Distances to some other cities in miles, as
Vyanth 6056, Contahl
7787, Dmara 4260, Hoog 5724, Innb 3967, Jaax 2396,
Pjourth 7321, Skyyon 5723, Soolm 5697.
This is one of
the greatest of the disc-on-stem cities, and, together with Vyanth and
Skyyon, formed the alliance known as the Triangle, which, during the
Osmium Era, patrolled the area between them, giving an outstanding
period of peace and security to a wide patch of Syoom.
million days before the Triangle, Ao had played a different role, a lone
role almost as renowned as its later one. Era 54,
the Xenon Era, is known as the time of the Last Great
Hive. For over one and a half million days it was the most
successful of hive-minds, combining the freedom of the individual with
the group consciousness of a sentient city, as has never been
achieved before or since.
Ao is one of the five cities which can trace
its name, though not its physical identity, back to a settlement in
the Hydrogen Era which existed close to the modern