Spring Rivers Flowing was a Than-Thre-Kull from the Diamond caste who was a Triumvir. She was apparently quite old and well-respected by her fellow Than. She was also a taciturn leader, although she became rather verbal when Brandenburg Tor, a Commonwealth world was overrun by the newly encountered Magog. Her speech was solemn, but also relayed to Commonwealth citizens a toughness of spirit that helped to brace and instruct them on the crisis.
Speech to Commonwealth CitizensEdit
I have never visited Brandenburg Tor, never seen its glittering spires, its elegant orbital habitats, its soaring cloud forests, or even one of its five million lakes. I have never met any of its proud inhabitants: Human and Nietzschean, Perseid and Than, Ksarti and Borineek, all working side by side in harmony on their breathtaking gem of a world. I have never met them.
And now I never will.
Brandenburg Tor is no more. Its three billion citizens are all dead or dying. Its cities lie in ruins. Its lakes are fouled with blood. Its forests burn with unrelenting fire.
On the tenth day of Seknet, a previously unknown enemy invaded Brandenburg Tor. These creatures, whom our military have code-named the Magog, struck without warning. Brandenburg Tor's Home Guard fought bravely, but, outnumbered a hundred to one, they soon fell. The victorious Magog slaughtered indiscriminately, feasting on the dead. They destroyed everything they touched, burning and looting unchecked. Now Brandenburg Tor is theirs, the despoiled prize of a cowardly and brutal attack.
But this aggression will not stand. This brutality will not go unchecked. And the people of Brandenburg Tor will not go unavenged.
Even as I speak to you, the brave sentients of the High Guard venture forth to do battle with this new and dangerous foe. With them go our hopes and our prayers. The High Guard will not rest- WE will not rest until this threat to our lives and our liberty has been expunged. Until the citizens of the Systems Commonwealth can enjoy the blessings of Peace once more.
May Infinity embrace the departed souls of Brandenburg Tor. May Fate guide and protect the brave members of the High Guard. And may Destiny shine on us all.
Long live the Systems Commonwealth!
- "This aggression will not stand, man" is a quotation from the 1998 film "The Big Lebowski", spoken by the eponymous hero. In itself, that is a reworking of a statement by President G.H.W. Bush at the time of the First Gulf War, "This will not stand, this aggression against Kuwait."