|Cursar Pakken: starmenter investigation|
aboard Lord Gensifer's yacht.
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65% of the way through Trullion, space pirates have just carried out a raid on Welgen, interrupting a hassade game to kidnap 300 members of the wealthy aristocratic families of Jolany Prefecture. At this point in the story, the protagonist has managed to save the two beautiful sheirls, helping them escape from the hussade stadium and avoid being captured by the pirates.
Vance wrote three novels that are set in Alastor Clustor. Only in the first of these three books (Trullion) do space pirates play an important role in the story.
|Cover art by Hans Wessolowski.|
|Cover art by Edmund Emshwiller.|
In Trullion, Vance introduces us to a constellation of space pirates (known in Alastor Cluster as "starmenters"): Sagmondo Bandolio, Alanzo Dirrig (known as "Dirrig the Skull-maker") and Bela Gazzardo. As was the case for Gersen, space pirates shape the entire structure of Glinnes Hulden's life. As the protagonist of Trullion, Glinnes is both cursed and blessed by the starmenter raids that plague the planet Trullion. By the end of Trullion, Glinnes has taken possession of 30 million ozols worth of ransom money, originally intended for Bandolio.
|Cover by David Mattingly.|
For Trullion, Vance invented the sport of hussade. Glinnes Hulden grows up as an avid player of hussade. We learn that he was born into a family that is known for producing hussade players. Hussade is popular on many planets of Alastor Cluster and each world has its own local rules for the game. On Trullion, hussade players are men, but each team fights to protect the honor of a woman, the sheirl, who stands on the field during the game.
In Trullion, Duissane Drosset becomes sheirl for Glinnes' hussade team. At the end of Trullion, Vance depicts Duissane and Glinnes as walking off together along a beach. Both Duissane and Glinnes return in the sequel.
The League of Yrinna
For my fan-fiction sequel to Trullion, I wanted to explore what might happen to Glinnes after the end of Vance's story. Of course, I simply had to include space pirates and hussade in the sequel.
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"The League of Yrinna" is also an organization of starmenters. Glinnes works to reveal the secrets of The League of Yrinna and in so doing, he learns some of the dark, secret history of his own family.
The rules for playing hussade are significantly different on Yrinna compared to Trullion. The professional Hussade League of Yrinna had its "major league" and a "minor league". In the minor league, both men and women can be position players on the teams. Each team has a sheirl, who can be male or female, but usually the sheirl is a woman. On Yrinna, the sheirl does not simply stand on the field awaiting capture, but rather dresses in the team uniform and is excluded from the team's "citadel". In fact, the game ends in defeat if the sheirl is forced to retreat to the citadel.
|interior illustration by Paul Orban|
If the sheirl falls, she controls her own fate by selecting which team's citadel she is returned to. Returning to her own team's citadel is surrender: her team automatically loses the round. If she chooses to fight on, then a fallen sheirl returns to the field by way of the opposing team's citadel, which is dangerous, but it can occasionally result in victory.
|Pheni of Yrinna|
|in the Ekcolir Reality|
Original cover art by Milton Rosenblatt
|Original cover by Miller|
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