Terms and Slang

Act: One session of play, comprised of multiple Scenes. Several Acts make up a Scenario.

Angel Halo: One of the twelve Syndromes of the Renegade Virus. This Syndrome gives its bearer control over light and illumination, as well as the ability to enhance their own senses to superhuman levels. Named for the “halo” of light that often surrounds them as they use their powers.

Balor: A Syndrome named for the Celtic god with an evil eye. Characters with this Syndrome can generate an “eye of darkness,” an artificial black hole that allows them to control gravity and spatial relationships.

Black Dog: A Syndrome that gives control over electricity. Black Dogs can generate powerful bursts of lightning or control machines by touch. These Overed can also gain working cybernetic limbs, powering them with their internal electricity. Named for the British legend of the black hounds that come ahead of storms.

Bram Stoker: This disturbing Syndrome gives an Overed control over blood—his own or that of others. Stokers can heal their own wounds or turn their own blood into a weapon. Powerful Stokers can boil the blood in an enemy’s veins. Named for the author of Dracula.

Breed: An archaic way of referring to a character’s Syndrome. Characters may be Purebreed (possessing aspects of one Syndrome) or Crossbreed (having symptoms and powers from two different Syndromes). The UGN also recognizes rare individuals who are Tribreed (possessing aspects of three different Syndromes).

Chimaera: This Syndrome grants the ability to assume beast-like traits, such as growing scales or natural claws and fangs. Chimaeras are the physically strongest Overed, able to use their powers to become supernaturally strong and durable. Named for the hybrid beast of Greek mythology.

Codename: Due to the secretive nature of the UGN, every operative and every known non-hostile Overed is assigned (or allowed to choose) a codename. This name is used exclusively in the field and in official reports, with only a few high-ranking members of the UGN knowing the real names and personal details of those individuals. Even False Hearts and other Overed organizations use codenames to avoid close scrutiny of their human lives.

Crossbreed: An Overed with access to two Syndromes. A Crossbreed lacks the raw power of a Purebreed but has greater versatility.

Encroachment: A measurement of how thoroughly the Renegade Virus has permeated a character’s body and mind. When a person’s Encroachment stays too high for too long, that person risks permanent transformation into a Gjaum.

Exile: An individual with this Syndrome can manipulate the elasticity and hardness of his own body, giving him the ability to stretch his limbs, become effectively boneless, or to use his hair and nails as weapons. Named for Hiruko, the boneless child of the gods in Japanese myth who was exiled for his deformity.

False Hearts: A terrorist organization comprised of criminal Overeds and semi-controlled Gjaums that seek to dramatically reveal the existence of the Renegade Virus to humanity and create a society ruled by Overed. The False Hearts are the ultimate enemy of the Universal Guardian Network.

Gjaum: An individual with the Renegade Virus that was unable to control their urges and impulses after awakening, triggering a transformation into a monstrous mutant. In a few rare cases, a Gjaum is able to retain enough self-control to be a highly motivated psychopath rather than a berserk animal. Sometimes called “Germs” as an insult.

Hanuman: An Overed with this Syndrome gains incredible speed and dexterity, as well as the ability to manipulate sound waves. Named for the Hindu monkey god.

Impulse: The destructive desires fostered by the Renegade Virus. As a character’s Encroachment rises, it becomes more difficult to resist his Impulse.

Lois: A slang term for a normal person considered valuable or important by an Overed. A Lois is a useful means of keeping the Renegade Virus in check, but they can be targets for a character’s enemies or just a source of personal drama.

Morpheus: This unusual Syndrome grants control over physical matter, allowing a character to transmute objects—often without regard to mass or weight. A character with this Syndrome can also “read” objects, learning about their history and composition by touch. Named for the Greek god of dreams.

Neumann: A Syndrome that turns its bearer into a veritable human computer, capable of lightning-fast calculations and deductions, as well as near-perfect control of his own body and emotions. Named for the mathematician John von Neumann.

Orcus: An Overed with this Syndrome becomes the metaphorical king of his domain. An Orcus can control the very laws of physics within a limited radius of themselves (their “domain”), in which they can create guardians, control people and animals, and more. Named for the Roman god of the Underworld, and the idea that an Orcus prefers “to reign in Hell.”

Overed: An individual suffering from an active strain of the Renegade Virus, but who has managed to keep the virus in check through willpower or luck. Overeds have amazing, supernatural powers, but calling on those powers too often can result in the character becoming a Gjaum.

Power: A supernatural ability granted through control of the Renegade Virus. Powers are grouped into twelve loose categories known as Syndromes.

Purebreed: An Overed with access to only one Syndrome. Purebreeds are limited but very powerful.

Renegade Being: A sentient, independent manifestation of the Renegade Virus. A Renegade Being is only playing at being human, when they appear to be so at all, but some of them seem to quite enjoy it. A few Renegade Beings have become allies of the Universal Guardian Network.

Renegade Virus: A mysterious plague set loose on the world twenty years ago. In the modern day, almost 80 percent of humanity act as carriers of the Renegade Virus. When exposed to physical or mental distress, including certain kinds of toxins or mutagens, the Renegade Virus can “awaken,” turning the carrier into an Overed or a Gjaum.

Salamandra: This Syndrome allows the control of temperature, letting a character generate burning heat or freezing cold, as well as enduring such extremes. Named for the mythological Greek fire lizard.

Scenario: A single adventure, regardless of how many sessions of play it takes to complete.

Scene: An abstract measure of time that exists to highlight some important element of the narrative, such as an interaction between characters or a fight sequence.

Solaris: Another somewhat esoteric Syndrome, those afflicted with Solaris can use their own bodies as chemistry labs. A Solaris can generate pheromones to alter others’ moods, turn his spit into poison, or make his blood an antidote; they can heal by touch and bolster allies against harm. Named for an alien planet in Stanislaw Lem’s novel of the same name.

Syndrome: One of twelve common manifestations of the Renegade Virus. Each Syndrome has many powers associated with it.

Titus: A slang term for a Lois that has become a burden to an Overed without offering any further mental stability.

Tribreed: A rare sort of Overed with access to three Syndromes. A Tribreed has a lot of options but will never master his powers to the same degree as a Purebreed or even a Crossbreed.

Universal Guardian Network: Also called the UGN, this organization is a multinational group dedicated to protecting normal humans from the Renegade Virus and keeping its existence secret.

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