The Musings of Hash and Malarian
In line with the Cantoy University Credo: ‘History Above All’, I have collected the Musings of Hash and Malarian to present their interesting and divergent perspectives. May these works bring you curiosity and...enlightenment.
The years immediately preceding a Centopoly Conclave are always...tumultuous. Although we cannot know the ways of the Metric, some believe that this, the 25th Conclave, will bring great changes to the Cosmos. One of the Core worlds may fall from the 100. Titans of Cosmos industry may be displaced, for other, more vigorous and hungry mega-corps. Such is the will of the Metric.
It is no wonder then, that Musings on the meaning of the Metric are crisscrossing the Outback’s ansible network. There are many popular Musings, but two of the most discussed are from the sentients Hash and Malarian d’Paternay.
Hash needs no introduction, for he is the bringer of Cypher, the mysterious ‘Gift’ that, in Cypherian cults such as the Trusonaries, is viewed as ‘salvation.’ Malarian is something different. Known across the Outback as a ruthless and dedicated Centopoly security officer, she was not thought to be a keen thinker on philosophical matters. Yet, when her Musings on the Metric, taken from her personal logs, were somehow ‘leaked’ on the Outback ansible—just as Hash’s Musings were gaining in popularity...well, there is no need to state the obvious.
In line with the Cantoy University Credo: ‘History Above All’, I have collected the Musings of Hash and Malarian to present their interesting and divergent perspectives in a convenient package. Their Musings also feature two arrangements of melodies from the Schopen Suite: Centopoly Waxing (Malarian’s Musings) and Sentient Breath (Hash’s Musings) composed by the late Daria Scophen. May these works bring you curiosity—and perhaps enlightenment.
– Didarian Chronitaum, Historian Emeritus, Cantoy University, Outback, 11,084, CE
Chaos and Choice
Malarian believes that the Centopoly is the perfect system, accessible to all, offering choice and abundance. Following the Metric, citizens of the Centopoly, enjoy peace, prosperity and progress. The alternative is chaos.
Freedom vs. Control
Hash believes the Metric removes choice and limits humanity's potential. As the Centopoly rewards compliance with the Metric, they control individual thoughts and actions, ultimately eliminating freedom! Hash discusses the consequences.