pantheon: A tribe, clan, or race of gods of a
parallel Earth: A counterpart to Earth within
another dimension that never diverged from this dimension's
Earth, but has somehow come to resemble this Earth in
various ways. No known other-dimensional Earth in this
multiverse has yet been identified as a parallel Earth
rather than a divergent Earth, and no true parallel Earths
may exist within this multiverse.
parallel world: A world which exists in a dimension
in a space equivalent to that occupied by a world in another
dimension, and whose reality never diverged from that
of this other dimension. Just as parallel lines never
meet, by definition, neither do parallel worlds. Compare
with alternate Earth, alternate world, divergent Earth.
phase: When used as a verb, a term meaning to
pass through another object through altering the synchronization
of the atoms of the object passing through with the atoms
of the object being passed through.
pocket-dimension: Also called pocket-universe.
A universe whose size is far more limited than that of
the Earth dimension.
polymorph: A being with shape-changing powers.
precognition: The ability to mentally scan the
various alternate futures. Predicting which one of these
futures one is likely to experience can never be done
with perfect accuracy, since reality must diverge in order
for there to be alternate futures, and hence, there will
be divergent counterpart of the predictor in each of these
alternate futures. A being who possesses precognition
is sometimes called a precog.
prosthesis: An artificial replacement for a missing
limb or other body part. If the prosthetic part simulates
all of the functions (or more) of the natural part, it
is called bionic.
psi: (Short for psionic or psychic.) The term
for any and all extrasensory and extraphysical powers
stemming from the mind, specifically astral projection,
clairvoyance, levitation, precognition, psycho kinesis,
telepathy, and teleportation.
psion: A theoretical particle of energy produced
by the mind that is involved in the psi powers.
psionic: An adjective referring to psions (see
psions), to the powers or energies based on psions (e.g.,
psionic powers, psionic energy), or to mechanical means
to stimulate the natural psi powers. Abbreviated to psi
only when describing the powers.
psychic: An adjective referring to the psi powers.
psycho kinesis: The psi ability to move or manipulate
physical matter without physically touching it. The word
is synonymous with telekinesis, which has the added connotation
of greater distance being involved between the matter
being manipulated and the manipulator.
Pym particles: A theoretical particle discovered
by Dr. Henry Pym that enables size changing and mass shunting.
radar sense: An extrasensory means of perception
by which the brain generates electromagnetic waves which
travel outward, bounce off objects, and are again picked
up by the brain, which thus determines what its surroundings
robot: A mechanical entity sometimes but not
always possessing a humanoid configuration. Compare with
android, cyborg, synthezold.
sentient: As used in this site, a term meaning
having intelligence of or beyond or only slightly below
the human level.
sorcerer supreme: A practitioner of the mystic
or magic arts who has greater skills than all others or
commands a greater portion of the ambient magical energies
than any other organism on a given world or dimension.
By definition, there can be only one sorcerer supreme
per world at a time.
soul: A living or once-living being's life essence,
consciousness, or spirit.
space warp: A natural or artificially created
nexus leading from one point in space through hyperspace
into another point in space. See hyperspace, nexus.
sub-space: Hyperspace. Originally a term mistakenly
applied to the Negative Zone. See hyperspace, Negative
Subterranean: Any of the various sub-species
of humanity who dwell beneath the Earth's surface.
Succubus: A female demonic creature who feeds
upon the life essences of living beings. Also see incubus.
super hero: A generic term popularized by tablod
newspapers such as the Daily Bugle to refer to all costumed
crime fighters regardless of whether they possesses superhuman
powers or not. The term is used by the general public
but is rarely empoyed by the crime fighters themselves
superhuman: A skill, ability, or power that is
outside the parameters of achievement by ordinary human
beings. It is also a term for any being who possesses
such a skill, ability, or power.
superhumanoid: Referring to a skill, ability,
or power that is outside the parameters of achievement
by ordinary humanoid beings. It is also a term used for
any humanoid being who possessing such a skill, ability,
super-villain: A generic term popularized by
tabloid newspapers such as the Daily Bugle to refer to
all costumed criminals regardless of whether they possesses
superhuman powers or not. The term is used by the general
public but is rarely employed by the criminals or their
adversaries except ironically.
synthezoid: A special type of android empowered
by synthesizing energy. The only known synthezoid at present
is the Vision.
telekinesis: The psi ability to move or manipulate
physical matter without physically touching it, especially
over long distances.
telepathy: The psi ability to send or receive
thoughts directly into or from other minds. A person with
this ability is usually called a telepath.
teleportation: The ability via psionic or artificial
means to transport oneself or other people or objects
from one point in space to another without having physically
traveled the distance between. A person with this ability
is usually called a teleporter. See Nightcrawler, Sidewinder,
Terrigen Mist: A mutagenic or mutation causing
substance discovered by the Inhuman scientist Randac.
It is potent enough to cause any living organism to mutate
from exposure to it, although the Inhumans zealously restrict
its use to Inhumans only.
time line: Also called reality line. The events
of a particular reality that define its history.
time travel: The process of leaving the timestream
at a given point, traversing through the timeless realm
of Limbo for a timeless interval, and re-entering timestream
at another point, not having physically aged in transit.
Since there are alternate futures, it is not always possible
to travel to the same one. Since traveling into the past
always affects reality in at least a minute way, one can
never physically travel to one's true past, which is by
definition the past in its original state, uncomplicated
by extra temporal factors.
time: The multiverce-wide phenomenon that keeps
all reality from happening at once.
timestream: The multiverse-wide phenomenon that
keeps all reality flowing in the same direction, toward
entropy. The timestream is not a literal place.