A list of terms and definitions that appear in Domina.

  • Angelscript:  A more advanced form of invisible ink, visible to an angel’s dayeyes.  Used for the majority of angelic writing.  Not to be confused with angelic script.
  • Angelic Script:  A substitution cipher based on the Hebrew alphabet (Rashi script) and English.  Used as the most basic level of encryption on angelic documents.  Not to be confused with angelscript.
  • AU:  Akamatsu University.
  • Culture:  The broadest level of gang in Domina, referring to the fashions and societies enabled by the toy maker.
    • Subculture:  A more narrow level of gang in Domina.  Each culture has a number of unique subcultures, such as the hellions and the orcs for the demons.  For added confusion, culture and subculture are often used interchangeably.
    • District: The twenty-four parts of the city, divided by direction and Outer/Middle/Central. Occasionally called “sectors” instead.
    • Domina City:  The titular city, the “City of the Lady.” Meant to refer to the Virgin Mary.
  • Powers: Strange abilities of apparent supernatural origin. They come in all varieties of forms and shapes, and seem to be connected to the Composer. The Composer calls them songs.

    • Talents: The specializations that each power-user has. So two people might have the power to create barriers, but one shapes them as shields and the other as blades. It is possible to just have a general power rather than any specific talent, but the speaker’s strength is spread thin, and they can’t do much. The Composer refers to these as instruments.

    • Reservoir: The energy that allows the powers to work. It depletes at varying rates depending on the power and the amount of energy being expended, but it also replenishes quickly as well. The Composer calls this a voice.

    • Screamers:  The common name for the super-powered “zombies” currently infesting the city.  Mindless, and anyone who comes in contact with any of their bodily fluids immediately becomes a screamer with the same power.  The Composer calls them “chorus.”
    • Singers: The common name for a variant zombie.  These individuals spend their time singing, and anyone who hears the song becomes a screamer with the same power.  The Composer calls them “conductors.”
    • Speakers:  The common name for people like the Paladins, who have powers but retain their minds.  Through some unclear processes, screamers can occasionally become speakers.  The Composer calls them “directors.”
    • Toy Maker:  Slang term for the extremely simple process of creating unique body parts from unrelated cells, named for the metaphor explaining it: “It’s like putting a child’s toy together.” This is also used to refer to several other related processes that make use of the technology, such as the virus that alters eyes.

  • Toys: Any physical change to a person’s body that can be bought and sold. Both buffs and cosmos are included.
    • Buffs:  Any toys added by toy maker that have an actual function. Examples include muscle improvement, bone density increase, and even a simple tail.
    • Cosmos:  Purely cosmetic toys, such as changing eye color or adding small horns.

1 thought on “Terminology

  1. maliktous

    I’ve seen something like this before, in Sam Delaney’s ‘Triton’. This sort of culture, spreading out from earth to the colonies on the outer moons… It would be great to develop an interplanetary species of vacuum tolerant human…

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