"As an architect on P L Five, I helped design and construct floating apartments for the Qoowo and Turon. Because every shoreline, ocean, mountain and desert was crowded, erecting these buildings in the sky was the best solution."
Near the bottom of the star map, D24 enlarged, making it easier to study. I peered at Greg, "Have you talked to Palk, Paley, or Yeliv?"
"Yes. Palk and Paley told me that after LN starships landed near their town, robots attacked everyone with laser rifles. Palk and Paley escaped, but the robots murdered their wives and daughters.
"Yeliv said that atomic bombs were dropped on his small town, Fresp, a floating municipality that had been designed to hover a quarter of a mile above the Grua Sea, a body of water six hundred miles north of P L Five's equator. The blast killed his wife and children. He hopes he can find some of his cousins on Icir."
"Very sad. The LN kill without remorse." I shook my head, disgusted.
"By the way, Yar told me that she is an experienced ambassador." He smiled.
"Interesting. What else do you know about her?"
"Yar listens more than she talks. She speaks Qoowo, Ulthe, Amboa, and at least nine other languages. She owns hundreds of SR translation software applications."
"Amazing." I remembered that if two humanoids were speaking to each other in English, Qoowo, Ulthe, Amboa or Aito, SR could translate both party's speech simultaneously. Perhaps it could decipher Gdii, Etite, Lim, Dseo, Turon and Mlaan, alien languages, just as quickly.
I glanced to the left. Close to the floor, along the edge of the star map, text scrolled. In Coio province, Gra Mountain and Zyy Peak are just over thirty-eight thousand feet high. But there wasn't any map of D24.
An out of focus D24 slowly materialized. I shook my head, disgusted.
After studying three mountains, Hmou, Bipe and Snom, I felt frustrated. Every slope was too blurred, making it impossible to spot any buildings. "This map is useless. Dortan or somebody else, whoever created it, did a lousy job."
Greg bit his lip, upset. "I agree. You'd think they would give us better information."