How do you say that, anyway? Here's the cheat sheet for books 1 & 2. Leave a comment if I missed one! Notes: *the letter "i" is usually pronounced ee. *"ai" sounds like Eye. *"aa" sounds like uh. *Kai and Tai sound like bow-tie.
Avoria (uh-vor-ee-uh): A large province in the southern hemisphere. People from Avoria are known as Avorians, and believe their province is controlled by the Avorian Tribune. Most knowledge of the B'nli and Gerriah has been ruthlessly stamped out by the Tarn in this region, and Mari Kai are hunted down and exterminated.
Bayrudaal (bay-rue-doll) : The largest of the six provinces, Bayrudaal includes all of the great seas and many islands. Bayrudaal is the only free province; its watery borders have kept the Tarn out for a millennia. The Bayru have clung to truth and Gerriah and Eht Ayno. Time has not been able to erode their belief that the Servants will return to wage war against the Tarn and set the Breaking right again.
B'nli (ben-lee) : A single family entrusted by the Breather to serve those that need protecting and to await the coming of the Son of Eht Ayno. There is always a Born B'nli (val Dynia) and a Found B'nli (Garyn). Because they have been entrusted with such a task, the B'nli have been given a unique Connection and have a greater ability to handle the Pillars than other Mari Kai.
Eht Ayno (eht A-no) : The Breather, the One who created all things and breathed life into them.
Gerriah (jur-eye-uh) : the Son of the Breather, who took on mortality so that mortals could take up immortality.
Ilni (eel-knee) : The necklace the Born B'nli is born with. After the Garyn is found, the Ilni replicates itself so that both B'nli have one. Among many things, the each Ilni contains a unique gift for its wearer. Nani can see the truth with hers, Corinlathana B'nli was able to bind a person to their words so that a vow was unbreakable, and Matthos B'nli was able to hide anything with his. The pendant of the Ilni has fine engravings, part of which is a double infinity loop that was widely known as the sign of the B'nli.
Mari Kai (mar-ee kai) : any male and female pair that have been Healed. The man and woman have a sense of Coupling that allows them to find one another, and they are able to Handle the six Pillars of Milana. They cannot read one another's minds, though Mari Kai with very strong connections have been reported to sense impressions of one another's moods. Being Mari Kai is not good or evil in itself: each person must choose what to do with the gifts they are given. Handling strength of a pair of Mari Kai is limited by their physical proximity to one another (the B'nli do not have this particular limitation).
Nani & Tai (Nah-nee & Tie)
Zoi (sounds like Oi!, if you have any Brits or Aussies for friends, ask them) : All Mari Kai have zoi. The man (sar) has a golden zoi on his right arm, the woman (lini) has a silver on her left arm. The zoi grows, vine-like, as a person gains experience handling.
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