This is a list of the terminology used in the Noblesse manwha.
Terms used in the Manhwa
- Main article: Aura
Aura refers to the spiritual energy radiated by the majority of beings. It is the underlying concept and root of many powers within the Noblesse universe.
Category B Species
- Main article: Nobles
Category B Species is the term used by the Union in their labs to describe the nobles and vampires.
- Main article: The Clan Leaders
- Main article: Category:Contractee
A contract (Kor. 계약) is made with a Noble by taking blood. Blood is only a medium that is exchanged as a ritual or expression. The true contract of soul is formed when the two people forming the contract agrees to enter the bond willingly. Then a bond of blood is formed. The human is then reborn with self-consciousness and power similar to that of a Noble.
- Main article: Category:The Elders
This is the highest ranking position in Union. Currently thirteen people share the position of Elder in the Union each being referred to separately as the 1st Elder or 11th Elder etc. depending on the order in which they were inducted as an Elder with the latest (Dr. Crombel) receiving the title of 13th Elder.
- Main article: Modified Human
Eternal Sleep (Kor. 영면) is what the nobles call a self-initiated death. Little is known about the specifics, but they seem to make an explicit distinction between a natural death (in their case, a death out of free will) and being killed. The latter called 'Returning to Earth'. There is also called 'forced eternal sleep' (Kor. 강제 영면), which is equivalent to being executed.
an infected (Kor. 감염체) is Similar to a mutant. They're created when enhanced humans infect normal humans. The infected humans lose their sanity and crave only blood. If they don't drink blood for a period of time, the cells in their body start to break down. They're also weak to sunlight.
The place where the nobles reside. A country hidden inside the Bermuda Triangle
A mutant (Kor. 변이체) is the degenerative product of nobles infecting humans, who infect other humans, and so on until a mutant is created. By taking the blood of humans, nobles mutate their victim who thus gain similar powers. By repeating the process the result becomes more and more degenerative until a mutant is created. Most mutants lose their sanity and crave blood to the extent where they can't survive without it.
The race of the nobles. Fundamentally different from vampires but still referred to as such or 'pureblood vampires' by humans. For them eternity and life are synonymous.
"Noblesse" (Kor. 노블레스) is a title given to only one person but its meaning was distorted among the nobles and now it is what the nobles call themselves. For them eternity and life are synonymous.
True Noblesse refers to the origin of the Noblesse name and is given to only one person. Noblesse is a title given to 'the being with strength above all others, who wields it to protect the nobles from the shadows'. It symbolizes power and is held in similar esteem as the Lord.
Union (or sometimes simply 'the organization') is the oldest and largest organization ever created by humanity. It's been around since at least 540 years when they found Frankenstein's lab and notes. Which inadvertently laid the foundation of their current scientific knowledge.
Vampire is a term humans came up with to describe mutants. It does not refer to the Noblesse race. Although this doesn't stop humans from calling them vampires.
Werewolves are another race that reigned the world centuries ago. They're now in hiding.
Older woman typically aged between mid/late 30's ~ early 50's. Calling someone younger than mid 30's this is rather offensive.
Older man typically aged between mid/late 30's ~ early 50's. Korean men, especially those in their 30's prefer to be called hyung/oppa by those younger than him rather than Ajussi.
Means head of the family or clan leader.
Is used to refer to juniors. However, the term is not normally addressed to them directly, and is mainly used in the third person. This is nearly identical in Japanese with Senpai/Kohai honorifics.
A friendly way of addressing an older man near your age if you're a guy.
Was used by commoners in the Joseon Dynasty to refer to people of higher status but below "His Excellency".
A formal way of addressing someone typically older and/or more respected than you, similar to the Japanese suffix "sama".
A friendly way of addressing an older woman near your age if you're a guy.
Used by a male to address an older woman near age like 'Nuna' but with a bit more respect. However, it is not appropriate for formal usage.
A friendly way of addressing an older man near your age if you're a girl.
Commonly translated as "teacher", has much more formality and is used to show respect to the addressee. It is related to the Japanese honorific, "sensei" and shares the same pair of Chinese characters, representing 'mister' or 'one born earlier' (literal).
A formal way of addressing someone. However, you cannot use this to your superior or older person.
Is used to address senior colleagues or mentor figures, e.g. students referring to or addressing more senior students in schools.
A friendly way of addressing an older woman near your age if you're a girl.