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    "Alright then. Did you see who did it, or do you have any suspects? We were not aware of any parties with a grudge against your life." This is true. Lyrae doesn't exactly have many public enemies.
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    Poetry Reading
    In dark, you who are the great sun of my heart
    anchor me with your life and warmth.
    You who seek me in turn,
    in a stellar dance of life, and light.
    Never merging
    yet at your embrace, we are entwined;
    finally whole.

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    Flash and Narya approached the Lyraen delegation. "Hi-hi," Flash said to get there attention. "Much-sorry to see-hear death of Lyrae, does Lyraen want-need Combine help seek-searching for her killer?"
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    The Lyraens:

    Ty-Rone smiles at Proxos in a friendly manner. The menace previously on his face has vanished.

    I see you admire my style
    That's good; I worked on it a while
    My skill with a rhyme
    Is as old as time
    I manage it with charm and guile


    An evil grin crosses his face as his eyes once again go dark.

    I've never used spoons for the ripping
    Of hearts with lots of blood dripping
    I'm interested though
    It sounds like a show
    Haerthala, get spoons for equipping!
    Proxos' eyes narrow. His ears lay against his head as he leans forward and a grin slowly spreads over his face, wider and wider until it reaches the point of improbability. He snaps twice behind him. "Minion! Play something that...rocks."

    Nothing happens. Proxos slowly turns around and looks askance at the soundbox. He clears his throat expectantly. Nothing continues happening. Proxos sighs. "Why is good help so hard to find? Oh well, I guess we will..."

    A jazzy, upbeat tune suddenly blares from the speakers. Proxos lets out a small yelp of surprise, but covers it with a laugh. "That's more like it!" he says, eyes slightly aglow. With a triumphant pose, his suit shifts in a flurry of little lights, becoming a much tighter fit with more sparkles. "Now...let's get this started for real."

    "Ty-Rone, you say? Is that your name?
    If you ask me, it's kind of tame.
    Now, you claim you're fierce, but,
    Ugh, you look like a mutt.
    Don't mean to be rude, it's kinda lame.
    "

    "Look at me! I'm Proxos, pal.
    Lord of Stars, known in ev'ry locale!
    Pay attention, buddy. Roll over, sit.
    While you're ahead, you better quit,
    Before this becomes a battle royale.
    "


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    Lyraean Pavilion

    "Alright then. Did you see who did it, or do you have any suspects? We were not aware of any parties with a grudge against your life." This is true. Lyrae doesn't exactly have many public enemies.
    "We managed to capture some of the rebels alive," Lyrae mentions, "They have proven resistant to our questions, though. They are mostly drawn from off-world Lyraens: mostly Lyrae I and III. There were a few foreign mercenaries among them too, but they were quick to tell us everything they knew. If they'd known anything useful, they would have been quite helpful."

    "But no. If I had seen it coming, I would have been able to stop it."

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    Lyrae
    Flash and Narya approached the Lyraen delegation. "Hi-hi," Flash said to get there attention. "Much-sorry to see-hear death of Lyrae, does Lyraen want-need Combine help seek-searching for her killer?"
    Lyrae brightens when the Grymlan delegation is shown in. "Ah!" she almost purrs, "Flash, good to see you. Biscuit?" She points to a platter labeled, For Grymlan Consumption heaped high with more of the honeyed biscuits she gave Jeejee upon their first meeting.

    "And yes! I will take all the help I can get. I mean to drop the sun on these assassins. Perhaps literally. We'll see."

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    Ty-Rone grins, showing all of his rodent teeth. GIVE ME MY JAMS! he shouts. His five bodyguards take up positions behind him, the lead one bearing a massive boom box. A thick, sludgy beat start emerging from the electronic music player. The Rothuun stomp their feet in time to the music, producing a thudding noise that shakes the entire poetry pavilion. Ty-Rone snatches a microphone from a nearby stand and bellows into it:

    Hey you right there with the scraggly fur
    Sit down and shut up, you mangy cur
    Ty-Rone's the one with the godlike beat
    Ty-Rone's the one you just can't defeat
    I'm the only capybara with the horn
    You think you can show me scorn?
    I rip out hearts like they're made of cheese
    I don't know the meaning of the word please
    What do you think it's like to be a king
    I tell you now; you don't know a thing!


    Ty-Rone bares his fangs at Proxos, daring him to respond.
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    "Interesting. What are your prohibitions regarding interrogation techniques? I have a specialist on staff, but if you'll allow us to work on some of your prisoners, I must tell her what her limits are." The Syndrome approach to information gathering is very pragmatic, but Lyrae's might not be as much. Red wants to ensure this cooperation goes as smoothly as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius Hermicus View Post
    Ty-Rone grins, showing all of his rodent teeth. GIVE ME MY JAMS! he shouts. His five bodyguards take up positions behind him, the lead one bearing a massive boom box. A thick, sludgy beat start emerging from the electronic music player. The Rothuun stomp their feet in time to the music, producing a thudding noise that shakes the entire poetry pavilion. Ty-Rone snatches a microphone from a nearby stand and bellows into it:

    Hey you right there with the scraggly fur
    Sit down and shut up, you mangy cur
    Ty-Rone's the one with the godlike beat
    Ty-Rone's the one you just can't defeat
    I'm the only capybara with the horn
    You think you can show me scorn?
    I rip out hearts like they're made of cheese
    I don't know the meaning of the word please
    What do you think it's like to be a king
    I tell you now; you don't know a thing!


    Ty-Rone bares his fangs at Proxos, daring him to respond.
    Proxos pauses for a moment, raising an eyebrow at some of Ty-Rone's rhyme-choices. With a flourish, he leaps onto the table and belts out his response.

    "Full points for moxie, I'll give ya that,
    But as for content? Ugh, you fell flat.
    Take it from me, the king of show biz.
    I'll give ya my fair analysis.
    You may be quite viscous, through and through,
    But in this fight, that won't help you.
    This is a battle of wit and word,
    And your little boasts will go unheard.
    I'm a star, powerful as can be!
    To me, you see, your strength is teeny.
    "

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    "Interesting. What are your prohibitions regarding interrogation techniques? I have a specialist on staff, but if you'll allow us to work on some of your prisoners, I must tell her what her limits are." The Syndrome approach to information gathering is very pragmatic, but Lyrae's might not be as much. Red wants to ensure this cooperation goes as smoothly as possible.
    Lyrae turns and looks out over the crowd and the stage down below. She speaks slowly, firmly. "In all the history of my people, this is the most serious crime that has ever been committed. It is not mere murder, though that is bad enough, it is dei-cide. With that in mind, they must be fit to stand trial after you are done with them. I must show their compatriots that, even after their crime, I do not compromise my principles."

    "I do not know the methods at your disposal. If you have a method for simply pulling the information from their minds directly without undue pain, that would be preferable. If you must use harsher methods, refrain from things that are too permanent."

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    The Brew Master had run out of chips. He did not know what to do. This was nearly as bad as the time that the *groan* conclave denounced his brew. It was not his fault they were a bunch of weak-bodied pansies. He decided he would look for chips. He had heard that it the oversized furry rodents. He tried to recall what they were called... something starting with G... Germans that's it!
    He would go visit the Germans.

    On his way, he found himself on a stage. he was not sure how he got there but everyone had their eyes on him so he decided to recite a song he had written.

    He began:
    I love beer.
    Beer makes me feel... happy
    It can be flavored with things like orange
    which tastes quite good
    It makes the beer taste like orange.
    Beer makes me forget
    all I regret
    from a life of pain and sorrow
    It also tastes good.


    At the end of his... song, he attempts to bow but falls off the stage. He pops back up and wanders off to find the gremlins or anyone else who wants booze.

    When he arrives at the grymlan pavilion he goes off to find the closest grymlan. "Heelo Germans, I wash told I may find shome chipsh. I wan out. How shall i go on?
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    Groaning slightly, Haerthala approaches Durgadoresh. <Hello, Emperor. Congratulations on your election to the leadership of your empire. I hope we can have a discussion about the role of the Ninurtines on the Syndrome border. Hostilities between the Nephret Pact and your allies would be to nobody's benefit. We must discuss ways to prevent such an outbreak of violence if it is at all possible.>
    "Thank you for your congratulations, but they are... premature.* Nevertheless, I agree that hostilities between the Empire and the Pact are undesirable. We have no particular quarrel, any longer at least, with the Rothuun, the Church of Iteus, or Celestia Enterprises. The deployment of the Navy was not a decision taken lightly, but it was a decision I approved as a member of the Council.

    "The problem, as you have no doubt come to appreciate, is your Syndrome allies. First contact between the Empire and the Syndrome was when the Syndrome attacked, unprovoked, a sector being prepared for settlement by Imperial colonists. A subsequent attempt to agree a treaty failed because they insisted as part of their price on receiving exclusive rights over at least one sector in which the Empire or the Republic had already invested resources, and in which the Syndrome had invested nothing. The Syndrome's expansion has been exclusively rimward, either towards the Empire or the Republic, or between us and our other friends and allies, as if with the intention of cutting us off. It is hard to interpret as anything other than aggressive.

    "Of course," he continued, "I am sure they see us in the same way. But what differentiates us is a question of integrity. We have witnessed their ambassadors attempting to cultivate a relationship with the Eradicators, who are not only the enemies of all civilisation but were responsible for the assassination of your own Zurtak Icehardened. And then we have the present crisis. The Syndrome was discovered to have fabricated a claim over a sector with the intention of subverting its government. When this was exposed, they lied, and continued regardless with the same policy. While this is an occasion on which this conduct has been proven, we all know it is not the first, nor the second time - and based on current events, nor is it even the last. It is indicative of a shameless duplicity which is not only unattractive, but makes them a dangerous liability, and while at least we have the advantage of being their de facto enemy I would suggest that as their de jure friend, you are rather more vulnerable to betrayal.

    "Consequently there is a substantial lobby in favour of... what I might euphemistically term 'taking the necessary action to reduce the threat to acceptable levels'. I believe it should be a last resort, but it is also difficult to see a viable long-term alternative."


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    A wandering messenger appears!

    The earth trembles as a large walker trundles down the path. A glowing image of the letters "OwO" are projected from the front faceplate while a Grymlan lady stands on top of the machine with a megaphone.

    "Advance-Integrated-Dynamics!" The Grymlan yelled through her megaphone. "Meet-seek the future-time now! Go-go to Combine Pavilion to seek-learn more!"

    "OwO! Bwinging peopwe togethew fwom acwoss the gawaxy!" The speakers from the mech announced, "See fow youwsewf at the Combine Paviwion. Twy out ouw sociaw media app UwU, and put the you-you in OwO!"

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    "Chips?" Chip Dustypaw asked quizzically. He wasn't sure if the alien was coming onto him or was holding some perceived grudge to judge from the alien's inebriated demeanor it was probably the former rather than the latter Oh, how do I talk-let him down-down softly? "Um.. no-no chip here." He hazard, maybe that would be enough.

    Lyrae
    "Ah, sweet-bites." Flash said as he picked up a few of the biscuits and nibbled on one, "Jeejee like-liked these, I see-know why."

    "Lady Mish Lyrae," Narya said as Flash chewed on a biscuit,"while the combine is willing to help find your killer our resources are currently stretched thin to begin with."

    "Yes-yes," Flash nodded as he dusted some crumbs off his faux-fur vest. "Our current resources are pledge-tied to big-project in Dreg-Isles. When craft-finished will deal-deal with Anull bad-types nearby. Likely same-same ones tied with your death. If we friendly-help it needs-be something focus-precise, a look-see for example."

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    Ninurtines:

    <The Syndrome are our allies. We do not view them as aggressive, unlike the Ninurtine, who are at this moment making aggressive overtures toward our allies. We have warned them against any sort of aggressive actions against you; however we will not condone you, or anybody else, attacking their sovereign territory.>

    Proxos and the Brewmaster:

    Ty-Rone leaps up onto the table to address Proxos' poem, then stops suddenly as the Brewmaster starts his "song". He stares, confused, and glances at the Lyraen to see his reaction. The angry light falls from his eyes as he speaks to the Brewmaster.

    Interesting um... performance, sir. May I ask about your purpose in coming to this event?
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    Proxos had braced himself for Ty-Rone's response, but no one expects the Spanish Inquisition Brewmaster! He stands in not-quite-stunned but at least bemused silence as the man goes on his rambling recitation. When he is done, her throws up his paws and clambers down off the table. "Well! There is no way I can top that," he declares, huffing. He offers the Brewmaster a paw to help pull him to his feet. "Well done, sir! Well done indeed."

    After a moment of shaking the intruder's hand, he pauses and looks back to the table. "I think my work is done here," he says, "Perhaps those 'hired' judges can handle the rest." He puts a paw to the side of his mouth and leans down to stage-whisper to Ty-Rone, "Amateurs, the lot of them, but what can you expect from critics under a century old?"

    He puts a paw to his ear and says, "Alright, you can let them out of the closet now."

    ====

    Lyrae leans in and down towards the two of them. Though she is not particularly tall for a Lyraen, she is taller than her two visitors. Light bends around and away from her, casting the room into dimness bordering on darkness. Quietly, softly, she says, "You suspect the Anull, then?" She studies the two of them and nods. "Good." She lays a paw on Flash's shoulder. "Destroy them entirely. Do not leave even the ashes."

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    The Poetry Slam

    "*hic* Thish event? Oh *hic* you mean dissh tinggy? I jusht came to shellabrate my victory over the Conclave. I alsho am looking for chipsh. I heard that the Germans have chipsh! Can you direct me to the Germans?"
    He then turned to the Lyrean "Why thank you. You are truley too kind. Would you care fer a drink?" He reaches into the pocket of his trench coat and pulls out a fancy bottle. It is made of a geep green glass and it is intricately carved with beautiful scenes of mountains and canyons. The top is sealed in Giant Space Bee wax which is flecked with gold. The Antillians may be drunkards but they sure as hell can brew up something nice. He hands the Lyrean the bottle. He then reaches into his other pocket and pulls out 3 shot glasses and a bottle of his mystery brew. He looks at both Ty-roan and Proxos. "Want to try shome of dissh shtuff?" He offers them the drinks.


    The Germans

    The Brew Masters face falls. "Oh" he says sadly. He slumps down and sits on the ground. He reaches into his coat and pours himself a drink and downs it in one motion. He fishes out a second glass and looks at the German. "Would you like a drink, mishter German?"
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    Prime Minister Khyran stepped foot on an alien world for the first time and sighed. It wasn't so different to be overwhelming. Eladia had often seemed wholly overwhelmed by her responsibilities, leading the Assembly into debt with dubious partnerships and failing to make allies of any kind. Until she fell in love. The notion was so preposterous that Khyran glanced around nervously as though worried that he too might be ambushed by love. He shrugged off his reserve, his blue lined cloak shimmering silver with the movement. His surroundings did little to ease his concerns but he busied himself in directing his cadre in erecting their pavilion. The chore done and deciding he could delay his diplomatic debut no longer, Khyran strode off purposefully into a direction. He could at least appear confident.

    "Aha." His satisfaction in happening upon one of the pavilions he was looking for was audible. he entered The Union's space.

    "I am looking for General Secretary Jerry Gates." His accent had a musical lilting quality to it as he enunciated the unfamiliar name carefully.

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    Prime Minister Khyran sought out the representative from the Warden at World's End. He might have thought the name a bit self-aggrandizing were it not for the fact that they were currently entrenched in a struggle with an AI from beyond who were bent on the entire galaxy's destruction. He found the WWE pavilion quiet but for a feathered bear observing him from the shadows.

    "Antich Heaventreader?" He forgot his niceties in his surprise.

    "Forgive me but I have... much to discuss with you." He failed to introduce himself but the blue uniform beneath the flowing white cloak, long silky platinum hair and slightly glowing blue eyes could only mark him as an Alysian.
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    Proxos

    Magnanimous, magnificent, MUSCULAR, HOT, worry not SPACE KING accepts all praise. And if it's not praise, well I got a guy for that. were you interested in anything in particular or do ya wanna ARM WRASLE.


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    SPACE KING actually came here with a mission, no it wasn't to buy knicks or knacks, but to speak with a robot about a robot problem. After a few minutes of looking the group come across what appeared to be a deceased tree surrounded by a group of Duenem. The closer the squad gets to the pavilion the more, unnatural it seemed. The yellow vines, the drab browns, the scheme seemed almost comically uninviting, never the less they persisted. In a bid to break the ice SPACE KING launched himself at the ambassador hugging the spiderbot, nearly lifting him to eye level.

    MINT CONDITIONER, its so nice to see you. NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR, did I ever tell you you smelled MINTY FRESH. SPACE KING proceeded to put he robot down before taking some paperwork from Dio. He proceeded to make a show of scanning it before balling it up and tossing it to the side, to be wordlessly caught by Christie. Commissioner, a version of the same known as v0.05 has been gallivanting in our backyard for too long. I thought that the Rothun would be able to handle it, but it doesn't take a gym NOVICE to see that their BICEPS are clearly lacking. I ain't here to be a SPACE JANITOR but I got to clean up this mechanical menace. SPACE KING pauses, remembering his audience, Sorry if that's ROBOT RACIST.
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    The Poetry Slam

    "*hic* Thish event? Oh *hic* you mean dissh tinggy? I jusht came to shellabrate my victory over the Conclave. I alsho am looking for chipsh. I heard that the Germans have chipsh! Can you direct me to the Germans?"
    He then turned to the Lyrean "Why thank you. You are truley too kind. Would you care fer a drink?" He reaches into the pocket of his trench coat and pulls out a fancy bottle. It is made of a geep green glass and it is intricately carved with beautiful scenes of mountains and canyons. The top is sealed in Giant Space Bee wax which is flecked with gold. The Antillians may be drunkards but they sure as hell can brew up something nice. He hands the Lyrean the bottle. He then reaches into his other pocket and pulls out 3 shot glasses and a bottle of his mystery brew. He looks at both Ty-roan and Proxos. "Want to try shome of dissh shtuff?" He offers them the drinks.
    Proxos glances at the fourth wall to see how it's structural integrity was doing. It sags a little bit under his scrutiny, cracks appearing along the base. He takes in a sharp breath. Time to lampshade! "Germans?" he says with a chuckle, "Can't say I...oh! You mean the furry ones with the long, bushy tails. Yes, I do in fact know where they are. In fact, I have a gift for them myself."

    He examines the bottle and nods approvingly. "Yes. Yes, I think I do. Shall we open it?"

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    Proxos

    Magnanimous, magnificent, MUSCULAR, HOT, worry not SPACE KING accepts all praise. And if it's not praise, well I got a guy for that. were you interested in anything in particular or do ya wanna ARM WRASLE.
    "Arm Wrestle?!" Proxos lets out a chortling guffaw. "That is a contest I already know the answer to. However, I heard that you were a military leader of unparalleled skill and intellect." He puts a paw to his chest. "I'm something of a dabbler myself, you know. And so, oh King of Space, I would like to wrestle...your mind!"

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    Lyraean Pavilion

    "Very well." That is understandable, if unusual to the Syndrome. "Do you have other concerns I should be aware of?"

    Poetry Slam

    The turquoise colored representative of the Syndrome, Teal-White-Eyes, floats into the room riding the gravitic distortions from her kadmium implants. She hovers to the podium and loosens her wing casings before beginning. Her natural speech is a droning, melodious buzz, but the translator helpfully reveals the words. "The ocean of death.
    Shadowed depths beneath endless breadth.
    What lies on the far shore?
    Those who leave come back no more.
    This song I sing in memory.
    Of those who left before me.
    Those I'll join when my time comes.
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    Prime Minister Khyran sought out the representative from the Warden at World's End. He might have thought the name a bit self-aggrandizing were it not for the fact that they were currently entrenched in a struggle with an AI from beyond who were bent on the entire galaxy's destruction. He found the WWE pavilion quiet but for a feathered bear observing him from the shadows.

    "Antich Heaventreader?" He forgot his niceties in his surprise.

    "Forgive me but I have... much to discuss with you." He failed to introduce himself but the blue uniform beneath the flowing white cloak, long silky platinum hair and slightly glowing blue eyes could only mark him as an Alysian.
    The Hearthling stared at the strange, elegant, and alien man for a moment. From the shadows the pools of its eyes reflected the hints of sunlight like drops of honey on a fresh morning meadow or the glint of gold in a dark dank cave. The strange admixture of hooting and growling that emanated from its throat was low and reserved. Filled with confusion and appraisal as equally as weary resignation. The Warden glanced over to a corner in the obscured pavillion of assorted shadowed livery and then slowly ambled forward towards the light until fully exposed. They were off white of fur and feather, fluffy puffed up beyond the normal bulk expected of a hearthling, and with two pronounced pointed ears sticking up. Mottled dusky grey flitted between its eggshell and creamy white coloration with a patch of particularly packed feathers forming a bushy mound resembling a moustache around its beak. Dressed in modified army fatigues for the creatures bulk the Hearthling was unarmed though it was a foolish thougt to think it so with its great claws folded expertly together.

    "No, my master left me to tend to our makeshift bonfire while he spoke with delegates from The One. I am Shiv-Pa, Spark of Master Heaventreader," She looked over the Alysian with scrunching sharp brows, shrewd appraisal evident on her face, and her face ruffled with a stray thought of consternation "I recognize your people but not your face. Who wishes to speak with the Chief Deputy Warden?"

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    The Hearthling stared at the strange, elegant, and alien man for a moment. From the shadows the pools of its eyes reflected the hints of sunlight like drops of honey on a fresh morning meadow or the glint of gold in a dark dank cave. The strange admixture of hooting and growling that emanated from its throat was low and reserved. Filled with confusion and appraisal as equally as weary resignation. The Warden glanced over to a corner in the obscured pavillion of assorted shadowed livery and then slowly ambled forward towards the light until fully exposed. They were off white of fur and feather, fluffy puffed up beyond the normal bulk expected of a hearthling, and with two pronounced pointed ears sticking up. Mottled dusky grey flitted between its eggshell and creamy white coloration with a patch of particularly packed feathers forming a bushy mound resembling a moustache around its beak. Dressed in modified army fatigues for the creatures bulk the Hearthling was unarmed though it was a foolish thougt to think it so with its great claws folded expertly together.

    "No, my master left me to tend to our makeshift bonfire while he spoke with delegates from The One. I am Shiv-Pa, Spark of Master Heaventreader," She looked over the Alysian with scrunching sharp brows, shrewd appraisal evident on her face, and her face ruffled with a stray thought of consternation "I recognize your people but not your face. Who wishes to speak with the Chief Deputy Warden?"

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    "Forgive my mistake." Khyran was only slightly embarassed about misgendering the Hearthling, he still wasn't sure how he could tell the difference.

    "I am not surprised you do not know me, this is my first foray away from Alysian Space. I am Prime Minister Khyran Rhys Evindal. Eladia's replacement."
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    "Forgive my mistake." Khyran was only slightly embarassed about misgendering the Hearthling, he still wasn't sure how he could tell the difference.

    "I am not surprised you do not know me, this is my first foray away from Alysian Space. I am Prime Minister Khyran Rhys Evindal. Eladia's replacement."


    ”It’s fine.” It wasn’t “Eladia’s replacement.... yes, I recall her wedding in Dynastinarea. It was quite the spectacle.”

    She began to prepare a cup of tea, her claws moving lightly in the process, and orchestrating the floating utensils with disciplined precision.

    ”Would you like a cup? You’re more than welcome to stay and wait if you wish. My Master shall return in time I’m sure.”
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    The Gelean pavilion was a squat bunker-like construction, a silvery dome arrayed with perforated reinforcing struts inlaid with a slightly reddish concrete that psychic viewers could hardly bring themselves to look upon closely. The entrance was an oblong security door flanked by two soldiers clad in red, bubble helms twinkling just slightly in the sunlight as they alternated watching passersby and checking their wristtops. A blue dovetailed banner depicting the starfield ensign of the Gelean Empire hung from the top of the dome to terminate over the entrance.
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    SPACE KING actually came here with a mission, no it wasn't to buy knicks or knacks, but to speak with a robot about a robot problem. After a few minutes of looking the group come across what appeared to be a deceased tree surrounded by a group of Duenem. The closer the squad gets to the pavilion the more, unnatural it seemed. The yellow vines, the drab browns, the scheme seemed almost comically uninviting, never the less they persisted. In a bid to break the ice SPACE KING launched himself at the ambassador hugging the spiderbot, nearly lifting him to eye level.

    MINT CONDITIONER, its so nice to see you. NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR, did I ever tell you you smelled MINTY FRESH. SPACE KING proceeded to put he robot down before taking some paperwork from Dio. He proceeded to make a show of scanning it before balling it up and tossing it to the side, to be wordlessly caught by Christie. Commissioner, a version of the same known as v0.05 has been gallivanting in our backyard for too long. I thought that the Rothun would be able to handle it, but it doesn't take a gym NOVICE to see that their BICEPS are clearly lacking. I ain't here to be a SPACE JANITOR but I got to clean up this mechanical menace. SPACE KING pauses, remembering his audience, Sorry if that's ROBOT RACIST.


    Conditoner Mint's diodes flickered quickly while SPACE KING held him. Radiance had told him of it's past escapades with the king, but the man wore his emotions on his sleeves so much he could probably use them as a full suit. A few of the construction Duenem emerged from the tree's branches, ready to act, but Mint held them back with a brief transmission.

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    replied Mint with his speakers. "There have been multiple mechanical threats around our space.The Same are as great a menace to us as they are to you, if not greater. We would certainly be willing to lend our support before their presence becomes a stranglehold. QUESTION," he asked, diodes beginning to flicker slightly again, "Will you be leading this attack, or will one of your associates?"


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    Jet Stability glanced down at the race track. Then glanced at it's own legs. "QUESTION," it asked the Duenem around it, "Which one of you Science Duenem forgot to inform the designers that this was a wheeled race?"

    Not a single Duen answered.

    Jet gave out an auidble mechanical buzz of sheer frustration. "Very well then, I shall have to ask the organisers whether they allow scuttling as a means of transportation. I feel flying above the track would be unsporting."
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    "Thank you for your kind words," Daregense said. "Our marriage was entirely personal, did you know? There was no diplomatic purpose. For years I thought I had done well, but now I find myself in mourning twice over - for my Emperor and for my husband.

    "Still," she said with a faint smile, "the business of state never rests, as you no doubt know, and now I have my duties as regent to perform to boot.

    "I remember the treaty well, and subject to being brought up to date I am sure it can be agreed. Given its content, however, it should probably bear the signature of an Emperor, rather than a regent. While I cannot pre-judge the election, it seems more than likely that Durgadoresh will be crowned, and since he was instrumental in preparing the first draft, I see no reason he would refuse now. If not him, though, then most likely the present Arch-Aristocrate will be crowned, and he is less predictable. His predecessor, whom I suspect you remember, was a keen supporter of mutual recognition with Droccen, but she is no longer in power, her successor is largely an unknown quantity, and I am uncomfortably aware that Ledahadden's enthusiasm for a Droccen alliance directly contributed to her death...

    "So waiting before signature would probably be necessary regardless of other considerations," she sighed. "But-" she added with a slightly mischevious smile - "it is within my power to honour the subsidiary terms of the treaty prior to agreement, and that I would be happy to do."
    Sai nodded sympathetically as Daragense spoke.

    "My marriage was also for... personal reasons." She smiled ruefully.

    "There is about our union that I would change but for the amount of years we might have together, so you have my deepest sympathies." And perhaps more children. She added silently to herself.

    "I was also sorry to hear about Ledahadden. This is the visit for condolences, it seems." She returned Daragense's sly grin.

    "That works for me, but I will also hope for Durgadoresh's victory."


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    An hour or two after the pavilion self assembles and is ready for visitors, another vessel bearing TZH credentials and IFF arrives above Martu. This time it is very much not a Tezh frame - being fairly large and and elegant rather than small and spindly or blocky. The slightly aerodynamic body has stubby sweeping wings and control surfaces, a lower-hull with bulges and rounded caps that suggest landing gear, and an upper hull that is very glossy and black as if made of a darkly shaded glass. It is likely that the hundred meter long vessel is entirely passenger seating inside with a see-through top for the viewing pleasure of the guests.

    Cleared to land, the ship makes its way to the Expo grounds and and begins to debark a mix of peoples from various backgrounds:

    First off is a rowdy gaggle of a nearly fifty mixed peoples; Lyraen, Droccen, Grymlan, among others of the maturated races and a collection of others - all inhabitants or descendants of Uanerth, where lost spacers from across the galaxy all ended up together somehow.

    Next come a contingent of Monochronoms, looking very much like a rainbow being vomited forth from the passenger vessel as each individual has mismatched colors on almost every piece of clothing. They look about curiously and cautiously, wary of being trapped by some new addiction or distraction much as they were before the Consensus expedition broke the cycle of use and violence on Gyribov.

    Stooping to clear under the door come a few of the Telluriumides from Stronoe 71Y6 - almost four meters tall and made of thick long growths of crystal. They look a bit like walking tree trunks made of stibnite; a Tezh translator frame hovers near each of them to assist in communicating with fellow attendees at the event.

    After a brief pause, a hesitant brick-shaped head peeks out from the entry port and a Stozudal patterned Tezh frame walks past and then turns to coax the very ancient robotic being forward. "Come now, it's alright - We have been designated as your Steward and none can command or lay claim to you" the Tezh soothes, reaching forward with a lower-arm hand. The droid reaches out with a primitive clasper and takes the offered appendage and then begins to come through the door.

    As the pair make their way down the gangplank there is a bit of commotion behind them - excitement and glee from a young voice. "Ugh.. FIIIINE" is heard and silence ensues until the droid and Tezh have fully departed the gangway and then suddenly a young Droccen girl bursts out of the door and throws herself against the grab rail, peering every which way in excitement.

    Her Guardian follows in a dignified hurry to keep up "Princess Mika, please do not rush off - we will find the Empress very soon, I promise. Let me check-in with her security detail and we will go greet her immediately - but please, stay here."

    The young girl turns around and glares at the Guardian with an exasperated sigh and crosses her arms "I said 'fine'.. but seriously - come on! It's been so long!" About her neck is a single modest Living Fire Gemstone, placed in an elegant metal setting "And I want to go exploring, too! Karo won't let me get into trouble, as usual." and it's unclear whether the girl is frustrated or not by this fact, given the adventures they've had already.

    A soft choral voice, speaking Droccen but with a notable Stozudal accent, pipes up from the setting around the gemstone "We haven't lost her yet, anyway." it teases the Guardian.

    As the droid and Droccen contingent make their way to the Tezh pavilion, the Monocronoms and rag-tag band from Uanerth disperse into the expo, off on their own adventures.
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    Mika Ren shooed her Guardian back as to not blow her cover. She peered around the support pillar of an unknown pavilion, eagerly searching for her mother. Her eyes widened in delight as she spied the familiar raspberry skinned Empress. She fell back so as not to expose herself too soon and placed her finger across her lips to keep Karo shushed. Sai was almost upon her before she jumped out of the shadows.

    "MOTHER!" She squealed as she accosted the Empress and fell into her mother's arms.

    "Ack!" Sai gasped with surprise, Kuro relaxed as he saw who it was.

    "You've gotten so tall!" Sai hugged her daughter close and held her out to get a good look at her and beamed with pride and pleasure.

    "Come with me, we were just about to present a gift to the Wardens. I want to hear all about what you are doing in Tezh space!" Sai put her arm around Mika Ren and steered her into the pavilion she had been hiding behind.

    "Master Heaventreader?" Sai blinked as her eyes adjusted to the dim light of the pavilion.

    "Droccen brings a gift."

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    "Ah. Of course. Dietary restrictions. Forgive me, it slipped my mind." Lyrae looks around for a suitable alternative and finds none. Everything here is some variety of sweet. With a shrug, she takes another bite of her fruit and savors the taste.

    She grimaces at the request. "Actually, we were debating about requesting your help. Given your skills in the area, I thought it would be best to bring you in instead of relying on the organizations that failed to prevent it in the first place. There were concerns about state secrets, but I doubt that we could keep anything from you if we tried."



    The cake actually comes in several different varieties, made from local fruits native to the Lyraen system as well as a few from Reeds. All are brightly colored and attractively decorated, even if they have been cut into and partially eaten at this point. Lyrae gestures towards it and a female attendant steps up to serve the Droccen Empress with whatever kind she desires.

    "Yes," Lyrae says thoughtfully, "It is an old story. Two lovers running away from their families to start a new house in a new land. But warfare in their adopted home parts them once again when he is recruited into the local lord's warband and she is left to fend for herself on the streets. Here, she is cursing her sad fate and the evil-eyed Moon."

    A tight smile crosses her face. "It was...unexpected. I will give credit where credit is due. The rebels did an excellent job of taking me by surprise."

    At the compliment, she preens a little, her tail curling a bit about her legs. "Thank you! You look ravishing as always." She beams at Sai.
    "You're really too sweet, Lyrae. Mish Lyrae?" She asked, unsure which the goddess preferred in her new form. She took a piece of exotic fruit cake and took a bite. She smiled approvingly as she chew.

    "I suppose it was a privilege to have been able to choose my own love. My youngest sister was not so lucky, though she bears her responsibility with grace." Even if she was still waiting for her new capital compound. Sai chewed guiltily.

    "It is said Proxos wishes to join you in Lyrean space?" Sai asked nonchalantly, wishing to hear more of the rumors but wanting to remain delicate.

    "Would it be a first, for two Lyrae to inhabit the same space?" She was curious to learn more of the Lyrean history, as unique as they were she didn't know much about them.
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    The Race Track

    Flash grinned as he ran his hand over the sleek exterior of the Turbo Max-Go Racer 9000. It was the culmination of Grymlan technology, impromptu test, wrecks, retrofits, redesigns, and a coffee machine that had accidentally fallen prey to the techies overzealous search for parts. "Yes-yes." he said contently as the Techie behind him was doing a final checklist, "Racer ready-go for race?"

    "Yep-yep, Max-upgrade since last big-crash." The Techie said after handing his hand computer to Flash for him to look over.

    "We fix-rig the speed-stop problem?" Flash asked as he looked over his subordinate's work.

    "No-no, Racer Max-Unstable. We stage seat-launch system with safety-shute."

    "Shiny." Flash said as he handed back the computer. To the Grymlan designing something to go fast sometimes meant had to sacrifice things such as stopping, plus ejecting out of a flaming wreck would be the coolest way to end a race.

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    <The Syndrome are our allies. We do not view them as aggressive, unlike the Ninurtine, who are at this moment making aggressive overtures toward our allies. We have warned them against any sort of aggressive actions against you; however we will not condone you, or anybody else, attacking their sovereign territory.>
    Durgadoresh sighed deeply, mostly inwardly. He had hardly expected the Rothuun to switch sides in this brief meeting, but Haerthala gave no indication that she had understood or even listened to the point he had been making.

    "Of course, they are your allies," he said, "and you would be expected to make at least a token defence of their conduct. But just because you have signed a document of alliance with them does not make them right, and it certainly does not mean that you can trust them, when they have already been shown to be untrustworthy. I wonder, did they admit to you that their claim on Q23 was a falsehood? Did they lie to you as they lied to the rest of us? Or did they merely expect the Rothuun to dishonour themselves by echoing the lie, or risk their own lives for the sake of the Syndrome's saving face? Is the unequestioning support you offer your allies reciprocated?

    "My questions are rhetorical. I would not expect you to betray any confidence. But I do hope that you and your government think on what I have said."

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    As the festival draws to a close, one of the Syndrome representatives begins seeking out Ninurtine officials in a chain of "May I speak to your superior?" Grey-All-Over is hoping to get some discussion in, before any chance for it is destroyed by war.
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    Droccen

    The shadowy pavillion of the Wardens was a simple ascetic affair. Four poles of sleek refurbished metal held up a large mound of sharp discordant metal, scrap from the battlefields they had liberated, and those brave warriors who fell before. Skewered and wound around the sharp metal were tassels, ribbons, and long strips of fabric that flitted and wafted with the still breeze. Spears of light pierced the small structure in an infrequent duel, illuminating the bright red, purple, pink, and other darker colors muddled together within the disparate materials. Simple tools, instruments, board games, and other living apparel was unpacked on small squat tables and large chairs with no legs placed beside them dominating the atmosphere.

    ”Despite my Spark referring to me as such for months now it is still an odd sound. Master. I hope I can get used to it soon.” Antich remarked from outside the pavillion, standing beside Sai and gazing in at his own structure with a visible measure of artistic criticism. He looked to the Empress with a reserved smile.

    “Empress Sai, your arrival is gift enough to be sure. The Fire Lord and I were just about to roam the grounds of this land but I can inform Vix-Tal to take our guest by himself if you wish. She seemed far more interested in this strange ritual awk-shee-on anyway. They are apparently plentiful on her homeworld of Cricalores.”
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    To the Ninurtines

    As the festival draws to a close, one of the Syndrome representatives begins seeking out Ninurtine officials in a chain of "May I speak to your superior?" Grey-All-Over is hoping to get some discussion in, before any chance for it is destroyed by war.
    Grey-All-Over is eventually admitted to a diplomatic quarter of the Imperial pavilion and led up a set of stairs into a large room. Standing by a window and looking out over the grounds of the Expo is what seems to be an old but large man, wearing a helmet with a visor covering the upper half of his face.

    "One day," he says, by way of introduction, "you catch one of your neighbours robbing you of your jewels. He returns the jewels too you and you allow him to leave without taking further action. Over the next weeks and months, there is a spate of jewel thefts. Nobody is able to identify the culprit, but your neighbour becomes richer and richer. Eventually, you again catch him robbing you of your jewels. What do you do?"

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    The shadowy pavillion of the Wardens was a simple ascetic affair. Four poles of sleek refurbished metal held up a large mound of sharp discordant metal, scrap from the battlefields they had liberated, and those brave warriors who fell before. Skewered and wound around the sharp metal were tassels, ribbons, and long strips of fabric that flitted and wafted with the still breeze. Spears of light pierced the small structure in an infrequent duel, illuminating the bright red, purple, pink, and other darker colors muddled together within the disparate materials. Simple tools, instruments, board games, and other living apparel was unpacked on small squat tables and large chairs with no legs placed beside them dominating the atmosphere.

    ”Despite my Spark referring to me as such for months now it is still an odd sound. Master. I hope I can get used to it soon.” Antich remarked from outside the pavillion, standing beside Sai and gazing in at his own structure with a visible measure of artistic criticism. He looked to the Empress with a reserved smile.

    “Empress Sai, your arrival is gift enough to be sure. The Fire Lord and I were just about to roam the grounds of this land but I can inform Vix-Tal to take our guest by himself if you wish. She seemed far more interested in this strange ritual awk-shee-on anyway. They are apparently plentiful on her homeworld of Cricalores.”
    Sai turned, surprised to hear the Master's voice coming from beside her instead of from within the pavilion. Mika Ren remained steady, the Princess had not been taken by surprise.

    "Oh forgive me, I didn't see you there." Sai's surprised turned into a warm smile.

    "It has been too long." The Empress drew close to place a kiss on each of the Warden's cheeks. Mika Ren watched warily, she wasn't sure she was the kissing type.

    "Master Heaventredder, this is my daughter, Mika Ren." The not-quite grown teenager pushed her hood back off of her head to reveal unusually dark hair for a Droccen. A gift from her father, along with the serious eyes. The rest of her features were her mother's.

    "A pleasure to meet a brave Warden, I am sure." She studied the Master of Shadows for a moment before acquiescing to custom and gave him a shallow bow. Sai smiled at her and took Antich's arm.

    "Let us wander the grounds by ourselves if Vix-Tal doesn't mind. There is much for us to discuss. I understand your space is being harried by multiple ah... "Same" factions? The notion that they have breached the Core steals my breath with fear." She led them past the various pavilions as she spoke, Mika Ren and several Guardians following closely behind.
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    What a day for a SPACE Knight!

    "Arm Wrestle?!" Proxos lets out a chortling guffaw. "That is a contest I already know the answer to. However, I heard that you were a military leader of unparalleled skill and intellect." He puts a paw to his chest. "I'm something of a dabbler myself, you know. And so, oh King of Space, I would like to wrestle...your mind!"
    Have at me then, now that I'm free of the accursed LEG DAY, I've had ample time to exercise my BRAIN MUSCLES.



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    Conditoner Mint's diodes flickered quickly while SPACE KING held him. Radiance had told him of it's past escapades with the king, but the man wore his emotions on his sleeves so much he could probably use them as a full suit. A few of the construction Duenem emerged from the tree's branches, ready to act, but Mint held them back with a brief transmission.

    "No offence taken,"
    replied Mint with his speakers. "There have been multiple mechanical threats around our space.The Same are as great a menace to us as they are to you, if not greater. We would certainly be willing to lend our support before their presence becomes a stranglehold. QUESTION," he asked, diodes beginning to flicker slightly again, "Will you be leading this attack, or will one of your associates?"
    SPACE KING backed off the Conditioner , unwilling to start another international incident, before replying puffing up his chest and striking a dynamic captain morgan pose, light reflecting off his pink robo knees. OF COURSE I'll be leading the battle. I'm the most STABLE STRATEGIC GENIUS in this corner of Axiom, trust me I checked. Worry not, ROBOYS I've got no need for this sector of space. SPACE KING has enough space to deal with, as a wise man once said "mo SPACE mo PROBLEMS." Once v0.05 is ejected it's all yours.
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