The Color from Beyond Space
«Oh! Do you remember ko-oc? The color that is “whiter than white, purer than pure” that only the truly blessed can see? I have decided that it is not a color per se, but that the ability to perceive ko-oc is simply lluyewception,» Roroku wrote one day.
«A sense which you have and kysps do not?» I was pretty sure Roroku had the sense; everyone said she had come through her Great Separation intact. I didn’t know of any small people who had lluyewception, though later on I learned that the spens of Spendularé have a form of it.
«Exactly! So I did their test unambiguously. The pelt of a small climbing animal like a squirrel has a modestly attractive lluyew. So I bleached one white. I had the kysps construct a gross of identical boxes, and we put the pelt in one. We had all the interested kysps of Dwe-Mwe (that’s a big city) try to figure out which one it was in, and about one in 144 got it right. I picked it out every time of course. Cheating half the time! The right box smelled different too. Kysps can’t really smell.»
«Did this cause a theological rennaissance?»
«No, but it put to an end one quarrel between the Kogoans and some of their opponents. The Kogoans are my power base really, and I don’t mind keeping them happy in harmless little ways.»
So I lectured her for a while on why it’s a bad idea in the long term to play favorites. My experience counted for nothing in her estimation. I reminded of Rankotherium’s careful devotion to enforcing his laws fairly, and how his mhelvul have been content about it since we conquered Mhel, and that seemed to count for her.Support this project! Show that you’re reading it by exchanging notes with the characters, other readers, the writer, and occasional other entities at sythyry.livejournal.com. And/or buy Bard Bloom’s books on Amazon, especially Mating Flight and World in My Claws, the prequel to this story. Also: Glossary and Dramatis Personae.