LNH: Flame Wars Final #0
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Tue Apr 30 23:01:32 PDT 2013
The Commons were one of the lights of a lonely galaxy.
A race that split from the Cascaders long ago, their stock in trade was
knowledge, and the stated goal of their society was to spread it.
They constructed a network of great energic nodes across the Orion-
Cygnus Arm and began trading. The great civilizations girded themselves
for economic strife, but when the Commons arrived, it was with a
question: How can we fit ourselves in without screwing you over?
Thus, the Commons slotted into the holes in the system, separate from
it, but working within its rules. They traded old information for new;
not just dry facts, but expressions of cultural distinctiveness. They
translated handshakes and how-are-yous from one star-spanning nation of
space to another.
Their one great flaw was their centralization. The Crucible of the
Commons was the central node of their network, a library planet second
only to Webster's World. Not all of the Commons' communications passed
through it - indeed, it participated directly in very few trades. But
the underlying assumption of the entire system was that it would be
And then the shadow came, and passed across it...
Now, the energic nodes are still. Hails, first annoyed, then worried,
then frantic have gone unanswered. Acquisitions, new and old, sleep in
stasis pods. And the Commons themselves...
Pity the Commons. But you may want to save a share of pity for the next
Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, welcome to Flame Wars Final!
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