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READER’S WIKI

NB! The wiki may contain spoilers – you have been warned. 😘

DARK ONE, THE

Wheel of Time: The Dark One is the biggest of the Big Bads in Wheel of Time. His real name is Shai’tan, but people who are scared of him think it’s bad luck to use his name and his followers consider it blasphemous.

The Dark One is a primordial being. A sentient cosmic force of evil. His goal is to remake Creation in his own image and break the hearts and spirits of all people. He seems to thrive on fear, destruction and chaos, and his servants bring enough of both wherever they appear.

By the people who oppose and/or fear him, he is also known as the: Ba’alzamon (incorrectly), Caisen Hob, Father of Lies, Father of Storms, Grassburner, Heartfang, Heartsbane, Leafblighter, Lighteater, Lord of the Grave, Lord of the Twilight, Old Grim, Shepherd of the Night’s flocks, Sightblinder, Soulsbane, Soulblinder. 

Meanwhile, his loyal followers refer to him as the: Great Lord, Great Lord of the Dark, Lord of the Evening, and Lord of the Grave.

DHAMPIR

A dhampir (from Gheg Albanian dham = tooth and pir = drinker) is a half vampire/half human creature from Balkan folklore. They are the result of (predominantly male) vampires mating with humans. Male vampires have a sexual craving for humans. Female vampires not so much, but it does happen.

Dhampirs can pass as human, but they have both human and vampiric skills and powers. They are immortal, can sense supernatural creatures, and they have exceptional sight/hearing and great regenerating abilities. The dhampir is a daywalker and they can eat like a human.

Fictional dhampirs occur in titles such as: Angel, Bite Me, Blade, BloodRayne, Castlevania, Dracula: The Undead, Dungeons & Dragons, Hemlock Grove, Hotel Transylvania, Lost Souls, Magic: The Gathering, Sailor Moon, The Elder Scrolls IV, The Twilight Saga, and Vampire Academy.

DNF

Do/Did Not Finish. This is a term that is used to describe books, films, manuscripts, art projects (etc.) you chose to finish. Or the act of actively giving up on a book, film etc because you don’t like it.

It seems to me the readers are split in two factions when it comes to DNFs. One half wouldn’t dream of putting a book down for any reason. They would tell you to grin and bear it as you never know – it may grow on you. I must admit I used to belong to this group.

The other group would simply say that if you’re not enjoying it, you might as well DNF it and pick up another book instead. The one thing they disagree on is how far you need to read before it’s okay to pack it in. Some give it 50 pages, but I have my lines drawn at 10 chapters. I guess it depends a little on the genre too – fantasy books tend to be l-o-o-o-n-g…

DOWNWORLD

Shadowhunter Chronicles: The Downworld is the realm of supernatural creatures and hybrids who have some degree of demon blood in them. They are generally part human and part demon, or afflicted with some kind of demon disease. This includes warlocks, vampires, fairies, werewolves and pretty much any creature from folklore and fairytales.

A downworlder is a creature from the Downworld. They have human souls and are thus considered members of the human race by the denizens of Heaven. Downworlders are policed and protected by the Shadowhunters, nephilim who are tasked with protecting humans from demons and keeping them oblivious to the Downworld.

DRAGON (REBORN)

Wheel of Time: The Dragon is the Light’s champion in the eternal fight against the Shadow. A Dragon, Lews Therin Telamon, was born in the Age of Legends, and he’s been reborn again in the Third Age. He is always a reincarnation of the same soul.

DRAGONMOUNT

Wheel of Time: The Dragonmount is a volcanic mountain west of Tar Valon. It is the tallest mountain in the world, and no human has ever climbed to its top.

Dragonmount was created by the Dragon, Lews Therin Telamon, when he killed himself during the Breaking of the World. Driven insane by the taint on Saidin, he slaughtered his family and all his friends and when he realised what he’d done, he channelled enough power to tunnel into the mantle of the Earth and cause a gigantic volcanic eruption. It killed Lews Therin and created the Dragonmount. It also divided the river that was flowing through the area and created the isle that was named Tar Valon and became the home of the White Tower.

According to Gitara Moroso‘s foretelling, the Dragon Reborn was born on the slopes of Dragonmount in the final days of the Aiel War.

THE READER’S WIKI is a slowly growing collection of glossary/wiki entries where I collect terms from the titles I delve into.

NB! The wiki may contain spoilers – you have been warned. =)

I try to list all the (potentially) new terms as I write my blog posts and link to the wiki page where they are explained. Linked words are always this colour and underscored.

Let me know if the word/concept you’re looking for isn’t there and I’ll try to add it as soon as I can.

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