The Sacrifice Glossary is an alphabetical list of all terms, accompanied with explanations and links, that appear in Sacrifice's main campaign, counting the missions, the manual and all the supporting sources about it.
Abraxas is a name for Abraxus used in some of the triggers in Scapex.
Abraxis is a name for Abraxus used in some of the triggers in Scapex.
Altar is a structure used as a link between gods and the wizards that serve them. Through this link, wizards are kept alive even if "killed". There is also a more advanced version of the altar and a less advanced one. An altar can only be destroyed if it is desecrated.
Athelas is a druid known for writing the Book of the Fyllid and teaching the trolls communication by speech. He was killed in Surtur's Keep, his murder the start of a war between Persephone and Stratos.
Banishment is an act synonymous with the act of desecration.
- Yogo for Persephone
- Charlotte and Grakkus for James
- Abraxus for Stratos
- Sorcha and Buta for Pyro
- Acheron for Charnel (after he usurped Ragman)
- Jadugarr and Hachimen for Marduk
- Eldred for almost any god, if the player has finished the campaign with that god
Conversion is a process of refining heathen souls by separating the soul from the body and thus making it one of the wizard's who started the conversion process. This is done by offering them at an altar or a shrine and processing them through an elaborate ritual performed by 4 Sac Doctors. The body of the slain foe is transported to the place of conversion by another Sac Doctor in a hovering stasis field that briefly resurrects the foe before the conversion takes place. If interrupted, the foe remains resurrected.
- The Holy War is over. The demons of Gologotha[sic] have been banished, yet the cost has been terribly high. The Creator, god of the Fyllid, has been defeated and the faith of the people has begun to wane. – Sacrifice's Box Art
The Creator is the original god of the world of Sacrifice. He created the world and its occupants. He was later destroyed during the Holy War by the demons that the Fallen One released with the creation of the Demon Gate. The death of the Creator paved the way for the emergence of the five traditional gods that now rule the world of Sacrifice, following the interregnum of the titans. His role as the only god is sought by all of the five gods, especially Stratos.
Crossroad of Abaddon
Full name of Abaddon.
Cult of Ashur
Demons are a group of supernatural beings not descendant from any creature of the Creator. They are native to the various demon realms (such as Tartarus) and arrived at the world of Sacrifice via the Demon Gate. The two most notable demons are Astaroth and Marduk. There are two known demon species that resides in the world of Sacrifice: the netherfiends and the hellmouths.
Desecration, also known as banishment, is a process of severing the wizard's link to their patron god. This is done at an enemy's altar or an ultimate altar, through an elaborate ritual performed by 4 Sac Doctors and an allied creature. By sacrificing a creature not belonging to the enemy wizard on his altar, that wizard loses his/her power of resurrection and stays dead after being killed. The ritual can be interrupted by killing one of the Sac Doctors performing it.
Dragon is one of Persephone's Faithful, probably not native to the world of Sacrifice, since the species has been reported to live in other worlds (such as Jhera, although they are extinct there). In Elysium, their matriarch is the dragoness Sirocco.
Earthfling is one of James' Yeomen, native to Glebe. They live in tribes. Earthfling is also the name for the species from which three types of creatures originate: The Earthflings, the Flame Minions and the Fallen.
- Into this divided land steps a wizard, a man haunted by his past, whose choices will shape the future.
Which god will he choose? Will he sacrifice himself to change this world for the better, or will what remains of this world be sacrificed for one god's glory? – Sacrifice's Box Art
Elementalism is an arcane magical skill of Stratos that teaches the wizards to use the powers of lightning, ice and wind. The creatures that are conjured via Elementalism are called Servants of Stratos and the wizards who use it are called elementalists. The known elementalists are Abraxus and Jadugarr.
The full title of the Emperor of Pyroborea belongs to the reigning mundane ruler of Pyro's realm. The only individual known to have that title is Empress Sorcha. In one of the possible endings for the game, Eldred succeeds her as the Emperor.
Faestus is a gnome inventor, brother of the gnome chieftain and a high king candidate Thestor, the founder of Pyromania and one its most prominent advocate. Some of his most notable inventions are the firefists and the Pyrodraulic Dynamo™, while he also participated in the development of the Helios Magnifryers.
The Fallen One is a member of the Fyllid race responsible for the opening of the Demon Gate in Golgotha. His unorthodox use of the teachings of the Creator resulted in Creator's death by the hands of the demons whom he helped to access the world of Sacrifice. Creator's death resulted in the fracturing of the lands to look as they do in the game and ultimately to the fracturing of faith among the denizens of the world of Sacrifice to five gods. Even though he once had a name of his own, he is now remembered only by his moniker Fallen One by the Fyllid.
Familiars are wizards' advisors sent by the gods or conjured by wizards themselves. They are extremely knowledgeable about the world of Sacrifice, its inhabitants, lands and customs. The only two known familiars are Zyzyx (Eldred's familiar) and the Tutorial Homunculus (Shakti's familiar).
Fire Giants were one of the numerous types of titans that ruled the world of Sacrifice after the death of the Creator, but before the appearance of the five gods, after which they were eventually exterminated due to not being submissive to the will of the gods.
The Fyllid were once the primary servants of the Creator and the dominant race in the world of Sacrifice. After the death of the Creator, their role was subsided to being only the primary servants of one of the newly-appeared five gods, Persephone. They serve the Goddess in two fashions: either by being rangers or druids. More famous members of their race are the druid Athelas and the Fallen One.
Geomancy is an arcane magical skill of James that teaches the wizards to use the powers of earth. The creatures that are conjured via Geomancy are called the Yeomen of James and the wizards who use it are called geomancers. Known geomancers are: Grakkus and Charlotte.
Gnome is one of Persephone's Faithful, native not to the world of Sacrifice but from somewhere beyond.
As a race, the gnomes were transported to the world of Sacrifice by Persephone, and while they are her traditional followers, due to rigid teachings she has imposed on them, many have defected to other gods. Gnomes are thus divided into three subspecies: the traditional Gnomes who wield Hand Cannons and serve Persephone, Pyromaniacs and Deadeyes.
The gnomes hold much deep-seated resentment for the trolls with whom they have had a long history of conflict. They also appear to be democratic in nature: every seven years they elect a high king to rule over them. The place of elections and possibly an adopted home of theirs is Pellanon.
A god is any being that has received enough veneration to be considered divine by their followers. While traditionally only five gods exist (Persephone, James, Stratos, Pyro and Charnel), some others have wielded enough power to call themselves gods; such as the demon Marduk with a vast number of followers and the deceased Creator, once the sole god of the world of Sacrifice.
Gremlin is one of Persephone's Faithful. As a race, the gremlins were created by Persephone as one of the first sentient species upon which she bequeathed intelligence. They were used by Persephone as messengers. There are two subspecies of the gremlin: the traditional Gremlin and the Seraph.
A High King is an elected leader of the gnomes. The elections are held in Pellanon every seven years. Any candidate may be disqualified from a future candidature by going against the wishes of the current high king.
- "The Fyllid and all of creation watched in stunned silence as the benevolent Creator warred with the Demons of the nether, but the forces of hell proved too much for even he." – Athelas, The Manual, excerpt from the Book of Fyllid
The Holy War was a fight waged between the Creator of the world of Sacrifice and the demons brought forth by Fallen One's experiments that created the Demon Gate in Golgotha.
The aftermath of the Holy War brought everlasting changes. While the Creator was slain, the demons did not complete their invasion of the world. In fact, with the death of the Creator, the sundering of the earth, started by the rupture at Golgotha, had continued, creating the realms and the creatures as they are by the beginning of the campaign. With the absence of a supreme god, an interregnum of the Titans was ushered, lasting until the essence of the Creator had rematerialized in the form of five new gods.
A name used by the Tutorial Homunculus to describe itself. See the main entry at Familiar.
Isanaga was a name for Seerix used in some of the triggers in Scapex.
Islands are the basic units of which the world of Sacrifice and its realms are made.
Khiros was a name for Jadugarr used in some of the triggers in Scapex.
Lummox is a simple-minded creature native to the mountain ranges of the world of Sacrifice. As they can carry and toss heavy weights with their strong tails, many gods have decided to use them as artillery in their armies. Thus there are several subspecies of the lummox: the Flummox, the Flurry and the Bombard.
Magnifryer is a beam with a cylinder attached to the top of it, from which a focused laser is fired. It was invented by the Pyromania inventors (most notable being Faestus) in Helios as a defensive measure against foreign invaders. However, during said invasions, the Magnifryer proved to be flawed. Due to its high beam and the inability of the cylinder to rotate full 360 degrees on all three axes, the Magnifryer was unable to vaporize anything directly adjacent to the base of the beam. Also, the Magnifryers fired magical damage which was easily countered by creatures with high magical immunity. Although the only successfully implemented Magnifryers were those of Pyro, there are also Charnel's Magnifryers left unused in Scapex.
Mana is one of the few natural resources in the world of Sacrifice. After the death of the Creator, the land was ripped apart into islands and the first Mana Fountains were formed providing the mana for all to harvest. It is used by wizards to cast spells and by creatures to cast their abilities and perform their ranged attacks.
Mana Fountains are magical geysers - ruptures in the earth from which mana flows.
Shortened form of Mana Fountain.
Manalith is a structure with which a wizard claims all the mana at a Mana Fountain for their own use and that of their allies. It prevents other neutral or hostile creatures and wizards to obtain any mana from it and also makes manahoars able to draw mana from it from a distance.
Mysticism is an arcane magical skill of Persephone that teaches the wizards to use the powers of nature and life. The creatures that are conjured via Mysticism are called the Faithful of Persephone and the wizards who use it are called mystics. Known mystics are: Yogo, Shakti and Seerix.
Necromancy is an arcane magical skill of Charnel that teaches the wizards to use the powers of pestilence, corruption and death. The creatures that are conjured via Necromancy are called Minions of Charnel and the wizards who use it are called necromancers. Known necromancers are: Acheron, Seerix and Ragman.
Persephone is one of the traditional five gods who rule the world of Sacrifice. The wizard skill she teaches is called Mysticism, her realm is named Elysium and her followers are known as the Faithful.
See Ultimate Altar.
Pyromania is an ideology among the gnomes started by Faestus when defecting to Pyro. The followers of it are called Pyromaniacs and they believe that Persephone is slowing down their inventions and the overall progress of gnomish science, because of her rigid beliefs. They have therefore decided that Pyro would be a more suitable patron for them.
- Petty squabbles among the five remaining gods has caused the land to split into five mystical territories - each at war with one another. – Sacrifice's Box Art
Sara Bella is the most intelligent of the Brainiacs and the only known protégée of Stratos. Her mind power is so strong, she has the ability to block links between gods and their servants, particularly wizards, thus making them susceptible to death by banishment.
Shrine is a structure, used by wizards for faster communication with their gods. It is a smaller, destructible version of the altar used to convert souls on-site rather than at the altar. It saves time for Sac Doctors by making them walk shorter distances.
Sorcery is an arcane magical skill of Pyro that teaches the wizards to use the powers of fire. The creatures that are conjured via Sorcery are called Proles of Pyro and the wizards who use it are called sorcerers. Known sorcerers are: Sorcha, Buta and Hachimen.
Stratos is one of the traditional five gods who rule the world of Sacrifice. The wizard skill he teaches is called Elementalism, his realm is named Empyrea and his followers are known as the Servants.
Stymon was a name for Grakkus used in some of the triggers in Scapex.
Terror-forming is a process used by Charnel to transform the other gods' islands into a meat-island alike those of Stygia. The only known method of terror-forming is by the use of Plague Worts. It is unknown if the other gods have counterparts of this invasive process.
Titans were a set of being who superseded the Creator as the main power in the world of Sacrifice. They proved to be an affront to the five gods who in turn had them exterminated. The only known titans are the fire giants and the storm giants, of which only the latter survive in any greater quantities. This is also the fan-made name for level 9 creatures.
Ultimate altar (also known as the prime altar) is an altar of a god. It is always found in the respective god's capital. Much like when a wizard's altar is desecrated and the wizard is banished, when the ultimate altar is desecrated a god is banished. The god no longer retains the right to be worshiped and may return only after a considerable time has passed and most likely in a different form.
Vanya was a name for Sorcha used in some of the triggers in Scapex.
Villages are the most prominent settlements in the world of Sacrifice. While several fortresses are mentioned (one is even seen) and cities are mentioned to exist by Stratos in the finale, no other settlements besides villages exist. They are filled mostly with local civilian populace and structure with the style of construction native to the realm in question.
War of Purification
The War of Purification is the only known war that happened in the world of Sacrifice before the campaign with its own name. Persephone called for a holy crusade against at least Charnel. The war is remembered as cruel. Diallia was razed to the ground and its population exterminated after the temple guardians there betrayed Persephone. Due to the perceived senselessness of the war, many gremlins defected to Stratos. The war was concluded with the victory for the Faithful. As a result the use of the Demon Gate was banned for all the gods, however the Gate itself wasn't destroyed. To deny its use to Charnel, other gods had taken turns at protecting the Gate. This, in turn, led to a decrease in the number of demons in the world of Sacrifice, especially the Netherfiends.
"There have been other Wars between the gods..." – Mithras, Shadow of the Past (Intermission)
"Everyone, wait! Haven't we all had enough of Wars?" – James, Balance of Power (Intermission) The Wars (with the capitalized "W") are a series of wars that happened before Sacrifice's campaign:
- Holy War
- War of Purification
- A war between Stratos and Persephone started by the murder of Athelas while he was a guest at Surtur's Keep
- The war between the gods that takes the better part of the campaign of Sacrifice. However, this war is not considered as being part of the "Wars".
Wizards are powerful beings matched only by the gods in their might and knowledge. They are the leaders and summoners of armies that wield spells with great potential for devastation. A wizard can be defeated by being banished.