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American Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith: The ACDF or the North American Inquisition is an official ecclesiastical secret police agency operating in the North American Coalition (NAC for short).
Ami: Japanese term for friend or pal.
Artificial Intelligence (AI): Programs that appear to be or actually are self-aware. AIs can be either sub sentient, meaning they are adaptive, but not actually sentient, or fully sentient and therefore self-aware.
Aspect: A sub sentient AI trained to mimic one or more skills or facets of a sentient being (usually its owner).
Atlantica: A nation created out of the former traditionally liberal Northeastern United States. Atlantica is at the forefront of the transhumanist movement.
Augmented Reality Game (ARG): A game or Meta game that takes place both in a real and virtual setting.
Avatar: A person’s interactive digital self. Banger: A violent person.
Black Hat: A hacker who uses his computer skills for “criminal,” destructive or selfish purposes.
Blit: To travel virtually.
Blue Plater: Working class citizens: Poor People.
Brainer: A technologically proficient or intelligent person, in particular one who works on computers.
Bounty heads: Wanted suspects and criminals with bounties placed on them.
Caribbean Economic League: The CEL is a nation made up of former island territories in the Caribbean Sea that ultimately joined the US and later abandoned it when the Union’s economic forecast grew increasingly grim.
Chimera: A person or animal that has undergone drastic gene-splicing without concern for its final form’s appearance.
Chrome Reaper: A person or persons who engage in the practice of stealing cyberware from people to sell at a body chop shop.
Crashing: A violent attack on a domain designed to disrupt operations.
Cribsec: A sprawler’s home sector; the place he or she grew up in. The term is most commonly used in major urban sprawls such as the free city of Chicago.
Cyberform: A completely artificial shell used to house an AI. Many are humanoid in shape.
Deep, The: Another name for the Net, or MediaWeb. The virtual world. There are many metaphorical uses of the word comparing the network to the ocean. One can: “dive into The Deep,”“surf the net,”“swim through media,”“create waves,” etc.
Derezz: The act of disrupting or severing a person’s or object’s virtual interface with Hyper
Reality (typically an avatar).
Divers: Those who plumb The Deep for information. Net surfers.
Dry Spot: A geographic location without much in the way of passive external processing power.
Dubbing: The process of digitizing a person’s consciousness. Currently dubbing is fatal to the person undergoing the operation. The process uses nano devices to replace the patient’s brain (cell for cell) in order to generate a hi- definition master copy for later uploading. The process is still experimental and has a high rate of failure, the most common of which results in the production of an aspect-like sub- sapient consciousness.
Emancipated AI: An artificial intelligence that has been granted official government recognition as a sentient being. This status generally comes with official citizenship and some or all of the rights afforded humans within the region that offers such recognition.
￼Gangland: A (essentially) lawless section of sprawland dominated by street gangs.
Ganglander: A person (usually a member of gang) who lives in section of gang-controlled urban sprawl. Also known as gangers.
Gaucho: A “cowboy” or other slick, handsome or trendy male. Gene-splicing: The act and science of splicing the genetic
code of humans and animals.
Golemmech: Cybernetic power armor, or robots, usually vehicle size or larger. Golemmechs are used extensively for construction, rescue, and military purposes.
Gray Hat: A hacker who uses his computer skills for morally gray or non-moral-related purposes.
Great Lakes Union: The GLU is made up of former US States, City States, and Canadian Providences bordering the Great Lakes. The GLU (occasionally known as the Rust Belt League) is a pragmatic socialist nation governed by former water barons and industrial powers.
Gun Santo: Also known as a gun saint, gun-fu artist or gun Kensei. A martial adept who specializes in gunplay.
Hack: Short form of “hacker” or the process of hacking. Hacker: A person skilled in computer use.
Headframe: A precursor to the TAP.
Human 2.0: Humans who have undergone embryonic genetic upgrades to the point that they are considered a different species of human. In general, they are more intelligent and physically enduring than basic humans. Most members of the New Mandarinate are Human 2.0.
Hyper Reality (HR): Also known as augmented reality or hyper-linked reality.
Hybrid: A person who has undergone gene-splicing therapies involving animal DNA. The term refers to any human who has undergone such therapy, but in practice, it is used most
often to describe those individuals who still appear passably human. Hybrids that cannot pass for unaltered humans are most often referred to as chimeras.
Icon: A media star.
IDSMC: Incredibly Dense Self-Modifying Code. Also called “Id
Smack” for short.
Ism: A philosophy, cause, or religion; usually a radical one.
Ismist: A radical. One who follows an “Ism.” Also anyone who follows an ideal.
Martial Adept: A person who is extensively trained in one of many stylized martial arts forms, including mental discipline and biofeedback techniques.
Mediaweb: Another name for the Net or The Deep. The inter- active virtual world.
Megaconglomeration: Also called Congloms, Corps, Mega- Cons, or Megacorps. They are large multinational companies that often wield many of the same powers granted to sover- eign nations, including: sovereignty over their own domains (usually defined as corporate offices, and any territory real or virtual that they own), the right to make and sign treaties, the right to pass laws and enforce them within their borders, and the right to raise armies to protect the integrity of their sover- eignty and trademarks.
Meme: A discrete pack of cultural information. Memes, like viral agents, can be infectious.
Nano Assembler: A device used to reconfigure matter from one form into another.
Negotiator: One who “negotiates the sprawl.” Any person who makes their living on the fringe of law-abiding society. Most often used to refer to bounty hunters, fences, fixers, mediators, operators, and private investigators.
n00b: Derogatory term for anyone so new to something they do things commonly seen as stupid by more experienced people. Usually aimed at hackers, though others can be n00bs as well.
North American Coalition: The NAC makes up the bulk of the former United States and Canada. The NAC (also known as the Coalition of Willing Christian States or simply the Coalition), is a theocratic plutocracy, ruling over a puppet government.
Neko: A person who has undergone cosmetic surgery or su- perficial gene-splicing for purely aesthetic reasons, in order to look more like an anthropomorphic animal. Alternately known as either a furry or an anthro. Often confused with so- called true hybrids or chimeras.
OOL: Omniversal Object Locator. A small piece of data that indicates the location of a place, person, or file. Serves the same function as an e-mail address, PO Box, and phone number all in one.
Pipe: A channel of communication from any one hyper reality point to any other.
Personal Reality: The reality a person experiences through their Hyper Reality filter preferences.
Phansigar: “Noose operator.” A member of the thuggee. Phreak: Someone who practices the skill of phone phreaking,
the manipulation of old analog and T1 telephone exchanges.
Psion: Someone who is able to use supernatural abilities such as telekinesis or ESP.
Rover: A person who makes their permanent residence aboard a ship, or other artificial habitat at sea (in particular the Pacific, Indian, and Southern Oceans). Most Rovers hail from Oceania, Indian or the Far East, with a significant minority coming from the western coast of the Americas.
Scavenger: A person who combs old ruins, wastelands and junk heaps for salvageable technology.
Script Kiddie: A newbie hacker or wannabe without any real knowledge of programming who uses code written by someone else.
Simulacrum: Also known as androids, puppets, replicants, or bio-forms. Artificial life forms used as tools by mankind.
Singularity: A point in the near future when dramatic advances in technology or AI programming outpace human understanding, possibly leading to the extinction of the species or a dramatic evolutionary leap. By its very nature, the ultimate form and effect of the singularity are unknown.
Sprawl: A heavily urbanized area, often used to refer to “bad” or dangerous neighborhoods.
Sprawlander: A person who lives in the urban sprawl. Also known as Sprawlers.
Sword Sage: A martial adept specializing in sword fighting.
TAP: Tendril Access Processor (so named for its three component parts: tendril-like brain filaments, the access chip, and a Wi-Fi signal processor and booster), a brain-mounted nano device enabling a user to interface with the hyper-real world.
Virtual Reality (VR): Computer generated interactive images.
Wasteland: A geographic region hostile to human life. This includes deserts, barrens, radiation zones, former toxic landfills, bomb sites, Arctic regions, and ruins located in such areas.
Wastelander: A person who lives in a wasteland or ruin. Also known as Wasters.
Zeek: Derogatory term for a psion. Bastardization of psychic. The term first came into use in Blood Throne Online Global chat-1 in the sub-realm of Throrongar when Sporkface236 misspelled the word psychic. He typed zeekic instead, claiming “that ees how eet sound in me head.” The term was shortened to zeek and eventually turned into a viral meme. Silly n00b.