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  1. Kaitaine

    A New Mother

    Niklaus assessed the two groups of representatives before him, Ambassadrice Marginet and Minister Delasse were addressed first. "Welcome to Kaitaine" the Duke nodded as he shook hands with each of them. It was, however, Krystina, dressed in her Truthsayer uniform who then took over. "May I explain something important" the officer began, "The days for sorrow have passed now, Mother McKey is at peace and we no longer mourn, we celebrate instead her life and give thanks for the knowledge she'll pass on. I do however thank you for your sentiment" she firmly gripped the two's hands as she spoke and accepted the Château Pétrus. Kaitaine was not a nation that drank much wine but she had no doubt this would make some appearance at a function in the future of the new Reverend Mother. Next, they turned their attention to Queen Julia, Lidia Ericcson had reported back from the cultural talks in Morheim and had kind words about this young monarch, she seemed to value knowledge and the pursuit of it, therefore she was someone the Missionara of the Sisterhood would respect. "Your Majesty" Niklaus bowed before shaking the Pilot Officer aides hand. The two military officers exchanged salutes instead of handshakes and then the Duke motioned for the six of them to walk towards waiting cars. They moved down the row of Truthsayers each unmoving despite the day's heat. Krystina gave nods of approval to the two officers stood at the end of the ranks for a job well done and then waited for everyone to board the large limousine style car that was waiting. She watched as a Truthsayer security vehicle pulled away ensuring the route ahead would be clear, satisfied everything was in order she herself clambered inside. "If I may give you an outline of the event" Niklaus poured each person a glass of water, taking a cloth and wiping the jugs spout clear of drops between each pouring. "We will watch a parade formed of the four branches of the Sisterhood, this will see the current membership represented, however, some invited alumni will also be spectating much like yourselves." He took a sip of the cool water his mouth going dry from nerves as he'd never had to speak in front of a crowd before. "Next the Heads of the Orders will announce the successor and McKey's body will be disposed of." Niklaus used the word matter of factly. "I should explain" Krystina interrupted, "To us the Reverend Mother's soul, if you'd call it that, has already left her body, we are simply today disposing of it. We will in effect free the water in her body and return it to the desert." She guessed that wouldn't make sense and so began explaining again, "We view water as vital, we are after all originally a desert people, not a drop is wasted and our teachings say that if we supply the desert with the water of life it will one day flourish. We view the water of life as being the liquid contained within every human body, today we have techniques making that easier." "Of course" Niklaus blushed, he probably should have handled that better, "Once her water has been freed, the new Reverend Mother will perform a Spice Ceremony and omens will be taken. After that, we celebrate" Niklaus figured he could handle that part. "I know many of our ways will be foreign to you, but I suppose that is why we wanted the world to come here today, I suspect Your Majesty it builds nicely into your recent Treaty" Niklaus flashed the young Queen a smile just as the car swung up the schools drive, still groups were walking down the path to the schools mock castle gate, some people sat on blankets clearly awaiting word that the new Mother was here. Once inside the school the visiting guests where taken first to the Great Hall, "Here are the 1,000 chosen for the ceremony" Krystina whispered, on the bare wood of the Hall's floor women sat in neat rows were mumbling in unison, some visibly rocking backwards and forwards caught up in the religious fervor of the moment. "They are cleansing their minds ready for receiving the instructions of the new Reverend Mother." She then pointed to a raised platform surrounded by a red curtain, "Behind that the head of the Mothers, the Missionara, the Honored Matres and Truthsayers will be making the decision about who is to be the next leader... I suspect its a done deal" she shrugged before leading them outside to their grandstand seats, a large canopy sliding up above their seats to shield them from the Sun." "Ah, Corrino I see your taking care of our guests" a voice called from behind them, a man of similar age to Niklaus, but with a sharper more fitted suit approached, "Bryce Harkonnen, son of Duke Richard Harkon..." his voice trailed off, "Oh please forgive me, I hadn't realised I was addressing royalty" He bowed spitting on the floor as he did so towards Queen Julia, almost instantly he could see surprise of people's faces and suddenly seemed awkward. "Please Your Majesty don't take offence" Niklaus saved his noble fellow, "As I explained, water is important to us, therefore when meeting someone very important it is customary to spit at their feet, a sign that they are so important you will waste water for them." Bryce seemed to breathe a sigh of relief. "Either way accept my apology" Bryce bowed once more, this time without the spit, "Please come take a seat it's rather warm to be standing about" he pulled a chair out for Julia before extending a hand to the Minister and Ambassador from Fleur de Lys. "Don't worry I'll not spit this time" he winked at them, "When in a group we reserve that for the highest ranking, and today sadly I think a beautiful young Queen outranks most of us" he playfully slapped Ambassadrice Marginet on the shoulder before offering him a seat. "Hopefully we'll all get to become good friends before the day is out."
  2. Conor Braden, the Kaitaine Minister of Culture had taken his seat and listened to the Morheim Queen's speech, typical words for such an occasion and at least they didn't go on for too long. When everyone began signing their copies of the new treaty he gladly signed his name, a sense of pride being the first Kaitainite in a long time to sign an international treaty. Sat next to him was Lidia Ericsson and while she held no position within government she still added her own signature adding "Of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood" to the treaty, effectively showing the agreement had the approval of the nations Head of State whom Lidia directly represented here. As requested they passed their document on, repeating the process until everything was done.
  3. OOC- Changing this slightly. Assume you're all accepted. Instead though of being done in turn, I'll set it up so that its part of a event at the school and so people can deliver their speech/talk etc in any order. If people wish to contribute feel free. Alternative Curriculum fortnight at Chapterhouse was always interesting, generally the school shut down normal lessons for all except those in the final year of their education and the 14 days were given over to "expanding the Sister's experiences" , be that with cultural events, unique experiences, visiting speakers and sports tournaments. Many of the older girls loved the time because they had a much wider choice and it also gave them some responsibility as they had helped organise parts of it. Erin McGregor was one of the "Student Helpers" who had been part of the "Expanding Minds" Programme, a selection of the great and wise from across Kaitaine would normally come and speak to the girls, their parents, interested members of the public and in some cases other academics. This year however Erin and her fellow student panelists had persuaded Lidia Ericsson, one of the chief scholars at the school, to extend the invitation globally and the returns had been interesting. The girls of the four branches of the Sisterhood all had something to grab their attention, the Mothers would be hearing from @Derthalen's Mother-Militant Leudesindal and perhaps picking up some new religious ideas. , Bill Dung, would be coming from the @Sunset Sea Islands as a Minister for Education no doubt his speech would appeal to the scholars in the Missionara, they'd also be interested in the aeronautical expert from @Prymont many of the girls taking an interest in sciences. The @Astriedantalk on record keeping would also be one the Missionara would take interest in, after all they did consider themselves rather skilled in that themselves. The school grounds were currently full of visitors, families of the students visiting, some to watch the inter-house hockey match or the Truthsayer Cadet's Drill Demonstration. There was a constant buzz similar to a kind of music festival around the school's campus that sat just outside Arrakeen clinging to a think strip of flat green land between the sea and the hills that seperated them going south east towards the interior and the desert most people associated with Kaitaine. Lidia Ericsson dressed in her Missionara Protectiva uniform waited alsong with trainee Missionara Erin McGregor, Lidia was used to meeting dignatries, usually from the Holy Houses but having married into one she found that a piece of cake, here we had heads of religions similar to their own Reverned Mother, a government minister and respected experts in their fields. The hall behind them was filling up as those scheduled to speak arrived. Each was greeting in a friendly manner by the duo and lead to a side entrance to the hall, a kind of lounge awaited, large comfy sofas, endless supplies of fruit juice, tea , coffee and snacks, including the nations famous Melange Cake awaited, "Please make yourself comfortable, if you require anything just ask, one of the girls will get you anything you need." Lidia explained as she checked they had everyone who was due to be speaking. Confident she had the blonde haired Missionara strode onto the stage, a screen behind her showing a rolling montage of the schools activities over the last twelve months, the hall went quiet. "Knowledge is the most powerful thing" Lidia began addressing the multi-aged crowd in front of her, she spotted young girls with their parents, old students returning for the occassion, she even spotted Duke Niklaus Corrino, a man considered extremely holy by the Sisterhood all sat waiting for their first guest. "As such it is our aim here to make the Sisterhood as powerful as possible, we do that by honing our bodies, our hearts and our minds to do what needs to be done for a better tommorrow. This annual event see's those on the sports field honing their bodies to be as physically perfect as possible, those engaged in the arts and charitable events are developing their hearts, while those of us in this room aim to gather the ultimate weapon in our Sisterhoods aim to save mankind and advance humanity, we seek knowledge. This year we have brought together what I am sure you'll agree is an interesting and varied series of talks, I for one can not wait for them to begin and so please welcome to the stage our first speaker." the crowd clapped politely as a photo of the speaker, their name, their topic and their official titles appeared on the screen behind them. Lidia offered a supportive smile to their guest as she exchanged places with them and took up her own seat at the side of the stage eagerly awaiting their talk.
  4. THE TRUTHSAYERS The Truthsayers are the military arm of the Bene Gesserit faith, and while they do not operate under the direct chain of command from the Armed Forces they do occasionally train alongside them on exercises and certain operations. The unit is all female and would be regarded by many across the world as a specialist light infantry / scouting force with elements of commando training. The unit has constantly evolved to ensure it is as competative as possible and at one point even had its own small air wing and a small naval section. Today however it maintains only a handful of aircraft to complement its ground based actions and one ship, largely retained for symbolic reasons. Within the Truthsayers is an elite unit known as the Swordmasters who are not openly admitted to exist. They are highly trained, operate in pairs and their identities known only to the Reverened Mother, the Commander of the Truthsayers, Commander of the Swordmasters and their partner. They are thought to number less than 50. While many Truthsayers only serve around 6-10 years after graduation they are considered a member for life and permitted to maintain weapons at home without the need for applying for a licence. They are considered permanenltly avaliable for call up. Currently there are around 1,200-1,800 active Truthsayers. The unit adopted the standardised military rank structure in 1928 in order to operate more effectively alongside their regular military counterparts. In Kaitaine the unit is seen as being placed above regular army units, and so on joint operations it is not uncommon for a regular army officer to be in command on paper yet defer to the Truthsayer for the final decisions. The current Commanding Officer of the Truthsayers is Brigadier General Elise McNamara. The Current Commanding Officer of the Swordmasters is Lt.Col Jessica Metcalffe STANDARD ISSUE EQUIPMENT TAR-21 Rifle THG17 HANDGUN CRYSTKNIFE More of a religious emblemn than a fighting tool. The crystknife is ceremonally made by all Bene Gesserit during their final year of training. Legend has it the original one was made by the hero Selim Wormrider who taught the Bene Gesserit sisterhood to fight and was made out of the tooth of giant sandworm, today however they are made by carving bone and while in some respect fragile they are still capable of being lethal. The knife of a deceased Bene Gesserit is burnt at their death. TTAC-50 SNIPER RIFLE Issued to designated snipers or for special duties. VEHICLES 50x Battlerider 10 x Scalerider 40x Dunerider 5 x Skyrider 2x Cloudrider 1x Waverider
  5. KAITAINE NAVAL SERVICE The KNS was formed in 1791 following the merging of the various Holy Houses private fleets. The KNS is seen as the "just in case" service and does not share to prestige of the Army or the glamour of the Air Force however the service is the oldest of the three forces. It also operates a small aerial arm mainly made up of helicopters. The KNS employs 43,264 Sailors full time. The Navy operates a dockyard in Arrakeen close by the Landsraad Shipyard Company who are primary contractors for the majority of the nations shipping. INVENTORY OF FRONT LINE CRAFT Class Ships in Service Armament Rapier Class Missile Sub 1. Irulan 2. Aneril 3. Chalice 4. Wensicia 4 × 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes for: Spearfish heavyweight torpedoes 16 × ballistic missile tubes for: 16 Lockheed Trident II D5 SLBMs Sabre Class Attack Sub 1. Josifa 2. Rugi 3. Feyd Rautha 4. Rabban 5. Chani 6. Leto 7. Ghanima 5 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes with stowage for up to 30 weapons: Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles Spearfish heavyweight torpedoes Mother Class Aircraft Carrier 1.Stilgar ENTERING SERVICE OCTOBER 2018 3 × Phalanx CIWS 30-mm DS30M Mk2 guns Miniguns 10 x GR6 Kestrel's (See Air Force for Spec) 25 x F/C-4 Dingo (See Air Force for Spec) 5 x H-15 Dragonfly (See Air Force for Spec) (Two Dragonfly converted for AEW role) Arrakeen Class Amphibious Ship 1. Sheuset 2. Henoor 1 × Otobreda 76 mm gun -2 × OTO Melara KBA 25/80 mm guns 5 x H-15 Dragonfly (See Air Force for Spec) Geidi Class Amphibious Ship 1. Corrin 2. Saudir 4 × 30mm DS30M Mk2 guns 3 × Phalanx CIWS 4 × Miniguns 8 × General purpose machine guns Up to 18 Helicopter of 6 GR6 Kestrels Seitch Class Destroyer 1. Elrood 2. Alman 3. Estil 4. Rugo 5. Wensic 6. Wallach 7. Henli 8. Avelard Anti-air missiles: Sea Viper air defence system, with a 48-cell Sylver A50 VLS, for mix of up to 48: Aster 15 missiles (range 1.7–30 km) Aster 30 missiles (range 3–120 km) Anti-ship missiles: 2 × quad Harpoon launchers Guns: 1 × BAE 4.5 inch Mk 8 naval gun 2 × Oerlikon 30 mm guns 2 × Phalanx CIWS 2 × Miniguns 6 × General purpose machine guns 1x H-15 Dragonfly Helicopter Secundas Class Frigate 1. Shaddam 2. Villish 3. Harmon 4. Ezhar 5. Kalus 6. Audri 7. Ahia 8. Josif 9. Mikael 10. Esteban 11. Maria 12. Damiano 13. Kenric 14. Kenman 1 × 5-inch 54 calibre Mark 45 Mod 4 dual purpose gun 1 × 8-cell Mark 41 Mod 5 vertical launch system, firing RIM-7 Sea Sparrow 2 × 12.7-millimetre (0.50 in) machine guns 2 × Mark 32 3-tube torpedo launchers, firing Mark 46 torpedoes 1 × Vulcan Phalanx CIWS Fitted for but not with: 1 × close-in weapons system 2 × 4-canister Harpoon missile launchers 2nd Mark 41 VLS 1x H-15 Dragonfly Helicopter Gaula Class Patrol Ship 1. Kenton 2. Halleck 3. Ratibar 4. Phidais 5. Ghanim 8 × launchers for Boeing RGM-84 Harpoon Block II SSM 12 × launchers Sea Sparrow SAM 1 × OTO Melara 76 mm/62 gun 2 × 12.7 mm machine guns 4 × 323 mm (12.7 in) MU90 ASW torpedoes 60 mines Guild Class Mine Vessel 1. Dunamis 2. Costiri 3. Atreus 4. Elim 5. Liard 6. Tivenee 1 × 30mm DS30M Mark 2 2 × Miniguns 3 × General purpose machine guns Prime Missile Ship 1. Jaunvarai 2. Rauvard 3. Hajis 4. Face Dancer 5. Ghola 6. Taraza 7. Mites Teg 8. Murbella 9. Darwi 10. Odrade 11. Juipol 12. Elpek 13. Fish Speaker 14. Junction 2-4 × RGM-84 Harpoon SSMs 4 × Gabriel II SSMs 1 × OTO Melara 76 mm naval gun
  6. Conor Braden, the Kaitaine Minister for Culture stood following the @Derthalen response. "If I may make a observation, the parts that you object to I understand, however they sit in the Purpose section of the treaty, it is my belief that the issues you bring up are controlled with the Articles themselves. If I may give an example, should a Derthalen scholar believe an object found in say Kaitaine is of your culture he may bring a case before a panel of scholars in Article 8, this would be a neutral panel of experts who could make that interpretation on a case by case basis. Even that not withstanding their are cultural differences between nations, aren't there Lidia" He turned to teh Missionara Protectiva Scholar sat next to him. Lidia stood a pulled her short tunic down straight as she stood next to her Minister, "Indeed, for example in Kaitaine my family, the Fremen, we live in an area close to the coast, compare our traditions to those of the Corrino family who live on the edge of our nations deep desert and you'll see many differences. If you'll indulge me a moment, us Fremen we see water as an abundent object living by the sea so many of our rituals involve sacred washing and the like, meanwhile up in Corrino country spilling water is seen as a sin. I suspect there are similar regional differences between parts of each nation here." She sat back down. "So perhaps we can simply keep this purpose knowing that the articles outlined in the main body of the treaty protect us from further issues. Alternatively we would have no issue the Purpose section being removed and replaced with a Preamble or removed completly if it is a stumbling block." Conor explained, "Furthermore as for the second issue, that of Purpose 3, The treaty meets these aims in two ways, one is Universities establishing a facilty or curriculum to teach about other cultures, this will obviously need to fit in with local educational laws. The second way is by allowing nations to borrow artefacts from other nations as part of a series of artefact loans, if there are objects you believe your nation would find.....how shall I put this....morally unacceptable, then you simply do not loan the artefacts. I believe this should safeguard the probelms @Derthalen have. As for our part I'm excited about this treaty and find no major issues. One thing I would like to see is that at the same time as the annual conference we have a Cultural Festival, such things as a traditional sporting championship, we teach you Shinty, you teach us some Morheim game and the like, musical concerts, art exhibitions, a bidding process could be established in a similar way to many major sporting events."
  7. Kaitaine

    A New Mother

    INVITATION TO ARRAKEEN It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Reverned Mother Hannah McKey. The Reverned Mother is the head of the Bene Gesserit faith, the person responsible for guiding our Sisterhood, its followers and mankind towards the goal of preparing for the next great cataclysm to face humanity. Additionally the Reverned Mother is the Head of State of the Theocracy of Kaitaine and thus holds responsibility for our nations path in the world. Over the next four days our membership will undertake ancient rituals to determine the new Reverned Mother who shall inherit the responsibility of continuing Reverned Mother McKey's good work. Never in the history of our faith and nation have foreign dignatries been invited to witness the ceremony annointing the next Reverned Mother, but as our scholars known as the Missionara Protectiva have ruled it is now important that our faith, our nation and our minds explore the wider world. While this is a sad day it is also a day for celebration, a new Reverned Mother presents new oppurtunities, new guidance and it is hoped on this occassion new friends. We therefore hope that you will accept our inviation to attend this ceremony and begin a friendship with the new Reverned Mother. May you Travel with Shai Halud. Chief Scholar Abigail Hallam Arrakeen, Day of the Ceremony The city of Arrakeen clung to the coast of Kiatiane like a limpet perched between the light blue ocean and the mountains beyond, the city was blessed with a natural river delta, one of the few in Kaitaine that brought a greenery found in few places throughout the arid nation. It was a strange twist of faith that almost 1600 years ago had brought the Bene Gesserit faithful to this barren land lead by their own Reverned Mother who believed the desert had called to her. Since then they had carved out a history for themselves here, built civilisations and seen them flourish under the Four Holy Families guidance. The faith may not have spread in the way those original Celtic refugees had hoped but its roots here were unshakable and deep. The nation had spent the last four days in mourning, both men and women coming from afar to the school that marked the centre of the faith, the legendary Chapterhouse. There at the gate sat a giant stone arch made in the symbol of the Bene Gesserit faiths emblemn, each of the pilgrims placed a single flower at the foot, these being cleared daily by the Sisterhoods military guard known as the Truthsayers, four of the women wearing their black dress uniform stood rigidly on guard next to the statue. It was easy enough to spot the women who had through their life attended the school, some had arrived dressed in their old uniform, some now rather ill fitting 3o years after the Sister had graduated. Each of them waited patiently in line, some talking with former classmates before they reached the arch, there they reached to their belt and removed a smooth white knife, the Crystknife, a symbol of the Sisterhoods membership. Legend had it that it was what contained the spirit of a Bene Gesserit Sister, the holder making it out of a single piece of bone during her final year at the school. Each woman knicked their thumb or finger and touched it to the arch, giving their own blessing to the outgoing Reverned Mother. Within the walls of the school building the large hall was filling up with those members of the Sisterhood who had been invited, 1000 or so women from the past, present and future of the faith, 250 from each of the four branches, the Mother's their long black flowing robes and smooth shaved heads, the Missionara Protectiva in their blue tunics gold buttons glinting as brightly as the heads of the Mothers, next in line where the Truthsayers, their black jackets and ceremonial rifles making them stand out as the faiths paramilitary, the final group where the red uniformed Honored Matres, those given the role of concubines to the Bene Gesserit nobility and the care of those attending the school. They sat in blocks of their group cross legged on the floor, each muttering prayers over and over. Outside there was a giant green lawn, a large number of chairs had been placed at, sitting there would be a nightmare when the sun reached its epoch but that was not where the dignitaries were sat, the wall of the school, designed to mimic an old castle battlement, had seen seating erected with canopies to shield them from the intense sun that was sure to come. The centre of the lawn so a platform surrounded by rope on three sides, four chairs sat there, one higher and more elaborate than the rest. One of the biggest issues was who to send to the airport, with the nation being governed on a day to day basis by a council of four nobles drawn from what the Sisterhood called the Four Holy Houses competition to meet and greet the foreign guests was fierce. Eventually a compromise had been reached, Niklaus Corrino, the Duke of Seitch had been selected, he was considered by the Bene Gesserit the most Holy of the Four Houses and the Corrino's had long tried to maintain a neutrality between the others. He was joined however by Krystina Garner, the daughter-in-law of Duke Richard Harkonnen, while connected to the 2nd Most Holy House she was also a Major in the Truthsayers and so stood in the capacity of being the faiths representative at the airport. A phalanx of 100 Truthsayers stood either side of a black carpent edged in gold that marked where they hoped the aircraft would arrive. Beyond them was a pipe band made up of men and women from the Regular Armies units their bagpipes occasionally screeching as they kept their bags ever ready to greet a new arrival with some fitting music.
  8. REVERNED MOTHER DIES. NATION TO HAVE FOUR DAYS OF MOURNING Reverend Mother Hannah McKay was pronounced dead at 2am this morning. The 82-year-old Head of State had suffered from ill health for a number of months after sustaining a fall at the Chapterhouse School, it was reported that the Head of State had suffered a number of black outs and seizures since. Ambulances attended the school at just before midnight following an emergency call from one of the staff who had discovered the Reverned Mother unconcious, doctors later confirmed that she had suffered a stroke. The death of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood's leader also means that the nation is now without a Head of State while the rituals to determine McKay's replacement take place. Traditionally the heads of the the Orders three non-theocratic branches, the Truthsayers, The Missionara Protectiva and the Honored Matres attend the dying Reverned Mothers death bed to witness her final words, the Mother best capable of reciting these words is deemed to have been blessed with the dying Reverned Mother's knowledge and thus inherits the title, however in this case no such final words were witnessed. In cases such as this it falls to the three Heads of Branch to draw up a short list of candidates and then determine which is best through a public test of sorts. It was left to Truthsayer Commander Kristin Metcalffe to make the announcement saying, "Reverned Mother McKay has left us to go to the great beyond, in time we shall join her, but until then it is our duty to make sure our faith, and therefore Kaitaine are in a position to continue to be strong. This is neccessary for us to now observe a series of days of mourning, one for each branch of the Sisterhood. Following that we shall convene at Chapterhouse and on Sunday the 1st of April announce the new Reverned Mother, her inauguration to take place the following day." It is expected that the head of the Missionara Protectiva, Chief Scholar Abigail Hallam, will invite Heads of State from across the world to witness for the first time the ceremony to begin the regin of the new Reverened Mother.
  9. "I look forward to exploring that future Mr.Gennaro" Minister of Culture, Conor Braden replied as he sat enjoying his coffee. He next turned to their host, after all it was her home and she should be respected as such, "If you were going to visit Kaitaine there are two places you should see above anything else, but be careful the time of year." He placed his cup down on the table, "The first is Chapterhouse School, it is a hub for our nations culture, it promotes learning, tradition and is the centre of our Bene Gesserit faith. From it all our nations desires to learn and grow come. The second is the Red Palace in Seitch, it's an old desert fort belonging to the Corrino family, one of the most Holy in our nations history. The sandstone city of Seitch is a vital centre for our faith harvesting the spice Melange that is part of our ceremonies and rituals, it is even believed by some that a Bene Gesserit Mother talking the Melange is capable of seeing the future. Personally I think it takes a little like cinnamon and is nice in cakes." He reached inside his jacket pocket. "That reminds me" he produced a small black ox carved out of onyx and inlaid with Gold. "The Reverend Mother asked me to present you with this with her compliments." he lifted the lid to reveal a fine red powder enough for maybe a teaspoon full. "A gift of some of Seitch's exquisite craftsmanship and the spice.....who knows maybe you could see how these talks will end and be able to turn events to your advantage" he chuckled as he handed the box over.
  10. COUNCIL OF FOUR RULE OUT EQUAL RIGHTS BILL Following the passage of an Equal Rights Bill by the narrowest of margins within the National Assembly the legislation was struck down by the Council of Four. The Bill was presented by members of the Liberterian party who managed to get the Bill passed by a single vote, 32-31, it called for an end to "gender bias among the Sisterhood, introduction of gender neutral language in all walks of life and the legalisation of same sex marriage." It was left to Duke Niklaus Corrino to explain why the Council had thrown out the Bill; "The nation is the home to our Bene Gesserit faith, the only nation in the world with a significant population of followers too, as such our laws must reflect that, while discrimination in everyday life is wrong, the Bill overstepped its mark, it would radically change the faith to which our nation is bound. Homosexuality is not seen as evil or harmful, and denying someone a job or denying them an oppurtunity based on that would be wrong, but we are talking about a change to the purpose of marriage in our faith, namely to continue successful bloodlines. The nation has laws that grant tax relief and various other benefits enjoyed by hetrosexual couples to same sex couples, I believe that is only right and fair. Furthermore having a Sisterhood, that would contain "Brothers" is against the very basis of the faith." The Duke then revealed that the Bill was defeated 4-0 by the Council. The news was greeted with great joy from members of the Missionara Party, a party made up of former members of the Missionara Protectiva, "This bill was presented at a time when they knew that 10 of our members are involved with issues surrounding the Reverened Mother's medical issues, it was nothing more than a blind side attempt to push a liberal agenda that is not wanted within our nation. A rcent poll by KNN showed that only 20% or so of people here support making the Sisterhood open to men, while only 25% support same sex marriage. To have such a bill supported by members of the Assembly who should know better concerns me." Meanwhile however the Liberterian Party hailed it as a great victory, "This bill was supported by the majority of the Assembly, we will now go away, look at making amendments and then possibly have a 2nd attempt. A day must come when this nation allows all to be treated as equals, regardless of gender, sexuality and ethnicity." It is expected that the party will attempt to hold a protest march in the coming days on the streets of Geidi, the city which hosts the annual Kaitaine LGBT+ Pride Parade.
  11. OOC: As someone new to the region I was looking for a way of getting to know about some of the key issues, people etc that have an impact today, by reading the stuff on here already its confusing to a new comer what's important and what's something long lost, figured this may be a way of helping me, as well as giving some people an outlet to promote some issues and personalities A REQUEST FOR SPEAKERS Every year the Chapterhouse School invites speakers to come and address our students, alumni and selected members of the general public on a whole host of topics ranging from inspirational life stories designed to spur the students to greatness, to scientists explaning key concepts and ideas to allow students to gain great insight. This year we are asking for speakers across the world to take part in our series of lectures, talks can be on any topic so long as it is either academic or inspirational, we accept speakers of all political backgrounds, religions and nationalities. Those accepted to speak are given accomodation at the school for as long as they wish to stay and arrangements can be made for them to tour the school, surrounding area or meet with members of the national government if requested. Guests are also invited to dine with the students at a meal hosted in the Grand Hall where they are the Reverened Mother's guest of honour. We also fund all travel expenses both to and from Chapterhouse. Talks take place twice a month and we are happy to be flexible with dates. We look forward to adding to our already impressive list of speakers and hope to be able to extend a warm welcome in the near future. Best Regards Lidia Ericsson Board of Scholars, Missionara Protectiva. Talk Speaker and Topic 1 Duchess Anna Fremen- 35 years a Truthsayer. The Duchess discusses her life as part of the Sisterhoods paramilitary and at the same time raising a family and running a country. 2 3 4 Bryce Harkonnen - To Legislate or Not to Legislate That is The Question. Respected business lawyer discusses the challenges of balancing government control and free enterprise. 5 6 7 8 Vespasian Atreides - Rebuilding The Past- Renowned architectural designer talks about the challenges of keeping old buildings in tip top shape while not destroying their character. 9 10 11 12 13 Duke Niklaus Corrino - Orchestrating Business - How a background in the arts can lead to succes in business. 14 15 16 17 Agnes McCaul - Engineering the Future - Engineer and busines owner looks at the engineering challenges to be conquered in 2019. 18 19 Blair MacReachtain - The Wandering Missionara- The global adventures of the 27 year old Truthsayer turned Missionara. 20 21 22 23 OOC: My idea would be you'd say who you wish to send and what their talk will be on. Then it gives you time to think about what you want them to say (doesn't need to be long at all) to a group of about 600 school girls aged between 14-18 and a selected number of academics. Its a chance to get a foreign policy stance explained, talk about some achievement of your nation, share some cultural ideas or anything else you like, maybe even tell the life story of a VIP from your nation.
  12. CHAPTERHOUSE TO ANNOUNCE GUEST SPEAKER LIST IN COMING WEEKS The prestigious Bene Gesserit training school, Chapterhouse, is set to announce its list of guest speakers for the year. The school hosts twice a guest talker once every three weeks who have spoken a wide variety of topics ranging from the study of astrophysics to zoology. The lectures first began in 1709 as part of an initiative by the then Reverend Mother Sabia MacKenzie as a way of introducing the students to issues and thoughts not necessarily covered in the school curriculum. The lectures are open to all members of the Sisterhood and a handful of members of the public and all talks take place in the Chapterhouse Grand Hall where the school's social events and meals take place. This year the lecturers are being organised by Lidia Ericsson, the wife of Holy House member Robert Fremen, she is also on the Board of Scholars, the leadership panel of the Sisterhood's Missionara Protectiva, responsible for the Orders knowledge gathering operations. The 45-year-old mother is currently in Morheim attending the creation of a cultural exchange treaty, something she has described as "tailor-made for the Missionara, something that will enable us to continue, and even expand our studies, especially abroad." It is expected that she will use the meeting as an opportunity to perhaps bring in talkers from abroad, something that while it has been done in the past is a rarity. Duchess Louise Harkonnen, a former member of the Missionara believes that this should now become something more routine saying in a recent discussion on the future of the Missionara, "We stand now at a time where the study of our domestic history, culture, religious texts and so on is being exhausted, for over 1000 years the Missionara has set high academic standards but our access to foreign data is limited, that will change and we can either go to them, or in the day and age of modern technology bring them to us. I think the split in talkers should be 50/50 between Kaitainites and foreign nationals." The School has also announced this week that it is set to receive a grant of around $20million to build a new Truthsayer annexe. The Truthsayers are the para-military branch of the Sisterhood and currently make use of several buildings across the expansive school campus, the grant will be used to build them a purpose-built facility. Each of the Four Holy Houses has contributed $5million after the move was backed by former Truthsayer Duchess Anna Fremen. The facility will boast eight classrooms, and a total of three 100-seat lecture theatres, with the third floor home to a 35-metre indoor firing range. The top floor will also house a new, state-of-the-art gym, which will also be open to the School's other students. There will be a range of other facilities including a climbing wall, mess hall and a small drill hall. WATLY 2.0 REVEALED & FUTURE PROJECT ANNOUNCED Five years ago the Watly company introduced a device with the aim of providing electricity, clean water, and Internet services to remote areas around the desert region, a place where frequent sandstorms have made the development of infrastructure difficult. The device's inventor, 34-year-old former Missionara Protectiva Agnes McCaul explained that it was her time spent in Seitch, the largest city in the desert region, that inspired her. "At times water tanks would crack and you'd have sand get in creating a sludge, it was a nightmare, then things like power lines would get knocked down and you'd spend the next 48 hours without electric. I figure that in this day and age its possible to build in a short-term support for this and Watly was the solution." McCaul left the Missionara and set up her start-up company which has sold around 150 units to the government who have placed them in rural areas. The new model, however, is more efficient and able to handle twice the amount of water. The system works by capturing solar energy through photovoltaic panels on the surface of the Watly module, which is converted into electricity through an internal battery. This powers a patented water treatment system that uses a graphene-based filtering process, before the water is boiled and then distilled. The process in the old system can deliver around 50 litres of safe drinking water each day however the new system is expected to be able to produce around 70. The battery also powers a connectivity hub that provides wireless internet access within a 200-meter radius, and a charging station for electronic and mobile devices. Following a demonstration of the new model, where McCaul herself converted water containing sand, mud, salt and even Cola into clean pure water that tasted perfectly normal, the entrepreneur announced the company hope to begin development of Urban Watly, a project that would scale the model up to become hubs in major cities such as Geidi and Arrakeen. These hubs would provide people with places to charge devices securely, obtain free clean fresh water, connect to the internet and even use wall mounted devices to surf the web while their own device charges. The Watly 2.0 systems have already been purchased by the military who have placed 30 orders. NEWS IN BRIEF Court cases to start over football violence. It has been announced that cases will be fast-tracked so they will be dealt with before the next fixture in the season which comes next Saturday. It is thought that custodial sentences will be passed down to most offenders found guilty. Additionally, the Kaitaine Football Council (KFC) have announced each team will be fined and have to play their next home game behind closed doors. An agreement has been reached that Achilles Fremen will be obliged to join the military following his graduation from University. The 21-year-old member of the Holy House Fremen is currently studying a medical degree at Geidi University and will now join the Military Medical Core. People had thought a marriage would be announced, however, that is not the case, Achilles already has an Honored Matres Concubine however after 3 years they are still to produce a child. 10 Days to Spice Harvest
  13. It was a difficult balancing act being the Reverened Mother, to maintain control over the Sisterhood and its vibrant ever changing set of staff. Some of the women working for them would head off around the globe on various tasks, be it the Missionara Protectiva to visit some archive or site of interest, the Truthsayers off on some "team building adventure" or the like, or even the Mothers seeking to tend to the faithful living abroad. As such it was easy enough for someone to be away when you needed them, but flexibility and adaptation where two things the Sisterhood admired. Even if you did know who was around it was a delicate balancing act, not favouring one Holy House over the other three, and to add to that problem Reverened Mother McKey was still in hospital following her recent fall this meant as a result it had taken nearly two hours of discussion and heated debate to determine who they would send, after all the name of whichever represenative was sent could potentially go on a document of great historical importance. As a result it was the Minister of Culture, Conor Braden who was choosen, not only did this make most sense in terms of the government involvement but the man had fairly decent standings with all four of the Holy Houses. Accompanying him, and this had been something McKey had insisted on even before her fall was a member of the Missionara Protectiva the scholarly branch of the Sisterhood. It was there role to preserve and protect the past, they kept meticulous historical records and journeyed the world looking to add to that, be it voulenteering on archaeology sites or writing academic articles. This decision had seen Lidia, the wife of one of the Duke of Fremen's son's, she had worked as a Missionara for over twenty years, starting off as a research assistant, then a "wandering scholar" responsible for tracking down items and texts of interest across the globe, before finally being part of the Board of Scholars that ran the Missionara, she was however unused to diplomatic concerns. As the aircraft landed it was Braden who took the lead, returning the greetings of the Prime Minister, the pair of Kaitainites left some of the traditional Kaitaine mannerisms to one side, they often took time to explain, by which point first impressions would have been created and so instead they settled on a handshake. Lidia rather enjoyed the ride through the city, a chance to look at some of the buildings made her think about spending some time exploring once the conference was done, she hadn't travelled really for a few years now and missed her old "Wandering Scholar" days. As they approached the Palace she noticed the stalls of children and spotted a Kaitaine flag among them. "Good morning Your Majesty" Braden greeted the Queen as he and Lidia gave small bows, "Thank you for the warm welcome, our journey was uneventful" the tubby middle aged minister replied, "If it's agreeable I'd like to grab a coffee, maybe catch up on things" he began to follow her inside. "Actually Your Majesty" Lidia began, "I might go and explore a little of this festival if that's ok" and with that she made a beeline for the stall where she had seen the Kaitaine flag, she wondered if the children would recognise her Missionara uniform, the blue tunic and trousers piped in red, and in Lidia's case gold to show she was on the Board of Scholars, she smiled as she approached them, "Good Morning, so what you got going on this morning." she asked one of the children. Inside Braden thanked the Queen once more for her hospitality and accepted a coffee, he noticed a man already in with his entourage, "A good start it seems" the Cultural Minister said having introduced himself, "If I remember rightly your from Qardania?" Braden took a seat, "Not meet many people from your nation, but todays a good chance to change that right?" he smiled as he gently tapped a spoon against his cup before placing it delicately on the saucer beneath it. "I did have a compatriot, a member of our Bene Gesserit sisterhood, but she's gone walk about" he explained as he gently blew on the coffee before taking a sip.
  14. @Orioni as long as the worms get somewhere sandy and warm I'm good.
  15. Kaitaine

    Jerboa Brewing

    Jerboa Brewing is Kaitaine's biggest producer of alcholic drinks. The company started in 1703 from a small pub in the capital of Arrakeen, the now historically protected Leaping Jerboa Inn, it was there that inn keeper Stewart McFarland brewed and served three different variaties of ale, one of which used a small amount of the spice Melange and this brought him to the attention of the Corrino family who promptly placed an order for 100 barrels for their annual Spice Harvest Festival, soon after a major brand was born as people far and wide rushed to the Leaping Jerboa Inn to sample the legendry beer. Now the company that he founded brews four staple beers, and has around a further 12 "Seasonal" beers, the company also owns over 40 drinking establishments across the nation and has exclusive contracts with many top sports venues and hotels. In 1903 the company purchased Lochgallen Distillary and as a result took ownership of a quality whiskey brand. Since then they have also acquired Lofters Gin Distillary and a soft drinks company making them a wide reaching beverage brand. STAPLE BEERS Still brewed using the recipe that started it all, this is THE legendary beer that caught the attention of the Corrino family and launched inn keeper Stewart McFarland to a fortune. The beer is made from dark hops, however the infusion of the mystical spice Melange gives the beer a rather ruby appearence. Our brew masters describe it as "full bodied and well balanced with a chocolate toffee malt flavour, moderate bitterness and a distinctive fruity character with a ruby red glow". It is one of the most popular beers in Kaitaine and was until 1964 the biggest selling beer in the country until overtaken by its stable mate. Now however it is making a comeback as a "Real Ale Revolution" seems to be sweeping Kaitaine, if not the world. In 1900 the company was asked to brew a "Light Beer" for the 21st birthday of Erik Harkonnen, once more capitalising on the recognition given by a Holy House the McFarland family brewed a fine quality beer to quench any thirst. Harkonnen Arrakis Lager was born and proved popular both with the Harkonnen family who were apparently more than happy to lend the beer their name, and with the general public. As lagers became more and more popular it was this brand that lead the way, in 1964 overtaking its older brother "Spice Beer" as the nations top selling alcoholic beverage. First brewed by the company in 1914 it was an attempt to utilise a bumper harvest of honey on the McFarland estate, it worked. The beer was so popular that the year after the McFarland's ended up trying to triple their honey harvest yet still demand outstriped supply. Today the company support several honey manufacturers in addition to still using the traditional hives of their McFarland estate. Hiver is a beautifully balanced, sneakily seductive, golden coloured beer. First brewed in 1930 as a seasonal beer when Graham McFarland acquired a job lot of Oatmeal in a gambling game. He set about creating a stout using his windfall and the beer flew out the pumps, demand was so great that his gambling buddy got regular contracts to supply the Jerboa Brewery and business went from strength to strength for both parties. The beer has roasty malt flavours of coffee and chocolate, bound to a decadent full-bodied richness.Flaked oats and wheat add to the velvet mouth-feel, with the carbonation adding a honeycomb texture. PLEASE ASK ABOUT THE SELECTION OF AVALIABLE "SEASON BEERS" Additionally Lochgallen single walt whiskey's are avaliable in a variety of styles and ages. For anyone wishing to gain supplies of a truly historic beer still brewed by the same family that invented it with genuine care and love the Jerboa Brewery is the company for you.
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