abby was a nice guy who would have liked a car, but his eyesight was too bad for a driver's licence and he couldn't afford the taxes anway. So he kept walking, but everywhere he went, he was run down by ruthless bicycle drivers and attacked by vicious dogs, children and other unpleasant lifeforms. Ariane was sorry for him and helped him to an ithian scout-tube from the third postimperial war. The tube is made from a transparent material that isn't just bulletproof, but almost indestructable. A ingenious, nonelectric airventilation system always provides clean air and a pleasant temperature. If it should tip over after running over an obstacle, the convex sides will just put it up again and there are small hatches to reach out for icecream or to slap someone who deserves it.