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Re: [AC] Cascade of Reason
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2010, 05:24:10 pm »
Tuul System

The Phaaruun had never thought much of the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. As a whole, the notion was not discredited, but most viewed it as insignificant. What calculations they had preformed showed that the speed of elecromagnetic radiation, that oh so mysterious form of energy, was unreachable by anything with physical form. Hence, even if there was life on other worlds beyond the fluctuating glow of Tuul, it would by no means ever reach them, nor could they reach it. The topic came up every now and again in works of fiction, but no self-respecting Phaaruun actually considered seeing an alien in their lifespan...

//Freighter Aamar requesting landing clearance.//
//Clearance granted, welcome back! Please use landing strip 3.//
//Thank you, Uunaam Control. Landing now.//

//Uunaam Control to Aamuure Control.//
//We hear you.//
//Your shipment of food, water, and various mechanical parts is on its way.//
//Thank you, Uunaam Control. Clearing a landing strip.//

Thousands of similar messages bounced back and forth between the two colonized worlds, carried on radio waves. Each was carefully pinpointed towards its destination, but alas, things leaked through. If one were traveling around the Tuul system, an odd set of readings would be registered. Faint, ancient broadcasts several thousand lightyears out, then silence until within 50 lightyears, a relic of their past civilization.

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Re: [AC] Cascade of Reason
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2010, 06:12:43 pm »
Kota System, Mira Orbit

Tokoh'an gazed at the rolling clouds of Mira underneath the ship, illuminated by the torches of his people. He had grown up here, and was reluctant to leave, even if it was only for a few weeks. Faint signals overlaid the image of the giant planet, signals that, in reality, were not on the front of his eyes as it seemed, rather simulated by the organic computer attached to his nervous system, conveying to him the short amount of time left before his ship left the system, riding a wave of space-time to the stars. The accelerendo, they were calling it, he remembered, the dispersal of the Kosong people and culture to the stars. Already several nearby star systems had been colonized, but his mission was, thankfully, not a colonization mission. Rather it was a scouting mission, just a single ship with a small crew, including a pair of Chara'ai. The system, though relatively far out, was one of the more desirable ones detected so far, at least the scientists told him so. Two planets, both just slightly smaller than Kecantikan and in the habitable zone, would provide perfect gravity wells for glorious new ring systems that would arise as the colonists hauled KBO's from the system's Ort Cloud into place. There was even the chance that they might find another microbe-laden planet, the only other planet with life on that had been discovered had been a boon to Kosong engineering. In all probability, though, the planets would be barren and sterile, empty waves crashing upon an empty shore. Toko'an left his thoughts as the ship began to hum slowly, the combination of organic ship and a crystal engine straining as Chara'ai technology folded the very fabric of space and pushed the ship and its fragile contents toward a new star system, to their knowledge unobserved by any intelligent life.

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Re: [AC] Cascade of Reason
« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2010, 01:53:13 pm »
Tuul System

Was it a meteor? It hadn't been reflecting radiation just a few moments ago. It was small. Perhaps it had merely slipped past the last scan of the area, dismissed as white noise. The observers contacted another station, then another, asking for confirmation of the object that had seemingly appeared in their midst. Every last one relayed that there was indeed something solid out there. Radio chatter flitted between Uunaam and Aamuure, asking who had a launching cannon free, if they had a probe that could be used. A single unscheduled cannon was found, and an unmanned hunk of sensory equipment was launched unceremoniously.

The probe coasted outwards on the force of the cannon launch, only firing its thrusters for minute course corrections as it homed in on its target, lying just outside of the system in the maze of rocky, icy planetoids that circled most systems. All the while, it relayed its data back to the homeworld to the waiting auditory receptors of mildly curious Phaaruun scientists. Perhaps it contained some new element, perhaps they would find some new microbe on it. Even if it was nothing, they had at least tried, and they knew they weren't missing anything.

Fortunately for their curiosity, the probe began detecting that part of the object was composed of organic materials, while the rest contained some odd, incredibly complex crystalline structure. The Phaaruun scientists hooted and bellowed with excitement as the numbers kept rolling in, each second relieving more and more details. They weren't entirely sure of the implications of such an object, but they were happy simply because they had found it. As the probe left the orbit of the system's outermost planet, its ion engine kicked on in reverse, slowing the craft down so that it would not crash into such a beautiful, delicate object...

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Re: [AC] Cascade of Reason
« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2010, 01:24:57 pm »
Tuul System

Just as suddenly as the stars had disappeared, they returned, in a flash of light that signaled the ship's arrival at their destination. Within the first hour of arrival, the crew discovered the Phaaruun's radio transmissions, as well as the life that coated two of the terrestrial planets. Consultation with the Kosong's home system and the Chara'ai on board the ship produced a cipher for the Pharuun's language, and a phrase to be transmitted. By the time that the Pharuun's probe had coasted near to the ship, the envoys had prepared a message. And so it happened that, for the first time, the Pharuun heard the message of a being which had been raised under the light of a distant star.

//Hello. We represent the joint partnership betweeen the Kota Coalition and the Chara'ai Crystalline Entities. We would like to open a channel for the negotiation of your entry into the inter-solar community.//

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Re: [AC] Cascade of Reason
« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2010, 05:45:22 pm »
A collective bellow of excitement reverberated throughout the listening post. For several moments, all other transmissions, magnetic and radio, were silenced to relay the news. Most simply sat is stunned silence as the transmission poured in. More than a few were convinced it was a fantastic joke, and their homes echoed with the sounds of raucous Phaaruun laughter. Many celebrations currently in progress had their subject stealthily changed from "The Existence of Bruus" to "Welcoming the Aliens."

"Aaaaahhhh..." one scientist sighed with relief once he had finished vocalizing his joy.
"We should reply, right?"
"Right, right, right... Let's get on with that."

The probe was instructed to relay the following message to the ship. Though the transmission was a simple code, lacking any emotion, one could imagine it being recited with great enthusiasm.

//Hello! Good show! Good show indeed! Yes, we would like to talk with you, exchange information, have some fun, perhaps even a little diplomacy while we're at it! Yes! Are you capable of landing? You are guests, we must show the proper respect!//

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Re: [AC] Cascade of Reason
« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2010, 06:08:35 pm »
Tuul System
Tokoh'an was amused at the strange organism's cheery attitude. He quickly sent the message back to the Kota system, which returned with a reply almost immediately.

//Sadly, we are not capable for landing, as our anatomy is better suited for a near-zero gravity environment. We would be delighted to accompany you in free fall, perhaps on a space station? We have had experience with terrestrial life before, if it is fair to assume an Oxygen-Nitrogen standard, that will be more than suitable for our needs.//

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Re: [AC] Cascade of Reason
« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2010, 01:13:38 pm »
Tuul System

//Yes, yes, yes. We understand your dilemma. A shuttle will be on the way! If you can't fit in our ship, then logic stands we can fit in yours! We'll get this welcoming committee to you, one way or another!//

All those necessary to create a proper welcome were summoned, most notably the Senior Chairman of the Department of Celebration, Delaar, who was standing in for High Queen Seeh as "head of household." The group of eight was loaded onto an extra-large and spacious shuttle normally reserved for transporting large cargo. The logic was that if a being was unable to withstand a gravitational field, it must be either very large and heavy, unable to support its immense weight; or it was very large and light, unable to support even its tiny weight. The shuttle was also packed with a large amount of food, both animal and vegetable in origin, along with various trinkets and bits of technology, in the hopes that the aliens would find something they liked.

Some time later, the craft, huge in comparison to the tiny probe, drifted towards the foreign ship, its ion engines steadily slowing it as it approached.

//We are here!//

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Re: [AC] Cascade of Reason
« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2010, 12:47:21 pm »
Tuul System

It was decided, both aboard the ship and at home, that the different ship's airlocks were not compatible, and that the Kosong delegation would have to move from one ship to the other outside of any construction. While this may have seemed dangerous to some, the Kosong's adoptions to space would suffice, along with a small amount of atmosphere ejected from the ship along with them, to cross a short distance with ease. Quickly, then, the transfer was made, with the Kosong delegation(including a lone Chara'ai) gliding swiftly to the open airlock. As the last of the Kosong entered, the outer hatch slammed shut and fluorescent lights seemingly popped into existence.