Fantasy Dictionar

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Fantasy Dictionar

Fantasy Dictionary

Writing a fantasy story often involves world-building: creating the setting in which your story takes place. Physical location is an important part of this phase—the house, cavern, mountain, forest, town, ship, island, or any other space your characters inhabit. But it is more than just a place. Building a world may mean thinking about the history, art, music, language, clothing, and customs of the story’s people—how they earn a living, what they do on holidays, and what everyday objects they use.

Of course a writer can’t design every aspect of a culture. If you did that, you’d never get around to writing the story! But here is the key: you want to think carefully enough about these things so that the reader believes your fantasy world goes on beyond the edges of your story. You want this imaginary world to feel real. And you do that with some well-placed, clear, creative details.

So let’s do some world-building! Please come up with objects, places, words ... any ideas for a fantasy story’s world. Tools, animals, types of clothing, dwellings—any of these and more may become necessary elements in our story! You may suggest as many as you like, or even post a strange word and let others suggest meanings. If you want, you can also write a sentence using the word or describing the fantasy place. Here are two examples:

haloris – a lantern that gives off both light and a pleasant scent. It is used by people who live near the swamps to counter the odors of mud and decay.

“Quill’s boots sank into the moss, deeper at each step, and ahead she could see a swamp, moonbeams glittering on pools that lapped around the tree roots. Catching the stench of stagnant water, she pulled the haloris lamp from her pack and set it alight.”

gnawk – a large, black bird with a raucous cry and uneven feathers that always look ruffled and untidy. Gnawks have a fondness for pecking and chewing on rope, and they are notorious for setting free dogs and farm animals tied with ropes. They unmoor boats tied to docks, and have been known to free certain fortunate prisoners.

Can you see how story ideas practically ooze from your Fantasy Dictionary, once you get your imagination going?

submitted by Fred Durbin
(April 23, 2014 - 10:11 am)

I'm a gonna make some mosters!


Vispüür: A strange air creature that can take a bodily form on every night with a blood red moon. They can only go into the bodies of children and thousands have been stolen to provide the Vispüürs their human forms. The Vispüür must leave the body by the next full moon.


Vænom: A firey creature often covered in soot. It has a snake head and tail with a human torso. It can spit fire.

Daulphin: A kind water creature; like a mermaid with a dolphin tail.






submitted by Brooke E., age 11, Arkansas
(July 1, 2014 - 10:07 am)
Mothers warned their children not to go out at night because of Vispuur's hunting hours.
The Daulphin shyly swam toward Quill's boat, tail gleaming in the soft moonlight.
Ok, this is a longer one I know, but oh well....
Aeron slammed a shocking spell into the Vaenom as it reared to strike. The Vaenom screeched and slunk rapidly away into the night. Aeron ran over to Fable. She was covered in soot head to toe and blood oozed out of a gash in her forehead. "Fable, Fable, please wake up, you can't die now, you're so young........"
Aeron sighed with relief and grasped Fable in his arms. Some herbs could fix that cut, and he had another chance to keep her safe. 
submitted by Brooke E., age 11, Arkansas
(July 1, 2014 - 2:01 pm)

Snolrakii-a noodle dish with a sauce that is poisonous to every speacies but the elves, who eat it at fancy parties and formal occaisions because to them, it is a delicacy. It is made with flat, foot-long noodles and the sauce is made with snolroot (see below).

Snolroot-A potato that was planted, sprouted and picked during the new moon. If eaten by any speacies, (human or animal) other than elves, it will cause random vomiting through out the following week.

submitted by Joy F., age 13, Mailbox #29
(July 3, 2014 - 3:02 pm)

staciary, [Elven stacia "star"], n., a dewdrop bewitched to flash, as with sunlight, in a pattern, similar to Morse code, that holds a short message. Usually made by sun elves, but possible for any mage to create

Mages of the Pen, [Common mage "arcane magician", pen "writing implement"], n., (group) an order of people whose writing, if done well, can come to life. A Mage of the Pen may or may not be an actual magic user, though many are. They are based out of the Papyrus Tower in Aliphar City, but have centers of operations worldwide.

bazatsu, [Dwarven bazur "bird of prey"], n., (Gymnogyps pinnigrus) a huge condor native to the Dawnforge Mountains. Considered a fine catch if brought down by a hunter, as not only are its sinews incredibly strong, its bones invaluable as arrow shafts, and its meat quite edible, its feathers make some of the finest quill pens known to any race

murdoch, [Dwarven murdoch "dishonorable person, traitor"], 1 n., a person (usually male) who takes dishonorable actions as determined by the user of the word; 2 n., traitor, or other person whose allegiances vary unbecomingly; 3 adj., traitorous, annoying, or bad in some other way 

By the way, Cappy says "gaaw." Does that mean it's tired of my posts?

submitted by A Crowd Sorcerer, age 13, New Hampshire
(July 1, 2014 - 8:12 pm)

staciary: "A staciary, blinking as it hung innocently from a moon-lily vine, caught Iyan'xai's attention. Intrigued, she went to have a closer look. Could this be the message that Mionr was talking about?"

Mages of the Pen: "'Who is THAT?!' he asked incredulously, jabbing his thumb in the direction of an ostentatiously dressed stranger talking to Rillon the Merchant. Tari shrugged. 'Don't know. He came to town last night. Says he's a Mage of the Pen, but I say that's all a bunch of poppycock.'"

bazatsu: "Ralcoss set his sights on a bazatsu circling high above, and drew his bow. If he brought it down, not only would he pass his test and be allowed to stay aboveground, but it would be enough to supply a feast for his entire village!"

murdoch: "From the door to the kitchen emanated the distinctive sound of Brunhelda kicking the old potbellied stove. 'Ye murdoch of a thing as ever came of Gunbjorn's hammer! Why can't ye work for mama, just this one leetle time?!'" 

Cappy says "hccp," which leads me to believe that it has hiccups. :D

submitted by A Crowd Sorcerer, age 13, New Hampshire
(July 2, 2014 - 12:55 pm)

fleymice: bat/human shape-shifters. Mistreated and shunned.

dreykloms: small bags that can hold much more than they seem to.

cleykings: the 10 cleybats worth coin

cleyponk: the 5 cleybats coin

cleyjest: the 2 cleybats coin

cleybat: the lowest coin in the land, worth about 1 dollar 

snicknife: dagger

baltoid: the robe of the fleymice.


submitted by Lillian W, age 11, Minnesota
(July 2, 2014 - 5:53 pm)

Corae--coffee minus the caffiene. Usually made by people who can't afford real coffee, but preferred by some rich folks who don't like being hyper/jittery.

Etu--diminutive. For example, if you were talking to someone younger of lower rank than you, you would call them Etu if you wanted to.

Qrtae--mother or wife (that could get kind of confusing, I admit), used in an affectionate way.

Oro--father or husband, used in an affectionate way.

akere (a-keer)--teacher, like sensei. 

submitted by Violet C., age 11, Washington
(July 2, 2014 - 6:26 pm)

Are etu, qrtae, and oro honorifics, to be placed after a person's name? If so, here are some TENTATIVE example sentences. Feel free to reply back if you feel that I've misused any word.

etu: "'You will do nothing of the kind, Azdi-etu. Get back to your seat NOW,' the teacher said coldly. 'I will not be held responsible for another of your troublemaking escapades.'"

qrtae: "'Alina-qrtae?' 'Yes, dear heart?' she called down the stairs. 'Make ready our finest rooms, if you would, because (and you're not going to believe this) the King is stopping here, at this inn, on his tour of the provinces!!'"

oro: "I rapped thrice on the oaken door of Papa's study, then held my breath as I heard footsteps cross the room inside. I had to get every word right, not a toe out of place, or I'd be locked in my room for an hour or more. The door swung open, but before a glowering Papa could say anything, I said sweetly, 'Papa-oro? I'm truly sorry to interrupt your work, but there is a matter at hand which I simply must speak to you about!'"

submitted by A Crowd Sorcerer, age 13, New Hampshire
(July 4, 2014 - 8:33 am)


submitted by Christine S., age 8, California
(July 3, 2014 - 12:06 pm)

Darkberries- poisonous berries that can kill if not treated and the only known antidote is vomiting, which still doesn't always work. The berries are black flecked with red.

Snakepearl- special pearls that allow living things that are in physical contact with them to become invisible for as long as they are in physical contact with the Snakepearl. Snakepearls look exactly like regular pearls but with a green glow.

submitted by Ivysplash, age almost 9, USA
(July 3, 2014 - 12:32 pm)

Why are they called Snakeperals? Are they from snakes ?

Snakeperals are cool!Laughing

submitted by Christie M., age 10, CA,US
(July 4, 2014 - 3:14 pm)

Mei-little puffballs that chirp. They form a strong bond with their owners. They are intelligent beings.

submitted by Violet C., age 11, Washington
(July 3, 2014 - 2:04 pm)

Aww, that's so cute !Smile

submitted by Christie M., age 10, CA, US
(July 3, 2014 - 5:59 pm)
Caller (call-er): a person whos presence calls a mythical animal to them.
Felly (fell-e): someone who goes barefoot
Panganana (pain-ga-nana): A large bright pink fruit, to eat it you must use paper to slit the hard shell in half, you will find 12 fist-sized pods which you crack open with your hands to find 10 to 15 

yellow fruits shaped like garlic cloves which you eat.

Elseven (else-ven): the kingdom Fable lives in?
Brook (brook): the capital of Elseven
Calan (ca-lawn): a sturdy fabric that keeps out the cold and rain.
Sleniv (slen-niv): a poison that only a phoenix can cure 
submitted by Megan C., age 9, Bothell, WA.
(July 3, 2014 - 3:55 pm)

This is my 1st time--well, second, actuually, since I deleted the 1st by accident- so don't be too judgmental.

Moonbird- A bird like a hummingbird, but black with silver streaks, drinking only the nectar of the Moon Bloom.

" The Legend is the Mother Moonbird gave birth to the stars, which are eggs waiting to fall to the earth and hatch. "

Moon Bloom- A bloom which only opens in the light of the full moon. Emits soft light.

Kiv- Small, intelligent winged squirrels.

" The Kiv chirped. The elf nodded. Leaping forward, the Kiv slashed her sword through the air."

Aruve- The land of dreams and sleep, where people between life and death linger.

Deéy- a rock-like egg meant to hold a present, or precious thing. A good disguise. No one knows how to get things inside them.

" The blue-gray rock cracked. Everyone gasped. A tiny golden locket was among the wreakage of the deéy."

What do you think ?  



submitted by Christie M., age 10, CA, US
(July 3, 2014 - 5:55 pm)