The Deathworlders

  • Chapter 44: Samsara

    Date Point: 15y5m4d AV High Mountain Fortress, Gao President Arthur Sartori “I get what ‘yer sayin’, Mister President…but this all seems like doin’ a mile o’ walkin’ just to cross the room.” Daar’s straightforwardness was refreshing, mostly, but right now it was combining with the rose-tinted goggles he often wore with regard to human nature to put an obstacle in their path. The two Whitecrests in the room—Champion Genshi and Father Regaari—both traded an amused look behind the Great Father’s back, but said nothing.

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  • Chapter 43: Scars Both Old and New

    Date Point: 15y5m1d AV Folctha, Cimbrean, The Far Reaches Jack Tisdale “So run this by me again. She puked on me?” They were going home. Well, not home home—Jack still had a room at his parents’ place while he saved up to put down a deposit on a place of his own, so that was home technically—but the base was home enough. Apparently the dorm rooms there were pretty much the height of luxury by barracks standards.

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  • 3 Mitzvah

    For You have been a defense for the helpless, a defense for the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a rain storm against a wall. Like heat in drought, You subdue the uproar of aliens; like heat by the shadow of a cloud, the song of the ruthless is silenced. —Isaiah 25:4-5 Date Point: 14Y 4M 2W 1D AV

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  • Chapter 42: Big Questions

    Date Point: 15y4m2w AV Hierarchy/Cabal Co-Operative, Session 17 ++0005++: Do you seriously expect this to work? ++Cynosure++: If you’re asking whether I think the argument will sway the Human leadership, then no. That wasn’t the point. But I do expect it to complicate matters for them. ++0003++: Because they are rule-bound? ++Proximal++: Because Humans are intensely moralistic creatures and, importantly, do not base their moral judgements on rational consideration. Rather, they perform post-hoc rationalization to support their snap decisions.

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  • 2 Tikkun Olam

    For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and of the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and a bulwark. —Psalm 93: 3-4 Date Point: 14Y 3M AV Office of Rabbi Uwriy Walden New York City, New York The last several months had been utterly crazy-making. Rabbi Uwriy had been a part of many concerted efforts with the Chabad over the years to provide outreach to a family or a community facing some catastrophe.

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  • 1 Tzedakah

    For He will instruct His angels in your behalf, to guard you in all your ways. They will carry you in their hands, lest you hurt your foot on a rock. You will tread upon the lion and the viper; you will trample upon the young lion and the serpent —Psalm 91 Date Point: 14Y 1W AV Jerusalem, Israel The hastily-summoned Knesset was in a low uproar. Earth’s news organizations had been able to get very little out of the tight-lipped military regarding the one question everybody wanted an answer to: what was happening to Gao?

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  • Chapter 41: Pyrophytes

    Date Point: 15y4m2w AV HCS My Other Spaceship Is The Millennium Falcon, Approaching Planet Origin, the Corti Directorate Dog Wagner Hephaestus—the Hephaestus Consortium, nowadays—was up to three ships in its fleet, and the younger two had inherited MOSITMF’s whimsical approach to naming. The HCS Put Back Together With Bits Left Over and the HCS Actually Three Smaller Ships In A Trenchcoat were bigger matter-movers than the original, but what My Other Spaceship… lacked in sheer bulk capacity she more than compensated for in speed.

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  • Chapter 40: War on Two Worlds, Part 5—Cremation

    Date Point: 14y4d AV Farthrow facility, Lavmuy, Planet Gao Lt. Col. Owen Powell “…Bloody Hellfire…” The Swarm had…run. Fled, even. Scrambled over each other to escape. Farthrow’s deep-space sensors were tracking warp signatures scattering all over the sector at hundreds of kilolights in a blind panic. Even the Hunter scouts had been stunned by the onslaught of…whatever they’d just been hit with. Their limp, drifting carcasses were easy prey for the Firebirds, which pinned them down with gravity spikes and sliced them to ribbons.

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  • Chapter 40: War on Two Worlds, Part 4—Retaliation

    Date Point: 14y3d AV High Mountain Fortress, The Northern Plains, Gao Daar, Great Father of the Gao The worst part—no, the fucked part—was that Yulna, damn her, was right. Naming him as a Great Father went so far toward fixing the damage she’d done that it went right out the other side and…shit, the way people’s minds worked, that slingshot from disgrace to unparalleled favor would probably have even more impact than just promoting him would have.

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  • Chapter 40: War on Two Worlds, Part 3—Consolidation

    Date Point: 14y2d AV Three Valleys, Amanyuy Territory, Planet Gao. Second Lieutenant (brevet) Martina Kovač “…Do us proud, lieutenant. Stainless out.” Marty sat back from the radio and let out a long, stress-filled breath. Powell’s orders had been no different than she’d expected and dreaded, but actually receiving them was a different matter. Still. Seniority wasn’t a matter for debate. Not a single able-bodied officer had checked in so far from among *Caledonia*’s command staff.

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