Glossary of Away on the Mountainside
Biological Ranks and Familial Terms
alpha- one who can impregnate all other ranks. Those with uteri can be impregnated, albeit rarely. Considered the highest rank.
beta- can impregnate all ranks lower on the biological tier. Can impregnate uteri-bearing alphas, though this is seen as taboo.
omega- can only impregnate other omegas and deltas. Are seen as weak and needy but are above deltas and gammas.
delta- cannot impregnate and can only be impregnated. Are seen as the lowest rank. It is seen as lowly to be with a delta, and so they are rarely courted.
gamma- literally seen as trash, gammas are infertile and are often neither sexual nor romantic. It is legal for the dam to kill a gamma at birth.
biological tier- the biological ranks arranged in a way that shows ranking and possible fertile bearings.
lower- term referring to the ranks of omega, delta, and gamma, or the lower rank in a relationship.
upper- term referring to alphas and betas, or the higher rank in a relationship.
Tribe- a group of people, headed by a leader, that live together. Usually have familial ties. They often live in rural areas and have their own society (see “Tribal Society Terms and Ranking”)
dam- one who bears a child.
sire- the father of a child.
whelp- used to refer to an infant between the age of 0-1 year.
pup- used to refer to a child from 2-10 years.
yippie- used to refer to a child from 11-13 years.
juvenile/“juvie”- used to refer to a child from 14-19 years
yodeler- a derogatory term similar to “tattletale”, used mostly within pups.
bedded- a term for someone who has bonded and mated with another.
laying doe- slang, used for a person in heat.
buck- slang, used for a person in rut.
heat- term used for when betas, omegas, and deltas go into a stage where they have a high drive to mate. Happens once or twice every three and a half months and happens in cycles.
pre-heat- occurs two to three weeks before a heat. The laying doe will often prepare by nesting, binging on food, and some light sleeping.
reception- the time of fertility for a laying doe, lasts about a week. They generally do not eat, drink, or sleep much during this time, though they do bathe. A buck cannot successfully mate a laying doe unless they are receptive.
receptive- a term used for a laying doe whose body is prepared for a buck
repulsive- a term used for a laying doe whose body rejects the buck or is not ready for the buck
post-heat- the period after reception and before pre-heat when the lower is no longer fertile. Often times, the lower will sleep for long periods a few days after. Normal body function returns after about four days.
rut- for an upper or the mate of a lower, this is a period of increased aggression and sperm production triggered by the mate's heat or a bondmate's heat. If a lower is heat-blind and an upper comes in contact with them, they will be triggered to rut and mate with the laying doe.
heat-blind- a term used to refer to a lesser who, if they go unmated for several consecutive heats and are not on suppressors, go into a state where they will mate with the first buck they find or that comes to them. They cannot control their urges while in this state.
suppressors- medication for uppers and lowers that stop heats and ruts. They wear off if not taken for a week.
Spring Heat- slang, used for the time between April and July when many juvies experience their first heats or ruts.
Pregnancy and Parenting terms
heavy doe- term used for a pregnant lower.
waiting buck- term used for the sire of a heavy doe's child.
whelping bed- term used for a heavy doe in labor; “on the whelping bed.”
lone dam- slang, a dam who raises their children alone.
lone sire- slang, a sire who raises their children alone.
juvie dam/sire- slang for a juvenile parent.
watcher- term for a non-blood person who watches over or takes care of whelps, pups, and yippies.
young elder- term for a youngster who is intellectually or socially advanced for their age, or a youngster who has many responsibilities
castaway- term for a youngster who is rejected by the parents
wanderrouge- term for a loner who often displays aggressive tendencies and travels alone. Generally transient.
rouge- term for a loner who lives in one place, alone. Generally residual. Not as aggressive as a wanderrouge.
bluepaw- term for a disabled individual. Usually derogatory.
softpaw- derogatory term for a rich person who has lived a posh, comfortable life.
homebound- one who does not live in a Tribal group; not as negative as a red-tail.
red-tail- one who conforms strictly to the Old Society. Very negative.
Old Society- outside of the Tribal Society, the societal structure in which worth is determined by your biological rank.
Tribal Society- the societal structure in which your biological rank does not determine your worth, Tribes are headed by a leader, and dominance is decided by your personal ability.
rabbit foot- a term for a youngster in a tribe who is not yet at full rank and is still in training.
full rank- one who has gone through a heat or a rut, or, for gammas, has matured enough to become active in their Tribe.
Leader- the highest rank in a Tribe, chosen by the previous one before stepping down. If the leader dies before announcing an heir, the subiarch and ultriarch will choose a leader.
subiarch- the eldest lower in a Tribe.
ultriarch- the eldest upper in a Tribe.
Tribal Code- code of conduct, similar to chivalry, which dictates how Tribals should behave. Used in reference when dealing out punishment.