Far and Away
Prince Harrick is the prince of Drinax and a potential heir to the
kingdom. He led the assault on Asim twenty years ago, when
the agricultural world was conquered by Drinax. His attack
shuttle suffered an engine malfunction and crashed, and Prince
Harrick was mortally wounded. His body – little more than a
charred husk – was placed in a low berth and shipped back to
the Floating Palace. The scientists of the Scholar’s Tower took
him into their care, and they rebuilt him cell by cell.
For twenty years, Prince Harrick fl oated unconscious in a
tank while scientists tried to restore him to life. The outcome
was uncertain, and many rumours about his death circulated
through the palace. At one point, when it seemed as though the
procedures had failed and Harrick was about to die, King Oleb
quelled fears of instability by naming Princess Rao his heir.
He emerged from the tank only six months ago. His features
bear little trace of the horrifi c injuries that robbed him of half his
life, but his movement is oddly stilted and his skin is just a little
too perfect. The scholars refuse to discuss the technicalities of
his resurrection, but most courtiers believe the prince is more
machine and cloned tissue than mortal man.