Holding Pattern was the seventh story in A Romance in Twelve Parts.
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- Historian Mila Renal/Cousin Mila
- Officer Morgus Cullen
- Governor Vanderdeken
- Little Sister Sudjic
- Cousin Enoch
- Cousin Gaius
- The planet Mercy has two histories: one where it was the site of a devastating battle between the Great Houses, their enemy, and Faction Paradox, and one where it was never colonised at all.
- Mila was educated at "the Academy," which is expensive and private.
- The Arbiturm sent Cullen and Renal to investigate Mercy. They can decide whether knowledge is in the public interest.
- Central Archive is an Arbiturm organisation/datastore.
- The Imperium is a region apparently centred around Earth, which also contains Tethys but not the Pluto Waystation or Mercy.
- There is an Alexandria Space Port
- Saturn's moons Titan and Tethys are mined for ore.
- There was an Old Republic long ago, which fell.
- "Ilaxian" is an adjective used to refer to some spacefaring species or faction opposed to the Arbiturm: "Ilaxian space" (which Mercy is near), "Ilaxian ships," "Ilaxian dropstation," etc.
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- Mila mentions the first Break-Out, in '72. (PROSE: Deceit)
- Cullen unpicks his life from the web of time. (TV: Attack of the Cybermen)
- A stall sells rugs from the Metatraxi system. (AUDIO: Earth Aid)