Glossary

Glossary of Qadiran terms

Terms used by Faisal and other Qadiran NPCs

Abbun- (uhb-bun) Masculine suffix meaning ’father of"
Abu- (ah-boo) Masculine and plural suffix meaning ‘servant(s) of’, usually used in conjunction with one of the 100 names of the Goddess. eg: Abu-Al-Bazit
Ahl al-Faṭrah (ahl-al-fat-trah) Barbarians who live in ignorance of the true teachings of the Karain. Often used to refer to heathens or unbelievers
Alems’ea (ah-lems-aye-ah) A personal quest or goal. Usually refers to quests undertaken in service of The Sarenrae
Amah- (a-mah) Feminine suffix meaning ‘servant of’, usually used in conjunction with one of the 100 names of the Goddess. eg: Amah-Al-Muta
Beedlenut (bee-dul-nut) Hard red nut of a small bush found on the edge of the Kelesh desert. Primary ingredient of passef bread and known for its energizing properties
Feda-Ghazi (fey-dah-gah-zee) Order of Holy Warriors of The Sarenrae. They are tasked with protecting the Dawnbrethren and the Padishah Emperor of Kelesh. The term is also used as an honorific for individual warriors
Hafiza (haf-ee-za) Caretaker or teacher. Often used by followers of The Sarenrae to refer to the Dawnmother
Hakim (hah-keem) Honorific or Title. Typically used for secular leaders. Also one of the 100 names of the Goddess
Horfarah (hoar-fah-rah) Mushrooms found in dry caverns of the Kelesh desert. A primary ingredient in passef bread and known for their hallucinatory properties
Houda (hoo-dah) Holy quest in service of The Sarenrae. Typically bestowed by a high ranking member of the Brethren
Ibn (bin) Description meaning ‘son of’. Used primarily in honorifics and introduction titles. Qadiran culture favors tracing bloodlines through maternal connections and ibnt is generally favoured unless a male relative carries particular renown
Ibnt (bint) Description meaning ‘daughter of’. Used primarily in honorifics and introduction titles.
Isha-Ghazi (ish-ah-gah-zee) Order of Assassins of The Sarenrae. They are tasked with eliminating the enemies of the Dawnbrethren who cannot be directly confronted as well as hunting down and destroying apostates. The term is also used as an title for individual assassins
Jahannam (jah-hah-nahm) Derogatory term for non-Qadiran, barbarian lands
Kaffa (ka-fah) White cotton robes worn by many in the hot desert sun of Qadira
Kaffir (ka-fear) Derogatory term used in Qadira to refer to demi-humans and humanoids
Karain (kah-rain) Holy Book of The Sarenrae in Qadira. Also known as the Book of Forms
karkadeh (kar-kah-day) Bitter black drink favoured in Qadira, usually served hot
Khimaar (kih-maar) Ritually applied tattoo, marking the bearer as one of the blessed of The Sarenrae after the completion of tazkiah
Kirpaah (keer-pah) A blade blessed by the Dawnbrethren to be worn by members of the Feda-Ghazi. Usually a falchion, scimitar or kukri
Metheq (meh-tek) Uncultured. Usually used to refer to barbarians from other lands
Mualim (moo-ah-leem) Teacher or mentor
Murta- (mer-tah) Suffix used to refer to apostasy
eg: murta-ghazi (a warrior apostate) or murta-salah (a heretical prayer)
Murtadd (mer-tah-d) A follower of The Sarenrae in Qadira who has rejected the teachings of the Karain and become an apostate
Nur’eyni (nur-eye-yen-ee) Term of endearment, generally used by adults speaking to young children
Passef (pa-sef) Unleavened bread made with beedlenut and horfarah mushrooms, used in the initial stage of tazkiah. Often stimulates visions or hallucinations, particularly after its consumption is stopped for the second stage of the ritual
Qamphir (kam-fear) Oil of a rare desert root. Causes destruction of most internal organs of the body within minutes of death. Used by the Isha-Ghazi to prevent any but the most powerful of divine magics from bringing back the dead
Rak’ah (rahk-ah) The specific movements and words of a salaat
Ridda (ree-dah) Holy crime. Usually refers to the crime of apostasy, but can also refer to any violation of holy law
Saher/Sahera Warlock and witch, respectively
Sahib (sah-heeb) Term of respect. Typically used for secular leaders or commanders
Salah (sah-lah) The practice of formal worship of The Sarenrae in Qadira.
     fajr-salah
        (fah-jer-sah-lah)
Prayers starting just before dawn. To welcome The Sarenrae and celebrate her glorious return
     zuhr-salah
        (zoor-sah-lah)
Prayers starting just before noon. To acknowledge the terrible wrath of The Sarenrae and plead for her mercy
     asr-salah
        (ah-sur-sah-lah)
Mid-afternoon prayers. To thank The Sarenrae for her mercy
     maghrib-salah
        (maah-grib-sah-lah)
Prayers starting just before sunset. To thank The Sarenrae for her daily blessing and warmth
     isha-salah
        (ish-ah-sah-lah)
Midnight prayers. To ask the The Sarenrae to return and dispel the cold and darkness
Salam-iqu (sah-lahm-eek) A necklace of beads used during daily prayers. Generally consisting of 100 beads which are used to recite the 100 names of the Goddess
Salat (sah-laht) The act of formal worship of The Sarenrae in Qadira
Sayyid (sigh-id) Honorific or Title. Reserved for religious leaders
Sekukri (seh-koo-kree) Small curved blade given to students accepted to train in one of the Holy Orders, most commonly the Feda-Ghazi
Shahid (shah-heed) A holy martyr. One who has died in direct service to The Sarenrae
Sutrah (soo-trah) A small prayer table used by Qadiran worshippers of The Sarenrae when they are unable to pray within sight of a temple spire. Traditionally set up to ensure that the dawn’s first rays fall across the supplicant during the fajr-salah
Tahir (tah-heer) Holy supplicant undergoing tazkiah
Talib (tah-leeb) Student. Typically used to refer to an acolyte of The Sarenrae who is training for the Brethren. The more specific terms feda-talib and isha-talib are used for students training within the warrior and assassin orders
Tazkiah (taz-kee-ah) Major rite of purification. 1000 hours of fasting followed by 100 hours of prayer under the harsh desert sun, followed by ritual bathing and a walk through the Cleansing Flame
Tetheyr (teh-thay-r) A Holy War undertaken by the Faithful to cleanse heresy
Wuhdu (wuh-doo) Minor rite of purification. One day of fasting and prayer followed by passing one’s hand through the holy flame

Phrases

Assalamu aleikom wa rahmatoh Sarenrae wa barakatoh
      Traditional greeting: ‘Peace, mercy and blessing of The Sarenrae be upon you’

Wa assalamu aleikom wa rahmatoh Sarenrae wa barakatoh
      Traditional response: ‘Peace, mercy and blessing of The Sarenrae be upon you as well’


(Some of) The 100 names of The Goddess

Al-Sarenrae (ahl-sah-ren-ray) The Eternal Light
Ar-Rahman (ahr-rah-mon) The Exceedingly Compassionate
Al-Bazit (ahl-bah-zit) The Expander
Al-Hakim (ahl-hakeem) The Wise
Al-Muta (ahl-moo-tah) The Most High
Ar-Rahim (ahr-rah-heem) The Exceedingly Merciful
Al-Malika (ahl-mahl-ika) The Queen
Al-Quddus (ahl-koo-dus) The Perfect
As-Salam (ahs-sah-lahm) The Source of Peace and Safety
Al-Muqaddim (ahl-moo-ka-deem) The Expediter
Al-Muʾakhkhir (ahl-moo-ahk-keer) The Delayer
Al-Awwal (ahl-ah-waal) The First
Al-Ahir (ahl-ah-heer) The Last

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