Acaston’s Locket - This Locket is actually
based on a Locket that I was given for my thirteenth birthday. It gave
me the inspiration I needed to make my story start to work. Inside
the Locket I was given, my brother had put a picture of an Andalusian
horse surrounded by light which looked so magical and it gave me the
idea for the Locket’s magical properties. Obviously I had to
adapt the Locket slightly (see the art gallery) to fit with the story
but it is mainly the same in appearance. The Locket has the ability
to protect and was created from the good that was inside Acaston, from
his good intentions.
Acaston’s Stone - This is the creation that
came from the hatred inside Acaston, the revenge he wanted for his
friend’s death. This sucks power and life out of you if you are
not careful, and did so to Acaston. It was once perfectly clear but
has turned black over the years. It was once combined with the Locket
and was the most powerful of the two, but it has now broken away and
was lost. The Locket and the Stone are bonded with an unbelievable
strength, and whenever the Locket is used the Stone drains power from
it. If the Locket is used too much, the Stone will drain the power
from it completely.
Achaeus - In Greek mythology ‘Achaeus’
was the son of Xuthus and Creusa, but in this story Achaeus is a Dragon.
He is one of the cliff dwelling dragons and the first dragon the humans
ever meet, thus earning himself a place in the history and becoming
the most famous dragon to ever exist.
Anadil - Her name in Arabic means ‘Nightingale’
and this is also the translation in the ancient language. Anadil is
a beautiful and lively chestnut mare. Anadil is based on a horse I
used to ride, and is one of the best horses I’ve ever ridden.
The real Anadil’s name is Polly, and belongs to the riding school
I learned to ride at.
Anya’s Sword - This is actually Acaston’s
sword but Bishr doesn’t tell her the truth. He says it is her
father’s which is true, but he fails to mention that it once
belonged to Acaston. The Sword was handed down with the Locket, but
Emir was able to hide it, unlike the Locket which had been given directly
to Anya by her grandmother. Emir asked Bishr’s father to keep
it safe until the time came where Anya needed it, and if she never
did, it was to be given to her on her father’s death to pass
Asteria - In Greek Mythology ‘Asteria’
was the daughter of the Titan Coeus and Pheobe. Zeus fell in love with
her and she turned herself into a quail to escape him, before eventually
throwing herself into the sea and becoming the island of Asteria. In
my story she Queen of the Monoceri and the most beautiful of all creatures
in Camea. She is one of the greatest queens the Monoceri have known
and leads with great courage but has a quiet, mythical quality about
Azeman, The - This vampire creature looks terrifying
but really isn’t that dangerous and is addicted to counting.
If you throw something like stones she can’t resist dropping
to the floor and counting them and she won’t be able to make
herself stop until she has counted all of them.
Balarin - Emir’s elderly dapple grey mare
who lives with Anadil when Emir is not away on Council meetings.
Banshee, The - A typical Banshee. She lurks around
the Temple of Fajer Balin like the Sphinx and waits for people to die
so that she can wail. Being shut away for so long. she is desperate
to do what she was made for, so will try to point people in the wrong
direction so that they will die. This can be very useful when you are
trying to negotiate your way through a labyrinth and you know what
she’s trying to do.
Clock, The - This appears once the curse is activated
to give the victims regular time checks. It counts down to their death.
Compass, Magic The - No matter where you want to
go, if you don’t know the way, this is the tool to have. If you
tell it where you want to go it will point you in the right direction
and it’s needle will keep locked on that point and all you have
to do is follow it. It will even tell you how many miles away from
your destination you are.
Dragon, The - This probably becomes the General’s
favourite ship because it features in probably his greatest triumph,
or at least he thinks so.
Dorado - From the Spanish ‘El Dorado’
meaning ‘golden one’. Dorado I think had to be my favourite
character in the whole story, even though he’s a horse. He is
Bishr’s best friend and I can’t imagine one without the
other. Dorado is a beautiful dapple grey, actually based on a showjumper,
ridden by Nick Skelton, whose name is Russel and who is my favourite
Echion - In Greek Mythology ‘Echion’
took part in the Calydonian Boar hunt and acted as a spy in the expedition
of the Argonauts. In my story he is a Dragon and one of the last four
remaining in Camea.
Faces in the Wall, The - These are basically faces
that lurk in the wall and have been dormant for many years (as have
most of the creatures in the temple). There not actually dangerous,
they’re just randomly there for entertainment.
Fahesh - His name in Arabic means ‘Excessive’.
Fahesh is a lively horse and a beautiful black. Not necessarily my
favourite colour but I have to admit that the sight of a black stallion
is stunning. Fahesh is Melia’s horse and he and Anadil become
Fakih - In the Ancient language this name means
‘proud’, but in real life it is the Arabic for ‘legal
expert’. Fakih is one of the Dolphin’s that follows the
boats from Daioke to Rothlyn.
Four Gems, The - These were given to the first humans
as a gift from the Gods. These Gems were made from their souls and
gave the colours that represent each God; Red for Tathiya, Blue for
Fahra, White for Hurieth and Yellow for Shahiran. They were given as
a promise to the people that the Gods would always be united and would
always take care of them and watch over them.
Hani - The Arabic name meaning ‘Happy’
and it also means ‘happy’ in the ancient language. Hani
is the other dolphin who stays with the boats throughout the journey.
Inachus - In Greek Mythology was the chief river
of Argos. Inachus in my story was another of the four Dragons and the
last I have to tell you about.
Intruder, The - Rothlyn’s fastest and grandest
ship in the entire fleet.
Khaylian - Based on the Arabic name ‘Khayaaliy’
meaning ‘spirit’ or ‘fantasy’. His name means
‘spirit’ in the ancient language. Khaylian is the first
horse ever to come in close contact with humans, and the first horse
to trust humans enough to allow himself to be ridden.
Marees - From the Arabic name ‘El - Marees’
meaning ‘The South Wind’. Marees is Bishr’s eagle
and great friend. I had to have an eagle in here somewhere as I love
birds of prey, and having Bishr was a great excuse for me to involve
animals such as Marees.
Merafins - Very like Mermaids, these creatures are
half Dolphin and half human. The are very shy and like tropical waters
so are never seen around Rothlyn, but there are many in the Camari
Monoceros - Monoceros is a constellation and the
name means ‘The Unicorn’. This is fitting a Monoceros is
basically a unicorn, with some of my imagination thrown in, with the
plural being Monoceri. These creatures are born silver, their coats
turn white followed by their manes, tails and hooves turning gold.
In the last years of their life a the gold will start to turn white
and when every part of their body is white they will die. When a member
of the Royal herd becomes King or Queen their mane and tail turn blue
and they start to turn gold in their last years. When they are completely
gold, they die. They are capable of living around two hundred years
and their horns are powerful tools for magic. They are incredibly shy
and hard to catch (they are not your standard unicorns who cannot resist
virgin girls) so their horns are worth loads, but you have to be careful
when you sell them as being caught with a Monoceros horn is illegal,
even if you didn’t kill the Monoceros.
Pharinta - Anya’s tortishell cat. She is actually
based on my own cat, Tabitha, who has an incredibly fantastic character
and entertains us when she is not fast asleep in the sun!
Polly - Polly is a Loro Bird. He is called Polly
because Loro birds are based on parrots and the word ‘Loro’
is in fact Spanish for parrot. These are beautiful birds that can live
for a long time, are very intelligent and have the ability to talk
if they are taught. Polly is a boy and I haven’t just made the
mistake of calling him ‘he’. Polly was hand raised by Ericole
who at first thought she was a girl. When he realised his mistake he
tried to change the name but Polly wasn’t having it and refused
to answer to anything else, so the name stuck.
Sabiah - The Arabic name meaning ‘morning’.
Sabiah is Mr Boreas’s horse and a beautiful grey who Anya visits
regularly. I sometimes feel at times that she is too beautiful for
Mr Boreas to own, but that’s when I’m writing bits where
he’s being horrible, which is most of the time....
Shaitans - Shaitan means ‘devil’ in
Arabic and also in the ancient language (I apologise for the really
bad joke somewhere in the story!). These were once humans but are now
headless warriors, put under the Fajereblis Curse. ‘Fajer’
means ‘wicked one’ in Arabic and ‘Eblis’ means
Sharadih - A half wizard. Instead of being able
to do magic like witches and wizards, these people have a unique gift.
Each Sharadih had their own power and as soon as once dies they are
immediately replaced by another with the same gift. Sharadihs will
never die out and there will always be one with each gift.
Sheanna - Acaston’s mare who he raised from
an orphan foal. Sheanna was always faithful to Acaston and earned her
name in history. If it hadn’t been for her fright in a thunder
storm, Acaston would probably never have learned of his friend’s
death and would never have become the man he turned out to be.
Serponians - These are the giant forest snakes that
roam the Forgotten Forest and other dark damp places. They are rarely
seen and are incredibly dangerous if they feel threatened. It’s
generally a good idea to keep away from them as they have incredibly
large and poisonous fangs that, depending on how much venom the Serponian
has to inject you at that particular moment, can kill you within minutes
but sometimes it can take hours.
Solar Powered Scorpions, The - These are giant scorpion's
with solar panels on their backs, therefor they can’t move in
darkness. These have to be my favourite unusual creatures in Camea.
The idea for these came from a game my friends and I sometimes play
at sleepovers. Basically someone starts a story off and when they finish
their bit they say ‘pass’ and the next person has to carry
on. This game can get increasingly evil as if you can’t continue
the story you’re out. If no one can continue the story, the person
who gave everyone difficulty wins. I had been left to get this girl
across a desert full of giant scorpions which would eat her as soon
as she stepped forward. Eventually I said that the Scorpions could
only work when the sun was shining and were motionless at night, and
from then on they became known as the solar powered scorpions. We were
giggling so hard at the idea of solar powered Scorpions, that my parents
came down and told us to shut up.
Sonador, The Map of - This was said to be given
to the priests of the temple of Sonador by an ancient king. No one
is quite sure whether the map still exists as the temple is in ruins
and no one had been out to the island for years. The map is said to
show all the tunnels in Logeron, to get in and out without being seen.
It shows every secret passage in the palace and everything someone
wanting to break into the city would need.
Sphinx, The - Your traditional Sphinx really. She
basically lurks around thinking up riddles for people who come across
Syrinx - In Greek Mythology ‘Syrinx’
is an Arcadian Nymph who changed herself into a read when she was being
pursued by Pan and she was made into pipes, hence the name Pan Pipes.
Syrinx is another of the four Dragons and one of two females left.
Theia - The oldest and one of the last Dragons in
Camea. She was orphaned as a young dragon and was left alone to take
care of her brothers and sister. The dragons will soon die out as they
cannot breed within their own family and there are only four of them
left, all related. She was meant to be based on one of my friends but
didn't quite turn out as I wanted her to, however, she will love the
fact that there are dragons in this, especially as I put them in because
I knew she'd like them.
The Unsinkable - This has to be the General’s
favourite ship as he had the pleasure of naming it.
Zahrah - The Arabic name meaning ‘white’.
Zahrah is the first Monoceros to ever encounter humans, at a time when
Monoceros had no need to be shy. Her powers transferred in her friendship
with Alesha and Temarith to make them the first witch and wizard which
was the start of all witches and wizards to come.