The terms used in Of Beasts and Men.
Andro: the designation for Librarians. An Old World term for anthropomorphized.
Assigned: all humans are given a job when they reach adulthood. They cannot choose career paths.
B-Thala: a genetic blood disorder that causes microcytic anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, heart murmurs, stunted growth, and contributes to poor eating habits. It’s based on Beta Thalassemia Intermedia.
Beverage: a hot drink prepared with ground roasted fruit beans, similar to coffee.Book Hunter’s: an underground hub of literature. Inspired by the Bargain Hunter’s group on a parenting forum.
Captivity: a term for detention and prison, where criminals are locked away at the High Council’s discretion. Seldom ever get out of captivity, and most of its occupants are human.
Chambers: personal living areas, like a suite.
Coclate: a sweet bean used for confection, similar to chocolate.
Com-device: a communications device similar to a mobile phone.
Craft: an intra-planetary shuttle much like a space shuttle. Crafts come in various sizes; from 4-seater personal crafts, to large buses that can seat up to 500 people, called transit crafts.
Cycle: a measurement of time that follows the alignments of the twin moons. It occurs approximately every 3 Earth years.
Drive: a portable data disk much like an external hard drive disk. A drive can store up to 5 terabytes of data.
Eco-farms: a reservation on which orcyforms, and later humans, were kept to ensure the continued growth of the micro-organism ecosystem, first on Earth for Andrometre.
Elders: Majoris who have completed their Tertiary Training in politics and governing, usually an older Majoris.
EM Drive: a type of theoretical engine that works using electromagnetism, thereby eliminating emissions and the need for fuel.
Escort: an occupation or assignment to follow and accompany someone. Much like a butler.
Eve: a term for evening or night.
Fermite: an alcoholic fermented drink made from grains, fruit, roots, or vegetables.
Firstday, Secondday, Thirdday, Fourthday, Fifthday, Sixthday, Seventhday, and Eighthday: the days of the week.
High Council: a group of Elders who control and manage all affairs on Andrometre.
Holl: a term for the inner layers of the planet. Adapted from human insistence of religion in the Old World.
Hoven: a term for the sky and space beyond. Adapted from human insistence of religion in the Old World.
Librarian: a keeper and collector of knowledge and information.
Littjamas: the celebration of literature at the end of a phase. The word is taken from ‘littãfi jam’iyyar’, the Hausa translation along the lines of ‘book party’; and ‘mass’.
Luncheon: the meal enjoyed during the first couple of hours at noon.
Majoris: in the early years of Andrometre, the orcyform were referred to as beasts, which they changed to Majoris after the Great War of Beasts several centuries ago. When the orcyform won, they reversed the term onto humans, instead calling them beasts in a racial slur.
Old World: a term for a time before. Actually Earth.
Orcyform: short for ‘organic cybernetic lifeform’, is a mutated human sub-type with a metal skeleton and cybernetic implants caused by an alien plant’s extracted metal and modified bacteria.
Phase: a time of 3 cycles.
Pit: the pilot and co-pilot area where the craft is controlled from. A cockpit.
Primary Learning: the first stage of education similar to primary and high school.
Secondary Learning: the second stage of education similar to university.
Serpens: a healer, Person of medicine and medical practice.
Tertiary Learning: the final stage of education similar to an academic tenure.
Tuwo: a dish of various flavours, a household favourite on Andrometre. Tuwo can be prepared in various forms, from added staple in casseroles to ready-to-eat sticks depending on the ingredients. Tuwo sticks use a corn-bread base with several vegetables, meats, fruits, and spices mixed in. The word ‘tuwo’ is derived from ‘tuwo masara’, a popular addition to meals among the Hausa people.
Younghood: a term for Majoris childhood.
Youngling: a term for a Majoris child.