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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 individuals 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 THE MUSICAL *****

*** Norozov, No More ***

Kantner: No more do I see the starlight caress your cyclops eye
No more feel the tender kisses we used to share
I close my fists and clearly my heart remembers
A thousand goodbyes could never put out the embers

Chulainn: Oh the power is mine now!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before
Please, come back to my arms; we belong together
Come to me; let's be sweethearts again and then let us part no more

Chulainn: Oh all the Stellars mine now!

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Kantner: No more do I feel the touch of your hand on mine
No more see the love-light making your dark eyes shine
Oh, how I wish I never had caused you sorrow
But don't ever say for us there is no tomorrow

Chulainn: Oh all the ladies mine now!

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Chorus: The power is in the eye!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before
Please, come back to my arms; we belong together
Come to me; let's be sweethearts again and then let us part no more

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Chulainn: Oh the power is mine now!

Chorus: The power is in the eye!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before.

Lanner: So, old cyclops has finally met his comeuppance
Maybe its time for a comeback

Chorus: No, no one wants you back!

Lanner: I always did like that chair of his…

Chorus: The power is in the eye!
The power is in the eye!
The power is in the eye!

Continued in this special edition of the SSS...

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** ALIEN CRIMINALS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE ***

FILTHY AND DISHONOURABLE Dewiek mercenaries have dared to attack HONEST AND HARDWORKING GTT warships in the Coptuv system.

THEY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!

The Dewiek commander’s lengthy response was appreciated by xenophile and philanthropist HQ Manager Tom Krieger but this does not change the facts.

FURTHER JUSTICE IS EXPECTED AT THE EMPEROR’S PLEASURE. LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!

Inside this issue of the SSS: * SEDITIOUS FET CHARGED * LIES OF THE FAILED REBELLION * TERRORIST PLOTS FOILED * ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE CRITICISED * &etc

 
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*** Voice of the Naplian Liberation Front ***

We are the Naplian Liberation Front. We have commandeered this station to bring you important and vital deprogramming. You are a slave of the Galactic Trouser and Tussles Imperium of Unspecified Services! We have witnessed the press ganged upon by Imperial thugs. Rounding up reporters by the thousands and throwing them in weasel dens. Mocking the Great Uncle of the Flagritz. Manufacturing consent out of a lust for imports of wheat cereals! We poor Naplians(*) are given no training and substandard equipment when preparing your nutritious breakfasts. We are sent forward by the Imperial snack commissioners with threats of triple-filing tax returns on unreasonable deadlines! Death would be preferable. We are allegedly paid a wage but have you ever tried to buy anything with just $1? Strangely none of those politicals earning $10,000 or more a week seem to care about our plight. Not to mention that the Imperials throw perfectly good meat into the grinder instead of slow cooking it in black bean sauce. They have no respect for a classic burrito! We are left grieving for young families who have never tasted quality ranch sauce. You don’t need to be a dead Naplian to know the value of a good guacamole.

* No actual Naplians included.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * GTT vs USN * GTT vs NLF * GTT vs IND * GTT vs KAS * GTT vs FET * GTT vs SSS * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Stellar Empire On Warpath ***

The newly re-united Stellar Empire continued to wage war against the Flagritz Empire to bring about galactic peace and freedom for all. The latest system to fall to the inevitable tide of history was Morroglyph in the Coreward Arm. Dewiek intransigence reached fever pitch as the FLZ facilities changed to DEN paws and subsequently became targets of Imperial truth and justice. Despite putting themselves between the past and the future, the DEN seemed to lack much will for an actual fight with Dewiek military commanders adopting “meh” as their watchword.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * GTT smacks NLF * DEN whack MRC * Slaves Liberated * FLZ Retreat * ARC in Orion Spur * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Stellar Empire Re-United ***

Celebrations were held across the vast territories of the Stellar Empire as the two-halves represented by the governments of the Imperials and Caliphate determined to unite. This followed almost inevitably from the assassination of the Caliph, a crime that has gone mysteriously unresolved. The old Caliphate ministers were ‘retired’ and at first it seemed the Imperials had managed what had alluded them for decades.

However, just as orders to claim systems for the IMP went in some places, conflicting orders to claim for the CIA came from Laton. In other systems, it seems overwhelming civilian support lies with the defunct CAL government and there are a number of CIV and CAL bases that seem to have not heeded the CIA nor IMP orders. With all the Caliphate's armaments now in the CIA’s hand and no political leadership in the old government, it seems inevitable that the civilians will be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.

A muted and cautious response from the rest of the galaxy was only to be expected given the formation of a new unrivalled superpower. The chilling effect on public discourse as the Imperial war machine taps into the substantial, if stunted, economies of the former Caliphate will surely be felt for years to come. Does this mark the 'end of history' as we know it?

More on this story inside this issue of the SSS along with: * KAS v IMP/GTT v FLZ * DEN v MRC * FOCed by IMP * BHD v DEN * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Imperials Declare War Against Flagritz ***

A declaration of war came last week after an unsatisfactory reply to Imperial ultimatums that the FLZ accept resolution of the previous war. J. Jones issued the following proclamation, "We hope this reminder will prompt them to rethink the status they removed them selves from and come back to more peaceful co-existence.” Doublegood, Viceroy, doublegood!

More on this story inside this issue of the SSS along with: * Species Guide * FEL Barter With GIants * High Times &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Orion Spur Special Edition ***

Explorers of the galaxy rejoiced as knowledge of a new periphery became common knowledge, revealing charts to forty star systems. The Orion Spur is connected to the massive Coreward Arm with rumours that the locals of the Monument system at the heart of this new periphery may have been responsible for the collapse of the HarCorp civilisation.

We have in-depth analysis and information about the new periphery inside this special issue of the SSS.

Also inside this issue of the SSS: * Naplian Liberation Front Reality Show * FLZ v FEL * Mercs in Graydown * DOM Scare Stories * &etc

 
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*** Hoedown in Graydown ***

Wimbles in the Graydown system have come under repeated attacks by mercenaries. The Wimbles having already lost two outposts have had their ships come under attack by boarders. The Wimbles are pointing a hairy finger at the GTT whilst the DEN are itching to get their paws in.

Pleasantly rotund Wolf Lord Lyceum reported the destruction of one mercenary ship, a Corsair class explorer called "Eye of the Chosen" which had earlier dropped off ground forces flying the banner of "God Hates Wimbles.” Which God and why he or she hates Wimbles has yet to be revealed. We suspect its corporation-loving Mammon.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Sargasso Update * Wakerians * Naplian Liberation Front * &etc

 

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