City Lights at Night
“The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.” —Marshall McLuhan
Among those who inhabit the night of the City of Second Chances, a few terms crop up that your average citizen probably wouldn’t understand. This is a small index of them, organized by their typical users. Players can decide for themselves which ones they are familiar with.
(Storyteller’s Note: Do feel free to add to this list, if you want to try to coin a phrase —JMD)
Universally recognized among supernaturals:
Special People: The supernatural community of Las Vegas, NV
Pelts: Werewolves. Derogatory.
Mosquitoes or ’squitoes: Vampires. Derogatory.
The Sucks: Vampires, from a shortened version of “Succubus”. Also from what they do to their victims. Only mildly derogatory, surprisingly.
Wonderworkers: Mages. Neutral.
Fairies or FFs (Fuckin’ Fairies): Changelings. Mildly derogatory.
Gomorrah Redux: A cynical term for Vegas, first coined by the Sucks. In fairly common parlance.
The War Between Heaven and Hell: Broadly speaking, the big supernatural shake-up of 1983-1985
Shiny: An adjective used for any Supernatural object, but generally not for individuals.
Pow-wow: A meet-up of representatives of the supernatural community, arbitrated by the fairies.
Changeling-Specific (lexicon covered in Changeling: The Lost is not included here):
The Rules: The Pledge of the Four Suits
Gambler: A changeling that chooses to ensorcell a mortal.
Easy Rider: A changeling that spends too much time in the Hedge (said to be traveling on “Route 66”. Also from rhyming slang: Recluse = recluse spider = Easy Rider)
Route 66: The main trod that runs through the Vegas Hedge, said to go from Chicago to Los Angeles
Expat: A changeling that lives in Las Vegas under the laws of another freehold
Sinatra: A changeling that uses his preternatural charms to gain influence. A female who does this is an “Ella”.
Bon-Vivant: A changeling that tries to leave the supernatural world behind through enjoying the pleasures of the mortal world
Bible-Thumper: A devoted follower of The Rev. Doremus Silas.
The Law: The Sheriff of the Freehold of the Four Suits. Bethany Wolfe, at present.
Drummers: Summer Courtiers. Named after John Coyote’s tendency towards Indian rituals, and their warlike tendencies.
Mimes: Winter Courtiers. From Dr. Edmund Cruces
Shadies: Autumn Courtiers. Etymology uncertain.
Monroes: Spring Courtiers. From Marilyn Monroe, an inspiration to many an Antler follower.
Going to Church: Attending one of the Rev. Silas’ services
Going to worship: Attending a normal religious service
Mundanes: Non-Special people
The World of Men and Felt: The mundane world. Archaic and formal.
The Herd: Non-Special people. Borrowed from the Kindred.
Hotel California: Arcadia
Hedge Nog: Any alcoholic beverage containing goblin fruit
A friend of mine: A temporary asset to an organized crime syndicate.
A friend of the family: A full fledged member of the Sicilian mob.
Kike Incorporated: The Jewish Mob. Highly derogatory.
Cosa Nostra: Literally, “this thing of ours”. The Sicilian mob.
The Mongrels: The organized crime syndicate of Victoria Tremaine.
The Family: The Sicilian Mafia.
The Corporation: The Jewish Mob.
The Firm: Tremaine’s crew.