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The boat slipped quietly between the stilted houses, oars dipping into inky water. Under cover of darkness, Nicky* made her way to the spirit village.

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Nicky’s own village was also built on the lake, and many of her people made their living fishing and farming vegetables, using floating beds to protect the growing crops from the rise and fall of the water level. Status was shown by wearing large necklaces – the richer the person, the bigger their necklaces. It was also a convenient and secure way to save money – silver and gold generally resist inflation better than cash.