What exactly is The Great Law?
It is a law introduced to Ter-Herac society more than a
hundred generations ago by a philosopher named Balam Sec-non.
In the book of The Great Law and Ter-Herac history, Balam
said: “There must be a moment when people say this is enough.
We are not truly human if we commit crimes against our own
people. We are like animals. If we are Human we shall say Harm
None. That should be the Great Law. A universal concept that
everyone shall heed.”
It took more than a thousand years (after Balam Sec-non’s
death) for the Law to be widespread enough to be considered
What planet do the Tell and the Ter-Herac live on?
Laelaps: it is located in the Sirius system behind Sirius B.
Within the binary star system, but far enough away that it
falls into the Goldilocks zone.
9.6 ly from earth, or in Ter-Herac/Tell speak, a pek (1.25
hours) to the gate.
What is their method of space travel?
They travel along different types of waves in “ships” or
“pods” that use (gravitational, solar, particle matter) until
they find an area where they can “gate”. They pop from the
gate area into our system.
Is Laelaps “Earth-like”?
It is Earth-like in that it is geologically diverse and has an
environment that can support Humans and species of Earth.
Are the dominant species human-like?
The Ter-Herac could be considered more “Earth person-like”,
because they humanoids resembling Earth people. They are
considered to be the more intelligent and logical of the
species that live on Laelaps. Humans do share genetic
structure with Ter-Herac, though there are differences. They
have no “death gene” though they do tend to “shut down” at
approximately two baktuns.
They have sharper, more extreme features than Earth people and
there is only one race of Ter-Herac. They are dark in color,
compare to coffee color with a touch of cream.
The Tell are human-like in that they are bi-peds with Earth
person-like features. The Ter-Herac say the Tell are a “race”
of Ter-Herac that migrated to a different planet (Laelaps) and
went through a different evolutionary process.
They are different than the Ter-Herac in that they are shorter
in stature (avg height being about four foot) and they range
in skin tone from a light orange to bright white. Those who
fall into the latter category are quite rare (like albinos in
our system) and are considered by the Tell to be imbued with
special powers and knowledge. In fact, most do live up to this
in that they seem more sensitive to different types of wave
energies. They are referred to as “Brights”.
Tell features are softer than those of the Ter-Herac. They
have no outer ear and most have an extended stomach. This is
because they only consume root vegetables and by-products of
The Tell also tend to have a form of ancestor worship which
can be seen in their stories and educational system.
The Tell-Herac are not a separate species, but a product of
inter-breeding. They share the values and traits of both
parents. Xilam is Tell-Herac.
What is their social structure like?
Though we cannot say it is matriarchal; most of the ruling
council is made up of females of both species. There are 273
females to 227 males.
Females of the Ter-Herac are considered dominant in
relationships; while the Tell females tend to be more equal in
theirs. Males and females tend to cooperate better in the Tell
than in Ter-Herac.
The Tell are more social than Ter-Herac. They enjoy spending
“family” time and are affectionate with those close to them;
though they can also be quite grumpy/curmudgeonly with anyone
outside their familiarity.
Though they are not as driven intellectually as the Ter-Herac,
some of the brightest scientists on Laelaps are Tell. They
tend to become engrossed (some would say obsessed) with
problems until they find solutions.
Interaction between Ter-Herac and Tell is as any other
interaction would be. Though they know there are differences
between the two “races”, this does not affect relationships as
it had before Xilam was born (300 e.y.a.).
At that time, they were not sure how interbreeding would
affect the offspring, so they avoided it until a few females
came up pregnant (on both sides).
The children from those unions were constantly monitored and
checked for anomalies, tested for genetic deformities, etc.
Overall, they turned out okay, though still, some old-timers
believe the Tell and Ter-Herac should not interbreed; at the
same time, they don’t care much what others do as long as it
does not affect the good of society.
The people of Laelaps have two primary directives. 1. Harm
none. 2. To do well for the community/society they live in; as
long as it is not in conflict with the Great Law.
Anything else is up for grabs. As long as no one is harmed
directly or indirectly. People are held responsible for their
actions/behaviors. Ignorance is not a defense because they are
educated to ask what they don’t know about. There are also Law
Enforcers like Xilam, who will consult with individuals about
actions they are conflicted about.
The Great Law and incidentals that go with it are imbedded
into every part of the civilization.
Despite the seeming superior nature of Laelaps to Earth, this is not a
Utopian society. They definitely have their problems. They may
not have prisons or jails, but they do have deviants who have
been banned from taking part in any social programs. Most
people shun them. Or to state it better, allow them no
Laelaps: The name comes from Greek mythology about a dog who
never failed to catch what he was hunting. In one version of
Laelaps’ origin, he was a gift from Zeus to Europa. The hound
was passed down to King Minos. Procris’s husband, Cephalus,
decided to use the hound to hunt the Teumessian fox, a fox
that could never be caught. This was a paradox: a dog who
always caught his prey and a fox that could never be caught.
The chase went on until Zeus, perplexed by their contradictory
fates, turned both to stone and cast them into the stars as