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.

Aro (ay row): Sex, stimulant, precursor to arotea. Both a hormone and enzyme aro is produced by female orhatea sexual organs that resemble human breasts. In its raw form, aro is a stimulant that is deadly to creatures not adapted to arotea. Mixed with proteins and sugars it acts as any enzyme creating arotea.

Female orhatea can transfer aro with a touch, but will the substance when threatened.

Aro accelerates the growth of arotea, orhatea drones, and Tomo clones. When a creature adapted to arotea injects, or is otherwise exposed to aro they have a moment of euphoria after which they are intensely aware of the substance in their system and can direct it according to their needs, including added strength, sexual stimulation, or—most common—suppressing pain and healing injuries.

Angatam (ang guh tam): The final parting, or the birth of the sisters. Fertility is life to the orhatea. Females and males live as long as they can produce eggs or seed. For drones that could be a few years, for Tomo and Tamo it could be hundreds of years, and for the Amah and Earah it could be a thousand or more years.

When a lesser male or female are no longer fertile they are fed to the Arotea Ting. When an Amah is barren she kills her Earah then joins her psychic essence to his in her Seed. After which, her body divides into two females, one of which will assume the role of Amah after killing the other. This period of conflict decimates the Colony is the only known limit to orhatea expansion.

Angahai (Ang guh hi): The Universal Nature. A belief system from the Book of Engaro that implies great evolutionary leaps are the only method the Universe has to reveal its purpose. Those not interested in finding ways to evolve the species into something greater are lesser and therefore tools for those who believe. While forbidding the Book of Engaro, the orhatea have adopted parts of this belief system by considering any species that cannot survive in space as a lesser species, referring to them as planet-bound, a derogatory term.

Anga (ang guh): Fate, destiny. Fate is a religious belief. For the orhatea, believers are planet-bound, superstitious fools. Yet, their very name, The Fundamental Beings of the Universe implies a certain weight in destiny. The Book of Engaro asserts the orhatea have not completed their evolutionary journey, promising a new—all-powerful—species, the Engaro. But that leap is dependent on the anga of another species they have yet to meet.

Amah (ah ma): Mother, or queen. The proper name and title for an orhatea female that has formed a Colony. The orhatea are eusocial, with a single queen (the Amah) directing the Colony’s activities, especially the use of a female’s eggs and a male’s seed. An Amah’s egg when paired with Earah’s seed will produce a sexed orhatea. All other pairings of eggs and seed produce unsexed orhatea.

The Amah is a powerful being. She can grow to 243 cm (8 ft) in height. Her enlarged body structure makes her incredibly strong and allows for added air sacks that can produce a sonic attack capable of shattering concrete and melting steel. Like all female orhatea, she is a powerful telepath, but unlike the Tomo, she can reach into the minds of species not hatched from arotea.

The Amah is the only member of an orhatea Colony that has freewill. The Colony’s children are an extension of that will, and behave as if they were a single individual, executing the Amah’s desires.