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Tootplanet 7-16-4: Another Viewpoint

Star Log, Sec. 7, Sub. 16-4 – another viewpoint

Slek was still watching the sky.  Slek had been watching for days now, taking every turn that was available.  

The Periln hadn’t come back.  By this point it was almost safe to believe that they wouldn’t.

They had begun rebuilding carefully, within the ruins of their lost city. They had sent out very low-frequency signals, looking for more survivors.

They could, perhaps, make a go of life again.  But only if the Periln or someone like them didn’t return.

Slek couldn’t help thinking how much easier it would be to rebuild with help, though.


Tootplanet: Another Viewpoint

Star Log, Sec. 7, Sub. 16-4 – another viewpoint

It had been Slek’s turn on the sky-scope, so it was Slek who saw the spaceship settling above their atmosphere and Slek who noticed all of the readings of a determined scanning. Not the Periln; the instruments read differently, enough that Slek was pretty sure they noticed there were people left on the planet.

If the Periln had noticed, they would have sent down a cleaning crew.

This ship… just scanned, scanned again, and left. Slek swore and cursed many of their ancestors and descendants before writing it all down in the log.


Tootplanet: Captain’s Log Sector 7, Subector 16

Star Log, Sec. 7, Sub.16-1

We almost missed this planet, hidden as it was behind its much larger brother-planet.  The brother was barren, a frozen gas giant. The smaller sibling we resisted the urge to name Eden, if only because fiction has told us that’s a way to jinx it.

Its landmasses are small, barely bigger than islands, but many of them are so close together you can hop from one to the next.

We sent down several probes, and will come back with a team on our return.

Star Log, Sec. 7, Sub. 16-2

This planet, with its green seas and its golden lands, would look appealing if not for the strange rambling line of ruins.  It is as if whenever something awful happens, the entire – if small – civilization just moves.

At least, the oldest ruins were crumbled almost to nothing, while the newest ones were quite recent, and they trailed in a line across the continent.

There is a lot of unruined land, but they appear something almost civilized, so we moved on.

Star Log, Sec. 7, Sub. 16-3

We haven’t left this subsector yet: if any of the inhabited planets manage to develop space travel, they will find they have many, many neighbors.

At first, I thought this planet was another like 7-12-1, smeared in brilliant color, but a closer look revealed that 90% of the color is rooftops!

Almost the entire planet – poles, equator, everything – is covered in buildings, all of them painted. Spectrography reveals that there are colors there we can’t even see.

We sent a greeting probe.  

Star Log, Sec. 7, Sub. 16-yet still

This planet, so close to an asteroid belt that we nearly missed it, is fascinating.  It was clearly very densely populated at one point – buildings cover almost every piece of land on its two largest continents, and trail into the water on what look like manufactured islands.

And the tops of nearly all the buildings are covered in dense greenery and grains.

Yet we show almost no life signs – a total of 312, scattered around the planet in groups of 3-10.

What happened here? Where did everyone go?