An Index of Andre Norton’s Witch World pt. 5

Compiled by Juanita Coulson (1996)
Commissioned by Andre Norton for the writing of
“The Warding of Witch World”


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Amber Out of Quayth

Andre Norton

Spell of the WW



A. C. Crispan

Tales of the WW 1



Mary H. Schaub

Tales of the WW 3


Cat and the Other

Marylois Dunn

Tales of the WW 1



Andre Norton

Lore of the WW


The Chronicler

Andre Norton

Storms of Victory

Flight of Vengeance

Wings of Magic


The Circle of Sleep

Caralyn Inks

Tales of the WW 3


The Crystal Gryphon

Andre Norton



Darkness Over Mirhold               

Patricia Shaw Mathews               

Tales of the WW 2                  


Dragon Scale Silver

Andre Norton

Spell of the WW


Dream Smith

Andre Norton

Tales of the WW 2


Dream Prirates’ Jewel

Brad & Cynthia Linaweaver

Tales of the WW 2



Mary H. Schaub

Flight of Vengeance


Falcon Blood

Andre Norton

Lore of the WW


Falcon’s Chick

Patricia Shaw Mathews

Tales of the WW 3


Falcon Hope

Pauline M. Griffin

Flight of Vengeance


Falcon Law

Judith Tarr

Four from the WW


Falcon Magic

Sasha Miller

On Wings of Magic



Wilanne Schneider Belden

Tales of the WW 1


Fortune’s Children

Patricia A. McKillip

Tales of the WW 3


Futures Yet Unseen

Melinda M. Snodgrass

Tales of the WW 2


"Amber Out of Quayth"
by Andre Norton
in Spell of the Witch World

Major Characters
Ysmay = Narrow face, wide mouth, high-bridged nose, pointed chin. Greenish-brown eyes, brown hair. Wore Gunnora's charm, her mother's amber talisman.
Broc = The man trapped in the pillar, freed by Ysmay. His face was Hylle's, but with a subtle difference of spirit.
Hylle = Master of the Dark who wedded Ysmay and brought her to Quayth. Very dark hair, pale skin, straight mouth and brows, and sharp features, save for droopy eyelids.
Yaal the Far-Thoughted = The dark-haired woman in the pillar, adorned with amber, wearing an amber-colored silk robe.
Ningue = Hylle's soft-spoken housekeeper and watchdog. Thick bodied, with coarse yellow hair, a broad face, hairy lip and jaw. Black and white symbols on her gown and girdle.

Quayth = An ancient keep of Old Ones. Close to the sea and many days journeying north and east of Uppsdale.
Uppsdale = Holding of Ysmay's family, now her brother's keep.
Fyndale Fair = Where Ysmay met Hylle.
Ulmsport = Annet hoped merchants from there had come to the Fair.
Moycroft = Abandoned during the war; an overnight stop for Hylle's party on their way north to Quayth.

Minor Characters
Annet = Daughter of Urian of Langsdale; now Ysmay's sister-in-law and chatelaine of Uppsdale.
Lady Dairine = Daughter of the Lord of Marchpoint; accompanied Ysmay and Annet to the fair.
Ewald = Ysmay's brother, killed in the war.
Abbess Grathulda = Rejected Annet's attempt to place Ysmay among the Ladies of her Shrine.
Ladies of Grayford = Said to have an amber necklet that could cure diseases of the throat.
Gyrerd = Ysmay's surviving brother; Uppsdale's heir. Wed Annet.
Mamer = Brewer of a popular autumn ale.
Lord of Marchpoint = His Lady and daughter joined Ysmay and Annet at Fyndale fair.

Gunnora's charm chant: Life is breath, life is blood / By the seed and by the leaf / By the springtime with its flood / May this power bring relief.
Ysmay's amber pendant = Yaal called it the protection of Rathonna.
Serpent chant =     (Spoken by Yaal, calling upon unprounceable name)
          Aphar and Stolla, Worum awake!
          what was once drunk, must be tongued.
          what was wrought, you must unmake!
          In the Name of.......
Broc's sword = No cutting edge to its blade; ruddy brown, as if carved from wood.
angelica = Herb of the sun in Leo. A talisman against poison and evil magic.

Fyndale Peace = Visiting heads of households laid bared hands on the Old Ones' gray stone pillar there and swore to keep peace during the fair.
flag merchants = raised over fair tents by better merchants.
house spirit = Hand-fasting takes place before the niche dedicated to the family's house spirit.
Mid-Winter Feast = One of four fateful nights in the year when certain powers are loosed for good or ill.
fortune-telling = Common at fairs. Ninque offered a reading of pins on the Stone of Esinore or of a customer's hand.

Thunder Shield = a type of amber.
pinsal wood = fragrant; used to make boxes.

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by A.C. Crispin
in Tales of the Witch World 1

Major Characters
Herrel = -- See Yofu. At the time of this story, he rode a Were-bred stallion named Rowan.
Neevor = Voice. -- See Crys,Gryg
Ibycus = Voice. -- See Pard
Gwenfar = Treyval's niece; Dark sorceress who took life energies of men she seduced. Fled via Gate to escape the Pack's retribution.
Treyval = Silvermantle Clan's Overlord. Dark-bearded and heavy.

Farmarsh = Silvermantle village annexed by Goldmantle's Clan Lord.
Gray Towers = Were's home.
Car Do Prawn = -- See Jpard

Minor Characters
Lady Eldris = -- See Jpard
Pergvin = -- See Jpard
Maleron = -- See Grye
Were-Riders = Hyron. Halse. Hewlor (Hulor) = Were-gray wolf.
Harl = Were-eagle.
Hessel = were-boar.
Helder = Were-black wolf.
Hathor = Were-elk stag.
Hanon = Were-black bear.
Granther Admon = Of Farmarch. Of Wise stock; a Summoner.
Kardis = Lady Eldris's brother. -- See Jpard
Penmyre, Clan Lord of Goldmantle = Annexed Farmarch.
Annalise = Sword wielding woman of Farmarch, killed by the Pack.

Herrel's amulet = Angelica, basil, dill, rosemary, tarragon, and trefoil crushed and put in a white silk square with a sliver of quan-iron; bag was knotted with red thread and worn about his neck.
Chant: "Trefoil, angelica, rosemary, dill, hinder Dark sorcery, heed my will..." repeated three times.
Conversion chant = To return Weres to human form: "By the Light, by the Cold Steel, by the Rowan, by the Candles of the Weres."

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by Mary H. Schaub
in Tales of the Witch World 3

Major Characters
Merreth = 18. A foundling reared at Meadowvale Abbey.
Parven = Pursuer of ancient lore: a shy, sickly, only son, apprenticed to Trader Halvard.
Rymple = Stable lad, about 12; Merreth's guide and aide. Had his own pony and a useful amulet.
Willow = Blind wise woman taken in at Meadowvale Abbey when Merreth was 15. The girl became her apprentice.

Valley of Kulp = On a remote mountain valley near the Waste's edge. Always cloud-bound and frightening to horses. An ensorcelled chamber lay beneath a castle's ruins there.
Fyndale Fair = Where Trader Halvard went on his buying trip.
Meadowvale Abbey = Merreth's home.
Norstead Abbey = Willow's previous apprentice moved there.

Minor Characters
Bark = Rymple's pony.
Fulch = Trader Halvard's practical and harassed assistant.
Halvard = Parven's master he taught the boy to read, write, and handle bookkeeping.
Juspel = Legend said he offended the Old Ones and was forced off his holding, which Parven passed on his way to Kulp Valley.
Dame Katherilda = Meadowvale Abbey's horsemistress; taught Merreth to ride well.

Rymple's amulet = Horseshoe nails suspended on a thong was made by a smith of Groff, who spoke words of Power during its crafting. The amulet turned gold when affected by Power.
Ensorcelled chamber = In Kulp Valley's ruins. Lit by red candles emitting a spicy scent and copious smoke. A red spiral floor design drew victims into a central broad medallion.
Merreth's locket = Left around her neck when she was abandoned at the Abbey. It reacted to the chamber's magic by glowing and turning sharply cold.

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"Cat and the Other"
by Marylois Dunn
in Tales of the Witch World 1

Hurbis = The Cook.
Kharis = The youth.
The Witch
The Witch's white cat
Lord of the Keep
His daughter

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By Andre Norton
In Lore of the Witch World

Hertha = -- See Tog
Trystan = -- See Tog
Elfanor = Hertha's daughter, toad-marked at birth.
Dame Inghela = Stout; healer and midwife of Lethendale Abbey.
Abbess of Lethendale = Not tall; tolerant of other beliefs.

Herb salve = Before approaching the Toads' circle, Hertha used herbs given her by Dame Inghela, mixing these with thick grease she rubbed it in wide circles about her eyes and anointed her ears
and palms.

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"The Chronicler"
By Andre Norton
Introductions to Storms of Victory, Flight of Vengeance & On Wings of Magic

Duratan = Lorm't s Chronicler. Of the House of Harrid, he fled Karsten after the Horning. Was a Borderer, Kemoc's shieldmate.
Aden = Lormt's healer, Jerro's sister. -- See Know
Bethalie = Lormt's housekeeper. Needlework expert mended the scholars' clothing.
Galerider = The maimed falcon which Duratan rescued.
Janton = Lormt's smith.
Jerro = -- See Know.  Aden's brother. Scholar. Saved an ancient manuscript from being torn by a Falconer woman scholar.
Luukey = Youth bound in service at Lormt.
Meron = Youth studying heal-craft at Lormt.
Morfew = Scholar who welcomed Duratan as a pupil. Elderly, with silver white hair and pale blue eyes. Originally from Alizon.
Lady Nareth = Scholar past her middle years. Dusty brown hair, grey eyes. Partial to boy pupils, contemptuous of girls.
Ouen = Leader (by default) of the scholars. Tall, with silvery hair, grey eyes pale and elderly.
Pruett = Elderly herbmaster. Small, very old, low voice.
Lady Pyra = Falconer woman. Scholar, healer.
Rawit = Hound Duratan freed from brambles; later adopted her.
Wessel = Steward. Elderly, gaunt, balding, and brisk.

Quan-iron = when The Turning shook Lormt, it brought down some stonework, revealing quan-iron -- and long-forgotten texts —— in broken foundations.

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"The Circle of Sleep"
by Caralyn Inks
in Tales of the Witch World 3

Felde = Led patrols to protect Min's Hold from Alizonian raiders. Witch gifted. -- See Nine for her childhood adventure.
Janydon = Half-breed wizard: father was an Alizonian warrior, mother a witch of Estcarp. Of the Shadow, not the Dark.
Neve = Called "Ghost" by Felde. Great white dog, whelped at the same time Janydon was born, and life-bound to him.
Lord Alesanfar = Felde's father. -- See Nine.
Harn = Patrolman of Min's Hold.
Iredon = Patrolman killed by Ghost.
Lanis = Min's Hold Patrolman.
Tamar = Tenth in Felde's border patrol to die.

Old Ones
Min = Guardian of natural forces and the circle of sleepers.
Archerydon = Female creature of feathers and fire.
Furred man = Min's mate of the legendary bear-kin with red eyes
and horns.
Dark Haired men and women = wore red metal crownlets.
Fox Fire = A slender, winged form with foxfire scales.

Sharoon Keep = Felde's home, beset by Alizonian raiders.
Min's Hold = The adjacent valley, largely uninhabited.
Circle of Sleepers = Min's bier sat in the center of a ring of translucent bricks, their hues shading subtly in the row next to each one —- brown, green, yellow, blue, scarlet, gold, and white —- in the true essence of the four seasons.

Power shaper = Janydon. He could find Old Ones through their inanimate images (like Min's statue in Sharoon Keep) and thus steal their Power.
Felde's talisman = She found it and used it as a guide to the circle. Was horseshoe shaped, vined with flowers (their hearts like glowing coals) radiated a braided spear of light. At need, emitted a  bittersweet odor to banish magic-induced sleep. Changed size and weight and became a Gate straddling Min's bier.

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"The Crystal Gryphon"
By Andre Norton

Major Characters
Kerovan = Ulric's son, grandson of Ulm the Horn-Handed. His feet were small cloven hooves. Slender, slightly above middle height. Slanting eyebrows. Amber-colored eyes with slit pupils.
Joisan = Of Ithkrypt, child of Cyart‘s younger brother. Axe married to Kerovan, to be fulfilled in Year of the Fire Troll. Thin face, green-blue eyes, reddish brown hair, pointed chin.
Gryphon = Eagle's forepart, a lion's ears, leonine hindparts. In ancient lore, symbolized warmth and majesty of the sun guards hidden treasure. Usually pictured in red and gold.
Hlymer = Kerovan's half brother, older by two years. Tall, brawny, barrel-chested. Matted sandy hair. Hesitant speech.
Jago = Armsmaster of Ulric, disabled in fall. Sent to tutor Kerovan. Had been overseas with Sulcar raiders.
Dame Math = Cyart's older sister and Joisan's governess. Axe wed young; groom died; retired to Norstead Abbey, then left before taking vows. Used Power to deny Ithkeep to the invaders.
Neevor = Old One disguised as poor traveler of the Waste. Clean-shaven, short, brindle-hued hair. wielded Staff of Power.
Riwal = Wiseman who fostered Kerovan. Healer. Soft, tremulous voice, a swinging woodsman's stride. Explored Broken Road.
Rogear = Cousin-kin to Kerovan, betrothed to Kerovan's sister Lisana. Dark hair, oval face. A seeker of Dark allies.
Lady Tephana = Evil Witch, daughter of Fortal of Paltendale; Mixed-blood. First child: Hlymer. Widowed, then married Ulric and bore Kerovan and Lisana.
Toross = Yngilda's brother, would-be mate of Joisan. Slender, with reddish hair. Witty, song-gifted, comely, and brave.

The Waste = Not pure desert, though arid. Hunters/prospectors search there for much-prized strange furs and metals the latter are strong, but may explode when being worked.
The Broken Road = Began at the Waste's edge and stopped at the foot of a rock face where two pillars guarded a portal Kerovan found the crystal gryphon at the left pillar's base.
updales = Northern and westernmost known for occasional inter-marriages with Arvon's people and the Old Ones.
Ithdale = Famous for freshwater pearls.
Ithkrypt = Cyart's hold. Heraldic symbol: Broken Sword of Harb, who defeated the Demon of Irr waste and founded Ithkrypt's line.
Ulmskeep = Of Ulmsdale and Ulmsport. Landmark crag, the Giant's Fist, lies south of keep and village. Heraldic symbol: Gryphon.
Norstead Abbey = House of Dames in Norsdale.
Rishdale = An upper dale known for its wool trade. Yngilda wed Rishdale's Lord, Elvan. His House badge: A serpent.
Trevamper = Highway and river junction, site of a regional fair attracted trade from Sulcarmen sailing upriver.
Fyndale (fair)
Vastdale = Its main city and port —- Jorby.

Minor Characters
Dame Alousan = Of Norstead Abbey. Healer known for her cordials.
Alwin = Martine's newborn, named for his dead father.
Angarl = One-handed Armsman serving Toross. Old, dour.
Archan = Scribe of Joisan's uncle, limned her likeness for Kerovan.
Forester Borsal = Led Ithkrypt's refugees into western hills.
Lord Cyart = Joisan's uncle.
Marshal Dagale = Defended Ithkrypt when Cyart left to join the dales' forces.
Hagon = Trader who knew Ulmsdale's forested areas; Riwal pumped him, futilely, for information.
Harb = Legendary hero of Ithdale.
Hiku = The sure—footed pony Neevor gave Kerovan.
Lord Imgry = High Hallack's battle leader.
Insfar = Shepherd of Ithdale's Fourth Section wounded in shoulder while escaping the massacre. Carried a wolf spear.
Islaugha = Cyart's younger sister. Son: Toross. Daughter: Yngilda. Little liking between her and Dame Math.
Lisana = Kerovan's sister, a year younger than he.
Dame Lorlias = Of Norstead Abbey. Learned and much consulted. Read the stars three times for Cyart re Joisan's wedding.
Malwinna = Past-Abbess of Norstead Abbey. Elderly and wise. Fond of Joisan; let the girl use her library.
Martine = Young widow of Ithdale's village headman. Heavy with child when she joined Joisan's fugitives.
Nalda = Wife of Ithkrypt's miller. Tall and strong.
Lord Nolan = Ulric's man; took proxy axe to Ithkrypt for Kerovan's marriage. Close-cropped grey beard. Scarred knuckles.
Lord Randor = Cyart's father; protected a Wise Woman who aided Randor's wife Alys and predicted a son with farseeing. A mixed blessing: two farseeings successful the third fatal.
Rudo = Toross's Armsman. Old, sour, one-eyed.
Lord Savron = Of Uppsdale.
Stark = Ithkrypt's miller, killed by Alizonians. wife: Nalda.
Timon = Son of Stark.
Ulm the Horn-Handed = Kerovan's grandfather. Led his people to the dale and chartered sea rovers who founded Ulmsport. Looted an Old One's place and was cursed with fatal sickness.
Ulric = Kerovan's father, Lord of Ulmskeep.
Lord Wintof = Of Falthingdale.
Yngilda = Islaugha's daughter. Stout, broad-faced. Axe-wived to Elvan of Rishdale.
Marshal Yrugo = Marched with Kerovan to the war in the south.

Crystal Gryphon = Small globe containing tiny image of a gryphon: crimson flecked eyes, posed with one foot raised and beak open. Gold loop at top for chain. "It shall bind when the need is for binding it shall open a door where there is want of a key it shall be your fate, to lead you into strange places."
Kerovan's wristlet = Quan iron. Found in a stream. Adorned with an intricate red gold rune pattern.
vanishing circle = "Trader" Neevor drew one in the earth around himself and his pony a thin blue haze sprang from the wand's point when it faded, man and beast were gone.
Great Star = On the Road's End wall. Stone faces were carved on the cliffs leading to the Star.
Waste shrine = Incense holders and bowl of oily liquid set before a great face carved in stone beside the Broken Road.
Gate Spell = Star within a circle drawn in blood; oily smoke rose from the points, on which stood: Hlymer, Rogear, Lisana, Lady Tephana. On fifth point, facing the Road's End wall: Joisan.

Expressions and Customs
Marriage = Blue garbed maiden brides. Life Cup and House Candle. Men unsheathe Knives of Ceremony so torchlight flashes on blades as they vow to uphold the truth of the marriage. Axe marriage. Right of Bridal refusal.
We Departure Wish = Spiced journey drink poured from war ewer into men's horns before they ride off.
Fortune Well = -- See General Info: Customs = Luck.
Rite of Manhood = Kin-oath sworn, father's gift-sword accepted.
Truce = Swords scabbarded with peace strings.
Oath of bearing and forebearing = -- See General info: Oaths.
Neevor's blessing = "With the Fourth Blessing," and tapped lightly on Kerovan's forehead, right and left shoulders, and over heart.
Escape Way = Hidden passage out of a Keep.
"A nest of Anda wasps..."
"I would take Gunnora's Thee Oaths..."

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"Darkness Over Mirhold"
by Patricia Shaw Mathews
in Tales of the Witch World 2

Major Characters
Derris = Dowerless maiden of the Old Race. Small and thin.
Rovagh = Lord of Mirhold. Scarred face dark hair going gray.
Samiel of Seven Hills = Witch disguised as a gray-eyed, silver-haired, slender youth. Reared in High Hallack; sealed to Gunnora.

Manslayer = bespelled sword; made its wielder a berserker. Its hilt was a carved yellow stone in shape of a human face (Rovagh's father, whom he killed unknowingly).
To break Manslayer's spell: Sword was wrapped in silk and placed within a square of elements: Rainwater, a brand from Mirhold's fire, a stone from its land, and herbs. Samiel then circled the weapon three times, chanting: "By the earth that gives us bread by the fire that gives us life by the air that gives us breath by the water that cleanses all, begone, begone, begone."

Minor Characters
Annis = Duke Louvain's housekeeper.
Farco = A soldier Rovagh whipped for stealing.
Harrel = Farm lad who handed arrows to defenders on the walls.
Liregan = Mirhold's shortsighted clothmaker.
Louvain = Duke in Karsten after the Turning.
Moryk = Mirhold's crippled fletcher.
Noriel / Norrie = Liregan's little sister.
Ranielle = Her great-grandmother was half-sister to the former lady of Mirhold, and because of that she gave herself airs.

Blood = Rovagh's roan stallion.
Starshine = Derris' mare.
Sudden Death = Mirhold's old mastiff.

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"Dragon Scale Silver"
By Andre Norton
In Spell of the Witch World

Major Characters
Ely = -- See Gryg   Old Race features.
Jervon = -- See Gryg   Tall and lean; golden brown hair. Father was a landless third son who became Lord Remard's Marshal of Horse and married a damozel of Lady Guida's household. Jervon was once Marshal of Horse of Haverdale.
Aufrica = Wise Woman, Elys's tutor and moon sister to Lady Almondia. Helped Elys transform a wooden cup into one of dragon scale silver.
Witch of Coomb Frome = Dark Old One, mistress of illusions. Her heart was hidden under a spiral trap's center stone. Dark-eyed, with hair like moonlight.
Elyn = Elys's twin brother, Brunissende's husband. Brave; made Horn Leader of his forces.
Dame Wirtha / Ulrica = Of the House of Kantha Twice Born; did not scorn Old Knowledge.

Coomb Frome = Cursed from time of Jervon's grandfather. The Keep's tower had a barred window: if a man saw the far hills at a certain hour, he would ride away and never return. Elyn married Brunissende of Coomb Frome's current House of Ingaret.
Dorn = Where Jervon's father served.
Edale = Lord Franklyn's dale.
Gastendale = Its troops were destroyed by Alizon.
Haverdale = Jervon's forces were from there.
Ingra Ford = Site of desperate battle between the Dales and Alizon.
Inisheer = Where Franklyn's forces harassed the foe from the rear.
Wark = Seaside village, Vestdale; reef-guarded small bay. Elys's parents shipwrecked there, she and Elyn born there.

Minor Characters
Almondia = Mother of Elys and Elyn.
Lady Brunissende = Of the House of Ingaret. Elyn's wife.
Dauch = One of the Dales' southern lords killed by Alizonders.
Deryk = Of Wark. Found Old Ones' gold coins in storm wrack.
Edgir = Refugee from Wark who found the black stone which burns.
The Four Lords = United the Dales. Made pact with the Were-Riders.
Franklyn of Edale = Elyn and Jervon rode with him. Brunissende his heiress, and Franklyn hand-fasted her to Elyn.
Lord Gaillard = Of Vestdale.
Gudytha = Headman's wife, Wark.
Kaleb = Smith of Wark. Swam to the drifting boat with a rope to make it fast for hauling to shore.
Myric of Gastendale = A Southern lord slain by Alizon.
Omund = Wark's Headman. Arthritic. Gave Elys a purple cloak of mountain goats' wool on hides.
Pell = Younger brother to Jervon's lord. Killed at Ingra Ford.
Lord Remard of Dorn = Jervon's father took service with him. He was killed by Alizonders.
Skirkar = One of the Four Lords; slain, left no heir.
Truan = "The Far Stranger". Elys's father.
Uttar = Songsmith who joined Wark's refugees.
Yelena = Woman of Wark, safely delivered of child by Almondia.
Yonan = Southern lord killed by the invaders.

casting = Determined direction. Crystal held above a cloth marked in quarters by gold, triangles by red, and inscribed with runes.
childbirth magic = -- See General Info and General Magic.
Far-seeing /scrying = Aufrica and Elys ignited a mixture of dark red liquid, producing greenish, strong-scented smoke. This they poured into the dragon cup, then into a large polished shell.
Great Names = Aufrica did not call upon them, considering it high sorcery and beyond her skill.
Jervon's pendant = of moon silver, wrought into loop cross protection against spells.
star altar = A place of Old Ones in the hills above Wark. Low walls enclosed a pentagram and star-shaped altar stone. Colored sand lay within the points: red, blue, silver, green, and gold.
wands = Rowan: peeled and steeped in its fruit's juice for three nights under the full moon in a place of Old Power. Ash: used in rites at star altar.

Terms and Expressions
Horn Leader = Chosen for bravery. Elyn was one.
House of Ingaret = The first of that line (Brunissende's) bore a wife's curse on a faithless husband.
"He has gone ahead" = country euphemism for death.

Year's End Feast = Women throw ivy on the fire, men holly – for good luck in the coming year.
Child Naming = Done with a touch of water.
Field of Memory = Where the dead are laid.
Sword salute = A soldier's homage to his comrade's funeral pyre.
Dames and Old Knowledge = Not supposed to get on well. (Dame Wirtha was an exception.)

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"Dream Smith"
by Andre Norton
in Spell of the Witch World

Major Characters
Collard = A gifted smith injured working strange metal brought out of The Waste. Afterward lived apart and masked his face.
Lady Jacinda = Lord Vescys' daughter: small, pale, thin, with honey-colored hair. Sent to Ghyll, attended only by her old nurse.
Sharvana = Ghyll's Wise Woman. Tended Collard after his accident and made him a mask of soft bark.
Talann = Old One, presence at Ghyll's shrine.

Ghyll = On a riverfork; westernmost holding of Ithondale.
Sym = Town some distance from Ghyll; Broson was known there.
Boldre = Another town where Broson's reputation was good.
Twyford = Broson traded his wares here, downriver from Ghyll.

Minor Characters
Arnar = Broson's son. Married Nicala of the mill the summer after his brother's accident.
Broson = Ghyll's smith sons -- Collard and Ancar.
Lady Gwennan = Jacinda's stepmother sent the young woman to Ghyll.
Lord Huthart = Lady Gwennan's brother; planned to marry Jacinda.
Dame Matild = Supervisor of Ghyll's keep. Town gossip.
Vescys = Lord of Ithondale, Jacinda's stepfather.

conversion spell = Collard placed his model on the shrine's stone, put herb powder in candle flames and called three times upon Talann.
Shrine = Near Sharvana's hut, in a rock cleft. Supplicants stood between horns of a stone shaped into a crescent moon.

"He might as well try to empty Fos Tern with a kitchen ladle."

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"Dream Pirates' Jewel"
by Brad and Cynthis Linaweaver
in Tales of the Witch World 2

Teo = Wise Woman. Sulcar captain's daughter with Old Race features. Nicknamed "Dark Willow" by Gatil.
Gatil = Brawny, red-headed, red bearded crewman of the Moon-Shell. Saved by Myrna, and later challenged the sea monster with her.
Myrna = The orphaned girl Gatil brought to Teo.
Randa = Teenager who babysat for young ones of Osberic harbor.

Osberic = The new Sulcar colony, named for their fallen leader.

The Jewel = A focus of magick for a bloodline as old as Estcarp's hills.
Moon-Shell = Ship which bore Sulcarkeep's refugees to their new home on the southern coast of High Hallack.
White Spray = See above.

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by Mary H. Schaub
in Flight of Vengeance

Major Characters
Nolar = Long dark hair, port wine facial birthmark. (Children taunted her as "Mistress Wash Her Face" and "Tightmouth".)
Derren = Black hair, gray eyes. Son of a forester from southern Estcarp. Worships Lord of the Forest.
Elgaret = Cataract in one eye. Staff topped by a silver raven, leading Nolar to call her the "Silver Raven Witch".
Ostbor = Scholar living in the woods took Nolar as apprentice. Known as "the Pack Rat". Tall, elderly, with a long thin nose.
Smire = Servant of Tull. Burly, with deep-set brown eyes, thin lips. A black metal earring in his left lobe.
Tull = Dark Adept walled away in ancient times. Short, thin—faced, arched brows, dark, glittering eyes, uneven teeth.

Tull's ruins = Time-locked since the previous Turning.
Pethel = Village where a branch of Nolar's Meroney kin settled.
Sign of the Snow Cat = Es City inn where Nolar sought a merchant with a horse to sell.

Minor Characters
Arona Bethishsdaughter = Recordkeeper for a village of Falconers' women. Later went to Lormt.
Duratan = See Chron.
Galerider = See Chron.
Goswik = Wounded Borderer Nolar met on the trail to Lormt.
Kester = Lormt specialist's in spell-countering and healing scrolls
He fell, injured his hip, and was replaced by Morfew.
Morfew = See Chron.
Ouen = See Chron.
Pruett = See Chron.
Rawit = See Chron.
Thanta = Wise Woman who refused to teach Nolar.
Wessel = See Chron.

Healing herbs = Blue poppy syrup (seedpod sap stewed with sugar): good for chest and cough disorders and a soporific pain-killer.
Fringe Hazel: ("Double Seed-Spit") Bark astringent, stops bleeding, salves soothe sprains.
Aqueweed: Feverwort; also good for coughs.
Catmint: For skin swellings, rashes, small burns (should be steeped, not boiled).
Hyssop: good for insect bites.
Yarrow: Astringent. Knitbone. Comfrey. Slippery root.
Lormt flower = Also called "Noon and Midnight"; a nine-petaled flower which grows only near Lormt. Pruett gave some to Nolar for remembrance.
Nolar's fragment stone = Carried as talisman until it rejoined its "parent".
Scrolls of Eggs of Inscof = Lost on the trail by Ostbor.
Stone of Konnard = Referred to in a chestful of books at Lormt. The fragment's "parent". Tapered, smooth, cream and white in color, with dark green and crystalline veining. Seven feet high at peak base five feet wide and three feet thick.

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"Falcon Blood"
By Andre Norton
In Lore of the Witch World

Major Characters
Tanree = Kin-less Sulcar crewwoman aboard the "Kast-Boar"; tall, blonde, and strong.
Rivery = Falconer traveling on that wrecked ship. Thin-lipped, dark, green—eyed, with a beaky nose.
Jonkara = Old One; The Opener of Gates, Commander of Shadows. Tyrant over the Falconers' ancestors. Long red hair, cruel red eyes.
Langward = His murder by Jonkara freed the men she held in bondage.

Salzarat = Ancient sea-cliff Keep of Jonkara. Archways led to a wall carved in shape of giant falcon's head, its open beak the doorway.

Customs and Terms
The Middle Dark = Jonkara should have gone into it long since.
Sulcar = Tanree made the Sign of Wottin and followed that with an age-old plea:
     Wind and wave,
     Mother Sea,
     Lead us home,
     Far the harbor,
     Wild thy waves,
     Still, by thy Power,
     Sulcar saved!

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“Falcon's Chick"
by Patricia Shaw Mathews
in Tales of the Witch World 3

N.B = Many of these characters also appear in “We, The Woman”

Jommy = Born with twisted feet. Became "the Wise Weaver on the Mountain" of a Falconer women's village.
Cousin Agni = Made fruit wine for the village.
Mad Bethia = Sent away in time of Jommy's great-great grandmother.
Corrin = Darthis' companion.
Darthis = A woman Jommy met on the trail.
Eina = Jommy's mother.
Elthea = Lame village weaver; Jommy was her apprentice.
Guardian = The village watchdog.
Haakon = Falconer. Jorra's killer.
Jorrra = Jommy's foster-sister and lover. Lorin's daughter.
Lennis = Meireith's daughter.
Aunt Lorin = Sister-friend to Jommy's mother.
Marra = Lennis' best friend.
Meireith = Lennis' mother, killed by Falconers because she was too old for childbearing.
Natha = Lorin's daughter.
Noriel = Village blacksmith; had bulging arms and a grimy face. Asked Jommy to sire her child.

Falcon Crag
Village of Falconer's Women

Customs and Expressions
Falcon-away = a warding sign.
Maiden Day Gifts = Given when a girl reaches puberty.
"Tale of Kallile" = Of a woman forced in the fields by a stranger; Jorra tried to use that to explain why she was with child.

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"Falcon Hope"
by P. M. Griffin
in Flight of Vengeance

Major Characters
Tarlach = -- See Seak    The Mountain Hawk.
Una = -- See Seak
Adeela = Ghost child. Tiny, wan, with masses of brown hair and large pale green eyes.
Kathreen = Adeela's older sister, murdered by No-el.

Falconers' Eyrie

Minor Characters
Aden = -- See Chron
Arnel = Falconer Captain, considerate of his women's village.
Breen = See above.
Brennan = -- See Seak
Daria = Seakeep's healer.
Gurrin = Falconer Commander, Xorock's ally.
Jerro = --- See Chron
Langhold = Falconer Captain, ally of Xorock and Gurrin.
Luukey = -- See Chron
Meron = -- See Chron
Pyra = -- See Chron
Torkis = Sergeant of late-arriving volunteers from Ravenfield.
Commandant Varnel = Warlord of the Falconers. Silver eyes.
Commandant Xorock = Leader of a notoriously harsh Falconer column, uncaring about his women's village.

Sultanites = Warrior culture from alien world regarded their Lord (Sultan) as a god in human form. Enslaved all their home world's other peoples, who rebelled and drove them back into a small corner of their original homeland. The Sultanites escaped via gate and attacked Seakeep. Their color: purple symbol: crescent.

Falcon talisman = Tarlach's gift to Una: A silver falcon diving, a blood red stone in its talons. Could not be taken by force, guile, or threat. Possession entitled one to Falconers' aid.

Lormt pack = Tri-horned monsters ravaging lands about the scholars' hold. Bigger than mastiffs, red-eyed, brindled brown and black.
Eagle's Brother = Tarlach's spare horse, war-trained.
Lady Gay = Tarlach's mare.
Bravery = -- See Seak
Sky Glory = Column Commander Varnel's falcon.
Storm Challenger = -- See Seak

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"Falcon Law"
by Judith Tarr
in Four from the Witch World

Major Characters
Javanne = An illusion-protected Falconer cadet from the women's village. Called "Shadow" before her testing, "Javan" after. Quick, silent, effacing.
Loric = Falconer cadet "Eyas" before testing. A "seachild" who had sailed and come back. Small and slight. Beaky nose.
Iverna = Mistress of the Falconer women. She sent Javanne in male disguise to the Eyrie.
Almery = Javanne's Captain, who spoke for her at the trial.
Theron = Winglord / Wingmaster of the Eyrie.

Wind-in-the-North = White and silver young female who Chose Javanne.
Stormrider = Loric's black winged tiercel.
Windhover = Almery's bird.

The Eyrie
Ravenhold Keep = Lord Imric's holding.

Minor Characters
Alarn = Older Falconer who came to Javanne's cell to dress her.
Colt = One of Javanne's fellow candidates.
Downychick = -- See above
Gavin = Decurion of Falconers over the young newcomers.
Grub = Unsuccessful Falconer candidate.
Lady Gwenlian = Imric's sister Witch candidate before the Turning.
Hendin = Falconer cadet name before testing, "Dancer".
Lord Imric = Hired Almery's company to clear his lands of outlaws.
Jonkara = -- See Falb
Kerrec = "Snowcat" before testing. Pale-eyed, haughty, cruel.
Langward the King = -- See Falb
Maid = Named "Jory", after testing.
Revan = Killed himself when reft of his falcon in the attack.
Rivery = -- See Falb
Riwal = Younger Falconer who accompanied Alarn to Javanne's cell.
Verian = Blind Falconer, trainer of youths.
Lady Vianna = Lord Imric's notoriously unfaithful wife.

Weapons of Testing
Sword, spear, dart gun, axe, pike, quarterstaff, and dagger.

Falconers’ Badges
Wingmaster's = Falcon in flight.
Captains' = Stooping falcon.

Terms and Expressions
Swordbrother oath = "Sword and shield, blood and bread, and the Lord of Wings over us all: be thou my brother in heart and hand, through life and through death, unto the world's ending." Wrists are cut and blood mingled by the oath-takers. "...the queens of falcons be my witness..." "By the Powers of Air, so shall it be."
Fane of Wings = Heart and summit of the Eyrie.
Honor of the Raven = In Gwenlian's hands.

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"Falcon Magic"
by Sasha Miller
in On Wings of Magic

Major Characters
Eirran = -- See Torb     Jenys's mother, Yareth's wife.
Yareth = -- See Torb
Bee = The Witch who took the girls to Es City.

The Apprentice Witches
Jenys = "Mouse", daughter of Eirran and Yareth.
Bird = Plain; her father a blacksmith, her mother a beauty. Was a"finder".
Cricket = Child of poor farmers in South Estcarp. Created illusions and changed her appearance and others’.
Flame = Could bring inanimate objects to life for a time.
Lisper = Magic gift: invisibility. Her family were important members of minor nobility.
Star = Most self-possessed of the six girls. Her parents were itinerant peddlers.

Blagden = Jenys's home, a village a few miles south of Lormt. Located in a notch of the Barrier Mountains where they branch off from the Great Mountains to the east.
Canisport = Prisoners were shipped there to become mindless slaves of the Kolder. Lies downriver from Alizon City.
Gweddawl Garth = Lisper's home; a large establishment.
Great Fork = In the north-south road.
Place of Wisdom = -- See General Info.
Alizon Gap = Between Tor Marsh and the mountains.
Alizon Ridge = "The Forbidden Hills".
Ostbor's house = -- See Exl    Charming dwelling used by the escaping travelers a ramshackle expansion from a single room.

Minor Characters
Aidine = Eirran's next-door neighbor in Blagden.
Anylse = Derren's wife. Had midwife training.
Belda = Rofan's wife.
Erman = Belda's oldest boy.
Dunnis of Gorm = Guardsman on the rescue mission.
Baron Esguir = Master of the Hounds of Alizon.
Girvan = Yareth's guide. Alizonian spy and pretended turncoat.
Gwannyn = Cricket's brother, a little older than she.
Hefin = Aidine's husband.
Hirl = Guardsman riding with Yareth.
Juvva = Taught Eirran herb lore in Karsten.
Kernon = Es City Guardsman. Slight build.
Leaf = Witch assigned to take the girls to the Place of Wisdom.
Loric = Guardsman.
Mallandor = Ruler of Alizon, Facellian's successor.
Ranal = Guardsman.
Rhinfar = Chief of Bee's escort guards.
Rawfa = Belda's oldest girl.
Rhyden = The Alizonian guard Mouse bit.
Rofan = Blagden's drunk; a glutton and wife abuser.
Talgar = Alizonder who sympathized with and helped the girls.
Weldyn = Guardsman, former Falconer. His form later was possessed by a Dark Adept attempting to inhabit Eirran's newborn.
Willig = Alizonian guard; keeping company with a widow.
Yeser = Falconer captured by Alizonders before the Turning; escaped and relayed information to Weldyn before he died.

Alizonders = Silver white hair, green eyes, hooked noses. Blue-green uniforms, snarling dogs' heads badges.
Kolder = Wide, flat faces, narrow chins, yellowish eyes. Their language is full of clicks and whistles.

The Great Falcon = Evil temple. The Falcon Road led there. It was a circle of dark pillarlike stones, half topped by bird carvings, half with larger-than-life carvings of falcon's eggs. Its opening was two larger pillars in the shape of man—sized birds with outspread wings and open beaks. In the center was a huge stone falcon, different from present species.

Incalling = Gathering apprentice Witches.
Haglets = Alizonder term for the girls.
"By the Great Falcon which the Dark took..."
"By the Power of the Lady denied..."

Boldwing = Young wild falcon bonded with Yareth after Newbold's death.
Dorny = Eirran's gelding.
Fangfoot = One of Weldyn's earlier falcons.
Forbidden Mountains monster = Giant cat-bear with little red eyes and taloned human forelegs. Extra-long fangs.
Newbold = Yareth's falcon, died during the rescue.
Pounce = Tiger tomcat who adopted Eirran's household.
Rangin = Yareth's Torgian.
Sharpclaw = Weldyn's falcon.

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by Wilanne Schneider Belden
in Tales of the Witch World 1

Fenneca = "Fenny" Mute, tiny survivor of the Hounds' raid. Turquoise-green eyes, long hands and feet, red-gold hair.
Janya = Farmer's wife, widowed by the raiders. Cared for Fenny and Labram.
Labram = Son of a Great House, orphaned by the raid, saved by Fenny
and Janya. Ten or eleven years old.
Fenneca's father = Witch, drawn to Janya's house by Fenneca.

"Witch borne from Witch get. Witch she is, the pattern set."

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"Fortune's Children"
by Patricia A. McKillip
in Tales of the Witch World 3

Lyse = Foundling born in Ysledale. Mother left her only a scarf and a metal talisman necklace. Tall and strong, a swordswoman.
Jaryl = Bastard son of Maryekeep's lord by the abbess of Seely Shrine. Big, burly, blue eyed, with a beaky nose and barley- colored hair. Wounded at Kyllkeep.
Chace = Witch of Estcarp, Lyse's mother, Guardian of a Gate in the Waste. Needed Lyse's half of the talisman to lock the Gate.

Ysledale / Yslekeep
Seely Shrine
Hollowkeep = a fable: a place of grim poverty and eerie ways.

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"Futures Yet Unseen"
by Melinda M. Snodgrass
in Tales of the Which World 2

Sytry = Styron's son and heir to the House of Rashinaya. Scientist. Short, with a diseased hip walked with a limp. Foxy face, blue-gray eyes, dark brown hair. Carried his grandsire's sword of Power.
Signe = Sytry's wife. Old Race. Wore wand of Power at her girdle.
Dukkar = Greatest among the Dark Ones winning the battle for Escore.
Adorjan = Sytry's childhood friend, a squire in Styron's household  guardsman at the Garden of Stone during the conference.
Candra = Of the Light. Warlock opposing Dukkar.
Haguilla = Renthan, Sytry's mount.
Hilarion = -- See Sorc     Ally of Candra.
Loskeeth a = -- See Warl
Morguant = -- See Dahaun & Three
Styron = Sytry's father.
Tahon = Styron's steward and Sytry's aide in scientific experiments.
Vivian = Daughter of Signe and Sytry.
Yacinda = Sytry's sister-in-law. Wise woman of their House.
Zivien = Son of Signe and Sytry.

Jahalli = Fell to Dukkar. A choking wood engulfed it, tumbling its walls and releasing a poison which drove the defenders mad.
Loskeetha's Garden of Stones = -- See Warl
Old Port = -- See Sorc

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Continued with Witch World Dictionary pt. 6 - Titles G > M

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