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This page is a handy way to discover the etymology of your favorite character and place names from “The Crimson League” without scrounging through all the character biographies for what you want. There’s also an explanation of the spells and incantations with the Romance language roots.


ADARG REFLAYHA: A common shield spell. “Adarga” means “shield” in Spanish. The second term of the incantation reflects the shield’s ability to make enemy spells bounce off (pun intended)

APERTA: opens doors or anything else that is sealed, magically or otherwise. “Abierto” means “open” in Spanish. In the original Latin, that “b” was a “p.”

ATTADA: binds a victim with twine. “Atado” means “tied” in Spanish.

BRAZNOM: Petroc’s spell to engrave his name in Kora’s arm. “Arm” is “bras” in French and “brazo” in Spanish. “Nom” is the French word for “name.” (In Spanish it’s “nombre.”)

CARAPACIO: Hansrelto’s spell that causes death by freezing the body while keeping the mind active, forcing it to require oxygen. Victim suffocates in the shell of his body. A “carapace” is a Latin-derived English word for a hard shell.

CEGARA: Kora’s blinding spell. In Spanish, “Cegar” means “to blind.”

CONTENAY RUID: Evokes a sound barrier. “Ruido” means “noise” in Spanish.

DESFAZAIR: undoes/stops continuous magic, such as a sound barrier or invisibility. “Fazer” is an older, medieval spelling of the Spanish verb “to do.” Modern Portuguese still uses “fazer.”

DESPARESKA: invisibility spell. “Desparezca” is a command in Spanish that means, “Disappear!”

ESPADARA: Kora’s spell to conjure an unmanned blade comes from “Espada,” meaning “Sword” in Spanish.

ESPER: Bendelof’s last name is derived from “Esperanza,” the Spanish word for hope.

FORZYTHE: Zalski’s last name (and Laskenay’s maiden name) is derived from “Fuerza,” the Spanish term for strength.

FWAIG COMMENZ: spell to start (or commence) a fire (“fuego” in Spanish).

GOLPAY MAYHIA: Spell to strike someone’s face magically. A “golpe” is a blow in Spanish. “La mejilla” is a cheek.

HEATHDON: Laskenay’s last name comes from “Hearth,” symbolizing her devotion to and love for her family (as sprawling as the manor she lived in was.)

KAIGA: tripping spell. “Caigo” means “I’m falling” in Spanish. “Caiga” would be a command form.

KORA: from the Spanish “corazón,” meaning heart.

LIBRETTE OSCURE: Hansrelto’s book of spells, many of which are evil or torturous. “Librette” means a small book. “Oscuro” is the Spanish word for “dark.”

MAYDER: Auntie Mayder’s name symbolizes her maternal instincts. Latin: mater. Spanish: madre.

PETTIT: the Pettit River’s name comes from the French “petit,” meaning small. It is shorter and narrower than the Podra.

PODRAR: Herezoth’s capital. The Spanish term “poder,” meaning power, was the source of the name.

POLVASSAY: This spell pulverizes a wall, boulder, or other object. “Polvo” is “dust” in Spanish.

SEDDER: Sedder’s strength and loyalty are symbolized by his name, which comes from the Irish Setter, a breed of hunting dog.

VOLDRONE: Ranler’s last name comes from “voler,” the French verb “to steal,” and  “ladrón,” the Spanish word for thief.