Here is the list of key terms, people and places we created as a class on Wednesday. As these definitions each group's interpretations, I encourage you all to think of this as an ongoing discussion. If you think something needs to be added to or changed in a definition, please leave a comment in the comment section of this post (this is a great way to earn participation points). I also added a few links to terms which have information on wikipedia.
ansible—a communication radio rhat does not involve radio waves or any form of energy. It produces a message at any two points simultaneously, anywhere.
androgynous—being both male and female, meaning having both genitalia
Arek of Estre—Saves Therem of Stok from the cold. He warms him up and then the two kemmer. Bears a kemmer child with Therem of Stok. Brings baby to Lord Harish rem ir Stokven; the baby is Therem of Estre
Ashe Foreth—a Foreteller and the kemmering of Estraven and they also had a son together. There is also something going on between Ashe and Estraven that caused Estraven to be angry with him. Ashe also gave money to Estraven although he knew the risks of helping a traitor.
bisexual—a society which has two separate sexes
celibate—someone who doesn't participate in kemmer (i.e. Ashe Foreth); a job as a Foreteller—wears a gold chain
the Commensals—Thirty-three (33) heads of the Orgota government
commensality—regions of Great Commensality of Orgoreyn; similar word structure as “community” or “communism.” Root means “to eat together”—all Orgota government and institutions
domain—a vast amount of land, territory with borders. There are many domains. A very big neighborhood (domain)
dothe—a phase when your body goes through exhaustion and deep relaxation of your muscles; “hysterical strength” (59) a.k.a adrenaline
Ehrenrang—the capital city of Karhide; the king that ruled Ehrenrang was pregnant and after he gave birth the baby died. It has a parade every year, to celebrate.
Ekumen—an alliance of planets—the people of Ekumen want to recruit everyone in Gethen (Planet Winter)
Estraven—Lord of Estre
Fastness—a prayer house that people can go to for a brief period or longer
Faxe—the Weaver of the Foretellers at Otherhord
female—a certain phase in the kemmering process; a female animal
foray gun—a gun that fires pieces of metal
the Foretellers—people that are vested with the power to see into the future; followers of Meshe
Genly Ai—main character; human from Terra serving as Envoy or representative of Ekumen in Aether. Tries to persuade King Argaven to join the union but ends up going to Orgoreyn as Tibe takes over.
Gethen—a city that has Gethenians that inhabit Gethen that have no defined gender
the Hainish—the experimenters that created the planet Winter. They eliminated different sexes.
Handdara—discipline of the presence; self-enlightenment
hearth—another place (karhosh was built like hearth, but not completely). They have genealogical stability—maybe meaning they have perfected their kemmering
hieb—type of clothing, possibly a coat
Karhide—state of Gethen
karhosh—an island that houses the greatest part of the urban populations of Karhide. There are 20 to 200 private rooms and inhabitants take communal meals. Some buildings are hotels, some are cooperative communities, some are a mixture of both.
kemmer—Gethenian sex cycle; specific part of the cycle entered on the 22nd and 23rd day whereupon a person becomes sexually active
kemmering—a partner after one vows kemmering; similar to a husband or wife in our society
King Argaven—King of Karhide
kyorremy—the upper chamber or parliament, which Estraven used to head (Estraven being prime minister). Now his position is with Tibe. The kyorremy position is also under the king.
Lord Harish—father of Therem (of Estre); grandfather of the character we know as “Estraven”
Lord Tibe—King Argaven's cousin; current ruler of Karhide
Mesche—all powerful, supernatural “being” (Orgoreyn religion?); center of time; Foreteller who can see the past, present, and future
Mishnory—a busy port; a city whose main livelihood is based on shipping and fishing or business that relies on the sea
mother—the person who carries the child from kemmer
NAFAL ship—spaceship on which Genly Ai travels, presumably method of travel by Ekumen
nusuth—“doesn't matter,” “no problem,” “no matter,” “whatever”
Oedipus/myth of Oedipus—myth in which a child has a psycho-sexual relationship to his mother or father; myth originated with a kind who thought his son would kill him so he sent him away and abandoned his own child (popularized in psychology by Sigmund Freud)
Orgoreyn—state with 33 substates or districts. The state is feuding with Karhide over land. Orgoreyn is also corrupt because Tibe says he learns to lie from them.
Otherhord—the main temple of Foretellers located in Karhide
pervert—one who has permanent gender/sex
rem ir—“son of”
shifgrethor—related to pride, prestige, self-esteem. A type of façade.
Sinoth Valley—area of dispute between Karhide and Orgoreyn; claimed by Argaven's grandfather but never recognized by Orgoreyn (fenced off and hard to enter)
somer—sexually inactive part of the kemmer cycle
Stabiles—the individual nations within the Ekumenical alliance
Terra—land, Earth, place where Genly Ai lives/comes from
Therem Harth rem ir Estraven—Former Prime Minister of Karhide. Exiled for treason, but details are unclear. He moves to Orgoreyn after he is exiled.
Therem of Stok—Saved by Arek of Estre. Kemmers with him. Killed by a group of men from Stok.
vow kemmering—an oral contract between people to only kemmer with one another and no one else; like marriage
xenophobic—afraid of strangers