RVA: Shadow of the Future, HomecomingThe shuttle returned them to the surface of Foxen Prime, homeworld to the Foxen Protectorate’s modest ten system government. Well, eleven systems now, with the addition of Salli’s holding of Greenholme to the mix. Seven were administered by the Protectorate as a whole, held in trust by the entire ruling Council of Countesses, with a rotating series of Governor Generals. Three, now four, having been discovered by exploration missions led directly by a countess or countess’ heir, were personal fiefdoms.RVA: Shadow of the Future, Homecoming by Sir-Talen
The homeworld itself was more fragmentary, ruled by a hundred or so countesses, each with their own Domain, a miniature nation each with its own unique set of laws, but presenting a united front to the other races of the Stellar Alliance through tradition and the Law of Domains, which covered how countesses treated each other and their Commoner tenants.
As Salli and Ali exited their shuttle, a ground skimmer was waiting to meet them beside the parking apron. Waiting for
RVA: Shadow of the Future“Salli, could we speak to you for a moment?” her mother said, then glanced at Alinadar briefly. “Alone.”RVA: Shadow of the Future by Sir-Talen
“What’s the matter?” Salli asked.
“It’s a family concern,” her mother replied, her tone brooking little argument.
“I’ll just wait outside, Salli,” Ali said, turning slightly to duck her head at Salli’s parents.
“Stay close,” Salli told her. The heavy office door closed with a muffled thump as the younger vixen stepped out into the secretary’s office. She looked at her parents, raising an eyebrow at them both. They sat behind their respective desks, both angled slightly towards her. She wondered why it was making her think of old fashioned fortress walls. “What’s the matter?” she asked.
“Salli, what are your intentions towards your bodyguard?” her mother asked without preamble. Her father, to his credit, made a little wince at this.
Officer Wayne, Victim StatementGotham Correctional AdministrationOfficer Wayne, Victim Statement by Sir-Talen
Parole Hearing for Joseph Chill
February 23rd, 201-
“Good afternoon. I'm Officer Bruce Wayne. Twenty-five years ago, the man before you today murdered my father, Thomas Wayne, and my mother, Martha Wayne, in front of my eyes. They were each shot twice with a .38 caliber revolver, for the pearls my mother wore around her neck. I was eight years old. No child should lose their parents like that. Never.
“Joseph Chill claims he panicked, when my father began to raise his hand, to try to ward Chill off. If Chill hadn't let his finger slip, shot my father in the chest, then the stomach, he would be alive today. Many other people would be alive today, saved by my father's skill as a surgeon. All lost, thanks to the actions of petty thief with an itchy trigger finger.
“Lost too was the chance I had for an siblings, when he then fired upon my mother. I know my parents had talked about another child, though my eight year-old self
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