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Old Sep 23 2010, 12:11 AM   #1
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I am just finshing up rereading the crystal singer series. Several thoughs jumped into my head.
Does, the Guild own the entire planet? Can one aquire land and set up a bussnes there?
After all everyone must stay there so why not own land, start a farm, etc..
Must all singer stay at the Guild? Can't they have more then one ship. So if they destory one comeing in the have a spair.


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Old Sep 23 2010, 02:17 AM   #2
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Welcome to MoM, yes, those who don't become singer do other things like farming, and the Guild own all and I would think lease the rest out to others. I've haven't read some of the books of late but, hope my answer helped.
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Old Sep 23 2010, 06:38 AM   #3
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I think the Guild does own the planet - they certainly control everything, like a global government body.

In the last book it's mentioned that not everyone goes to Ballybran with the intention of becoming a singer, that they like the benefits of a long healthy life and are willing to trade that for being inured on the planet's surface. After all, we're stuck here on this planet at the moment and we've got more than enough to do and explore!
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The Guild either owns outright or has control of the entire planet of Ballybran. In order to set foot on Ballybran, you must either be a member of the Guild, or have special equipment to survive without being exposed to the symbiont and also have clearance from the FSP. Ships without clearance would most likely be re-routed by the FSP when on approach, or outright destroyed if they were thought to pose a threat to the Guild, since the FSP needs Ballybran crystal and the Heptite Guild is the only way to get that.

Duties like farming, fishing, etc., are done on Ballybran, in a limited number of places, by guildmembers who did not have singer-level adaptations to the symbiont. Logically, only a portion of the planet is subject to mach storms, and there are fertile areas for growing food away from the mountain ranges, but they would still have to be managed by people who have been exposed to and survived symbiont adaptation. Otherwise, the cost of maintaining environmental systems for the farmers/fishers would be too high to make local food production viable - they would have to have air, food and water piped in, and could never be exposed to the native plants and animals directly or they would risk symbiont exposure.

The FSP mandated no travel to and from Ballybran to limit risk of death due to symbiont exposure - most poeple have no idea that there is a symbiont, and thus, would not take the proper precautions for a successful adaptation. Further, once adaptation has occured, it is necessary to regularly be on Ballybran to maintain the health of the symbiont - if it dies, the human host dies as well. Most non-singers never leave the planet, or, if they do, go no further than Shankill Moonbase. I'm under the impression that this is because non-singers have a weaker -and thus more vulnerable - adaptation to the symbiont and are at risk for symbiont failure much more rapidly than a singer might be.
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Greatings all
Thks so much for all the replys.
I enjoy it all and the books.
I think it would be cool to live in a cyrstal house. Think of the music to wake up to. Each room could be created out of a color for diferent toons... giggle...
far fetch i know but nice to dream about it...

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Greatings all
Thks so much for all the replys.
I enjoy it all and the books.
I think it would be cool to live in a cyrstal house. Think of the music to wake up to. Each room could be created out of a color for diferent toons... giggle...
far fetch i know but nice to dream about it...

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Just my two credits here, perhaps having the crystal as part of an organ or, I like the one in the office of the Guild, the one that was reacting to a loud entry into there. I not going to spoil it for you, but I just happen to recall that. Also the storage ability, and creative ways of using them.
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