2197, STANDARD REAL-SPACE TIME.
ILOSENCIH, DEEP IN THE XYLOGN SYSTEM, 300,000 LIGHTYEARS FROM EARTH.
6, PLUS TWO ANDROIDS.
O.R.B.S.D.* HISTORY RECORDS :
Ilosencih was discovered by the Akaijico Humanoid race, as an un-populated planet in 2165. Studies through the DSV** indicated that it appeared to have the capability of supporting life, yet none could be identified. Akaijico scientists began calculating their course to the planet, and plans for an exploration mission were set in place.
The first scheduled reconnaissance of the planet was spontaneously cancelled by the Akaijico Alliance, and all further study and exploration of the planet was outlawed. No reasons were given.
In 2196, after several years of underground studies, a team of six young scientists evaded the Alliance and set out for the Xylogn System.
(The Alliance, to date, have still not determined the cause of disappearance of eight Solar Warp Ships and two Terra-Analysis Androids.)
Now 2197, a Subspace Transmission has been decoded, revealing the arrival on Ilosencih of the young Akaijico Explorers.
A translation of the message, which was generated by the Solar Warp Ships' Computers, reads as follows:
00I.I00 We have entered Ilosencih atmosphere, the Akaijico Scout Orbs have been deployed, and we have dispersed across the planet.
0I0.0I0 It is a far stranger paradise than we could have imagined.
I00.00I No life form readings are registering on our sensors, yet the entire surface of the planet shifts and undulates as though it were alive.
0I0.0I0 Upon gliding closer to the planet's surface, we realise we are now able to control our Ships with our Minds alone.
00I.I00 The scout orbs are silent and a Valley opens out ahead of us.
0I0.0I0 Our Minds have melded with the planet.
100.001 Ilosencih knows, this is the way. 000.000
END OF TRANSMISSION.
Records indicate a further transmission between the two Androids, was intercepted, two standard days later.
Algorithyms to the effect of "No longer needed, are we," were decoded. There also remains debate as to whether the other Android then said "Let's leave them to Play
," or "Let's leave them to Pray.
Since the Android's circuits were awash with substances equivalent to Humanoid System Alcohol, the fate of the Akaijico Explorers remains indecipherable.
* O.R.B.S.D. = OMNISCIENT RUIYICI BEING'S SUBSPACE DATABASE.
** DSV = Dimensional Shift Viewport
All drawn in Painter12, plus a bit of editing at the end in Photoshop.
Any criticisms and comments welcome.