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A work-in-progress compendium of background and setting information from Piper's Paratime stories and novels.

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

A


Akor-Neb: Second Level Sector civilization, "a fairly high culture-order, . . . [an] atomic-power, interplanetary culture . . . [with] gravity-counteraction, direct conversion of nuclear energy to electrical power, that sort of thing. . . . They have a single System-wide government, a single race, and a universal language. They're a dark-brown race, which evolved in its present form about fifty thousand years ago; the present civilization is about ten thousand years old, developed out of the wreckage of several earlier civilizations which decayed or fell through wars, exhaustion of resources, et cetera." (LE)


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B


Belt: areas of paratime "within sub-sectors where conditions are the result of recent alternate probabilities." (PO)


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C


Christian Avengers: "one of those typical Europo-American race-and-religious hate groups [from] . . . a belt that is the outcome of the Hitler victory of 1940." (PO)


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D


Dhergabar: First Level Home Time Line city, location of Paratime Police Headquarters. (PO, LE, TC)

Dhergabar Equivalent: Facility on Fifth Level Police Terminal spatially equivalent to First Level Home Time Line Dhergabar. (TC)

Dhergabar, University of: First Level Home Time Line university. (LK)


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E


extraphysical ego component (sometimes just "extraphysical component" or "EPC"): Accordiong to Rhogom's Doctrine, that component of the ego which "passes from the ego existing at one moment to the ego existing at the next" throughout the life span. "During unconsciousness, the EPC is 'time-free'; it may detach, and connect at some other moment, with the ego existing at that time-point." Occasionally, this process of detachment and connection can even occur across two adjacent time lines. (PO)


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F


Fasif: Great God of Second Level Khiftan civilization. (PO, TC)  "Fangs of Fasif!" (TC)

Fifth Level: time-lines descend from "the probability of complete failure [of the attempt to colonize Terra seventy-five thousand years ago] — no human population established on [Terra], and indigenous quasi-human life evolved indigenously." (PO) Time-lines descend from "the probability of a world without human population . . . [with] narrow paratime belts on which [Home Time Line] civilization had established outposts — Fifth Level Commercial, Fifth Level Passenger, Industrial Sector, Service Sector; . . . while the conveyer heads of the commercial and passenger companies were scattered over hundreds of Fifth Level time lines, those of the Paratime Police were concentrated upon one; . . . the uniform green of the uninhabited Fifth Level." (TC) "[On] a few sectors [of Fifth Level], subhuman brutes, speechless and fireless, were cracking nuts and each other's heads with stones, and on most of it nothing even vaguely humanoid had appeared." (LK)


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G


Ghaldron-Hesthor field-generator: the formal name of a paratime transpostion conveyor. (PO, TT, TC, LK)


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H


Hagraban City: First Level city; location of the Hagraban Synthetics Works; co-located with an unspecified North American location — perhaps York County in south-central Pennsylvania — on Fourth Level, Europo-American Sector.[PO]

Hagraban Synthetics Works: durable plastics factory at First Level Habgraban City where the temporary conveyor used to travel to the Fourth Level, Europo-American Sector timeline was installed.[PO]


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I


Illyalla: Third Level civilization with "baroque amatory practices" of which Verkan Vall was familiar. (PO)


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J


Jak-Hakka: Second Level civilizaion; had something similar to Palnar Sarn's "Dictatorship of the Chosen" scheme. (PO)

Jamzar: First Level Industrial Sector Constabulary captain. (TC)

Jandar: Fifth Level location of a freight convenyor. (PO)

Jarnabar, site of First Level fissionables refinery, co-existent with the Yat-Zar temple at Zurb, Fourth Level. (TT)

Jeddul: city on Akor-Neb Sector, Second Level. (LE)

Jeseru: country on Esaron Sector, Third Level. (LE)

Jhirda: city captured by the Croutha, on Esaron Sector, Third Level. (TC)

Jorm: Jumdum settlement, site of decisive battle between Jumdum and Zurb. (TT)

Judge of Princes: title of the Zarthani war god Galzar. (LK)

Judicial Section: Paratime Commission body which provides advice on legality of outtime activity. (TT)

Jumdun: country which successfully repulsed invasion by Kurchuk of Zurb, winning the Battle of Jorm. (TT)


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K


Khift: Second Level civilization. Verkan passed through "a belt of intermittent nucleonic bombing" on Khiftan Sector; Tortha supposed "the intra-family enmities of the Hvadka Dynasty have reached critical mass again; Fasif, Great God of Khift; an acid-bath [by] the Khiftan priests." (PO) Verkan recalls the "ground-hugging dome cities" of Khiftan civilization. (LE) "Fringed robes and cloth-of-gold sashes and conical caps" are typical Khiftan dress; . . . Khiftans are "a dark, heavy-featured, black-bearded" people; . . . "a Khiftan torture rack; . . . electric whips . . . of braided copper or silver wire and powered with a little nuclear-conversion battery in the grip; . . . the priests of Fasif." (TC)


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L


Level: one of "five main probability levels, derived from the five possible outcomes of the attempt to colonize [Terra] seventy-five thousand years ago." (PO)


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M


Mars: original homeworld of humans who colonized Terra. "Second Level . . . time-lines descend from the probability of one or more shiploads of colonists having come to Terra from Mars about seventy-five to a hundred thousand years ago, and then having been cut off from the home planet and forced to develop a civilization of their own [on Terra]; . . . the ruined buildings of the ancient and vanished race of Mars who were the ancestors of Terran humanity." (LE) "Third Level [time-lines descend from the] probability of [an] abortive attempt to colonize [Terra] from Mars about a hundred thousand years ago. . . . A few survivors — a shipload or so — were left to shift for themselves while the parent civilization on Mars died out. They lost all vestiges of their original Martian culture, even memory of their extraterrestrial origin." (TC)

Mavrad: Home Time Line noble title. "Verkan Vall, blue-seal noble, hereditary Mavrad of Nerros." (PO) "Verkan Vall, Mavrad of Nerros. . . ." (TT) "His Valor, the Mavrad of Nerros." (TC) "Thalvan Dras . . . Mavrad of Mnirna and Thalvabar. . . ." (TC)


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N


Nerros: hereditary fief of Verkan Vall. (PO, TT, TC)  Verkan offered "an obscene Spanish blasphemy he had picked up among the Fourth Level inhabitants of his island home of Nerros, to the south" of Pennsylvania (possibly Cuba?). (PO)


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O


Old Hostigos: How the princedom of Hostigos was styled once the kingdom of Hos-Hostigos was established. (LK)

the Organization: First Level crime syndicate which managed the slave trade on Third Level Esaron Sector. (TC)

Outtime Claims Bureau: a division of the Paratime Commission; it is in this office that journalist Yandar Yadd first learned of the paratemporal slave trade operation on Third Level Esaron Sector. (TC)

Outtime Import & Export Trading Corporation: a Home Timeline commercial compay operating on Second Level Akor-Neb Sector. (LE)

Outtime Religious Institute: hagiologists from this organization assisted Ranthar Jard in his efforts on Kholghoor Sector to identify the location of Wizard Trader time lines. (TC)


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P


Police Terminal: Fifth Level time line dedicated to Paratime Police operations. Abbreviated as "PolTerm." (TC, LK)

PolTerm: see Police Terminal. (TC)


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R


Rhogom's Doctrine: "The basis of most of [Home Time Line] psychical science. We exist perpetually at all moments within our life-span; our extraphysical ego component passes from the ego existing at one moment to the ego existing at the next. During unconsciousness, the EPC is 'time-free'; it may detach, and connect at some other moment, with the ego existing at that time-point. That's how we precog. We take an autohypno and recover memories brought back from the future moment and buried in the subconscious mind." (PO) "Rhogom had worked up a theory of multidimensional time, to explain the phenomenon of precognition." (LK)


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S


Second Level: "time-lines descend from the probability of one or more shiploads of colonists having come to Terra from Mars about seventy-five to a hundred thousand years ago, and then having been cut off from the home planet and forced to develop a civilization of their own [on Terra]." (LE) "Second Level civilizations which are our own equal in every respect but knowledge of paratemporal transposition; . . . one Second Level civilization which is approaching the discovery of an interstellar hyperspatial drive, something [Home Time Line civilization has] never even come close to." (TT)

Sector: area "of paratime on any level in which the prevalent culture has a common origin and common characteristics. They are divided more or less arbitrarily into sub-sectors." (PO)


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T


Third Level: time-lines descend from the "probability of [an] abortive attempt to colonize [Terra] from Mars about a hundred thousand years ago. . . . A few survivors — a shipload or so — were left to shift for themselves while the parent civilization on Mars died out. They lost all vestiges of their original Martian culture, even memory of their extraterrestrial origin." (TC)


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U


Uncle Wolf: informal title given to priests of Galzar. (LK)


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V


Volitionist Party: Terran political party on Second Level, Akor-Neb Sector, which believes "that everybody reincarnates as he pleases, and so . . . [favors] continuance of the present system of private ownership of wealth and private profit under a system of free competition." (LE)


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W


Wizard Traders: local name for paratemporal slaver on Kholghoor Sector; used by the Paratime Police to refer to the entire gang until they learned that it called itself the Organization. (TC)


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X


Xiphon: Zarthani city on Fourth Level, Aryan-Transpacific, co-located with New Orleans, on Fourth Level, Europ-American Sector.[LK]


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Y


Yat-Zar: deity worshipped by the Hulgun people of Fourth Level, Proto-Aryan Sector whose worshippers are manipulated by the Transtemporal Mining Corporation to facilitate uranium mine construction and operation.[TT]


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Z


Zarkantha: Sector exploited by Consolidated Outtime Foodstuffs.[TC]


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Concordance sources:

Ap:   Apocrypha — non-canonical material.  See "Newton's Rule."
DS:   "Down Styphon!," Analog, November 1965, (when not also in Lord Kalvan).
Ge:   "Genesis," Future, September 1951.  (Note: "Genesis" may not be a Paratime yarn.)
GG:   "Gunpowder God," Analog, November 1964 (when not also in Lord Kalvan).
HW:   "He Walked Around the Horses," Astounding, April 1948.
LE:   "Last Enemy," Astounding, August 1950.
LK:   Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, New York: Ace, 1965.
PO:   "Police Operation," Astounding, July 1948.
TT:   "Temple Trouble," Astounding, April 1951.
TC:   "Time Crime," Astounding, February 1955, and March 1955.



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