Tuesday October 31, 2017
Book 18: Mandatory Failure — Part I

Note: A tlumnph is a metal plate about the size of a fobott'r hand upon which has been etched an individual's geneology. Tlumnphs have great personal significance, and many fobott'r will make a pilgrimage to the vaults of Tetnumbrathi, on Gripp, to cast their tlumnphs in among the trillions already there. 

"Tlumnphrot" is what happens when a fobott'r uses poor quality metals to make their tlumnph, and their life's record corrodes. Fobott'r are far too careful for tlumnphrot to actually be a thing that happens, but the thought alone is offensive enough to make it a powerful epithet

Addendum to Note: None of this is particularly important to the story. It's just fun to teach the reader to swear. 


KAEPU: Your friends are running headlong into the Uuplechan Patriot Armada.

VIKI: Oh, tlumnphrot.

Those idiots.

VIKI: They're going to get themselves killed.

KAEPU: And you must not warn them. Further complicity on your part will make things much worse.

VIKI: Even if I did care enough to warn them, there is no way the U.P.A. would listen to me.

KAEPU: I meant don't warn your sister, or her mercenary friends.

VIKI: Not an issue, because they're not in any danger.

KAEPU: Things just got much worse.