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Dewiek Society

Dewiek Society

Dewiek have been likened to a cross between werewolves and the stereotypical Viking. Depending on the mood of the dewiek at the time, this could be accepted as good joke resulting in drinking and brawling or an insult, resulting in brawling and drinking.

There are rumours circulating that they are an uplifted species. By this it is supposed that a primitive species was modified, increasing cognitive functions. Suggesting such a thing to a dewiek will lead to brawling and drinking, though probably after the person making the suggestion has been eviscerated.

Dewiek, for all their technology are something of a brutal species by human accounts. This does not however in any way make them soulless or uncaring. The exact opposite is in fact true as they can detect and interpret the natural emf fields produced by neurological activity. This is not telepathy in the strictest sense, they cannot understand words or pictures, nor is it a one-way process, such as reading a sign. It requires a process referred to as the bonding, which actually alters the brain chemistry of the individual. Without the bonding they are generally aware of other dewiek and can get a rough inkling of their feelings in similar manner to reading body language. With the bond this becomes almost as clear as experience the feelings personally.


A pack can consist of hundreds or even thousands, though the latter is very rare on account of defined places within the back and the larger the pack the more elaborate the organisation of social structure leading to infighting. Two or more packs can coexist within an area and will more often do so where the nature of the pack is not territorial such as academic or industrial packs. Conflict tends to arise in urban regions where a single pack extends of all areas of society under a strong and possessive alpha. When this happens there will be rivalries with surrounding packs though often the conflicts occur during feasts where large amounts of alcohol is consumed at gathering halls.

As has been stated, within the pack there are often personal fights allowing for the members of the pack to establish position. Where the pack is motivated through academia or some other purpose the fight can become symbolic, though not always, especially if the challenger is not particularly sociable. Often in a symbolic fight, the challenger and challenged will simply scar each other. This even extends to females.

While anyone within the pack can challenge the alpha, where the alpha is popular (not always the case), intermediate proxies may present themselves. The challenger will have to first defeat these. Where the level of difference is very high, this can often be to the death, though challenges of this nature are very rare on account of the slim chance of them succeeding.

Challenges are always fought with natural weapons and are a measure of skill, prowess and vitality and should be fought with ferocity if the challenged is to gain the empathic backing of his pack. Following a successful challenge, the pack bond will shift to the new alpha. This may even occur before the fight is over if the entire pack is present. Generally speaking the loser will also accept the new alpha though if this is likely to cause a serious conflict of interest, the loser will be ejected from the pack and under extreme conditions the successful challenger will eviscerate the loser.

Stories about alphas that have been ejected from the pack, only to return and retake control are common in dewiek history. These stories are always associated with an alpha that has been deposed through a dodgy tactic such as being challenged while injured. While the vast majority of these are associated with planetside packs, i.e. civilians, there are cases where evicted alphas have turned to privateering or some other illicit activity before seeking their revenge.

Daily Routine
Whatever job occupies a dewiek during the day, at night they feast communally. This often involves eating meat, generally off the bone and often slaughtered at the beginning of the feast, though on ships they will rely on preserved meat. While carnivores they will consume vegetables, though these are purely digestives. They will also drink alcoholic beverages. Dewiek alcohol tends to be weak, rarely more than 2% allowing them to consume large quantities often more than ten litres of an evening. By the end of a feast there will be some form of physical activity often simple wrestling though cuts and bruises are considered compulsory. Children are encouraged to get involved and this forms part of their integration into the hierarchy of the pack.

Call of the Wild
Within civilised society the typical dewiek is only exposed to the bond from his pack. This can be quite stifling for the individual. From time to time therefore a dewiek will feel the call of the wind. When this happens they will go lone-wolf, hunting by themselves or with just a few from their pack. This invariably means stripping down to the bare necessities often little more than transport to the middle of a wilderness where the individual or group of packmates hunt and otherwise live off the land for a few weeks. Returning to civilisation can be a challenge and more than one dewiek has become feral refusing to return.

Feral dewiek have to be dealt with as the larger the feral pack grows the greater their ability to bond with those they encounter and the harder it is for the individuals to give up their new bond and return to their original pack.



Cultural Differences
While the above refers to typical dewiek culture, there are many exceptions, often due to the influence of alien species. There is often some degree of adoption such as lessening of the bond between members of the pack or use of combat techniques that eschew traditional values. Other adaptations come with territory such as packs that deal largely with raising cattle for shipping to urban markets. Urban inter-pack rivalries may for example use weaponry, often adornments to armour - another feature that is non-traditional.

Relating to other Species
The dewiek are fiercely proud of their heritage and species though their natural empathy between pack members causes them to project onto other species their personal values. They will however treat other species fairly (by their own standards) and have been known to venerate individuals on their own merit irrespective of their opinion of the individuals species.

Crime and punishment
While their society is often brutal, they are rarely, if ever intentionally cruel. They will eviscerate somebody or banish a pack member, they will rarely imprison somebody, preferring the short sharp shock (including execution) over long-term confinement. They have been known to use prison planets, were the transgressor is simply dumped on an unsettled biosphere. A dewiek returning from banishment to exact revenge and then successfully re-integrating into society is a popular story.



 
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Fox Effects Fantastic Turnaround

With his feet barely under the table, Xavier Fox has managed to dramatically turn things around at the GTT. With year-on-year sales figures up by 23%, manufacturing up 42% and ship production increased by 36%, the megacorporation is running at full steam with noticeable impact on local economies across the Stellar Empire. Political analysts also note that after a period of retrenchment following the disastrous leadership of Ike Krieger, investment in defence is at a five-year high. After such bullish growth, the trick will be for Mr. Fox to recruit C-level executives fast enough to match his ambitions. It is notable in temperament, the current crop of GTT politicals do not exhibit the monomaniacal xenophobia of their predecessors and have resisted repeated provocations by the DEN to enter a pointless spar before they have re-established superiority against the foolhardy aliens.


 
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Felini flounder in Winter against superior Dewiek forces

The FEL have managed to get their asses kicked by the DEN yet again after provoking the definitely “not cute or cuddly” Dewiek in the Crossley system. The furry punching bags had bought a civilian flagged outpost in the system, without permission or under certain conditions depending on who you ask, and then had the gall to reinforce this error by positioning warships in orbit. The famously patient warlord Halvor did not buy the story these heavy hull armed ships were merely transports and sent a pack to clear the orbit. The mouthy yet green Felini fleet commander Pr'prz fancied his chances against what looked like a light complement of DEN warships and ordered his own warships to engage in the neighbouring Winter system. The result was predictably a wipe out of the FEL forces consisting of forty-seven capital warships at no loss to the DEN. Once again, a series of calamitous decision making resulted in Felini lives being wasted by a leadership barely fit to clean a litter tray. The otherwise untested Halvor can now claim some victory ale although with his penchant for picking on creatures as weak as Gracians, it’s not exactly clear how much glory this new breed of Dewiek warrior can claim against the legends of old.


 
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Dastardly Dewiek Disregard Yank Neutrality

The governor of a MRC outpost in the Yank system reports that a 400-hull DEN warship called Grey Hunter Axiom entered orbit of Spritzer and opened fire with weapons of mass destruction (WoMD) against a platform, outpost, ground party and ship. Reports indicate significant casualties to Kastorian personnel both in space and on the ground. The KAS Junta is gruffly warning, with a slightly indifferent air, that everybody better stay out of the sector of the outpost for their own health. It is unclear what measures the KAS have or will take against the DEN on this matter. Such a breach of Yank neutrality has in the past caused the Dewiek to froth at the bit against the Empire for their disregard of ‘civilised’ norms. Their current silence on this matter speaks volumes.


 
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Yenni-bodies Pirates?

A PIR outpost was miraculously discovered by an IMP freighter, of all things, in the Yanni system with several Javelin class warships in orbit. After noticing the IMP freighter and seeing the public post by Jack Jones on subspace, the PIR decided to flee and leave a combined force of IMP and FET forces to capture the outpost. A brain damaged three-year old commentator who still believed in the goodness of people and Santa Claus was quick to commend the IMP on their good work, dismissing those who thought it no more than a convenient clearing up operation signifying* completion of operations in the nearby FET claimed systems of Graydown, Canth and Onissian by IMP puppet Edward Lowe. Meanwhile, the Wolf Lord Lyceum summed up the view of many when he screamed, “What is this amateur b*llshit?” into an uncaring universe.


 
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Crowe Coups Self

The IMP Viceroy Tiberius Crowe has finally achieved something in his unremarkable tenure by relinquishing even the semblance of wearing big boy pants and instead, appointed Jack Jones as Patrol Commissioner, salty spokesperson and policy maker for the Empire. Crowe will now join CIA Director Laton in riding the special bus to work where the two of them will enjoy long pleasant afternoons sipping cups of tea. Actually, just tepid fruit-scented water as neither of them can be fully trusted with a hot kettle. Occasionally, they might be visited by equally dynamic war “veteran” Admiral Bridge to enjoy mimes presenting the latest comics from the Howl. Meanwhile, Jones is putting pressure on the FET and will soon no doubt find a pretext to deploy his vast mercenary forces against anyone else who is seen working too closely with his most hated of enemies, the HEX.


 
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Highlord Aadolf Loses Control As Dewiek Break Peace Treaty

Around one hundred DEN warships have launched an attack on a small GTT destroyer squadron of forty ships in the Daggern system. Two GTT ships were destroyed and another fifteen suffered noticeable damage. CEO Xavier Fox issued a restrained but angry statement demanding the DEN explain themselves. Highlord Aadolf’s buffoon-like response amounted to “Dewiek be Dewiek, let’s drink and forget about it.” Cold comfort for the dead crew onboard the GTT ships and their families. Especially, as seems likely at this time, the Empire will settle for some bloody money instead of retribution.


 
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The Worm Turns

The FET have reduced relations with the IMP to neutral. Sneezy boss Cu Chulainn took the bold step of putting 1 and 1 together by linking recent mercenary attacks in their systems with the IMP scouts seen loitering for some time and refusing to move. Even bolder, hints that they believe “a certain Imperial citizen” is responsible for Edward Lowe’s entire underhand operation were voiced loudly enough that the handsome but hard of hearing Tiberius Crowe had to take note. He was seen grappling in trademark fashion with his skin tight jacket, pulling it down over his partially concealed middle-aged girth, as he sat to issue a terse public statement. Exactly who this citizen may be was left unnamed and no news channel subject to Imperial laws would dare unmask the villain. Luckily dear readers, we are not subject to phony Imperial laws. It’s Jack Jones everybody. Jack Jones, butcher of Naplians and fancier of silver long johns.


 
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”Necessity hath no law”

Lord Cromwell of the DOM slapped a fleet of privateers, on charges of "knavery", "bad manners" and "poor sportsmanship." Such offences carry the death sentence in the Dominion, a nebulous territory neither part of the Empire nor apart from it. At least thirteen Armadillo class ships, typically sold by the DOM, were destroyed at a location Cromwell was unwilling to disclose publicly. Bloodthirsty Dewiek as well as "prince of peace" Yahn Wodenzoon were quick to congratulate the DOM for their merciless carnage. It seems the consensus in the galaxy’s ruling class is that not presenting valid identification is a crime worthy of the murder of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of unfortunate crewmen. This is all just another indicator that the political elite are far removed from the lives of ordinary people who are seen as little more than meat inventory. It is telling so-called “man of the people and the downtrodden” Wodenzoon so readily aligns himself with this grisly concord. Meanwhile, the archaic elocutionist Cromwell further establishes the recent trend of mild exertions of power by the cold-blooded DOM.


 
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Return of the Fox

The galaxy is still digesting news of the return of Xavier Fox to the boardroom of the GTT. The ailing corporation's share price began a sharp rally after a six month downward spiral under Ike Krieger, credited with being the worst CEO in the megacorporation's history. The only surviving board member from Fox's initial tenure as CEO, and perhaps across the entire GTT board, is Antt Tilton the Research Director. The reclusive Tilton is the brains behind the ascension of GTT technology, particularly in the field of antimatter weapons and super-heavy dreadnought size ships, Tilton offers a small measure of continuity during this tumultuous time. Mr. Fox has therefore resorted to a broad appeal for new blood to join the ailing firm. So far, the result has been a number of two-dimensional "Yes" persons being promoted to the C-suite. Still, key stakeholders were upbeat with one commenting, "Fox is the man to turn this bloody disaster around. He knows how to put a great team together and where to bury the bodies of the non-performers."


 

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I’ve played on and off for approximately 10 years, over a 20 year spell. After some interesting debate on the in-game forum, I did wonder what, exactly, has kept drawing me back to the game, when for so many others I’ve generally lost interest after a few months.

Ultimately, I think it is a combination of automation (that allows the game to handle thousands of positions to interact on a daily basis) coupled with Special Actions (that allow the story arc to develop in a way that could not be catered for by a set of predefined list of available orders).
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