The Unum

"If the Unum speaks to you, traveller, it is because you have the ears to hear – though at first you may not believe it is so."

The being known by the Ostrons as 'the Unum', and to ignorant offworlders as 'the Wall', has a reputation for prophecy. Those wealthy enough to own moons have journeyed to Cetus, hoping to buy an audience. But the Unum has no use for wealth, and she alone decides who will hear her words, and when.

Ostrons believe she sits at the pin-centre of the universe, listening to the infinite poetry of cause and effect.

Some visitors to her chamber leave bitterly disappointed, others elated, others furious. But one thing is certain: the information she imparts changes the person who receives it.

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