|"Journey" by Dmitry Zaviyalov|
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The Imperial Sovereign has many emissaries, including clones, consorts, and even children of the royal household. There is also the occasional antique Lucifer-class diplomat android, its translucent head whirring and glittering with a thousand intrigues and stratagems.
A variety of vessels bring the Imperial Sovereign's emissaries to the stars. Each is a unique, sui generis starship. Many of them are thousands of years old.
Some have jumpdrives, others slipstream engines, and a few have truly exotic artifact-drives. More than one is a slower-than-light generation ship. What better way is there to take one's leave from the Court for a while,travel in style, make a stately appearance on some other world or orbital, and impress the locals?