Hiraeth, (pronounced [hiraɪ̯θ]), is a Welsh word that has no direct English translation. The University of Wales, Lampeter attempts to define it as homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, or an earnest desire for beloved places of the past. Oxford and Merriam Webster define Hiraeth as: (noun) “a homesickness for a home you cannot return to, or a longing for a home that never was”.
It”s GAME ON–! Chani and our heroes forge on into the void and attempt to put together details of the past: The Assassination of House Waniokai and The RimWars. The true instigator of this cabal against House Waniokai has never been discovered or resolved. Their warpjump takes them to the slave planet Rigelis, deep inside Confederation territory. The Riyaki refugee ship trapped in endless loop between Attalla V and the destination planet Nintoku IV which also no longer exists, pursues its relentless course. Nana, convinced by the last recorded incident aboard ship that her own daughter was author of this disaster, finds herself going completely mad. The technology in Queen Banaii”s old war room is deciphered, and Chess and Najimi match wits in an initial game. The stakes? the fate of the RimWorlds themselves.
Chess finds himself matching wits once more against his assistant CheckMate, in a quandary of trying to figure out which of the twin Queens of Waniokai to select in the Queen Exchange that Najimi slammed on Chess last issue! [READ MORE]