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All Carpathians that are over 500 years old are considered ancients.


Another term for vampire used by Carpathians. Typically used in referring to vampires who either kill Carpathians or turn them over to humans to be tortured and killed.

Binding of Souls[]

This is an act that keeps those lost among the branches of the Tree of Life from fading away quickly. It is not a solution. It is also very risky, because if the patient dies, so too does the one bound to their soul. The only way to break this binding is by finding one's lifemate.

Blood Exchange[]

The process of exchanging blood between human and Carpathian, typically for a conversion, or between two Carpathians to establish a private mental path (see Psychic Bond below) between said two individuals. The exchange of blood between Carpathians also allows them to track and recognize each other's presence as well as provide nourishment.


An ancient long-lived species from the Carpathian Mountains. See Carpathians for more details.


When a Carpathian or vampire uses their abilities to control another being into doing what they want or to shield their mind from something. This does not work with lifemates as they often know what the other is thinking, though it does help them when feeding. It is not the taking away of free will when used by Carpathians, who use it only to protect others from danger. This term is also used when convincing someone they have a deep need to do something or be somewhere with no idea of why it is so important.


The process of changing a human into a Carpathian. It is extremely painful and only human psychics survive the process. Non-psychics come out of the conversion process either dead or deranged. Non-psychic women who go through the process have come out as a deranged vampiress with an appetite for the blood of children. The conversion process requires the exchange of blood between both human and Carpathian, three times. Psychic men can be converted, but must go through a ritual to join a family so that he doesn't become a vampire once he loses his colors and emotions, so he learns what he needs to so he can survive, and so his soul can finish the transformation by splitting so that the male holds the darkness and his lifemate (who was born after the conversion) holds the light.

Dark Blood[]

According to the Carpathian, those in this unique family can walk in the sun, earning that lineage this nickname.

Dragonseeker Birthmark[]

This is a sign that a person is born from a noble and powerful Carpathian bloodline. For more information, see Dragonseeker.


The term and process of obtaining nourishment for a Carpathian or vampire.


This is the term used for Carpathians younger than 200 years old.


This is the technical term Carpathians use when talking about puppets created by vampires. For more details, go to Vampires.


Another name for the Hybrid puppet.

Great Healing Chant[]

Words spoken by one or more Carpathians to heal psychic and spiritual wounds. For more information, see Christine Feehan's website.

Greet the Dawn[]

Carpathian suicide, where they wait for the sun to take them.


Another name for a vampiress, and also to describe their appearance.


When a male Carpathian dies, he will often leave his lifemate behind. If she is unable to join him in the next world, she will be forced to stay alive until her child(ren) no longer need her, as children are the only reason a woman would endure such suffering. During those days, every hour is painful, lonely, and she will simply act as if she is already dead, though her heart still beats. After her duty is done, she will join her mate in the next world, unable to live a second longer without him.

Hän ku pesäk kaikak[]

Literally "Guardian of all" in Carpathian. A combination of Lycan and Carpathian blood mixed together. For more information, go to Hän ku pesäk kaikak.

Human Butchers[]

A name given to the Vampire Hunting Society by the Carpathian people and their allies.


A half-human psychic, half-puppet mix that is larger than he should be. For more details, go to Vampires.

Hyssop oil[]


Hyssop is a herbaceous plant native to Southern Europe, the Middle East, and the region surrounding the Caspian Sea. Due to its properties as an antiseptic, cough reliever, and expectorant, it is commonly used as a medicinal plant. Use the essential oil with care, as large doses can cause seizures in adults, and keep out of the reach of children. It is toxic to Hellhounds, so warriors often cover their weapons and themselves in the oil for protection when fighting these creatures.


A race of shape-shifters that is all but extinct. For a full explanation, go to Jaguars.

Land of Mist[]

This what Carpathians call Purgatory, where souls wait to go into the next life or wander until they admit their sins.

Lesser Healing Chant[]

Words spoken by one or more Carpathians to heal physical wounds. For more information, see Christine Feehan's website.


What Carpathians call the one person they are fated to be with. For a full explanation, go to Lifemates.


Another ancient long-lived species of people who can shift from a human form to that of a wolf. For more information, go to Lycans.


Mages are a separate species from humans, but they are the closest to them. For more information, go to Mages.

Mage Familiar[]

A mage familiar is any creature that works for a Mage, willing or otherwise. For more information, go to Mages.

Mage Mark[]

This is similar to the Dragonseeker Birthmark as it seems to only appear in one bloodline, though not all of those descended from the line bear this mark. To learn more, see Mages.


A scar-like mark on the brain that allows a Mage to weaken and control an indevidual. See Mages to learn more.


Spelling used for magic within the series. Sometimes considered the spelling that denotes true magic from that of stage magicians.

Moarta de argint[]

Literally death by silver in Romanian, pronounced m-wor-taa de ar-geen. It is often used by Lycans on a Rogue, or those that they perceive as Sange rau. It is where silver hooks are embedded into the accused. The more he/she struggles, the more pain they are in. Their bodies causes the silver beads in the hooks to heat up, melt, and begin to move through their bodies. The movement from their struggles also causes the now liquid silver travel through the blood stream faster. All this kills the accused once the silver goes through the heart.


This is a Romanian term that Carpathians sometimes use for the vampire.

The Other World[]

A Carpathian term for the afterlife.

Paznicii de toate[]

This is the Lycan name for Hän ku pesäk kaikak, though not as often used. It is Romanian and is pronounced paaz-nee-chee de twaa-te.


A small group of human individuals with strong psychic ability who can be converted and become full Carpathians. A human with psychic ability is theorized to be descended from other supernatural races like the Jaguars.

Psychic Connection/Bond[]

A mental, telepathic, and emotional link between Carpathians. Carpathians have a common mental path, however personal bonds or paths can be created with the exchange of blood between individuals. Examples of psychic bonds include a Carpathian male and his lifemate, siblings, as well as a Carpathian taking blood from a human.


A pawn of vampires. Sometimes used by dark Mages, but not as key minions. For more details, go to Vampires.

The Retreat in the Veil of Mists[]

This is a monastery where ancient Carpathian hunters stay when they have yet to seek the dawn but do not trust themselves around others. They live simply, avoid humans, avoid battles, and stay to themselves. As they view greeting the dawn as the cowards way out, they risk turning vampire and trust the others to destroy them before they can escape and harm others. Aleksei dismantled it down after everyone left to find their lifemates so that no vampire could use it against the Carpathian people or use their scents to follow the Brotherhood.


A Lycan that has turned evil. Equivalent to a Carpathian turning into a vampire. For more information, go to Rogues.


Safeguards are an essential part of every Carpathian's home security system. They are a series of spell strands interwoven in simple or complex patterns that prevent intruders from entering a Carpathian's residence or resting place. The mages taught the Carpathians how to perform this magic. In Dark Legacy, Dragomir Kozel describes some of the base patterns upon which more sophisticated safeguards are constructed: seven-weave and rosary.

Sanctified Ground[]

This is an area of earth that has been cleansed of all evil and impurities, then blessed to prevent their return. No member of the undead can set foot upon sanctified ground. For more information, go to Vampires.

Sange rau[]

Literally "bad blood" in Romanian, it is pronounced za-ja roo. A combination of rogue wolf and vampire blood mixed together. For more information, go to Sange rau.

The Society[]

A name given to the Vampire Hunting Society by the Carpathian people and their allies.


Part of the magic user that is used to control their target. Weakens the caster.For more info, see Splinters.


This is what Carpathians call the feeling they get when looking into the mind of a member of the Vampire Hunting Society. Vampires like to gather the corrupt to them, and they will use their abilities on those evil beings to shield their minds (protection of the vampire) and to make their darker desires come to the forefront. When deeply tainted, those that used to keep those dark desires in check, had little to no dark desires, or even those who used to be decent people could become corrupt under a vampire's taint, a fun pastime for the vampires to take part in. The taint also refers to the way nature shrinks away from the vampire, sensing an unnatural prescience near it.


The state of mind Carpathian males experiences when their lifemate dies. The extreme grief drives them insane, and they have very little time to make the honorable choice to commit suicide instead of turning vampire.


A term for when a Carpathian male becomes a vampire, a Lycan becomes a Rogue, or a Guardian becomes a Sange rau. This usually happens during feeding when a Carpathian or Guardian male kills his prey without cause and without putting his prey into a hypnotic trance as the hormones in the blood caused by the victim's fear create a sort of "high" to the male drinking it. It can also take place after the thrall should the male choose not to follow his lifemate. It is unknown how it occurs in Lycans.


A term used when talking about a vampire. It is in reference to the fact that no soul resides within the vampire anymore.


A Carpathian male who has lost his soul and turned evil. For more details, go to Vampires.


A woman who went through the conversion and lived, but her mind shattered and she begins craving the blood of children. For more details, go to Vampires.


This is a scout for vampires and is a type of puppet. For more details, go to Vampires.


It is another term for Lycan, though mainly used to describe a rogue, but not always. It is also used by lifemates who were once human or as an insult.