Our home is as huge and as ancient as the keep on which it sits. It is ten thousand years old, and has been in my grandsire’s family for thousands of years.
Master Breton has reminded me that I am remiss in my journal entries, so today I will talk at some length about where I live. I am what is referred to as a keepling. That means I live on an agricultural keep. I’m going to tell you about our house, and the land upon which it sits.
My Uncle Ardenai, who teaches five and six-year-olds, says that the first thing children ask when told about strangers, is “How are they like us?” Not how are they different, but how are they alike. These are some basic things so you can compare your planet to ours size, season and weather-wise.
Planet Equus is 26,206 Statute Miles in circumference. We have a large, ice-covered cap at the top, and a smaller one at the bottom.
My name is Criollo. I am in my third year of Final Form. Master Breton has asked each of us to keep a running journal of our lives – how we perceive our culture – how our homes operate on a day to day basis, and the observations we make about the world around us. We are a pretty homogenous people with many of the same lifestyles so this isn’t to enlighten us.
Master Breton has a very specific reason for giving us this assignment, and it is because we have a new Dragonhorse! When one of these remarkable men rises to rule, Equus always takes on a much more expansive role in galactic politics, and I’m sure Master Breton is thinking all of us will be explaining our planet and our culture to people who don’t know much if anything about us as actual, everyday people. This is his way of making sure we practice before such a situation arises.