Welcome to the Cortii

Average life expectancy: 23 Standard

Cortii Database

Check out culture, history, weaponry, character interviews

Cortiian Word of the Week: harena

Officially, the hareni don’t exist. The only criteria for becoming a harena is knowing the wrong people, and remaining a harena depends on survival ability.

Cortiian Word of the Week: Akrushkar

Akrushkari, pl. akrushkari The akrushkari come up a lot in the books based on the Cortiian Base. They're the Councils' enforcers, bodyguards, and most of the rank and file of the Cortii know almost nothing about them beyond their function. Think of them as...

Personnel file: Misan Pereti

Misan Pereti: tactics and game theory expert, piloting junkie, and has a bad tendency to be mistaken for Khyria in bad light.

Cortiian Word of the Week: Faran

Faran, ladies and gents. Looks butt-ugly, is indispensable for a range of reasons and may be one of the only things the Federated Planets Alliance and the Cortii agree on.

Background to the Cortii

The Cortii are mercenaries, spread through every Galactic sector, the descendants of a mercenary cult that has existed for more than eight millennia.

Weapons in the Cortii

There are no rules in a Cortiian fight. When it comes to weapons, the only constants are variety and surprise. The Councils rely on in-fighting to weed out the arrogant, the weak, and the unskilled.

Cortiian Word of the Week: Derian

Derian is a very old Cortiian word, and it literally means ‘rider’. It’s also, in wider use, a generic title for any Cortiian, rather like ‘citizen’ in the Federated Planets Alliance.

Interview with a Cortiian

Interview with a Cortiian: meet a mercenary from another arm of the galaxy, answer some of your questions about Cortiians, the Cortii, and how much of the books is based on actual missions. (Not a whole lot.)

Cortia, pl. Cortii

Standard unit of twenty-five Cortiians, split into five cells of five.

Hejjin’in (Galatactic sector)

Spatial sector adjoining the FPA Sector. Monarchic, democratic. Official language: Kihali

Ajnen’nan

Smuggling and extortion group working the edges of Hejjin’in space.

Cortertia, pl. Cortertiai

Second-in-command of a Cortia, second only to the Cortiora in authority.

MidStar News

A popular Federated Planets Alliance news and entertainment content channel, with a reputation for sensationalism over accuracy.

Ability, pl. Abilities

Common term for anyone with some ESP ability. Also refers interchangeably to the manifestation of the Ability (e.g. telepathy, telekinesis, etc.)

Wild Ability

Term for Ability variants that are unclassifiable due to the range of observable variations, or instability. Common ones include people with some kind of affinity for fire or water or metals, or weather sensitivities.

Faran

Faran is a stimulant drink very popular in the Cortii, and made from the infused juice of the ground and boiled root of the ffor plant.

Derian, pl. deriani

Rider; also any unranked Cortiian, or the common title used to address any Cortiian whose actual rank is unknown.

Holosuit

Cortiians use advanced full-input suits for training and recreation. They can be networked or isolated for solo use.

Asra

Formal acknowledgement of an order, from old Cortiian, asri’ne, as you will, and ra, derived from regt, meaning power or control.

Jammer

Cortiian slang for an electronic device, usually heavily customised and highly illegal, designed to neutralise electronic spying.

Opt out, resign

Cortiian slang for get oneself killed, commit suicide. There is no way to resign from the Cortii.

Yadi, pl. yadii

Any unranked trainee Cortiian. The term is falling out of use, and ‘trainee’ is more common.

Hype

Cortiian slang for hyper, any type of stimulant drug.

Y’nai si

Formal phrase of apology, Cortiian.

Madari itch

Byword for infectious disease, origin unknown.

Chasing meteor trails

Common phrase, roughly equivalent to saying that someone is woolgathering.

Magai, pl. magaii

The Councils of the magaii are the absolute authority in the Cortii. Magaii are promoted from among the most senior Cortiorai.

Shalfar, pl. shalfari

Cortiian term used to refer to those held by magaii telepathic conditioning. Also refers to someone without much independence of mind.

Read the base code

Slang approximately equivalent to ‘the writing’s on the wall’, ‘read between the lines’.

Hanai orii kruska

Formal acknowledgement to a magai. It refers to their status; literally ‘of our Lords the honoured slave’.

Akrushkar, pl. akrushkari

The akrushkari are servants and enforcers for the magaii Councils.

Galactic Database

Learn about the galactic species, governments, and history

Corina (Kein System, III)

Confidential report, Corina (Kein III): home to one of the Cortiian Bases closest to Central Worlds. As such, various efforts at rapprochement have been made. The Cortiian Councils extend their condolences on our losses through diplomatic channels.

Spatial politics and the Cortii

Spatial politics, because you really can’t talk about geo-politics when you’re referring to a sizeable chunk of a galaxy – and Cortiian income.

Character Interview: Irin Seviki

Meet Irin Seviki, a ranch master from the Central Worlds – if you’re enough of a non-conformist to admit to knowing Cortiians, you’d better be influential enough to survive it.

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