At last -- the seventh dimension explained. With the Guide to Trek Mi Q'an, readers can brush up on character profiles, map out the geography of Tryston, understand the political infrastructures of the galaxy, consult the extensive Glossary and even learn how to pronounce all the names and terms. (It's Trek Mee Kwan, by the way.) Only the truly foolish dare leave Earth without it.
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Ellora's Cave Publishing, Incorporated
November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Guide to Trek Mi Q'an by Jaid Black
November 2007 will mark the seventh anniversary of both Trek Mi Q'an and, because of that distant galaxy, Ellora's Cave Publishing. While I've written dozens of fiction novels and novellas since the day the first book in the series, The Empress' New Clothes, was published, Trek Mi Q'an (pronounced Treck Mee Khan) will always hold a special place in my heart. Every author's name is, after all, synonymous with the book or series of books they breathed life into, and those which their readers cherish the dearest. From the beginning, the names "Jaid Black" and "Trek Mi Q'an" have gone hand in hand.
When my publisher, Raelene Gorlinsky, approached me with the idea of writing an introduction for this book, I was very willing but not exactly sure what to write about. After much thought, I decided to go back to the beginning, to explore what was going through my head all those years back when I first started writing Empress...
I was in college at the time, an avid romance reader who was giving some serious consideration to a career in anthropology. While my interest in becoming an anthropologist lasted only until I found out I'd have to do excavation work under gross conditions to obtain my doctorate (Not this diva!), my fascination with cultural differences--especially sexual ones--continued into the present. That scientific enthrallment is what molds the campy, irreverent, seemingly far-fetched universe of Trek Mi Q'an.
Glossary of Terms
Seventh dimension: a state of existence beyond human fathoming capabilities; the ability to see, understand and interact with the world on a plane of reality incomprehensible on Earth as we know it.
Aparna: the dark goddess of war and pleasure.
Bloodmate (See vorah): Khan-Gori term for wife.
Boggi: A set of four shackles sometimes used by Galian females to break recalcitrant males.
Bound servant: a sex slave born of natural means; typically acquired through a war. Bound servants, unlike Kefas, are not slaves for life. They are released after five Yessat Years of sexual and physical servitude. Although they wear the qi'ka, the traditional skirt of Trystonni females, their breasts remain unbound, separating them from free women.
Bridal necklace: a crystal necklace with which a Trystonni warrior binds his Sacred Mate to him. Bridal necklaces are individual to each male and are irreplaceable if destroyed. If a Sacred Mate dies the bridal necklace stays locked around her neck even in death. If a false Sacred Mate is given a bridal necklace, upon her death the necklace will unclasp and can be used again. Such is the case for the relationship between Rem and Jera in The Empress' New Clothes, with Rem claiming his true Sacred Mate in No Mercy. Bridal necklaces have many magical properties, most of which are common knowledge in the Trek Mi Q'an universe. Some of these properties include showing emotion (via color), linking life forces between Sacred Mates and language translation. During intercourse, the bridal necklace reflects the pleasure felt between mates and, after the male's orgasm, produces a pleasurable "aftershock" that can cause unconsciousness in extreme cases. Unmated males envy mated males the pleasure brought by the bridal necklace.
Bryyif: silver gun-like mechanism that shoots liquid fire instead of bullets. Used by the female warriors of the Wani sector of Tron. (Referenced in Enslaved.)
Cherished One: Dementian endearment. (Referenced in Dementia.)
Consummation Feast: an ancient custom that precedes the claiming of a King's Sacred Mate. It is the only time that mated warriors (and their Sacred Mates) stretch their monogamous bonds. It is a time when women work their warriors to a frenzy of jealousy. Before the ceremony ends, the warriors are brought to a peak by Kefa slaves, while Sacred Mates are pleasured to a peak by unmated males.