Ancient Facts Behind the Fantasy Fiction: Kingdom of Lost Children,
A Glossary of Characters, Places and Strange Terms
Interested in more details on the Characters, Settings, Worlds and Strange Terms included in Kingdom of Lost Children? Check out the 'Additional Notes' to discover some of the ancient facts and mythological beliefs behind the fantasy!
Leyla:15 and heroine of the story. An orphan, residing under the care of Lord Mayor Faolan, who she despises. She lives with a small group of other orphaned children, in St. Johns Parish, in a small town known as Sleeping Haven. She has tremendous empathy for the other children but also feels burdened by the responsibility. She is uncertain of her place in the world and is desperate to find out the truth behind her mother’'s disappearance.
Additional Note: Leyla is an ancient Arabic name, meaning, "night" or "born of night."
Christian and Lizzie: Christian, 11 and Lizzie 6, are brother and sister, living with Leyla and the other orphaned children. They have a special connection with Leyla as they were the first children to join her at the Parish. Christian (sometimes called Chris) is a fair-haired, light eyed boy who is very clever with science and is extremely protective of his little sister. Lizzie is a cute and very smart little girl with large brown eyes and bobbed brown hair. She has her own very special talent beginning to form.
Jasmine, Seph, Caterina, Ali (other orphaned children at St. John’s Parish): Jasmine, 9, is very pale with green eyes and straight, rather straggly, red hair. She is a talented artist and is extremely shy. She has a close affinity with Seph... Seph, 12, is of North African decent and has an ability to engineer things. He doesn’t speak often but speaks wisely when he does. He is protective of Jasmine. He has dark skin and striking hazel eyes... Caterina, 13, is a pretty girl with grey eyes and blonde curls. She is the most outspoken of the group and has an ability to captivate people with words - and a tendency to gossip... Ali, 10, is part Indian and part Thai. He has a kind at heart and is the joker of the pack, he loves to make people laugh.
Sylvie Galbraeth:Owner of the Galbraeth Estate and Leyla’s mother who mysteriously disappeared on Leyla’s sixth birthday.
Lord Faolan: The Mayor of Sleeping Haven and runs the small orphanage at St. John’s Parish. He is greatly admired by the community but is using the children for personal gains.
Mother Mire: A nun who helps with the care of the children. She cares for the orphans but also has great admiration for Lord Faolan.
Mr and Mrs Creven: Owners of a factory that produces products for the townspeople. They are secretly using the children as workers to make themselves rich.
Professor Thomas: History Professor at the town school. He specialises in ancient history, languages and mythology. He is a logical man who spends most of his time buried in books.
King Adon: A winged white tiger, he is an ancient being with great powers and is the King of Ur.
Additional Note: In Ugaritic texts (ancient Syria), "adn iln" means; “Lord of gods.” Similar references can also be found in Hebrew (Adonai) and Greek (Adonis) mythology. The similar name Atum was also the ancient Egyptian term for “Lord”; Atum-Ra being the sun god and creator of the Universe.
Nammurah: Half human and half sea creature, she is queen over all of the oceans.
Additional Note: Nammu in Sumerian mythology was the goddess of the Primeval Sea.
Oriah: An Onyx, he is one of the leaders of Ur and is a creature of peace.
The Ancients: Keepers of all ancient knowledge and representative of the original 9 planets.
Aanrah: The Dark Prince and Lord of Sokkaris. He was once a leader of Ur but broke away to create his own kingdom. He possesses great magical power.
Additional Note: The name Aanrah was created from a variety of sources . An (Anu, Akkadian) was a Sumerian sky god, depicted with horns and was lord over evil spirits, including Lamashtu or *Lamia (Greek) who preyed on children; a myth that pre-dates 3000BC. HaRah is a Jewish Orthodox word meaning; The Evil One.
Damon & *Lamia: Minions of Aanrah
Giddeon: Both a humorous and deep character. A troll-like creature, expert with a bow and arrow, he has shape-shifting abilities and is a warrior and guardian.
Purgum: A large black panther with the tail of a scorpion. A powerful warrior with telepathic abilities, trapped by Damon in the cacodemon’s lair.
Hope: A gentle being from Ur and one of the Ennead.
Siddah, Sorceress of Qumrah: Once part of the Ennead, she became secluded and bitter, casting a spell over her kingdom, Qumrah.
SETTINGS & LOCATIONS:
Sleeping Haven: The small, sleepy town, where the story begins.
Galbraeth: A now abandoned estate, once owned by Leyla’s mother.
St. John’s Parish: The town Parish bought by Lord Mayor Faolan and used as the orphanage for the children, as well as the town church.
Lake Nimueh: An enchanted lake situated in the forest surrounding the small town.
Additional Note: Nimueh is derived from the Welsh, Nimue, meaning, ‘Lady of the Lake.’ She appears in Authurian legends as the sorceress who bewitches Merlin.
Sirion: An ancient world of light, once connected to Earth. A great war on Sirion split the world into two kingdoms, Ur and Sokkaris.
Additional note: The name Sirion is derived from the star Sirius, which in Ancient Egyptian times, could be seen on the horizon at twilight just before dawn (referred to as the “Duat”) and believed to be a celestial location or dimension to which a person traveled from this life to the next.
Kingdom of Ur: A beautiful and peaceful land that must have light to survive. Ur is ruled by King Adon, and the remainder of the broken Ennead, Nammurah, and Oriah.
Additional Note: The Kingdom of Ur is not a fictional land created purely for the novel, Kingdom of Lost Children. Ur really existed and is one of the first recorded great civilizations, believed to have been built circa 4000BC. Ur was located in the modern day country now known as Iraq and was situated south of the Euphrates River, on the edge of the Al Hajara Desert. Ur was a wealthy and highly advanced civilization that created the Cuneiform script, one of the earliest known forms of written expression, and built the great Ziggurat measuring 210 feet (64m) in length, 150 feet (46m) in width and over 100 feet (30m) in height, although only the foundations remain today, suggesting its true height to have been much greater. Ur also sparked the Moon cult, represented by the god Sin (Akkadian: Su’en) who was responsible for deciding the fate of the dead.
Sokkaris: The remains of what was once the Kingdom of Ur. A dark and violent land ruled by Aanrah who seeks to completely destroy Ur.
Additional Note: Sokkaris is derived from the Ancient Egyptian god Sokar, a pre-dynastic god of the dead. In the ancient Egyptian text, The Book of What is in the Duat, the Kingdom (or sometimes, Land) of Sokar is referred to as the 5th of the 6 divisions of the Duat; a series of Kingdoms which must be passed through in the afterlife.
Fortress of Sidon, Qumrah: A palace within the frozen land of Qumrah ruled by an angry and bitter Sorceress.
Sands of Time: A vast temple that houses an ancient being of sand. This temple is in a desert, known as Deshret.
Temple of Io: A monumental pyramidal structure, located in the mountains of Bashan. Used as a temple of magic and a gateway to other worlds.
Additional Note: In Ancient Egypt, pyramids were not simply tombs, but ritual sites, perfectly aligned with specific stars. The pyramid was believed to be a ‘gateway’ to these stars to ensure a safe passage from this life to the next.
Ki: Term used on Sirion for “Earth.”
Additional Note: Ki was the Sumerian word for, Mother Earth, and in ancient mythology, the consort of *An. (*See Characters/People: Sirion, Aanrah)
Dimtu-Sheut : Aanrah’s Lair.
Additional Note: This is a combination of Sumerian (Dimtu) and Ancient Egyptian (Sheut), meaning, “Tower of Shadow.”
Ennead: An ancient Greek term for the Egyptian, Pesdjet, referring to the 9 deities of Heliopolis and was also described as “the great council of the gods.” In Kingdom of Lost Children, the Ennead was broken, originally consisting of; King Adon, Nammurah, Oriah, Siddah, Hope, Purgum, Giddeon, Aanrah and Lamia
A’Nan Maa’t: Ancient Egyptian term for, "Justice and Truth."
Five magical books are mentioned in Kingdom of Lost Children; Ba, Ka, Ib, Sheut and Ren: In ancient Egypt it was believed that a person was made up of a number of independent parts:
Ba, was that which made a person unique and can be most closely identified with the term 'soul' which we use today.
Ka, referred to the spiritual essence, or life force, received at birth by breath, and released at death.
Ib, referenced the heart in its metaphysical sense.
Sheut, the shadow, was the alternate part of a person; it was believed that the shadow contained something of the person it represented and was associated with Anubis, the god of the dead.
Ren, was the name. The name stayed with a person from birth and was believed to keep the person 'alive' as long as the name was spoken, even after physical death. Hence, the magical circle of the cartouche, was placed around the written name as a means of protection. Ren was also the term for 'knowledge' acquired by the owner of that name and was often used in conjunction with spells.
Ne Ra’ ia ‘eh: Ancient Egyptian, meaning, “The Sun and the Moon.”
Pixies: Keepers of all that is not human. Each for a different flower, plant or animal.
Fairies: Keepers of infants.
Feuries: Teenage Fairies, in training to become Sprites.
Sprites: Powerful warriors, healers and teachers.
Ophanim and Seraphim: The most knowledgeable and skilled Sprites.
*Ophan (Singular) /Ophanim (plural): Are creatures described in the Book of Enoch and referred to as “Watchers."
*Seraph (Singular) / Seraphim (plural): Are a second group of creatures also described in the Book of Enoch and the Talmud and are described as having beautiful and powerful voices.
Watchers: In Kingdom of Lost Children, every human has a "Watcher", known as an Ophan.
Additional Note: The term "Watchers" is used in many ancient texts, most famously in the Book of Daniel (Torah/Old Testament) and Enoch 1: The Book of Watchers (apocryphal text, The Dead Sea Scrolls). While the dating for these books are greatly disputed (varying from 600BC to 200BC), it is worth taking into account the oral traditions of ancient people as well as the creation of various copies of an original work to ensure its safety. Many visual references indicate the belief in such beings far predates these times. Watchers were described in the Book of Daniel as being good, while Enoch 1 describes them as evil; indicating the existence of both good and evil Watchers.
Favourite Quotes from Kingdom of Lost Children:
“You give someone who thinks it’s funny to hold burping competitions, Literature?’' ~ Caterina
“Why do you look afraid? They are no more than logs – parasites – glitches that must be contained. They plot. They scheme. They listen...just as one listens now.’' ~ Aanrah
“After the first battle, a mighty scroll was written by The Ancients. A scroll written by the hands of light. It was rent into five books, four of which were hidden across the four corners of your world. The Book of Ba, the soul; Ka, the life force; Ib, the heart; and Sheut, the shadow. These four contained not only an account of these terrible events, but also a prophecy of one who would return the fifth scroll to us. The Scroll of Knowledge, of Words, of Names. The Book of Ren. This book contains all of the secrets of light. The secret of its power." ~ King Adon
“ANSWER ME MY QUESTIONS THREE, ANSWER CORRECTLY AND YOU ARE FREE, THEN A FOURTH I WILL GIVE, ANSWER CORRECTLY IF YOU WISH TO LIVE.’' ~ Sands of Time
“Well, you can enter through my nose if you wish. But it would be much more difficult and not nearly as pleasant.’' ~ Rock of Ages
“Some desires are in the eye. To deny these would be a lie. Step forward and enter in. It’s time to make your dreams begin…" ~ The Ringmaster
“Oh my God!... It’s like…, Teach You Manners Barbie!’' ~ Ali
“Look around you my dear apprentice. Your ability rivals mine.’' ~ Aanrah
“Well, there's not much point in turning back now, it’s either be brave… or be barbeque!’' ~ Leyla
“Not quite barbeque… but judging by the sharpness of these rocks, almost shish kebab!’' ~ Giddeon
“There is a future for us and it is greater than any fairy-tale!’' ~ Leyla