Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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Captain Sun Yat-Soo was bang on time and Martin Elginbrod still couldn't decide whether the Captain was male or female, although the velutinous reddish-chocolatey-caramelly skin inclined him to think She, so he said: "should I call you Captain, or what?" and the Captain smiled, and replied: "you can call me whatever you like, Mr Elginbrod, please take a seat; I have been asked to apologise for what happened – our mission, like others, was to study how you react to unexpected situations; our orders are to watch for anomalies, but not to interfere; unfortunately, someone attacked you and I believed that your life was in danger and I did interfere, for that I have been reprimanded by my Commander, because the Alert meant that rather than being returned, unharmed and with no suspicion of being reviewed, you were brought here; you are the first Earth Human to be brought back to Mars, as you call our Red Planet, and that was not intended by the Creator, whom some of you Earth Humans worship as a God, or not a God, but the God, who watches over you," and Elginbrod asked: "and are you Martian Human too?" at which the Captain laughed: "of course, we are all descended from the same original archetypal blueprint – or DNA as you call it – it is the Life Source and while Mars was created to be the repository of information on the Life Source, your original ancestors were Humans from Mars who were given the chance to live more freely, without any direction by the Creator, to see how far they would develop on the planet originally called Eden; I must tell you that, in many ways the Creator was unhappy that such Freedom – I think you call it Free Will – has resulted in negative developments, in conflict and aggression; I do believe that the Creator is particularly unhappy that, given so much opportunity and Freedom, and the same cognitive abilities as us, Earth Humans in many epochs chose to settle their differences by engaging in wars, which are totally destructive and have set back your development by many millennia! the purpose of the current Study is to establish whether Greed, Envy, and Aggression are inherent, or encoded within the Human Genome, or simply Learned Behaviour, and whether it might be possible for the Creator to circumvent it," which left Elginbrod's mind reeling; not quite knowing what he wanted to discover, he asked: "can you tell me more about Mars, the Red Planet? I don't know if any of the theories we have on Earth about it are true – you probably know that it has been described as a Dead Planet;" and that made the Captain laugh, and it was a little while before the reply came: "it's probably simplest to say that Mars is a kind of Storehouse, or Computer in which we Mars Humans live and work: the outer surface, which you can observe from Earth, is really just Space Dust which has accumulated over many millions of years – we rarely spend time on the surface, for all our needs can be met beneath it; and being lost for words, Elginbrod did what he usually did on those rare occasions, he mentioned something within his vision: "that sword, o dagger on the wall, what do you call it, and use if for?" and the Captain without a glance towards it replied: "it is a badelaire, a souvenir from a mission to France, it had been discarded in the street and I thought that for safety it should be removed – yes, I know, that's interfering – and I brought it back," and Elginbrod followed up: "when was that?" but the reply: "your 16th century, if you really must know!" hit him like a sucker-punch and he sat down, heavily, and was surprised that the chair seemed to sag slightly and then resume it's correct height, everything here was quite beyond his ken!

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Monday, December 03, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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