Synonyms for beklan or Related words with beklan
Examples of "beklan"
The "lingua franca" of the empire is the
Zakalon is an empire similar to ancient Persia neighboring the
Empire. As it is revealed near the end of the novel, little is known of Zakalon. It appears to be a kingdom far more advanced than the
Empire, with a dazzling capital, studies in metaphysics (and presumably other areas of philosophy), and horses, of which the citizens of the
Empire were previously unaware.
Melathys was born on a slave farm in the
Empire. When she was a small child, the
army captured and emancipated the farm, but a wounded soldier brought Melathys with him to Quiso and offered her as a novice to the priestesses of Shardik, hoping that the Tuginda could heal his battle injuries. (Melathys at this age has a brief cameo in Adams' other
Empire is the fictional kingdom in which Richard Adams' novels "Shardik" and "Maia" take place. The empire consists of 12 vassal provinces and independent domains organized around the central
province, at the center of which is the empire's capital, Bekla. They include:
Siristrou is a metaphysician from the empire of Zakalon and the first "ambassador" to the
The morality of slavery is discussed among the characters throughout the book, and a civil war is fought in part to restrict the actions of slavers and limit the number of slaves in the
In hopes of saving her fellow Tonildans' lives as well as her lover's, Maia swims the river by herself. Despite serious wounds, she warns the
commander and thwarts the Terekenalter and Suban invasion.
gods are associated with different provinces of the empire. The pantheon includes Lespa of the Stars, Frella-Tiltheh the Inscrutable (Bekla City), Shardik the Bear (Ortelga), Shakkarn the Goat, Canathron the Winged Serpent (Lapan), Cran (a fertility and harvest god), and Airtha of the Diadem (a sky-goddess and Cran's consort).
Adams's second novel "Shardik" concerns a lonely hunter, Kelderek, who pursues Shardik, a giant bear he believes to embody the Power of God. Both Kelderek and Shardik become unwillingly drawn into the politics of an imaginary region called the
Empire. This setting stands in sharp contrast to the rural England of Adams's first book, "Watership Down".
Much as Adams had invented words of the Lapine language for the rabbits of "Watership Down", he employs some "
" vocabulary for honorifics, natural objects, and sexual terms; the last "allows adults to leave the book within reach of children." Some are also used in "Shardik".
High Counsellor Sencho is the spymaster of the
Empire. He buys both Maia and Occula as "bed-slaves". Terebinthia, the woman in charge of Sencho's household, supervises and trains them. At intervals, a peddler named Zirek visits and exchanges cryptic conversations with Occula.
Deelguy is a kingdom of traders and merchants to the north-east of the
Empire. The frontiers of Deelguy are a matter of dispute, however it is usually accepted that the territory belonging to the country includes the semi-desert land, known as the Deelguy Desert, lying to the east of the Telthearna River.
"Maia" is set in the
Empire, the same fantasy world as Adams's 1974 novel "Shardik". Although published ten years after "Shardik", "Maia" is a loose prequel whose events take place about a dozen years earlier. A few characters appear in both books.
Maia, at 15, lives in the
Empire's province of Tonilda with her mother Morca, her three younger sisters, and her stepfather, Tharrin. Their small, poor farm is on the edge of Lake Serrelind, and Maia tends to shirk her chores by swimming in the lake all day. Although Morca is pregnant with Tharrin's child, he secretly seduces Maia.
Maia and her companions recover on a remote farm, then travel for a time with rebel freebooters. Meris, always a troublemaker, gets herself killed by one of them. Maia gradually regains Zen-Kurel's and Anda-Nokomis' trust by her sincere efforts to help them. After an arduous boat escape from the
Empire to Terekenalt, Anda-Nokomis is killed and Maia receives a marriage proposal from the man she loves most.
Adams outlines Bekla's political situation in several chapters that bypass Maia. The "Leopard" faction led by the High Baron Durakkon, Fornis, the Lord General Kembri, and the High Counsellor Sencho came to power by ceding Suba, a western province, to the neighbouring kingdom of Terekenalt. They legalised slavery, and the capital's finances are now heavily based on taxation of it, including farms for breeding slaves as well as the enslavement of freeborn people such as Maia and Occula. The
army's central authority has largely withdrawn from the provinces unless paid to come enforce the law. Pockets of rebellion have sprung up around the empire.
Kelderek is a young hunter nicknamed "Play-with-the-Children" because of his simple nature and love of small children. In the forest near his home on the river island of Ortelga, he sees an enormous bear. When a tremendous fire ravaged the forest, the bear managed to flee, to be found almost dead by Kelderek. The Ortelgans worship the bear-god Shardik and once ruled the entire territory now known as the
Empire, but their territory and religion are now limited to a small barony of river-islands on the empire's outskirts.
The sound of Lapine has been ascribed to influence from Welsh, Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Arabic languages. Author Stephen Cain bolsters the Arabic connection by noting in particular that "Adams had occasion to study [Arabic] during his military service in the Middle East." The Lapine language has also been frequently compared to Sindarin (the language of the Elves in J.R.R. Tolkien's "Middle-earth" series) in terms of its effect on setting in the novels. Following the success of "Watership Down", Richard Adams would go on to invent another constructed language for his
novels, "Shardik" (1974) and "Maia" (1984).
In "Maia", Adams's other novel set in the
Empire, the girl Occula also enters the Streels at the prompting of those nameless spirits who have impelled her throughout, to pursue and kill Fornis, the depraved and cruel ruler of Bekla, who has herself entered the Streels at the prompting of those same spirits. She does this by causing Fornis to stab herself, and she becomes aware that the Streels are for those who have committed crimes for which there is no forgiveness or redemption. Occula has herself entered the Streels and her life is therefore forfeit – deodand – she has to stay apart from the world for a long time to recover herself, tended by the priest, guardian of the Streels.
After explaining what he has seen, Kelderek returns with the Tuginda and her priestesses to the place where Shardik was first spotted. Close by they find him dying of exhaustion and the severe burns which he incurred from the fire. At some risk to their own lives they treat Shardik and he recovers quickly. They then follow him as he goes about the island, seeking to divine his will and purpose. Shardik is very hungry by now and attacks the town at the eastern end of the island, somehow knowing to circumvent its defences on land by swimming out into the river and swimming back to it. After eating his fill from the town's supplies, Shardik leaves the town in uproar behind him and crosses a disused causeway to the mainland, heading south. Having seen Shardik's enormous size the Ortelgans believe in his divine status, and led by a young baron called Ta-Kominion they set out to follow Shardik, convinced that he is leading them to victory over the
empire. Ta-Kominion persuades Kelderek that Shardik must be drugged and put in a cage to follow the troops and this is accomplished at the cost of the life of Rantzay, one of the Tuginda's priestesses. However, Shardik is not long in the cage before he reawakens and those hauling the cage lose control of it, just as the first battle with the Beklans commences. The cage goes careening onto the battlefield just when it appears the Beklans have the upper hand and bursts open right in front of the
commander Gel-Ethlin. Shardik emerges in a rage, foaming at the mouth and dripping with blood from wounds caused by the cage and immediately strikes down Gel-Ethlin and his second-in-command before ploughing his way up the battlefield, slaughtering all before him. The terrified Beklans surrender in confusion and the ecstatic Ortelgans, convinced god is on their side, march on to Bekla, capital of the empire and capture it shortly afterwards.
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