The Vasudans are a civilization of philosophers,
artists, and scholars. They immerse Themselves in the Teachings
of those who came before them, perceiving history not as a linear
chronology of events but as a space inhabited by both the living
and the dead.
the Terran outsider, Vasudan society appears convoluted and
ritualistic. The Vasudans themselves may seem arrogant, treacherous,
and superstitious. On the other hand, Vasudans tend to view
Terrans as aggressive, paranoid, and stupid. Thirty years of
peaceful interaction between Terrans and Vasudans has helped
to deconstruct these stereotypes.
The crowning achievement of the Vasudan
civilization is its language. For the average Terran, their
formalities governing its usage are beyond comprehension. Syntax
and vocabulary are dictated by such factors as the speaker's
age, rank, and caste, the time of day and the phase of the Vasudan
calendar, and the relative spatial position of the speaker to
the Emperor. This is further compounded by the existence of
several alphabets, dozens of verb tenses, and thousands of dialects.
A translation device is standard on all GTVA communications
systems, enabling Terrans and Vasudans to understand each other.
Because the Vasudan home world was primarily desert, the Terrans
used Egyptian names to designate Vasudan warships during the
T-V War and the Great War. After the defeat of the Shivans,
the Vasudans insisted on maintaining this convention. The Emperor
strongly identified with the history of Ancient Egypt, particularly
the longevity of its civilization. Following their Emperor's
example, Vasudans will take on what they call a Terran name
from the myths and history of Ancient Egypt.