are distinctive. You can see that. They stand out in any collection of comm
units. Through the centuries a number of models have appeared. These shown
here are representative." -- HarrRmaq, civic engineer and collector
predate all other comm units as far as we know and have become increasingly
rare during the last 500 years. They are more complex and so more expensive.
Consequently most citizens prefer to use the simpler, lighter modern comms.
and more, when messengers appear in the public realm they are purchased by
"They're on the watch because occasionally a really fine, rare model
in need of funds have searched old tribal cachements for messengers in hopes
of finding some coveted models."
--Turrrlehn, assembler specializing in messenger repair and conditioning
have their curious facets. Like other bits from our distant past they have
an aureole of mythical attributes and tales and fragments of lore. They are
said to have far more autonomy than other comm units which in some can lead
to defiance and aggression.
have even been reports of a few messengers disappearing, having taken a severe
dislike to their duties or senders but of course this may only cloak those
taken by greedy collectors or the desperate hoping to sell them."
--Xlixann, civic archivist
a messenger I'm after, I've glimmed it several times down in the lower level
far below the Civic Center. It's old, clever, mean and potent. I'm going to
get it one of these nights."
-- Saq, Bloc Sector
remember the first messenger I conditioned. It led me through the process
it needed. But it took me three days experimenting before it responded. They
don't trust. I've never been through an equivalent initiation."
-- Palquine, assembler
had a messenger assigned to me and it stung my fingers every time I tried
to activate it. It knew I was obliged to access it. It was having its dark
-- SlurrRin, mediator
is what you see when you've managed to successfully activate a messenger.
Some expand even to 8 times their height when closed. It's then you realize
your real challenges are just about to begin."
-- Bheq, assembler