inert sub-concept vessel before sterilization, offering a steady stream of fresh material to decompose. Normally, inert vessel zones are consumed by the natives. The Preservators send people like Balmer to sterilize and purge these zones of all bioforms but not before offering free relocation to the preserves. Most natives refuse the offer, preferring to die in their native zone rather than extending their lifespan in an artificial environment. However, options have long trended toward the minimalistic and even exploitative, putting the retired to work to ferment exotic cheeses, booze and even cheap, imitation lapse-drabblings.