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SC TERMINOLOGY

A fairly large number of unusual terms, phrases and place-names appear in the Star Control games - some of these are explained here, with as much information provided as is necessary / available.  A note on tense: since this guide spans all three games, the tense is bound to contradict at times.    Basically, this is all written in the present tense, except where something occured outside the games.  That doesn't make sense, does it?

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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A

  • Alliance Commander-in-Chief - Leader of the Alliance war effort.

B

  • BioTeknik - Research facility in Zurich; scientist Hsein Ho created the first Androsynth here.
  • Book of Bzzbezzu Kzaaz - Greatest achievement of the Chenjesu philosopher-race.

C

  • Ceres Base - The huge and remote asteroid base where the Chenjesu first contacted Earth.

  • Crimson Corporation - The solar-system-spanning corporation that constitutes 100% of the Druuge Empire.

D

  • Death Blossom - Special assault maneouvre engaged by Pkunk Fury spacecraft.

  • Divine Wind - The name given to the vast explosion generated by the detonation of a Shofixti glory device.

E

  • Encyclopedia StarCon - Earthling text which offers a wealth of information on the SC universe.

  • Evil Ones - odd creatures which look like teddy bears - mostly harmless, but they love the sweet taste of Spathi flesh.

  • Excrutiators - Ur-Quan pain devices, used to throw off Dnyarri control.

F

  • Fahz - Utwig homeworld.

  • Falayalaralafi - Arilou homeworld.

G

  • Gaia - Syreen homeworld, after the desruction of Syrea.

  • Glilandy - the homeworld of the Dnyarri.

  • Grand Master Planet Eaters - an Umgah prank, directed towards the Spathi.

  • Green Eye of Dogar - The star around which the Ilwrath homeworld orbits.

H

  • Hall of Everlasting Peace and Forebearance - Headquarters of the first Alliance.
  • High Provost - High "Commander" of Earth.

  • Home Deus - "The Godly Men".   A religious order formed by Jason Macbride in 2019.

  • Homeworlds - the planet a species originated from.

  • Hyperwave - a method of communication that transmits through HyperSpace.

I

  • Iccamullon - Huge, blue-flowered plant.   Native to Vela 2.

  • Insectoid - the Ilwrath are insectoid beings.

  • Inter-dimensional Fatigue - a field in which the Androsynth were conducting experiments before their disappearance.

J

  • Jud the Ineffable Vug - an Umgah prank, directed towards the Spathi.

K

  • Kessari - the name of the quadrant of space around the Galactic core.

  • Killmaster 18 - an Umgah prank, directed towards the Spathi.

  • Kyabetsu - Shofixti homeworld.

L

  • Lasfax - Long distance Facsimile communications.

  • Lalee'lay - commonly appended second half of the name given to the Arilou by the Celts.

  • Libixx - Red-brown "winged rabbits".    Unintelligent species native to Vela 2.

M

N

O

  • Ortogs - Six-legged grazing animals from Vela 2.   Each masses around 2,000 pounds.

P

  • Peace Vaults - Huge subterranean bunkers.  Used to store nuclear, biological and chemical weapons after the Small War of 2015.

  • Photo/chemo-vores - Typical description of the feeding habits of silicon-based lifeforms - they derive their nourishment from light and ambient minerals.
  • Planetary Siege Units (PSU) - Ur-Quan Dreadnought spacecraft.

  • Planetfall - landing on a planet.

  • Portal Spawner - device used to generate a portal which leads to and from QuasiSpace.

  • ProtoQuotoSynthetic Reconstruction - Ur-Quan method of reconstructing data on the biological and technological status of alien species.
  • Psionic - the Syreen, the Arilou and the Dnyarri all boast psionic powers.

Q

  • Quardmaster - Ur-Quan philosopher.

  • Quasispace - An alternative dimension, bathed in a dull green light for some unknown reason.  Utilised by the Arilou for space travel; also contains the only access point to their homeworld.

R

S

  • SSRII - Synthetic Special Reconstruction, Intergalactic Intelligence.  A division of Star Control.

  • Secretary of Space - Extremely high-ranking Alliance personnel.

  • Source - Slylandro gas giant.

  • Source of Juffo-Wup - Mycon homeworld.

  • Spathiwa - Spathi homeworld.

  • Starbase - artificial satellite around a planet, which is commonly used as a staging ground for spacecraft.

  • Starbucks - Currency of the old Alliance.

  • Star Control - The military division of Earth's government.   Based in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Supreme Council - The top-level command structure of the first Alliance.

  • Symbionts - two or more species living together in harmony, to mutual benefit.

  • Syrea - Devastated homeworld of the Syreen.  Also called "Syra" on several occasions.

T

  • TeleVDR - Modern media.

  • TrueSpace - "real" space, i.e. the dimension most of the species in SC reside in.  Many captains refer to exiting HyperSapce as "dropping into TrueSpace."

U

  • Ultimate Evil, The - the feared great enemy of the Spathi.

  • Ultron - mystical Precursor artefact owned by the Utwig.

V

  • Vlik - Supox homeworld.  Meaning: Earth / perfectly good nutritious dirt.

W

  • Wimbli - No-one knows who or what Wimblie actually is.

X

  • Xenotechnology - Earth term - "alien technology".

Y

  • Yuffo - The name of the Spathi sun.

Z

  • Zelnick - The commonly accepted surname of the hero of SC2.