Bandits
outlaws of the city and escaped serfs who dwell in the Great Forest and prey on travellers
Bushmen
aboriginal forest dwellers, known for their deadly 'spuds' - poisoned spikes
Fern-maiden
akin to an elemental nymph of Greek Myth - nubile leaf-clad femme fatales who haunt the Great Forest and the edges of male consciousness
Gipsies
Descendants of the Traveller community - predominantly Romany
Long Bow
The English longbow, also called the Welsh longbow, was a powerful type of medieval longbow (a tall bow for archery) about 6 ft 6 in (2.0 m) long used by the English, Scots and Welsh, both for hunting and as a weapon in medieval warfare. English use of longbows was effective against the French during the Hundred Years' War, particularly at the start of the war in the battles of Crecy (1346) and Poitiers (1356), and most famously at the Battle of Agincourt (1415). They were less successful after this, with longbowmen taking casualties at the Battle of Verneuil (1424), and being completely routed at the Battle of Patay (1429) when charged before they had set up their defensive position.
parchment
no paper has survived, and the making of it has not been rediscovered. The only writing survives upon ancient vellum parchments - incredibly rare. Literacy is virtually unknown - there is no need for it. Only Felix Aquila shows any interest in the scant knowledge of the past.
Shepherd
A peaceful herder tribe, governed by Elders
The Lake
a vast inland lake covering much of Central Southern England - its water is renowned for its purity, and so it is often referred to as the Sweetwater Lake
The League
ostensibly a noble alliance, whose members swear to uphold ancient virtues of chivalry, but more commonly one prone to corruption and intrigue.
Unknown Orb
a mysterious planetary body, whose baleful influence, when it comes into Earth's orbit, results in Climate Chaos - violent changes in tides, magnetism and animal behaviour
yellow vapour
the narcotic smog that hangs over the ruined city of London