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Old 01-02-2024, 02:14 PM   #791
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Alabaster Tales:

A series of tales purported to have been told in the "Alabaster Palace" during the Long Night. While some of the details of it were revealed the planet of origin is not. It is said that the palace was once owned by a forgotten monarch and while part was abandoned one wing was converted to the use of passing captains as a hotel. The operating wing is described in detail as are the drinks and food there. Little is said about the rest of the palace except that it is labyrinthine and possibly haunted and little is said about the mysterious planet except that it is inhabited by barbarians and covered with impassible wilderness. The Alabaster Palace was purportedly on a stopping point of trade fleets and it's prestige was so much that the starport it sits on was named after it.

The collection includes Old Spacer's Tales, poetry, jokes, recipes and number of stories set in the Palace itself, usually of the mystery or fantastic sort all told by the familiar vehicle of putting them into the mouths of characters. Different readers naturally have different favorites and some became folkheroes. The drink and food details are realistic enough and they have been copied in many a fashionable establishment. The Palace itself has had theme establishments made on many worlds but though local copyright may apply it is in public domain in Imperial law.
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Old 01-02-2024, 02:23 PM   #792
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Infinite Cycle: a collection of tales by an unknown group of authors about transdimensional travel and intrigue between rival groups. The original writer wrote as a memoirs under what he claims to be a false identity under what he claims to have been an attempt to avoid being forcibly silenced. Other writers add to that. As with many such collections some claim them to be real and others Old Spacers Tales.


Anthony Venier: A famous philosopher, poet, author, and merchant. Born in a free trading family he grew up and spent his whole life in the free trading lifestyle. In dull moments aboard he spent his time writing on a multitude of subjects and became well-known.
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MOOD HAIR

Basically a cross between mood rings and Animae Hair. Highly fashionable in certain strata of Society. Many an ultra chic social gathering is simply closed to those without MOOD HAIR. Just have the PCs stuck with having MOOD HAIR. It could be part of their Livery for serving a high noble. It could be part of a disguise for passing in High Society. It could also be a simple necessity for negotiating contracts with certain nobles.

MOOD HAIR gives the wearer the EASY TO READ disadvantage. Anyone interacting with someone with MOOD HAIR has substantial bonuses to skills like Detect Lies.
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MOOD HAIR

Basically a cross between mood rings and Animae Hair. Highly fashionable in certain strata of Society. Many an ultra chic social gathering is simply closed to those without MOOD HAIR. Just have the PCs stuck with having MOOD HAIR. It could be part of their Livery for serving a high noble. It could be part of a disguise for passing in High Society. It could also be a simple necessity for negotiating contracts with certain nobles.

MOOD HAIR gives the wearer the EASY TO READ disadvantage. Anyone interacting with someone with MOOD HAIR has substantial bonuses to skills like Detect Lies.
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Old 01-07-2024, 10:19 PM   #795
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Equestrian Guild of Stephenshold:

The most prestigious guild for the interests of animal sports and pastimes in the Confederation of Acer. As the name indicates it specializes in racing and any other entertainment involving horses. In the Confederation a guild is not a political institution per se though it has the right to sponsor a political campaign or to lobby as does any individual or corporate body. Rather it is a mutual interest group providing such needs as education, advertising, insurance, benefits for dependants and such perks as ceremony and members only clubs and gift shops.

The Equestrian Guild's prestige is reflected by the fact that Stephenshold having been largely terraformed with an eye to inviting Aslan as military colonists contains much plains-type country fit for the breeding of hooved animals. Horses are regarded by both Humaniti and Aslan citizens as noble animals. Chiefs and Aristocrats of Stephenshold and as well as those of Yeoman and Freefolk status pay contributions for membership for themselves or their kin and an apprenticeship is highly sought after. Given Stephenshold's reason for being, Veterans and their dependents are naturally given discounts. However many of the Guild's horsemen have their career interrupted by service needs. To compensate many Stephensholders have grown up all their lives with beasts and are skillful riders before said interruption. A career in horsemanship is often sought by both Aslan and Humans for the benefit of spare children if land is not available, and sometimes even if it is. The ranking system starts as apprentice, and several ranks of journeymen up to the Council of Archons (in Aceri usage, Archon is a senior guild officer rather than a clan head as in Imperial usage; the later position is Capo Albergho formaly and semiformally whatever culture memory a clan desired to invoke). Naturally enough the Rajah of Stephenshold is Archon Basileus or honorary guildmaster. Specialties occupations are recorded after the rank, for instance Apprentice or Journeyman exercise rider and Journeyman jockey.

The Equestrian Guild is dedicated to the welfare of animals, workers, and owners. It is also dedicated to the welfare of spectators including the maintaining of fair play for handicappers. To that end copious databases are maintained and a periodical published.

Among the sports sponsored by the Guild are classic speed racing, endurance-and-orienteering, and harness racing. There is no official distinction between Human and Aslan participants but naturally the later tend to lean toward heavy mounts or harness racing, while humans by necessity have a monopoly on the lighter classes. The favorite horse breed in the light to medium classes is the Golden Appaloosa descended from a cross between Ancient North American Appoloosas and Asian steepe horses. All events are viewed by drone camera and recorded but the most notable are not publically released before a certain date to allow them to be sold at auction to concessions with a gaming license. These same events do not allow viewers to make recordings with private equipment until release date but the lack of obvious rectitude in this department is a rather fossilized joke on Stephenshold.

Stephenshold's equestrian displays have drawn tourists from far abroad. Stephenshold has also sent both horses and jockeys offworld to compete several subsectors away.
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Old 01-18-2024, 09:20 AM   #796
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I think that it is so relatively sensitive concept.
its definition seems closely tied to national culture and regime
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Old 01-20-2024, 09:32 PM   #797
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Istoioiaih:

This is a generic term for a meeting or moot. In some contexts it means merely a philosopher's club. But it has political implications. It often refers to the board of a corporation or the elders of a clan. In the later case it is seldom a body equal to the chief executive or head of state as in the human usage because of their inclination toward hierarchy and patriarchy. When an istoiiyarl has such power it is often from living close to human allies. Rather it is better described as a wittanagemot or a privy council.

One variant of this that is more decentralized is an Istoioiaihko. This is a meeting of the chiefs on a single world or in a multi-world polity or their plenipotentaries. This can be for various purposes such as settling disputes (including administering prearranged fights) or setting general policy. When Aslan share a polity with other sophants they often refer to the legislature or royal council or similar body as an "Istoioiah". For instance Caledonian Aslan refore to the House of Lords as the Istoioiahko, and the Deputies and Senate as Isotoiah Fiy and Istoiah Hahea respectively. It is to be noted that educate Aslan know both the names of such bodies in human languages and their political significance. They simply customarily translate them among themselves.

The Istoiaih of highest prestige among all Aslan is of course the Tlauku.
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Old 02-21-2024, 02:51 PM   #798
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Imperial Gendarme Corps:

These are paramilitary police raised by the Colonial office but seconded at need to the Imperial Army or to planetary forces. They are trained specially in counterinsurgency and peacekeeping duties, disaster relief, the training of provincial forces and the like. They are chiefly meant to be used on newly acquired worlds but also conduct interventions at request of planetary governments, sometimes simply to train local emergency services. Their size has waxed and waned but they are still in demand for the grey line where war, law enforcement and natural disaster cannot be distinguished from one another. Naturally given the nature of their mission they can be highly controversal but they are looked on with high respect by other services. Not always love for they are sometimes used to discipline the military service itself in stressful situations such as urban warfare in which Gendarme troops have not only been used for mopping up but for such chores as guarding captured property and prisoners, and preventing atrocities by less well-trained friendly planetary troops. There is also quite naturally a rivalry between Gendarmes and the organic military police of the Imperial Army and Navy. Gendarmes however differ from MPs in that they are intended to police an entire Area of Operations while MP's police primarily their own services. The Gendarme Corps therefore has a more elaborate organization.

The Gendarmes are organized in Divisions, Seafleets, and Airfleets. They also have cadre units for training and leading friendly colonials. For heavy weapons they are expected to depend on the army, navy, and marines for the most part (a Gendarme's job after all is to keep big guns from being fired off). However they do have light artillery and have been known to rig the construction equipment they do have as ad-hoc artillery platforms.

The template of a Gendarme will be closest to that of a Military Policeman with modifications. Engineer's are also suited as are medics; much of their job is just cleaning the mess in places where people have taken it into their heads to shoot at each other. A Gendarme on duty will potentially have high Legal Enforcement Powers-there will be times to detain first and ask questions later.

The job is intended to be flexible. One can play them as Mounty-like frontier cops, or vicious enforcers. Or somewhere in between.
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