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-- Vocabulary adapted from Welsh and Jewish tradition --
Titles & Terms
- Amen - A religious exclamation of faithfulness or certainty, it expresses belief in or care for something/someone . Often attached to the end of prayers as an affirmation.
- Arur - "curse," a prophetical malediction typically announced by Ro'ei on behalf of the One, predicting divine consequence for great wrongdoings. These are rare, and taken quite seriously when they occur.
- Avel (plural: Aveilim) - Term for a wolf who is mourning in accordance with Tahara.
- Black Ones - Derisive term for Vektreni, who are believed to have sworn allegiance in this life and the next to the Deceiver.
- Blood/My Blood - Formal title for kin.
- Brother - An address for male wolves of equal or lower rank.
- Cariad - lit. "strong affection," a nickname or description for a lover.
- Fawr - "the Great," a suffix attached to the names of heroes and great leaders in Arynian mind. The closest equivalent would be sainthood.
- Fledgling - An apprentice, esp. one who has only just begun learning their task.
- Hinneh - a concise and definitive interjection most closely meaning, "pay close attention to what I'm about to say, this is extremely important!"
- Hinterland - Name often used for the overall territory of Aryn, i.e., "Arynian call the Hinterland their home."
- Hiraeth - A word spoken with great reverence. It is longing, yearning - an earnest desire and a heartfelt sorrow. Grief for someone who is departed, homesickness, nostalgia for that which is lost or perhaps never even truly was. It is the voice which calls Rangers home, the dreams of the exiled, the Song that lies hidden in the hearts of all wolves.
- Master - An address for a member of the Rah'at (supervisors of their task and recognized authority figures in Aryn)
- Mashak - closest equivalent would be "darkness like the grave, without faith, hope, or dreams." A poetic word used only during prayers or times of great reverence, used to describe one's intense grief/suffering. All wolves are believed to face mashak at some point along their Path, and the experience is considered sacred.
- Mishpat - "the pattern; the proper way; informally: justice" An older term for The Path. It means doing something according to the tenets, living life in service to the One as though it was a prayer, as well as the actions of the One themselves.
- Neshama - "my soul", a reverent nickname for a lover, not to be used lightly.
- Old Aryn - The traditional homeland of Aryn, which was destroyed by drought and wildfire during the Ladyship of Athena. The territory was abandoned and lies many seasons journey West.
- Rabbi - An honourable address given to respected teachers within Aryn.
- Ro'ei - An address given to wolves believed to possess the ability to perceive things beyond the natural senses. Such wolves are generally identified by their apparent "sixth sense" and propensity for prophetic dreams/visions. Most are believed to be able to discern spirits.
- Shemirah - "watching; guarding" The sacred task of guarding a dead body from the time of passing until burial, during which wolves are expected to meditate on the life of the deceased and refrain from other activty.
- Sheol - The realm of evil and Path-forsaking ghosts in Arynian lore, a sort of purgatory/hell that the One will someday break open and rescue lost souls from. It is deep in the earth - devoid of light, memory, or emotion. Spirits trapped here are little more than hollow shades.
- Shomer/Shomeret - m/f respectively, the title of wolves tasked with shermirah, who are guarding a body before it's burial.
- Sister - An address for female wolves of equal or lower rank.
- Tahara - The burial rituals of Aryn, which consist of ritually cleaning the body physically and spiritually, placing it in a burial mound, and comforting the aveilim.
- Tum'ah - Ritual impurity, typically associated by contact with dead bodies or plague-carrying creatures, which must be cleansed by bathing in an immersion pool.
- The Three Bodies - Aryn's three authorities - the Alphas, Rah'at, and Grand Vicar.
Expressions & Phrases
- Blessed be the One. - Spoken after experiencing or hearing of great tragedy, especially death, and meant to acknowledge the divine wisdom of the Great Spirit even in the face of mortal grief.
- Fortune favour you. - Used to express desire for another's happiness and wellbeing.
- Go with what strength you have, mighty warrior. - An encouragement to do the best one can, even when feeling unworthy or unqualified. Comes from an old story of a Fawr who was very fearful, but was called by the One to fight a fierce battle, and came out victorious thanks to the Great Spirit's aid.
- Good moon. - Spoken as a friendly greeting during the Full Moon Festival held by Aryn once a month on the (you guessed it) full moon.
- I will walk beside you over many paths. - a declaration of devotion and loyalty to another; it may be romantic or brotherly. (Adapted from Glas by Bryan Martin Davies)
- My soul sings to see you. - In line with Aryn's belief of an eternal spiritual life and their connection to the One through song, this greeting implies the comer is of spiritual importance to the speaker.
- Peace be upon you. - Alternative to Shalom.
- The scales were lifted from their eyes. - "They saw the truth, they were no longer blind."
- Shalom. - lit. "Peace," traditional saying used as both a greeting and a farewell.
- Sheol take you! - A curse considered to be especially distasteful - even punishable to speak. Damning someone to Sheol implies the wish to see them removed from all that is good in the world, forcibly separated even from the light of the One.
- Sheol's teeth! - A vulgar expletive in response to something distasteful or unpleasantly alarming.
- Two hearts, one wish. Two tongues, one Song. Two souls, one Path. - A sort of 'wedding vow' most often spoken before the pack when two wolves wish to have their mateship formally recognized. (Adapted from Priodas by Dic Jones)
- A black bird can lay a white egg. - The sins of the father are not the sins of the son; or more literally, an evil parent can produce a good child.
- The deer is all the dearer for tasting bitter at first. - Things which are obtained after toil or discomfort are more rewarding for the effort.
- All things in this world are borrowed - Nothing in this life is permanent or guaranteed, nor does it truly belong to us.
- As the heart desires, so it becomes. - Motives will translate into personality.
- He that flees the night will never see the moon. - If you cannot bear the bad, you will not find the good.
- If I am I because you are you, and you are you because I am I, then I am not I, and you are not you. But if I am I because I am I, and you are you because you are you, then I am I, and you are you. - We should not define ourselves by how others think of us. (Also a favourite tongue-twister enjoyed by pups.)
- If you desire honey, you must bear the sting. - You must be willing to work for due reward. Nothing worth doing is easy.
- If you face a bear and a boar, choose one lest they both overwhelm you. - Hesitation is often more dangerous than making a difficult decision.
- The One will fight for you, be at peace. - Security lies in trusting the One, who exerts a real force upon the world.
- Prophecies will cease, tongues will be stilled, knowledge will pass away. But love never fails. - Love is the ultimate and most valuable virtue.
- The Path confounds, but there is no coincidence. - Everything, no matter how small or strange, happens for a reason.
- The snake slithers without pursuit. - The guilty will often reveal their guilt.
- The surest way to accept a gift is to return it. - Acts of kindness and goodwill are deserving of equal reciprocation. Generally applied spiritually in reference to the blessings of the One, but also practically applied between wolves.
- Walk not the Path of grief alone, the song of tears should be sung together. - In times of great sorrow, an encouragement to seek out solidarity, even if the only song in each heart is tears.
- Wolves plan, the One laughs. - A reminder of one's mortality and limited perspective.
Traditional Prayers & Songs
Note: These are adapted from traditional Hebrew texts, songs, and poems.
The Pilgrimage Verse
Often spoken before a great journey, either material or spiritual.
- "Guide us, Great Spirit of ours and our ancestors. Let our Path lead us to peace, and may we reach this place in safety. Rescue us from our foes who would deceive us, and spare us from punishment. Bless our steps, grant us grace in Your eyes and the eyes of others. You hear our Song because you gave us the voice to sing it. Blessed be the One."
The Guidance Verse
A blessing spoken by the Vicars, usually as a group, and then followed by a collective howl. Invoked to ward off evil and to help a wolf find their way back to the Path.
- "May the One bless and guard you, May the One shed light upon your Path and be gracious to you, May the One sing to you and grant you peace."
The Verse of Praise
Verses typically recited (in whole or in part) and meditated upon during pilgrimages and holy days. Adapted from this translation of Anim Zemirot
- "Soothing is the song I sing as my soul longs for You. My soul longs for Your wisdom, my heart longs for Your love. Therefore I shall honour You forever. I howl in Your name, but You are beyond my understanding, I cannot comprehend Your true greatness. I cannot describe Your true strength.
"They speak of You and Your many forms, yet You are, One in all the different forms. At the end of moons, You will be our Salvation. You will be honoured through me. I will be carried through You. You see my value; You give me a place at your side, You accept me, and bless me, and heed my humble voice. Young and old, we seek your Path and find meaning.
"I give You this voice which You gave me, my Song so that I will find joy. Hear my praise, accept my prayer, let me draw near to You. May the song of the poor be like a song of sacrifice. You sustain us like water. Sing to me, oh One, accept my praise. I hope to please you with these words of longing."
The Verse of SorrowsA hearfelt exclamation of grief and despair, typically associated with Mashak. Used to offer solidarity, especially in times of tragedy.
- "Great Spirit, you are the One who saves me; day and night I call out to you. May my song reach your ears; hear my cry!
"Troubles overwhelm me and my life draws near to death. I am like one without strength - like one who goes down into the chasm. I am set apart with the dead, like the lost who lie in sheol, as though you have forgotten me, as though I am cut off from your care.
"You have put me in the lowest chasm, the darkest depth. Your wrath presses greatly down on me; your waves have overwhelmed me. You have taken my closest Brothers and Sisters away from me and made me repulsive to them. I am trapped with no escape; my eyes are dim with grief.
"I call to you, oh One, every day! I raise up my voice to you. Are your wonders meant for the dead? Do ghosts lift themselves up and give you praise? Is your love declared in sheol, is your faithfulness Destruction? Are your wonders known in oblivion or your righteous acts found in the place of Darkness?
"But I sing to you for help, Lord! In the morning my cry comes before you. Why, Great Spirit, am I rejected by you? Why do you keep your face from me?
"Since a Fledgeling, I have been wounded and brought to death; I have endured your nightmares and now despair. Your wrath is overwhelming; I have been destroyed by your horrors. Like a flood they surround me day and night; I am swallowed by them. You have taken away my kin and my clan — darkness is my closest companion."
Best Friends Forever
🟨 Teen 🟨 || Summary: As young pups, Cael, Danny, and Nate play too close to a gorge, and Cael falls into the rapids. "Cael" was Mal's Pre-Nokoni name, and "Danny" was Volk's! || Tags: Foreshadowing, child in danger, mild blood, fast river current, happy ending A breeze rustled through the leaves, carrying the scent of pine and grass, and ruffling the fur of the three pups playing on the bank. Dappled light spilled through a canopy of dense emerald, and mountain peaks loomed like dusty-purple monoliths beyond the river valley. The three had wandered aimlessly for a while, but it hadn't taken Cael long to get bored of sniffing, and walking, and more sniffing, and the all too familiar itch in his paws spurred him to run. And then run faster. Which he did, red pelt flashing in the sunlight as he made a show of bounding around and around the small cliffside clearing they'd stopped at to rest. "C'mon, guys!" Cael laughed, hopping and springing like he'd seen the rabbits in the valley
Vocabulary adapted from the same concepts that inspired the pack's culture. Ancient words based from Thuum, The Dragon Tongue, from TES:V Skyrim. (Elder Scrolls, Thief, Dishonored, Ancient Celtic, Greek, etc) Note that ancient titles are not so often used, given Vektren's constant circle of rebirth. Seasoned/born vektreni may be more used to them. or learn from Hekate/scholars. More terms will be added as time goes! Feel free to suggest more! Titles & Terms B Bonecharm(s) - The bones of fallen vektreni turned into ornaments for Vektren's borders.Brother - An address for a male vektreni. May also be referred as Dark Brother. CC
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