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ahstrux nohtrum (noun) - Private Vampire guard, given license to kill by the vampire king.

ahvenge (verb) - Vampire term for an act of mortal retribution, carried out typically by a male related to/mated to the victim.

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blood slave (noun) - Male or female Vampire who has been subjugated to serve the blood needs of another Vampire. The practice of keeping blood slaves has recently been outlawed in Vampire Society by Wrath II.

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chrih (noun) - Symbol of an honorable death in the Old Language of the Vampires.

cohntehst (noun) - Conflict between two Vampire males competing for the right to be a female's mate.

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Dhunhd (proper noun) - The non-temporal realm where the dead exist in a state of ceasless agony to pass eternity. The vampire's version of Hell. Ruled by The Omega. Demons serve here (see Fallen Angels series, which is part of the BDB universe).

Doggen (noun) - Member of the servant class within the vampire world. Doggen have old, conservative traditions about service to their superiors, following a formal code of dress and behaviour. They are able to go out during the day, but they age relatively quickly. Life expectancy is approximately five-hundred years.

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ehros (noun) - A Chosen trained in the matter of sexual arts.

exhile dhoble (noun) - The evil or cursed twin, the one born second.

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the Fade (proper noun) - The non-temporal realm where the dead reunite with their loves ones and pass eternity. The Vampire's version of Heaven. Ruled by The Creator. Angels serve here.

Farshi dress (noun) - The style of clothing (uniform) worn by lower class, un-mated male servants in the Shadows' realm. Described as a loose, gray garment. The shoes were made of thin leather and were thong styled (described as being "more like gloves than shoes").

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ghardian (noun) - Custodian of an individual within Vampire society. There are varying degrees of ghardians, with the most powerful being that of a sehcluded female.

glymera (noun) - The social core of the Vampire aristocracy, roughly equivalent to the Regency England's ton (le beau monde).

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hellren (noun) - Male Vampire who is mated. Males may take more than one mate.

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leahdyre (adjective) - A person of power or influence within Vampire society.

leelan (adjective) - A term of endearment in the Vampire's old language, loosely translated as "dearest one".

lewlhen (noun) - A gift given in the Vampire tradition.

lheage (noun) - A Vampire term of respect used by a sexual submissive to refer to her Dominant.

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mahmen (noun) - Vampire term for 'mother'. Used both as an identifier and a term of affection.

mhis (noun) - The magical masking of a given physical environment; a creation of a field of illusion.

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nalla (noun) - A Vampire term for 'beloved' when discussing females.

nallum (noun) - A Vampire term for 'beloved' when discussing males.

needing period (noun) - A female Vampire's time of fertility, generally lasting for one to two days, and accompanied by intense sexual cravings, which become painful to the female if left unsatisfied. Occurs approximately five years after a female's transition, and then once a decade thereafter. All males with Vampire blood within them to any degree respond sexually if they are around a female in her need. It can be a dangerous time, with conflicts and fights breaking out between competing males, particularly if the female is not mated. Some females are doped with morphine by their ghardians/family members or mates if they do not wish the risk of her conceiving. Sometimes, they choose to dope themselves to prevent the pain or the possibility of pregnancy, or both. Often, when a female goes into her needing, other females nearby may also be triggered to go into their needing due to the influx of hormones in the area.

newling (noun) - A Vampire virgin.

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phearsom (adjective) - Vampire term for referring to the potency of a male's sexual organs. Literal translation is something close to "worthy of entering a female".

pretrans (noun) - Vampire term for a member of their race who has passed the stage of childhood and become a teenager, but hasn't yet gone through their transition into adulthood.

princeps (noun) - Highest level of the Vampire aristocracy, second only to members of the First Family or the Scribe Virgin's Chosen. Must be born to this title; it may not be conferred.

pyrocant (noun) - Refers to a critical weakness in an individual. The weakness can be internal, such as an addiction, or external, such as a lover.

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rahlman (noun) - Vampire term for 'savior'.

rythe (noun) - Vampire ritual manner of assuaging honor granted by one who has offended another. If accepted, the offender chooses a weapon and strikes the offender, who presents himself or herself without defenses.

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sehclusion (noun) - Status conferred by the Vampire King upon a female of the aristocracy as a result of a petition by the female's family or the glymera Council. Places the female under the sole disrection of her ghardian, typically the eldest male in her household. The ghardian then has the legal right to determine all manner of her life, restricting at will any and all interactions she has with the world.

shellan (noun) - Female Vampire who has been mated. Females generally do not take more than one mate (in heterosexual relationships, this is due to the high territorial nature of bonded males), however it's not inconceivable that she could, given the circumstances of the first mating.

sin-eater (noun) - The derogatory nickname for Sympaths.

Sympath (noun) - Subspecies within the Vampire race characterized by the ability and desire to manipulate emotions in others (for the purposes of an energy exchange), among other traits. Historically, they have been discriminated against and, during certain eras, hunted by Vampires. They are near to extinction.

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trahyner (noun) - Vampire word used between males of mutual respect and affection. Translated loosely as "beloved friend".

transition (noun) - Critical moment in a Vampire's life when he or she transforms from their pretrans state into an adult Vampire. Thereafter, they must drink the blood of the opposite sex to survive and are unable to withstand sunlight (there are rare exceptions to this rule - see Elizabeth "Beth" Randall). Occurs generally in the mid-twenties. Some Vampires do not survive their transitions, males in particular. Prior to their transitions, Vampires are physically weak, sexually unaware and unresponsive, and unable to dematerialize.

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wahlker (noun) - Vampire term for an individual who has died and returned to the living from the Fade. They are accorded great respect and are revered for their travails. (See Autumn, Qhuinn)

whard (noun) - Vampire equivalent of a godfather or godmother.

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