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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
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.
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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.)
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 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.
Cortiians use advanced full-input suits for training and recreation. They can be networked or isolated for solo use.
Formal acknowledgement of an order, from old Cortiian, asri’ne, as you will, and ra, derived from regt, meaning power or control.
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.
Cortiian slang for hyper, any type of stimulant drug.
Formal phrase of apology, Cortiian.
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’.
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.
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