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The Book of Ataniel

Dal-Zelrath

Dalen

The most widely spoken language on Ataniel. Pronounced "duh-LENN" or "DAY-len", depending on the dialect.
--Who's Who V2

Dalencia

Once the heart of the mighty Dalencian Empire, Dalencia is now a simple state, its badly tarnished monarchy under the tentative command of Queen Cailin Raimonde (third child of the treacherous King Laran and the missing Queen Elena). Dalencia is a relatively cosmopolitan country, as would be expected from a region that was for many years the seat of the largest empire ever to span Ataniel. The craftsmanship of the Dalencian artisans' guilds is unparalleled. (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

Three stars. Dalencia isn't in the greatest shape it's ever been in, but it's not being run by Tres either, and at least a lot of that stupid bureaucracy is gone now. The bars and restaurants remain worldly and good.
--Threnody's travel guide

Dalencian Empire, the

The empire that included Dalencia, Tobrinel, Sturtevant, The Seven Princedoms, Talaria and Riklandir. It was disbanded when Emperor Laran was proven to be planning a fascist world dictatorship at the First Dalencian Summit.
--Who's Who V1

Dan

An associate of Rip Hunter.
--Who's Who V1

Dancer

Dancer was the changeling leader of the Black Crows (that's 'changeling' as in fey replacement of a human child, not as in Odo from Deep Space Nine). A tactical genius, he was, with Alain MacLir and Rowan Cwyleagh, one of the main organizers of the recent revolution there. His motivations, like his current whereabouts, are unknown. Praxis was under his command during the war, and Dancer quietly considers Praxis his protege, in his most unsentimental way.
--Who's Who V2

I would hardly call myself his "protege", but I will say that I did learn a lot from him. A very interesting man. And a spectacularly talented thief.
--Praxis

Danic Ivory

Dannel Reeth

Deceased Darint

A peasant from Tharr who became the first host body for Malcar after discovering a meteor which crashed on his farm.
--Who's Who V1

Face sucked off by a baby alien cloaker.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn

Deceased Darius

A famed gladiator in the old Rimbor City arenas, he later joined the mercenary group Bloodscar with his friend K'mar. Escaping the defeat of Kala and Bloodscar, he returned to Rimbor City where he aided Pactarsus in stirring up the lower arena until Pactarsus and Lord Vadiron were revealed to be working for Duke St. Augustine. Shortly thereafter he was killed by the One True Bloodscar.
--Who's Who V1

And we were all smacking ourselves when we learned his secret: invisible plate mail! Duh! That was why none of us could roll high enough to hit some berk in a loincloth!
--Tila

Murdered.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn

Deceased Darkhawke

Killed in combat.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn

Dark Islands, the

The islands off the west coast of Ataniel, the largest of which now houses the monster nation of New Gila. (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

Darwood

Small Nylevian town where Jackson Cage lives.
--Who's Who V2

Dascold

Once one of the Seven Princedoms of the Dalencian Empire, Dascold has largely dissolved into anarchy since the Madness. The old capital city, Dascold, is now a small citystate surrounded by warring tribes. (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

Davis, Sir

A knight once possessed by the Ti'Ar'Na. He is now a member of the Trade Heroes Guild.
--Who's Who V1

Deceased Dayton

The leader of the goblins in Malcar's castle.
--Who's Who V1

Killed during the Madness.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn

Death Scar, the

The ugly Borg cube, powered by enslaved souls, used by the evil Malcar to fly around Ataniel. The Sewer Tour eventually took it away from him and redesigned it as the Farstalker.
--Who's Who V2

Death Slaad

The Death Slaad was the last soldier from an ancient invasion of Diaria by the forces of Limbo. He was cursed to forever roam the island of Diar with its psionic horrors until he killed a betrayer.
--Shilree

We met the incredibly annoying Death Slaad in Diaria. He tried to redeem himself from something by cursing us. As these things usually work out, it failed to redeem him. He did get to sleep with Tila, though.
--Threnody

Death's Tender Finger

Trissia Maddyx's band, which broke up after her demonic possession was revealed and her cellist killed by fanatics.
--Who's Who V2

Deathless, the

Yeah, this is Magnate, Arturian, Tiall, the Sheepherder, and me. According to Lian we're supposed to be immortal guardians of the sphere. I'm not holding my breath on Tiall, though.
I do promise never to use the phrase "All will be clear in time" seriously. Even as Tim.
--Threnody

Deepsea, the

The ocean surrounding the continent of Ataniel (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

Queen Deirdre Ryan Cwyleagh

Deirdre, a Druid, is the current Queen of Brytannwch, having taken over after her husband's death. She is an old woman now, thanks to the time differential of the dimensional fold the island country was hidden in.
--Who's Who V2

Demon Brigade, the

The Demon Brigade is a fundamentalist group that pursued Trissia Madyx and tried to kill her several times. They were led by Iellan Tach.
--Who's Who V2

I'm for high culture as much as the next man, but why couldn't they just leave Trissia alone? I hope they've learned their lesson, because I'd hate to have to kick the ass of that punk, Graceland. Again.
--Praxis

Demon Wars, the

Oh, that's real specific. Do you know how many stupid wars they have down there?
--Threnody

The war fought against Brionwy's demon forces by Signet and the Significants in the streets of Lianth. Demons had been channelled into humans and took control of the city. The demon forces, led by Kala, were defeated using the Septum Potentis.
--Who's Who V1

Derek the Deranged

Khyrisse's Father, he was once an insane wild mage--and the crazed commander of the Cynystran Wild Pack--but regained his sanity during the Madness when his magic was taken from him. He still lives in Cynystra, near his son Karel's family. Derek has completely unruly, Einsteinian grey hair.
--Who's Who V2

They say this batty old fleabag is no longer insane. That's good news. It means if he ever comes near me with a dead animal again I'm throwin' him out the bloody window and I dinna have to feel guilty for it.
--Shannon

Dexy LaRue

Legendary gambler of an era long past, Dexy saved Ataniel from powerful beings bent on its conquest by cheating at cards with them, at great personal cost to himself. Now the Cheated are returning, and Dexy has awakened to find a true gambler to best them again.
--Who's Who V2

Dexy was one of the most cunning gamblers I've ever met, and I've met 'em all. Why, one time he convinced a Priest of Morvon to wager his Staff of llars on a two-pair when Dex had three to the flush showing. And the man never cheated, either. Some promise he made to a childhood sweetheart taken by the plague. We used to hang out together with a gang of cardsharps called the Midnight Runners. Me, Dex, Nate, the Lash... those were the days. Too bad Dexy disappeared 'few years back... though it wasn't the last I heard of him... not by a long shot...
--from the Gambling Tales of Smilin' Jack Orion

Diar Island

Large island off the southeast coast of Diaria, said to be inhabited by fell psionic monsters. (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

Diari Perimeter

The stretch of land just west of Diaria proper, where many Diari merchants and expatriates settled with the outlanders, the Diari perimeter is a rugged, self-reliant cowboy culture of ranchers, traders, and men with shady pasts looking to start over without questions asked. (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

Diaria

One of the oldest civilizations on Ataniel and by far the largest nation, Diaria is the highly xenophobic, magic-poor but technology-rich land of the Diarians, a human subspecies with metallic hair, a propensity to psionics, a shorter lifespan, six fingers on each hand, and, horribly, a hexadecimal system. Outsiders, called kiljhac, are considered an inferior race in Diaria, and the eastern province continues to look with suspicion on the western province, which has more dealings with foreigners--even going so far as to build a wall along the provincial border at one point and abandon them to Cynystran conquest at another. (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

Two and a half stars, but when they're alone, they give each other things.
--Threnody's travel guide

A few years ago, after the last war with Cynystra, Western Diaria was taken over by the Cynystrans.This changed with the Shattering, when all foreigners on Diari soil were slaughtered and the Diari military, by order of the Emperor, moved in to establish order.

--Shilree

Sheesh. I'm glad this didn't happen in the days Lian used to travel there.
--Flicker

Diaria, Southern

Southern Diaria, known to the Diari as Shastirin, is a archipelago of islands at the southern edge of the world. Until recently it was both one of the more secret places on Ataniel and the only spelljamming port on the planet. That changed when the forces of Shadow razed the place. It is really sad, the city was over five thousand years old and was quite a sight.
--Shilree

Diarmn Bay

The bay to the far southwest of the continent, along the Diari coast, in which the great whirlpool of Chiroc turns. (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

Diaryn, the

The race of sea-dwellers historically allied with the Diarians.
--Who's Who V1

The Diaryn were a race of aquatic Diari. Diaria and the Diaryn had a long standing friendship, until the Diaryn disappeared suddenly a few hundred years ago. Nobody knows what happened to them.
--Shilree

Digmen, the

Deceased Diver

The leader of the Ravagers, he was defeated by the Sewer Tour where he killed himself to keep them from getting information.
--Who's Who V1

Diver was one of the Ravagers. He had a magic crash helmet and liked to grab people, fly high in the air, and then plummet to earth with them. He must have been related to Palmer. Lotus used to sleep with him before she met Edyric.
--Threnody

Committed suicide.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn

Doctor Anomaly

The being known as Doctor Anomaly is not native to Ataniel, but, as his name indicates, does not belong here. He shows both magical and clerical abilities, primarily centering around time and probability. He has a preternatural sense of things that are out of place, both temporal and planar. While his standard abilities are eccentric, they are more consistent than Derek's wild magic, and should be of particular use against the Sway's alien, Zzenith. The Doctor also has an uncanny ability to pull unexpected abilities out of his metaphorical bag of tricks when least expected. My initial hypothesis was that this ability was somehow drawing on a skill or power pool previously extant, but further research shows that these unexpected abilities are always ones not possessed by anyone in the Doctor's vicinity. He has also proven unable to utilize the same "new" ability more than once. Power Level: 8 standard, potentially infinite when "anomalizing".
--Lord Eric's "Wild Pack" dossier on Doctor Anomaly

Don

Member of the board of commerce of Tibor. Also a werewolf. Kidnapped by the Huntsman and freed by the Sewer Tour.
--Who's Who V1

Don Alliejin

The head of the powerful Diari Mafia, stationed in the Eastern port of Srankaijhi.
--Who's Who V2

Doomlands, the

The generic name for the great expanse of salt flats and redrock desert between Shikintu and Cynystra, inhabited primarily by nomadic and seminomadic tribes of monsters. In the center of this wasteland lies the immense Doomlands Rift, said to consign to oblivion anything to fall into its depths and drive any living being looking into it to madness. (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

Dragons

They disappeared 60 years ago to the City on the Edge of Forever, but lost control of it to the Sewer Tour. They have since returned to the surface of Ataniel, many to their old lairs. It is rumored that there are greater dragons somewhere beyond Ataniel, but those are, thankfully, only rumors.
--Who's Who V1

Dragworth

A juvenile delinquent rakshasa, he hangs out with Fizznang and they drive a hot rod. Dragworth came to Edimon and formed the "Heaven's Devils", a juvenile street gang of punks enhanced by Dragworth's magic into inhuman beings, but after being defeated by the Sewer Tour, he and Fizznang left Edimon for parts unknown.
--Who's Who V1

Deceased Draize

Draize was the demon god of pestilence. He was responsible for the incarnation of Kala, who was defeated by the Significants and their allies.
--Who's Who V2

Draize is a lesser god. Ha! Ha!
Jerk.
--Threnody

Killed during Ragnarok.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn

Undead Dransaerin

The third Lich Lord. Second of the Diarian Lich Lords, he attempted to conquer Diaria in the year 1002 WQ. He was foiled when a group of mages pushed him into a Dimension Door with the exit point directly above the maw of Charoc--the whirlpool in Diarmn Bay, whose center is a gate to the plane of Limbo.
--Rumor (HPB)

Deceased Dred, Lord High Justice

Dred was in charge of the Dalencian police until he was killed by Javert when Javert discovered that Dred had been allied with the Cult of Returning Karanat.
--Who's Who V1

Murdered, or rather, what do they call it, justifiable homicide.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn

Deceased Drion, Sir

Knight who sacrificed himself to block crossbow bolt intended for King Laran.
--Who's Who V1

Killed in the line of duty.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn

Dyaromn

Capital city of Western Diaria (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

Dyved

The second-largest continuous woodland on Ataniel, this temperate rainforest is home to the only predominantly elven society left on the continent, as well as a number of sentient woodland species. Dyved was particularly little-affected by the Madness, because the Treants turned the elves of Dyved into trees before any true fairy-nailing could commence. (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

Three stars. Not a lot of amenities out here, but if you're the outdoors type, the living is easy, and the elves out here are a lot of fun. Go during one of the equinoxes. You won't regret it.
--Threnody's travel guide

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