Introduction to the Fanseeth

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It shall and may be lawful for the court before whom they were convicted […] if they think fit, instead ordering any such offenders to be burnt in the hand or whipt, to order and direct, That such offenders […] shall be sent as as soon as conveniently may be, to some of his Majesty’s colonies and plantations in America for the space of seven years…

— Transportation Act 1717

The Fanseeth were the first of the great cultures to migrate. The first generation ships to depart. Among the first to colonize new worlds and to remain as a force in galactic politics.

A candidate star was identified: a red dwarf, circled by a gas giant in the habitable zone, with multiple potentially habitable or terraformable moons. There were also bountiful resources on some of the uninhabitable moons; moons that were rich in the resources needed to terraform a planet, to establish a colony, and to get a leg up against one’s competitors back on Earth.

Of course, very few of those original colonists were strictly voluntary.

Many nations had a problem with minor criminals and that early generation vessel provided a convenient solution: Become a colonist. Work for us. You will have increased freedom, more space, a chance to make a living on more-or-less your own terms. Skilled individuals were particularly viable for this. Some people were also sent along to oversee things and look out for corporate interests.

It wasn’t as if they were well liked back at home anyways.

That was a long time ago. Earth is now largely forgotten except in old stories and things have changed, but the Fanseeth remain. Among the fiercest and hardiest of the four major peoples of Temet Nosce, the Fanseeth are well versed in what it takes to survive and in turning the odds around.

Ruled by a monarch who is elected to near-absolute power every 40 years and given the title of Warden—though very few finish living out their term—the Fanseeth are divided into small groups that rule themselves. They have strong notions of honor and strict rules for how to solve inter-group conflicts, but many fewer restrictions on the day-to-day lives of the individuals. Stay out of the Warden’s gaze and you’ll be fine.

Guest rights are considered of extreme importance among the Fanseeth, since in the harsh terrain you never know when you will be dependent on someone else’s hospitality.

Cybernetic mods—emphasizing functionality—are very common while biological modifications and more “frivolous” mods are comparatively rare.

The Four Cultures

There are four principle subcultures within the Fanseeth:

The Vordur

The children and descendants of the original company women and men and the government officials that were sent along to ensure the success of the mission. These are the de-facto rulers of the Fanseeth. While technically anyone can vote under their constitution and everyone who is a descendent of the original immigrants can vote, the Vordur are consistently in the highest positions of power, be it in the government or in the private sector. They often own the land that others work on and have generational wealth to ensure that their children inherit into their high positions.

The Kappi

Pilots. These Fanseeth spend most of their time aboard small space stations and in ships, ferrying other groups between the moons. From tourism to business, the Kappi are there to facilitate. They also run a lot of the stations and mining outposts on the uninhabitable moons, hosting the workers who are there to mine or harvest the local materials. A lot of lower-level government officials also come from the Kappi.

The Hakal

Resource harvesters. Miners, extractors, rig workers. The Hakal often are used to traveling out to harvest resources for a period of time, and then come back to their families and friends. Tough and survival oriented even by the standards of the Fanseeth, the Hakal are good friends with harsh environments and use tools, augments, and culture to keep out the elements.

The Bondi

The opposites to the Hakal in a lot of respects, the Bondi tend to stay put on the habitable worlds and very rarely travel except to other areas of the same moon. They are responsible for keeping things going—be it manufacturing or farming or service or business—and fill almost every level of the private sector.

Writing credit: David Clements