An overview of various terminology appearing in AH.com Enterprise.
Various fictional terms overheard during the course of the show's episodes.
Away team - Any exploration team deployed from a Twin Fleet MES. Though there are some typical, fairly stable rosters of away team members, the away team can theoretically include any crew member, based on the context.
Crosstime ship - Any shift-capable spaceship capable of utilising its Shift Drive for travel across the myriad timelines of the multiverse.
Fenk - The classic TOS era swearword, still in use. Exists “because every other sci-fi series has a blatant made-up alternative to f***".
Fleshbags / Organics - Slurs for humans or other organic beings, ocassionally used by AIs when annoyed or angry.
“Magic Meeting Room” - Cheeky nickname for the main briefing rooms of both Twin Fleet motherships. The “magic” part is meant to make fun of the notion that the crew members will come up with some intant, near-flawless solution to any given problem.
MES - Acronym for “Multiverse Exploration Ship”. This is any shift-capable ship who's main mission consists of exploring new, unknown alternate timelines, either in the services of Human Unity or The Hub. All official MES-s are crosstime ships.
Multiverse - An infinite number and expanse of alternate timelines, many of them forming their own alternate histories or even separate parallel universes. Exploring the multiverse and helping right the occassional wrong in a timeline is the main objective of all certified MES crews.
Shifthole - Artificially created wormhole-like phenomennon used for fast traversing of interstellar space or for travels between the various timelines of the multiverse. Shiftholes are created via Shift Drives.
Shiftspace - The standard physics-defying dimension/environment in which shiftholes exist. It allows for the creation of shiftholes, which can then be used to travel to other timelines or traverse interstellar space.
Shift vortex - A temporary physical phenomennon appearing on both ends of an active shifthole. It serves as the gateway for entering and leaving an active shifthole, in both possible directions. Shift vortexes usually collapse immediately after the shift drive is deactivated or a certain amount of time passes in their vicinity.
Tech tech, jargon jargon - A phrase often uttered by the Twin Fleet's chief engineers and occassionally their underlings as well. Usually used in the sense of “We have to tech tech, jargon jargon a solution…”, indicating that the chief engineers don't have the time or mood to explain complex technobabble to the rest of their crewmates. The words in the combination “tech tech, jargon jargon” are therefore intended as verbs.
Timeline - Any visited alternate universe that is a part of the wider multiverse.
TL - Acronym for “Timeline”.
Twin Fleet - the multiverse exploration mini-fleet consisting of the twin ships MES-1 Allohistory and MES-2 Uchronia. Also referred to as the “MES Twins”.
These are the official ranks of crew members aboard both ships in the MES Twin Fleet (MES-1 Allohistory, MES-2 Uchronia).
Captain - the chief commanding officer of a Twin Fleet MES
First Mate - the second-in-command of a Twin Fleet MES
Second Mate - the third-in-command of a Twin Fleet MES
Third Mate - the fourth-in-command of a Twin Fleet MES
Fourth Mate - the fifth-in-command of a Twin Fleet MES
First Helmsman - the main, primary steersman of a Twin Fleet MES (while the ship is in manual steering mode)
Second Helmsman - the auxilliary, secondary steersman of a Twin Fleet MES (usually doesn't need to be present during mundane manual manuevers)
Chief Engineer - the head mechanic and engineering expert of a Twin Fleet MES
Auxilliary Mechanic - any mechanic of the Twin Fleet that is subordinate to either of the two Chief Engineers
Comms Officer - a Twin Fleet MES's communications officer (with diplomatic and linguistics training)
Teleportation Officer - a Twin Fleet MES's engineer in charge of the ship's teleporters and teleportation suites
Chief Science Officer - head of the science and research staff on a Twin Fleet MES
Junior Science Officer - any science and research staff member of the Twin Fleet that is subordinate to either of the two Chief Science Officers or Field Science Officers
Field Science Officer - the away team equivalent of the Chief Science Officer; a function commonly combined with the Field Medic
Chief Medical Officer - head of the medical staff on a Twin Fleet MES
Ship Medic - any medical staff member of the Twin Fleet that is subordinate to either of the two Chief Medical Officers
Field Medic - the away team equivalent of the Chief Medical Officer; a function commonly relegated to or combined with the Field Science Officer
Supply Officer (Quartermaster) - a crew member who manages the supply stocks and inventory (mundane as well as special) of a Twin Fleet MES
Ship Operations Manager - a crew member who manages the crew-related day-to-day operations (life support systems, cooking, cleaning, etc.) of a Twin Fleet MES
Ship Chaplain - crew member with ecumenic religious training (in AH.com religions) for fulfilling the spiritual needs of other fellow crew members aboard an MES
Security Officer - head of security and defense of a Twin Fleet MES and its crew (as well as those under the protection of an MES)
Security Staff Member - any crew member with professional combat/military training that is subordinate to either of the two Security Officers and is responsible with the security and infantry-based defence of a Twin Fleet MES
Field Security and Special Operations Officer - away team equivalent of a Security Officer, though also with engineering training in addition to military skills. While he (or she) is subordinate to the main Security Officer, any armed members of an away team are subordinate to the Field Security Officer during an away mission.
Squadron Leader of Combat Squadron - a crew member that is a pilot with combat training and commands a Combat Squadron of either of the two Twin Fleet MESs
Wingman of Combat Squadron - a crew member that is a pilot with combat training and flies in a Combat Squadron of either of the two Twin Fleet MESs, subordinate to the ship's Squadron Leader
Ship AI - the sapient AI entity in charge of monitoring an MES's systems and helping and advising an MES's crew
Ship Mascot - the animal (or plush) mascot of either of the two ships in the Twin Fleet