A list of terminology used in the Draax series. This list will be expanded as more books are added to the series.
Mid to large mammal, orange in colour with a tough and hairless hide. Emits a foul smell as part of it's defense mechanism. Meat is tough and stringy, rarely hunted for food.
Large hairy mammal, black and grey in colour, found mostly in forested areas. Very aggressive. Meat is tender but because of its aggressive nature, rarely hunted for food. Males are especially agitated during mating season, females more so when protecting their young. Similar to Earth's bear.
Mid size mammal, brown with yellow spots on hindquarters and a busy yellow and brown striped tail. Antlers protruding from head. Very skittish and timid, it is the main meat source for Draax. Similar to Earth's deer.
Small mammal with long hind legs, brown in colour but turns white in the winter to blend with its environment. Meat source for the Draax. Similar to Earth's rabbit.
Large and muscular mammal, red in colour with three long grey horns protruding from its forehead. Females are bigger than males and more aggressive. Graze in open fields and valleys, prefer to stick close to natural water sources. Only mate twice a year. Will attack without provocation.
Long, hard-shelled brown insect with ten legs. Burrows into the soil to lay its eggs. An average female rugenroach will lay up to four thousand eggs. The larvae eat plants from the roots up. They are particularly fond of the gallberry plant. If left untreated, a bad rugenroach infestation can destroy an otherwise healthy crop in less than a week.
Little one - typically used in reference to children.
Sweetheart/beloved. A Draax uses this endearment only with a female they regard as their mate.
Bright green root vegetable, similar to Earth's carrot in size and taste.
Grain, high in fiber and a good source of Vitamin E. Similar to Earth's oatmeal.
A small light pink plant with pink berries. Very prolific in growth and while easy to grow in any soil and light conditions on the planet Draax, it withers and dies quickly on other planets. Although the berries can be eaten directly, most Draax prefer to ingest it in juice form. The berries (as well as leaves and stems) are processed into juice and serum form. The gallberry plant heals all known illnesses to humans and a variety of illnesses for other alien races.
Grundleswat (see Animals)
Main meat source for the Draax. Meat is lean but tender, and high in iron and vitamin B6. Cooked in a variety of ways.
Maluken (see Animals)
Meat is tender and high in protein and vitamins B3 and B12. Cooked in a variety of ways, but stew is the most popular method of cooking.
Blue rice-like grain, has a nutty flavour. Popular side dish, rich in protein and iron.
A small and thin-skinned purple fruit that grows in low hanging bushes near large bodies of fresh water. The fruit is rather sour when it's uncooked. Most often cooked in bread and other pastries as the cooking process sweetens the fruit considerably.
Juicy yellow fruit that grows on trees. Roughly the size of an apple. Second largest crop farmed after the gallberry plant. Loaded with anti-oxidants, rich in fiber and Vitamin C. It is the favourite fruit of most Draax. Similar in taste to Earth's watermelon.
A brutal alien race. Described as hulk-like, they are covered in thick brown fur. Despite their beast-like appearance they are intelligent and their technology is superior to Earth's. They invade other planets and attempt to conquer them, selling off the planet's natural resources and its inhabitants to the highest bidder before moving on. They use rayguns and energy blades in battle.
Also known as the Goddess of Healing, Krono is a female deity that many Draax believe is responsible for the growth of the gallberry plant. Legend has it that thousands of years ago, the Draax race was being decimated by an unknown virus. The Goddess Krono took pity on the Draax and performed a healing blessing on the gallberry plant. The pink berries and the light pink leaves and stem of the plant were instantly infused with the healing power of the goddess Krono, saving the Draax from certain extinction.
Healer or doctor. A kadana helps human females birth their babies, administers gallberry serum by intravenous, and helps guide elderly Draax gently into their permanent rest when the juice no longer heals them.
A description of status on Earth. Lowers are considered the lowest class of humans. They are often unemployed, living in substandard conditions (or homeless), and are more prone to being victims of violence and hate crimes. Major cause of death is starvation or freezing to death from exposure in the colder climates.
A description of status on Earth. Middles fall squarely into the middle class of humans. Yearly earnings vary with the lowest income around forty-five thousand and highest around eighty-five thousand. They are usually college or university educated, live in mid to large sized homes, and average two to three children per household.
An alien race found on the planet Scuun in the Idalia solar system. Scuuns are large yellow beast-like creatures with larger than average brains. Males have a total of twelve tentacles while females have fifteen. They give birth to four babies at a time and their young are capable of performing simple mathematical equations within the first twenty-four hours of birth. A gregarious and robust race, they are prone to outbursts of singing and dancing. They have a friendly relationship with the Draax and a healthy trade program with them.
The highest class status on Earth. Uppers are usually the extremely wealthy, politicians and actors. Most uppers are born into their status. Average yearly income is $125,000. They tend to avoid any type of contact with lowers and middles.
An alien race from the planet Vokine in the Idalia solar system. Vokines have a similar body shape to the Draax, but males and females of the race are various shades of blue depending on which region they come from. One of the more technologically advanced aliens in the Idalia solar system, they are also known for being excellent fighters. Both males and females are of higher intelligence. Males are often arrogant and quick to anger. Females are sharp-tongued and well known for their fighting abilities. When the Gokmards raided the Vokine planet, the Draax provided military assistance. The Vokine have a healthy trade program with the Draax consisting of the trade of technology for gallberry plants. Their planet is closest to Keo in the solar system and extremely hot, but can support the growth of the gallberry plant under certain conditions.
A train developed on Earth for a faster and more environmentally friendly transportation method. Mostly found in larger cities and metropolises, airtrains are solar powered and run along a track thousands of feet in the air. The track is thin enough to be almost invisible when viewed from the ground, thus giving the impression that the train is "flying through the air". The airtrain is used mostly by the status class known as "Middles" (see 'Miscellaneous').
Machinery used by Draax farmers to assist in both the planting and harvesting of crops.
A space craft designed by humans to replace the airplane. There are two models - standard and advanced. The standard havoc cruiser is used only for shorter trips within the planet's atmosphere and are not capable of flying through hyperspace. Although, some of the newer models are now capable of making trips to the moon. There are both commercial and personal models. Commercial havoc cruisers can carry up to three hundred passengers, personal models are smaller and are meant for fifty passengers or less. Only the Uppers (see Miscellaneous) are rich enough to afford a personal havoc cruiser.
The advanced havoc cruiser is equipped with a hyperdrive, allowing it to use the jumpgates to fly through the extra-dimensional space known as hyperspace.
Used by the Draax, these computers are similar to Earth's computers, but faster and more complex. Most of the Draax's advanced computer and communication technology and devices are from the Vokines.
A gateway into hyperspace. Spaceships use jumpgates and hyperdrive to pass through into the extra-dimensional space known as hyperspace. The Idalia solar system is one jumpgate away from the Milky Way.
Communication device used by humans. Basically a cell phone with more technologically advanced capabilities, such as holograms.
A small silver rectangular scanner used by the Draax kadanas (see Miscellanous) to assist in diagnosing illnesses and injuries.