Glossary

Adibadi

Our distant ancestral cousin. Adibadis are to Luratians what the chimpanzee is to the humans of Earth, though they more closely resemble the domesticated dog in their character and temperament. Read more →

Alteron

One of the Continent’s two super-satellites, a city in the sky. In addition to collecting and transmitting solar power to Luratia, Alteron is a fully equipped base for excursions to space. Read more →

Argen

An archaic coin, used only in the extreme southeastern region of the continent of Wershonia, the land of Lin’s birthplace. World-wide there are less than a dozen coined and paper currencies still in use, having been displaced by hundreds of cryptocurrencies. This number grows every year. Read more →

Artunne

The largest of Luraita’s six continents — commonly called the Continent — and the epicenter of its recent technological and social awakening. The nine nations of Artunne unified as a single sovereign country 158 years ago, which evolved after decades of reconstruction following the catastrophic Asteroid Shear of 2096. Two million lives were lost in the tragedy, but a remarkable… Read more →

Asi

Asi is a nutty grain similar to buckwheat. It grows so easily and abundantly almost every family in Southern Wershonia has a thicket of it in their yard. Read more →

Asteroid Shear of 2096

Without warning and as most of the Continent slept, an asteroid passed close to the planet, touching the atmosphere and setting off a massive plasma blast that ripped a wide gash across the Continent’s northern plains. Its scar can still be seen today. It is known as the Great Gash. Read more →

Bio-Hacking

Bio-hacking involves a wide range of practices aimed at improving physical health, extending longevity, easing the aging process, rehabilitating or improving sensory experience, enhancing physical appearance Read more →

Bree

A small fishing village in the country of Strellin on the southeast coast of Wershonia. Bree is the place of my birth. Due to its remote location and the technology-depriving Committee of Technology, Bree is one of the most primitive places on my planet. Read more →

Bryton Bush

The stalks and leaves of this bush grow low to the ground and are so thick that none but the smallest creatures can pass through it. Read more →

Celerwox

The fastest animal in the world. A sleek, 4-legged mammal, thin, light-boned and very muscular. Read more →

Clarkon

An organic and highly versatile “super-material” known on Earth as graphene. It is the first 2D material ever discovered and is used in thousands of applications. Read more →

Continental Union

Commonly referred to as the Continent and formerly known as Artunne. The nations of Artunne unified as a single sovereign nation 158 years ago. Read more →

Data Grid

The Grid, as it’s called, is Luratia’s first generation Internet. It was originally developed by weather scientists who needed to transmit, receive, store and aggregate large quantities of real-time data intercontinentally. Read more →

Deloria

The most beautiful of the 6 continents of Luratia. Deloria is latitudinally long: its northern coast is not far from the equator (where cloud cover is thick), and its southern coast is close to the South Pole (where cloud cover is thin). Read more →

Egli

The smallest of Luratia’s 6 continents. Egli is desolate, rocky and, by Luratia’s standards, arid. Egli lies near the southern pole, where the cloud cover is thin and precipitation negligible. Read more →

Elsewheres

The name ascribed to virtual reality addicts, which counts for about 20% of the population of modern societies. This number is increasing, especially on the continent of Waturi, where the quality of life is considered the lowest on the planet, rivaling that of Egli. See also Privacy Pods.   Read more →

Floaters

Random bots for hire, usually of the airborne variety, ranging in scale from mid-size drones to atomically-small GPS-guided nanobots. Read more →

Forton

The smaller of Luratia’s two super-satellites. Like the Alteron satellite platform, Forton collects and transmits solar power to the planet, which is then wirelessly distributed world-wide. Read more →

The Gash Generation

The generation born in the aftermath of the cataclysmic Asteroid Shear of 2096 — which tore a long gash across the Continent, killing millions — became known as the Gash Generation. Read more →

Genetic Disaster of 2006

In 2006 — only 90 years before a close-passing asteroid killed over 2 million people on the continent of Artunne — a well-tested genetic procedure designed to reduce congenital disease ended in deadly disaster. Read more →

Gostin

One of Luratia’s 6 continents. Gostin is so rainy, most of its cities are covered by invisible, self-repairing clarkon nets that shield rain and lightning. Read more →

Grandis

The largest animal in Wershonia. Four-legged, bowled back, carnivorous, shy but mean. Everyone knows never to sneak up on a grandis, they don’t like surprises. Fortunately, they don’t run very fast. Read more →

Grangefish

A large predatory fish unsuitable for eating due to its extremely unpleasant taste and texture. Grangefish have three rows of upper teeth and two rows of lower teeth that interlock when the mouth is closed. Read more →

Groile

Groile is a type of grassy moss that grows abundantly on tropical beaches and in the forests of the wetlands on the Continental mainland. Read more →

Kipper

Kipper seaweed is a fantastically slimy purple seaplant that is used for many purposes among the people of Southern Wershonia: the liquid is used for dye and ink, the pulp is used to make paper, the dried leaves are salted and eaten as a snack. Read more →

Kono Root

A prized root plant that grows abundantly in the equatorial regions of the planet. The extract is used as an anesthesia. The dried root, chewed or drunk as tea, is a calming sedative. Read more →

Mesh

The Mesh is Luratia’s second Internet, built upon the holographic data storage capacity of quantum computing. Read more →

Murtali

A small, poisonous waterspider. Murtali venom is not lethal, but it does paralyze the victim for several hours after being stung. Read more →

Privacy Pods

Small structures in public places that serve as protective enclosures for the secure enjoyment of full-immersion virtual reality. Most pods comfortably seat one person and can only be unlocked by a retinal scan of the current occupant, however the civil authorities can override the lock system under court order or in cases of medical emergencies. Some virtual reality addicts have… Read more →

Pure Sky

Many of the languages of Luratia refer to a patch of cloudless sky as ‘pure sky’. At any given time most of my planet, with the exception of the two poles, is almost continuously shrouded in cloud cover. Read more →

Soni Seashell

A common sea shell that is used as a whistle by boring a hole in one end. Teachers in Bree wear a soni seashell on a string around their neck for the purpose of getting their students’ attention. Read more →

Sub-Orbital Airbus

A rocket-propelled craft that traverses long distances in a short time by ascending to a very high altitude and arcing in the direction of its destination. For coast-to-coast flights on the Continent, the sub-orbital airbus achieves an altitude of 50 Earth miles above sea level. Read more →

Super-Satellites

Among Luratia’s hundreds of satellites, two are of immense size and are called super-satellites. Dozens of people live and work on them. Read more →

Trissilfish

Trissilfish have no teeth, no eyes, nor a front or back side. They are an ancient simple-cell fish. Any part of their long string-like body can eat the invisibly small microbial creatures they feed on. Read more →

Vona

One of 20 islands that dot the perimeter of the Continent and one of 3 islands that are home to the campuses of the International Schools created for the education of students from all parts of the world. Read more →

Waturi

One of the 6 continents of Luratia. Waturi is a small continent with a large population, due to its crowded coastal cities and high birth rates. Read more →

Wershonia

Luratia’s second largest continent. A wide and steep mountain range separates the North from South, which made land travel between them nearly impossible until the invention of aircraft. The small fishing village of Bree in a remote area of Southern Wershonia is the place of my birth. Read more →

Wild Mountain Berek

This 6-legged mountain beast is incredibly agile on steep rock. Unlike the grandis, bereks are very social creatures. They mate for life and roam in clans. Read more →

Asteroid Shear of 2096

Without warning and as most of the Continent slept, an asteroid passed close to the planet, touching the atmosphere and setting off a massive plasma blast that ripped a wide gash across the Continent’s northern plains. Its scar can still be seen today. It is known as the Great Gash. Read more →