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Character interview with Khyria Ilan on Central Worlds and the side-effects of getting the attention of influential people, particularly the do Harek family.
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.
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.
The akrushkari are the Councils’ enforcers and bodyguards. Think of them as military police with a tendency to shoot first and ask questions never.
Misan Pereti: tactics and game theory expert, piloting junkie, and has a bad tendency to be mistaken for Khyria in bad light.
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.
The Cortii are mercenaries, spread through every Galactic sector, the descendants of a mercenary cult that has existed for more than eight millennia.
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.
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
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.
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.)
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.
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’.
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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.
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.
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.
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, because you really can’t talk about geo-politics when you’re referring to a sizeable chunk of a galaxy – and Cortiian income.
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.
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.