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Dewiek Society

Dewiek Society

Dewiek have been likened to a cross between werewolves and the stereotypical Viking. Depending on the mood of the dewiek at the time, this could be accepted as good joke resulting in drinking and brawling or an insult, resulting in brawling and drinking.

There are rumours circulating that they are an uplifted species. By this it is supposed that a primitive species was modified, increasing cognitive functions. Suggesting such a thing to a dewiek will lead to brawling and drinking, though probably after the person making the suggestion has been eviscerated.

Dewiek, for all their technology are something of a brutal species by human accounts. This does not however in any way make them soulless or uncaring. The exact opposite is in fact true as they can detect and interpret the natural emf fields produced by neurological activity. This is not telepathy in the strictest sense, they cannot understand words or pictures, nor is it a one-way process, such as reading a sign. It requires a process referred to as the bonding, which actually alters the brain chemistry of the individual. Without the bonding they are generally aware of other dewiek and can get a rough inkling of their feelings in similar manner to reading body language. With the bond this becomes almost as clear as experience the feelings personally.


A pack can consist of hundreds or even thousands, though the latter is very rare on account of defined places within the back and the larger the pack the more elaborate the organisation of social structure leading to infighting. Two or more packs can coexist within an area and will more often do so where the nature of the pack is not territorial such as academic or industrial packs. Conflict tends to arise in urban regions where a single pack extends of all areas of society under a strong and possessive alpha. When this happens there will be rivalries with surrounding packs – though often the conflicts occur during feasts where large amounts of alcohol is consumed at gathering halls.

As has been stated, within the pack there are often personal fights allowing for the members of the pack to establish position. Where the pack is motivated through academia or some other purpose the fight can become symbolic, though not always, especially if the challenger is not particularly sociable. Often in a symbolic fight, the challenger and challenged will simply scar each other. This even extends to females.

While anyone within the pack can challenge the alpha, where the alpha is popular (not always the case), intermediate proxies may present themselves. The challenger will have to first defeat these. Where the level of difference is very high, this can often be to the death, though challenges of this nature are very rare on account of the slim chance of them succeeding.

Challenges are always fought with natural weapons and are a measure of skill, prowess and vitality and should be fought with ferocity if the challenged is to gain the empathic backing of his pack. Following a successful challenge, the pack bond will shift to the new alpha. This may even occur before the fight is over if the entire pack is present. Generally speaking the loser will also accept the new alpha though if this is likely to cause a serious conflict of interest, the loser will be ejected from the pack and under extreme conditions the successful challenger will eviscerate the loser.

Stories about alphas that have been ejected from the pack, only to return and retake control are common in dewiek history. These stories are always associated with an alpha that has been deposed through a dodgy tactic such as being challenged while injured. While the vast majority of these are associated with planetside packs, i.e. civilians, there are cases where evicted alphas have turned to privateering or some other illicit activity before seeking their revenge.

Daily Routine
Whatever job occupies a dewiek during the day, at night they feast communally. This often involves eating meat, generally off the bone and often slaughtered at the beginning of the feast, though on ships they will rely on preserved meat. While carnivores they will consume vegetables, though these are purely digestives. They will also drink alcoholic beverages. Dewiek alcohol tends to be weak, rarely more than 2% allowing them to consume large quantities – often more than ten litres of an evening. By the end of a feast there will be some form of physical activity – often simple wrestling though cuts and bruises are considered compulsory. Children are encouraged to get involved and this forms part of their integration into the hierarchy of the pack.

Call of the Wild
Within ‘civilised’ society the typical dewiek is only exposed to the bond from his pack. This can be quite stifling for the individual. From time to time therefore a dewiek will feel the call of the wind. When this happens they will go lone-wolf, hunting by themselves or with just a few from their pack. This invariably means stripping down to the bare necessities – often little more than transport to the middle of a wilderness where the individual or group of packmates hunt and otherwise live off the land for a few weeks. Returning to civilisation can be a challenge and more than one dewiek has become feral – refusing to return.

Feral dewiek have to be dealt with as the larger the feral pack grows the greater their ability to bond with those they encounter and the harder it is for the individuals to give up their new bond and return to their original pack.



Cultural Differences
While the above refers to typical dewiek culture, there are many exceptions, often due to the influence of alien species. There is often some degree of adoption such as lessening of the bond between members of the pack or use of combat techniques that eschew traditional values. Other adaptations come with territory such as packs that deal largely with raising cattle for shipping to urban markets. Urban inter-pack rivalries may for example use weaponry, often adornments to armour - another feature that is non-traditional.

Relating to other Species
The dewiek are fiercely proud of their heritage and species though their natural empathy between pack members causes them to project onto other species their personal values. They will however treat other species fairly (by their own standards) and have been known to venerate individuals on their own merit irrespective of their opinion of the individual’s species.

Crime and punishment
While their society is often brutal, they are rarely, if ever intentionally cruel. They will eviscerate somebody or banish a pack member, they will rarely imprison somebody, preferring the short sharp shock (including execution) over long-term confinement. They have been known to use prison planets, were the transgressor is simply dumped on an unsettled biosphere. A dewiek returning from banishment to exact revenge and then successfully re-integrating into society is a popular story.



 
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***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Wimbles Crisis Solved ***

The Wimble Crisis of 217 has come to an end with the human Baron making way to the wimble Grandfather Paden Mastaak. Celebrations were held in Wimbledon upon the news with crack teams of Wimble security staff guarding all the pies.

It’s unclear how long the Wimbles will enjoy this new era of peace and self-determination.

Vocal Wimble Dinasha, one of Paden’s early backers, has chosen this precarious moment to bait Dewiek, Flagritz and humans who were initially disposed to be friendly to the new administration. Whilst the Wimbles' history with the former-slave-loving Flagritz could be understood, their animosity towards the Dewiek and humans was more mysterious. One insider alluded to a rise in the number of cases of foot-and-mouth across the herd as being a likely cause.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Storm in a Teacup *** Yahn Bares All * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door ***

The stargates are closed! Reports from multiple sources indicate at least three of the stargates, all within Dewiek controlled systems, have been closed.

Two different sources have indicated that the TCA have been spotted recently in a number of systems and may be behind this turn of events. A scan sent to the SSS indicated eight TCA ships were recently spotted first in the Faery system and later near the Kasmer stargate.

Another source, suspiciously put the blame on the ARC, suggesting the ARC and DEN were working together because they “need to trap [the TCA] and try and finish them off after the DEN bodged their operation to protect the ARC while they incinerated the MEK homeworld, which ended up with several ARC ships being destroyed and the job only being half done."

However, with no public statement from the Dewiek themselves, its hard to know whether these rumours are reliable.

Lord Igor of the Dominion and Erasmus Andersen of the Garcia Family both offered public apologies at the delay in meeting their trade commitments because of the recent closures. The not-so-subtle subtext being that someone will pay with blood for this interference in their business. Or at least with a stealthy price rise.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Wimble Civil Strife * Who Sniffs the Sniffers? * Largin’ It * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Videtis quantum scelus contra rem publicam vobis nuntiatum sit? ***

The Flagritz Empire is no more! The Flagritz Republic is reborn! Quick on the heel of the collapse of the Empire, the Fessin caste declared a new era of foreign and economic policy with a rapid withdrawal behind the Black Gate.

The new ecologically-friendly Prime Minister Kayxaer, asked for patience as “economic” reforms were undertaken. It remains to be seen whether there will be any price to pay for the dramatic changes being made by the reclusive Flagritzi or whether it will all be sunshine and rainbows going forward.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Large at Large * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Bravo for Freedom ***

Naplian Forces have attacked three human pirate outposts in the Morroglyph system. A spokesperson for Naplia HQ told the press that the plucky duct-tape loving free people would continue their war against slavers and pirates in their home periphery.

One salty Naplian libertarian told the SSS, “The people of the Naplian Home Periphery are sick and tired of human criminals coming here just because their homeworld is an overcrowded hell. It’s time for them to go back home.”

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Igor of Fang and Horns * Admiral Loves Dick Turpin * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

.What is It?
..a wOrmhOle?.
…No.. worse..
….the KANG singularity!…
…..It pulls us IN…..
……lOOks sO familiar……
…….yet so strange…….
……..what is……..
………that?……..

*** Flagritz Liberalise Economy ***

In good news for all the galaxy the Flagritzi have vowed to liberate all slaves across their Empire. Furthermore, the hectapods have given up eating other sentient species; taking up a strict diet of veganism and soy chai lattes. Sales of turtle neck sweaters and Forbidden Fruit laptops have skyrocketed.

The news was cautiously welcomed by the benevolent Felini Tyranny who looked forward to reducing the War phase of their daily Nap-Lick-Nap-War-Nap-Eat-Sleep cycle to a perfunctory forty winks.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Baron Womble * A Short History of the DPP * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Empire Strikes: Solo ***

A massive fleet of some 1600 warships, including large numbers of super-heavy capital 300 and 400 hullers, attacked the DEN in the Solo system, catching them with their metaphorical pants down. The DEN gate platform and some two hundred DEN freighters were subject to antimatter missiles amongst other high tech ordinance.

Jack the lad, Viceroy of the Empire, claimed a victory for freedom and the Imperial (right of) way leaving the sullen Dewiek unusually unresponsive.

With DOM platforms firing on CIA ships, will the IMP now demand the DOM add them to the Do Not Fire lists as well? And what exactly is the nature of the DOM and DEN alliance in light of the sustained attack from the Empire? And will the DEN’s alien friends stand idly by as the Empire fleet camps in the vital gate system of Solo? How will the DEN retaliate for this action or are they ready to roll over and have their bellies rubbed?

All this remains unknown. All that is certain is the “feel good” factor across the DTR has increased, with citizens reassured that for some time yet, they may continue in their slumber with the easy assurance that their number is not coming up anytime soon.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * New BHD Guy * DOM Statement * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** To Ur Is Dewiek ***

Dewiek forces had a hefty smackdown against the mysterious living ships known as the T’Cath (TCA). Seven adult TCA 400 hull capital ships, each firing eight of their notorious plasma cannons, were killed by a DEN and DOM fleet of some 700 ships.

Of the minimal losses suffered by the DEN / DOM, one-eyed Magnus and Nevets Motnhap of the FEL were amongst the dead.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Caribbean Congo Continues * Ur Witness Report * * Hive Briefing * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** The Long Quiet Season ***

Listen…
There’s no sound of anger or of annoyance,
There’re neither cruisers racing on the jump lanes
Nor there jump lanes for them to race on,
There’re neither monks chanting on the battlegrounds
Nor bells calling us to the True One.
There’s neither the lightning cracking of the sky
Nor the persistent Naplians pattering on my roof.
There’s no Dewiek arm in arm to admire the magnificent view
There’re no war drums to feed Human ears
Nor Hive sirens to steal the boredom away
There’s no unfamiliar wing creeping underneath the Falconian sun
Nor floods to enshroud the Aquaphid grounds
The land lies lonely out here
On this lazy summer’s day
There’s no pollution to poison the airs of Inversion
Nor forests to give them life
All I hear is the hushing sound of the wind
Assisting the sand to fall into beautiful undulations.

Whilst we’ve been away: * Operation Giantslayer * Naplian Liberation * Back in the DTTR * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Falconians Saved ***

The Imperials have cunningly saved the Falconian Republic from being consumed by the Dewiek Elder Nation and at no small cost to the DEN either. Whilst the new pro tem Consul crowed about the “victory”, all former FCN systems besides Acropolis have been taken over by the two warring Empires - Human and Flagritz.

Was it all worth it? For the IMP / GTT it clearly was, for the movement of a few hundred thousand troops is surely nothing to the cost they endured trying to and failing to knock the DEN out of Solo after the fact. The FCN now plucked off most of their navy and wider assets are a tiny nothing of their former self. The DEN may have resorted to some dirty namecalling but can the costs endured to save an enfeebled FCN have really been worth it? Time will tell.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * INDignation * FELicitous Caribbean * Nah Plan for Naplia * Mercs Trouble DEN * &etc

 

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I’ve played on and off for approximately 10 years, over a 20 year spell. After some interesting debate on the in-game forum, I did wonder what, exactly, has kept drawing me back to the game, when for so many others I’ve generally lost interest after a few months.

Ultimately, I think it is a combination of automation (that allows the game to handle thousands of positions to interact on a daily basis) coupled with Special Actions (that allow the story arc to develop in a way that could not be catered for by a set of predefined list of available orders).
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