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Drake's Dozen

Revolution is coming

Industrial, magical, political; the dual-moon planet of Neyush is on the precipice of change.

People of many different species, reeling from the effects of the Great War almost two centuries ago, are accelerating into a new age, fueled by innovative discoveries and forgotten secrets. The event that ended the war and decimated an entire people is referred to as The Blink.

No-one knows how or why it happened, though many have theories.

Little fish, big pond

The Blink also brought change to the Dozen.

Empty metaphysical Spheres of existence, or the homes of unknowable, ancient gods? Opportunities for life-enhancing magitech, or eldritch traps waiting to ensnare the curious? Aspects of reality as normal as time and gravity, or complex creations of the Drake herself?

Whatever the Dozen truly are, something is different now. Something changed with the Blink. Something is coming to Neyush.

Are the secrets behind the Dozen the key to saving it, or the catalyst for its doom?

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One species' normal is another species' disability

Talking with only one voice box! I mean, could you even imagine? Barbaric.


Two throats are better than one

Larynx/Syrinx by Norm Budnitz

Kliasta are unique among the people of Neyush in that they speak with a syrinx instead of a larynx. Where everyone else--humans, vena, even the reptilian tilkens--uses a singular voicebox to vocalise, kliasta effectively have a smaller voicebox in the opening of each lung.

Solo Duets

As a result, their dual-singing, double-trills, and overall melodic speaking are world-famous. But what happens when someone that relies on two of something for day-to-day life loses the use of one of them?


Unfortunately, One-Voice has no preventable cause. While throat injuries can cause it, they are likely to result in much worse outcomes if they have reached the syrinx.

It more commonly appears as a genetic condition, skipping and striking generations seemingly at random.


The inability to communicate is the largest symptom. Most Kliastan languages rely on intervals between produced notes in the same way some langueages rely on tones. With only one voice box, speaking them is simply impossible.

Genetic One-Voice, whether congenital or appearing later in life (much rarer), is often accompanied with:

  • Swelling of the affected side of the throat
  • Asthma
  • Development of a stutter

The stutter appears to be the result of the brain still attempting to create two streams of sound at the same time, through the same voice box, and oddly stays with the kliasta even if they are lucky enough to have an artificial syrinx made.


Shunned outcasts

Until very recently, there has been no treatment at all; sufferers have simply been forced to live with the condition. Kliastan languages all rely on two simultaneous voiceboxes, so they are rendered mute as far as society is concerned.

Magitech to the rescue

A travelling monoduga had a breakthrough last year in their invention of an artificial syrinx--an odd metal box that, when strapped to the neck of a suffering kliasta, channels energy from the sphere of the Settler to simulate a second voicebox, speaking with the kliasta's own missing voice.

They were inspired by a a reported case of someone curing themselves of One-Voice through training themselves to become a Settler Speaker. They have also kept the secret of its construction to themselves, maintaining a monopoly on the incredibly valuable tech.


Author's Notes

In response to the prompt: A medical condition which is feared by some

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2 Jul, 2021 21:14

Ah man that would suck, glad there's a cure now (even if expensive and not perfect).

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AS Lindsey (Pan)
2 Jul, 2021 21:17

Yeah, life's better when you're rich no matter what universe you're in.

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2 Jul, 2021 21:50

I like the subheading "one mans normal is another man's disability". That's incredibly cool to think about! :)

You should check out the The 5 Shudake, if you want of course.
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AS Lindsey (Pan)
2 Jul, 2021 21:59

Thanks! I like sprinkling wee lines and subheadings in :)

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7 Jul, 2021 18:35

Interesting read and definitely unique! Interesting to see how the illness has an impact on the individual and society! Keep up the good work! :D

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12 Jul, 2021 13:29

Thanks for the kind words!

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