Physical and mental characteristics
Quonians are as human as Nenns and have been known to
interbreed with Nenns; however, they are a distinct race, their skins often
blue or green instead of the Nenns' grey, and their facial
bone-structure giving them an especially proud, even haughty
expression. Mentally they tend to be more aggressive and less
freedom-loving than the Nenns, or maybe it is just that they are
less self-sufficient. At any rate Quonians tend to form large,
organized nations and governments, some of them tyrannical, more readily
than Nenns do.
Debate on the origin of the Quonians
process that produced the Gedars - left-overs of the dying Dmaran
sivvan - may also, it is thought, have produced the
On the other hand many ethnologists
argue instead for a Fyayman origin of the Quonians, who, to be sure,
are a much higher form of life
than the Gedars, and hard to imagine as coming from the same
Others disagree and insist on a
Dmaran origin, principally because the Quonians bear such a close
physical resemblance to the Nenns, who definitely came from
Ah, but, say the critics of this
view, Earthmen likewise bear a strong resemblance to the Nenns, yet
originate on a different planet. So physical resemblance proves
nothing. Besides, the Quonians are too ancient to have formed
along with the Gedars. Their civilization predates the current
Only if you believe their records,
reply the pro-Dmara theorists. And why should we believe
their records in view of their previous fakery of historical
artefacts? Besides, even if they are speaking the truth, why
should they not have originated from the leftovers of a sivvan in a
previous Greay Cycle?
The debate continues.
The Quonians, for all their arrogance, made a
humble enough entry into Syoom for their first appearance on the stage
of recorded Nenn history, in the Copper Era. A number of Quonians
appeared claiming to be dissidents seeking asylum, having fled from
Quonia, which they described as being somewhere in deep Fyaym.
Unfortunately for them, the
broadcast mental warning known to history as the Kalishan Voice
had alerted Syoom to their propensity for manipulating Time.
Discredited and threatened with forcible expulsion from Syoom, the
Quonians chose to leave peacefully.
Their next big opportunity to invade
came at the end of the Rubidium Era (see The Age of Spies), when
they joined with other enemies of Syoom to overwhelm the Rubidium
Fort. However they were caught up in the subsequent defeat of the
invaders at the hands of Sunnoad Jad Darkal 35480.
Much later, in the Osmium Era,
Quonia became a fairly steady factor in the international balance of
power for many millions of days, often in a state of "cold war" with
The homeland of the Quonians amounts to a separate Syoom
in the midst of Fyaym; however, the term "Syoom" is reserved in normal
parlance for the main area of Syoom, contrasted with other "islands of
safety" of lesser extent.
Quonia is a roughly oval territory about 9 million
square miles in extent.
The geography of Quonia bears many resemblances to that
of Syoom proper. To name one striking example, it has a monorail
network of identical design to the Syoomean network built in the Zinc
Era, though there is no physical link between the two.
difference is the absence of disk-on-stem cities in Quonia. The
Quonians pride themselves on not having taken part in the "crime" by which the dimension of
Chelth was plundered of the energy used in the great
Syoomean building program of the Phosphorus Era. Cities in Quonia are built on
the ground. Travel, likewise, is ground-based, by wheeled car or monorail, except
for the flyers owned by the rich and powerful
An even greater difference is to be seen on the approach
to Quonia. That land's border, the polikanomv, is an
amazing phonomenon. It consists of a moat, in which giant trees
called osrorv have their roots. Each osror
contributes to the defence of the border - the trees having the ability
to fire hardwood pellets at super-speeds in the direction of any
aircraft that might dare to overfly Quonian territory.
The osrorv also contribute to the gradual drift of the
whole land of Quonia. Their roots "shuffle" and shift the moat in
a way not fully understood, melting and re-freezing the ice at the
margins. Quonia is like a plate of ice being dragged slowly along,
a few yards per year. Historically it has been shifted thousands
of miles in a circular motion around Fyaym.
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