Pronunciation Guide and Character list

Note: I have debated doing a pronunciation guide for a long time. I didn’t want to do it primarily because I know that readers develop their own relationships with characters. Once you start thinking of a character’s name a certain way, that becomes part of the character for you. When an author tells you that you have been thinking the character’s name wrong all along, that can be a jolting experience. It can take you out of the story and that’s the last thing I want. However, people have been requesting this guide and since one day there will be an audiobook and if there is ever an eventual movie (fingers crossed) readers will hear the names as I intend them anyway.

Note 2: This pronunciation guide is written using a pseudo phonetic spelling system invented by me and therefore likely full of confusing inconsistencies. What I tried to do is put the pronunciation in such a way that it is easily understood without using strange punctuation that I don’t even know how to find on my keyboard. In addition, please understand that I am an American and the pronunciation examples are influenced by my mid-western accent. (see Djeri for an example).

So here it is. Note there may be minor spoilers for those that are still in the middle of the series. I have tried to keep those to a minimum, but nevertheless they are there.

Enjoy and let me know if I leave out anyone or anything important.

 

Humans

 

Warriors

Justan (jew-stahn)

Kenn (kinn)

Benjo (binn-joe)

Jhonate (juh-nah-tay)

Faldon the Fierce (fal-donn)

Sabre Vlad (say-burr vlad)

Tad the Cunning (tad)

Hugh the Shadow (hew)

Stout Harley (har-lee)

Oz the Dagger (ahz)

Swift Kendyl (kinn-dull)

Mad Jon (jahn)

Qenzic, son of Sabre Vlad (kinn-zick)

Zambon (zam-bahn)

Jobar Da Org (joe-barr duh org)

Riveren (river-inn)

Hamford (ham-furred)

Rudfen (rood-finn)

Tamboor the Fearless (tam-bore)

Poz, son of Weld (pahz)

Willum, son of Coal (will-uhm)

Xedrion Bin Leeths (zed-ree-un bin leeths)

Swen the Feather (swinn)

Tarah Woodblade (tare-uh wuhd-blade)

Gad the Brawler (gad)

 

Wizards and Mages

Ewzad Vriil (you-zad vrill)

Wizard Valtrek (val-treck)

Wizard Locksher (lahk-sure)

Mage Vannya (vahn-yuh)

Mage Arcon (arr-cahn)

Mage Pympol (pim-pole)

Wizard Beehn (bean)

Piledon (pyle-donn)

Wizard Randolf (ran-dahlf)

Mellinda (mell-inn-duh)

Wizardess Sherl (shurl)

Master Artemis (are-tumm-us)

Mistress Sarine (sir-een)

 

Named Warriors and Wizards

Sir Hilt (hillt)

Stardeon (star-dee-ahn)

Master Latva (lat-vuh)

Master Coal (cole)

Sir Edge (edj)

Master DeVargas (dee-varr-guhs)

Sir Lance (lants)

Master Tolivar (tah-lih-var)

Sir Weld (welld)

 

Other

Darlan (dar-luhn)

Elise Muldroomon (ell-eez mull-droo-muhn)

Nala (nah-lah)

Becca (beck-cuh)

Beth (beth)

Rolf Beraldi (rahlf burr-all-dee)

 

Elves

 

Qyxal (kicks-ull)

Antyni (ann-tee-nee)

Yntri Yni (in-tree in-ee)

Lyramoor (leer-uh-more)

Elder Toinyt (toy-neet)

Elder Penytri (pinn-ee-tree)

 

Dwarves

 

Lenui Firegobbler (linn-wee fire-gob-ler)

Chugk (chuck)

Nhed (nedd)

Pall (paul)

Djeri (jerry, but with a French accent)

Daeve (dayv)

Rahbbie (rob-bee)

Blayne (blay-n)

Donjon (dahn-jahn)

 

Gnomes

 

Vincent (vinn-sehnt)

Alfred (al-fred)

Cletus (clee-tuss)

Dixie (dix-ee)

Aloysius (al-low-ish-us)

Tobias (toe-bye-us)

 

Other (monsters and such)

Fist (fist)

Deathclaw (deth-clah)

Talon (tal-uhn)

Gwyrtha (gweer-thuh)

Bettie (bet-tee)

Samson (sam-suhn)

Honstule (hahn-stewl)

Charz (charrz)

Durza (durr-zuh)

The Scralay (scray-lag)

 

Noble Houses

Dremaldria:

Greater

Pross (prahss)

Stots (stahtss)

Roma (roe-mah)

Tensow (tinn-soe)

Lesser

Vriil (vrill)

Doudy (dow-dee)

Preen (preen)

Smarn (smarrn)

Woldon (woel-duhn)

Slarr (slarr)

Tuing (tew-ing)

 

Gnome Scholar Houses:

High –

Mur (merr)

Tre (tray)

Ska (skah)

Tam (tamm)

Middle –

Fan (fann)

Bol (bowl)

Hon (hahn)

Set (set)

Low –

Dew (dew)

Min (minn)

Dark –

Gin (ginn)

Mal (mall)

 

Roo-Tan and relationships

Leeth House

Head: Xedrion bin Leeths (zed-ree-on)

 

Wives

1. Herlda bin Shun (hurl-duh shoon)

2. Sandine bin Fayn (san-deen fain)

3. Faldreth bin Shun (fall-dreth shoon)

4. Alexis bin Hoon (ah-lex-iss)

5. Meldreth bin Shun (mel-dreth shoon)

6. Jhandra bin Tayl (jon-druh tail)

7. Liz bin Tayl (liz tail)

 

Sons

(The numerical columns are Order of birth – Mother)

1-1 Xeldryn (zell-drin)

2-1 Hubrin (hew-brin)

3-3 Sen (Sehn)

4-2 Qurl (curl)

5-1 Xendrol (Zen-drahl)

6-3 Fleen

7-5 Krath

8-1 Victrol (vick-trahl)

9-5 Drem (drim)

10-6 Jhexin (jex-in)

11-3 Sendrex (Sehn-drex)

12-6 Pelgroth (pell-grahth)

13-7 Filip (fill-ip)

14-5 Bernthus (burn-thuss)

15-6 Trincy (trin-see)

16-7 Jhonhilt (joen-hilt)

17-4 Xalex (zal-ex)

 

Daughters

(The numerical columns are Order of birth – Mother)

1-1 Herldax (hurl-dax)

2-2 Xandine (zan-deen)

3-2 Serdann (sir-dan)

4-4 Jeanene (jin-een)

5-4 Meldexis (mel-dex-iss)

6-6 Jhonate (joe-nah-tay)

7-2 Perlotta (pearl-otta)

8-4 Lassa (loss-uh)

9-7 Cindine (sin-deen)

10-7 Lizbeth (liz-beth)

 

Roo-Tan Clans

Leeths

Shun (shoon)

Fayn (fain)

Tayl (tail)

Hoon

Prath

 

 

Cities and Places

 

Reneul (ruh-new-ull)

Sampo (sam-poe)

Dremaldria (drim-all-dree-uh)

Dremald (drim-alld)

Trafalgan Mountains (truh-fal-gun)

Malaroo (mal-uh-roo)

Alberri (al-bare-ee)

Mallad (mal-luhd)

Khalpany (cal-pan-ee)

Razbeck (raz-beck)

Fandine River (fan-deen)

Tinny Woods (tinn-ee)

Wobble (wah-bull)

Roo-Tan’lan (Roo-tahn-lahn)

KhanzaRoo (con-zuh-roo)

13 Responses to Pronunciation Guide and Character list

  1. Brianna says:

    Could you possibly add the pronunciation of Ewzad’s name from the dark bowl? Thank you!

  2. Chaz Roe says:

    what about mary ann?

    • Good point! I haven’t updated this in a while. Not since Protector of the Grove. There have been several new characters introduced since then. I need to update this. It’s on my list. Currently writing the next book, though, so it might wait until I am finished with that.

  3. Morgan says:

    I don’t approve of Jhonate’s pronunciation. I’ve always said it Jo-nate and always will. xD

    • You are welcome to pronounce it however you want in your mind. That is the character to you. It’s why I was reluctant to even do a pronunciation guide. But once we started doing Audiobooks I knew it was neccesary.

  4. tecoxxy says:

    Its just really good to know we both pronounce the names of characters and places almost the same exactly the same way from what i can tell given account of the fact that my accent is British. So it must getting through to us readers

Just tell me what you dag-gum think!