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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 ***
  • DEN assault FEL base and get wiped out
  • CIA Trade fleet caught and destroyed by the DEN
  • Krell denounce worship of the True One

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    Huge fleet skirmish at the London/Crossley wormhole

    A large fleet of over 700 DEN warships responded to the EMP action in Crossley, where a 4000 hull DEN platform was destroyed. Reports show the DEN ships caught a group of CIA ships napping and inflicted significant losses on the humans. IMP and GTT fleets moved to assist the CIA, matching DEN fleet numbers, but the arrival of over 1200 Hexamon ships seems to have tipped the battle in favour of the DEN-HEX alliance.

    The combined DEN-HEX force pushed through the wormhole into the Heartland area of human space and retaliated, attacking several CIA platforms in response. The outnumbered Empire fleets abandoned the area and fled, they are currently waiting for the larger alien force to make their next move from their hiding places.
     
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    Admiral Lord Simms killed after a long and distinguished service to the Empire.

    The Imperial Services have intercepted and serious damaged several DEN ships on the way to the Empire’s home systems. Unfortunately during the action Admiral Lord Simms was injured and reports from the Viceroy indicate he has passed away, fighting the enemies of the Empire like any true Imperial Officer.

    The Viceroy has stated that the officers and crew of the DEN ships have been captured and are now awaiting trial at a secret IMP base.

    DEN continue to strike at the Empire

    Reports are coming in of multiple engagements between the Empire and the Dewiek Elder Nation over the last week. With several battles taking out Empire ships in the Heartland of the CIA.

    AFT turn to piracy

    The Association of Free Traders have, after a long history of neutrality, turned to piracy this week. AFT Drake boarded an IND ship in the Halo periphery, killing several of the crew in the process.
    Independent trader Jarlebanke Langhofdi immediately took to the public communication channel demanding an answer to why supposedly peaceful traders had killed his crew and taken his ship.

    The AFT remain silent over the attack.
     
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    Combat Special Edition

    Since the DEN started shooting at those lovable FEL fluffballs things have certainly been heating up. So we through it would be prudent to bring you, gentle beings of the peripheries, a special edition in order to keep you updated with all the latest action in regards to who the DEN are shooting and who is shooting them.

    Felini strike back at Dewiek

    Reports have come in of the FEL striking back at the DEN in the Kallisan system. A huge FEL force supported by the IMP and CIA assaulted DEN positions taking both the platform and base called Lucien. There was much rejoicing in the FEL camp as the Felini proved they were not such lovable fluffballs after all!

    GTT get sucked into the war

    A passing fleet of GTT warships got caught in the fighting and this saw the GTT enter the war. When asked about this CEO Fox pointed out they are not warships at all, they are trade defence ships. So how they came to be in the DEN system of Kallisan is a mystery to us. But the GTT CEO was clear that they only engaged using support and defend orders to protect allies. Needless to say, the CEO commented “We found ourselves on the Dewiek Nation’s enemy lists pretty soon after.”

    Dewiek Nation attacks GTT positions in Orion Spur, breaking DOM system rules

    A fleet of DEN warships has engaged and destroyed a significant number of GTT cargo ships and escorts in the DOM system Monument. The GTT immediately took to the public channels to ask why the DOM were not doing something. In reply the DOM issued a statement to stop, which the DEN ignored.

    The DEN newssheet "The HOWL" published a completely unbiased review of the attack shortly after.

    DOM make a choice

    After the above incident and then further raiding by the DEN, taking out a few GTT cargo ships in the DOM system of Coptuv, the DOM seemed to have been faced with a choice of stopping drinking their tea and doing something or just hoping it would go away. Instead they seem to have decided to abandon the whole idea of being an active affiliation and we have since folded. The lengths some people will go to not to have their elevenses disturbed is truly staggering. We asked the DOM for a statement on their new system rules to share with our readers but have received no replies.

    DOM positions share out

    Just as we were going to press news has come in of various DOM assets being given to other affiliations or sold. Hopefully we will have more on this story in the next issue of your favorite factual newsheet. Yes, that's us at the SSS.

    *** Affiliations ***


    AFT Association of Free Traders (54) - Marion Tweedy
    CIA Combined Intelligence Agency (64) - Laton CIA
    DNA Displaced Natives Asylum (66) - DNA people
    DTR Detinus Republic (58) - Morley Decker
    DEN Dewiek Elder Nation (67) - Urd
    DOM Dominion (57) – we believe the DOM are now inactive
    FCN Falconian Republic (70) - Bacran
    FEL Felini Tyranny (49) - Juris
    FLZ Flagritz Republic (47) - Kayxaer
    FET Frontier Exploration & Trade (56) - Cu Chulainn
    GRC Gracians (13) - HG1
    GTT Galactic Trade & Transport (52) - Xavier Fox
    GCE Garcia Enterprises (4) - Neil
    HEX Hexamon (23) - Ando
    IMP Imperial Services (51) - Jack Jones
    KRL Krell (30) - Namica
    KRT Krell of the Reverence Temple (37) - Kal Torak
    KST Kastor Kastorians (12) - Kastor
    MZC Mizuchi Combine (86) - Mizuchi
    MOH Mohache (73) - Listens
    MIC Mohache Independent Commune (76) - Sleeps with Dragons
    NLF Naplian Liberation Front (38) - NLFHQ
    RIP Regularly Involved in Piracy - Githyanki
    RRH Roy Robert Holdings (39) - Roy Roberts
    SMS Stellar Mining and Smelting (53) - MikhailM
    USN Ulian Stellar Nation (34) - Oeipus Prime
    WMB Wimble Nations (25) - zz

    * Leader MAY be inactive, affiliation may be active
    ** Affiliation has no leader but this is the only known contact

    NPC / FoC: ARC, CIV, CGT, FRE, HBO, HEF, IND, ISP, JCN, MEK, MRC, PIR, PRV, TCA, TRN, KAS

    Inactive: ANT, BHD, COD, HVE, IDC, RIP, RCF, SKW, TAG

    Deceased: CAL

    *** Submission ***

    By private message to The Editor or via Mica if you prefer to remain anonymous.
     
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    New pirate threat rocks Corward Arm.

    Several large pirate ships have been spotted in outer rings of Corward systems. Reports forwarded to us at the SSS allow us to exclusively tell readers that traders should keep their wits about them when moving through these areas.

    No existing pirate menace has yet claimed ownership.

    In a possibly unrelated event one of the FET cartel members claimed nothing was happening in the outer ring of Coptov shortly afterwards. But it could be that they are still trying to catch Empire backed pirates and have nothing to do with the new sightings.
     
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    DEN continue to shoot innocents

    The Dewiek have made themselves busy shooting at the peaceful and innocent traders of the SSL. Leader of Solar Spices and Liquors Mr TOAD has been vocal pointing out that the Beast-DEN are being totally unfair. News of a go-fund-me appeal are yet to surface though.

    This office is sure that it must have provided the DEN light relief after picking on the equally defenceless Felini. Word is that the DEN faced such an uphill struggle in these recent actions they had to take up Felini inter-breeding to provide some entertainment as the battle reports were rather boring.
     
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    Return of the LiQuans

    A close associate of the Baron LiQuan has been haunting the Corewards periphery and like the old Baron it is said he has a meklan connection. It's unclear whether he obtained his meklan nanites via the CIA but there are rumours that the DEN may be helping the Liquan relative in a bid to sow discontent in the Stellar Empire. Exactly why they would start in Corewards is unclear although with DEN allies, the DOM, having strong positions both in the Sol system and the old Harcorp systems of Harlong and Coptuv they may be the linking factor.


     
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    Meklan Unleashed on Mobile Bay

    Mad Dewiek scientist Dr Kala released a number of Meklan on the busy world of Mobile Bay in the Yank system. Thousands of civilians have been killed in what is treated by DEN warlords as an amusing practical joke. Rather than take any responsibility for their affiliation’s reckless behaviour, a DEN lord rumoured to be half-meklan himself quipped he would nuke the planet whilst another merely saw it as an opportunity to test some of his greener troops in combat. Surprisingly, the KAS planetary defence force was up to the job of repelling the insidious incursion. Questions remain whether further meklan are stored elsewhere on the planet and whether anybody will challenge the Dewiek’s lack of care for the lives of innocents. Probably not, given how even the mighty IMP are now cowering from a fight with the DEN (see inside this edition).


     
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    Who is behind the AFA?

    Following the large scale holiday attack by the AFA against the FET the question of who is behind the attacks has been raised once again. What is clear is that the AFA is using ships that were transferred from the GTT to the IMP. The organisation and expertise of the operation also reduces the pool of potential candidates. Few can go from commanding a handful of broadswords to half a thousand warships and significant army logistics without a long stint in one of the more combative affiliations. With the DEN’s allies the HEX in close relations with the FET and no recent history of animosity between the aliens and FET, at least since the departure of former one-eye big-bun Norozov, it would be a bizarre turn of events if they were behind these attacks. Frankly, there’s no point dancing around it. The IMP are clearly behind the AFA. The question is what can anybody do about this move of significant Imperial resources to a black-flag agency?


     

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