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Midgard, Middle Eastern Desertlands (Negev)

Midgard, Middle Eastern Desertlands (Negev)

NINE WORLDS OF NORSE MYTHOLOGY AS DEPICTED IN A.J. CARLISLE’S “ARTIFACTS OF DESTINY”

by & © 2012-2014 A.J. Carlisle

Midgard  the Middle World of the Nine Worlds, where mortals dwell; in Book 1, The Codex Lacrimae (Parts 1 & 2), the reckoning is 1185 A.D.

Midgard, British Isles (Bodmin Moor, Cornwall)

Midgard, British Isles (Bodmin Moor, Cornwall)

British Isles  homeland of following characters, talismans, locales, & events

Arthur Pendragon pupil of Merlin of Carmarthen, and best friend of Taliesin the Bard; later King and Defender of Britain against the Saxons during the 6th Century; united Celtic, Welsh, and Breton tribes for brief time; defeated Mordred and the Hosts of Veröld Martröđ, the Nightmare Lord at the Battle of Cad Camlann (also called the Battle of the Fields of Burning Night); Arthur disappeared after battle, and thought to be on Isle of Avalon, or in Annen Verden (the Otherworld), until called back to Midgard at time of Britain’s greatest need

Battle of the Fields of Burning Night (c. 540 A.D., also known as Battle of Cad Camlan or, in Welsh, the Battle of Brwydr Camlan) final battle site of King Arthur, where he died at the hands of Mordred; also, last known sighting of any of the Codices of Fate

Caliburn the sword Excalibur, thought lost at the Battle of the Fields of Burning Night

Druids of Rhydderch originally a Celtic group of warlocks who came together under leadership of Braunen the Eternal, a druid reputed to have discovered the secret of eternal life and based in Britain since the time of Julius Caesar; under Braunen’s leadership in the 6th Century, the Druids of Rhydderch realized their fullest power, especially after securing the Codex Maleficarum (Book of Witches) at Battle of Emain Ablach; entire order of warlocks destroyed in 540 when Taliesin Lore-Master and Dietrich the Mad Dwarf wrested Codex Maleficarum from Braunen the Eternal

Edward castle page and apprentice in scriptorium

Galahad knight of King Arthur’s court, and son of Lancelot and Elaine of Corbenic; only survivor of the Siege Perilous (chair at Arthur’s court re- served for person who will lead the quest for the Holy Grail), and close friend of Perceval; along with Perceval and Bors, Galahad is known as the Finder of the Holy Grail; disappeared after the Battle of the Fields of Burning Night, but thought to have taken a ship to return the Grail for safe keeping to the Isle of Serras, whom some place close to Britain, but others in the Middle East.

Jeremiah elder scholar who runs the scriptorium of Krak des Chevaliers with Ibn-Khaldun

Merlin of Carmarthen court wizard and close friend of King Arthur and Taliesin the Bard; cast the Codices of Fate into Ginnungagap with Taliesin and Urd at end of the Battle of the Fields of Burning Night, but betrayed (and saved) by Nimue, the Lady of the Lake, the last witch standing from the Coven of Mists; reputed to be trapped in a crystal cave

Monachus Archbishop, based in port city of Caesarea; ally of Templar, Evremar of Choques

Pellion castle page & scriptorium protégé of Ibn-Khaldun; close friend of Ríg & Marcus

Perdieu (Brother Bernard Perdieu) Commander of Knights at the Krak, and Burgundian baron who led companions to the Holy Land to join Hospitaller Order because of deeds of Servius Aurelius Santini’s uncle and the Battle of Mecina – took Rig as a page upon arriving at castle, and the youth has earned his way to the status of squire

Perceval knight of King Arthur’s court, lover of Blanchefleur; failed questioner of the Fisher King, but ultimately both Perceval and Galahad succeeded in securing the Holy Grail; Perceval was briefly King of Corbenic before fleeing with the Holy Grail to protect the artifact from Dietrich the Mad Dwarf and the Druids of Rhydderch; disappeared after the Battle of the Fields of Burning Night

Taliesin knight and bard of King Arthur’s court; most favored and skilled of Merlin’s pupils; best friend of Arthur Pendragon; Lore Master and Codex Wielder of the Third Age; thought lost in Annen Verden after the Battle of the Fields of Burning Night

Wallace squire and apprentice in scriptorium

Midgard, Byzantium in the Middle Ages

Midgard, Byzantium in the Middle Ages

Byzantium/Constantinople  homeland of following characters

Alexander (Alex) Stratioticus eldest son of the noble Stratioticus family, brother of Genevieve, and expert swordsman whose skills and leadership abilities make him the youngest hoplitarch (military commander) in the history of the Imperial Guard

Alexios Comnenus an heir to the Byzantine throne & childhood friend of Aurelius

Aqib son of the caravan leader (Gannen); among pilgrims seeking shelter at Krak

Genevieve (Genie) Stratioticus Greek childhood friend of Clarinda Trevisan; a renowned & well-liked socialite in Byzantium; of ancient noble house, & younger sister of Alex

Ghannen caravan leader of pilgrims and merchants heading to Jerusalem

Jacob ( Jacob ben-David, or David-son) thirteen-year-old Byzantine boy; son of Rebecca

Kenezki a Black Sea pirate based in Constantinople with connections in em- pire and the Levant

Owena Welsh friend of Jacob in Constantinople; daughter of Aeddan (Ethan) the Blacksmith

Rabbi Mordecai Jacob’s mentor and friend in the Ben-Delos Synagogue

Radulf of Thuringia German trader consigned to transport Trevisan goods from Constantinople to North Sea

Rebecca (Rebecca bat-Gurion) mother of Jacob David-son; wife of David, who was lost at Battle of Mecina; stricken with severe case of pneumonia

Signor Boccanegra Genoese landlord of the David-son textile shop in Constantinople, and of many other homes and businesses in Genoese Quarter of Golden Horn district

Sølvmara the Witch reputed soothsayer and witch in Genoese Quarter of Constantinople; friend to Jacob and Owena

Midgard, Levantine Coast (Caesarea)

Midgard, Levantine Coast (Caesarea)

Levant

Levant eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea; also called Outremer and the Holy Land by Frankish Crusaders (includes lands that stretch from southern Anatolian Peninsula (modern-day Turkey) south to regions south and west of Jerusalem

Palomides Arabian knight of King Arthur’s court, who met and fell in love with Iseult while in Ireland (6th century); sparring partner and best friend of the knight, Tristan; Hunter of the Questing Beast, who was controlled by Veröld Martröđ, the Nightmare Lord at the Battle of the Fields of Burning Night; both Palomides and Veröld Martröđ disappeared in the battle, thought to have slain the other

Prester John Christian king thought to rule of over a mythical kingdom somewhere in the medieval Middle East, Central Asia, or even in East Africa (Ethiopia); charged with defense of the world against the invasion forces of Gog and Magog; also maintains the magical barrier (runeporte) at the Gates of Alexander against that apocalyptic day; 12th Century people believed Prester John to know the location of Fountain of Youth

Midgard, France (Carcassonne Countryside)

Midgard, France (Carcassonne Countryside)

France 

Adelbert Master of the Stores at Krak des Chevaliers, in charge of provisions & chambers

Aimery of Lusignan younger brother of Guy of Lusignan

Andreas the Chaplain Hospitaller apprentice in scriptorium; second only to Ríg

Arcadian Grand Master (also known as Castellan or Preceptor) of the Hospitaller Order in command of the Krak des Chevaliers; senior member of order in this bailiwick of Syria

Belvedere Hospitaller physician in the hospital at Krak des Chevaliers

Coven of Mists group of European and Middle Eastern witches who allied against the Norns in the 5th and 6th Centuries; most members disbanded after disaster at Emain Ablach (c. 525 A.D.) against the sea-god, Njörd, and his ally, Rudyick the Dark Elf; other witches in Coven killed (or exiled) by Taliesin, Merlin, & Urd in 540 AD

Damian Hospitaller, third-in-command to the Grand Master, Arcadian, at Krak des Chevaliers

Eric Frankish troubadour; minstrel who got caught with partner, Frett, at Battle of Mecina

Evremar of Choques Templar Grandmaster of Caesarea; arranged deal for delivery of two caskets by Angelo Trevisan (Clarinda’s father)

Franj (or nazaros = “followers of the Nazarene,” i.e., Christians) Arabian name for Crusaders

Frett musician partner of Eric the Troubadour, trapped at Mecina

Guy of Lusignan ousted regent of Latin Kingdom; husband of Sibylla

Marcus (Marcus de Roussillon, and Marcus ibn-Khajen ibn-Khaldun) in Languedoc, Fr., son of Jonathan & Desdemona de Roussillon, brother of Denissa; in Syria, adopted son of Khajen ibn-Khaldun & Sara; adoptive brother of Thaqib & Fatima; best friend of Ríg

Mercedier brother of Grand Master Arcadian, & second-in-command; friend & mentor to Ríg

Sibylla ousted regent of Kingdom of Jerusalem; elder sister of Baldwin IV, the Leper King; wife of Guy of Lusignan

Midgard, Italy's Puglian Coast (Torre Sant'Andrea)

Midgard, Italy’s Puglian Coast (Torre Sant’Andrea)

Italy  homeland of the following characters

Angelo Trevisan Clarinda’s father; Venetian sea-merchant who owns trading fleet of five ships

Brother Tomas Benedictine monk who trained Aurelius at Calabrian monastery (s. Italy)

Cerys (also known as Circe) enchantress, daughter of Helios and Lorelei, sister of Njörd; witch who lured Odysseus and others by herb lore and transformations; in 6th century, she co-founded, then abandoned the Co- ven of Mists to seek Mirror of Carmarthen

Clarinda Trevisan only daughter of Angelo and Fabricia Trevisan

Devrone di Magglia sea-captain & sword-master on Santini family ships

Fabricia Trevisan Clarinda’s mother; helped Angelo run his maritime oper- ations while managing her own birth-family’s glass factory on the Isle of Murano in Venice

Nicolo Ziani a son of Sebastian Ziani (Doge of Venice); childhood friend of Aurelius

Verrocchio Trevisan roguish uncle of Clarinda, elder brother and business partner of Angelo Trevisan; running operations in Venice during Clarinda’s absence

Pasquale second-in-command of Trevisan sailing fleet

Ríg Lead Squire (under Brother Perdieu) and Master of Apprentices (under Brother Jeremiah & Khajen ibn-Khaldun) in Krak des Chevaliers; friend of Mercedier, Marcus, & Pellion

MIdgard, Scandinavian Fjord

MIdgard, Scandinavian Fjord

Scandinavia homeland of the following characters

Andvari dwarf; Arch-Mage of Nidaveller; married to Traeg

Austri lead dwarf assistant to Arch-Mage Andvari (brother to Norđri, Suđri, and Vestri)

Braunen aged Hospitaller physician, caught in the siege at the Krak; old acquaintance of Dietrich the Mad Dwarf

Delling cook and dwarf assistant to the Arch-Mage, Andvari

Dietrich the Mad Arch-Mage of the Elder Days, slayer of Codex Wielders and obsessed with collecting Sampos; defeated and exiled to Otherworld of Annen Verden by Urd and Taliesin Lore Master at Battle of the Fields of Burning Night

Draugr Viking men and women who reached neither Valhalla nor Niflheim upon death; damned by Veröld Matröd to exist both within and outside of time; giant-sized and difficult to kill

Fafnir dragon in Norse mythology, slain by Sigurd with sword of the Volsungs

Fenris son of Loki and the frost-giantess Angrboda; changeling who can turn into a wolf

Fossegrim water elemental, one of the 27 Nøkken who rule the oceans, lakes, and rivers of the world; commands the strömkarlen and nixies

Gunnar dwarf; King of the Nibelung Dwarves in the Northern Realm, based in capital of Atlakvida (shares rule of Nidaveller, World of Dwarves, with twin brother, Högni)

Halfdan dwarf; Brigadier General of Nibelung Army (North)

Högni dwarf; King of the Nibelung Dwarves in the Southern Realm, based in the capital of Niđafjöll (shares rule of Nidaveller, World of Dwarves, with twin brother, Gunnar)

Norđri dwarf assistant to the Arch-Mage, Andvari

Suđri dwarf assistant to the Arch-Mage, Andvari          } three brothers of Austri

Vestri dwarf assistant to the Arch-Mage, Andvari

Sister Nikola Benedictine nun; caught in the siege at the Krak while touring the Holy Land with orders from the pope to investigate sister-houses in the Levant

Skade Huntress in Norse mythology who skies and wanders through the frozen wastes of Jotunheim, Niflheim, and icy lands with a reputation for destruction; divorced from the sea-god, Njörd, and currently married to Fenris the Wolf

 

Midgard (Mount Etna, Sicily)

Midgard (Mount Etna, Sicily)

Sicily

Aurelius (Servius Aurelius Santini) youngest member of merchant Santini family (Sicily)

Constanzia Santini   younger sister of Aurelius

Eleanor Santini  older sister of Aurelius

Matteo Santini   Aurelius’s father; Sicilian trader and broker

Paolo Santini older brother of Aurelius; Sicilian broker whom Clarinda meets while in Constantinople, in company of Kenezki and Radulf of Thuringia Roberto Santini older brother of Aurelius; banker in Genoa who brokers with papal legates

Rosalba Santini   Aurelius’s mother

“Servius Aurelius Santini” same-named uncle of Aurelius; died at the Battle of Mecina

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