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Falconians

The Falconians are a race of large winged, bipedal, endothermic (warm-blooded), vertebrate sentients that lay eggs and exhibit sexual dimorphism, having an aggressive male and social female gender. Therefore, to most Terran scientists they are a type of "bird people" and often classified together with other sentients with the same characteristics who have no genetic ties to the naturally evolved species of Falconia.

The primary distinction within the Falconians lies between the native clans and the outcast noble houses. The former are insular, traditionalist, territorial and xenophobic whereas the latter are inquisitive, mercantile, tolerant of other cultures and species and highly adaptive to alien environments.

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Ecology  [Recruit]

There are hundreds of distinctive sub-species of Falconians inhabitating every type of terrain from the top of the mountains through the lush forests, deep in the equatorial jungle, up into the arctic tundra and even more in the cultivated hunting grounds of the clans themselves.

Falconians categorize themselves into clans and houses based on the primary physical characteristics of size, feathers, plummage and scales. There is a great variety in all four axis with most flocks (clans / houses) having certain characteristics that distinguishes them from others. For example, Ravens are small (3'-5') and black feathered whereas Magpies are equally small but have black and white feathers whilst Peacocks are notable for their colorful plummage.

Whilst all subspecies can interbreed and do so, the fate of the young is often determined by whether they fit within a flock's distinctive look. More civilized clans and most noble houses, will simply exile chicklets who do not whilst more barbaric clans and notably the Vulture house are known to kill and even eat the young of other clans who turn up in their aviaries.

All Falconians are carnivorous hunters who prey primarily on small mammals or lesser, non-sentient birds. Many traditionalists will only hunt in the wild forests, tundra or jungles whilst the cultivated regions of the homeworld are home to a large range of wild animals where regular hunting occurs by more modern clans. Such territory is jealously guarded by each clan but with the migratory nature of some clans this often results in long lasting fueds and wars that stretch across generations.

Culture  [Recruit]

All Falconians organize in flocks, whether that is native clans or noble houses, who are made of Falconians of similar parenting or physical appearance, a shared outlook on the universe and social temperament. Each flock has its own rules on what it will accept within its ranks, how it will deal with intruders and how the structure of the flock is determined.

What they all have in common, however, is they are free to fly in the Allsky, to sing the Falconian Song and pure in what they consume in body and spirit.

Freedom: No sentient cares more about freedom than a Falconian and whilst great savagery may be inflicted on another through claws, talons or technological weapons, no Falconian will ever consider the caging or enslavement of another sentient. Even the concept of farming livestock sits uncomfortably in the Falconian's mind: food is to roam free, in natural environments, until it is hunted and eaten. The greatest punishment that can be given by a house / clan against one of its own is to have his wings clipped. Such a fate is worse than death itself and reserved for the most grevious of crimes.

The Song: The Falconian Song evolved from the territorial chirping common to most territorial, predatory birds but has over time evolved into a rich language with such subtlety and information density that few species can comprehend it. Whilst there is a great deal of variety in form and meaning amongst houses, whether it is the dark grumbling of the Vultures or the sweet fevered pitches of the Magpies, they share a common lexicon and semantic rubrick that allows extremely detailed transmission of spatial and technical information in emotional verses of combined music and poetry. The harmonics of the Song are rich, detailed and often filled with "junk" semiotics that add nothing apparantly meaningful to the discussion which often means technical translations result in accusations that some Falconians are prone to waffling.

Purity in Body and Spirit: Falconians are close to the Great Mother (the earth) and the Allsky (the sky) which guides even the most sophisticated Falconians spiritual journey through the physical realms. As such, all Falconians follow traditional practices as best as they can even when stationed in space or on alien worlds. This means primarily eating fresh killed meat (or well preserved meat that was killed in the traditional way) and letting no other foreign substance pass their beaks (ie. no alcohol, drugs etc). The Falconians are very firm believers that they are what they consume and a healthy, free body is the key to a healthy mind and the path of their life is a spiritual journey until they become part of the Great Mother again.

 
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Lord Cromwell of the DOM slapped a fleet of privateers, on charges of "knavery", "bad manners" and "poor sportsmanship." Such offences carry the death sentence in the Dominion, a nebulous territory neither part of the Empire nor apart from it. At least thirteen Armadillo class ships, typically sold by the DOM, were destroyed at a location Cromwell was unwilling to disclose publicly. Bloodthirsty Dewiek as well as "prince of peace" Yahn Wodenzoon were quick to congratulate the DOM for their merciless carnage. It seems the consensus in the galaxy’s ruling class is that not presenting valid identification is a crime worthy of the murder of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of unfortunate crewmen. This is all just another indicator that the political elite are far removed from the lives of ordinary people who are seen as little more than meat inventory. It is telling so-called “man of the people and the downtrodden” Wodenzoon so readily aligns himself with this grisly concord. Meanwhile, the archaic elocutionist Cromwell further establishes the recent trend of mild exertions of power by the cold-blooded DOM.


 
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Return of the Fox

The galaxy is still digesting news of the return of Xavier Fox to the boardroom of the GTT. The ailing corporation's share price began a sharp rally after a six month downward spiral under Ike Krieger, credited with being the worst CEO in the megacorporation's history. The only surviving board member from Fox's initial tenure as CEO, and perhaps across the entire GTT board, is Antt Tilton the Research Director. The reclusive Tilton is the brains behind the ascension of GTT technology, particularly in the field of antimatter weapons and super-heavy dreadnought size ships, Tilton offers a small measure of continuity during this tumultuous time. Mr. Fox has therefore resorted to a broad appeal for new blood to join the ailing firm. So far, the result has been a number of two-dimensional "Yes" persons being promoted to the C-suite. Still, key stakeholders were upbeat with one commenting, "Fox is the man to turn this bloody disaster around. He knows how to put a great team together and where to bury the bodies of the non-performers."


 
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A Detinus expeditionary force is being assembled to liberate slaves in the Twilight Periphery. Stung by the wit of the Wimble Dinash, Admiral Bridge is leading a personal and sizeable force against the newly constituted Flagritz Republic.

The Wimble Bake Off has new competition with the Dominion instituting a Master Chef competition in the Orion Spur. This is all said to be a cover for further land grabs and in preparation for a move against the Hive and Dewiek, tipping the balance further in the Stellar Empire’s favour.

Meanwhile, the Wimbles struck off a number of hapless Wimbles under their new rules. To cement their plan to align themselves with the Stellar Empire, they have offered the services of their new masters to the Emperor.

Several hundred thousand slaves have been released by the Flagritz Republic but the terms of their manumission are unclear. Millions more await their emancipation. Many have refused to accept freedom without transit home, especially those brought in from outside peripheries. Many reportedly were captured by the Stellar Empire from the Detinus Republic and then sold on to the Flagritz.

 
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The ship PRV HarCop Omega has been reported both in Orion and Corewards. This was the flagship of the former League Chairman, sacked from the role when the League went into administration and quietly disappearing beyond the edge of known space. It is thought that his return may have been for a clandestine meeting with his former contacts in Harlong and Coptuv. If so then he clearly has an agenda.

Unconfirmed stories that the Pirate King of The Pirate Holes and Million Islands is near completing research on the various larger ships his pirates have successfully captured over the past few years (big thanks to all the affiliations that participated in 'donating' ships). If the rumours are true it is likely a new armada of pirate ships using more advanced technology will be found in Corewards in the near future.

An supernova has been detected originating from just beyond the Transpiral Periphery. The rare event has created ripples in the subspace of the nearby stars. Nobody has reported any tangible ramifications but this is the first supernova in the current age of the Peripheries so esoteric scientists are excited by the prospect of grants to study the relatively nearby phenomena.
 
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*** 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.

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