Exode Glossary

This glossary of terms is intended to allow residents of Earth to understand the exode and the lives of humans who reside on other planets such as Hemmal. -Izhiun

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.

Buld Clan – The largest human Genesaunt group outside of the Prelands. The Bulds were designed to function as colonists, traveling from star to star on multi-generation space craft.

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.

exode – term used to refer to the process by which humans have been taken from Earth and settled on other worlds.

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.

Genesaunt – A term used by the Huaoshy to refer to members of a species that have been taken away from their original planet and cultured on other worlds or at space stations.

Hemmal – The planet where Kach and Parthney were born.

Huaoshy – An alien lifeform from beyond our galaxy. Seldom seen by humans, the Huaoshy have been present in this galaxy for the past seven million years.

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.

kel – mountain, hill or other area of elevated land

megepi – A group of kanen who sing together.

Muchlo – the pek companion of Kach.

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.

Parthney – A false human male from Pelis Kel.

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.

Pelis Kel – the mountains on Hemmal where a Buld colony lives.

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.