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23 ** - Uhm, ... What's a voo lay voo?

The first thing I noticed here was pride. Not a dutiful devotion, honorable as that may be, such as I found at Taungoo, but something more akin to the sense of honor and joy of prestige at the Kobenhavn shipyard and port . . . although much, much more intense and applied to everything.
All things Gaule are overstated here, and fiery, empassioned artistic flare blazes across the scene, as though intent upon burning out the memory of all else. Whatever you may call music, you will find it here at the hands of artisans as competitive as the players in a serious card game. Carved sculptures and painted pictures abound with the same scope and scale of competitive artistry.
Unlike the rest of the places I have been (where history, though cherished by the common folk, is spat upon and swept into the dustbin by the powers that be), they value and laud historical interest to the point that they have a massive museum. The treasures of the past are more here than trinkets to be bought and sold at market for a pittance. Besides the usual lucrative contacts I found in the ruins here, I also encountered groups of scholars intent upon preserving what once was a much greater place. Back home I would have been more likely to find the DZ, who seem adept at snatching away the choicest of relics before you can get a good look.
It makes perfect sense that the people who so exuberantly cry out "This is who we are!" would also build monuments and repositories to explore and preserve what they once were.
Whatever other strengths the Gaule may possess, the better gym, the bizarre but delicious food, the rich, glorious, exquisite coffee, the more honorable focus of their guards, the power and grace of their weaponry, it is their cultural pizzazz which stands out above any other thing. Everything seems to scream out loud; 'Wherever you may have been, just forget it, because this is better!'
All these things are offered for a price, of course . . . At least some things remain predictable.
As soon as my last Uni course had finished its work, I headed off for a dose of theirs. Social skills, just what I needed! Tau didn't have this. When it is complete, I will go back for a course in Gaule culture, just to see what makes them tick. I couldn't help but notice they also offer a course in Consortium psychology. I think I've seen enough of that for now, but I may check it out later for a fresh perspective.
Not surprisingly, their medical classes are more available, and there is even a new class on syndicate leadership. I'll have to look into that as well.
On the more historical side, I think I may have found some insight into why the DZ is so intent on keeping history out of "the wrong hands" . . .
First, I found a document, labeled "Shuttle schedule," listing the arrival and departure times for what must have been a massive fleet of shuttlecraft, keeping a far more reliable routine than what we have now. I noticed there were no variances in the fares listed, unlike what we see at the ports. It seems curious.
Secondly, and surely more interesting, I found a book detailing, among other things, a bizarre-looking creature. Its illustrations were light-reflection photographs and not the electronic wizardry we typically see at Tau. It was tattered and charred, mildewed and rat-chewed, so I had to make sense with what I had.
The creature is called a Shi Tzu, and apparently it was actually developed by a civilization called China, whose culture vaguely resembled that on Taungoo. According to this book, they were quite advanced in some areas. Not only did they build a wall across their land border (which preceded the earliest cameras and air travel and was breached only by bribery, never by force) and another wall across three rivers (valleys filled with water -- wow), which broke into pieces (due to poor engineering somewhat akin to what I saw on Tau and Daedelus) and killed hundreds of millions of their citizens long before the cloning breakthroughs that might have offered them a second chance, but it even says they succeeded many centuries earlier in an oddly more advanced pursuit, that of implanting 4th-dimensional storage space in a living creature (the Shi Tzu), so it could store the full length of its tongue.
I had to muse about the advancement of laboratory sciences in such an otherwise primitive setting and the reasoning behind their unlikely choice of priorities, but what an achievement, and here it is, after all this time, in the rotting paper pages of what is left of a nearly destroyed book, laying amidst rubble in an open area of a destroyed city, found haphazardly by a bored, transient wanderer, perhaps the only recollection that remains.
I do hope the Gaule find the bulk of our history before the DZ.


  1. While DZ might seem rough, wait to see if you ever meet someone from Gaule's SAG. I'd say those special services are all alike, Gaule being just a bit better equipped.

  2. I have no trouble believing that, but if they are doing as much to conceal and/or destroy historical relics as the DZ, they are a good deal more subtle about it. Subtlety doesn't strike me as their cultural forte'.

  3. SAG stun baton

  4. As I said, subtlety is not their forte'

  5. Be fair. There's a Consortium stun baton too.

  6. SAG is the best stun baton overall. I checked.

  7. Having been thumped with both, I have to say that the result is the same. You wake up somewhere else, wondering.