The Whisper of Damkina Part Forty Four

November 12th, 2014  |  Published in Whisper of Damkina  |  6 Comments

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A/N: Just a short installment this week.

Vanna had excelled herself again, Amanpreet decided. The table in the Mess was covered with multiple dishes all giving off delicious smells and she had even managed to rustle up a chocolate cake from somewhere. Oni looked slightly embarrassed when they led him into the canteen.

“You didn’t have to go to all this trouble,” he said.

“It’s no trouble,” Vanna said with a grin. “I’ll take any excuse to make a feast.” She pushed an empty bowl at him. “Help yourself, since you’re the birthday boy you get to go first.”

“Thank you,” he said and began piling curry into the bowl.

“The contact team should be here in a couple of hours,” Niobe said. As she filled her own bowl once Oni was seated and eating “They’re using very long jumps to get here. It seems the council thinks this is extremely important.”

“That’s because it is,” Amanpreet said mildly. “What’s happening with Karis? Did the last dispatch say?”

“Only that a first contact team has reached the system and opened diplomatic discussions. Oh, and apparently they are really curious with very little caution about being contacted.”

“That fits what we know of their biology and their cultures,” Oni said. “They aren’t inclined to territoriality or xenophobia because like the Kska Ishtari they have self-sterility genes that mean groups that do become insular tend also to die out within generations.”

“They aren’t quite as innately peaceful as the Ishtari,” one of the other scientists said. “They have had wars in the past but they tend to fight holding actions against invaders knowing their biology will betray them in the end.”

“The Ishtari have had a war in the past,” Amanpreet said. “A very long time ago but it happened.”

“What?” Oni said. “When?”

“Back in their prehistory when the Kska first migrated into Tkin territory. Because of their very different biologies and technologies neither realised the other was sophont and they viewed each other as food.”

“I always thought that was a myth,” Oni said. “Their stories also say a god intervened and stopped them – which one obviously varies with religion.”

“It’s not a myth,” Sangat said. “Though pretty much everyone thought that it was. The acid environment tends to make archaeology very difficult on Ishtar but a new dig found evidence of a persistent and prolonged conflict during the early contact period. It seems to have lasted several generations then ended quite abruptly after which the evidence shows them living together peaceably and with major disruption of either’s culture or customs. The paper is being published next month.”

“That’s interesting,” Oni said. “I wonder why they really stopped so abruptly. I’m fairly sure it wasn’t divine intervention.”
“That, unfortunately, the dig can’t tell us,” Sangat said. “But it’s interesting to speculate.”

“It is,” Oni agreed before turning his attention back to his curry as Amanpreet called from some music from the Whisper’s computer.
The next few hours passed pleasantly in conversation and laughter until they were signalled that the contact team’s ship had arrived.

“Oh well, back to business I guess,” Oni said. “Thank you that was a great birthday party.”

“You’re welcome,” Amanpreet said. “Let’s go and see how the team want to approach this situation.”

A/N: I’m not getting many clicks through from the prompt posts so from now on I won’t be  making one. Instead can you please leave your prompts in the comments on this post. As can you please leave your posts by midnight Sun/Mon

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6 Responses to “The Whisper of Damkina Part Forty Four”

  1. mjkj says:

    Quite interesting – I wonder if the Talis computer knows anything about that…
    Gah, I get again those nasty 404-Error pages why posting – so I split the post up again…
    😕 🙁

    • mjkj says:

      …and here the second part:

      PS: Typos and stuff:
      “It is,” Oni agreed before turning his attention back to his curry as Amanpreet called *from* some music from the Whisper’s computer. => *for* => …as Amanpreet called *for* some music from the Whisper’s computer.

      The “Previous”-links lead to page 42 instead of 43.

    • mjkj says:

      Great you could still fit my late prompt in
      Prompt: What is that smell?

      Feel free to fit the prompt to the situation and speaking-pattern etc.

  2. Canicus says:

    Hmm I wonder if the divine intervention might have been the same people that have been destroying the other species. Maybe they saw some sort opportunity for their own tech based on the evolution of the Ishtari. There has been speculation that their communication system isn’t of their own design so perhaps they hoped to get something new from them further along their evolutionary chain.

    Anyway love the story so far, always like space sci-fi. And so far on technology the organic ships and navigation is very different from what I so far have seen previously in other sci-fi making it quite fun and interesting to learn more about.

  3. Canicus says:

    Hmm just noticed that there is apparently a section of HTML code in comment just above the Comment text box saying :

    XHTML: You can use these tags:

    Any reason this is outcommented?

    • Canicus says:

      I probably should have escaped the tags in my previous post -_- sry my bad.

      XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href=”” title=””> <abbr title=””> <acronym title=””> <b> >blockquote cite=””> >cite< <code> <del datetime=””> <em> <i> <q cite=””> <strike> <strong>

      Hope this works this works.

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