Edenborough: the capital of Scotland, seat of political and royal power, and birthplace of your author, were Edenborough in Anglia she would be merely the finest city in the land but that she is in Scotland makes her an utter wonder. She comprises two parts: Old Town, an ancient medieval core of gabled houses upon a ridge of land about the ancient castle, and New Town, an ordered metropolis of fine stone houses on broad cobbled streets.Eireland: at one point the south-western outlier of the Danish Empire, following the Glorious Deliverance of 1648, Eireland became a possession of newly independent Anglia, in which condition it has remained since. A benighted land where magick flourishes and the potato rots, Eireland is notable for its people’s garrulousness and habit of revolt.
Emigration Commission: a body charged by parliament in Edenborough with facilitating and encouraging the removal of Scotland’s men, women and children from congested lands where they are not wanted to lands overseas where they are unwelcome.The Far Country: not a region found on any map, but rather a realm above the physical world where lives the human soul. To it all men must finally go and from it few ever return.
Finland: in landscape little more than a coastal extremity of Russia (to whom it is unhappily subject) yet possessing a people who in humility, sobriety, and industriousness are wholly un-Russian. In Acts of the Servant it is the homeland of the young seaman, Paavo Jukola.
Free Church of Scotland: the church of the people of the highlands and the islands which regards even the least as equal to the very highest and which is notably less hostile to magick and the keeping of the old ways than the established church.
French Republic: the greatest power of Western Europe and unrivalled in sea and land forces. Initially slow to follow the lead of Belgium and the north-west states of the Holy Roman Empire, she now rivals them both in technology and science. Although officially banished under Napoleon the Great, magick flourishes in her rural south and west and Mont Dragon in Brittany remains one of the leading seminaries in Europe.
The Fyrd: a one-hundred and twenty strong mounted troop responsible for guarding the Tower Hundred in Winchester.
Gaelic Bible Society: a body of sober and good men who seek only to provide the Lord’s word in Scotsman’s native tongue and thereby win the disapproval of parliament in Edenborough who regard Gaelic as the language of rebellion.
Glasgow: a place no less incomprehensible to a highlander thrown of his father’s land than is Canada and while in climate it is less inhospitable than that benighted territory, in all other respects it is more so.
Gwalas: a principality of Anglia chiefly noted for slate and coal mining and choral singing.
Hampton: the principal seaport of southern Anglia and an important naval base, Hampton has of late merged with Winchester to form the second largest conurbation in Anglia. The Winchester and Hampton Railroad (opened 1847) was the first passenger carrying line in the country.
Hanseatic League: a trading federation of Baltic and German cities which enjoyed great wealth and influence throughout Europe in the medieval period, which it won by hard-headed bargaining backed by force of arms and naval excellence. Following its expulsion from Russia in 1474 it gradually lost many of its old privileges and rights until reconstituting itself as a chartered company in 1604 since when it has enjoyed modest prosperity. Even today, Hanseatic is still a by-word for ruthlessness and venal self-interest.
The Hanseatic Towns: totally many hundreds of great and lesser cities and ports along the shores of the Baltic and German Ocean, those possessing a merchants’ hall and wharves and which feature in Acts of the Servant and its two sequels include: Bergen (Norway) Edenborough (Scotland) Hamburg & Lübeck (Holy Roman Empire) Riga (Courland) Winchester & Lunden (Anglia).
Holy Roman Empire: collectively numerous semi-autonomous Germanic kingdoms, duchies and principalities whose internal acrimony and differences prevent their being a significant danger to others, save France and Denmark with whom it occasionally disputes territory. Its protestant northern parts are industrious and ordered, and therefore dangerous, while its catholic southern parts are indigent and insobrietous, and therefore peaceful.Iona: an island and Fellowship of Grace off the west coast of Scotland. The Iona House of Grace has taught some of the most notable practitioners of magick in the Northern Tradition.
Kernow: the homeland of the Corn People who march on Winchester following the death of Prince William and demand, as is by custom their right, his brother, Prince Alexander take up the title Duke of Cornwall. In Devices & Executions, the third and final book of This Iron Race Prince Alexander sails to Kernow to be invested on the highest point of Bodmin Moor.
The King’s Men: an armed guard within the Royal Apartments at the Tower of Winchester. The bulk of their duties are ceremonial.
Krupps: the most notable of the many engineering and arms manufactories of the German Rhineland.
Louisiana: a Royalist French colony comprising much of the southern parts of the Americas between Quebecque and Mexico and whose chief export is cotton and tobacco and chief import are Negro slaves.
Lunden: the principal seaport of Anglia.Northern Tradition: the branch or school of magick practiced in the north and western parts of Europe. It is generally considered more ethical than the southern and eastern traditions. In Acts of the Servant, it is the tradition of magick practised by Eolhwynne.
Novae Dania: a Danish colony on America’s eastern seaboard.