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Glossary:

 

The name Nadira comes from the Arabic origin. In Arabic the meaning of the name Nadira is: One who is rare and hard to find. Persian – Iranian meaning: Rare, precious.

 

Amon, also spelled Amun, Amen, or Ammon,  Egyptian deity who was revered as king of the gods. Amon’s name meant the Hidden One, and his image was painted blue to denote invisibility. This attribute of invisibility led to a popular belief during the New Kingdom in the knowledge and impartiality of Amon, making him a god for those who felt oppressed.

 

Coatl is pronounced as KWaaTL. Coatl is an English name of Aztec origin. The name is of the meaning serpent

 

Drostan \d-ros-tan, dr (o)-stan\  is of Celtic origin. Drostan is a variant of Tristan.

 

Oengus\eng + issis the Celtic god of love and beauty; patron deity of young men and women.

 

The astrolabe is a very ancient astronomical computer for solving problems relating to time and the position of the Sun and stars in the sky. Several types of astrolabes have been made. By far the most popular type is the planispheric astrolabe, on which the celestial sphere is projected onto the plane of the equator.

 

Ordinatio- The seat of vampire government. In Latin, the word means; rule, government, order, arrangement, regulation.

 

Qayin\ kah’-yin \ Cain and Abel (Hebrew translation: Qayin, Hevel) were, according to the Book of Genesis, two sons of Adam and Eve. Cain is described as a crop farmer and his younger brother Abel as a shepherd. Cain was the first human born and Abel was the first human to die. Cain committed the first murder by killing his brother.

 

The Vigiles or more properly the Vigiles Urbani (“watchmen of the City”) or Cohortes Vigilum (“cohorts of the watchmen”) were the firefighters and police of Ancient Rome.  In Shadow of Life, the police and military arm of the vampire nation.

 

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon commonly known as the Knights Templar, the Order of Solomon’s Temple or simply as Templars, were among the most wealthy and powerful of the Western Christian military orders and were among the most prominent actors of the Christian finance. The organization existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages.

 

The Templars’ existence was tied closely to the Crusades; when the Holy Land was lost, support for the Order faded. Rumors about the Templars’ secret initiation ceremony created mistrust and King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the Order, took advantage of the situation. In 1307, many of the Order’s members in France were arrested, tortured into giving false confessions, and then burned at the stake. Under pressure from King Philip, Pope Clement V disbanded the Order in 1312. The abrupt disappearance of a major part of the European infrastructure gave rise to speculation and legends, which have kept the “Templar” name alive into the modern day.

 

The War of Barbastro (also known as the Siege of Barbastro) was an international expedition, sanctioned by Pope Alexander II, to take the Spanish city of Barbastro from the Moors. A large army composed of elements from all over Western Europe took part in the successful siege of the city (1064). The war was part of the Reconquista, but in its international and papal character, it presaged the Crusades of the next two centuries. Ramón Menéndez Pidal famously described the expedition as “a crusade before the crusades”.