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ever read 'snow queen' by joan d. vinge? it's set on the planet tiamat, capital city carbuncle. it's a luvly novel if you like sci fi.
the jewel of the peacock monarchy's navy was a vessel called the NMV tiamat. with all screws turning, she could break mach two while completely submerged with no compression wave or sound signature whatsoever. the only way to track it was by following the turbulance thrown up in its wake. which is why the first targets for the peacock sappers were spotter planes & the computing hubs that ran the observation drones.