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High Plains of Cala. A high steppe north of Aridion, bounded on the north by the Roof of the World, on the west by the north end of the Sythrins, on the east by the Black Mountains and on the south by the Sleeping Giant Hills, it is home to the Horse Clans, a semi-nomadic group of human tribes united by their culture and devotion to the horse.

malinir, n. (T - MAHL-in-eer). The traditional personal weapon of Teluri of both sexes. The blade is slightly curved and there is no guard. It comes in all sizes, from a small knife with a blade no more than four inches in length and carried in a sheath on the belt or in a bodice sheath for the ladies, up to a blade of two or three feet in length. These larger ones are effectively short swords, and are often used by Teluri warriors in combat in combination with the longer war sword. No Teluri willingly goes anywhere without his/her malinir. Even on the most formal of occasions, malinirs are in evidence. Of course, the wealthier the owner, the more ornate the weapon and sheath.

Naaldreth of Crenanoc, (H. 7749-7889). Noted harp healer. Not to be confused with the later king of Crenanoc of the same name but of infamous character, this Naaldreth was the last harp healer to know and understand Teluri in all their complexity and was able to heal not only damage to their physical bodies, but to their spiritual bodies as well. He it was who successfully healed Lindrahier Stoneheart of his many injuries and aided Menannon in making it possible for him to remain in Aridion City.

red berry, (H), n., plant. The term applies to both the plant and its fruit. It is found only in Rhindol Vale, and is extremely particular in its habit. It requires a great deal of calcium, and thus is limited to limestone outcrops and the resultant calcareous soils. It often grows in close association with creeping-tree but is not as common. Because of its limited habitat, it is very localized but common when found. It is most frequently encountered on the limestone ridges around Last Chance in the northeastern part of the Vale on the route to Garnet Pass, but is found in a few other locations in the Vale, notably in the SE corner around the approaches to Sythra and a few limestone outcrops in the Blue Mountains along the southern border of Rhindol Vale.
    The fruit of the red-berry is the most desired and sought-after fruit in the Vale, and the location of particularly bountiful patches is a closely-guarded secret and poachers are treated very roughly. What violence there is in the Vale is usually the result of a dispute over the picking rights to a red-berry patch. Some enterprising souls have attempted to cultivate the plant, but without success.

Shearing, place. One of the many small villages of Rhindol Vale, Shearing is on the edge of the Black Downs between Upper Hollis and Skippington. Most of the sheep from the Black Downs west of the Garnet River are brought here for shearing.

Silvertop (16,782 ft). A major peak deep in the heart of the Roof of the World, Silvertop is the kind of peak known as a horn, a single, sharp point thrusting skyward, with steep sides and sheer cliffs. It was formed by glacial erosion on four sides. The four glaciers of Silvertop, though greatly reduced in size, are still present.
    The peak gets its name from the rock of which it is composed, a bright, whitish-silver rock called kiviahopô in Telurian and icy silverstone or sometimes just silverstone in the Common tongue. This rock is highly prized as a building material, and was used extensively in the construction of Lilientharien, but the stone used there was quarried elsewhere.
    The mountain cannot be seen from Rhindol Vale, but is easily noted from the upper reaches of Misty and Snowcap to the south. None have ever set foot on Silvertop, except perhaps for Rhindolier or others of his house, for they were great explorers.
    Silvertop is also home to Silvermouth, the great spring which forms the headwaters of the Silverlode, the second largest river in Rhindol Vale.

The Downs, place. The villages of High Downs, Old Downs and New Downs in Rhindol Vale are often referred to by this term, as they are each no more than ½ mile or so from each other. Located on the Black Downs, the residents of these villages are, not surprisingly, closely interrelated. High Downs and Old Downs are the oldest of the three, and were founded within a few years of each other, the exact timing a matter of some dispute to this day, but about SW 7835. New Downs was founded about 50 years after Old Downs as the result of an argument between two brothers, Mikel and Edwin Sweetman, over a matter of two coppers. Edwin packed up his family and moved 3/4 mile SW of Old Downs and settled there. Two cousins and their families went with him. These two villages to this day deny their relationship, to the annoyance of the residents of High Downs who have relatives in both of the other two villages.  

volnaka (H, n., from Com. volna, water < OA volona [OA: volo, life + ona, breath, spirit] + dim. suffix -(a)ka ). An intoxicating distilled spirit made from potatoes and other, secret, ingredients. It is the secret ingredients that give the drink its unique flavor which has been variously described as “unique”, “indescribable” and “I don’t remember.” It has the capability of wiping out the memory of ever having drunk it. This drink is unique to Cromb and is made by a single family whose identity is often disputed and who guard the recipe jealously. No one has ever succeeded in finding out what the special ingredients are. Little is exported, the quantities produced being sufficient for local consumption. It is a clear liquid that is very potent and can be used in lamps in an emergency, as the alcohol content is about 98%. It has also been used to strip paint from wood and as an excellent paint-thinner.

 

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