B-mo: A casual reference to the Bormanus Project. Morpheus Lab’s crowning achievement.
“Tricky Vic”: CEO of Morpheus Labs.
REM-scape: A visualized space created by a dreamer which can be exploited given proper incentive.
A Dive: Venturing into a subject’s REM-scape using the B-mo
Betrayers of Osiris: Often times just referred to as Betrayers. Drawing from the ancient myth of the Fall of Osiris (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osiris), these men and women are a street gang of sorts similar to the Halloweeners of North America. Rather than dress in costume, these gangers undergo extensive genetic modification to alter their bodies to bare the appearance of ancient Egyptian deities. When genetic modification is not available, they often resort to intensive cybernetics to augment their bodies to better resemble the Gods of old. Often this leads to chop jobs, body snatching etc. Some of these gangers go so far as to claim status of one of the Awoken of ancient Egypt. While most of these claims are unfounded, some of these upstarted have gathered quite the following.
Akhenanten (Betrayer): Likely the best known leader of the Betrayers, Akhenaten claims to be one of the Awoken Pharaohs of Old. While not considered among the Seven, the man is a Shaman of considerable power basing his root in a Sun deity named Aten. While generally dismissed as a faker, he’s amassed a large network of betrayers to follow him. These followers are not only loyal to him, but borderline fanatical when it comes to the prospect of their Sun God. While all betrayers are dangerous, the followers of Aten are especially so.
Burnouts: Betrayers that are specifically worshipers of Aten
Aden: Big, nasty Dragon. Sort of the big brother of the middle East (http://shadowrun.wikia.com/wiki/Aden)
The Awoken: While exceptionally rare, these are spiritual entities which claim to be risen Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. While lacking evidence to back up the claim, it is documented that when interviewed, these individuals held immense aptitude at magic and a substantial knowledge base of Egyptian lore. While there is no official number of how many of these “pharaohs” walk the Middle East, there are seven who have openly displayed themselves during the sixth age. They are referred to strictly as “The seven” when talked about as a collective. It’s due both in part to these figureheads as well as the Dragon Aden that the region has not been grossly overtaken by Megacorps. Despite occasionally working together, the collective does not seem intent on unifying the nation as a whole. Seeing instead they each seem to pursue objectives all their own. While no record of such has been recorded, it’s highly likely that any one of these creatures could go toe to toe with a dragon if the occasion called for it.
The seven are as follows -
- Khufu (reined 2589 – 2566 B.C) and Khafra (reigned 2558 – 2532 B.C.): “The Father” and “The Son” Out of all of the Awoken, these are the two found most often working together. More rather, they’re never seen apart. Historically speaking the pair was responsible for both the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx. After their Awakening, the pair seemed intent to continue their Architecture. Pushing further into the desert than what would have been allotted in ancient Egyptian life, the pair has continued construction of additional structures based on a design all their own.
-Amenhotep (reigned 1525-1504 B.C.): “Keeper of the Mediterranean Sea” Taking his root in Alexandria, Amenhotep holds a military-esque border on the Mediterranean Sea. Having amassed a fairly decent army all his own, the Pharaoh maintains his line in the sea. Despite this, and his proximity to the Suez Canal, Amenhotep played no supporting role in the Awakening of Thutmose the Mad. Instead, He seemed rather intent to watch it play out.
-Hatshepsut (reigned 1498-1483 B.C.): Also mentioned occasionally as “The Bitch Queen of Sinai”. Hatshepsut historically is a woman who stole the throne from his son, exiling him to life in a monastery. This later led to her downfall as her son Thutmose rose up in later life and retook the throne by force. Hatshepsut the Awoken pays homage to this flavor of character in a sense. She rules and operates a city on the edge of the Red Sea called Sharm El Sheikh. Before the sixth age, this city was a popular tourist location for European travelers run entirely by remnants the Russian mob. During this time, the city served as a major means for the Egyptian country to pull in foreign funds for the nation’s economy. Due to the importance of this, the Egyptian government (Or lack thereof) allotted a large amount of freedom to this. Upon her Awakening, Hatshepsut spared little time taking control of this corrupt network of seedy entertainment. Though not directly involved in the affairs of Cairo, the woman does business between the cities regularly. Sharm el Sheikh still remains the nation’s largest provider of foreign income and because of that, the queen is allotted similar freedoms shared by her predecessors.
-Thutmose (reigned 1479-1425 B.C.): Also known as “Thutmose the Mad” awoken late compared to the rest of the seven and would normally not be included into the Seven as he’s no longer Alive. However it was the way the man revealed himself that etched his name into history. Thutmose awoke abruptly in the summer of 2042 and the way he did it was volatile to say the least. Finding himself back in the world, the Pharaoh declared outright war on the woman who was historically referenced as his mother. At this time, Hatshepsut had been well established in Sharm El Sheikh for the better part of 50 years. The battle was outright chaos and there are still horribly irradiated patches of desert left over from the conflict that spanned three weeks. During this this time, 26 thousand people were killed and the entire city of Port Sied was burned to the ground. To this day, the Suez Canal is considered a no man’s land littered with radiation and mutated creatures left over from the aftermath. It does however provide a border between Gaza and Egypt that is maintained diligently by the Queen Bitch of Sinai, which has its own political value.
-Tutankhamun (reigned 1334-1325 B.C.): “King Tut” as he’s referenced often bears the appearance of a young and handsome Arabic man in his early 20s. During the dawn of the sixth Age, Giza especially underwent massive change to its atmosphere and overall geography. While the University of Cairo sits on the edge of the Nile going into Giza, it was not untouched during the shift. It was during this time that Tutankhamun revealed himself and maintained the ground, preserving the university and protecting it from the initial chaos that erupted following the change. While not a stranger to the modern ways of the world, He seems to be entirely focused on preserving the remnants of Ancient Egypt. Presently he sits at the top of the University’s Board and acts as its leading figurehead.
-Ramses (reigned 1279-1212 B.C.): Considered to be the most powerful of the Awoken, Ramses oversees the whole of Egypt from the city of Luxor, Maintaining his kingdom at the heart of the Karnack temple. Though predominantly an administrative role, Ramses was vital to the region’s rebuilding after the awakening of Thutmose the Mad. While Hatshepsut claimed victory in the battle, it was in no small part due to the support she received through Ramses’ assistance. Troops, supplies and resources to contain the spread of radiation were all vital in the brutal conflict.
The Islamic Unity Movement (IUM): An organization which pushes for the unity of the Ummah (A potential Worldwide Islamic collective)
New Islamic Jihad (NIJ): a terror organisation.
NIJI (Pronounced “Nee-Jee”): A word used to describe a member of the NIJ. Often used in a derogatory manner.
The Pit: Centered at the edge of Tahir Square, the pit is a large hole cut into the landscape where the Museum of Cairo once resided. During the outbreak initially following the turn over into the sixth age, a riot broke out in Tahir square among the chaos. In turn, several bands of locals opted to take this opportunity to attempt a raid into the Museum of Cairo with mind to loot it. Not allowing this to happen, Tutankhamun the Awoken wrapped the entire building in a bubble of energy and tore it from the earth. To an onlooker, the building just vanished leaving nothing more than an oversized crater in its place. The Pharaoh rematerialized the building to his location at the time, setting it (grounds and all) to hover precariously above the University Campus. To this day, the Museum floats on its own power above the Collage. Elevators have since been erected to ferry people with business on location to and from the building, but casual visitors are no longer allowed in. Meanwhile the pit itself is considered by many with quite a bit of superstition. Though not a graveyard, the location brings with it a fair level of Unease to anyone around it. Despite being prime real estate, To this day no one’s rebuilt anything upon it.
“Tears” or “Tripping”: A vague reference to a dimensional anomaly that occurs more often the closer one gets to the pyramids. Generally these are nothing more than small distortions in time space that provide the observer with strange Deja vu like experiences. Sometimes however, these can be much greater occurrences such as wormholes, time dead zones, and other happenings which betray the laws of physics.
To be “Tripped Up”: Referencing a person who’s found themselves at the receiving end of a dimensional anomaly
Relic: Items infused with strange properties residing from a dimensional anomaly. Generally these are more novel trinkets that fetch a fair price from collectors, but some of them can actually be put to practical use. Ones that fall in this category are especially valuable.
“Tear Bear”: A seeker of imbued relics often with intent to sell them. These folk are generally considered crazy dare devils to intentionally seek out tares.
“Tear Bear Stare”: A look one gets about them after being “Tripped up”. There are stories of some anomalies effecting victims that forever distort their perception of reality.
The Suez: Referencing the radioactive wasteland that is the Suez Canal. Left in ruins from the clash of Hapshepsut and Tutmose the Mad.
Tahir Square: The proverbial Center of Cairo. Similar to Time’s Square is to New York
Gehzra: A small island in the middle of the Nile River. Considered by most to be Betrayers home turf.
The Necropolis: A catch all word to describe the grounds containing the Sphinx and the great Pyramids. This is home to the most powerful nexus points on earth and is extremely dangerous to visit without considerable knowledge of how to ward against tears.
The Ring and “Riding” the ring: The largest highway in Cairo, it circles around both cities and feeds exits right into the Necropolis. It is widely considered to be the easiest entrance into the grounds. To “ride the ring” is to attempt an expedition into the Necropolis. This gesture, while not per se suicidal, is generally synonymous with death.
The Anfaq: (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/13/Cairo_Metro_map.svg) The Metro system that connects the two cities. On all Cairo metro trains, the middle two cars (4th and 5th) of each train are reserved for women (the 5th car becomes a mixed use after 21:00). There are also blue signs at every station that signify the position of these cars. These cars are used as an option for women who do not wish to ride with men in the same car; however, women can still ride other cars freely. This policy was introduced for protection of women from sexual harassment by men. While the metro no longer runs into the necropolis, the tunnels still remain from before the Awakening. The metro runs 24/7 except during Ramadan when it shortens its hours to
Ramadan: The ninth month of the Islamic calendar; Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.
The University/ CU (“See You”): Short for the American university of Cairo