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After the onset of the Melding Plague various individuals sought to remain implanted with nanotechnologies, for either quality-of-life or life-extension reasons. To that end, the wealthy could purchase Palanquins. Hermetically-sealed, mobile environments, they allowed their users to travel in plague ridden areas without fear of infection.

While used by the upper echelons of post-plague Chasm City society, they also served as a means for habitat dwellers to come and go from the surface without exposing themselves or their clean orbiting environments to any risk of infection.

The users/inhabitants of palanquins were referred to as "hermetics".

RS Glossary entry Edit

Palanquin: The travelling environment of a hermetic.
- description from the official RS glossary [1]

References Edit

  1. Revelation Space universe - RS Glossary - P, AlastairReynolds.com, the official website of Alastair Reynolds
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