toxspeak
  • Amirani – Legendary first Toxic who many worship. He brought fire to the breathers and half-life to us. Legend has it that he is the true Prometheus, still chained to the Caucasus Mountains. The Angels made him their “eyes among men,” but the Ichor they gave him corrupted his body, soul, and spirit. When he awoke, everyone was dead (the First Outbreak).
  • Arakan – A Toxic who seeks enlightenment and total control over his/her disease, infectiousness, and Scourge. Elite masters are said to have no Odium.
  • Benign – When you appear fully alive and human with low Odium and low risk of infection. Aka: Warm.
  • BLEACH – A secret inter-government agency that deploys specially equipped combat squads to contain Toxic and combat outbreaks through quarantine and extermination.
  • Breathers – Our name for uninfected humans. We breathe as well, but not nearly as often or deeply or loud. Aka: Mortals.
  • Bug Chaser – A human who knows about the Toxic world and wants to get the infection. Aka: Wannabe.
  • Canon Law – Laws of the Toxic as ordained by the age-old traditions known as the Zadani Canons, interpreted by the Zraco and the Deacons of each Pax Purgis.
  • Carnal ­– The violent and illegal sex act which some Toxic engage in when they are high in Odium.
  • Carrier – A little-used term for Toxic, but what we once called ourselves formally: “Carrier and Carrion; immortal companions.”
  • Censori – The three-Lich Council that oversees a Grand Purgis which takes place only once per year in many different parts of the world.
  • Cerehide – The skin of a celebrated past and departed Toxic who became a Skag. It can be worn to gain some of their powers, essence, and personality. Aka: Tlaloc. Usually crafted by Skinners.
  • Chaw – The eternal hunger. The more we use our Vectors, the more we must eat. (Flesh is preferred.)
  • Chwal – The name for a Skag or thrall who is ridden like a horse or remotely controlled by a master. Chwal Rider is the Toxic doing the controlling.
  • Crew – A group of Tox who run together and work jobs and missions as a team.
  • Deacon – A person who represents a hospice or colony at a Purgis, sits at the inquest council, elects the Zraco, and has voting rights; they make up the Pax Purgis of each city.
  • Defilement – The act in which a human is infected and becomes half-dead (whether Skag, thrall, or Profane).
  • Dirge – Song sung during Purgis.
  • Draugr – Long-time Skags who have “shaken it off” and returned to the half-living.
  • Dreadnote – A supersonic noise made by the participants at a Purgis that is so fearsome and daunting, it drives humans away and even makes Toxic uncomfortable.
  • Droog – A friend; a term of affection and respect; “Goomba.”
  • Drudge – A Toxic who contains so much Odium and Syndromes and lost so much free will (near-Skag) that they are “brain-dead” and cannot live a normal life without help.
  • Emergence – The moment when an outbreak is about to begin.
  • Feral – One who lives alone, sometimes off-grid, and separate from a hospice. Ferals are seen at Purgis quite often.
  • Gibbet – The workshop and private quarters one may have within a hospice; it might be a full laboratory or just a broom closet.
  • Gimp – A Toxic who has lost so many digits or limbs that he has a hard time functioning any longer.
  • Glaze – The state when a Toxic is Malignant and full of Odium and no longer fully conscious.
  • Gnaw – The eternal hunger. The more we use our Vectors, the more we must eat. (Flesh is preferred.)
  • Grimrot – The strange black mold that tends to grow on and near to hospices within the miasma.
  • Half-Life – What we call life after you become one of us. See: Toxic.
  • Header – A brain addict; a Tox who eats brains for the vicarious high of living out someone else’s memories.
  • Heat – Having the Z-Patrol, BLEACH, or the police hunting you down for any reason.
  • Hellracer – A modified vehicle infused with the Scourge and a form of Rashi; often partially intelligent and extremely valuable.
  • Hospice – A home and hideout for the Toxic. A hospice is considered to control and be responsible for the area around it. Sometimes a meeting place for Purgis.
  • Horde – Three or more Toxic, not typically living in a hospice. The gathered hosts at a Purgis are always called “The Horde.”
  • Ichor – The physical manifestation of the Plague after Purgis where it is distilled as a glowing goo; usually manifested as a liquid in small vials, it can be transformed into beads or rocks. Can be used to power-up Vector effects. Valuable and extremely hard to come by outside of Purgis.
  • Inquest – The council of Deacons; also a court for Crime and Punishment. Led by the Zraco and held at Purgis.
  • Jam – A mission, a job, an adventure. The Jam is the things we do day to day to get by and try to make it big.
  • Lich – Very old and decayed Toxic, often severely deranged with only its head remaining. Treated as a living library.
  • Malignant – When you are high in Odium and have the mannerisms of a Skag. You often do not have full control over yourself.
  • Master – A Toxic “slave” owner who controls, commands, and trains Skags and thralls.
  • Maw – The decorated hole into which Ichor is dropped in order to feed the hospice’s Carrionfiend.
  • Meat Puppet – Skag or thrall under the direct and immediate control of a master.
  • Miasma – The dangerous, infected area around a hospice or other places where Toxic live; also present in outbreak areas. This “air” reveals itself as pollution and corrosion, but it grants our Vectors more oomph. Certain ritual activities are easier to do within the miasma.
  • Mortification – We do not fear death, we fear becoming a Skag; this is mortification.
  • Ninth Extinction – The Final Outbreak; a world shattering infection (said to be coming soon).
  • NURZ – Not Your Z-word (the word that should never be said: “zombie”). See: Z-bomb.
  • Odium – The whiff of corruption and decay which can always be found somewhere on us, no matter how human we might appear or how recently we were turned. Odium must be purged or we will gain Syndromes.
  • Orthos – The Dox experts who run the Purgis, often working in threes. They collect and physically measure the Odium before transforming it into Ichor. They wear gold-coloured Plague Doctor masks.
  • Outbreak – When an infected gets out of control and they start infecting whole swaths of human society. Final Outbreak is the greatly feared or avidly sought after zombie apocalypse. See: Ninth Extinction.
  • Paxilla – The primary Toxic society/organization which celebrates Purgis as its core sacrament and follows the Canons. It is fiercely opposed by Zaraza; also refers to the council of 11 elected Deacons who lead the Pax Purgis.
  • Pax Purgis – The local government of the city or region, led by the Paxilla council, defended by the Z-Patrol, and upheld by the hospices and cartels. Organized around the celebration of Purgis.
  • Plagueborn – The old, vulgar name we use for ourselves. See: Toxic; Carrier.
  • Potons – Ichor in small glass bottles/vials; used to “power-up.”
  • Purgis – The monthly gathering that we are required to attend, to which we must bring all Odium we have “collected.” According to the old treaties, as long as we do this, we will not be hunted down, so we continue to do it out of fear. A Purgis must always have a fire, a vessel, a dirge, and dance. Some suggest the “Danse Macabre” was based on this ancient ritual.
  • Profane – A Toxic who owns thralls; a person of status and wealth.
  • Pyre – Sacred cleansing fire, kept alight at all times somewhere within the hospice and used to cleanse the Odium that has been collected. Brought to Purgis from a hospice when not held at one. It originates from Zadani (the lost first necropolis).
  • Quarantine – When BLEACH has begun to segregate Toxic in cities using a combination of surveillance, drones, and radiation detectors. Getting in and out can be difficult.
  • Rashi – An infected Animal, sometimes created from the body parts of different animals and used to protect hospices. Very difficult to subdue, but they are loyal to their masters. Can be summoned or controlled by burning the feathers or nails they shed on a regular basis.
  • RLF – “Reanimated Life Form.” A zombie, whether Skag or Toxic.
  • Sapiovore – A fancy, intellectual way to say Toxic/Brain Eater.
  • Scab – A feral who is beneath contempt; also a derogatory word used to taunt someone.
  • Scorch – When the Feds move in and do a crackdown, punishing all Tox (guilty or not) who are caught.
  • Scourge – The worm within us: our infection, the sickness, the voice in our head; that which gives us our vitality and Vectors. Aka: the Protoviron.
  • Shamble – The walk to Purgis; you collect Odium as you go.
  • Shambler – When one of us has temporarily lost our senses because of high Odium and behave almost as if a Skag.
  • Six of Six of Six – The ancient prophecy of how the Final Outbreak will occur or be prevented. See: Ninth Extinction.
  • Skag – A zombie without any consciousness (some being former Toxic).
  • Skagscat – The Toxic term for bullshit or malarky. Also: Skagscaters (gossipers).
  • Skeet – A human who knows about us and wants something from us; a stalker. “They’re like mosquitos in a tent. You slap ‘em away and still they come back.” Also used as a slur and put-down for Toxic who appear to not have a clue.
  • Squat – A place where a Horde stays on temporary or permanent basis. Usually decayed and filthy.
  • Sterile – A breather who is immune to the virus and cannot be turned into a Skag or a Tox. The Dox Vector reveals them. Useful as couriers, etc. (“Necroskanks” are Steriles who seek sexual gratification with Toxic.)
  • Strain – The phenotype of plague that has infected you, understood only in terms of how recently it has broken off from the evolutionary tree: from the Abaddon to the Kreiger Virus. Alt: Phenotype.
  • Syndrome – Permanent disfigurements or disabilities that don’t heal, gained by being too high in Odium.
  • Tbilisi Syndrome – When a probate refuses to accept that they are now Toxic and attempts to carry on with their human life, often infecting family and friends and causing an outbreak as a result.
  • Thrall – Toxic “contract slave” with the protection of being owned by a Profane. They enjoy many freedoms (such as owning Skags), but they must serve their master loyally for the full term of service; may solely be used as Meat Puppets (extensions of a master’s will).
  • Toetag – New Tox; a novice; know-nothing.
  • Toxic – Modern slang for one of us, often shorted to “Tox.” See: Carrier; Plagueborn.
  • Turn-n-Burn – A slang term for those Toetags and ferals who everyone thinks won’t last long. See: Toetag; Feral.
  • Two-Facer – A Toxic who works for BLEACH as an undercover double agent.
  • Undercity – The Toxic underworld which exists beneath some cities; may be partly tunneled out by Utukku.
  • Utukku – The giant creatures that live beneath the earth and are created to protect hospices, or hospices are built above them to protect them. Some worship them; all fear them. See: Carrionfiend.
  • Vector – The unique powers granted to us by our illness.
  • Virus – What we call the plague inside of us.
  • VSE – Visual Surveillance of Extremities, performed regularly by us to ensure we are not injured, because the Protoviron reduces our ability to feel skin pain.
  • Warm – Slang term for how human someone looks or feels; the opposite of being high in Odium. Toxic are literally more humanlike and warm immediately after Purgis, and get cold as the body starts to retain Odium.
  • Weeper – When a Toxic or Skag is leaking fluids all over the floor.
  • Withering, The – Those who are buried can malinger under the earth for decades, or even centuries, in a kind of coma or hibernation. When they emerge they are Bygoners, lost in time. Aka: Skagsleep.
  • Z-bomb” – Never use the word “zombie,” in any circumstance; it is not acceptable speech. Similar to the C-bomb and the F-bomb. See: NURZ.
  • Zadani – The lost first necropolis and birthplace of the sacred fire; also used as an expression for an impossible task or quest that can never be completed.
  • Zoomer – A fast-moving Skag or Toxic.
  • Zraco – Leader of the Deacon council and elected ruler of the Pax Purgis, of which there is usually one in each city or region, but sometimes more.

skagspeak
Skags are very limited in their ability to communicate. All they have is a small list of noises they can make. But even these can hold meaning to those who are paying attention.

  • Aaagh – My half-life sucks.
  • Ahm-nahm-nam – This tastes great!
  • Blagghhhag – Got you now!
  • Ghaaaagh! – Ah-ha! I got you!
  • Ghrrrrh – Hungry.
  • Mrhh? – Why, when & how? An existential reflection on existence.
  • Urhk – Hello.
  • Zbrrhrragh – Please kill me.
  • Zzzzhhh – Damn! The food got away.