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Felini Society

Felini Society


In the days before the arrival of the conquering Flagritz to their homeworld, the felini were primitive. Their technology was little better than Stone Age. Their culture was largely nomadic based on oral traditions though they did have a written language that they carved into rocks and trees. They built bridges, and erected seasonal settlements and occasionally feuded. Their legends were enacted in their operas. Though many non-felini can stand the long high-pitched wailing which account for the vast majority of the play the acrobatics in the final scenes are always spectacular and worth watching.

The invasion was fast and brutal. Claws and spears were no match to the advanced technology. Strafing of felini hunting parties from the air, destruction of their ancient sites and wholesale slaughter of the larger and more organised prides quickly brought the entire species to its knees.

It is estimated that more than five million felini were killed during the first year. As the apex predatory species on the world, their population was less than fifteen million at the time.


The entire species was enslaved but in order to make them useful to the Empire, they needed to work the imported machines and build the urban and industrial zones for the newly arriving Flagritz population. For this they needed educating.

As the felini became tech savvy they started underground movements, coordinated and discovered many things about the universe, especially the method by which the Flagritz arrived – a wormhole. This wormhole however opened and closed at six month intervals.

For years they prepared and millions more died at the hands of the Flagritz but eventually they were ready. When the wormhole closed, they attacked. The battle was hard won as the Flagritz used both biological agents and nuclear weapons in a desperate bit to turn the tide. In many places the felini refused to revolt. It is now thought that in these locations integrator caste/peace factions controlled the slave populations and as such the populations were better (if not well) treated despite being always under threat of what might happen. Even now there are many that believe that a peaceful liberation may have been possible and the ecological destruction of the world could have been averted.

By the time the wormhole was again open, the felini had control of starbases on the world and even a few outposts off-world. During the next few years the fighting was brutal though the felini gained the upper hand simply due to numbers and access to resources.

It is thought that the Flagritz attempted to open an artificial wormhole directly from their homeworld in order to bring in an armada and their vast army though something went wrong. Both the armada and army of Flagritz Empire was largely destroyed along with a fair chunk of the Flagritz homeworld.

After this the felini spent years rooting out and executing every last Flagritz from their home system.

Post Emancipation
While there were a few proponents of returning to the old culture it was never seriously going to happen on their homeworld or for that matter any other. Education and technology forced onto the felini had become a way of life. They could no longer return to their nomadic, hunter-gatherer life style. They relied on transport, industry, medicine and cultivation too heavily to give it up (also reflected in their increased longevity and birthrate). The world could no longer support their population. Most of the native fauna had been killed in the war and the world was a wasteland. The felini lived in urban environments, supplemented their previously meat diet with ever increasing amounts of vegetables and grains and alcohol consumption had for many become a way of life. For better or worse, the felini way of life was changed forever.

Matriarchy
Society is based on a dominant male and his extended harem. This may be because females outnumber males by around six to one by the time they reach adulthood, though in childhood they the ratio is closer to three to one. What happens to the males? Females live more than three times as long as males and can recover from damage that would permanently cripple a male. A crippled male will invariably undertake voluntary euthanasia. Females, though only taking one partner at a time and then generally until death, may well, over their lives produce cubs from three or more fathers.

Cubs are raised by the extended family though by the age of ten have largely reached maturity at which time they tend to move away to complete their education or learn a profession. It is around this time that males form their large groups and gang fights are quite common both within cities and out in the wilderness. This accounts for a lot of deaths amongst the male population. Living fast and dying young is a way of life for the felini. Few males live beyond thirty years and rarely ever enter academic professions. There have been historical exceptions with a few notable venerable professors. In these cases though it has been noted that they have been smaller than average and never established a harem.

Upon the death of the dominant male, the harem will generally split. Quite often there is a period of negotiation between the females of other harems as to where they go though new males will invariably make themselves known (sometimes even before the old male has died).

Opera
One of the few aspects of their ancient culture to survive the transition to their current way of life is their appetite for live drama in the form of operas. They have little time for media as entertainment, even media presented using cutting edge virtual reality. Only on distant worlds with small felini populations will a media substitute be tolerated.



The Clans
The operas combine oral tradition of storytelling though heavily embellished to the point determining the slither of truth from the fantasy is a practically impossible. There are long drawn-out acts where the prima donna (they are always full female cast) can take the stage for more than an hour. Highly edited versions can be found for aliens on multi-special worlds. These are rarely more than the acrobatic scenes and a few voice-over explanations as to how the plot arrived there. They rarely make a lot of sense to non-felini.

The first felini encountered by the rest of the Peripheries (with the exception of the Flagritz) were called the Clans. These were encountered in the Cluster Periphery. They were technologically advanced and had a history that revealed their ancestors had some centuries ago been removed from their primitive homeworld and uplifted. There are a few unsubstantiated stories relating to their use as troops for the uplifting alien abductors. The war that destroyed the Dewiek Nation is thought to be instrumental in their history, leading to their free will to determine their own fate.

The Clans and the Felini have differing cultures in many areas, though from an outsider’s perspective they can appear similar. The most notable distinction is the role of the male. Males within the Clans live on average more than a decade longer than those from the homeworld – something both cultures are proud of for very different reasons. The males in the Clans also play a greater role in civilian government and technology.




 
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  Star Date: 221.22.5

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RAGNAROK BECKONS

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Assault on End Game

The ancient Architects have declared war on the Dewiek Elder Nation. The first sign of the conflict was subspace transmissions in a remote system in the Pocket Periphery. This followed reports that the ancient Ragnarok shipyards on Beacon were malfunctioning. In response, the Wolf Mother sent urgent orders to several Dewiek scout ships to patrol the End Game system.

The Konungr Smidamadr was the first to encounter the gigantic, “Planet Killer” class ARC ships. Measuring in at thirty-two hundred heavy hulls and armed with a hundred ARC plasma weapons, the ship was more like a mobile armed platform. It is certainly the largest vessel ever recorded. The scout ship was vaporised instantly.

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ARC Planet Killer dwarves largest DEN warships

 
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  Star Date: 221.11.4

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Caste Apart

The Flagritz Republic is (very nearly) no more. In its place, a single Hexamon and Flagritz power has arisen. The new Collective has absorbed much of the Flagritz holdings with only a handful of Clique-caste Flagritz systems choosing instead to align with the other Elder species, the Dewiek.

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Flagritz and Hexamon Hybrids - A hope for the Future?

 
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  Star Date: 221.3.3

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Meklanmania

Meklan scout ships continue to be seen around the Orion Spur periphery. These cyborg creatures in service of hidden ancient masters appear to be terrorising the Wimble Nation in particular. Despite public lamentations against the hardship of defending themselves, the Wimble leadership have not yet responded to our request for comment.

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Artist's impression of a Meklanised Wimble

However, Xavier Fox, CEO of Galactic Transport and Trade, did give us the following statement:

“We have engaged several Meklan ships, although currently the source has not been identified. GTT Directors have been running patrols and have engaged and destroyed numerous ships that have attacked outlying outposts belonging to different affiliations. The pattern of ships encountered leads us to believe there is a central source, but until that is found we would suggest any affiliation with assets in the area provide adequate defences.”

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Doomsday On Pause

At the site of the Thete anomaly, the Dewiek Nation has sent media sensation Sharon Aleman to the scene. Aleman, whose cybernetic enhancements allow her to directly interface with her ship’s sensor array, led her hardened crew into a dive of the outermost “edge” of the anomaly. After spending several days collecting and analysing data (mere minutes to the rest of us outside the anomaly), Aleman reported her shocking discoveries.

 
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  Star Date: 220.50.5

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Veil Lifted on Flagritz Home Space

As the Hellcadium ISR field continues to fluctuate, one of the newly exposed systems is Junista inside the previously hidden and inaccessible home periphery of the Flagritz Republic.

Over the past few weeks Flagritz Republic patrols and platforms have dealt with a number of scout ships from the Human Empire as the IMP wasted no time in exploiting this opportunity to poke around in their old enemy’s backyard. It is understood that at least one of these unarmed scouts was destroyed with no one willing to estimate how many more might be buzzing around.

Coincidentally, suspected IMP lackey, SSL TOAD, has also been overheard showing an obsessive interest in the Flagritz periphery. However, we have received no reports of this being anything other than his usual drug-fueled, barely decipherable mutterings at this stage.

Either way, this sudden, uninvited interest in the Flagritz Periphery has left the FLZ leadership muttering darkly about appropriate measures being taken. Defensive fleets and supporting structures are being deployed in the Junista system and beyond in expectation of further uninvited guests.

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When You stare into the Flagritz Periphery...

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Thete's Timey-Wimey Tease

Investigation into the Thete anomaly continued in the Dewiek Pocket Periphery. The anomaly was scanned from all angles by a number of the Dewiek Nation’s best sensor ships and officers. The data, collected over several weeks, was sent to one of the DEN’s most advanced scientific laboratories for analysis.

What they found will shock you!

 
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  Star Date: 220.45.1

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Perfidion Reached

Long speculated by theoretical Stellar Cartographers, Perfidion Reach finally opened in the last few weeks. Immediately, the Detinus Republic boldly staked a claim on the first accessible system, Hellcadium. Only time will tell the true value of this strategic move but their much-taunted bureaucracy may have finally proved its worth.

Early reports from scans of the system reveal a wildly fluctuating ISR field. Rumours suggest that at least one ship was destroyed as it was forced into an asteroid belt chasing a stable jump field attempting to exit the system. Casual travellers are warned away from the system at this time for their own safety. Leave it to skilled explorers and navigation officers.

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Mathematical model of Hellcadium ISR Field.

We spoke to Captain Zakiyah Ummahi via subspace link. Zakiyah led the first DEN expedition into the Perfidion Reach. "Spirits remain high but this is largely down to the extended R&R we were all forced to take immediately prior to jumping into this hole. Initial scouting reports show at least one planet with plenty of forests and grasslands which might help if we're going to be stuck here for Folkvar knows how long waiting for this damned ISR field to stabilise."

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Valhalla Stargate Reopens

Dewiek engineers and scientists have finally managed to re-enable Stargate Valgrind this week and the protective Exclusion Zone is to be lifted. If DEN investigators discovered who caused the gate to malfunction, or why, they were not willing to share it with us. Military sources, however, have announced a project to provide a significant boost to the already formidable defence platform in the stargate’s orbit.

 
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*** Inter Galactic News ***

Empire - DEN action grinds to a halt

After months of tension relations between the Empire and the Dewiek Nation, which rose to several large scale fleet actions ending in the DEN losing over 60 Direwolf warships in Solo, things appear to have moved from antagonistic to unfriendly. With the Solo system being a particular issue an agreement has been reached between the Wolf Mother of the DEN and Xavier Fox of the GTT. Since this things have become very quiet, not just because the shooting has stopped, but also because my reporters have been on their summer holidays.
 
News For Discerning Naplians!
---- Special Galactic Edition ----



(The Host sits at his desk as the studio lights dim, and a single spotlight bathes him in light. He looks straight into the camera and begins to speak: )

Host: Naambta!
Good Greetings, and welcome to the show.

This is News for Discerning Naplians, and i’m sure you are all showing much impatience to see this week’s Panel Discussion. We will be discussing religion with the Lady Ghadir of the Temple of Ya Zoon, renowned neo-naplian spiritualist Chairman TonTon, and a very special guest from our imperial neighbours, Bishop Samantha Porteus of the Brotherhood. But before we get to that...

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... it is time for a word from our sponsor.
 
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Welcome to the latest version of ESNN, giving the news and views from the ESNN's reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, making this the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe from our new home in the Heartland,

And so with the news from the last few weeks,
 
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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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