A GLOSSARY OF THE NEW AND AMAZING WORLD OF ARCADIAN GATES

ToddCoverFile_FNL_R5_25bkgd_BG Draft 1_FrontCoverDebut Blastgun author T.A. Wardrope is the kind of obsessive world-builder who creates from the ground up.  He’s sent me maps, schematics, and, yes, an entire glossary of how he created the world of Arcadian Gates.  This is all purely for reference, but I thought it was so amazing that I wanted to share it with you all.

It’s the kind of behind-the-scenes legwork that the best filmmakers go through to make their fictional worlds come alive.  I half expect Wardrope to send me a sketchbook filled with ideas that would make Guillermo del Toro flip his lid.

Before we launch Arcadian Gates, I want you all to get to know some of the characters, the crazy-awesome technologies, the more sinister mechanized population control vehicles, and, yes, future drugs that reveal a psychedelic world that interacts with and exists just below the reality of the average Ringsider.

Enjoy it as you await our early 2015 release of Arcadian Gates.

Glossary of the World of Arcadian Gates:

  • A-Core: The Administration Core, the area dedicated to the official business of the Administrated Republic.
  • AdComm: Interactive digital advertising. A single technology that fulfills the roles of billboards, posters and other messaging in First World.
  • Administrator Kerrick: A high-ranking official that is loyal to Malnorel and a key asset to his near-term strategy. He believes technology can replace humans for any role within the Administrated Republic.
  • AI Blood: Advanced technology which replace hard tech with a programmable, conductive fluid that powers and controls drones.
  • Akiry: Low-level smuggler and drug dealer, Platformer, one of the few who are able to remember events prior to Prepravinlol-12.
  • Arcadian Park: Those outside of MCity5 know the area as Arcadian Park, a giant forest preserve that stretches for miles of protected land. A digital illusion makes the city appear like this. Every major city has this cloak.
  • ARD: Administrated Republic Dollars. This is the currency managed by Administrated Republic. Hard ARD are viable global currency, soft ARD are for district use only.
  • Ares: A leading military technology company.
  • Argentine Research & Development: Argentine is the leading technological company in Administrated Republic. They produce and control Lethemol, in addition to many other systems. The line between this corporation and the Administration is very blurred.
  • ARMARKT: The largest consumer outlet in the Ring. This business is so dominant that many think it is an Administration enterprise.
  • Asp: A light attack/transport helicopter used by Security Administration.
  • Blue Sky: Malnorel’s purge plan and team.
  • Cian: A former PreCast agent. Now retired, he is a “fabricator”. A fabricator is someone who collects items from the world before Reconstruction. He is inadvertently drawn into Malnorel’s plan.
  • Copperhead: A UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle) drone with sufficient artificial intelligence to operate autonomously most of the time. These are scout and attack aircraft.
  • Council of Seven: The seven leaders of Administrated Republic, led by a strong Supreme Administrator.
  • Diamondhead: A UCAV for heavy combat. Tilt-rotor aircraft with several weapons platforms and targeting.
  • Dragon I: UGCV (Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle), three axle armored vehicle with quad flechette guns.
  • Dragon II: UGCV Artillery variant.
  • Dragon III: UGCV: Missile system variant for anti-aircraft or ballistic missile.
  • Edossiers: An update of First World technology that consists of a flexible membranes that contain all the information assigned it within an interactive interface.
  • Elysium Park: A city that is neighbor to Arcadian Park.
  • EN1: EnfoComm Channel One. The primary AR media outlet.
  • EnfoComm: A hybrid wireless entertainment and information technology. Often embedded in the owner’s body and powered by thermal energy.
  • Eryx: Lightly armored patrol cars used by Security Adminstration.
  • Expat13: A dissident political group. They seek to replace Administration with something closer to the European model.
  • Fabricator: The AR term for someone who collects illegal artifacts from First World. These items are considered not real, and are “fabricated”.
  • First World: The world before Reconstruction. A constantly shifting narrative that is controlled by AR Cultural Administration.
  • Flechette: Projectile weapon used by Security Administration. Rather than firing slugs, this weapon uses magnetic energy to propel hardened needles at very high rates of fire. These needles emit very low heat and noise.
  • Gaownt: A state of being and a being. After a user has been completely addicted to Lethemol and find themselves without a supply, their body will gradually mutate. Ingesting Lethemol becomes a priority over biological drives.
  • Inferno: A conflict between SA-S forces and various warlords who are trying to control/defend areas of Pan-Asia.
  • Intel/Clone: A general technology company that operates in a niche between Ares and Argentine. Most famous for manufacturing Puzzlers.
  • Internal Bright: A mythical and shadowy secret police group within Administration.
  • Jamis: A SA covert operative who works in the Hole.
  • Jerry: A PreCast agent who was the lone survivor of Malnorel’s attack.
  • Jeremiah: The Gaownt messiah.
  • Krait I: MGCV (Manned Ground Combat Vehicle) Tracked tank with crew.
  • Krait II: MGCV Four axle armored personnel carrier (APC).
  • Krait III: MGCV Four axle artillery w/Surface-to-Air and HEW (Heat Energy Weapon) variants.
  • L3: Lethemol, Version 3
  • L4a: A variant of the Lethemol, Version 4 formula.
  • L4b: A variant of the Lethemol, Version 4 formula.
  • Laboratory: The science, research and development district. Many corporations have satellite offices here to be close to the A-Core as their research gets closer to the final product or becomes highly classified.
  • Lethemol: An advanced technology that uses nanochem to manipulate human thought processes. A “smart drug”.
  • Lyserbarbithol: A hallucinogenic truth drug with chronic and painful side-effects.
  • Mamba: A heavy helicopter transport used by Security Administration.
  • Nanochem: Microscopic nanotechnology embedded in chemical compounds.
  • Necker Device: A mechanism that causes time/space distortion if used in conjunction with Lethemol. Named after “Necker Cube” which is a famous optical illusion.
  • NeoLeth: A replacement chemical for Lethemol.
  • Operational: A Security Administration enforcer. Boots on the ground.
  • OutRing: The area beyond the Ring. Areas of OutRing have not been Reconstructed and remain as they were in First World. Only certain Administrated Republic officials may travel through these areas.
  • Pan-Asia: A geographical area that contains what used to be Middle -East, but also reaches over what used to be Turkey, the “’stans” and western portions of India and China. Much of this area is known as “Inferno” due to the constant warfare throughout.
  • Patrons: A mysterious group known only by high-level Administrators that provides advanced technology as part of a trade agreement.
  • PD-120: Platform District 120
  • Personal ID (PID): An external technology that contains all the vitals of a citizen of the Adminstrated Republic in a single wafer of plastic material.
  • Plasmatic: A combination of plasma and plastic. Used as a flexible and intelligent data interface.
  • Platform: A broad elevated area that encircles the edges of the city. Trains run through the center of it and towards the center of the city. This is the home for the lowest social classes of the Administrated Republic.
  • Platformer: A resident of the Platform, lowest-class citizen.
  • Prepravinolol-12: The chemical weapon used throughout North America that destroyed long-term memory of anyone that came in contact.
  • Puzzler: A device that uses Artificial Intelligence to generate various puzzles and riddles. Each puzzler has a personality that actively seeks to defeat the user. Lethies use them to sharpen or occupy their minds during recreational Leth trips.
  • Python: A helicopter gunship used by Security Administration.
  • Raksha: Akiry’s older sister and only known family member, one of the lucky Platformers who have a job in the Ring.
  • Raoul: A Platformer friend and client of Akiry. He is a renegade engineer and the creator of The Necker Device.
  • ReCon: Areas that have been reconstructed.
  • Reconstruction: The world after the attack.
  • Ring: Vast suburban swaths of developed land which flow from one “Park” to another. These areas are highly organized and often extremely homogeneous. Much effort goes into keeping these areas happy and distracted.
  • Ringsider: A person who lives in the pastoral areas outside of the city walls.
  • RT: Classical time based on First World calendars.
  • SAI: Security Administration-Investigative, a secret police branch of SA that deals with internal and external counter-espionage investigations.
  • SAO: Abbreviation for Security Administration Operationals
  • SAPID: Security Administration Personal Identification, a special form of the PID for SA personnel.
  • SAS: Security Administration-Strategic, the branch of SA that deals with overseas matters through a variety of diplomatic and armed methods.
  • Senior Security Administrator Malnorel: The highest political figure in Arcadian Park, the man in charge of the city and its Ring. He is the son of Vice-Commerce Administrator Malnorel, who sits just below the Council of Seven in AR political organization.
  • Severance: A group within Administration that wants to end current arrangements with Patrons.
  • SPIDER: A shadow project that comprehensively interpolates data from EnfoComms, SAPID and PID’s across the entire AR.
  • Stiletto: A manned multirole fighter airplane.
  • Stimuel: A stimulant drug which combines many effects of Methamphetamine and Cocaine.
  • Stimuexol: Improved Stimuel
  • Stratstat: An interactive display that gathers all relevant information for command decision making.
  • Studio: The creative arts district of the city. Mostly a collection of designers and cultural types who work with Administrated Republic organizations and companies.
  • Suit: A rebellious employee of Argentine R&D. He sells Lethemol to Akiry as an act of subversion and income enhancement.
  • Supreme Administrator Jefferson: A member of the Council of Seven and leader of Severence.
  • The Hole: A portion of the city that remains as it was prior to Reconstruction. The reasons for this are subject to speculation.
  • University: Higher education district that is home to the intelligentsia who serve Administrated Republic. Often serve a role in propaganda.
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