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I have a wiki in the works, initially for my Sa’adai Empire (science fiction) works, later for my Àstareth (fantasy) works.  When that is baseline functional, I’ll link the odd vocabulary words in this site to the wiki.

Until then, I’ll just define things as I go, so you have a ready-reference thing you can look a word up in at a glance.  Phonetic pronunciation guide in [brackets] where it seems useful.

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CAS – Confederation of Allied Systems, a loose confederacy of sovereign worlds and systems cooperatively but contentiously governed by a coalition of republican and federated political systems.  As a political unit, CAS once bid fair to become the dominant power in their region of space, but where unable to sustain their fracturing alliances in the face of economic and military pressures brought to bear by the Sa’adani Empire.

Cassian worlds continue to be the misfit stepchildren of the Empire, the most recently annexed sector (~150 years ago) to come under imperial rule.  The Empire maintains a largely hands-off policy with the CAS Sector, allowing many pre-existing political and social systems to maintain local representation.  However, the ruling Lau Sa’adani nobility have become the supreme authorities in the sector, taking over the higher federal functions once performed by CAS governance.

It has been remarked by Cassian pundits that the Sa’adani didn’t need the military to conquer CAS space – their cultural exports are sufficient to woo the weak-minded into the imperial fold.  Both Cassian and Sa’adani are still figuring out how this sector fits into the larger empire, since there are several points of cultural disconnect between the two peoples. The greatest friction point is caste:  such systems do not historically play a large role in CAS cultures, while in the Empire it is central to every aspect of society and governance.

Cassian – adjective form of CAS. See CAS entry.

cyberonic – cyberized bionics: implants and prosthetics with a greater than normal degree of neural interface functions and enhancements.  Cyberonics extend the capabilities of bionics beyond routine parts functionality.

Some cyberonics are distinguished by the use of additional neural interface tech.  Other types, such as weapons systems, utilize vansin polymers and other high-tech materials to brace skeletal structures or aid weapons functions  Such cyberonics are not merely passive systems, but are energized and reactive according to embedded algorithms. These in turn are controlled by or connected to higher-level neural or cyberonic systems. For example, someone may wish to fire a weapon system embedded in their arm within an implanted prosthetic.  During the aiming and firing process, cyberonics energizes vansin-polymer-based structures that steady the aim and cushion the shock that would otherwise be transfered to the elbow joint.

Cyberonics are premium products and generally double the cost of systems installed.

decker – short for cyberdecker, meaning one who has a neural interface chip implanted in her brain and a specialized computer (the cyberdeck)  that allows the chipped person to interface with the net via virtual reality. Also called a netrunner, if they do contract work that has them running around the byways of the net for any length of time.

InfoNex, abbreviated INX – short for Information Nexus, an information and query central resource location on the net.  General info can be had from the InfoNex such as news and scholarly research.  Other info-rich nodes have their own specialized nexus points, such as the MedNex (medical nexus) and the FinNex (financial nexus).  See also net.

net – not the internet as we know it, but a complex, AI-driven global datasphere that links most non-material systems and services on civilized worlds, and also between them through subspace data squirts.

The net is usually interacted with virtually from inside the system, or most robustly through sophisticated holographic touch interfaces in external devices.  For general public use, it is navigated through a series of interlaced “nodes” that form a variety of information nexuses. Think multiple spiderwebs, conjoined:  the webs are nodes, a place of joining is a nexus.  See also infonex.

rus; pl: ~i; [roos] – generally, any iconic symbol. Specifically, the term is usually applied to house sigils, certain styles of heraldry, and laserscribed caste marks imprinted into the skin.

Rus of the Sa'adani Royal House

Rus of the Sa’adani Royal House

Sa’adani [sa-DON-ee; sa-a-DON-ee in certain dialects] – from High Qualuni for “House of Adàn”, or literally, “sons of Adàn”, meaning a clan and bloodline stemming from that common ancestor.  Adàn Esker of that House was the author of the Unity Manifesto, and fought the initial battles that ultimately led to creation of  Empire in the name of his heirs. Descendents of this bloodline are the Lau Sa’adani, the highest caste nobility in the Empire.

vansin – a smart polymer developed in the early years of Lyndir settlement.  Vansin is a long-chain fractal polymer, the whole echoing the form and shape of the original encoded pattern. Its hallmark characteristic is flexibility in one direction, and interlocking tensile resistance in the opposite. While remaining flexible in both directions, it becomes self-reinforcingly strong and resistant to pressure imposed from it’s “left-hand” direction.  Vansin is named for its inventor, scientist Tam Vansin, one of the original colonists of Lyndir.  She spearheaded its research and development and adapted it to early dome construction needs in Port Oswin.  Read more about it here.

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