Glossary/Word of the Day: Raia

glossaruHey, there!

 

Another one of our glossary posts, going live when we are exactly 19 days away from the release (February 29th!) of The Razvak Hunter.

For today’s issue we are going to take on a Word of the Day, one of the several examples of Elven language that appear in the book, and one that comes around quite often. You curious already?

Let’s get to it then!

raiaToday’s word is “raia,” the elven designation for The Sun.

Unlike the human race, elves in Vallenthar give a common and an individual name to all natural objects, from rocks to trees to stars… and the sun is not different.

While the common word for sun (aranth) is used to refer to the sun as a complement and an object within a whole or external topic, the raia form is used to attribute a specific, individual persona to the sun. It is used when recognizing the star’s divinity, influence or supremacy; when paying tribute or praise to it, and when directing words to it as if it were an actual being or person.

The “raia” form is a term of respect and worship, greatly used with spiritual and religious connotations.

Glossary/Word of the Day: Vallenthar

glossaruHowdy!

So, following on with our pre-release schedule (February 29, kids, remember!) today’s Glossary day. I’ve been approached about doing a Glossary several times and since I don’t think adding it to the book is a smart idea, we are going to have a mini web-encyclopedia to fix this issue. I’ll probably create a proper wikia further along the line to make sure all the info is nice and tidy, but for now, you advance readers get the treat!

For today’s issue of our Glossary/Word of the Day  section we are going to be discussing a little bit about the world in which the Razvak Series develops: Vallenthar. 

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Vallenthar is the ancestral home that houses all creatures created under the grace of the First God Evandraëll and his consort Altarya, Goddess of Earth and Souls. The name Vallenthar literally means “World.” The legends about the land are many, and the history of it is old as time itself.

The Book of Beginnings talks about Vallenthar being created from the Empty Mist, when the first starlight pierced the darkness and divided it, giving birth to the First God Evandraëll. During his birth, the god bled the blood of the universe and this created a new world that was empty of all living things. A blank canvas for the god to paint in. For many millennia, Evandraëll dabbled and toyed with the land he’d made, learning about the concepts of life and death. He created creatures and races of the earth to populate it. Some of them of light. Some of them of shadows.

easiaFor most of its history, Vallenthar was torn by war as the races within it battled for the right to occupy the territories. Light Creatures would join together in one front, Dark Ones in the other. As blood was shed, and the two armies ravaged each other, the land cried for help to its father God.

Evandraëll chose an elf named Diogeress and gave him the mission to bring peace to Vallenthar. The elf took command over his people and joined the war of the races. With his army, he drove the Dark Ones north, cleansing the southern territories, and established an impenetrable frontier along the mountain range that divided the land into two provinces: Easia and Myrasia.   myrasia

Easia is where the dark creatures roam. Those with black in their hearts and who feed from the darkest of emotions. Those who thrive in pain and evil.

Myrasia houses the beings of lighter hearts, fragile beauty and soft demeanor. Those who bask in the blessings of nature and live ­as one, under the holy trees, beneath the prideful mountains, astride the luscious winds.

As long as they remain separate, divided by the barrier of the Border Mountains, there shall be peace.

Official Website launch!

Hi, there!

Ok, so here it is! I’ve been working on it for a while and now it’s finally a reality:

Arel B. Grant’s Official Author Website

I put a lot of effort into this and those of you who visit it will find some interesting things that have not been available in this blog as of yet. You will also get some more information about my prequel novella, Heroes of Vallenthar, which we discussed earlier last week. This novella will be available for FREE to all the readers that sign up for the monthly newsletter. Click the link to find out more!

The website also has an exclusive Razvak Series section. This is going to be filling up as more content comes up and more books are released, so you’ll have to check back frequently. To commemorate this auspicious occasion of ours, I’ll leave you with a little treat: the map that is going to be included in the The Razvak Hunter ebook, featuring the land of Vallenthar and the region in which books 0.5, 1 and 2 occur: Myrasia.

Happy Monday!

map Myrasia (Large)