Summary: A falconing-style art adapted to both air and water, developed on Europa and popular as a pastime of the wealthy and overly leisured.
Pnepyjet (pronounced pin-‘ep-yet) is played formally on Europa and to a lesser degree on Ganymede. Few other low-gravity worlds have the space or a monied class. Like falconry it’s a fundamentally solitary sport, though groups gather to train and play competitively.
“Equipment”: The key requirement for this sport/lifestyle/subculture is ownership of a sivyas (see below), something like an affectionate fuzzy empathic space octopus. The rest is personal choice and personal budget.
Vodi: Played in an area where the ice layer is artificially or naturally thin enough to gain access to the Europan ocean and some of the small life forms therein. Many Europan colonies have a few areas where flowform units and agitators keep the water liquid, and where these are available for public use (or in private hands), Pnepyjet societies tend to cluster. Vodi is simple: sivyas are sent to retrieve “fish,” mechanical lures, or catch weights as they descend to predetermined depths. They, and their owners, are judged on the speed and grace with which they do so. The few sevyas that can move quickly between air and water are particularly prized.
Vodjet is more structured: small drones with a number of programs are sent into the air, usually one per sivyas but sometimes more in specific swarm patterns, and the little beasts retrieve them, again with grace and speed. Some experimenting with programmed nymphs and tiny bioprobes happened earlier in the sport’s history, but if it’s small enough to eat, all but the best-trained sivyas would enjoy a well-earned snack before returning to their owner and dozing off.
In either form, judging the sivyas is informal, there are rarely points, only general applause and appreciation. The subtext is more important than the surface sport: each sivyas is a reflection of some portion of its owner, and those traits are what’s really on show, not the talent of the floaty squid thing. The game is a vehicle for understanding the greater social competition of the ice-world aristocracy and learning what’s really underneath the ice. A disciplined sivyas shows a disciplined owner. At least, that’s the theory.