bothet – An indelicate term. Sexual relations between Buld and pek were not rare, but no Buld was proud of having to resort to making casual use of a pek as a sexual outlet. However, resorts with elderly guests often discretely provided pek bothets that functioned to facilitate social interactions, including sexual contacts between couples and larger groups.
Demon Lodge – A small resort among the Pelis Kel. Named for the fuming springs and caverns on the south flank of Kel Stoen. Local legends suggest that there were cave-dwelling animals, possibly similar to bats, in the area when humans first arrived. See kel.
false – As used by the Buld to refer to people, ‘false” has no easy translation. Mutant, freak, outcast, and deviant might capture the correct emotional overtones. Technically, the term implies that the individual has an abnormal humanoid phenotype. Usually, phenotypic difference are of little social consequence, but in some cases the “mutant” individual might be almost incapable of existing and functioning withing Buld society.
Fru’wu – a sapient lifeform that evolved in Earth’s galaxy before the arrival of the Huaoshy.
Kach – A false human female from Pelis Kel.
kan – Roughly translates as “musician”. Among the Buld, kanship almost exclusively involves singing. Musical instruments are almost unknown, although brief ceremonial drumming is part of some traditional songs.
megepi – A group of kanen who sing together.
nepot – An imprecise term indicating a genetic relationship between an elderly Buld and a younger Buld. Given the long lives of the Buld, the relationship could be several generations removed.
pana – The inverse of nepot. Roughly “ancestor”, but sometimes used in a way similar to “grandparent” or to indicate a more distant genetic relationship.
pek – From an ancient language of the Buld Clan, approximately meaning “robot”. The pek are a form of artificial life, based on nanoscopic nanite structural components, provided to the Buld by the Huaoshy.
Preland – Most human “Genesaunts are Prelands. Prelands are of several types, designed for functions such as solving terraforming problems for unstable ecosystems and inter-species diplomacy and communications. The Prelands on Hemmal are devoted to acting out their heroic epics, stories that, unknown to them, are based on Earth history.