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July 23rd, 2009

The Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society Feed Presents: Marhaban, Homeworld of the Bwaps tonight at 9 p.m. Universal Standard Time.  Hosted by Nigel Witherspoon with thanks to Pravan Development LLP.

Nigel: Marhaban! Which means "welcome" in many human cultures couldn't be more accurate when describing the lush garden home of Humanity's Friends. I'm Nigel Witherspoon, your guide to the beautiful, verdant and majestic world that gave rise to our closest alien allies, the Bwaps.

Formally called Bawapakerwa-a-a-awapawab, Bwaps thrive in the humid, exotic jungles, rainforests and swamps of Marhaban; known in wawa-pakekeke-wawa as Peka-wapawab-a or "Place of Bountiful Trees" is one of the few natural garden worlds within the boundaries of human space.

I'm here in Asa-akawa-ateba, the human-built city which houses the headquarters of Pravan Development LLP, the company which opened Marhaban for humanity in the early days of the 22nd century. With me is Pravan Development LLP Director of Commerce and Tourism, Leepeele to share with me and our viewers some of Marhaban's majestic wonders.

Tasaba and sebtaa, Leepeele.

Leepeele: Tasaba, Nigel. Thank you for the opportunity. I look forward to enlightening your manifold viewers as to the humble wonders of Marhaban's diverse ecology and historical places.

Nigel: So Asa-akawa-ateba was built for the needs of the human settlers, correct? By Pravan Development LLP?

Leepeele: Yes, Nigel, it was built to suit the human settlers, chiefly it is the only city on Marhaban to not be partially submerged. This was to allow for the comfort of your people, who do not share the bwap preferences for moistness.

Nigel: I notice you call your world Marhaban as well?

Leepeele: That is how most humans know our world, Nigel, so that is how we refer to it when dealing chiefly with humans.

Nigel: What was here before Asa-akawa-ateba?

Leepeele: A barren and rocky outcropping, Nigel.

Nigel: Not very exciting.

Leepeele: No.

Nigel: Do your people typically avoid the higher elevations?

Leepeele: They are not our first choices for growing habitations, but there are always exceptions, Nigel. For instance there are some, I suppose the human word is "monks",  who do.

Nigel: Oh, any chance we could meet some?

Leepeele: No. They are very private, Nigel. It would be unseemly to disturb them without prior notice.

Nigel: I wasn't under the impression that your people had any form of truly organized religion, like humans or pachekki do.

Leepeele: This is correct, Nigel. The Wapawab is the closest analogue we have to a human religion, and it is much more like a philosophy and a science than a religion.

Nigel: Can you elaborate on these monks beliefs?

Leepeele: They are very private, Nigel.

Nigel: What can you tell us about the city then? It seems a fascinating blend of bwap and human architectural styles and the gardens are lovely.

Leepeele: This is correct Nigel, the central plaza was originally the heart of the human colonial spaceport and outpost. Its architecture, which dates to the Indian Diaspora still towers over the humbler structures which came later and were built of local materials.

Nigel: Now Leepeele, there's a reason behind the switch right?

Leepeele: Indeed, Nigel, it became apparent to Pravan Development very early that human construction methods did not have harmony with Marhaban.

Nigel: Harmony?

Leepeele: Harmony, Wapawab, Nigel. They did not fit with the flow of Marhaban's climate and the natural order. They broke down, their systems failed and they died. In short, Nigel, they had no place in the Wapawab. So facing heavy costs, Pravan turned to us to help them build harmonious structures in keeping with the tenets of the Wapawab.

Nigel: I notice there aren't many mansion trees here, Leepeele. Why is that?

Leepeele: They must keep their roots wet, while humans prefer the dry rock beneath their feet or the stilt houses like the Ubuspoolu build.

Nigel: Ubuspoolu?

Leepeele: Literally "stilt house saltwater people", Nigel; sea fish farmers who live on the coasts.

Nigel: Can we go see them?

Leepeele: Of course, Nigel. We can take the riverboat to the mouth of the Saepswoopawaw and see the community which harvests among the nerve coral reefs. They farm sea dragons, ocean salt fruit, pack fish, water tulips, blue plates, Christophers and false jack from among the reefs. From further out they farm tuggle, sawaqua and deep ocean splinter drifts as well as many imported types such as Centauri sea lurks and aquatic mind worm boils.

Nigel: Many of these species aren't native here, Leepeele. Is that correct?

Leepeele: Yes, the Ubuspoolu are more than mere sea farmers; they are adherents and keepers of the Wapawab. Many work for Pravan and Tellus and work diligently evaluating foreign species for their possible inclusion into the aquatic harmony.

Nigel: And they've been doing this for thousands of years, right?

Leepeele: Correct, Nigel, their contributions allowed our society to thrive when the marshland habitats shrank during our last ice age.

Nigel: Well what are we waiting for, Leepeele? When we come back we'll see the famed stilt houses as well as meet a bwap market queen, or Bog Roosh.

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