A map of Ruan –
“By the Queen’s blood!”– a curse that refers to the bloodline of the Warrior Queen, the first ruler of Ruan after the Cards were united and wife of the King Roese of Hearts. A variation is “By the Queen’s line!”
The Cheshire Cats- The private force from Clubs that has acted as the royal guards and silent force for the country. They have a magic and technology mix that allows them to create “mirrors” that let them move quickly between locations and spy through reflective surfaces.
The Queen’s Kiss- An action very similar to crossing oneself. Two fingers touch the left side of the lips then are raised for the Red Queen. Within Hearts, this action has evolved to touching the left side of the lips, then touching the clock where a heart once sat. Shown by Ladroch in page 19 of Chapter 1.
Pelna– A rural town in Hearts where Alice finds herself after being discovered in the nearby apple orchards by Ida in chapter 1. It is the town that once ran the extensive estate of the Baron of Hearts and lies not too far from the border of Hearts and capitol of Ruan.
Winding Day– When they Queen of Hearts winds the clock-hearts. This is never a day set in stone, only suggested by the length left on a clock. She may arrive to wind clocks on the last day they have left, or a week before, or even longer. She likes to keep her people nervous and anxious of each visit. Each town and city within Hearts has a different approximate winding day, all according to when they got their last wind. Sometimes the warnings of an impending winding day are ignored as the people of Hearts like to forget they have the clock-hearts in attempts to pretend their lives are not bound to the whim of one woman. Clothing fashions have shifted to help keep the clocks out of sight over the years since they were put in.
Clock-Hearts– the clocks that the Queen of Hearts has put into her people’s chests. Each clock has about 3 months they can last between full winds, but there are exceptions.
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