This glossary contains terms, concepts, locations, alien species, and alien groups. The entries that have a major active presence in the novel are in caps, and important characters are also in bold. For a detailed list of characters, see Characters.
Absorbent Beings: originally the inhabitants of the solar system of Ovular 1, they eventually travelled to the 216 known cosmoi or cosmic eggs. Capable of mirroring or infracting entire worlds and universes into their consciousness, they serve as a link between the largest known dimensions of space, The Allspace. Their meeting ground, in the centre of the 216 Cosmic Eggs, is The Abstraction. Their history is briefly recounted in The Eggs of Cosmic Chance. Fra Sole is an Absorbent Being who creates, controls and destroys universes — including our own Kraslika — through his dicing techniques.
The Abstraction: located at the centre of the 216 Cosmic Eggs, this nexus contains
Anunnaki: the obscure, god-like beings who make contact occasionally with the Vicinese (through the Dome in Vicino Concordia) and with other beings. They interact with LUCIA and SANDRA in the dome of Rome’s Pantheon (in The Anunnaki). Their relation to Fra Sole and the Absorbent Beings remains unclear.
BAULIAN: referring to the planet or inhabitants of the city Baulopolis or the planet Baulis (see Maps), or to the influence or dominions of the Baulian Empire. The planet of Baulis is in the galaxy of Baulis Major, in the universe of the Orange Hoop. The Baulians are initially unaware of the universes beyond The Great Triangle, which contains The Orange Hoop, The Green Buzz, and The Violet Hoop (the universe containing the Milky Way). The history of the Baulians and the Baulian Empire is recounted in The Ascendency of Baulis Prime. The most powerful Baulians are the Fractal Masters and Fractals Mystics. Belonging to the latter group, RABLANAR is their most disconcerting philosopher, for he argues that there must be intelligent life beyond The Great Triangle.
BAULOMORPH: a being that is part Baulian and part other species. The Baulians infract other species with complex chemical patterns that override their DNA or neural systems. As recounted in On Becoming Human, BERRY was born and raised on Earth, and was infracted at the age of 13. Like other Baulomorphs, he’s dominated by Baulian feelings and thoughts, yet he retains strong vestiges of his human self.
Baulopolis: the capital city of the Baulian Empire. The Greater Metropolitan Area has a diameter of about 600 kilometres, and has a population of about 15 billion. It capital contains The Great Temple (where the Fractal Masters and Fractal Mystics reside), which is on the edges of The Pink Well, from the first Baulians swirled upward 3.6 million years ago. See The Ascendency of Baulis Prime for a description and map.
THE BLACK PULSE: the soodernmost universe in Kraslika. See Maps. The Black Pulse is dominated by the Fallarians, who come from the galaxy of Fallar Ultima. Their capital city is Fallar Discordia, on the planet of Fallar Prime. This is where the Demon Priests of the Black Horde have their councils.
The Bright Council: the powerful 30-member Vicinese council that meets on the Golden Hill in the capital, Vicino Concordia. The Council receives information from the universities and institutions, and liaises with the Anunnaki who visit the Dome. In On the Golden Hill the Council receives a report from Galdrimera, a Magnet Dreamer.
Dallitarians - a species, originally from the planet of Dallit in the soodern cosmos of the Frozen Skiff. With the help of the Seekhtars, the Dallitarians emerged six hundred thousand years ago from beneath the yoke of the Superions. Quick-witted and amorphous, they quickly spread throughout the Kraslika, using orange lines of energy to travel and reconstitute their beings. Initially forged beneath the brutal reign of the Superions, they remain a sarcastic and cynical species, whose political philosphy borders on the libertarian and anarchic (but without the vicious, self-serving streak of the Fallarians). NICKFLEA is a typical Dallitarian, jumping between places and narratives. Kraslikan police and story-tellers can’t seem to get rid of the disruptive pests. Because of Fra Sole’s magnetic dicing, Dallitarians are irresistibly drawn to the Vollifleurs from the Pink Sea.
DEMON PRIESTS OF THE BLACK HORDE: the Black Horde is the highest council in the Black Pulse universe. It's composed of 13 Demon Priests — two of whom are Gascitar and Kaldriscat, who connive against Knifestream in The Chancemasters of Die. FARENN OF CALDEMAR gives advice to this counsel in The Condensation of Demon Saints and in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Alive.
DIE and DIETILT: the Fallarian planet of Die exhibits an erratic tilting called a dietilt. The planet tilts from its regular axis so rapidly and erratically that it’s very difficult to predict at what angle the planet will lie in even the next second — all of which is the basis of the Game played by the Chancemasters (such as COCARIDER) which is played in the Grande Salle under the watchful eyes of the Head Croupier, Diamarus. The characteristics of the planet, as well as the politics surrounding the Game, are introduced in The Chancemasters of Die.
Directions in the 13 universes of Kraslika: nord = north; sood = south; est = east; oost = west; see Maps
FALLARIAN: referring to the planet or inhabitants of Fallar Prime, or to the Fallarian Dominion of the Black Pulse. The Fallarians are a mean, brutal, brilliant species who expanded their control from the planet of Fallar Prime to much of the soodern hemisphere of the Kraslika. They are thus the natural enemies of the Vicinese, who control much of the nordern hemisphere. The Fallarian capital is Fallar Discordia. ANTONIO LE TRISTE is a Fallarian who was went to Earth as a child.
Farridium: the densest element in the 13 known universes. The densest layers of farridium are found at the core of the planet Die. The Ataaris (from the universe of Ataari Lok) use farridium shields on their intergalactic ferries, which take passengers across the Platonar Void as well as to the planet of Nexara Prime.
Fractal Masters & Fractal Mystics: Bualian luminaries who reside on the 520th floor of The Great Temple in Baulopolis. The Fractal Masters are technical wizards who oversee the routes of colonization and subjugation, while the Fractal Mystics — especially RABLANAR — explore questions of ethics, spirituality, and the paradox of finding meaning in infinite fields. See Fractal Masters & Fractal Mystics.
The Great Void: the apparently empty aeons of space beyond the Hexagon (the 216 Cosmic Eggs)
The Hexagon: the largest space dealt with in the novel, containing 216 Cosmic Eggs (one of which is Kraslika, where our universe is located). These 216 cosmoses (or cosmoi) are arranged in a hexagonal shape of 6 groups of 36.
INFRACTION: the reproduction of larger structures into miniature form. Based on the concept that space can be divided infinitely, infraction allows ever-smaller structures to be inserted within any given structure. Theoretically, the largest of structures — even a galaxy, complete with all its molecules and atoms — can be infracted and placed on the head of a pin. Infraction can also be used as a weapon by infracting extremely complex instructions and energies into an unsuspecting host. The Baulians, for instance, take over humans by infracting their DNA and nervous systems.
Kraslika: the 13 universes known to most of the advanced species in the novel; Kraslika is, however, just one Cosmic Egg (or cosmos) among the 216 Cosmic Eggs (or cosmoi) in The Hexagon. The biggest and most powerful universes in Kraslika are The Purple Pulse and the Black Pulse. See Maps.
Natural Selection (Fallarian version): the ability — and right — of Fallarians to choose the infractions they want to integrate into their DNA and nervous systems. This contrasts with the Baulian method of infraction, which forces pre-determined patterns onto the DNA and nervous systems of Baulians and Baulomorphs. See Fairy Tales.
THE PURPLE PULSE: Kraslika’s nordernmost universe, inhabited by the Vicinese, who come from the galaxy of Vicino Lontano and whose capital is the planet Vicino Prossimo (capital city: Vicino Concordia). See Maps.
VICINESE: referring to the planet or inhabitants of Vicino Prossimo or to the Vicinese Union of the Purple Pulse. Their capital city is Vicino Concordia, on the planet of Vicino Prossimo. See Maps.
Volliforia - a planet in the cosmos of The Pink Sea. Their dominion of love and tolerance, spiced up everywhere with poetry and the music of their seventy-eight stringed harp, stretches from one end of the pink cosmos to the next. The edges of the cosmos are bound and protected by a powerful swirling force that exudes a sweet perfume like that of a rose. The Volliforians are somewhat disturbed (but also delighted in a grudgingly liberal sort of way) that they find themselves inexplicably attracted to the acerbic Dallitarians from the Frozen Skiff. The secretary Tarandafilla finds herself hopelessly and excruciatingly in love with the Dallitarian NICKFLEA.