A Sneak Preview of My Up Coming Sequel
I am here, celebrating my 13,456th birthday. We never really paid much attention to this fact on my home world. Only when visiting Earth did we find many so proud of how many years they have lived. I imagine since their lifespans are so short, they have much to be grateful for.
I don’t believe that people of Metamo, or myself, are taking our long lives for granted, but we just assume an average life of 10,000 years is a given. I am the oldest living Metan on record. I’ve heard that somebody lived to 12,345 years. I certainly am thankful, yet I do know that shortly my life will end. It will be very soon as I have rapidly gone into bad health and aging related issues.
Nearly four and one-half millennia ago, the MetSche Alliance discovered the planet Earth. We had jointly explored two or three planets in the preceding century. One or two of them had very rudimentary life, mostly of the microscopic variety. Naturally, Earth being the first humanoid world we found made it a special place in our hearts.
Our alliance has always been curious as to how these beings would develop and deal with the fast onset of technological progress. It was also a concern as to how they would fight or avoid conflicts. Much of their history mirrored our past. We could sense a common route of violent pasts in their development which was eerily similar to ours. We had nearly destroyed our own worlds 50,000 years ago.
Since we discovered the Earth so long ago, we’ve found many planets all over the galaxy. I am told we’ve found nearly 5,000 planets with life, but the Earth was very unique. Many worlds had simpler animal and plant life. Humanoid civilizations are very rare. Only a half-dozen worlds other than Earth and the alliances two worlds have similar races. The Earth’s development is far ahead of these other worlds.
It is a blessing that our prized planet of Earth is only 13 light years away. We can make the trip very quickly. There is much literature devoted to how we can travel about one light year in an hour. This concept would be unexplainable to anybody on the human world of Earth. We have a fifty-thousand-year head start on them in terms of evolution.
It is also notable that Metamo and Schegna, the dual planetary system from which I come from is the only example we have found where two humanoid races have developed in the same solar system. It is rare enough to find humanoids, and we believe a binary humanoid development in the same system is almost impossible.
One reason for this has been explained by the “Goldilocks” affect. More specifically, the exact distance from the sun and proper temperature is a very fine line. In our solar system, we are fortunate to have two nearly Earth like planets orbiting the sun. The sizes of the planets and atmospheres have made us fortunate. The only comparison is that if Earth’s neighbor had the right atmosphere, it might be possible to have humanoid life, or any kind of life develop.
As I feel my life ebbing away, I want to right my thoughts so that others may take heed of my warnings. We have had great success in forming a dual planetary alliance. This is rare, as many worlds have enough trouble with one race getting along. On Earth, even though all humanoids came from a single source, they have had issues regarding ethnicity and race. They have had difficulty with understanding similarities and have put more negative emphasis on differences which are not really important in the grand scheme of things.
I am truly fearful for our future hear on Metamo and Schegna. I have no empirical evidence to back up my misgivings, yet I truly fear a big change is coming to our worlds. Much of this trepidation stems from our experiment to cross-breed Metans and Schegnans to improve ourselves and have a new coexistence.
I imagine at the time, millennia ago, the idea was appealing. Now, there seems to me a new reason of concern. Many of the MetSche, or as I’ve said, cross between Metans and Schegnans, our dual solar system with two races developing in the same system, have been very vocal.
First of all, the hybrids feel they had no choice in being brought into our alliance. Many of them feel that they should be autonomous from our governing body. The council doesn’t necessarily object to this idea. It is just that many of the “rogues” have taken to violent protests rather than taking a more democratic approach.
Secondly, I think our MetSche council, or more specifically, a coexistence between Schegnans and Metans, but with no representation on the council by hybrids, is becoming obsolete. One has a right to opinion, but I feel much more strongly than that. I question whether or not we have been productive.
Many of my Schegnan colleagues have reported to me that many on the alliance feel similarly. There is also an undeclared power struggle. The council likes to believe, or at least portray to the outside that they are united. I am fearful that a great rift has been unaddressed for at least two centuries. I would have liked to serve on the council but have been too ill for the past few centuries.
Finally, I am grateful that I was on the first planetary missions we started nearly 5,000 years ago. I recall fondly returning to Earth many times. The day we discovered a primitive civilization was such a joy.
It is laudable that the council is concerned with the development of said planet. My health has not allowed me to return there in a couple of centuries. I’d have loved to have witnessed the beginnings of their technological age, even though they have a fearful need to want to annihilate themselves.
I wonder if our infatuation with Earth is not becoming unhealthy. We do acknowledge our emotions, but I sense that many on the council don’t want to admit that our obsession with Earth is merely hubris in discovering a race similar to ourselves. I also feel we can somehow change the course of their development, yet at the same time we don’t want to interfere.
If all these concerns weren’t enough, our own worlds are undergoing massive changes in terms of ideas and beliefs. I wonder if not openly talking about it is due to fear, or perhaps an actual belief in denial will make it go away. Very few on our worlds agree with me. Some have said my mind in old age is playing tricks on me. I hope they are right. I can’t shake the feeling that Earth, Metamo, and Schegna are at a great crossroads. I also think another more advanced race has a stake in this unknown future. In any case, it is a grave sense of dread which has kept me up these late nights.
Now it comes. I am fading fast. I am not afraid. I am so thankful for my full and long life. At least now, I will have peace for these great concerns of mine. Although my peace from this horror is a good thing, it is my hope that others will at least listen to my warnings and try to stop the terrible future I fear for our worlds.
Here I am on Luggahro. I have been traveling through space for what humanoids would call millennia. As we have no physical bodies, we are soon to leave our planet. We no longer need it for sustenance. We are creatures of space now, traveling through the limitless vastness and sustaining our lives through the stars themselves.
It is thought of by those with physical bodies that those of us who are noncorporeal live indefinitely. We have death as well. We aren’t all-knowing or omnipotent. We believe in the possibility of eternal life after death. We have the belief in, one using words would call, a god.
We are nearly one-million years ahead of the humans and Schegnans. The MetSche is about 750,000 years behind us in terms of time and evolution. I have witnessed many marvelous developments in the many centuries I wondered through space and fed on starlight.
It was such a joy to see the Metans and Schegnans survive the horror of fifty-thousand years ago. A new alliance was a great source of joy for us. We love to observe nature on a universal scale. Yes, we can travel almost instantaneously from one physical place to another. Since we are merely energy and very much developed, we have many laws of nature not even imaginable for one with physical form.
Recently, great concern has been raised by myself and fellow travelers in the ether. The trinity of Metamo, Schegna, and Earth is troubling to us. It appears that the MetSche alliance and hybrids are at a very serious crisis. We will hope for the best. We can’t do much.
We have limited powers to communicate with the afore-mentioned races. We don’t have any way to affect change in the physical environment. We can observe and hope that some will read our concerns. It is very difficult to connect to one so different from oneself.
The hybrids of the MetSche are very worrying to us. It appears that the two races didn’t consider the possibility that they were going to have problems. Many of these hybrid beings are somewhat defective. They seem to be impulsive and angry. They seem to have, rather than improved on the Metans and Schegnans, regressed to a more primitive animal form.
Of course, there are actually quite a lot of MetSche humanoids who have captured the very hopes of the alliance when they debarked on this venture centuries ago. It will be very interesting to see how all of these facets play out. I fear for the worst. Many of the hybrids have meddled with Earth in the past and the council only recently became aware of this horror. I hope the wrongs can be set right.
The MetSche alliance has only begun to map the galaxy, let alone the universe. If they can survive the upcoming crisis, they will soon discover scores of humanoid life forms on many planets. There is such a diversity of humanoid life all over the universe. Perhaps the MetSche hybrids who have actually improved on the Metans and Schegnans, and not the bad mutants, can assist in averting this worry of mine.
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