Science Fiction Romance
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The Swandidi are a race of warrior administrators. They find and occupy planets, enslaving the native population and forcing them to make their planet profitable for the Planetary Alliance. The Caeli are a peace loving people who are the latest planet to find themselves living under Swandidi rule.
The Daniachew is the Swandidi whose job it is to mediate between the enslaved race and the Swandidi. Adwin Barry is the Daniachew assigned to Caeli. His job is to find a middle ground between the slaves and the masters, increasing good relations and productivity during the first year of Swandidi occupation.
Zer'tath Kaya is Adwin Barry's personal slave. She also aids him in his attempts to get a bead on the attitude of her fellow Caeli to their slavery and their opinions about being assimilated into the Planetary Alliance. She faces the hostility of a people who view her as a traitor to her own people for helping the Swandidi maintain their stronghold on Caeli.
Join them during the traditional first year of occupation as they assess Caeli's value to the Planetary Alliance, face friends and foes, and fall in love.
Zuberi could imagine that he could hear the breathing of the people at the dinner table. His words were powerful, he knew, and they would hurt these so-called leaders of Caeli. He inclined his head, looking down his nose. "The people of Caeli - be their skin as white as the moons or as dark as the fertile soils - are our slaves."
He watched as his words hit home. Every native Caeli in the room physically deflated. Only a few eyes showed any signs of rebellion, which Zuberi considered a good thing. "You will find us fair, but stern Masters. Your lives will change. You will be responsible for turning this planet into the prosperous land that it can be. Your people will work in the soil and in the mines, and you will be guided by the Swandidi."
He found he was breathing slightly harder than usual. "You are here tonight and in the seven regional palaces just like this one all around the planet because you are the heads of the cities, towns and villages of this planet. You will be who your people turn to." He looked at his Caeli guests. "For now, we are content to allow you to live almost as you have always lived, with the exception of what needs to be done to make this planet part of the Alliance. We will observe you and as long as what we see pleases us, you will be allowed to continue to live as you always have."
Speeches not unlike his were going on all over the planet. He took a deep breath and continued. "But if what we see does not please us, we will institute what changes are needed. The first thing that you must realize is that you are all of a lower class now. You are all our slaves. Your class system is now defunct." He glanced a moment at Adwin. "A Daniachew is a mediator. I appoint Adwin Barry as Caeli Daniachew. He will step in and try to mediate between the wishes of the masters and the wishes of the slaves. I can assure you that Daniachew Barry is quite fair."
Adwin kept his face completely neutral as his father finished up his speech, thanked his guests and dismissed them. He wondered just how much more difficult his father's speech had made his job as Daniachew.