Terminology

Terminology:
(Z is always pronounced TS.)

  • Butler: The keeper of the house. He is the most ranking of the servants, often reporting directly to the Zamira or the head of house.
  • Candle Mark: commonly available time keeping candles are makred in to 5 “Candle Marks”. Each candle mark burns for about 70 minutes…20 candlemarks in a day.
  • Celestial: The ranking Mon of the Danvari, always a DanVar.
  • Dan: Master or leader
  • Danvari: All of those civilized people in the Zamidan.
  • Danvaro: A single member of the Danvari
  • First Girl: The ranking female servant. Usually, in a house with personal servants, each person with female servants will have a first girl, and the ranking first girl is the servant of the ranking female.
  • Holding: Any settlement from a house or manor to a city.
  • Lord Burser: The ranking Ol’Dan of any holding
  • Lord General: The ranking DanShar of any holding
  • Lord Mayor: A person appointed to administer a holding by the council of govoners from the next larger holding. In practice, only a few of the towns have Lord Mayors, because the others have a Mon or Merchant Mon in residence. The smaller holdings, such as Mu, often never have anyone appointed as their stipend would make it an expensive investment.
  • Lord Var: the ranking DanVar of any holding
  • Most Excellent: The proper title given to the ranking member of any family. Properly, it is the ranking individual throughout the Zamidan, but is often used regarding a single household.
  • Oyna: Isle of
  • Zami: house or place of living.
  • Zamira: The person in charge of running a household. Those of sufficient rank often have a servant or close friend fulfill this role, but if the family is not wealthy enough, the head of house may also be their own Zamira. The zamira often is a personal secretary, an accountant, an investment broker, and counsellor and a personal representative all in one person. Often they deal with the bursary of the household, as well as any household guard.
  • Zareev: The tax assessor, appointed by the Lord Burser.

Terminology

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