Alembic--- A common style developed by martial artists to process elements of nature itself. Alembics are used for engineering and construction purposes and are not able to be used to harm others. (In theory, at least.) Alembics are divided into Base and Arch types. Base alembics make use of nature as it is apparent. Arch alembics make use of unapparent or inconscpicuous aspects of nature. For example, a style utilizing an aspect of fire would be a base alembic. A "grain style" is an arch alembic. Arch alembics are poorly understood and are only developed through a legacy of intense research.
College, the--- A term used to refer to any of the organized institutions that forward the development and integration of animal arts. Each individual college is based off of the original, the "Woodland College for the Integration and Advancement of Animal Arts" founded by the man-ape Genesis.
Common--- The animal world's lingua franca. A spoken language, as opposed to one of the animal dialects particular to each species, or a semaphoric language, such as a body language or tail language.
Days--- The animal week is divided into four circadian periods, with the fourth day being a day of rest and reflection. However, a waking "day" is different from our day. Animals will often divide the entire 24-hour day into four naps instead of one long period of sleep.
Denial--- Psychology that avoids acceptance. It is unknown how denial works, but it is as easy to use as cynicism. All forms of animal art and extension entering a system in denial will be nullified or dampened. It is a crucial defense mechanism in the discourse of style exchange. Denial does not work on purely physical exchange.
Facture--- A form occurring within a style. The highest form within a style is called the "supreme facture". "Facture" is the application of art, evident in our word "manufacture" or "hand-make".
Grey--- Canines and a host of other animals cannot see colors beyond a small span of blue, greenish yellow, and grey. Blood and flora look as if they are the same color. This has heavily contributed to the collective subconscious consensus that animals are a part of nature; nature runs through the animals. There are grey rooms (hospices) and grey fights (long, bloody fights to submission), grey fruit (poisonous fruit) and simply, "grey" (could relate to a bloody haze or sensation, especially in natural predators. This could even be an adjective for "natural"). Since canines played an important role in the founding of civilized society, many animals use canine expressions even though some, as rodents, may have better color vision.
Halo Brain--- The animals' second brain beyond the physical brain. Named for its shape and location about the head, as circular irridescent fields around the moon or sun through cloud cover in certain conditions. The halo brain is non-corporeal and is only perceptible using a style that is able to parse light or energy beyond a visible wavelength. This bizarre discovery has only just started to make waves throughout animal society.
HIOT--- An acronym for the Halo Integumentation and Organization Trust, a prestigious and arcane appendage of modern animal society devoted to unraveling the mysteries of the halo brain.
Lease--- A basic style that borrows the sensory impressions of another animal on that animal. In some intrepid-thinking colleges this may be called a noia. Style leases usually involve incorporation of the movements or characteristics of another animal, in addition to that animal's weight. Appendages may act as different body parts altogether, such as the forelegs being used as fangs or the rear legs being used in unison to imitate a tailfin.
"Mark"--- Traditionally, "mark" may be used as an interjective suffix for initiating style application. The origin of the term is unknown. Some animals think it relates back to prehistoric days, the days of the base animal, when territory was denoted by scent marking. Others speculate that "mark"'s origins lie in one of its alternate forms, "ee mach", supposedly translating to "he makes". Yet others liken it to the nonsensical "sodt" and other grunts and shouts used to punctuate action, saying that they give the movement animal meaning and body.
Markscraft--- An animal versed in the art of writing, oftentimes assigned to other animals who cannot write easily. This trade has been dominated by animals with hand-like paws, including many rodents. While larger animals may endeavor to use their cumbersome mouths or paws or etcetera to write, and even succeed in doing so, few become markscrafts.
Metanoia--- Figuratively speaking, this is the concept of enforcing change in another animal's mind. Technically, however, metanoesis is the style-apprehension function in Nature of Nature's Art. The term "metanoia" is specifically reserved for thetic styles orchestrated by a student in his or her final attending seasons, based off of an innovation or imaginative concept instead of an imitation. Unlike leases, a metanoia can be directly perceived--through the senses--by another animal, even before any attacks. This, of course, depends on whether the metanoia is a thesis that allows for perception.
Name--- The highest honor in the animal world is to take property of a name. Names are earned, not given. A trial is involved, chosen by the animal to be named and then reviewed by a committee. If the trial is completed successfully, the animal chooses a name for him or herself. Alternatives to earned names are scent codes--"shared names", which are inherent from birth (often abbreviated to the two last letters between friends) and place of origin (used in official documents and settings as a name for unnamed animals). In addition, animals may have any number of nicknames between each other.
Phrenologist--- Phrenology in our history involved the dubious practice of determining a man's intent by feeling the physical topography of his skull. The animal world's phrenology is only slightly better: they are primitive psychologists, using their own intuition and interpersonal acuity in order to determine the intent of those they are conversing with. For example, those versed in animal phrenology would intuit that a person stuttering during a sentence might be lying. This is, of course, not true in every case, but these intrepid individuals have made themselves quite popular in this world of steadily advancing social science.
Rationale, the--- The term given to animal society's policing force. Rationale are usually high-ranking martial arts users who have a strong sense of morality and duty. Their mission is to protect those who cannot defend themselves, and to attend to any duties that might be linked to their society's advancement. Oftentimes they are used as guards for important officials.
Telenoia--- A metanoetic phenomenon where effects of a metanoia may reach non-animal space. Its mechanics are not understood by the animal population, and the power of a telenoia is something both feared and coveted. It is thought that metanoeses that are too innovative and ambitious become "naturally impure" and begin to alter nature itself through their very existence. Under normal circumstances, telenoeses are undeniable.
Types--- Expending type, impending type, and prepending type are all animal categorizations of adrenal output. Expending types become suffused with fear under stress, losing concentration and conviction; impending types simply try harder and are more stalwart. Prepending types have more controlled adrenal output, and as a result, their actions are not easy to predict.
Vacuous--- Technically vapid. The term "vacuous" is used to refer to animals that do not have a halo brain--utterly base animals. These animals seem to no longer exist in nature, and the concept of a "vacuous animal" is somewhat of a myth.
Weight Buffer--- Potential weight garnered by a style user, usually based off of an aspect of nature, as a plant, animal, or mineral. It is the most basic style lease. Weight must be experienced before it can be harnessed.
Wild--- Voluntarily eschewing society. Animals born into the wild caste follow "Nature's Law", living as animals once did. They are heavily avoidant of all social cultures and inventions beyond their nature. This could be considered a slur when used between civilized animals.