A Field Guide to Eden
SPOILER ALERT–IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED CHASING EDEN, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS
Since the dawn of time, there has been a place that’s dwelled in the collective subconscious of the human race. It’s known to many cultures as Eden; where we once lived in a simpler time, in harmony with nature, with God, and with each other. It wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t paradise–it’s here on Earth, after all, and people will be people. But Eden was a place where the air was not toxic, there were no chemicals in food, and we were our best selves.
That is still the case in the hidden society referenced in the Eden Thrillers. We can’t tell you where it is or how to get there. And you’ll have to wait for the upcoming “inside Eden” book, SERPENT OF EDEN, for all the details. But here is a dictionary of terms to get you through until then. Or, until you visit, yourself.
With the publication of PLAGUES OF EDEN, the fourth of the series (and the first of the new trilogy), we’ve been asked for some reminders of the terminology readers will find.
The Steppe how Eden-dwwellers refer to Eden
Terris world how Gardeners refer to the rest of the world (where most of us live; also known as Topside)
Gardeners residents of Eden
Mountaintop The special school inside the Steppe where Agents and Swords train.
Vintner’s Cup Training that every Gardener receives in how to grow and appreciate wine grapes
Terraces The part of the Steppe that is planted as vineyards.
Swords of Eden The 12 especially trained Gardeners who are the only ones that know the way into Eden
Agents of Eden Gardeners who are trained to be agents of positive change in the Terris world
Messengers of Eden Gardeners who act as couriers between Swords and Agents and those inside the Steppe.
Operative Coordinator (OC) A Gardener who lives in the Terris world and oversees the activities of the Agents under her or his charge.
Terris Coordinator (TC) The four top coordinators who oversee all missions in their quarter of the Terris world
Door Opening The infrequent times that travel is allowed between the Steppe and the Terris world. One of the Swords is tasked to oversee each one, and to bring travelers back and forth.