Saturday, 23 January 2016
Reichart Station is a village in a park in an oak and maple forest growing over Final War ruins. A sonic barrier protects the park from animals and wild sapients. The village, comprising cottages, larger buildings, gardens, lawns, paths and a square with a fountain, is three hundred and fifty years old with its own community, customs and folkways. A research institute for biohazards and physics, it is connected to the Web and has small facilities underground. Superconducting cables connect a heavy power receptor to the centrum.
The thousand strong population of homo servus gather to greet a single visiting Draka. The New Race is rarely seen because entry is restricted. The servus scent of curiosity, awe, excitement and some fear signals submission. They are genetically engineered to remain vigorous into their eighties or nineties, then die quickly and easily. Their greeting is "We exist to serve." (p. 9) Gwen is met by the Administrator and the head of research, who are lifepartners. Their children study research infosystems and quantum-gravitational dynamics. The best servus are just as intelligent and possibly more creative than their overlords.
Thus, the servus live a much better life than the earlier serfs but are systematically denied the advantages of the Draka.