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Type Mind
Ship Mind
Type Escarpment-class Contact Unit
Allegiance Culture

Arbitrary was a Culture Mind. It carried out the Contact survey of Earth in 1976-77 CE.[1]


The Mind was implanted into an Escarpment-class General Contact Unit[1] constructed at the Infracaninophile manufactory in Yinang Orbital.[2]

Arbitrary redeployed in 1975 CE from the General Systems Vehicle Bad For Business after a rest and refit layover. The GSV was a thousand lightyears corewards and in contact when Arbitrary located Earth and proceeded to survey the planet.[1]


Arbitrary collected snowflakes. It took on two flakes wherever it found frozen water in search of two identical crystals.[3]

Known Crew[]

  • Djibard Alsahil
  • Tel Ghemada
  • Li'ndane
  • Dervley Linter
  • Tagm Lokri
  • Roghres Shasapt
  • Diziet Sma
  • Lanyares Sodel


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The State of the Art, chapter 2.1
  2. The State of the Art, chapter 7
  3. The State of the Art, chapter 6.4