The Institute is all Adan knows. And the scientists who run it don't seem to know or even care who he might have been before he came there. But the strange technology they've fused inside of him and his missing memories are only the beginning as he finds himself swept up into a conflict...
Adan: When he wakes up in the Institute, Adan has no memory of his past and virtually no knowledge of the world around him. But he soon finds out that the experiment which stole his identity has turned him into something more than human.
Malthus: One of the Developers, though not a scientist. He is in charge of security.
Lila: Wide-eyed little girl who lives among the Welkin. She and Adan form a special bond.
Chapter One - Ex Nihilo Chapter Two - The Esolace Chapter Three - The Translation Chapter Four - A Dead Node Chapter Five - Beyond The Institute Chapter Six - The Shifter Chapter Seven - Making Char Chapter Eight - A New Kind of Longing Chapter Nine - The Viscera Chapter Ten - A Rickety Ride Chapter Eleven - The Novelty of Children Chapter Twelve - Hogar Chapter Thirteen - Weaving Chapter Fourteen - The Maneusis Chapter Fifteen - Mysterious Lights Chapter Sixteen - Enemies Revealed Chapter Seventeen - Somatarchs Chapter Eighteen - Things Remembered and Forgotten Chapter Nineteen - Initialization Chapter Twenty - Reverie Chapter Twenty-One - A Sudden Arrival Chapter Twenty-Two - The Chronotrace Chapter Twenty-Three - The Extractor Chapter Twenty-Four - The Eyes of Dead Men Chapter Twenty-Five - A Tempest of Men Chapter Twenty-Six - Liquid Memories Chapter Twenty-Seven - The Legend of the Eternal City Chapter Twenty-Eight - A Silent Conversation Chapter Twenty-Nine - A Gathering of Thrals Chapter Thirty - Something on the Horizon Chapter Thirty-One - Dark Lines in the Sand Chapter Thirty-Two - The Whisper Cannon Chapter Thirty-Three - Virid Ridge Chapter Thirty-Four - The Threshold of Paradise Chapter Thirty-Five - An Anomaly Chapter Thirty-Six - The Embedded Memory Chapter Thirty-Seven - The Annex Chapter Thirty-Eight - Asking the Right Questions Chapter Thirty-Nine - Developed Minds Chapter Forty - An Exchange of Memories Chapter Forty-One - The Inner Circle Chapter Forty-Two - Tempus Fugit Chapter Forty-Three - Where Past and Present Meet Chapter Forty-Four - A New Beginning Chapter Forty-Five - A Dangerous Augmentation Chapter Forty-Six - The Designer Chapter Forty-Seven - The Wind Blows Where it Wishes Chapter Forty-Eight - Into the Vast
Axis Prime: The central district of Oasis. This is where the Institute and the Annex are located.
Azanya \ah-ZAHN-yuh\: Large tent used for Waymen dwellings, typically housing an eclectic group of Waymen who are not directly related.
Bioseine \BAHY-oh-sahyn\: An organic augmentation grafted into the people of the Collective which regulates their health and allows them to access the esolace. It can also allow people to communicate mentally with each other when the esolace is not present.
Bismine \BIZ-mahyn\: Yellowish crystals which absorb light and produce inordinate amounts of energy for their size. This is the main power source for all Oasis technology.
Blank: Term referring to someone or something without a bioseine or the ability to connect to the esolace.
Developers/Devs: Also called Administrators, they run and maintain the esolace and the entire Oasis infrastructure. They have control over the lives of everyone connected to the esolace.
Deton: Compound of various rocks dried together. When struck with sudden force it explodes producing a concussive effect.
Esolace \E-soh-luhs\: The molecular, city-wide network which connects everyone inside Oasis, allowing them access to all of the communication and informational resources of the Collective, including the ability to interface with all esolace enabled devices.
Extractor: A small device that mimics some of the functionality of the esolace such as information storage and retrieval. Usually worn by assessors in the form of a torc about the neck.
Fero \FAIR-oh\: A hollow metal tube, used as a club and also a horn of warning by the Welkin.
Garrick \GAIR-ik\: Coat with many hidden compartments typically worn by Waymen for desert travel.
Hogar \ho-GAHR\: Multi-chamber tent-like structure, used by the Welkin for living quarters.
Ishto \EESH-toh\: Welkin word for children. Could also be translated “rascal”. Feminine form is ‘ishta’.
Kaff \KAF\: Turban wrapped around the head and worn by Waymen for desert travel.
Kindred: Name of the language spoken by both Welkin and Waymen.
Knit: Societal organization amongst the Welkin consisting of groups of families; a tribe.
Lentes \LEN-teyz\: Small circular lenses with polymeric padding around the edges that forms a seal around the eye so that they can stay in place. They allow a person to see in the dark and to magnify what is seen.
Lucine \LOO-sahyn\: A gel used to augment the range at which a bioseine can connect to other minds or esolace enabled devices. Its development was abandoned due to potentially deadly side effects.
Lumin \LOO-min\: A small device, usually round, which functions as a light source.
Mosh: A lumpy paste eaten by Werin, made from sere powder mixed with water.
Oscillathe \AH-sil-leyth\: A class of weapon which comes in various sizes and forms, but which is designed to dissolve or disintegrate living, organic matter by disrupting the zoetic forces which hold it together.
Pana \PAH-nah\: General word of familiarity used by Welkin to refer to someone they are on friendly terms with.
Pinion: Short javelin; principle weapon of the Waymen.
Reeve:: Title for the leader of a Waymen thral (tribe).
Remin fluid: Liquid capable of storing memories. The memories can be recovered by drinking the fluid.
Sere \SAIR-ey\: A soft chalky rock that grows slowly over time in certain environments. It can be turned into a powder and if prepared properly, later reconstituted in water to use as food. The principal ingredient in mosh.
Service Ring: The district in Oasis between the Ancillary Rim and Axis Prime.
Shiv: Term used by Waymen meaning roughly “warrior” or “soldier”. Also refers to the knife-like weapon these warriors use in battle.
Shim: A derogatory term for another person used by the Waymen. Roughly translated it means someone of little worth or importance.
Solec: Drug with restorative and metabolism increasing properties. Very powerful and with negative side effects including weakness and tiredness once it wears off.
Somatarchs \SOH-muh-tahrk\: Mindless, soulless beings who look like ordinary humans but who are controlled completely by the Devs and have no will or personality of their own. They are used primarily for military and intelligence gathering purposes.
Sopor \SOH-pohr\: A powder made from combining the powders of griff and pheus rocks which will make a person unconscious nearly instantly if enough of it is inhaled. The rocks are somewhat rare. A handful of the powder can put an average size person to sleep for up to a full day.
Sunder: A Waymen with authority over a group of shivs. They are chosen by the Reeves from amongst the most brutal and ruthless members of the thral. It is not unusually for the next Reeve of a thral to come from amongst the ranks of the Sunders.
Taline \TEY-leen\: A rock that can easily be turned into powder and mixed with water to form an acid that eats through most forms of metal.
Vacant: Fully grown adult bodies with no memory or personality. They are used by the Developers for creating somatarchs.
Vadi \VAH-dee\: A geographical formation of living rock which accumulates water over time. Waymen usually make their camps close to vadis.
Vast: Term used by the Werin to refer to the planet’s surface.
Viand \VAHY-and\ Stream: A molecular distribution system responsible for the sustenance and health of everyone connected to the esolace. When connected to this, a person has no need to sleep or eat and is protected from all forms of disease.
Viscera: Name the Welkin use for the underground cavities of the earth in which they live.
Waymen: General term for the people who live on the planet’s surface. They are nomadic and often raid others for supplies and goods. Though they claim to be distinct from the Welkin, they often absorb members of the Welkin into their numbers.
Welkin: Name of the people living beneath the surface of the planet.
Werin \WAIR-in\: Name used by the Welkin to refer to all people, whether Welkin or Waymen. The Welkin believe that the Waymen and Welkin are simply two groups of the same people, but most Waymen do not share this view.
Zoelith \ZOH-uh-lith\: A small tool used to ‘turn on/off’ someone with a bioseine and also to perform ‘maintenance’ on their bioseine.
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