What if your worst enemy had the power to hypnotise all sentient beings and set them up against you? What if you were at war in space, but having to resolve to fighting like pirates, jumping on each other spaceships? This is sci-fi like no other, where technological saviness meets bare knuckles in the ultimate struggle to save humanity from slavery!
Eternal. Swords above the stars: Part I by Roman Zlotnikov
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Humanity, having reached the Space more than a hundred years ago, fights against an aggressive civilization which contains a huge number of races and species and tries to take people over, too. And there’s more: the leading race representatives look like devils. They are extremely strong and adaptable, and have ability to hypnotize sentient beings and control them. They are rumored to be immortal. Among the creatures they control there are legendary ones: tolls, orcs and demons.
Due to the special nature of ultrahigh space physics, which allows to far exceed the speed of light, the warfare turned back to the age of the Pirates of the Caribbean. It turns out that offensive aid in ultrahigh space lost its efficiency, but when the ships approach each other, no matter at which angle, even head-on, they can not help moving in course line. As a result, close fights ensue aboard the ships. Thus, technical excellence gives way to personal courage where enemies fight in hand-to-hand battle.
Owing a lot to this fact a new brotherhood (if not a class) of professional warriors has emerged, and they receive the name of ‘Dons’. This multinational and multicultural society is highly religious due to the specifics of the clash. A lot of customs and traditions popped out, such as obligatory moustache for men or personal nickname, some of them quite curious as Balky Bull, Fungus Face or Beer Cask, often pointing out the most important feature or trait. Futhermore, nicknames such as Ironhand or Blackdeath would immediately inform any Don that its owner is a dude never been in a combat. Unlike nicknames, surnames are not as frequent, neither are other means of identification. It is widely believed that a man cuts himself off his previous life by joining the Dons.
Yet, the war with ‘Devils’, much better known as ‘Red Princes’, has raised the religious spirits of the society. It happened more or less in this or that country, however, soon after the war broke out, the Pope declares the restoration of religious orders. Also men spread all over the galaxy have created quite a few new social institutions. For instance, there is a kingdom where men and women exchanged roles completely. Women used to be warriors there while the men were mostly househusbands.