Glossary

Amphs – Anthropomorphic reptilian sapiens from Marrow. Responsible for research and technology in Marrow.

 

Anchor (she/her) – A neotenous Amph from Dwarka. Xalma’s friend.

 

Ashmara (she/her) – Jessop’s mother. An exiled Avian chemist. Formerly an Ambassador to the Amphs in Marrow.

 

Avians – Anthropomorphic gryphons. Responsible for manufacturing and distribution in Marrow.

 

Cato (he/him) – The military leader of The Resistance. A Forax. Formerly a scout.

 

Cowrie – A forest city recently occupied by The Resistance.

 

Deejii – Xalma’s sorority sisters.

 

Dwarka – The underwater home of Amph children in Cowrie.

 

Edge (she/her) – Mana’s daughter, and the hero of the story. A Forax.

 

Exterminator – A sapien responsible for pest control. Usually a Forax.

 

Fangowl (they/them) – A mythical Avian god.

 

Farmer – A sapien who might resemble a wide variety of anthropomorphic mammals, and performs a repetitive task to grow or collect resources. Usually a Forax.

 

Forax – Anthropomorphic mammals with different physical characteristics.

 

Harbeshi (he/him) – Jessop’s father. An exiled Avian artist. Formerly an Ambassador to the Amphs in Marrow.

 

Hiro (he/him) – The spiritual leader of The Resistance. A Forax. Formerly a sentry.

 

Hive – The home of the Insects.

 

Hive Mind – A collective mind formed by many individuals through dance and song.

 

Horndrum (they/them) – A mythical Amph god.

 

Insects – Sentient arthropods who can operate as a colony (a Hive Mind).

 

Jessop (he/him) – Edge’s loyal friend. An exiled Avian who loves flying.

 

Limbic – Where Sole is from. The part of Tsoci that processes feelings.

 

Mahali (he/him) – An owl-like Avian who befriends Edge and Jessop in Cowrie. Originally from Cowrie.

 

Mana (she/her) – Edge’s mother. A Forax biologist. Formerly a scout.

 

Marrow – The sapien city in South Crescent.

 

Mary (she/her) – An Insect captive from Cowrie. Edge’s friend.

 

Merge – Edge’s power.

 

Pod – The name for a Forax community in Marrow.

 

Rovers (they/them) – Non-propagating buds of Tsoci, designed to perform a task and be reabsorbed.

 

Ruins – An ancient Hive near Cowrie.

 

Sapiens – Animals with a spoken language and self awareness. Used the same way the words ‘people’ or ‘person’ are used.

 

Sewlich (they/them) – A mythical Forax god.

 

Scout – A Forax resembling an anthropomorphic flying squirrel. Normally responsible for delivering messages and packages in Marrow.

 

Sole (they/them) – A rover who chooses to remain and individual. Edge’s guide and protector.

 

Superorganism – The emergence of a consciousness from many organisms who are connected by a complex communication system.

 

Sopa (she/her) – Mahali’s rescuer, a Forax mycologist exiled from Cowrie. Formerly an exterminator.

 

The Grotto – Xalma’s home. An underground lake fed by thermal vents with life-extending properties.

 

The Resistance – A rebel organization from Marrow.

 

Tsoci (they/them) – A superorganism. The Spirit of Crescent Island. Pronounced TSO-see.

 

Vera (she/her) – The scientific leader of The Resistance. A Forax. Formerly a farmer.

 

Xalma / The Child Queen (she/her) – A neotenous Amph with a mysterious past. Jessop’s friend.