Aldus Huxley imagined a future where the masses were controlled by readily available doses of a drug called soma. The Cosmic Era is rife with drugs, some illicit and some marketed with the accuracy of laser guided weapons. The only thing he got wrong was that there isn't one happy pill, there are hundreds to choose from.
The House of the Forsaken replaced the failed Order of Ixion with the cyborg commandos of the Gendarme Maschina
The Agonizer is a peripheral device used as a negative reinforcement tool
Squirt guns are typically non-lethal weapons used to deliver debilitating chemical agents.
A low end private security force, the Order of Ixium operated as the enforcers and henchmen of the House of the Forsaken
An insidious weapon born from terrorists and adopted by the military
In the Federation Space Navy, there is an expression, the Battlestars get the glory, but the Normandy's do the work
For twenty seven years I lived a strange and unimaginable life, and one morning I woke up divorced from life. I was awake.
I wish I could go back to sleep
Also known as the Fortress of Beauty, Praesidium Qetesh is the seat of the Glamourian Council, and
Penny Brown is a private investigator and part time bounty hunter
Formerly known as Ceres Metals, a subsidiary of the Guandong Industrial Investment and Financial Group (GIIFG or GIFG), now an robot controlled and operated mining, logistics, and communications corporation
Squishy tech for the Cosmic Era's behind closed doors
I have drawn a lot of inspiration from idle click and space exploration games, and some of these throw away phrases can very easily become revolutionary and cultural transformative things.
Jester is a Desolate One who troubles the World.
A very low key, almost completely unknown branch of the Atlantic Federation central government
Also known as EDS, a pervasive disorder where patients suffer from emotional instability, marked by self destructive behavior, violent outbursts, and other emotional disturbances.
Also a completely made up disorder.
The cutting edge of sleep technology
A disposable heavy weapon for a battlemech
Intersectionality is the nebulous web of privilege and discrimination that is the crux of social justice/injustice, and protoculture is the passing of behaviors from one generation to the next among non-human primates
A shape-shifter of some sort has taken up a post at the War College of an enemy realm, where he secretly picks off only the most promising officer cadets, arranging bizarre accidents that gradually debase the leadership of the hostile army. In the long run, this will improve his nation's chances when the inevitable conflict comes.
As a shape-shifter he can impersonate superiors and peers alike and send the target candidate to the cleverly-prepared site of his (or her?) execution. As long as he is successful, no-one will ever know about the deception--even necromancy will only implicate the one impersonated...