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Shattered Isles Glossary

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Aeration
(noun) - the process of mixing with air.
Aiguilette
(noun) - known also as an aglet, aiglet, or anglet.  An braided cord with small decorative metal end caps attached to a lacing point to keep it from becoming frayed. Often worn on uniforms as ornamental symbols used to denote honor. This usage of aiguillette derives from lacing used to fasten plate armor together.
Ailette(s)
(noun) - known also as ailets. Square armor plates mounted to the shoulders, often worn by crusaders with heraldic charges frequently painted upon them for identification.
Aketon
(noun) - known also as: Acton, auqueton, haqueton.  A version of an arming doublet, a "soft armor" as well as padding for additional armor worn over the top. Typically they are quilted, then sewn or stuffed with linen, tow or grass.
Anneal
(verb) - the process of softening metal. For ferrous metals containing iron, the process involves heating the steel up to its critical temperature and then slowly cooling it. For non-ferrous metals such as brass, bronze, silver, and gold, the process is modified. The metal is heated to its critical temperature and then quickly quenched in water, snow, urine, or oil. When producing arms and armor the metal must be annealed as it is worked; if not, the metal can become stressed to the point where it will break.
Almain Rivet
(noun) - a munition-grade armor designed to be crafted easily whilst still affording considerable protection to the wearer. It consists of a flexible breastplate and backplate.
Arbalest
(noun) - a mounted bow mounted on a stock which can be either cranked or pulled into place using more leverage than that of a conventional longbow. The result is a weapon with high power, low trajectory, and tremendous destructive ability. It fires a bolt, a shorter version of an arrow. However, the firing time on a crossbow is slow compared to a longbow.
Arbalestier
(noun) - a crossbowman or soldier using an arbalest. They generally wear a mail hauberk to defend the body, a bascinet to defend the head, sometimes with a small collar of iron to defend the throat. Almost always a foot soldier, the crossbowman sometimes wears a surcoat showing the livery to which they are affiliated. A pavaise, a head-to-tow shield, was often brought out as a semi-portable defense that the soldier could hide behind as they reloaded.
Arcsilver
(noun) - smelted from cobalt and silver, an electric shock is required to bond the raw metals before it can be properly forged. This is most often done during bad weather conditions, using a lightning rod to generate the charge. Many Aerthanians favor the metal arcsilver due to the process in which it is made.
Armet
(noun) - a type of closed helm that conforms to the shape of the head, covering it completely. The skull piece coveres the back of the head and the ears, with a movable chin piece revolving on the visor pivot points.It is closed using a hook or bolt on one side.
Arming Cap
(noun) - a small quilted cap worn under the maille coif that offers protection against blows and the friction of mail against the head.
Arming doublet
(noun) - a quilted garment worn under armor, equipped with points to attach mail gussets and pieces of armor.
Arming Nail
(noun) - a rivet used in the making or repair of armor.
Arming points
(noun) - laces, cords or similar ties used for fastening sections of armor together. Also used to attach or hang armor from an arming doublet.
Armorer's Mark
(noun) - the stamp that is placed on a piece of armor to signify the maker, much like a hallmark that is used on jewelry.
Aventail
(noun) - a combination mantle-and-scarf of maille attached with vervelles to the bottom edge of a helm, protecting the neck and shoulders.

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Back Plate
(noun) - a form-fitted piece of plate armor, enclosing and protecting the back half of the upper body.
Baleyn
(noun) - a whalebone used for weapons and armor.
Banausic
(adj) - serving utilitarian purposes only; mechanical; practical: architecture that was more banausic than inspired.
Banded Maille
(noun) - a version of chainmaille, having strips of leather interwoven through the rings.
Barbute
(noun) - a helm fitting closely to the head, characterized by a rounded skull, a T-shaped opening for the face, sometimes expanded into a fully open face and severely flared tail and cheek pieces.
Bascinet
(noun) - alternate spelling: Basinet. An open-faced helm that evolved out of the cervellaire, (a small, archer's skull cap worn under the great helm), by raising the back of the crown and extending the lower edges to covers the sides and back of the head. Typically worn in combination with an aventail and a visor.
Baselard
(noun) - a knife or short sword bearing a hilt in the shape of the letter 'I'.
Bevor
(noun) - known also as: bavier or buffe. A cupped defense for the chin attached to a gorget. Commonly used with a sallet.
Birnie
(noun) - known also as: byrnie, byrne, brene, broigne, and bruny. A mail shirt, relatively short in length, coming down only to the waist, with half-sleevs.
Blackened Armor
(noun) - armor that is blackened or painted to prevent rusting. This involved coating the armor with dirty or used oil and burning it off, or boiling the armor in a pot of oil until the oil cooks into the steel and then burning off the excess. If brought to the right temperature, the oil residue bonds with the surface of the metal, giving the armor a dark, glossy finish. Another method, which produced a dark grey to light black finish, was to soak the metal in tannic acid extracted from tea, oak bark, peat bogs, etc.
Bracer
(noun) - known also as: archer's guard. Protective armor for the wrist and forearm, as well as specifically protecting the forearm of an archer from the recoil of his bowstring. Typical materials included horn, ivory, leather, maille, and steel, quite often including a combination of these materials.
Breast Plate
(noun) - a form-fitted piece of plate armor, enclosing and protecting the front half of the upper body. Originally evolving out of the cote of plates as the size on each individual plate increased and the front plate was increasingly bulbous.
Brigandine
(noun) - armor made of plates of iron or steel overlapping upwards, riveted to a cloth or leather garment. The plates were "tinned" to prevent rusting, and were located on the inside of the armor, with the rivet heads showing through on the outer surface. Early versions saw plates as large as 4 x 10 inches. Later versions saw plates of much reduced size, typically 1 x 2 inches.
Brumous
(adj) - foggy, wintery
Buckler
(noun) - a small round shield carried by infantry or used for sword-sparing practice as a target shield.
Burgonet
(noun) - known also as: burginot. An open helm with an umbril (brim) projecting over the eyes and a comb on the crown with ear-flaps hinged to the sides.

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Cabacete
(noun) - a helm with a turned-down brim and an almond shaped skull ending with a protrusion shaped like a small shaft.
Cabasset
(noun) - an open helm worn by foot soldiers. It has a narrow brim and a small point protruding from the crown.
Calyx
(noun) - the outermost whorl or covering of a flower.
Camail
(noun) - a piece of mail armor for the neck and shoulders. It is attached to a bascinet, and has a strap attached to the upper edge with holes which fit over vervelles (staples) located around the opening in the front of the headpiece. Lacing passed through the vervelles to hold it in place. It covers the sides of the head, neck and shoulders and commonly had a triangular piece in front which was hooked to the left forehead of the helm in order to provide facial protection.
Casquetel
(noun) - an open-faced helm with a snug-fitting rounded or pointed steel bowl, an umbril (a brim), and a laminated neck guard.
Cervelliere
(noun) - the small steel skull cap worn under the great helm.
Cespitose
(adj) - growing in clumps.
Chainmail
(noun) - known also as Chainmaille.
Chamfron
(noun) - the plate armor covering a horse's face, using globular pierced defenses for the eyes. The crinet, another portion of horse barding, covered the horse's neck.
Charnel
(noun) - the hinged staple or bolt that secures the helm or great basinet to the breast and backplate.
Chausses
(noun) - mail armor protection for the legs, either in the form of mail hose or strips of mail laced round the front of the leg.
Circinate Vernation
(noun) - the curled form of a budding fern frond.
Close-helm
(noun) - a helm which, with a full visor and bevor, completely encloses the head and face with hinged cheek-pieces opening at the front the armet.
Coat Armor
(noun) - a quilted garment worn over armor.
Coat of Plates
(noun) - known also as: fence, jack, or brigandine. A doublet or tunic lined with a number of metal plates riveted inside.
Cod-piece
(noun) - fabric covering for the groin, latterly padded. Its counter part in armor could be either mail or, more usually, plate.
Coif
(noun) - a Mail defense for the head in the form of a hood, often worn under a helm. The mail coif is worn over a padded cap, called an arming cap, and provided protection against shock and penetration.
Corslet
(noun) - gorget, breast, back and tassets, full arms and gauntlets. The term can also be applied to the cuirass only.
Cote Armor
(noun) - known also as Jupon. A quilted garment worn over a breastplate or coat of plates.
Crepuscular
(adj) - active primarily at down and/or dusk.
Crinet
(noun) - plate armor defense for a horse's neck.
Crudesteel
(noun) - goblin forged steel from the city of Krudemmar on Pyrous Isle. Iron and lead smelted to form a steel that is heavier and more damage inflicting than traditional steel.
Crupper
(noun) - defense for a horse's rump.
Crest
(noun) - a heraldic recognition device fixed to the top of the great helm.
Cuirass
(noun) - known also as: pair of curates. A backplate and breastplate designed to be worn together.
Cuirboille
(noun) - alternate spelling: courboille. A material used for armor to add rigidity. It is made by boiling or coating heavy leather with beeswax, often enhanced with other ingredients, then wrapped around a form and allowed to dry.
Cuisses
(noun) - armor for the thighs.
Culet
(noun) - a defense for the rump, comprised of overlapping lames.

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Damascening
(noun) - a metalworking process for the inlaying of decorative metals, such as gold and silver, into other metallic surfaces.
Dendrophile
(noun) - one who loves trees.
Double Harness
(noun) - reinforced harness used for jousting.
Doublet
(noun) - related: Jack.
Doubloon(s)
(noun) - the main currency in circulation throughout Archai. A round, gold coin stamped with the crest of the Archai Trading Company. For more information, view the commerce section (opens in new window).

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Elbow Gauntlet
(noun) - a gauntlet whose cuff reaches the elbow, obviating both vambrace and couter.
Enarmes
(noun) - he hand grip and arm-straps on the back of a shield.
Epaule de Mouton
(noun) - a plate steel armor for the entire arm used mostly for jousts. The epaule consists of a single piece formed to cover the whole arm, made of leather, iron, or steel.
Epiphytes
(noun) - plants that grow on other plants.
Eskers
(noun) - soil mounds created from burrowing rodents.
Espalier
(noun) - related: Spaulder.
Etching
(noun) - a metalworking process applied for decorative purposes to the surface of armor plates. Often used in conjunction with blackening, gilding, etc.

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Fauld
(noun) - armor, usually composed of horizontal lames, attached to the bottom edge of a breastplate to protect the abdomen.
Finger gauntlets
(noun) - gauntlets with each finger protected by its own separate set of lames.
Flanchard
(noun) - a plate attaching to the base of a saddle, protecting the flanks of a horse. This closes the gap between the crupper and the peytral.
Fletching
(verb) - a skill used to craft arrows for ranged weaponry. Requires wood. Fletching is a scouts only ability.
Frog-mouthed Helm
(noun) - a helm, usually attached to the breastplate and backplate, where the lower edge of the sight projects well beyond the upper edge.

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Gadlings
(noun) - protruding studs, sometimes of zoomorphic form, on the finger and knuckle joints of a gauntlet. Particularly popular on fingered gauntlets.
Gambeson
(noun) - a quilted doublet of cloth, stuffed with tow, wool, or other materials. Often worn over maille armors, under them, and instead of them at times.
Gardbrace
(noun) - a reinforcing plate shaped to fit over and augment the pauldron
Gard-cuisse
(noun) - known also as: a gard-cuisse. Large plate reinforcing cuisses which provided protection for the thighs and knees and hung from either side of the saddle.
Gard-rein
(noun) - armor for the buttocks.
Gauntlet
(noun) - armor for the hand and wrist, made of maille or plate armor.
Gilding
(noun) - plating with a thin layer of gold.
Glissading
(verb) - to slide down a steep slope of snow, ice, or scree via a controlled slide, sometimes with the support of an ice axe.
Gorget
(noun) - a piece of armor protecting the throat. May be a simple collar or a more elaborate design composed of several pieces.
Gothic Armor
(noun) - armor characterized by a slim angular line, cusping, fluting, and fan-shaped designs.
Grand Guard
(noun) - a reinforcing piece of armor, attached to the left side of the breastplate and covering the left shoulder, upper arm, left side of the breastplate, and left side of the visor.
Great Helm
(noun) - Related:  Helm.
Greave
(noun) - known also as: a jamber or schynbald. A defense for the lower leg, originally only defending the shin, but later including a hinged back-plate to defend the calf.
Guard Chains
(noun) - chains which affixed the sword, dagger, and helm to the breastplate, to prevent them from being lost in battle.
Guige
(noun) - strap attached to the back side of a shield by which it could be slung about the bearer's neck.
Gusset
(noun) - a piece of maille, sewn or pointed to the arming jack, used to cover the armpit and portions of the arm left exposed by the plate armor.

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Haubergeon
(noun) - a short type of hauberk, typically reaching only to just below the hips. The terms are often incorrectly used interchangeably.
Hauberk
(noun) - a mail shirt reaching to somewhere between mid-thigh and the knees. Most often, it included sleeves, either half-length sleeves (reaching to the elbow) or full-length sleeves, (reaching to the wrist), although there were versions that were sleeveless. Sometimes, the term refers to similarly shaped garments made with scale.
Heater Shield
(noun) - a form of knightly shield shaped like the bottom of a flat iron.
Helm
(noun) - an all-enveloping armor hood which encloses and protects the entire head, face and neck, reaching almost to the shoulders.
Hyaline
(adj) - resembling glass, translucent.

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Inlay
(verb) - ornament an object by embedding pieces of a different material in it, flush with its surface.

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Jack
(noun) - a defensive jacket or doublet either of linen stuffed with tow, or lined with small metal plates.
Jamb
(noun) - known also as: jamber, jambart, or jambiere. A term for leg armor.
Jupon
(noun) - a padded garment worn over the armor, fitted in the torso, Alternately, a tightly fitted and usually sleeveless garment worn over the armor and displaying the wearer's arms.

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Kettle Hat
(noun) - an open-faced helm consisting of a bowl and a broad brim.
Kite Shield
(noun) - a large, elongated triangular shield with a rounded top.

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Lames
(noun) - narrow strips or plate of steel, sometimes used in armor to provide articulation.
Lamellar Armor
(noun) - armor consisting of small plates laced together to give a rigid defense.
Latibulum
(noun) - a concealed hiding place; a burrow.
Latten
(noun) - copper alloy of varying formulation. Latten is often used in the decoration of arms and armor.

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Mail
(noun) - alternate spelling: Maille. A flexible defense of interlinked and riveted rings of metal. In most cases, each link passes through four others (4-in-1 weave) and the garment is shaped through the addition or subtraction of rings in appropriate places.
Mitten Gauntlet
(noun) - gauntlet with articulated transverse lames covering the fingers, rather than the fingers each being separately protected by a series of articulated plates.
Morion
(noun) - widely used by infantry and consisting of a skull with a broad brim, flat or turned down at the sides, but which sweeps upward into a peak at the front and rear. There are two main types: the cabasset, which has an almond-shaped skull ending with a stalk-like projection derived from the cabacete, and the comb morion, which has a high central comb along the apex of the skull.
Muffler
(noun) - a maille, mitten-like extension to the sleeve of a hauberk with a hole at the wrist that allowed the wearer to remove his hand.
Munnions
(noun) - articulated lames, often attached to the gorget, protecting the shoulders and upper arms.

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Nasal
(noun) - a strip of plate steel armor to the front of a helm to protect the nose.
Niello
(noun) - a decorative black inlay used to best effect on a surface of silver or gold. A compound of sulphur combined with silver, lead, and a small quantity of copper, it is fixed in place by heat.
Nyctinasty
(noun) - the movement of leaves or flowers in response to light.

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Obnubilate
(verb) - to make cloudy, obscure.
Occularium
(noun) - The eye-slits in a helm.
Ourie
(adj) - chill, melancholy.

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Pareidolia
(noun) - perception of seeing a recognizable image in random visuals.
Pauldron
(noun) - a piece of armor covering the shoulder. Usually large, covering the upper third of the torso.
Pavise
(noun) - a large, usually rectangular shield carried by infantrymen and frequently used in siege work to protect archers and crossbowmen. The largest are equipped with a prop to support them.
Persarium
(noun) - persarium is a light-weight metal of unquestioned quality and worth. It is a beautiful white, as brilliant as the brightest star in the night's sky, with tiny flecks of gold dusted throughout. Some of Astraeva believe it to have been blessed by the goddess herself, but such rumors are unfounded and Persarium is worn by both the best and wealthiest people throughout Archai.
Peytral
(noun) - horse armor designed to protect the horse's chest.
Pigface
(noun) - a term referring to the visor on a bascinet.
Plackart
(noun) - a plate reinforcement attached to the breastplate that covers nearly the entire breastplate.
Plate Armor
(noun) - armor made of rigid metal plates.
Platemail
(noun) - a term referring to plate armor or plate and maille hybrids.
Plumbeous
(adj) - having a dull grey color, like a juvenile dragon's leathery skin.
Pomme
(noun) - a spherical decoration for a helm, often gilded and worn instead of a crest.
Pyramidal
(adj) - pyramid-shaped.
Pyrocumulus Cloud
(noun) - Known also as a fire cloud. Forms when intense heat from wildfires causes air to rise.

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Rerebrace
(noun) - a piece of armor covering the upper arm from the elbow to the shoulder.

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Sabaton
(noun) - a piece of armor covering the foot.
Sallet
(noun) - known also as a salade. A light helm either fitted with a visor or open-faced, varying in form, having a tail to protect the neck.
Scale Armor
(noun) - armor made of small, overlapping scales or plates sewn or laced to a cloth garment.
Scalemail
(noun) - a term used for scale armor.
Schynbalds
(noun) - a plate defense for the lower leg which protected only the shin and was strapped over the chausses.
Shaffron
(noun) - known also as: a chaffron, chanfron. Defense for a horse's head. Forms covering only the upper part of the head.
Shill
(noun) - an accomplice of a hawker, gambler, or swindler who acts as an enthusiastic customer to entice or encourage others.
Skull
(noun) - the part of a helm covering the top, back, and sides of the head above the ears. It can also denote a simple metal cap.
Snow Plume
(noun) - a spray of snow blowing off a mountain peak.
Spangenhelm
(noun) - a term for conical helms constructed of a number of segments riveted together.
Spaulder
(noun) - a piece of armor covering the shoulder joint. Not as large as a pauldron.
Splint
(noun) - light arm defenses, gutter-shaped and intended to protect only the outside of the arm, they were often found on cheap armors intended for infantry use.
Stechhelm
(noun) - a frog-mouthed form of great helm bolted to the breastplate.
Substrate
(noun) - a surface on which an organism grows.
Surcoat
(noun) - flowing garment worn over armor. Sometimes sleeveless, it usually reaches to mid-calf.

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Tabard
(noun) - a short, open-sided garment with short sleeves used to display the wearer's arms.
Targe
(noun) - a small circular shield.
Tasset
(noun) - a defense for the top of the thigh, hung from the fauld by straps to cover the gap between cuisses and breastplate.
Templar's Mantle
(noun) - A collar of mail protecting the neck, shoulders and upper chest.
Tonlet
(noun) - known also as: a base. A deep, hooped skirt of steel worn on foot combat armors.
Turning-joint
(noun) - an enclosed circular joint above the elbow, enabling the arm to twist. A flange on the rim of the upper cannon of the vambrace rotates inside an embossed groove along the lower edge of the rerebrace.

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Umbo
(noun) - the center boss of a shield, covering and protecting the hand as it holds the grip.

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Vambrace
(noun) - a piece of armor covering the lower arm from the wrist to the elbow.
Ventail
(noun) - an integral flap of maille attached to the coif. It can be drawn across the mouth to protect the lower face.
Vervelles
(noun) - hooks attached to the base of a bascinet for the attachment of an aventail.
Visor
(noun) - protection for the eyes and face; a plate defense pivoted to a helm's skull.

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