Characters and Terms

Ae'Gura - the capitol city of the united Ro'Kerriim pods and tribes

-consists of zagherra

Council-highest governing body of the Ro'Kerriim

-a section of which controls matters to do with religion and religious events

A'tsu- Averell's teacher

-related to Kaveri

Council- Ruling body of the Ro'Kerriim

Cousin/s- people related to the Ro'Kerriim united under the Council

-unusual white coloration

-separated from the Council for generations

-became more technologically developed than the Ro'Kerriim under the Council

-were destroyed except for a few young in an enormous earthquake

Fraeli- a type of luminous insect with gossamer wings

-considered sacred by the Ro'Kerriim

Grandmother Sarat- Averell's main guardian

-not truly Averell's grandmother but is respectfully referred to as so

-eldest of the Natari pod

Hapt- Mar'ya's husband

-A'tsu's brother through marriage

Jarod- Averell's schoolmate

Kaveri- Ro'Kerriim girl who shares a mutual affection for Averell

-related to A'tsu

Launya- beautiful young girl and classmate of Averell

-a bit conceited and spoiled

Leeta- Ver'Kemi's friend

Majirii/m-Ver'Kemi's pod

Mar'ya- A'tsu's younger sister

-has twin sons

Mavi-young male Ro'Kerriim

-Averell's friend

Natari/m- Averell's pod

-created well-designed aquatic cities but nearly all were killed and their city was destroyed in earthquake

Pod- a group of Ro'Keriim people

-sometimes of blood relation but not necessarily

Rajavin-world of the Ro'Kerriim

Ro'Kerriim- aquatic/land-dwelling species

- high mutation factor

- fins resembling manta rays; connected from head along to mid-back in females, from shoulders to mid-back in males

-fins are reactive to water and enlarge to allow powerful swimming; at exposure to air they decrease to a manageable size

-come in various colors : white, shades and tones of blue, purple, black, and red

-two main eyes on face; two secondary eyes at either side of the top of the head

-advanced people created well-designed aquatic cities but were destroyed in earthquake

-other peoples less advanced; more like cave people: live in natural dwellings formed by a symbiosis between the people and an animal-like plant akin to coral but with a stiffer, rocklike exoskeleton that makes it far less fragile; can be carefully grown into primitive housing structures, if allowed to grow wildly the coral forms several hollow cave systems

Sajka- respectful term for a teacher

Spon- an edible purple grass

-matures to height over eight feet

Sralli/m-Kaveri's pod

Tola'rall- a singing-clicking language used by Ro'Kerriim for underwater communication

Ver'Kemi-Ro'Kerriim girl whom Averell loves but is unsure of her feelings

Takarashiin- you'll see

Vra Na- Ro'Kerriim city

-furthest from Ae'Gura

Zagherra-an animal-like plant akin to coral but with a stiffer, rocklike exoskeleton that makes it far less fragile; can be carefully grown into primitive housing structures, if allowed to grow wildly the coral forms several hollow cave systems

-new growth sections are fragile