The Derring-Do were a small population of humans that occupied the caves of Land-Kentucky during the years immediately following the Batavia Excession. The community coalesced around their shared defiance of the philosophy/lives of hard logic espoused and ascribed to by robots, as well as the softer and more cognitively permeable options presented by the Cetaceans. The Derring-Do were identifiable by their removal/lack of the pinky and ring fingers of their right hand (demonstrating their fleshiness and independence, and allowing the remaining fingers to naturally and gracefully fall into a d-shape) and by their hostility, and occasional outright violence, toward those lacking such lack.
Due to their largely subterranean and hostile nature, little is known about the day-to-day existence of the Derring-Do, nor what became of them, however they did leave behind hundreds of elaborate, homemade (often musical) liquor stills hidden throughout the vast network of tunnels and caverns of the Mammoth Cave system. The Derring-Do stills incorporate such astounding innovation in distilling technology that it's estimated their discovery advanced the study of gin and gin derivatives by decades, if not figurative light-years.
- , It is theorized by less scrupulous scholars than myself that they may have had a hand in the creation of the Buryatia-Patagonia Transverse.
- Derring-Do legend holds that the mechanics behind their still construction was divined through observation/calculation of movements of extraterrestrial objects.
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