Arcana: Arcane force throughout the galaxy. Arcana's precise source is unknown, but it is thought to be from the Veile Nebula, which has never been successfully explored to any great extent. Its waves are organized amongst relatively elemental lines. One who taps the Arcana is known as an Arcanist. Arcana is dangerous to the mind to handle without a very strong force of mental discipline, thus, most powerful Arcanists have trained themselves in a specific creed or way of life.
Core, The: The Core was once the center of civilization. Gifted with an abundance of habitable worlds and a variety of races, this region enjoyed peace and prosperity for thousands of years before the arrival of the Shadow, during which the Hegira occurred, a mass refugee flight during which survivors scattered in all directions. One of these larger bands formed the Alliance and settled in the Outer Rim, where the Shadow's larger forces followed.
Exiled Ones: A group of gods banished from this dimension for their depravity.
Hegira: Name of the journey from the Core to the Outer Rim. During the Hegira, the Shadow pursued the refugees, forcing them all into a savage struggle to survive which lasted three years. Ships were lost, drifted away, destroyed, and many survivors of the Lightdeath died. The Hegira gives most Alliance members nightmares.
Hegira, equipment: Hegira equipment was that carried by the Survivors. Although originally no more special then any other, over time, they somehow absorbed the need and fear of their users, becoming more accurate, faster, stronger. Hegira equipment is rare and rarely given out, and NEVER sold. It is almost considered holy, in a peculiar way, and to carry any is a great honor.
Human: Average race of Exarch. The most populous race of the galaxy.
Lightdeath: The Alliance name for the Shadow invasion.
Mirava Project: A scientific research project which was designed to create new, genetically superior races. However, it was destroyed in an unexplained accident which is unsolved to this day.
Coulani: Ian Everis' homeworld, lost in the Core. Once a mining and resource-gathering colony, it was never very large in population and fell rapidly.