The Bedel appear in Necessity's Child, Dragon in Exile, and in "Eleutherios".


  • Affirmation

“An Affirmations was three days of singing, tale-telling, eating and dance. A time for the Bedel to recall what it meant to be of the Kompani, and to forget the ways and workings of the Gadje – those others – among whom they lived, but were apart.”

  • chafurma: The "gathering time".[1] The activity in which the kompani are engaged in Necessity's Child, and which is nearing its end for the different kompani in "Eleutherios". A kompani on chafurma must maintain fixed numbers, with members' deaths balanced by births (or, in need and at the risk of diluting the group identity, adoption of a suitable gadje). [2]
  • fleez: A performance of telling the future by the turn of a card, done for gadje in return for money. The design of the card deck - the number of cards, the design and meaning of each - is set by tradition, if only to lend verisimilitude. Each performer uses a deck of her own making.[3]
  • gadje: "Those Others". People who are not Bedel, to whom nothing is owed.
  • garda: Police, officers of law-enforcement.
  • kompani: A group of people banded together to a common purpose; in particular a group of Bedel on chafurma. Other groups thus distinguished by the Bedel on Surebleak include Korval[4] and the kompani of Bosses [5]
  • luthia: She who is the grandmother of all the kompani. A healer, a keeper of knowledge.
  • vey: Possessing that quality which the Liadens call dramliz.

Social StructureEdit

The elders of the kompani are the headman, who looks for the well-being of the kompani, and the luthia, who looks for the well-being of the individuals that make it up.


Cards used in the fleez include:

  • The Burning House: "Change, and good fortune." A tall house standing in a garden, flowers round its base, with a lightning bolt blowing off the roof and setting it alight.[3]
  • The Double Moons: "Good dinner and a dry place to sleep." [6]
  • The Headman[7]
  • The Lantern: "Today, you seek." ("Will I find what I seek?" "That depends on you.")[8]


  • The very first prayer a child of the Bedel is taught: “Let the Road be easy, let the gleanings be good, let there be brothers and sisters ‘round the hearth at the beginning of the day and the end.”[9]
  • "Tell me what we owe our brothers, and our sisters, and all of the kompani of Bedel." -- " Truth, kindness, food, air"[2]


"It is an immersion protocol; it is how the Bedel learn from the past, or from another's unique experience; We say, 'I will dream on it,' when we wish to learn; thus, the means of learning becomes a 'dream', in the language."[10]
"Silain had never seen a sea in her waking mind, but a long lifetime of dreaming had opened such things to her knowledge. Such things, too, as the memories, not of those for whom chafurma had never ended, but of those who had felt their lack."

this section could be expanded with specific examples from Necessity's Child and Dragon in Exile


  1. Necessity's Child, ch 25
  2. 2.0 2.1 Necessity's Child, ch 22
  3. 3.0 3.1 Necessity's Child, ch 34
  4. Necessity's Child, ch 1
  5. Necessity's Child, ch 4
  6. Necessity's Child, ch 11
  7. Necessity's Child, ch 12
  8. Necessity's Child, ch 17
  9. Necessity's Child, ch 37
  10. Dragon in Exile, ch 6

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