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Revision 5 . . (edit) November 1, 2006 10:37 pm by Sigs [should there be a death penalty?]
Revision 4 . . (edit) September 26, 2004 5:02 am by Holly
Revision 2 . . September 26, 2004 4:51 am by Holly
  

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Changed: 1c1
Barren Walkers were initially encountered during the early settlement of the East Rim, when they were at first taken for a natural form of plant life - seen only in the distance, their rolling wind-controlled motion and their networks of intermeshing strands reminded many of the recently-extinct tumbleweed, though the Walkers were generally between one and three metres tall. The contradiction between the existence of this apparent plant life and the fact that not even bacterial life had been discovered anywhere outside of Earth and the home planet of the Amorphians was explained when a Walker was finally captured: it was found to be made of flexible strands of metal in a seemingly random tangle, with translucent plastic membranes stretched between them.
Barren Walkers were initially encountered during the early settlement of the East Rim, when they were at first taken for a natural form of plant life - seen only in the distance, their rolling wind-controlled motion and their networks of intermeshing strands reminded many of the recently-extinct tumbleweed, though the Walkers were generally between one and three metres tall. The contradiction between the existence of this apparent plant and the fact that no alien life had been discovered outside of the home planet of the Amorphians was explained when a Walker was finally captured: it was found to be made of flexible strands of metal in a seemingly random tangle, with translucent plastic membranes stretched between them.

Changed: 3c3
The discovery that Barren Walkers were capable of teleporting between planets throughout the East Rim Consortium was made inadvertently, when a gang of youths cornered one and took it in turns to secrete themselves inside for the chance to roll around while it was pushed by the wind (ignoring the law stating that all Walkers were to be turned over to a Union official for analysis). When the teenagers reported that the Walker had "just disappeared" with one of their number inside, it was naturally assumed that they were lying, and they were convicted of the murder of their missing friend and executed. However, 6.8 Terran years later, another Walker was captured on Dabiel - just over 6.7 light years away - containing a skeleton later identified as that of the missing teenager.
The discovery that Barren Walkers were capable of teleporting between planets throughout the East Rim Consortium was made inadvertently, when a gang of youths cornered one and took it in turns to secrete themselves inside for the chance to roll around while it was pushed by the wind (ignoring the law stating that all Walkers were to be turned over to a Union official for analysis). When the teenagers reported that the Walker had "just disappeared" with one of their number inside, it was naturally assumed that they were lying, and they were convicted of the murder of their missing friend and sentenced to life. However, 6.8 Terran years later, another Walker was captured on Dabiel - just over 6.7 light years away - containing a skeleton later identified as that of the missing teenager.

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