The Shadow Fall Lexicon


  • Blue Bomb – Fienian bombs used to take out electricity and/or control electrical systems.
  • Bronze – Color given to the populace on the losing side of the war. Uneducated, most work in Gold-owned factories and mines and possess very few rights.
  • Casket/Uploader – Machine that uses cryogenic technology to preserve the population while the earth is uninhabitable. Once inside, the person, termed Sleeper, is subject to Upload.
  • Centurion/Dandy – Bronzes conscripted from age six as soldiers who fight for the Royalists.
  • Chosen – Children of high-ranking Golds who were chosen before conception to carry on the human race. They are genetically perfect.
  • Cloudcraft – Hovercraft.
  • Diamond City – Remnant of the old, pre-war, high-tech world and home of the Gold owned factories worked by the Bronzes.
  • Electro-Larynx – Device affixed to Nicolai’s throat that acts as his vocal chords and allows him to speak.
  • Emerald Island – Private Island that houses Laevus Palace, this playground for the court and high-ranking Golds is an exclusive utopia. It’s on this stretch of paradise that the Emperor will hold the Shadow Trials.
  • Everlasting War – War fought for nearly a century. Wiped out over half of the population. Fought with several emerging technologies.
  • Fienian Rebel – A fringe group of rebellious Bronzes who refuse to accept the Reformation Act and fight the Emperor’s cruel policies using terroristic acts of violence.
  • Gold – Highest Color awarded by the Emperor. Reserved for the wealthy citizens from prominent Houses, most are courtiers and have close ties with the Emperor.
  • Gold Cloak – Members of the Royal Guard sworn to protect the Emperor and his family
  • Headbox-Device – Inside the Casket that allows the Sleeper to Upload.
  • Hyperion – The large, city-like dwelling in space created for the Emperor and his court to wait out the asteroid’s destruction.
  • Interceptor – Device that projects a holographic image of the sender.
  • Magisterium – Local government for the Diamond Cities ran by Gold Houses appointed by the Emperor. In charge of the factories and tithes.
  • Malignants – The first to be genetically modified, they came out with severe malformations and most were eventually euthanized for excessive rage and violence.
  • Microplant-chip – Inserted into the temporal lobe of the brain that allows telepathic communication between two or more individuals. It can also be used to manipulate sensory information and facilitate Upload.
  • Nano-Shredder – Preferred Fienian bomb. Incredibly deadly nanites weapon.
  • Pandora – The asteroid, really an earthcrosser, or small planet that intersects Earth’s orbit every 22, ooo years
  • Reconstructor – Machine that uses forbidden nanotechnology to reengineer, or Reconstruct, the body and mind at a molecular level.
  • Reformation Act – Law put into effect by Emperor Marcus Laevus I after the Everlasting War, it banned all but a few basic technologies from the populace and gave strict control to the Emperor over such technologies.
  • Rift Screen – screens that exist in every room, building, and public space. They are used to feed the populace Royalist propaganda and edicts.
  • Royalist – The northern victors of the Everlasting War, they adhere to the strict, anti-technology laws enforced by the Reformation Act.
  • Shadow Fall – the time during which the asteroid’s shadow cloaks the Empire. It falls from late afternoon to just before dusk.
  • Shadow Murk – the name used for the darkness during Shadowfall.
  • Shadow Trials –Trials held at court by the Emperor to decide which four finalists will enter Hyperion and receive refuge from the asteroid.
  • Silver – tradesmen, educated in a skill or craft. Not wealthy by Gold standards. Middle class.
  • Simulator/Sim – A virtual reality used for training, education, and pleasure.
  • Sleepers – Person preserved in Casket using cryogenics, they are also uploaded to an Avatar at court, one of the five thousand Chosen.
  • Starcraft – Ships used for space travel
  • Subversive – Term used to describe anyone other than a heterosexual
  • The Great Purge – Refers to a specific time directing following the Reformation Act decree when the Royalists gathered and destroyed millions of banned items.
  • Upload – When the Sleeper inside the Casket enters the mind of their Avatar; the Sleeper experiences everything their Avatar does.
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