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The Apprentice - Chapter 3 - Obligations
Chapter 3 – Obligations
After having recorded the Oath of Retribution, Marlwig sent it to the Head Chronicler at his clan’s stronghold. The recording would be relayed back home through deep space auto-comstations. The demiurg interstellar communications system was based on a network of small self-sustaining communications stations. The message would barely reach home before Marlwig and the vaultship.
The vaultship was not equiped for war. It was armed but would not last long in any sort of direct combat situation. Marlwig’s master had a contingent of combat robots aboard, half of which Marlwig had built during his time as apprentice. Still it was a small contingent and it would be futile to assault a human planet with such a small force. Even though demiurg technology was well advanced, the sheer numbers of the human forces would crush any rash attempt at retaliationon Marlwig’s part. Not to mention the superior demiurg war tech purchased by the humans all those years ago.
Even if Marlwig had the forces needed for a retaliatory strike at his disposal, he could not do it. He wasn’t allowed. Everything aboard the vaultship was his master’s property. The shuttles, the robots, the precious metal ingots, even the different types of exo-suits, used for mining, construction, zero-operations, hazardous environments, wars and conflicts. Everything aboard was his master’s. Because Marlwig’s master was now deceased, everthing now belonged to his next-of-kin and Marlwig was bound by honour to transfer all of his masters property to the Brombannog clan. The clan of his master. To the demiurg, property was sacred and it was a a question of terrible disgrace and dishonour if property were not in the hands of it’s rightful owners. Returning it had precedence over retaliation and, also, his master’s clan had the Right of Vengeance. This was the legal claim to exact revenge over the loss of a clan member. As Marlwig had taken an Oath of Retribution, he hoped be allowed to join the clan in it’s attempt to get revenge.
The only thing aboard that truly belonged to Marlwig were his apprentice’s toolkit, granted by his master when Marlwig was taken on. He also owned a selection of digi-tools, worn as rings, made under the tutelage of his master as step exams, each digi-tool ring had to be flawlessly constructed for Marlwig to continue his education. The last piece of Marlwig’s property was his, as of yet, unfinished Journeyman exo-suit. Once he finished the suit, he would be eligible to come before the Master Smiths’s Guild and if the suit passed the strict gaze of the guild, he would be initiated into the ranks of the Journeymen. The Journeymen were free traders, able to travel and sell their services to whom they wished or not, if that was what they wanted. It was a respected position in demiurg society. It was at the initiation that the Journeymen received the coming-of-age face brand, branded across one eye. It was a brand Marlwig very much desired after a century and a half as an apprentice, he had to admit.