The Anglish Moot
Puss and Butterfly

Here, a cat putting a butterfly to flight, showing one of each of the two main kinds of deer.

Deerlore (English: zoology) is the share of lifelore that deals with the lore of living deer. There are two kinds : ridged deerlore (for deer with a backbone, such as birds, suckledeerfish and creepdeer) and ridgeless deerlore (for bugs, crabs, snails, squid, worms and swambs).


Setnaming is a bough of earthly knowledgelore. It is about the laws of tagging life with names. The father of modern setnaming is Carl von Linné, a Swede from the eighteenth yearhundred. Today's knowledgemen split all life into three riches: stafflings(Bacteria), fyrn kernels(Archaea), and true kernels(eukaryotes). The former two are smaller than specks while life that you can see, from worts to deer to swambs, are true kernels. Living things are set into rows under riches based on sameness and unlikeness. The highest row is the kingdom. Each kingdom has many smaller sets in it, called sheds. Each shed has more smaller sets in it, called ilks, and so on down the line. Undersets for each row also exist.

These are the major rows used in setnaming: Rich --> Kingdom --> Shed --> Ilk --> Shift --> Kin --> Kind --> Erd.

Within the deer kingdom there are ten sheds:

  • Earthworms and seaworms (Annelids)
  • Lithfeets (Arthropods)
  • Moss deer (Bryozoa)
  • Sea nettles and limeshaft (Cnidaria)
  • Hedgehog-skins (Echinoderms)
  • Soft-bodies (Mollusks)
  • Eelworms (Nematodes)
  • Flatworms (Platyhelminthes)
  • Holeswambs (Porifera)

Wirebacks are the only deer that have a backbone. They are by no means the most fruitful shed, as there are more bugs than ridged deer, yet the broadest and most sightly wights on earth are part of this shed.