The Babylon Project

Farmer Jae was a person who lived near the town of Lok, on the low-tech planet of Soom. Farmer Jae and Farmer Nee fought regularly. The most violent thing they had ever done was toss clods of excrement into each other's fields.[1]

In 2258 the towns-people requested the aid of Elric and Galen to settle the dispute, as they considered them to be wise.

Farmer Jae's prizewinning swug, Des, was the cause of many disputes. Jae cared for him with fanatical devotion, feeding him the finest sea spree four times a day, bathing his flabby bulk in sea water, and rubbing kwa blossoms into his bumpy skin to bring out its sought-after mottled coloration. As the villagers said, Farmer Jae cared for Des as if he had moss growing out of his head. He was convinced that any unusual activity in the vicinity was designed to upset Des, a conspiracy by those jealous of the swug's prizewinning stature.

Jae believed that Farmer Nee's Jab had stung Des, which would cause tiny eggs and larvae to grow beneath its skin. Elric and Galen helped investigate, discovering that the Jab had not stung Des. Jae would feed Des sea spree gathered from the caves, but it was actually poison from the city that was sold to Jae by a stranger. Elric instructed him to feed him only the chal root for three days. He also ordered him to drink three mugs of Farmer Nee's beer.

Later, Farmer Jae and Farmer Nee stood together, sharing a drink.