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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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The IMP Viceroy Tiberius Crowe has finally achieved something in his unremarkable tenure by relinquishing even the semblance of wearing big boy pants and instead, appointed Jack Jones as Patrol Commissioner, salty spokesperson and policy maker for the Empire. Crowe will now join CIA Director Laton in riding the special bus to work where the two of them will enjoy long pleasant afternoons sipping cups of tea. Actually, just tepid fruit-scented water as neither of them can be fully trusted with a hot kettle. Occasionally, they might be visited by equally dynamic war “veteran” Admiral Bridge to enjoy mimes presenting the latest comics from the Howl. Meanwhile, Jones is putting pressure on the FET and will soon no doubt find a pretext to deploy his vast mercenary forces against anyone else who is seen working too closely with his most hated of enemies, the HEX.


 
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The FET have reduced relations with the IMP to neutral. Sneezy boss Cu Chulainn took the bold step of putting 1 and 1 together by linking recent mercenary attacks in their systems with the IMP scouts seen loitering for some time and refusing to move. Even bolder, hints that they believe “a certain Imperial citizen” is responsible for Edward Lowe’s entire underhand operation were voiced loudly enough that the handsome but hard of hearing Tiberius Crowe had to take note. He was seen grappling in trademark fashion with his skin tight jacket, pulling it down over his partially concealed middle-aged girth, as he sat to issue a terse public statement. Exactly who this citizen may be was left unnamed and no news channel subject to Imperial laws would dare unmask the villain. Luckily dear readers, we are not subject to phony Imperial laws. It’s Jack Jones everybody. Jack Jones, butcher of Naplians and fancier of silver long johns.


 
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”Necessity hath no law”

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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