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LANGUAGES OF THE THIRD HORIZON
Zeni: spoken on Coriolis Station and throughout the entire Third Horizon. Most travelers speak Zeni in addition to their native tongues, as the language of the Zenithians dominates trade and commerce.

Dabari: spoken on Dabaran and many of the systems along the Dabaran Circle.

Miri: spoken on Mira and Aiwaz.

Kuan: spoken on Kua and Coriolis.

Algolan: spoken on Algolan, Kua, and many systems along the Algolan route.

Zalosi: spoken on Zalos.
  • Arrash: Strong stimulant with pain-relieving properties. Usually smoked in a hookah or added to so-called dream wine.
  • Birr: the currency of the Third Horizon.
  • Cell: hydrogen fuel cell.
  • Communicator: A communicator can send and receive sound and video. It can also be used to take pictures and record shorter film segments. Sometimes called a com link.
  • Djinn: To be very good at something, “She was totally djinn at machines.”  
  • Ekilibri: A semi-intelligent species of Kua are tribal creatures that look like large lemurs, sometimes reaching a full meter in height. The color of their fur varies depending on caste and tribe.
  • Firstcome: Original settlers of the Third Horizon
  • Humanites: The humanites are a scorned and despised group. They are modified humans created to perform certain functions or endure certain hardships better than base humans.
  • Kambra: A drug that induces a state of euphoria, making the user charismatic and happy.
  • Late-come: Old colonist name for Zenithians
  • Nekatra: A semi-intelligent species that walks upright, has hard, sinewy muscles and a thin covering of fur. Large fangs and wild eyes give it a menacing look. They live in the jungle wilderness of Kua, Menkar and the forest moons of Uharu.
  • Opor: Synthetic arrash, stronger and more addictive. Usually smoked in long pipes or burned on a plate, with the smoke being inhaled under a rag. Can also be injected.
  • Skavara: A semi-intelligent badger-like species from Amedo. Traders brought them first to Algol, and later to Coriolis, where they have multiplied in the shadows of the Cellar.
  • Tabak: Mild stimulant with a sweet taste. Rolled, dried and ground up to be smoked in a hookah. Essential oils are sometimes added for a deeper flavor. In certain parts of the Horizon, it is dried, rolled and smoked directly, or used to brew a bitter and soothing tea.
  • Tabula: A tablet that can be operated by hand or using ornate stylus pens. Everyday object used to gather information, keep a diary or just to read the Bulletin’s news.
  • Tag: A crystalline memory stick for information or birr. Charged at a terminal and not tied to an individual, which makes it hard to trace unless you know its specific number.
  • Talisman: Picture or symbol representing one of the Icons. Worn on the body or placed somewhere visible in a vehicle, spaceship or shop to bring good fortunes and protect against dark influences.
  • The Circle of Seekers: Monastic order of the Church of Icons
  • Transactor: A personal identity card that can hold birr and credit as well as other information.

CLOTHING

  • Burra: A wide, straight skirt worn over pants by both men and women. Common in dance rituals performed by preachers or ascetics.
  • Caftan: A long coat with wide sleeves. Commonly not buttoned in the front but worn open or with the front parts overlapping, sometimes with a belt.
  • Dhoti: A piece of fabric worn as a loincloth or strapped on as pants. Common together with a kurta or kameez.
  • Djellaba: A full-length robe usually made from cotton or wool. Certain local variations include a hood. Belts are sometimes used to accentuate the waist.
  • Dupatta: Long shawl that can be worn in many different ways, usually tied around the head.
  • Gallabeya: A wide, full-length robe without collar, and sometimes without buttons. The sleeves are usually very wide and sometimes contain small pockets. Most common in hot climates.
  • Guttrah: A smaller piece of cotton fabric worn as a turban-style headdress or fastened with black string, called agal.
  • Kameez: A long pull-on shirt, usually with embroidery.
  • Kurta: A knee-length, straight shirt or jacket with a round collar.
  • Thwab: A full-length robe with straight sleeves and no collar. Usually worn with pants underneath.

FOOD & DRINK

  • Algae cake: A cake, made with algae.
  • Arrak: A distilled alcoholic drink typically made from either the fermented sap of coconut flowers, sugarcane, grain or fruit.
  • Ayran: A cold yogurt beverage mixed with salt.
  • Chai: A flavoured tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs.
  • Falafel: A deep-fried ball, doughnut or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both.
  • Kawah: Green tea spiced with saffron, cardamom and cinnamon.
  • Kohôl: Generic term for alcohol.
  • Lamb kofte: Balls of minced or ground meat—usually beef, chicken, lamb mixed with spices and/or onions.
  • Moussaka: An eggplant- or potato-based dish, often including ground meat.
  • Shish kabab: A dish of skewered and grilled cubes of meat.

IDIOMS

  • Lotus deal. a common idiom in the Horizon and describes secret problem-solving or underhanded negotiations. It can also be used to insinuate that someone has gone to bed with someone to get a position or a favor.

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