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Hum, Clatter, and Drone...

Named after the heroine from an old earth stage production, Juliet has the largest density in population on the planet of Safeharbor. Its population sits around five thousand, most being industrial workers, engineers, farmers, researchers and skilled craftsmen.   Most live in the ruins of Safeharbor's planet wide city, settling in the sturdier buildings around Caydie's Cradle. Each building is self-sustaining, with vertical farms and solar panels built on makeshift patios and along the outer walls.   This is where the beating heart of humanity rests, where our industry resides. The workers in the cradle produce weapons, voidcraft, and many of the goods needed to live a life in relative comfort.

Caydie's Cradle

Caydie's Cradle is a massive set of dry docks discovered by Caydie Kines before The Battle of The Pillars and The First War. This is where we produce our ships, most of which being frigates.   Over the years, more of the facilities surrounding the cradle were accessed, granting us the ability to produce almost anything we need, provided we have the blueprints to do so. We build to survive, our industry keeping us afloat against insurmountable odds. Those who live in this colony take pride in that.   Juliet has a culture rooted in hard work and dedication. The sounds of the cradle at work have an almost hypnotic effect on those who live there. Many find it hard to sleep without the constant quake and drone of the manufactories at work.

The Labs

Juliet has several research labs that work to develop new technology and develop ever more efficient methods of applying that technology. They are the ones who ensure our progress. We could never compete with the others in the galaxy, but it won't stop us from trying.   While the skills needed to do this work can only be developed in Autumn, the colony of Autumn lacks the necessary facilities and equipment to do what Juliet can.   By blending technology left behind by the species that built the city and our own technology, we have created a sophisticated means of crawling out of the this dark age. With the way things are going, we may well thrive one day.

The Last Chapel

A large domed structure sits in the center of the Juliet. It's old, vacant, and the flora growing throughout its broken foundation hint at the years of neglect. This is the last chapel, the final resting place of the religions of earth. While some claim some degree of spirituality, there are no organized faiths of note among humanity.   The few who retain their faith tend to be ridiculed and persecuted for their beliefs, making the subject a deeply private affair. For everyone else, particularly those who abandoned their faith, it just doesnt bring the comfort it did before. When asked about the soul, or what lies beyond death, they respond in quivering voices, "I have no idea."   The last chapel is a symbol of a dying faith, not just in god, or nature, or any other higher power. It is a symbol of our faith in life, in ourselves as well. We thought we knew so much of the universe. We are proven wrong, time and time again.

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Dec 20, 2020 18:44 by Jacob Billings

Well. Your setting continues to expand without really growing in scale, which is pretty cool. I like the name of Juliet, however, I feel like you could make this article even better by suggesting a reason for which the settlement was named after Juliet. Presuming that the reason wasn't lost with the earth.   You should probably give a slight alteration to the first sentence under the Caydie's Cradle. Technically, it's not needed, however, it's always nice to specify things so the reader is aware you're not insane. Therefore, I believe you should mention that Caydie's Cradle is a part of Juliet and not some random tangent.   As an addition to the labs bit, I'd love to read an article going into the people who work there specifically--as they'd be the scientists of humanity--as well as what kind of research/innovation occurring in the labs.   I really like the mention of the last chapel. I would, however, love to see something like a focused query on the remnants of the rooms there as well as other information to accentuate the idea that it's this almost dead setting in which faith has slowly worn away. Speaking of which, you totally should add some more queries as those faded away after your first few articles.   Anyway, awesome work. How you managed to get this article out so fast will always amaze me as you managed to publish two articles and a journal entry while I was sleeping! Great work!

Dec 20, 2020 18:57 by R. Dylon Elder

Yeah this one was rushed for sure and thanks for the suggestions. I shall polish it to perfection! I gotta go fast! Lol thankfully this was my last or second to last for WE.

Dec 21, 2020 15:58 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I like the sound of Juliet. The image of the Last Chapel is a powerful one.

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Dec 21, 2020 17:39

If I ever play a character in this setting, I want him to be religious. That section about the Last Chapel just poses such a powerful question; What do we do when, according to every line of logic available to us, our faith fails?   "Caydie's Cradle is a massive set of dry docks discovered by Caydie Kines The Battle of The Pillars and The First War."   Did you mean to put an 'in' in there somewhere?   Also Calling a series of drydocks a 'cradle' is just cool.

Dec 21, 2020 18:39 by R. Dylon Elder

Religious characters would be fantastic role playing opportunities in this setting, my lord. Ooops sorry. Its supposed to say 'who presumably perished in the battle of the pillars."   I really like the idea behind the Cradle. Lots of double meanings there and oof. I'm a little proud of it XD thanks again my friend

Dec 22, 2020 18:26 by Angantyr

Damn, I was disturbed when I read about Autumn but Juliet feels like a living hell for its lack of sleep, though probably with many possibilities at hand when it comes to crafting necessary equipment and machinery.   Nice piece, thanks. :)

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Apr 13, 2022 00:47 by Lilliana Casper

How sad that they don't remember anything of their faiths. Did the people of Safeharbor know what happened to Juliet or did they change things that happened? I'm just wondering if the colony was named out of symbolism or just because it sounded nice.

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Apr 13, 2022 13:11 by R. Dylon Elder

Oh that's a good question. This taps into one the new constellations of Safeharbor. They took the same story and extended it, adding exploits in the afterlife for the characters involved. Its was named as such to provide hope using that new set of stories.

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