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    Monolithic Militant Factions

    These are the primary warring forces within Vazdimet. As such, they rarely mingle amongst other factions, resulting in a monolithic culture with their phrases although civilian circles may pick up additional phrases from the Vardan depending upon their exposure.  

    Sparnell Confederation

    The Sparnell Confederation centers around magic, Family, and political honor, as well as an expansionist bloodlust. As a result their more colorful language often calls upon Family names, and carries an undertone of magical violence.
     
    Prep your crystal
    Prepare for likely death, a reference to the tyrellium crystals storing the souls of the Afterlife Intelligences in Confederation ships. Typically implies the speaker will be the one to cause the pending death.
     
    By the Void
    general purpose expletive
     
    By the Empress!
    General purpose expletive. Snobby or patriotic, depending on context.
     
    Get Shattered
    Curse and insult. Also used as a dismissive phrase of disbelief among SAF members serving together, akin to "Get real" or "Get outta here"
     
    On my Oath
    An expression of loyalty. Does not typically matter whether or not the speaker has taken the Soul Oath, although the phrase carries added respect and obligation when spoken by an Oathbound to their Sponsor.
     
    Kydell claim you
    An expression of frustration, implying the target of the words (individual or object) requires someone to bring them in line. Less common since Admiral Kydell's disappearance, but still popular among the officers and upper echelon of the Sparnell Armed Forces.
     
    Family disown you
    Another expletive of frustration, this time implying the target is beyond all help. Easily taken as a grave insult.
     
    Disgrace of <Family Name Here>
    Also said as "<Family Name>'s Dishonor" and similar. A severe insult, sometimes bearing the target's actual Family name, other times the name of an already disgraced Family for extra effect. If spoken in public and the speaker's Family is not already at odds with the target's Family, they likely will be. Failure to defend a Family member from this insult – or to disown them in agreement – is seen as a failure of the Family.
     
    fireball
    redhead, can be insult or nickname depending on the relationship between subject and speaker
     
    What the Families don't know can't hurt them.
    Another variant, "I won't tell the Family," serves as a formal promise to keep a secret.
     
    May your honor bring glory to us all.
    a sign of respect, most commonly used in formal SAF ceremonies or as a statement of congratulations.
     

    Hydell Order

    Due to the religious nature of the Hydell Order, many of these revolve around the concepts of death, ancestors, and the Ascended Conclave.
     
    damn the heretics
    general purpose expletive
     
    by/for/praise the ancestors/Conclave
    exclamation of surprise or approval
     
    by/for/praise the Conclave
    Exclamation of surprise or approval, often attributing the Ascended Conclave for a positive thing. Sometimes also used sarcastically or ironically.
     
    damn the ancestors
    curse
     
    damn the Conclave
    curse, often blaming Order leadership and the Conclave for the problem
     
    heathen
    insult
     
    traitorous heathen
    insult and expletive
     
    infidel
    insult
     
    profane Resurrected
    insult, implying the subject does not deserve to join the Ordained Ascended
     
    blasphemous wasp
    Mordena
     
    We'll portal that Fareway when we get to it
    Order equivalent of crossing that bridge, reminding not to worry about certain potential problems until they are known problems
     

    Space Defense Legion

    The technological Space Defense Legion values mechanical technology over magical, and their common sayings and insults follow suit.
     
    And then some magic happened.
    Sarcastic statement implying an individual doesn't understand how to solve problems in their own field.
     
    He thinks he's a Mage.
    A method of calling someone arrogant.
     
    Making a Hyperjump out of a portal hop
    Overcomplicating something easy
     
    Sparnelli dog
    insult
     

    Open Factions

    The remaining factions of Vazdimet interact more often with each other, as well as with the more monolithic warring groups. As a result, while they also possess their own unique flavors, they also borrow freely from others.  

    Vardan

    Neutral traders of the universe, the Vardan have dealings with the majority of systems, although each Clan has their own trade routes. Borrowed phrases depend upon the Clan's customers. Shared phrases reference the Void, the realities of a nomadic lifestyle, and the words of trade.
     
    thank the stars
    expression of gratitude
     
    con artist
    insult or praise, depending on context
     
    A little coin goes a long way
    A statement of confidence in one's abilities. Sometimes also a veiled reference at a bribe.
     
    What can't be sold can still be bartered.
    A reminder to make the best of a bad situation.
     
    greedy pirate
    insult
     

    Freeholds

    The Freeholds are a hodgepodge of planets and cultures, with no two planets the same. Due to trade and travel between them some phrases are shared, others are more obscure. Newer Freehold planets are also more likely to use phrases from the faction which held them last. Members of the Freehold Coalition may pick up some additional Galactic Common phrases from the Mordena, although typically not until after the mercenary organization has defended them at least once.
     
    thank the stars
    expression of gratitude
     

    Mordena

    The Mordena hail from all walks of society across the universe, and so also pull heavily from the phrases of other groups. Sparnelli curses are most common due to the original makeup of the group and then later recruits picking up and imitating phrases they are exposed to the most. Legion curses would be the least common, likely limited to former Legion and those closest to them.
     

    Galactic Common

    by the Void
    general purpose expletive
     
    Thank the Void/stars
    general purpose expression of gratitude
     
    Kydell's Shattered soul
    A general purpose expletive made popular by the Turncoat Armada. Other bits of anatomy and different adjectives are often used as well, depending on the speaker. 'Rotting' is a popular descriptor.
     
    Janikk's hairy arse
    As with Kydell's name, other adjectives and anatomy may also be used. Because this is also a direct insult to the spirit guarding their planet, the use of Janikk's name in this manner is considered vulgar and not fit for polite company.
     
    Navarch Shatter it
    Also just "Shatter it." An abridged form of "May the Grand Navarch Shatter your soul," considered a curse but also an expletive along the lines of dammit.
     
    Looking for a trip to the Resurrection Center?
    A teasing phrase implying the subject is being foolish or reckless.
     

    Morjakk

    Munokkee yikk gromdornox!
    Get eaten by dragonbirds! Implies this is the best contribution the recipient can make on society.
     
    Nellopp lakkmaasit!
    An expletive used upon the discovery of a small but critical task which has been overlooked. The words can also be used independently of each other in a similar manner. When used to indicate forgotten information, the first word is usually omitted.
     
    Flesykoj darrnae ekki fylox.
    "You think like a fylox." An expression of admiration for another's clever wits or decisions.


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    11 Apr, 2022 14:41

    This is absolutely amazing! I love how nuanced your slang is per faction, this is great detail that gives you a feeling of a living world. The only thing I can reference is Firefly and Farscape which both had great alternative slang, and your takes me back with my favorites.


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    11 Apr, 2022 14:55

    Thank you so much! They have different focuses and ideals so it's been fun thinking up ways to show that.

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