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Seal of the Office of the Mediator - Sol III Div. is now available

Seal of the Office of the Mediator – Sol III Div. is now available

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Getting Married, Denebian Style

Since I began writing A Time To Build, I also began envisioning what die-hard fans of The Umea Bakearen might do to:

  1. Show their complete devotion to the UB series;
  2. Freak out their mundane friends and neighbors.

Going back over the story, I realized that there are a lot of folks marrying each other. We all have heard of the big geeky theme weddings where everyone dresses up in Starfleet uniforms, or Jedi robes (Heck, I wanted to do both, but my wife would have none of it. I married her anyway). If you and your loved one are particularly geeky, but don’t have a very large budget, you can get hitched like Denebians!
The Denebian ceremony is short and simple. In addition to yourself and your intended, you need three or more witnesses. Since this is Earth, it would help if one of them is licensed, certified, or whatever else it takes to be a legal officiant. Check your local laws.
In a Denebian Marriage By Oath, The parties name each other Maiteakren (my-TAY-ahk-ren), a term meaning beloved, soul mate, life partner, and spouse. The naming statements can be as formal or informal as you choose, and goes like this:

“I, [your name], before these three witnesses, name thee, [your intended], Maiteakren.”

After they have both named each other, they are married (maiteak, in the Denebian tongue).
It’s a short and sweet ceremony, so short that anyone who comes in late might miss the whole thing entirely. Relatives expecting a longer ritual might feel a bit cheated, at least until they realize that it gets everyone to the reception that much faster.
Since the ratification of the Sol-Deneb Treaty, many Denebians have added elements of Earth customs to their events, too, so it’s alright if the naming ceremony is accompanied by other traditional elements.

Character Profile: Ben Elan

Wayne Freed and Ben Elan were switched at birth. Wayne didn’t learn of the switch until he was sixteen, but Ben always knew, from the time that he could first understand such things. He spent his entire life in the public eye, and grew to enjoy the attention he received, especially from his female groupies. He was Umea Bakearen, and he loved it.
Still, he envied Wayne. Ben grew up a celebrity, meaning everywhere he went, people recognized him and wanted to meet him. Wayne, on the other hand, was practically anonymous where he lived. He could go places by himself, without being harassed by fans.
When Wayne and Ben first met face-to-face, they wanted to hate each other because they each felt that the other had a better life. As soon as they recognized that one thing they had in common, they had a good laugh and became best of friends.
Ben was a playboy, receiving and accepting propositions from females of just about every humanoid race, until he met Sonja Hart. After falling in love with her, he abandoned his former lifestyle.
In addition to his role as Wayne’s counterpart, he also bears the distinction of being the only non-Aldebaran to successfully imprint a barkmoth, which he named “Little” Hank.
After the conclusion of Sol-Deneb, Ben served as Sol’s Ambassador to the Galactic Council for just over six years.