This sounds like an interesting idea! I like the title (the final "E" is a little bit cheesy, but it still works). The design for Chén looks great, too.
Moving on to the story.
Typo: you "pore" over a document, not "pour".
Apart from that, I like this. It manages to transmit quite a lot of detail about the world in a short time, and without being info-dumpy. I got quite a good feel for the characters, and I quite like Geraghty, despite his racism. It's a bit dialogue-heavy, but that works for this kind of scene. Definitely seems like it could make an interesting novel.
Build your planes from Airfix
'Cause you'll only lose the war.
Write your love letters on rice paper
At least you'll feed the poor.
- The Beautiful South, "Foundations"
Rest in peace Terry Pratchett, 1948-2015.
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