That’s our Nijo. Xae here, wondering what the reception of our VN will be … and I’m writing my own VN now.

I figure if Rhys can write a history book, my tales of the backstory will surely be a pushover. Anyhow, I got to thinking about fabulous places in fact and fiction. Rhys probably knows generations of trivia about each of them and I’ve heard plenty so I didn’t ask him for help … never hear the end of it.

So I asked the right question and got this:
Yikes! My LIST of FABLED PLACES is miniscule by comparison.

Xanadu, the summer palace of the Mongol ruler and Emperor of China Kublai Khan. The legendary capital city was designed in 1256.

Atlantis, advanced civilization of old. Plato’s example from 360 BC.

Camelot, Arthurian legend, may have been Cadbury Castle in Somerset. It was once known as Camalet and the site may date back to the 4th millennium BC.

El Dorado, ‘the golden one’, perhaps on the Amazon, a city of gold, a myth dating from the 16th century.

Oz, L. Frank Baum’s city with a wizard. a book published in 1900.

Vanity Fair, from John Bunyan’s ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’, 1678. The town of Vanity had an eternal fair in praise of ostentation and frivolity.

Utopia, from a 1516 book by Sir Thomas More. An island where perfection, in all aspects of society, prevails.

Erewhon, an 1872 book, first published anonymously. An anagram of Nowhere for an imaginary country where machines are outlawed. If they became self-aware, they would endanger mankind.

Shangri-La, James Hilton’s 1933 novel ‘Lost Horizon’ is a fictional Tibetan land of eternal youth.

Avalon, a legendary island from the Arthurian cycle, first mentioned in year 1136.

Lillput, a fictional island in the South Indian ocean, in Jonathon Swift’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, Part One published in 1726.

Barsoom (ahaha, this might be obscure. I’ve only listed things I was actually familiar with.) Well, it is Mars as visioned by pulp writer Edgar Rice Burroughs. There were 11 Barsoom novels, the first in 1912 and the rest spread over three decades.

Truth be told, I know all this from Rhys, and more. But I can run rings around him with movie quotes. People in Nijo think it’s weird but there’s a simple answer: I was born while everything was falling apart. By the time I was old enough to know I was born too late, I resolved to rescue as much as I could of the old world.

I’d been in what they called an orphans’ home. Huh. One kid I really liked went off in a bus convoy. He’d told me I would be on the next one and I really, really would not like that. So I ran away and became a junker. Funny word.

But I digress.

Nijowari is home to me now. It’s like heaven. The computers, pads, holographic projection entertainments, all the techy things I could hope for. And friends. Even an enhanced person. And a future.

I wonder, in the future, will Nijowari join the pantheon of fabulous worlds? It deserves to because, like a chameleon, it has changed so many ways in only four decades. From a Dream to a project given a mysterious name, to a custom work boat as fine as ever seen, in only two years. And then a great adventure.

So many changes for this chameleon. And more to come.

Enjoy the trip!

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