RR is for Rufus, a star system on the Beta side of the Alpha Quadrant. I’m world-building in my own system today.

There are two inhabited planets: Rufus 5 is called Pavane, and Rufus 6 is so far unnamed.  The Rufus system is a strong partner in the Federation (see letter F), one of the two dominating forces in my universe (see letter I).

The Pavanians are a well-travelled bunch, and range from general space flotsam, as we find in the first chapter of the Perihelix, when one hired thug tries to steal from the Swede, to highly ranked officials in the Federation.  Indeed from the flash fiction below, it looks like Rufus could even be the location of their meeting hall, the Rathalle, although my other notes say that the Federation originated in the Lyra system, where the three inhabited planets are V’iola, D’Bass and P’csion, hence the original name of the Grand Federation of Orchestral Manoeuvres.  Perhaps the Pavanians from Rufus 5 gained the ascendency in the Federation and moved the ritual meetings – the Tingwald is held every five years – to their own territory.

Pavanians are ruthless, hot-tempered, but capable of great self-control.  Bearing grudges and exacting revenge long after the event are their specialities.  Physically they look humanoid but tough, and that includes an element of leatheriness to their skin. Their bones are much denser than the typical human, and they recover quickly from injury.  Pete and the Swede discover they are capable of regrowing digits.

I haven’t had the need to build the physical worlds of the Rufus system yet, but they must be tough to produce these creatures; maybe denser air and/or higher gravity. With the Rathalle described below, there’s an element of gothic architecture that has been derived from somewhere, and mixed in with germanic and nordic language and traditions, but I always feel that Pavanians have something in common with Klingons or Cardassians.

fi50#Fi50 for April

Fiction in fifty words is a great meme for anyone who fancies giving it a go – check out the BookShelf Gargoyle who launched it on the unsuspecting world a couple of years back.  I mean, how difficult is it to write a fifty word story once a month?  In this month’s prompt we were invited to pick our own final word in “Born to ….”

Born to Pavane

The vaulted Rathalle echoed as tri-lutes and zithers played the traditional music.  The nobles of Rufus, V’iola and D’Bass processed up the aisle, pausing in rhythm to bow to their neighbours, point toes forward and dance onwards in the ancient ritual.

The hundred and second Federation Tingwald had begun.

© 2016 J M Pett


R is for Rufus and #Fi50 for April
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6 thoughts on “R is for Rufus and #Fi50 for April

  • 21 April, 2016 at 7:56 am

    You’re an amazing writer Jemima. World building can’t be as easy as you seem to make it.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    • 21 April, 2016 at 11:47 am

      As long as you don’t notice the joins, I’m okay, David. I realise that I’ve said here it was on the Beta side of the quadrant – in Book 2 I’ve written it as the Delta side 🙂 I suppose I’m the only one who would notice!

  • 21 April, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Nice. Though I never know how to pronounce these names with apostrophes in them 🙂

  • 22 April, 2016 at 1:59 am

    J here, of the #atozchallenge Arlee Bird’s A to Z Ambassador Team.
    How has the challenge been going for you so far? Are you meeting your goals of posting and hopping to other blogs? 3/4 of the way done!
    My blog’s giveaway is still going! I’m encouraging everyone to visit more stops.

    I’d love to build a model of the fantasy world I made. I have no idea how to do such a thing (missed out on those Science Fairs as a kid), or where I’d get the parts. But I’d love to be able to “see” instead of “guess/ deduce” where the suns hit and how long nights might really last. (plural suns)

    • 22 April, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Hmm, planets round a binary star, eh? That would give Kepler a moment’s thought. My first question would be – do the planets orbit one star but get shone on by the other, or do they orbit the double star. I suspect the math would make them do an orbit of the ‘centre of gravity’ of the binary (which the two stars are also orbiting about). Then again, how many planets are in the system? Basically, the gravity of each body affects the rest; the most massive being the suns, they dominate the system.
      For thinking about suns shining on your planet you also need to know the planet’s rotation speed and angle of the orbit to its N-S axis. You can basically pick your own depending on how fast you want the days and seasons to go.
      I have no idea whether anyone’s found a triple star yet. The same principle applies.
      I did find a ‘women in space’ blog which might just give you some pointers to someone who might be able to help. I think I googled ‘women in space’ and chanced upon it!
      Darn it – you’ve got me wanting to tinker with a spreadsheet now!

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