Imperial is the language spoken in the Empire of Makhaira. It is a mix of the Old Imperial, Lygosian, and the languages spoken by the various tribes included in the Empire. As such, it includes a vocabulary from a large variety of sources.
Atramentum Librarium (ah-TRA-men-TUM lye-BRAR-ee-um): Type of ink used in the Empire of Makhaira. It is illegal for any but three producers to make, therefore it is extremely rare. It is especially designed for all Imperial documents, though anyone who can afford it may still use it. Gekurioi are able to determine whether a document has been written using this ink, limiting forgeries.
Baka (BAAK-ah): Grandmother. It also can imply the matriarch of a family, clan, or group.
Bakica (baa-KEEK-ah): Also means grandmother, though never with any extended connotation.
Basileus (BASS-ah-LAY-us): Emperor. The feminine form is Basileia.
Cataphract (CAT-ah-FRACT): Heavy cavalry.
Cevapi In Somun (kuh-VA-pee in SO-mun): Minced meat of either beef, lamb or pork served on flatbread, often with chopped onions, sour cream, kajmak, ajvar, feta cheese, minced red pepper and salt. See Cevapi In Somun for a recipe.
Chiliarch (CHIL-ee-ARK): Literally "leader of one thousand." It is a military rank for the commander of a cohort.
Cohort (KOE-hort): The standard military unit of the Empire in the 1700s. It consists of anywhere from 100 to 600 men, depending upon weapons, tactics, and local traditions.
Dromon (DROH-mun): Main style of warship used in the Empire of Makhaira. Their design signaled the end of ramming as a naval tactic because their hulls were sufficiently sturdy to withstand ramming while retaining the flexibility required to handle medium-sized seas. They include a full upper deck, allowing for more and larger missile weaponry. They also possess a lateen sail.
Dux (dooks): Governor of a province.
Elatos (ELL-a-tohs): Rower on a galley.
Gospodar (GOSE-pa-dar): Lord. Often used in the sense of "milord."
Hecatontarch (HEK-a-tawn-TARK): Literally "leader of one hundred." It is a military rank used by many units within the Empire of Makhaira. The rank now refers to the subofficer in charge of day-to-day activities in an Imperial company of soldiers, whatever its actual size.
Jebi se (je-BEE SAY): Curse meaning "fuck off."
Kacamak (KAK-a-MAK):A fairly bland dish served in the Empire of Makhaira consisting of gruel fried in olive oil. It is often flavored with spices, honey, or served with sauces. See Kacamak for a recipe.
Kentarch (ken-TARK): Civilian rank used within the Empire of Makhaira. Applied to a relatively low-level but nonetheless vital member of a particular bureaucracy. A real world equivalent would be a sergeant on a police force or the administrative assistant of a major bureaucrat.
Kuja (COO-ya): Curse meaning "bitch."
Magistros (MADZH-uh-strose): High-ranked advisor to the emperor.
Nauarch (NOW-ark): Ship captain.
Olibanum (oh-LEE-bah-NUM): An oil made from frankincense trees used in many perfumes. The best olibanum comes from the border of the Qafric Wastes and the Empire of Makhaira. It is also produced in the provinces of Arbanon and Sabinia.
Palatini (PAL-uh-TI-nee): Units of warriors employed by a general or noble. Technically not part of the Imperial Army.
Prefect (pre-FECT): Ruler of a town or city.
Quaesitor (KWY-zuh-TOR): The officials tasked by the Emperor and provincial governors with solving crimes.
Solidi (SOL-uh-dee): A coin minted in the Empire of Makhaira. It is worth ten silver dinars or twenty bronze dinars. The plural form is solidii. Solidii are actually fairly rare, being only minted in Basilopolis while bronze and silver dinars are minted in several locations across the empire.
Stanar Seljak (sta-NARR sel-JAK): Derogatory term for a person from a rural area.
Stola (STOL-ah): A cloak-like garment worn in the Empire of Makhaira. Generally, it is only used by members of one or another religious hierarchy, though its use has fallen out of favor in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Strategos (stra-TEE-gose): A military rank in the Empire of Makhaira. Generally, it is reserved for generals leading large armies. The one exception is the Pronoiars military company in the city of Achrida in Dassaretum Province.
Ty Sto Thyolo (ty stow TIE-oh-lo): Curse meaning "what the hell?"