General words.


Bokken:

Bokken is the Japanese word for a wooden sword. Rashel Jordan used a bokken to stake vampires in The Chosen.

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Enchantress:

An enchantress is a female who uses magic to amuse or delight other people. An enchantress is different to a spellbinder who uses magic to control another person. Blaise Harman is both an enchantress and a spellbinder. She used magic in Spellbinder/Enchantress to make other people do silly things.

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Ice age:

Night World legends state that twenty thousand years ago witches had control of the world. Their control was disrupted by the beginning of an ice age. An ice age is more correctly referred to as a glacial age which refers to a period of time where the northern and southern hemispheres are covered by thick sheets of ice. A glacial age can last for thousands of years, even millions. Many glacial ages have occurred during the history of the earth. The most recent known case of a glacial age occurring was during the Pleistocene Epoch which occurred about two million years ago and ended just over ten thousand years ago. Glacial ages destroy plant and animal life and in the Night World series when the ice age begins the witches are too busy fighting off the vampires during the Night Wars to save their world. The earth is destroyed by ice and when a new world forms vampires seise control.

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Lethe:

In Greek mythology Lethe is the name of a river found in hell. Greek mythology says those who drink from this river forget everything. In Spellbinder/Enchantress Thea Harman and Eric Ross are asked to drink water from the river of Lethe by the Inner Circle so that they forget the Night World exists and therefore do not have to be punished for breaking Night World laws.

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Lignum vitae:

Lignum vitae is the name of a tree that produces wood that is as dense as iron. In other words, lignum vitae wood is the hardest wood that exists. Bokkens can be made out of this wood.

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Prophecy:

A prophecy involves a prophet foretelling the future by making a prediction. Prophecies are a form of divination usually inspired by dreams, visions or inspirations received from important deities. The most common prophecies we hear about relate to the ending of the world. Although some people are strong believers of prophecies a prophecy is really just a prediction. Some characters in the Night World series are prophets. Aradia the maiden of the witches has been having prophetic visions since she was aged one. The crone of the witches Edgith Harman was also a prophet who had a dream foretelling the location of a Wild Power.

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Shaman:

A shaman is a person within a tribe or clan who acts as a medium. They communicate with spirits and relay the messages they receive.

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Solstice:

Solstice is the name given to the event in which the sun is furthest from the celestial equator. This event occurs two times each year, on June 21 and December 21. Depending on whether you live in the northern or southern hemisphere these days are referred to as the summer and winter solstices. The summer solstice is always the longest day of the year while the winter solstice is always the shortest day of the year. Solstices are celebrated by witches.

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Soulmate:

Your soulmate is somebody you have an uncanny connection with. This person is ideal for you and your destiny. The soulmate principle is a central theme in the Night World series.

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Spellbinder:

A spellbinder is a witch who can control the thoughts and emotions of another person. Someone who is spellbound is said to be controlled by a spellbinder. Blaise Harman is a spellbinder who tried to get Eric Ross to fall in love with her in Spellbinder/Enchantress by using spells. A spellbinder is different to a binding spell which prevents a certain action from occurring.

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Witching hour:

The witching hour refers to the midnight hour. According to ancient pagan beliefs, on the night of a full moon at the witching hour, witches are blessed with their fullest powers.

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