A Pronunciation Guide to Names and Places
by Suford Lewis
The author says that we may pronounce the names as we please, but many readers
wish to know how she pronounces them. Without getting too finicky, this is to
give an indication of the syllables which are more emphasized and the
approximate values of the vowels and consonants of some of the names used in
the works of Lois McMaster Bujold. Brief identifications will include the
work in which the person or place principally appears, if it appears little
outside of that work.
This is not a complete guide to the pronunciation of all names in Bujold's
works. It contains ... what it contains with an attempt to cover all major
characters and the minor ones whose pronunciation might be tricky.
Some amendments have been added since initial publication, in
Dreamweaver's Dilemma, from information given by Lois McMaster Bujold.
aa - a in as, cat
ah - a in father
aw - a in saw
ay - a in bay, sake
eh - e in bend
ee - e in week
ih - i in it
ai - i in sight, like
oy - oy in boy
oh - o in go, oat
oo - o in choose, ruse
uh - u in sun, done
c - either k or s will be used except for ch
g - will indicate a hard g as in good
j - will indicate a soft g as in germ
zh - will indicate the sound of the s in vision and the second g in garage
Diphthongs (besides ai, ay and oy) will be indicated by vowels separated by an underline, for instance, ai could be equivalently written as ah_ee. Many subtle differences are ignored: the "th" in thin is not distinguished from the "th" in then, the precise pronunciation of the "u" in survey is simplified to its less continental cousin "uh", the rolled "r" is ignored. Purists beware.
Key to Abbreviations for Works:
ALE - The Adventure of the Lady on the Embankment
B - Barrayar
BiA - Brothers in Arms
BoI - The Borders of Infinity
C - Cetaganda
CoC - The Curse of Chalion
DD - Dreamweaver's Dilemma
EoA - Ethan of Athos
FF - Falling Free
K - Komarr
L - Labyrinth
M - Memory
MD - Mirror Dance
MoM - The Mountains of Mourning
SoH - Shards of Honor
SR - The Spirit Ring
VG - The Vor Game
WA - The Warrior's Apprentice
- Ahn - AAN
- Lieutenant, Meteorology Officer at Laskowski Base, served under Metzov on Komarr, also. (VG)
- Arata, Tav - ah-RAA-tah, TAAV
- Captain, Kline Station Security, friend of Elli Quinn (EoA)
- Ascanio - aas-KAA-nee_oh
- Lord, heir to Montefoglia, 10 years old. (SR)
- Aslund - AAS-lund
- System off the Hegen Hub, not wealthy, wary of Barrayar. (VG)
- Athos - AA-thohs
- planet within two-month sub-light voyage of Kline Station settled by a religious sect believing association with women to be sinful and having the technological ability to do without them. (EoA)
- Auson, - AW-sn
- Captain of the Ariel in the Oseran Mercenaries, Captain of the Triumph in the Dendarii Mercenaries.
- Baruch, Cynthia Jane - baa-RUHK, SIHN-thee-ya JAYN
- geneticist who built the original ovarian cultures for Athos, and put herself into her work. (EoA)
- Barrayar BEHR-ah-yahr
- System off the Hegen Hub through Pol and Komarr
- Beauchene Life Center - BOH-shayn
- medical facility specializing in cryo-revival.
- Benar, Fahun - bay-NAHR, FAY-huhn
- commander of a Felician asteroid belt refinery and an old friend of Major Daum. (WA)
- Beneforte, Fiametta - BEH-neh-FOHR-teh, FEE-ah-MEH-tah
- daughter and apprentice to Prospero (SR)
- Beneforte, Prospero - PRAH-speh-roh
- master magician and goldsmith. (SR)
- Benin - BEH-nihn
- ghem-Colonel in charge of the investigation of Ba Lura's death (C)
- Beta Colony - BAY-tah KAH-luh-nee
- second extra-Solar colony, first successful one, founded from the US before the advent of wormhole technology
- Bharaputra, Vasa Luigi - baa-ruh-POO-truh, VAA-suh loo-EE-jee
- Head of House Bharaputra on Jackson's Whole, maker and seller of clones (and his own customer).
- Bianca - bee-AHN-kah
- doctor and psychiatrist, having married into a pharmaceutical company as well as worked his way up, he wants control. (DD)
- Bonn - BAWN
- Barrayaran engineering Lieutenant at Laskowski Base ordered to have his men to clean up a fetaine spill. (VG)
- Bonsanklar - BOHN-saang-klahr
- large seaside resort in Vorkosigan District.
- Bothari, Konstantin - boh-THAH-ree, KAHN-sten-tihn
- armsman to (in order): Aral Vorkosigan, Jes Vorrutyer, Aral Vorkosigan, Piotr Vorkosigan, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan and Miles Vorkosigan; absolutely loyal to the Vorkosigans and absolutely deadly, but not absolutely sane.
- Bothari-Jesek, Elena - JEH-suhk, ay-LAY-nuh
- daughter of Konstantin Bothari, childhood friend of Miles, Ivan and Gregor, apprentice to Commodore Tung then Captain-Owner in the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet.
- Bruinwald - BROO-ihn-vahld
- mining and smelting town in Switzerland, home of Uri and Thur Ochs (SR)
- Calhoun, Tav - kaal-HOON, TAV
- Owner of the RG132 who accepts a deed of Vorkosigan land for it, a man of little faith. (WA)
- Cavilo - kaa-VEE-loh
- Commander of Randall's Rangers, succession by assassination disguised as accident. (VG)
- Cecchino - keh-CHEE-noh
- fishing village in Montefoglia across the lake from the Duke's castle and north of the monastery. (SR)
- Cecil - SEH-sl
- Major in personnel at the academy, personally involved in deciding every cadet's first assignment. (VG)
- Cee, Terrence - SEE, TEHR-ehns
- L-X-10 Terran-C, lively experimental result of Faz Jahar's long-term genetics project for Cetaganda. (EoA)
- Cetaganda - see-tuh-GAN-duh
- Empire of eight planetary systems plus "allied worlds", conquered Barrayar shortly after its rediscovery but driven off after about 10 years of occupation, made two more attempts before turning its expansionist goals elsewhere, failed at Vervain and the Hegen Hub, and eventually retreated from Marilac after initial victories.
- Chodak, Clive - CHOH-daak, KLAIV
- Sergeant, key to contacting Elena in early maneuvering of Miles to get Gregor home. (VG)
- Csurik, Harra - SHUH-rihk, HAA-ruh
- hiked to Vorkosigan Surleau to speak her complaint since her village speaker would do nothing. (MoM)
- Csurik, Lem - LEHM
- the accused, but unwilling that the true murderer should be convicted by his words.(MoM)
- Csurik, Raina - RAY-nuh
- daughter of Lem and Harra, the victim. (MoM)
- Dagoola IV - duh-GOO-lah FOHR
- location of Cetagandan prison camp for Marilacan invasion. (BoI)
- Dal, Harman - DAHL, HAHR-mn
- cover identity for ghem-Colonel Millisor on Kline Station. (EoA)
- Darobey - DAH-roh-bay
- one of the mutineers under Radnov. (SoH)
- Daum, Carle - DAA_OOM, KAHR-leh
- Major in the Felician forces, hired Miles and the RG132 to take "agricultural supplies" to Felice (WA)
- Dea - DEE
- Lieutenant, assistant physician to the Regent of Barrayar, also competent as a large animal veterinarian. (MoM)
- Degtiar, Rian - DEHG-tee-ahr, RAI-ahn
- Cetagandan haut Lady, Handmaiden of the Star Creche, serious geneticist and member of the inmost ruling circle. (C)
- Dendarii - den-DARE-ee
- Mountains on Barrayar, region that never surrendered to the Cetagandan occupiers; also name borne by a galactic mercenary troop led by Admiral Miles Naismith.
- Desroches, - day-ROH-shay
- Chief of Staff at the Sevarin Replication Center on Athos and immediate superior to Dr. Ethan Urquhart. (EoA)
- Destang - des-TAANG
- Barrayaran Commodore, Chief of Security for Sector II, hopes to retire before Miles shows up in his area again. (BiA)
- Diaz, Carlos - dee-AAZ, KAAR-lohs
- private eye who lost his license, and is looking for a new source of income, aka Rudolph Kinsey. (DD)
- Droushnakovi, Ludmilla - DROOSH-nuh-kaw-vee, luhd-MIH-luh
- bodyguard to Princess Kareen and her son, Gregor, later married Captain Koudelka. (B)
- DuBauer - doo-BAA_OO-r
- Ensign under Captain Naismith on the Rene Magritte, seriously disabled by a disrupter blast to the head. (SoH)
- DuBauer, Chalmy s - CHAL-mihs
- pilot in pre-wormhole jump days between Earth and Beta Colony (DD)
- Durona Group- doo-ROH-nuh GROOP
- Medical research group allied to House Fell, founded by Lilly Durona and composed of her clones (MD)
- Escobar - EHS-koh-bahr
- high tech world , topologically close to Beta Colony and Sergyar in the Wormhole Nexus (SoH)
- Eta Ceta - AYT-tuh SEE-tuh
- capitol world of the Cetagandan Empire. (C)
- Felice - fay-LEES
- Nation on Tau Verde IV, warring with Pelias (WA)
- Ferrante, Uberto - feh-RAHN-teh, oo-BEHR-toh
- new lord of Losimo consolidating his power by courting in Montefoglia, just having lost a young wife in childbirth. (SR)
- Galen, Ser - GAY-ln, SUHR
- dedicated Komarran rebel, sister Rebecca was killed in the Solstice Massacre. (BiA)
- Galeni, Duv - geh-LEHN-ee, DUHV
- ne David Galen, son of Ser, historian, Captain in the Barrayaran Imperial Forces, security chief of embassy on Earth. (BiA)
- Garnett, Aloysius - gar-NEHT, aa-loo-IH-shuhs
- aka James Helmuth, aka Lewis Brookman, pharmaceutical chemist who employed a Cordelia Naismith in New York City. (ALE)
- Gamad - GAH-mahd
- Felician Lieutenant, on succeeding Major Daum in command of an asteroid refinery, became enamored of his own importance. (WA)
- ghem - GEHM
- caste of nobility on Cetaganda
- Giaja, Fletchir - gee-AH-jah, FLEH-chr
- Emperor of Cetaganda (C)
- Giaja, Slyke - SLAI-kee
- Satrap Governor of Xi Ceta and half-brother of the current emperor, Fletchir. (C)
- Gonzales, Helmut - gohn-ZAH-lehs, HEHL-muht
- feelie dream distributor with whom Anias Ruey has a contract. (DD)
- Grishnov - GRIHSH-nawv
- Minister of Political Education, his ministry was one of Ezar's experiments in centralization that failed.
- Halify - HAA-lih-fee
- able young Felician general, knew Miles's word meant something to him. (WA)
- Hassadar - HAA-suh-dahr
- new capital of District Vorkosigan after the destruction of Vorkosigan Vashnoi in the Cetagandan War..
- haut - HOHT
- the higher of the two noble castes of the Cetagandans.
- Hegen Hub -HEH-gn HUHB
- a nexus of four wormholes connecting Jackson's Whole with 5, to Komarr with 6, an important trade and political crossroads. (VG)
- Helda, F. - HEHL-dah
- Biocontrol Warden on Kline Station, more neurotic for her job than necessary. Her son emigrated to Athos. (EoA)
- Illyan, Simon - EEL-yn, SAI-mn
- Captain, succeeded Captain Negri as head of Imperial Security, implanted with a memory chip for his mission in the Escobaran Assault to insure perfect and verifiable recall.
- Jackson's Whole
- system off the Hegen Hub composed of the greater and lesser houses each headed by a baron whose law is what the appropriate baron says it is and the Deal is the Deal.
- Jahar, Faz - jah-HAHR, FAAZ
- Cetagandan geneticist, obsessed with finding the genes for telepathy, or inventing them. (EoA)
- Janine - jah-NEEN
- J-9-X Ceta-G, companion, wife, co-victim with Terrence Cee, also an experimental result. (EoA)
- Janos - YAA-nohs
- son of Ethan's father's designated alternate parent whom Ethan wished would be his designated alternate parent. (EoA)
- Jesek, Bazil - JEH-suhk, BAA-zl
- panicked and deserted from the Barrayaran forces, taken up and sworn by Miles, fell in love and married Elena Bothari, Commodore and Fleet Engineer in the Dendarii Mercenaries.
- Julia - JOOL-yah
- Lady, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Montefoglia, 12 years old, courted by Uberto Ferrante of Losimo. (SR)
- Kanzian - KAAN-zee_uhn
- Admiral in the Barrayaran Imperial forces, stood with Aral through the Vordarian Pretendership, a top strategist.
- Karal, - KAA-rl
- Speaker for Silvy Vale, a veteran and a traveled man. (MoM)
- Kety, Ilsum - KEH-tee, IHL-suhm
- Satrap Governor of Sigma Ceta, an impatient and manipulative man. (C)
- Kinsey, Rudolph - KIHN-see, ROO-dawlf
- agent for an unpleasant custom feelie dream buyer, cover name for Carlos Diaz. (DD)
- Kline Station - KLAIN STAA-shuhn
- 300 year old station orbiting a faint start in a nexus of 6 wormholes, a thriving crossroads with 100,000 citizens, already 100 years old when Athos was founded.
- Komarr - koh-MAHR
- Important wormhole nexus, living off its trade routes, Barrayar's only outlet to the rest of human inhabited space.
- Korabik, Gottyan - koh-RAH-bihk, GOHT-yahn
- eager for captaincy, threw in with Lt. Radnov's mutiny; got his captaincy in the expedition against Escobar, a dubious reward for dubious loyalty. (SoH)
- Koudelka, Clement - koo-DEHL-kuh, KLEH-mnt
- suffered nerve disrupter damage in Radnov's attempted take over of the Sergyar expedition, became secretary to the Regent, served well against Vordarian, married Droushnakovi, has four daughters including Delia and Kareen.
- Koudelka, Delia - DEEL-yah
- one of Kareen's older sisters. (MD)
- Koudelka, Kareen - kah-REEN
- youngest and shortest daughter of Drou and Kou, intrigued with Lord Mark Vorkosigan. (MD)
- Kshatrya - KSHAH-tree-uh
- a culture whose military includes imperial mercenaries they rent to anyone. (WA)
- Kyril Island - KIH-rihl AI-lnd
- Location of Laskowski Base, Barrayaran training camp also called Camp Permafrost. (VG)
- Lake - LAYK
- Lieutenant in the Oseran Mercenaries, loyal to Oser, ordered to space Admiral Naismith, later captured by Randall's Rangers. (VG)
- Laskowski Base - laas-KAU-skee BAYS
- Barrayaran training camp on Kyril Island also called Camp Permafrost. (VG)
- Letitia - leh-TEE-shah
- Duchess of Montefoglia, wife of Sandrino, mother of Lord Ascanio and Lady Julia. (SR)
- Losimo - LOH-sih-moh
- realm neighboring Montefoglia, inherited by Uberto Ferrante. (SR)
- Lura, Ba - LOO-ruh, BAH
- loyal servant of the Haut Lizbet Degtiar, the Dowager Empress, its disagreement with Haut Rian made it a pawn in another's plot and cost it it's life. (C)
- Marilac - MAA-rih-laak
- insufficiently distrustful culture thinking to be allies with Cetaganda. The Dendarii Mercenaries provided them with aid and supplies for about 5 years until the Cetagandans retreated.
- Mayhew, Arde - MAY-hee_oo, AHR-dee
- Necklin Drive jump pilot, allowed Cordelia to stow away on his ship from Beta Colony, rescued by Miles when his last ship was about to be scrapped.
- Maz, Mia - MAHZ, MEE-uh
- Vervani embassy assistant chief of protocol specializing in women's etiquette, good friend of Ambassador Vorob'yev. (C)
- Mehta - MEH-tah
- doctor, Captain of Betan Security, and a very imaginative psychoanalyst. (SoH)
- Metzov, Stanis - MEHT-zawv, STAA-nihs
- General commanding Laskowski Base, an old line conservative veteran with a mystery around an event on Komarr. (VG)
- Millisor, Luyst - MIH-lih-sohr, LOIST
- ghem-Colonel in charge of security on Faz Jahar's genetics project, determined to dispose of the last experimental results. (EoA)
- Monreale - mohn-ray-AH leh
- Bishop of Montefoglia and Abbot of the Monastery of St. Jerome, an ex-soldier, minor magician and friend to Beneforte. (SR)
- Montefoglia - mahn-teh-FOH-lee-yah
- Italian Dukedom surrounding a mountain lake. (SR)
- Naismith, Cordelia - NAY-smihth, kohr-DEEL-yah
- mysterious lady with an eidetic memory and a past she would like to forget. (ALE)
- Naismith, Cordelia
- Betan Astronomical Survey, captain of the Rene Magritte, and of a strategically key decoy in the Betan Expeditionary Force, incidentally ended the Vordarian Pretendership in rescuing her son, Lady, then Countess Vorkosigan.
- Naismith, Elizabeth - eh-LIHZ-uh-behth
- Cordelia's mother, replicator repair tech on Beta Colony.
- Naru - NAH-roo
- ghem-General, commander of Cetagandan Imperial Security and Colonel Benin's commanding officer. (C)
- Negri - NEH-gree
- captain, head of Imperial Security under Ezar, his competence and loyalty were legendary in his own lifetime.
- Nu, Livia - NOO, LIH-vee-uh
- cover identity for Commander Cavilo. (VG)
- Ochs, Thur - OHKS, THR
- miner and forge worker, wishes to apprentice to Master Beneforte (SR)
- Ochs, Uri - YOO-ree
- Captain of the guard to the Duke of Montefoglia (SR)
- Okita - oh-KEE-tah
- Sergeant, minion of ghem Colonel Millisor, whom Ellie Quinn caused to vanish without a trace. (EoA)
- Orient Station - OH-ree-ehnt STAY-shuhn
- Barrayaran Security HQ for Sector IV
- Oser - OH-sr
- Admiral of the Oseran Mercenaries, looks like a soldier, thinks like an accountant.
- Overholt - OH-vr-hohlt
- Sergeant, Miles bodyguard and puppeteer on his assignment on Hegen Hub. (VG)
- Parnell - pahr-NEHL
- Pilot Officer of the decoy vessel captained by Captain Cordelia Naismith. (SoH)
- Pelias - PEHL-ee-uhs
- Nation on Tau Verde IV warring with Felice. (WA)
- Pia - PEE-ah
- Lord Castellan to Duke Sandrino of Montefoglia, fascinated by bats and friendly to kobolds, maybe crazy, but not stupid. (SR)
- Pico, Tich - PEE-koh, TIHK
- son of a muleteer, more prudent than his brother but set on revenge, friend to Thur and Fiametta. (SR)
- Pol - POHL
- system linking Komarr to the Hegen Hub
- Ptarmigan - TAHR-mih-gn
- Dendarii Lieutenant noted for aggressive shuttle piloting.
- Pym, - PIHM
- retired after 20 years of military service, armsman to Count Aral Vorkosigan, accompanied Miles to Silvy Vale.
- Quinn, Elli - KWIHN, EH-lee
- Commander, Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet, originally from Kline Station.
- Quintillan - KWIHN-tihl-aan
- Minister of the Interior, promising Barrayaran bureaucrat lost to an untimely accident.
- Quistelli - kwis-TEH-lee
- Messer steward to Duke Sandrino of Montefoglia. (SR)
- Radnov - RAAD-nawv
- Barrayaran Lieutenant, Political Officer on the General Vorkraft, thought he saw the opportunity to assassinate Aral Vorkosigan but picked the wrong tool. (SoH)
- Rau - RAH_OH
- ghem-Captain, minion of ghem-Colonel Millisor. (EoA)
- Rene Magritte - reh-NAY mah-GREET
- 60 person vessel of the Betan Astronomical Survey. (SoH)
- Rond, Este - RAWND, EHS-tee
- Satrap Governor of Cetagandan territory closest to Barrayar. (C)
- Rotha, Victor - ROH-thah, VIHK-tohr
- arms dealer, cover identity for Ensign Lord Miles Vorkosigan in Hegen Hub. (VG)
- Roylott, Grimesby - RAI-lt, GRAIMS-bee
- doctor, murderer in the case recounted in "the Adventure of the Speckled Band". (ALE)
- Ruey, Anias - RAY or RUH_EH, uh-NAI-uhs
- Dreamweaver, author of the Triad feelie dreams, a struggling artist. (DD)
- Ryoval - RAI-uh-vahl
- head of House Ryoval, purveyor of flesh, genetic collector and paranoid loner. His father engineered Lily Durona to help him in the custom clone business. (MD)
- Sacker, Ormond - SAA-kr, OHR-mnd
- aka Orville Sandeman, secretary to Aloysius Garnett (ALE)
- Sandrino - saan-DREE-noh
- Duke of Montefoglia. (SR)
- Sens - SEHNZ
- one of the mutineers under Radnov. (SoH)
- Setti - SEH-tee
- minion of ghem Colonel Millisor. (EoA)
- Sevarin - SEH-vah-rihn
- large city on Athos, location of the Sevarin Replication Center where Dr. Urquhart works. (EoA)
- Siembieda, Ryann - saim-BAI-dah, RAI-uhn
- Dendarii tech sergeant, killed on Mahata Solaris by a Cetaganda hit squad trying for Admiral Naismith. Revived on Earth, he wondered what he had done or not done. (BiA)
- Silvy Vale - SIHL-vee VAYL
- small village in the Dendarii mountains, comparatively backward (MoM)
- Sprenger, Jacopo - SPREHNG-r, jah-KOH-poh
- studying the black arts to prosecute witches for the church, he took one step too far.(SR)
- Stauber, Georish, Baron Fell - STAA_OO-br, JEE_OH-rihsh
- half-brother of Ryoval and Bharaputra, and also of Lily Durona, worked his way up in House Fell to head it.
- Stuben - STOO-behn
- Betan Lieutenant, second in command of the Rene Magritte. (SoH)
- Suegar - SOO-gahr
- inspired prisoner with a prophetic text on Dagoola IV. (BoI)
- Tafas - TAA-fahs
- one of the mutineers under Radnov, but was bulldozed into it and seized the opportunity to betray them offered by Cordelia. (SoH)
- Tau, Varadar - TAH_OH, VAAR-ah-dahr
- bandit leader whose tax collecting accountants were the first counts of Barrayar. (B)
- Tau Verde IV - TAH_OH VAYR-dee
- location of Felice and Pelias (WA)
- Teki - TEH-kee
- Kline Station hydroponics specialist and cousin of Ellie Quinn. (EoA)
- Teseo - TEH-see-oh
- unsatisfactory apprentice to Master Beneforte (SR)
- Thorne, Bel - THOHRN, BEHL
- officer on the Ariel in the Oseran Mercenaries, Captain of the Ariel in the Dendarii Mercenaries, forced to retire from the Dendarii for his role in Lord Mark's clone rescue raid.
- Tung, Ky - TUHNG, KAI
- Captain-Owner of the Triumph in the Oseran Mercenaries, Commodore and Chief of Staff in the Dendarii Mercenaries, military history buff, has memorized Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Aral Vorkosigan's Komarr Report.
- Ungari - uhng-GAA-ree
- Captain, Imperial Security, assigned to make a military evaluation of the Hegen Hub and given Miles as a resource. (VG)
- Urquhart, Ethan - R-kwahrt, EE-thn
- Chief of Reproductive Biology at Sevarin Replication Center, sent to track down or replace ovarian cultures bought from Jackson's Whole (EoA)
- Vaagen - VAH-gn
- biochemist, expert in combat medicine, granted a research empire by Cordelia, Lady Vorkosigan, for her own purposes. (B)
- Vervain - vr-VAIN
- system linking the Hegen Hub to the Cetagandan Empire, attempting to remain neutral vis-a-vis Cetaganda (VG)
- Visconti, Elena - vihs-KAWN-tee, ay-LAY-nuh
- Escobaran trooper, captured in the early stages of the Barrayaran invasion of Escobar, tortured by Serg and Vorrutyer, rescued to the best of his ability by Bothari.
- Vitelli, Niccolo - vih-TEH-lee, nih-KOH-loh
- Messer secretary to Ferrante, the new identity of Jacopo Sprenger. (SR)
- Vorbarra, Dorca - vohr-BAA-ruh, DOHR-kuh
- after an age of chaos, was unifying the counts under his rule when Barrayar was rediscovered by the rest of galactic humanity. Presided over the defeat of the Cetagandans, also called "The Just".
- Vorbarra, Ezar - EE-zahr
- Emperor of Barrayar, experimented with more centralized government. (SoH)
- Vorbarra, Gregor - GREH-gohr
- Emperor of Barrayar.
- Vorbarra, Serg - SRG
- Prince, Ezar's heir; 2 assassination attempts would have convinced a far lesser man than Ezar of Prince Serg's unfitness to rule. (SoH)
- Vorbarra, Yuri - YOO-ree
- Mad Emperor Yuri, his massacre attempting to kill all of his cousins made him too many enemies (SoH)
- Vorbarr Sultana - vohr-BAHR suhl-TAH-nah
- capital of Barrayar
- Vordarian, Vidal - vohr-DAIR-ee_uhn , vih-DAHL
- Commodore, Count, arch conservative and isolationist, had political differences with Aral Vorkosigan, desire for Princess Kareen and felt it was his duty to do something. (B)
- Vordrozda - vohr-DROHZH-duh
- saw opportunity in his bloodlines, young Emperor Gregor's uncertainty and the extremely odd reports about "Admiral Naismith" out Tau Verde way. (WA)
- Vorhalas, Carl - vohr-HAA-lahs, KAHRL
- young hot-head killed a man in a drunken duel, executed for it. (B)
- count, father of Carl and Evon, conservative, Aral Vorkosigan's enemy of longest standing. (WA)
- Vorhalas, Evon - EE-vahn
- attempted to assassinate Aral Vorkosigan to revenge his brother, caught and condemned, freed to fight by Vordarian, doomed by Vordarian's failure. (B)
- Vorhalas, Rulf - RUHLF
- younger brother of Count, admiral in the Escobar Invasion fleet, killed in the invasion. (SoH)
- Vorhartung Castle - vohr-HAHR-tuhng
- meeting place of the Council of Counts.
- Vorinnis - vohr-IHN-ihs
- Count, head of the military faction.
- Vorkalloner, Aristede - vohr-KAA-ln-r, AA-rihs-TEED
- Lieutenant Commander on the General Vorkraft under Aral Vorkosigan, and Commander on Gottyan's vessel in the expedition against Escobar. (SoH)
- Vorkosigan, Aral - vohr-KOH-sih-gn, AA-rl
- Conqueror of Komarr, architect of the Barrayaran withdrawal from Escobar, Admiral, Regent, Count, Prime Minister, worthy successor to his father.
- Vorkosigan, Miles Naismith - MAI_UHLZ NAY-smihth
- stunted and deformed by an assassination attempt on his father, wants nothing more than to be a worthy successor to his father. Invented and became Admiral Naismith trying to be of service to something.
- Vorkosigan, Piotr Pierre - pee_OH-tr pee_EHR
- General, chief architect of both the Barrayaran victory in the First Cetagandan War, and Ezar's succession in Mad Yuri's War, Count, died in bed at 92.
- Vorkosigan Surleau - suhr-LOH
- lakeside estate of the Vorkosigans.
- Vorkosigan Vashnoi - VAASH-noy
- old capital of the Vorkosigan District, became a blue-glowing crater in the Cetagandan Wars.
- Vorlakial - vohr-LAI-kee-uhl
- with Kanzian, a military strategist Aral Vorkosigan rates as superior to himself. Killed under mysterious circumstances.(SoH)
- Vorloupulous - vohr-LOO-puh-loos
- Count who sought to evade Dorca's law limiting the number of armsmen a count could have. (WA)
- Vorob'yev - vohr-OHB-yehv
- Ambassador, head of Barrayaran Embassy on Eta Ceta (C)
- Vorpatril, Ivan - vohr-PAA-trihl, AI-vn
- Miles's second cousin, closest coeval relative and friend since childhood. A dedicated ladies' man.
- Vorpatril, Padma - PAHD-mah
- the only descendant of Prince Xav besides Aral to survive Yuri's assassination squads. (SoH)
- Vorreedi - vohr-REE-dee
- Colonel, Chief of Protocol of Barrayaran Embassy on Eta Ceta, also head of Barrayaran Intelligence there (C)
- Vorrutyer, Ges - vohr-ROOT-yr, GEHS
- comrade, lover to Aral, Admiral Co-Commander with Prince Serg of the Barrayaran fleet invading Escobar, said to be a master of defensive strategy (SoH)
- Vorsoisson, Ekaterin - vor-SWAH-sn ee-KAT-er-in
- niece of Imperial Auditor, Vorthys (K)
- Vortaine - vohr-TAYN
- elderly count, Ivan's heir. (WA)
- Vortala - vohr-TAA-luh
- Ezar's prime minister and Aral's when he is regent.
- Vorthalia - vohr-THAH-lee_uh
- the Bold, legendary hero of Barrayar.
- Vortrifrani - vohr-trih-FRAA-nee
- Count, head of the isolationist faction.
- Vortugalov - vohr-TOO-gah-lawv
- Count, head of the Russian language faction.
- Vorvane - vohr-VAIN
- Barrayaran lord, Minister for Heavy Industries.
- Vorville - vohr-VEE
- Count, head of the French language faction.
- Vorvolk, Henri - VOHR-vohk, ahn-REE
- one of the youngest counts, friend of Gregor, and an official in Accounting watching over expenses.
- Yenaro - yeh-NAH-roh
- grandson of ghem-General Yenaro last of 5 leaders of the invasion of Barrayar, has ambition to be imperial perfumer. (C)
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