Amphibious: Capable of breathing and existing in air or in water.
Android: An artificial being designed to resemble a human being in as many ways as possible, and whose physiology and life functions replicate and mimic those of human beings as closely as possible. An android has all the same organs, tissue, bone, flesh, and blood as a human being, except they are synthetic.
Anti-graviton: A particle carrying the opposing force anti-gravity.
Anti-matter: Matter composed of particles that are the counterparts of the particles composing positive matter (the matter of which this universe is composed), but have opposite charges; e.g., anti-protons instead of protons, and positrons instead of electrons. Should positive matter come in contact with an equal amount of antimatter, both will be annihilated and converted to energy.
Axion: An organism (usually otherwise human) who possesses a genetic trait called that allows them to naturally develop superhuman powers and abilities. Unlike humans who may have received strength boosts from drugs or elective surgery, Axions are born with the genetic potential to possess their powers, which typically manifest at puberty. To date, there is no known method of detecting dormant ‘ability-carrying’ genes in Human beings.
Big Bang: The explosion of a primal mass at the beginning of this universe, which created this universe.
Bio-: Pertaining to life or its functions.
Bio-Damper: A ring-like device which STaRK commonly uses to contain apprehended offenders of the law. Worn on the suspects finger it releases a steady stream of low-dose iocane powder, causing dizziness, blackouts and general near-lethal spasms for the ring-wearer.
Bioelectricity: Electricity generated naturally by a living being.
Biokinetics: Energy generated by a living being through motion.
Bionic: Of or having to do with an artificial simulation of a living thing or, more usually, of part of a living thing. A cyborg possesses certain bionic limbs or organs. An android's body is entirely bionic.
Biosphere: The part of the world in which living beings can exist.
Bliss: A narcotic whose effects appear to be heightened concentration and value judgment. Not physiologically addicting, but the state of peace and serenity it induces is strongly habit-forming, and larger and larger doses of the drug are required to cop the same buzz. Commonly popular among those with professions or pursuits which require precise, analytical thinking and a high degree of education and skill for its ability to nearly triple the users focus and powers of observation. A liquid-crystalline substance, Bliss is administered by being dripped into the eyes. It's affects can last up to eight hours with a 'normal' dosage.
Clairvoyance: The ability to perceive things beyond the reach of the senses. The term is often used in a narrower sense as a synonym for precognition.
Clone: A living being created from the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) of another living being. Since the DNA molecules within any cell of a living organism contains the cellular template for the entire organism, another whole organism can be grown from a single cell. A clone is always identical to its parent organism, except with regard to differences either might accumulate in the course of living, like scars. Normally, a clone is also younger than the parent organism. The science of cloning is vehemently outlawed, and thus practiced by exceedingly few genetics engineers on Earth today.
Connexus: Created as an add-on for the Datalog device, it represents the first shift from the traditional handheld communication devices, and is contained in a pair of earclips which can be synched to the users Datalog device. Its widespread popularity has made it a cultural/status device that nearly everyone owns, with different models and designs to match outfits or personal moods. An open-source technology, anyone can develop applications for the Connexus. The Connexus has the added ability to communicate directly with the wearer's mental system, allowing the user to become mentally immersed in the datastream of their Datalogs.
CONTROL: an artificial intelligence designed to monitor and oversee all automated functions that occur with the Megacity as well as maintain the city’s vital life-sustaining systems. CONTROL was designed expressly for the Megacity and has been online since the creation of the city. Fully autonomous, CONTROL’s only role and function is the continued maintenance of the Megaopolis and its citizens.
Cosmic radiation: Streams of atomic nuclei bombarding Earth and other planets from outer space.
Cybercrime: Any crime that involves a computer and a network. The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target.
Cybernetics: The comparative study of automatic control and communications systems, whether biological (e.g., the human nervous system) or artificial (e.g., computers).
Cyborg: Cybernetic organism. A living being who contains cybernetic or bionic parts to replace and / or enhance physical parts.
Datalog: A portable, typically handheld device designed to contain information in electronic form. With the advent of the Automated Age, Datalogs arose to replace ancient methods of record keeping [i.e., paper, books, etc] and as such are present in all walks of life from schools to the military. Datalogs are all connected to the city’s central mainframe and therefore can access [with a few obvious exceptions] any and all databases and networks. Datalogs function by displaying information via three-dimensional holographic images which the user can negotiate at will. Datalogs can range from simple children’s toys to vastly complex and intricate devices.
Death: The cessation of all life functions in a living being, causing its life essence (also known as consciousness, spirit, or soul) to depart the physical body.
Empathic: Having the capability to share the emotions of another through psychic means.
Entropy: The universal tendency for energy in a closed system to wear down. On a universe-wide scale, entropy is the ultimate degradation of matter and energy to an inert uniform state incapable of sustaining life.
ESP (Extrasensory Perception): The psychic powers of telepathy, precognition, and clairvoyance.
Extraterrestrial: (1.) A being from a world in this dimension other than Earth. (2.) Of or having to do with a world in this dimension other than Earth.
Force Field: A barrier of energy, usually strong enough to prevent solid or liquid objects or concussive forms of energy from penetrating it.
Gene Masker: A bioagent able to temporarily introduce key genetic components which can be used to hide or otherwise conceal the users true genetic identity in order to fool a Gene Sweeper and evade capture by STaRK. Gene Maskers are extremely hard to acquire.
Gene Masking: The practice of disguising oneself on the genetic level using bioagents.
Genetic: Having to do with the genes, the section of a cell of a living being that contains the molecule DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), which controls the transmission of hereditary characteristics from parent to offspring.
Genetics: The study of the process of heredity of physical characteristics in living organisms.
Gene Sweeper/Gene Scanner: A device [either portable or fixed to a particular location] capable of scanning the genetic sequences of living beings by collecting bio-chemical residue of an analyzed target and instantaneously identifies the DNA to determine whether or not they are human or not. Gene Sweeper technology is widely employed by STaRK units dispatched in the field. Gene Sweeper technology is not fool-proof, though few possess the means to deceive one.
Graviton: A particle carrying the force of gravity.
Humanoid: Having virtually the same physical characteristics as a human being. Only a normal Earth human being can properly be termed human, although Axions can be classified as human under a broader definition of the term. Beings that greatly resemble human beings in physical characteristics, but are not exactly like them are humanoids. Beings that resemble humans in some major outward physical characteristics but not in others that are of equal importance are called semi-humanoids.
Lamb: An Axion who has a ‘Limiter’ surgically implanted into them, preventing them from using their powers, unless a ‘Shepard’ allows them too. Axions detained and sentenced by STaRK have the option [assuming STaRK finds them viable candidates] of having their prison term commuted in exchange for serving in STaRK’s ‘Shepard’ corps. Lambs have ‘Limiters’ implanted in the base of their skulls, which send neuro-kinetic signals to the areas of an Axions brain responsible for activating their unnatural gifts, essentially preventing or activating them. Limiters can be remote controlled over a wide radius, ensuring a ‘Shepard’ can control even a whole team of ‘Lambs’ from a single remote and over respectable distances. 'Lambs' are not enlisted in STaRK and thus do not possess the authority and Powers of Arrest of a STaRK officer. Service as a ‘Lamb’ is lifelong.
Levitation: The ability to screen the physical body from the effects of gravity and thus rise off the ground. The ability to fly.
Lift (press): The act of picking up a given amount of weight from the ground and hoisting it at arm's length above the head.
Limiter: A device that is surgically implanted into the base of an Axions brain which can prevent or allow an Axion the use of their unnatural abilities.
Mass accruing: The process by which an organism decreases in size and weight extends bodily mass extradimensionally.
Metamorph: A being who can physically change shape and appearance. If the transformation requires the addition or subtraction of mass, the mass accruing or mass shunting process is involved. Also called polymorph.
Mutagenic: Something capable of making cellular-level changes in a living organism.
Mutation: The process or result of a cellular-level change in a living organism. A good mutation is one that benefits the organism in some way, such as the acquisition of a spare heart, increased cerebral capacity, or a superhuman ability. A bad mutation is one that impairs the organism in some way, such as a deformity. Many special traits or powers are the result of a body-wide series of good mutations, not just the mutation of single cell.
Phase: When used as a verb, a term meaning to pass through another object through altering the synchronization of the atoms of the object passing through with the atoms of the object being passed through.
Polymorph: A being with shape-changing powers.
Portal Terminals: Devices which allow individuals [or even groups of individuals] to travel through interdimensional space allowing them to move from one location to another in the Megacity in a fraction of the time such a trip would normally take. This technology is a vital asset to the Megacity as without it citywide travel-times would be dramatically greater. Portal terminals, while not the primary form of intercity transportation, have been affixed in certain key locations throughout the city though their range of mobility is far less than the Skygate. They function merely to transport passengers between districts in the city, and not between two points within a district as the Skygate does. Due to the sheer amount of citywide traffic through interdimensional space, the City Council was forced to install Mass-Limiter protocols into each terminal which prevent spatial implosions by denying new passengers from entering the dimensional aperture until an equal amount of mass [i.e. current travelers] has vacated the finite pocket of space utilized by the portals as the fragile interdimensional space within might implode with devastating effect should it be overpopulated with travelers. Thanks to the Limiter safety protocols portal system technology has been utilized for centuries without incident.
Precognition: The ability to mentally scan the various alternate futures. Predicting which one of these futures one is likely to experience can never be done with perfect accuracy.
Prosthesis: An artificial replacement for a missing limb or other body part. If the prosthetic part simulates all of the functions (or more) of the natural part, it is called bionic.
Psi: (Short for psionic or psychic.) The term for any and all extrasensory and extraphysical powers stemming from the mind, specifically clairvoyance, levitation, precognition, psycho kinesis, telepathy, and teleportation.
Psion: A particle of energy produced by the mind that is involved in the psi powers.
Psionic: An adjective referring to psions (see psions), to the powers or energies based on psions (e.g., psionic powers, psionic energy), or to mechanical means to stimulate the natural psi powers. Abbreviated to psi only when describing the powers.
Psychic: An adjective referring to the psi powers.
Psychokinesis: The psi ability to move or manipulate physical matter without physically touching it. The word is synonymous with telekinesis, which has the added connotation of greater distance being involved between the matter being manipulated and the manipulator.
Radar sense: An extrasensory means of perception by which the brain generates electromagnetic waves which travel outward, bounce off objects, and are again picked up by the brain, which thus determines what its surroundings are.
Robot: A mechanical entity sometimes but not always possessing a humanoid configuration. Compare with android and cyborg.
Shepard: STaRK operatives in charge of ‘chaperoning’ ‘Lambs’ while out in the field on assignment. A ‘Shepard’ is usually human [though STaRK may bestow this duty on a Synthoid] operative or agent in STaRK’s employ who ‘leads’ a team of Axion ‘Lambs’ in countering, pursuing, and pacifying Axion threats and insurgents. A ‘Shepard’ controls his or her ‘flock’ via a remote control [which is generally never displayed to a ‘Lamb’], negating or activating the unnatural powers of a ‘Lamb’ in order so that they may accomplish their mission parameters for STaRK. Generally speaking, the only time a ‘Shepard’ allows their ‘flock’ to have access to their powers is when it is deemed ‘acceptable’, i.e. during hostile encounters or training sessions. A ‘Shepard’ has full control over the members of their ‘flock’.
Sentient: A term meaning having intelligence of or beyond or only slightly below the human level.
Splicer: Someone who actively engages in the practice of Splicing.
Splicing: A newly arrived fad typically used by young people, and criminals, it is a system of combining cloned animal DNA with human DNA, bestowing certain animal-like traits in its victims. However, the practice is very much outlawed and is among the Megacity’s ‘highest’ known criminal offenses, after Gene Treason and homicide.
Subterranean: Beneath the Earth's surface.
Superhuman: A skill, ability, or power that is outside the parameters of achievement by ordinary human beings. It is also a term for any being that possesses such a skill, ability, or power.
Telekinesis: The psi ability to move or manipulate physical matter without physically touching it, especially over long distances.
Telepathy: The psi ability to send or receive thoughts directly into or from other minds. A person with this ability is usually called a telepath.
Teleportation: The ability via psionic or artificial means to transport oneself or other people or objects from one point in space to another without having physically traveled the distance between. A person with this ability is usually called a teleporter.
Theta Radiation: A form of radiation known for its ability to rapidly erode the molecular bonds of metals and disrupt computer systems. Due to the energy levels required to produce theta radiation it is extrememly rare outside of a capable facility.
Troll: Someone who is instantly banned from this site.