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Glossary and Pronunciation Guide
I don't speak Hindi, Sanskrit, or any of the numerous other languages used throughout India, so this pronunciation guide is not meant to be accurate. Rather, it's my best guess at how these words and names--some real, some made up--would be pronounced, and I think it suffices for gaming purposes. 

However, if you are familiar with Hindi and could help correct any mistakes I've made, please e-mail me and I'll be more than happy to learn from you and make this guide more accurate. 
 
Agni
(AHG-nee): the Vedic god of fire and the patron deity of Fighting Tiger Devastator units.
 
babirusa
(bah-beer-OOO-sah): an armored, six-legged, tusked omnivore native to Veda and found throughout grassy areas and forests; one of the favorite prey of Mahaduyanan tigers.
 
Brahman
(BRAH-mahn): the Vedic name for the Emperor; usually the Vedic people and the Fighting Tigers refer to him as the Sleeping Emperor Whose Dream Shapes the Universe.

Unlike other Space Marine Chapters, Fighting Tigers worship the Emperor as a god, served by the Vedic gods (of which there are thousands). Indeed, the Tigers  believe that everything--the physical universe, the Warp, all of reality and even time itself--is a long, elaborate dream of the Brahman, a dream from which someday he shall awaken. When he does, everything except himself will cease to exist. The Emperor will then fall asleep again, dream again, and (by dreaming) create a new reality.
 
Brihaspati
(bree-HAASS-pah-tee): the Vedic god of wisdom and the patron deity of Fighting Tiger Librarians.

Chandramatie Bahl
(CHAN-drah-MAH-tee BALL): Librarian and Acting Raja of Ghuyrashtra.
 
Ghuyarashtra
(goo-YAH-raash-TRAH): the southern continent of Veda; also the name of the jatis stationed there. Ghuyarashtra is mostly covered by dry grassy areas. It is home to very swift maneating tigers (the males are a mustard yellow with brown stripes, the females white with brown stripes) originally cloned from Terran species. The adjective form is Ghuyarashtran.
 
Indra
(in-DRAH): the captain of the Vedic gods, who leads their armies into battles against daemons and monsters; the patron deity of Fighting Tiger Veterans and Terminators.
 
jatis
(JAH-tis): a caste or division of the Fighting Tigers of Veda, equivalent to 5 Space Marine Companies and composed of about 500 Fighting Tigers plus vehicles and attendants. Because Veda is so large and unsettled, with huge tracts of wilderness, the Fighting Tigers were initially split in half to adequately patrol its surface. The plural is also jatis.

Jirbu Ghosh
(JEER-boo GOSH): Fighting Tiger Captain, and Khandar Madu's heir.
 
Kali
(kah-LEE): the Vedic goddess of death and the patron deity of Fighting Tiger Assault units.
 
Khandar Madu
(KON-dahr mah-DOO): current Raja of Mahaduyana.

Raja Khandar Madu
Raja Khandar Madu 


 


kshatriya
(kuh-SHAH-tree-AH): a Fighting Tiger Captain. The plural is kshatriyas. Every kshatriya is a tanadar (officer), but not all tanadars are kshatriyas.
 
Mahaduyana
(mah-HAH-doo-YAH-nah): the northern continent of Veda; also the name of the jatis stationed there. Mahaduyana is mostly covered by grassy areas and forests. It is home to very large, maneating sabretoothed tigers (the males are orange with black stripes, the females white with black stripes) originally cloned from Terran species. The adjective form is Mahaduyanan.
 
Maharaja
(mah-HAH-RAH-jah): title reserved for Shiva Nagordarika, founder of the Fighting Tigers and first ruler of Veda.
 
Puchan
(POOH-chaan): the Vedic god of guides and the patron deity of Fighting Tiger Scout units.
 
Raja
(RAH-jah): ruler of one of Veda's two continents, its people, and the Space Marines stationed there. Also co-ruler of the Fighting Tigers.
 
Rakshasa
(rok-SHAH-sa): Vedic term for daemon. Vedic belief holds that rakshasas are evil, shape-shifting spirits who exist only to destroy. According to Vedic lore, rakshasas fear their ultimate dissolution when the Brahman eventually awakens and all things cease to exist, so they struggle to usurp reality, obliterate the Brahman, and (they hope) exist forever. 

As servants of the Brahman, the Sleeping Emperor Whose Dream Shapes the Universe, the Fighting Tigers of Veda are sworn enemies of the rakshasas, no matter what form they take or which rakshasa-lord (Khorne, Nurgle, Slaanesh, or Tzeentch) they serve.
 
Rudra
(ROOD-rah): the Vedic god of battles and the patron deity of Fighting Tiger Tactical units.
 
sabha
(sah-BAH): an association of Fighting Tiger Space Marines, grouped together by battlefield role; thus all Tactical Marines are in one sabha, all Devastator Marines are in another sabha, and so on, as given below:
 

Sabha
Members
Patron Deity
Sex
Tigers of Rudra
Tactical Space Marines
Vedic god of storms
male
Tigers of Agni
Devastator Space Marines
Vedic god of fire
male
Tigers of Kali
Assault Space Marines
Vedic goddess of death
female
Tigers of Indra
Veterans and Terminators
Captain of the Vedic gods
male or female
Tigers of Puchan
Space Marine Scouts
Vedic god of guides
male or female

Each jatis has its own sabhas: thus both Jatis Ghuyarashtra and Jatis Mahaduyana have their own Tigers of Rudra. The Fighting Tigers of Veda do not use companies like most other Space Marine Chapters; instead, the sabhas function as pools for tanadars (officers) to draw units from. Tanaders (Heroes, Librarians, and Chaplains) are attached to sabhas but venerate their own patron deity in addition to the sabha's.
 
Savitri
(sah-VEE-tree): the Vedic god of healing and the patron deity of Fighting Tiger Apothecaries.
 
Shamshir Talatra
(shaam-SHEER tahl-AH-trah): Former Raja of Ghuyarashtra, now leader of the Fearful Symmetry army.

Raja Shamshir Talatra
Shamshir Talatra


shikar
(SHI-kahr): literally, "hunt," but also means a Fighting Tiger army. The plural is shikars.
 
Shiva Nagordarika
(SHEE-vah NAH-gore-dah-REE-kah): Fighting Tiger founder and first Chapter Master, given the title Maharaja. Ruled for over 800 years before being crippled by a Bloodthirster and reincarnated as the Dreadnought Shiva the Destroyer.

Shiva the Destroyer
Shiva the Destroyer


Shrendi Vashtar
(SHREN-dee vash-TAHR): former ruler of Ghuyarashtra who, with Surya Ashoka, inherited rule of the Fighting Tigers after Shiva Nagordarika was crippled by a Bloodthirster. Vashtar lives on as a Tiger Eternal (Dreadnought).

Tiger Eternal Shrendi Vashtar
Shrendi Vashtar


singh
(sinj): literally, "tiger warrior," and a term of honor; exceptional Tigers of Indra may be asked to join a tanadar's Singh Squad (equivalent to a Space Marine Command Squad).
 
Surya Ashoka
(sur-YAH ah-SHOCK-ah): former ruler of Mahaduyana who, with Shrendi Vashtar, inherited rule of the Fighting Tigers after Shiva Nagordarika was crippled by a Bloodthirster. Surya lives on as a Tiger Eternal (Dreadnought).

TIger Eternal Surya Ashoka
Surya Ashoka


Talwar Chakram
(tahl-WAHR CHA-krahm): Formerly the seniormost Tiger of Varuna.

Talwar Chakram
Talwar Chakram


tanadar 
(TAN-ah-dar): a Fighting Tiger officer (Chapter Master, Captain, Librarian, Chaplain, or Master of the Forge). The plural is tanadars.
 
Tvashtri
(tuh-VAASH-tree): the Vedic god of artifice and the patron deity of Fighting Tiger Techmarines.
 
Varuna
(vah-ROO-nah): the Vedic god of oaths and the patron deity of Fighting Tiger Chaplains.
 
Veda 
(VAY-dah): ninth planet in the Regulus Secundus system. Veda is a large, Earth-like planet with two continents (Mahaduyana and Ghuyarashtra), both in the eastern hemisphere and connected by narrow land bridges. Rich in natural resources, Veda is populated by feudal-level humans living in villages and is ruled by the Fighting Tigers.
 
Zaghnal Maratha
(ZAG-nal mar-AH-thah): seniormost Tiger of Brihaspati, advisor to Raja Khandar Madu.

Zaghnal Maratha
Zaghnal Maratha


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