Fullen Biscuit

The Fullen Biscuit, named after Sir Doctor Bryan G. Fullen, is a form of highly nutritious biscuit, containing caffeine, vitamin and protein supplements.
It was originally designed to be a practical and comfortable source of nutrition for alingual officers, members of the Order of Imperial Custodians with tongues amputated to prevent the inadvertent leaking of classified information, but is eaten by all members of the army as the primary source of nutrition.

Types

Standard Issue

The "Standard Issue" or "Standard Fullen" is the most common and basic type, consisting only of the base ingredients and supplements, keeping the wafers dense, rough and starchy. It is the product eaten in the army, with rare circumstantial exceptions.

Winter Biscuit

The "Winter Biscuit" or "Winter Fullen" is a version of the "Standard Issue" that contains lard, making it softer and smell slightly stronger. It is used to boost fat reserves from late autumn to early spring, but is also used as a reward or celebratory meal in the forces.

Bitter Biscuit

The "Bitter Biscuit" or "Bitter Fullen" is a version of the "Standard Issue" that contains butter and various bitter ingredients, making it taste sharp but smell fragrant and feel softer than a "Standard Issue". It is traditionally eaten on Fallendy, see Cultural Significance for more detail.

Luxury variants

Luxury, custom-modeled versions, usually containing alcohol, tobacco, coffee, cocoa, animal products or sweeteners, are produced for veterans and have very strong flavoring, to be smelt instead of tasted during consumption.
Cheaper versions are also used for daily, solitary consumption by lingual (non-tongueless) citizens. See Cultural Significance for more detail.

Consumption

The wafers are etched in a particular pattern, allowing custom fitting according to the shape of the space left by the amputated tongue.
The wafer is broken along the lines to fit snugly, and then placed in the aforementioned gap, absorbing saliva and disintegrating as a constant energy supply.
The absorption prevents unnecessary swallowing, which is quite uncomfortable and challenging without a tongue while the disintegration prevents the need for frequent breaks for eating and digestion, increasing the overall comfort of affected soldiers.

Preparation

Ingredients

Makes ca. 100 wafers

Standard Issue

  • 3 cups of flour (any kind)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tsp of powdered vitamin
  • 2 tsp of powdered protein
  • 2 tsp of caffeine

Winter Biscuit

Add 2 tbs of lard or butter.

Bitter Biscuit

Add 2 tbs of butter and flavour with any of the following ingredients.
  • Dandelion greens
  • Citrus peel
  • Raw ginger
  • Unsweetened cacao
  • Strong alcohol of choice

Alternatives

Use milk instead of water for a richer flavour.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 230 C°/450 F° and lightly dust a baking tray with flour.
  2. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Alternatively, sift onto a large, clean surface and create an indentation for the water.
  3. Add the water and knead until smooth, dense and homogenous. Add more water if required.
  4. Remove the dough from bowl if not already on the table and roll out the dough until it is roughly two fingers or 3cm thick.
  5. Optionally, use greased paper to create shaped that fits comfortably in the lower jaw of the intended consumers.
  6. Cut the dough into rectangles sized three-by-five fingers or 4x7cm and etch according to manufacturing patterns. If the previous step was followed, use the paper shapes as outlines instead, allowing for a customised experience.
  7. Move the biscuits onto the dusted tray.
  8. Should there be unused dough, repeat from step four.
  9. Prick the biscuits using a sharp implement, for example a fork, to prevent the biscuits from puffing.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
  11. Take the biscuits out of the oven and lay them on a rack to cool for 5 minutes.
  12. Optionally, store in an airtight jar or tin together with some gelatin or other drying agent if available.
  13. Serve on it's own, saliva is sufficient. If in a hurry, consume with a beverage of choice. Tea never fails to help.

Cultural Significance

Linguals

It is considered rude for Linguals, citizens with a tongue, to consume Fullen Biscuits while communicating, since it impairs speech. It is considered especially rude when talking with a tongue amputee, even if they are also consuming one, as it can be interpreted as mocking and is strictly punishable should the amputee feel offended.
Fuller Biscuits are commonly consumed by Linguals during work or during other long activities where communication is unexpected. Should a Lingual consuming a Fuller Biscuit find the need to communicate arise, they should lodge the wafer in the cheek to prevent impairment of the tongue. This is often uncomfortable for the speaker, indirectly punishing them for their lack of foresightedness, justifying communication. Either cheek may be used to hold the wafer.

Fallendy

Main article: Fallendy
Fallendy (originally "Fallen Day" or "Day of the Fallen"), is celebrated on the 6th of Antifatum to remind the citizens of the sacrifices made for the good of the nation. Originally honoring those killed in battle, it has evolved to honor those that sacrifice their speech for the good of the nation equally. One tradition that displays this shift is the consumption of "Bitter Biscuits" (see Types).
Family and friends gather around and take a bitter biscuit together. Etiquette forbids talking unless necessary during the consumption, on average taking two hours, allowing silent reflection and honoring of those who have made sacrifices for the nation.
The sharp bitterness of the wafer symbolises the pain that has been suffered, but may be rather weak, especially for children or during ingredient shortages. The fact that bitterness is hard to smell makes the experience rather pleasant for Alinguals, letting them suffer less than they usually do.
Item type
Consumable, Food / Drink
Rarity
Very common
Dimensions
Traditionally "three by five fingers", manufactured 4x7cm with varying thickness


Cover image: by A Lambent Eye

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20 Oct, 2018 10:34

Great concept! I love the history behind this and the different variations on the biscuit :)


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21 Oct, 2018 09:47

Thank you! That's very kind of you. ;)