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In the 48th Century, most organic lifeforms tended to carry several preconceptions about the way that Videran cyborgs lived their lives. The all-too-common impression was that all a ‘borg needed to do was glance at a filmpage or a screen, read the contents, and they knew everything there. However, as Zana Sherman could testify all too well, taking in data was not the same as actually learning. A ‘borg’s computer brain still needed to train on how to use the data, to analyze and discuss, in order to act on the information it received, just like an organic’s. And you needed to prove that acquired knowledge to the Powers That Be, in order to get the accreditation the law frequently required. Such as Ph.D.s in psychology.

Which was why Zana was now where she was, observing a shift of the operations crew on one of the private starbases orbiting Videra, gathering information for a paper due one of her professors. Psychology of xenospecies was her focus of study, and this shift was strongly populated by non-humanoid lifeforms. Indeed, by a fluke of scheduling, two sisters from the planet Tibeon were holding down the main operations chairs during this shift. Staying as unobtrusive as possible, asking the minimum of questions on what they did and why, Zana still found herself tapping reams of notes into her tablet.

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Lisavet Darchiev sighed as the door closed behind her and Maks Derbensky, her lover. “Thank God and the saints, we’re home,” she said in Russian, since they were by themselves instead of with American or British friends, and she crossed herself in the Orthodox style. “I love the Oscar ceremony; I love the parties; and I love getting together with Piper. But I think I love most getting home afterwards, so I can put up my poor aching feet!”

Maks chuckled as he locked the last deadbolt and clicked on the door alarm. “You have but to blame your ‘poor aching feet’ on yourself, Liza, and your penchant for stiletto-heeled shoes. And kindly do not tell me, my tsarina, that you’re getting too old for the social rounds. Besides limiting your access to the power brokers and business opportunities in this crazy city, that’s simply no fun at all.”

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The Priest-Queen

The details:

  • Head: Akeruka Elen 2.5 Bento
  • Full body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Eyes: ~By Snow~ Plasmite (Slimer)
  • Gown, including headdress: Arwen’s Creations Meritaten (Beaded blue)
  • Shoes: KC Couture Davina
  • Nails and rings: RealEvil Industries Elektra
  • Other jewelry: Lazuri Ophira bracelets, earrings and necklace (vintage)
  • Eyeshadow: Booty’s Beauty Glitterbug (Omega, slot 9)
  • Lipstick: Booty’s Beauty Jam (Omega, slot 6)
  • Body glitter: MUSU Glitter Bomb

Photographed at the Rose Theatre Ballroom

Family and Friends

 

4767 C. E.

Ariel Sherman, relaxing one night on the front terrace of her mansion in Vidran City, saw the flitter descend from traffic level outside the estate, aiming for the parking area in front of the garage. The golden cyborg smiled as she recognized the color and markings on the air vehicle. Laying aside her bookpadd on a side table, she stood and headed down the stairs to the ceramacrete pathway between house and garage.

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Traditions

 

4754 C. E.

Among the traditions that had held on in show business, the Green Room was one of the most persistent.  Nobody knew for sure why the room set aside as an actors’ lounge was called “the Green Room,” and Ariel Sherman had heard of many rooms that weren’t painted or otherwise decorated in green, but there the name was.  And when they had built the original Land of Fantasy Theatre out of the old pleasure house, Ariel had included a Green Room — though it was a touch more open to other people than just the performers in the revue — and insisted it be “correctly” decorated with green walls.  Though she doubted few theatres had ever gone in for expensive draped green satin wallpaper; but, with the seed credit the cyborgs of Videra had to start with, why not splurge a little?

She did the same thing some ten years later, when The Land of Fantasy added a supper club to the front of the theatre building.  Again, walls hung in green satin, gentle holo-abstracts and other artwork, and comfortable furniture provided relaxation for performers preparing to go on before the club’s patrons.  And, as the club’s first performer — a change from starring in the main revue for so long — there Ariel was, breaking in the room … with a nasty case of stage nerves.  Why in hell do I put myself through this? she wondered in her mind as she dragged hard on her cigarette holder.  Years of performing six nights a week, multiple interview appearances on the ‘screen, even two virt-vids to my credit by now, and I still get stage fright before an opening.

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“It’s Coming!”

I was checking out possible sets for a new fashion shoot the other day; I’d already changed my dress, and was thinking of doing it at my own leisure temple ….

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“Public Greensward”

“The complete separation of toil and leisure has given Ardana this perfectly balanced social system ….”

Droxine (Diana Ewing), Star Trek (original series), “The Cloud Minders”

“Those who receive the rewards are totally separated from those who shoulder the burdens ….”

Spock, same episode

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“The enjoyment of scenery employs the mind without fatigue and yet exercises it; tranquilizes it and yet enlivens it; and thus, through the influence of the mind over the body gives the effect of refreshing rest and reinvigoration to the whole system.”

The woman reflected on those words, written on a stone plaque near the entrance, as she strolled along the pathways of the park.  The thing, of course, was that there was much more space available in the 19th Century than in the 32nd.  This small “park” was contained inside a floating force bubble, and was not accessible to the groundlings who “lived” beneath the sky towers.  The woman shuddered at that memory; she had seen the ground levels in the past ….

Now why did that give her a cautionary twinge, as if she could just perceive the makings of a great catastrophe in the future …?  No, there was nothing to worry about; better to enjoy life to the fullest, and the future would deal with itself.

While, thousands of meters beneath her on the surface streets, the future simmered and roiled … and waited ….

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The details:

Harper as “Keiko” is wearing:

  • Head Akeruka Nami 2.5 Bento
  • Body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista ProHands 2
  • Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Deluxe V1.2.5
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign (Emerald)
  • Hair: *TKW* (Tukinowaguma) Kasumi
  • Outfit: Agata Youen (available at current round of re:Japonica)
  • Pants: GreaneDesign Rhonda leather pants (applier)
  • Shoes: J. A Creations SLink mules (Rainbow Red)
  • Accessories: SlackGirl Hallow “rings” (on 2 fingertips, each hand); SlackGirl Interlace ring; Zibska Tzofi gacha set (gold — collar, pasties, pauldrons, tiara, “orbit” decorations)

Makeup:

  • Eyeshadow: SlackGirl Syria (Akeruka, slot 6)
  • Lipstick: alaskametro Dryad (Omega, slot 1)
  • Blush: Zibska Woosh (Omega, slot 10, HUD setting [blush])
  • Lashes: FATELashes 2
  • Fingernails: SlackGirl Lourds prim nails
  • Toenails: One eyed Cat Catherine (Maitreya, slot 1)

Photographed in Sindaria region; teleport to landing platform first, and pick up observer tag to wear while exploring

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