Explorer Log Planet 7-17-2
The glitter, it turns out, is biological.
We landed, and everything was fine for the first two days. We noticed no dangers in the air, nothing on the surface or the rainwater that would cause us issues.
We sent Spifio out as out canary, and after two days Spif was glittering.
The thing is, there’s nothing wrong with Spif yet, not as far as we can tell, except the glitter. And the way words seem to glitter in the air when Spif speaks.
So far, our filters are holding out. We’re giving Spif a week to see what happens with the glitter.
If only Spif didn’t SPARKLE so much when we said he had to stay outside.
We all sparkle now.
After five days, we let Spifio back into the enclosure. The only ill effect seemed to be the glitter hanging everywhere, and the animals seemed much more interested in sparkling at Spif than in eating him.
Turns out the glitter has a pheromone which says “one of us”, except that there’s several different pheromone sets.
Good thing they sent us down with a splittable pod, because I can’t stand the sight of Spif, Lee, or Garana now and Tellie almost strangled Lee last week.
There was a period of time we will not speak of.
During that time, several things happened, of course.
We have narrowed the glitter down to five lines, each with its own pheromone. We’ve also developed a blocker which allows us to tolerate the other pheromones.
In addition, we have found that a particular combination of the glitters has a healing effect – if you don’t tear yourself apart trying to get the stink off of you.
This planet is fascinating, but 5 years cannot come soon enough.
Garana has figured it out! It took a few false attempts and seventeen animals in cages – three didn’t survive – but we have found a way to block or replicate the effects of the glitter hormones.
For the first time in half a year, I hugged my wife. And then we went about the more complicated business of determining how these pheromones work on this planet.
But there was a lot of hugging.