sanskrit pippalī.
Falafel is traditionally
served as a filling ingredient in a pita bread wrap (i.e. sandwich), and the
term "falafel" commonly refers to this sandwich by synecdoche; falafel in a
pita is typical street food (ie. fast food). Along with the falafel balls,
which may be crushed onto the bread or added whole, various toppings are
usually included. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served
as part of a mezze. During Ramadan they are sometimes eaten as part of an
iftar, the meal which breaks the daily fast after sunset. Despite initial
reluctance by both sides, falafel is now seen as a uniting,
pan-Middle-Eastern dish. In recent years, immigration from the Middle East
to Western countries has brought with it a broader availability of Arab and
Middle Eastern cuisine, and the falafel sandwich has become a popular and
iconic food within alternative fast food (ie. "slow food") movements, and
indeed has spread world-wide.
A tomato based bean stew
A fig fruit is derived from a
specially adapted flower. The fruit (an accessory fruit called a syconium)
has a bulbous shape with a small opening (the ostiole) in the end and a
hollow area inside lined with small red edible seeds. The fruit/flower is
pollinated by small wasps that crawl through the opening to fertilise the
fruit. Tropical figs bear continuously, enabling fruit-eating animals to
survive the time between masts. In temperate climes, wasps hibernate in
figs, and there are distinct crops. Caprifigs have three crops per year;
edible figs have two. The first of the two is small and is called breba; the
breba figs are olynths. Some selections of edible figs do not require
pollination at all, and will produce a crop of figs (albeit without fertile
seeds) in the absence of caprifigs or fig wasps. It is often said that the
Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is a fig tree from the book of Genesis
for its large leaves and also the nature of the fig itself. In the Book of
Jeremiah in the Old Testament rotten figs are used as a symbol for
destruction, and in the New Testament Jesus rebukes an unfruitful fig tree.
The Fig is one of the two sacred trees in Islam. Many Muslims consider Fig
Finnan Haddie –
It is a
salted, smoke fish
Hebron Glass – It
has been a traditional industry in Hebron for over 600 years. Hebron, a city
36 kilometers south of Jerusalem. It is one of the most ancient cities in
Glass from Hebron. Palestine, holy to the Moslems. In the Bible, it was
known as Kiryat Arba and Manreh, the dwelling place of the forefathers
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who were buried there along with their wives.
Adam and Eve also were buried here.Hebron is well known also throughout the
world for its famous glass blowers and designers.The royal blue glass
produced in the city is perhaps the most recognizable in the entire Midle
East, but Hebron glass blowers also create items in many other colors.
Is a dip made of chickpea paste with various additions, such as olive oil,
fresh garlic, lemon juice, paprika, and tahini (sesame seed paste). It is
popular throughout the Middle East, including in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon,
the Palestinian territories, Syria, Turkey, and in Armenia, Cyprus and
Greece, though the hummus eaten in Greece, for example, is quite different
from the hummus eaten in the Arab world and in Israel. In Arabic, "Hummus"
means simply chickpea. The dish described in this article is called "Hummus
wa Tahina", i.e. chickpea and sesame, or "musabbaha". It is traditionally
scooped up with flatbread (pieces of pita) to be eaten, but it is
increasingly popular as a dip for tortilla chips in non-Middle Eastern
countries. It is a popular breakfast food, especially when combined with
another dip named ful, which is based on crushed fava beans. It is also used
as an appetizer dish to accompany main courses, and as part of a mezze.
Any of various stork-like wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae of
temperate and tropical regions, having a long, slender, downward-curving
Red and white checked
headdress worn by Arabs in the desert
It is an oppressive, hot, south or south-east wind occurring in North Africa
and the Arabian Peninsula intermittently in late winter and early spring.
The name is derived from the Arabic khamsun.
An aquatic plant (Nelumbo nucifera) native to southern Asia and
Australia, having large leaves, fragrant, pinkish flowers, a broad, rounded,
perforated seedpod, and fleshy rhizomes. Any of several similar or related
plants, such as the water lilies Nymphaea caerula or N. lotus.
Goodbye in Arabic
stew with chicken and rice
deciduous shrub or small tree (Punica granatum) native to Asia and
widely cultivated for its edible fruit. The fruit of this tree, having a
tough reddish rind, and containing
enclosed in a juicy, mildly acidic, red pulp.
Are among the most vicious and terrifying of all Scottish fairies, ugly,
haunt ruined castles and towers and dye their caps red with the blood of
their human victims
spider can grow to be 6 feet long and eat a man whole, is what rumor says,
but they are big, maybe 1 1/2 times the size of a tarantula
sausage roll is a type of convenience food commonly served at parties and
available from bakeries and milk bars as a takeaway food item. The basic
formula for a sausage roll is generally a sheet of puff pastry sliced into
two and wrapped into tubes around a filling of sausagemeat before being
cooked. They can be served either hot or cold. Some variations on the basic
recipe include chopped vegetables and other seasonings such as herbs and
spices. Sausage Rolls may be served in various lengths from 1 or 2 inches
("party" or "cocktail" sausage rolls) up to 6 or 7 inch 'Jumbo' sausage
– Combine meat, gravy,
and chopped onion; season with salt and pepper to taste. Line the bottom of
a buttered baking dish with a layer of half of the seasoned mashed potatoes.
Add meat mixture then cover with remaining mashed potatoes. Bake in oven and
sprinkle grated cheese on top.
Spirits of dead sinners,
troublesome and destructive, fly in groups like flocks of birds and they try
to take your soul away, always fly from the west.
Are a traditional Scottish dish, similar to corned beef hash. Recipes and
ingredients vary widely between regions, and even families, but the dish
usually consists of tatties (potatoes) and onions and some form of cold meat
(especially corned beef, sausages or leftover roast.) The potatoes are
cooked by stewing with fat and a little water, stove being the old Scots
word for stewing. A regional variation is to serve the stovies with oatcakes.
f or relating to the Sufis or to Sufism: a Muslim who represents the
mystical dimension of Islam; a Muslim who seeks direct experience of Allah
Tatties and neeps
– Scottish dish of potatoes and turnips
- Trifle is a British dessert dish made from thick (or often solidified)
custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or, more recently, gelatin dessert
and whipped cream, usually arranged in layers with fruit and sponge on the
bottom, custard and cream on top. Some trifles contain a small amount of
alcohol (port, or, most commonly sweet sherry or madeira wine) -
non-alcoholic versions use fruit juice instead, as the liquid is necessary
to moisten the cake. Trifle containing sherry is sometimes called "Sherry
Trifle" or referred to as being "High Church". One popular variant has the
sponges soaked in liquid-gelatin dessert when the trifle is made, which sets
when refrigerated. The cake and jelly bind together and produce a uniquely
pleasant texture if made in the correct proportions (there should not be too
much jelly added, or nucleation will not occur).
A well-made trifle is often
used for decoration as well as taste, incorporating the bright, layered
colors of the fruit, jelly, jam, and the contrast of the creamy yellow
custard and white cream.
Steamed grape leaves stuffed with meat and rice