A – Adventure
Because a life of stability and hard work just isn’t in the cards.
B – Battle
Something to break up all the walking, riding, and sailing long distances.
C – Crown
A bauble to fight over.
D – Dwarf
E – Elf
A pointy-eared guardian of ancient forest, baker of cookies, or nocturnal cobbler (pro bono).
F – Foe-Hammer
The sword also known at Glamdring.
G – Glamdring
The sword also called the Foe-Hammer.
H – Hero
The poor, unsuspecting sap who gets railroaded into saving the world (often more than once).
I – Invisibility
Because monsters are scarier when you can’t see them, even with plenty of light.
J – Jailbreak
The one-size-fits-all solution for unjust imprisonment.
K – King
Ruler by divine right, inheriting a ring-shaped hat, or by having a sharper sword and more men than the previous king.
L – Legend
A completely overblown and impossible to believe story that is nonetheless completely true.
M – Magic
The difference between fantasy and science fiction.
N – Nerd
Chief proponent of the fantasy genre. Someone who was into fantasy before Peter Jackson and George RR Martin made it cool.
O – Olden Times
The nebulous time period when most fantasy takes place.
P – Prophecy
Because sometimes you just don’t know where to go without a dead wizard with literary pretensions telling you.
Q – Quest
Essentially an errand, but one that you need to be armed for. Often requires camping.
R – Ruin
Medieval times had plenty of undeveloped real estate, so old structures were left to decay into quest goals instead of being converted to condos and shopping malls.
S – Sword
The basic tool in the hero’s toolbox. Can be used for anything from cutting ropes to opening canned bandits.
T – Temple
Depending on comparative theology, either a place of refuge or a warren filled with fanatical foes.
U – Underdark
A fancy name for caverns full of monsters.
V – Vampire
They don’t sparkle, talk about their feelings, or drink donated blood. Vampires are the step on the food chain immediately above humans.
W – Wizard
Many may dabble in magic, but a wizard makes a profession of it.
X – Xi’zak’cha
Or any other unpronounceable name consisting of under-represented letters and overused punctuation.
Y – YA
Because sometimes adults are being idiots, and a 16-year-old has to step up and save the world.
Z – Zombie
A mindless, marauding brain-eating machine made from dead human flesh. Alternatively, a fantasy author before his morning coffee.