Today the Dragon Wins

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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Word of the Day
Monday, May 28, 2007
Hleo-Arcana (proper noun) – In the fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods, this is the Taiman family estate where Chariss and Hrazon seek shelter; the estate where Kora Rothahn raises Nigel Taiman; the estate Odda Taiman built out of the side of the Freotho Mountain for his bride Arcana Scheld; the estate includes a school for Geasa'n children, fields, and the family's palatial home

Etymology: Sandy Lender built this word out of two influences. First, Hleo is a piece of Old English. Alone it means cover, shelter, protection or protector. It is symbolic and perfect that Chariss, who is named The Master's Protector, makes her home and is healed at Hleo-Arcana. Second, Arcana is part of the title "Rose Arcana," a moody, dark instrumental on the 1985 Arcadia album So Red the Rose. Furthermore, hleo-burh, the Old English word meaning sheltering town or stronghold is the root for the original name of the town to the immediate north of the Taiman estate, Hleo-burgh. When Odda Taiman saw Arcana Scheld step off the boat from Bellan, he instantly fell in love with her and built the estate out of the side of the Freotho Mountain for her. They married and lived there happily ever after (mostly). He named the estate "Arcana," after his beautiful bride. The town to the north benefited greatly from Odda and Arcana's generosity; Odda became an ofersey'n; and Hleo-burgh changed its name to Arcana or Arcana City. There are few characters in the fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods who refer to Arcana City as Hleo-burgh, and, if they do, you can assume they're old (as in immortal).

Word in a Sentence (from the fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods, page 5): On the night that Chariss entered the life of Hleo-Arcana, the eldest Taiman son was away, so Kyle Adan walked the family's halls to make sure all was safe.

Your turn! I've given you a lot of info above, so put your imagination to work! Which of those words (hleo, hleo-burh, Arcana) can you use in a sentence?

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