by Teyvill

"Borodin" is the name of a UAZ-452 van Maxim Kunitsyn of the Bureau of Temporal Investigations acquired on the orders of Sesostris and brought to Western Europe in 2021, the second year of the Time-Travelling company's operations. (1/7)

by Teyvill

The name "Borodin" is an hommage to "Borodinskiy", a very popular type of rye bread in Russia. UAZ-452 has a more popular name - "Bukhanka", which translates as "a loaf of bread". That's why Sesostris, who knows Russian language quite well, decided to name the vehicle "Borodin". (2/7)

by Teyvill

The vehicle looks like a generic UAZ-452, but it's heavily modified due to the need to get to the most remote of the Sending Stones. Before this vehicle, reachin these portals to the Time Current was possible only on foot, which severily limited the amount of supplies the Bureau's agents could carry with them to their journies. "Borodin" changed that. (3/7)


by Teyvill

"Borodin" uses a diesel engine which doesn't conform to any European Union ecological standards, but it's still listed as "Euro 5" thanks to Sesostris' connections. Diesel allows for cheaper travel and since most of the Sending Stones are usually situated in developing countries, this type of fuel is easier to find there. (4/7)

Additional & auxiliary systems

by Teyvill

Essentially, "Borodin" is a manifestation of the idea "a really bad thing, but beloved by most". As a transport, it couldn't be worse: it uses mechanical transmission, has a lot of troubles with traction control. As an SUV, it's also not the best. Yes, it can go where there isn't any road, and if handled correctly, it never gets stuck. (5/7)

by Teyvill

The passengers feel every single bump on the road as if it was an anti-tank obstacle, and when you're inside the vehicle, get ready for a general sensation of being a potato in a sack. In addition, any kind of cargo should be secured, lest it becomes a flying missile aimed at anybody unfortunate enough to be inside the Bukhanka. (6/7)

by Teyvill

The Bureau outfitted "Borodin" with various upgrades, most of which are to be revealed in upcoming posts. Suffice it to say, Maxim's general dissatisfaction with this particular vehicle led to these upgrades. The only one that can be confirmed right now is its paintjob. It looks like a "Scooby-Doo truck on acid": evidently, they left Damien Sinclair in charge of the esthetics. Unfortunately, there aren't any up-to-date images of the Bukhanka. (7/7)



by Teyvill via Midjourney

  Meistramser92 is an anonymous poster on Fringe sections of Social Media. His posts mostly concern Time Travel and its mechanics. He usually writes Twitter-like threads in a Fringe Society Messaging App. His writing style is based on him trying to explain difficult concepts using the simplest possible language.
Creation Date
1700 euro
2 tons
up to 115 kph
Complement / Crew
1 driver
Cargo & Passenger Capacity
up to 9 passangers

Cover image: by Jana Lo, commissioned by Teyvill


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21 Jan, 2023 08:47

This is not a Vehicle. This is a Character. This is a hill I am willing to die on. Borodin is the incarnate god of the idea “It's not a bug, it's a feature” and then they do nothing to actually prove it to you because they are a god and aren't subject to your whims. Good luck getting them to do what you want. 10/10, would read again but not ride.

Grandmaster Teyvill
Andrew Belenkiy aka Teyvill Dost
21 Jan, 2023 19:21

xDDDD Dammit, you give me more incentive to actually translate all the new episodes of our show, where Borodin appears xD