Orhatea (Or ah tea): Fundamental Being of the Universe.

Humanoid in appearance, orhatea range in size from 122 cm(4’) or less for sexless drones to as tall as 244 cm (8’) for the Amah. They have a hardened exoskeleton instead of skin and bones, but otherwise appear humanoid. Aside from their exoskeleton, their most distinguishing feature is the oblong length of their head, and eyes that glow blue in the sexed orhatea and white in the sexless drones.

Their hard exoskeleton and ability to retain water and air in bladders along the length of it, allow for the orhatea to survive in any atmosphere that is not caustic to their shells. They equally at home in the vacuum of space as they are on a planet’s surface or beneath its oceans.

The orhatea look down on any species that cannot survive in space, or has not developed interstellar travel.

Orhatea social structure is divided into two broad categories; the sexed and the sexless. The sexless are gray and stand less than 122 cm (4’) in height. The sexed are divided into the black shelled female and the white shelled male that are between 122 cm (4’) and 155 cm (5’) in height. There are stories of sexless drones migrating between the male and female sexes, their shells changing colors as they do.

All orhatea share an empathy with others in their colony. This connection allows for a weak communication between drones, warning of danger, or indicating location.

Sexed orhatea have a telepathic connection to all sexless drones. Bonded male and female pairs have a stronger telepathic link that enables two-way communication.

Orhatea speak their own language that is a combination of physical and mental ques combined with vocalizations made with air sacks under their shells. The language is not effective without an empathetic or telepathic connection and cannot be spoken by other species.

Unsexed orhatea can live a century, the sexed extend that to three centuries, with the Amah an Earah living up to one-thousand years before meeting the Angatam.

Orahi (or ah he): Living something, usually fire. A term the orhatea use to describe an array of “living” weapons. The most common of which is a fire based weapon that can be tuned to destroy one substance, while leaving the surrounding area relatively unharmed.

Ora (or ah): Home, or life. The primary planet, star, star system, or spaceship of an orhatea colony is called the Ora, regardless of its location.

Mohuritea (mo hury tea): Changed species, or the Change of Species. A promise from the Book of Engaro where the orhatea will undergo a change to become a new superspecies.

Kit is an energy field that adapts to the properties of surrounding material. A generic term that orhatea apply to any technology they use to hide, hack, or otherwise deceive others. With kit, orhatea create invisible doors, cloak spaceships, and hack electronic and artificial intelligence systems. Kit is also a power amplifier, capable of turning a small current into a powerful charge.

Interstellar Bridge Network (IBN): A group of space folding stations that allowed the orhatea to travel between stars. Using it they colonized a dozen worlds and interfered with developing civilizations on a dozen more. It failed spectacularly leaving a small group stranded near Earth’s solar system.

F-Grav is a combination of paramagnetic and diamagnetic fields that simulate gravity on Explorer Corporation orbital platforms, spaceships, space stations, and low gravity colonies. In a zero-gravity environment the emitters can reproduce one-half Earth gravity. The created fields are space dependent, therefore they can be on in one room and off in another, or switched from on to off and back again in rapid succession. This allows for the movement of heavy cargo in a low gravity environment while it is secured in a heavier gravity environment.

The name is from a modified gravity theory that generalizes the theory of relativity to eliminate the need for dark energy and dark matter.

Explorer Corporation is the mega-conglomerate created by Charles Clark to direct Earth’s resources toward the creation of a space folding bridge. The corporation sets as a head over world governments, directing and consolidating resources for its use.

EC is known for naming its divisions and projects in a manner that captures the letters E and C.

Example Explorer Corporation Divisions

E-Cert — Electronic Certification, A digital certification required by all citizens of the planet to prove their identity. All citizens have a tablet capable of displaying their E-Cert. E-Certs are tied to a DNA fingerprint and a personal key code.

ECH — Earth Committee for Habitation Assigns regions of Earth for human habitation, while blocking off vast regions for regeneration. Rumored to control population through unknown, and probably horrific, means.

ECO — Earth Channel One. Started by Charles Clark and Keith Hobson as the propaganda arm of EC, ECO now owns all broadcast networks in Earth’s system.

E-Com — Express Commuter, owns and operates every automated vehicle on planet Earth.

Economic Comptroller — Manages electronic credits to the benefit EC.

Education Corporation — All schools.

ECPO – Explorer Corporation Police Operations.

E-Credit — Electronic Credits, A blockchain currency controlled by the Economic Comptroller.

ECSF – Explorer Corporation Space Fleet

FEC — First Expedition Crossing

One of five Lagrangian point space stations created by Explorer Corporation to facilitate human habitations across the solar system. The stations and their locations are:

L1 (Between Sun and Earth) FuXi

L2 (Far side of Moon) Nyx Observatory

L3 (Far side of Sun) Monde Supply Station

L4 (Ahead of Earth’s orbit) Eris Station

L5 (Behind Earth’s orbit) Harmonia Station

Engaro (in gar oh): Fate Mind, or the sex of fate. An evolutionary aim of the orhatea species that is shared in the Book of Engaro. Even adherents to the book are uncertain of what form an Engaro will take, resulting in many hideous creations that suffered horrible deaths.

ECPO: Explorer Corporation Police Operations. Originally considered by Charles Clark as a paramilitary force to subdue the United States government, he abandoned the idea when the US joined Explorer Corporation. Earl Clark reopened the project when research proved that a belief and loyalty system could be mapped onto a human brain. The project was abandoned again as Explorer Bridge neared completion. Michael Planck ordered the creation of the force after Earl Clark’s death at Eris Station, putting first Mark Lamar, then Park Sato in command of the force.

COBRA: Cognitive Operations Bounded Robust and Adaptive An opensource codebase for Artificial Intelligence. Any AI system not developed by Explorer Corporation uses COBRA as its base code.

Earah (ear rha): Pledged male, or prince. The proper name given to the male ruler of the orhatea. He is the primary caretaker of the colony, responsible for its day-to-day functions, protection and expansion. He is the final arbiter in all disputes, and with the exception of Amah, his word is law.

The Earah is a powerful being. He can grow to 217 cm (7’) in height. His enlarged body structure makes him incredibly strong. Male orhatea have limited telepathic abilities compared to the female, but unlike the females they are capable of manipulating computer systems with a thought. Male orhatea can create an energy charge over their shells, and the Earah can extend that into a blade of plasma capable of slicing through concrete and steel.

Book of Engaro: A book of orhatea history that encourages orhatea to hijack other species to find the next evolutionary leap. The results were often hideous and resulted in orhatea Colonies competing for species to hijack. Recognizing the degeneration of the orhatea, generations of Amahs forbade the book and merge the orhatea into a single Colony. The book is now considered a collection of fairy tales that encourages individualism, a vile thought for an orhatea.

Arotea (ay row tea): Liquid Life. A Royal jelly and super-food that is the purpose of an orhatea Colony. The amber colored liquid is food for sexless drones, with an abdomen full of the liquid they can survive for months. Tomo use arotea to grow clones and it enables the telepathic connection between Tomo and clone. Male—Tamo—are superpowered by the liquid becoming fierce warriors, ten times faster and stronger than usual.

For other species arotea’s effects are less pronounced until the individual has adapted to the substance. Once adapted the effects are variable and unpredictable, with beneficial effects often followed by a painful and sudden death.

Arotea Ting (ay row tea ting): Harvest Eaters. An orhatea drone that produces arotea. They are both bi-sexual and incapable of sex. Their sexual organs aid in the digestion of food which accelerates the production of pure arotea. They grow to colossal sizes and are incapable of movement. Incapable of expelling of the arotea they produce, they are slaughtered, their shells cracked open in seasonal ceremonies, their arotea collected and stored, and their shells discarded.

Aropakte (ay row pawch tea): Motherless. Being part of the colony, a child of the Amah is the definition of purpose for an orhatea. Aropakte is both a derision and a punishment for a drone. Aropakte are forbidden to lay or hatch eggs, or make Tomo clones, or—for males—to share their seed with a female. Sexless drones given the aropakte tag are ruthlessly humiliated and abused.

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