Apicultural Manufactory Alpha

Manufactory Alpha, the first of many structures of its kind discovered, offers us a unique architectural insight into Arethean agricultural practice. Although much of the flora on Areth is similar to Terrestrial plant life, the fauna, especially what most closely resemble the Anthropoda phylum are radically different. This small family of Animalia is represented by several species across the Arethean continent but is often associated with its largest constituent, the Giant Arethean Bee (see diagram below).

Roughly the length and breadth of a large rodent, the Arethean Bee is so named because of its excretion of a sugary substance not unlike honey. The honey produced by the Bee is thought to have been prized by apiculturalists for the making of Arethean Mead, a honey-wine which was once consumed in prodigious quantities. The Bee, as it is both blind and flightless, otherwise bears no resemblance to its Earthly namesake. The honey it produces is created from naturally occurring glucose and triglycerides that are synthesized in the Bee’s abdomen.

The numerous Apicultural Manufactories which dot the rural landscapes of Areth attest to the popularity of honey-wine and to the particular habits of the Arethean Bee. The lightless, angled interiors of these Manufactories attempt to recreate the natural environment of the Bee: sloped ceilings of underground caves where these creatures nest in colonies. Xenoentomologists from the ARC’s Astobiological Taxonomy and Research Council have speculated that the 45° angle of these unusual structures maximizes the Bees’ honey output.