To begin with, it needs to be said that this story is set in the same 'fanverse' as Mox Jet's Planeswalkers Series (an excellent story, I must say). He and I, being the good friends that we are (oh, I can hear him protesting now), noticed that our basic worlds for fanfic had quite a bit in common, and thus decided to merge them. As a result, several of the terms that I explain below are borrowed from him - and some of the terms he uses in his stories may be borrowed from me.
Lavoid - this is a Chrono Trigger term, taken from the main enemy of that game, Lavos. Much of what lavoids are is explained in the story, so that's unnecessary here, but what the term itself was needed an explanation.
TAG - Tritanium Arc-wave Generator. Taken from Mox's PW series, with a few small adjustments, due to the fact that millennia have passed between his stories and mine. Basically, it's a lightsaber type of device. And, as he said, if you don't like that idea, tough.
Quark Destabilization - my rather dubious explanation for long interstellar travel. By this theory, a person would be taken apart on the subatomic level (you know, quark by quark), then drawn toward a beacon specifically calibrated to pick up on such quarks. Not the most pleasant experience in the world, as you might imagine.
Finori - A Nanaki term. Basically, the Finori are a race of multi-dimensional aliens, shown best in CT in the forms of Masa, Mune and Doreen. They're a vital point of this story, and a huge crossover reference between the two games.
As a note, the Nexus and the Multiverse, as later related, are my own creations, as is the explanation of the two. Chaos itself is explained by both myself and Mox, and is the same thing in his fic and this one.
Update - May 5th, 2001
Since I wrote this initial thing, a lot has happened. Dark Angel now takes place in the World of Imagination fanverse, which is currently in use by authors Nanaki, Mox Jet, Cain, and Neokefka. As a result, there are more terms and theories than ever floating around, and I want to give proper credit for them.
For one thing, there's the thing in Chapter 21 that states that the Hunters have been killing the same dozen or so lavoids for years, and that this was so because a Lavoid Queen was continually manipulating the timestream to recreate them. Now, I can't claim credit for that. This was Nanaki's idea for why most of the lavoid hunter organizations besides the LEA could never truly be effective. I liked it enough to want to put it into practice, given that I'm using two different lavoid hunting organizations in this story.
For another, I have to give proper credit for the origin of what Order is, as first described in Chapter 22. That was originally one of Cain's concepts, one that I tweaked to explain ether energy and all such things as that. Also, the metaphysical aspects of Chaos and Order (what their presence on a planet does to the people there, I mean) was his idea.
And on with the show.
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