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Character interview: Khyria Ilan
Character interview with Khyria Ilan on Central Worlds and the side-effects of getting the attention of influential people, particularly the do Harek family.
Types of spaceship in the Cortii
There are a variety of types of spaceship in the Cortii, from Cortii-classes down to one-person scoutships that can slip in just about anywhere.
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
The akrushkari are the Councils’ enforcers and bodyguards. Think of them as military police with a tendency to shoot first and ask questions never.
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.
Cortia, pl. Cortii
Hejjin’in (Galatactic sector)
Cortertia, pl. Cortertiai
Ability, pl. Abilities
Derian, pl. deriani
Opt out, resign
Yadi, pl. yadii
Chasing meteor trails
Magai, pl. magaii
Shalfar, pl. shalfari
Read the base code
Hanai orii kruska
Harena, pl. hareni
The hareni are a covert group that survives in some form on most Bases. With a reputation for violence that makes even Cortiians view them warily, by this point they’re part-myth to most.
Learn about the galactic species, governments, and history
Cortiian physiognomy – what do the Cortii look like? Given the species’ genetic potential, the Federated Planets Alliance continues to investigate, but studies to date have failed to reliably reproduce similar results.
Telepathy, empathy, kinesis, precognition
Telepathy, empathy, kinesis, precognition – these are the so-called mainline Abilities recognised by the Independent Extra-Sensory Regulatory Organisation, due to the fact that their manifestation across multiple species is relatively consistent.
Character Interview: Captain Jannat Slainer, FPA Exploration Arm
Addendum to the mission-debrief of Khyria Ilan, Cortiora Wildcat: FPA debriefing of Exploration Scout Captain Jannat Slainer, extracted from FPA secure storage. Material indicates possible intelligence opportunity.
Independent Extra-Sensory Regulatory Organisation
The Independent Extra-Sensory Regulatory Organisation, usually known in humanoid space as the IESRO, is something like a Star Chamber for entities gifted with mental Ability in a strength able to survive interaction with other species.
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.
Colonisation fleets: Successful, semi-successful, and completely unsuccessful
Given the generally cold (and occasionally fissionable-hot) relationship between most of the humanoid governments and the Cortii, it may not be immediately obvious that there were Cortiian units on a lot of the early colony ships.