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Tootplanet: Explorers’ Logs Planet 7-17-2

Planetary D253

The glitter hormones are turning out to be more complicated than we ever thought they would be.  And in turn, they are also more useful than we ever thought possible.

We’ve replicated the hunting style of three of the bigger predators and started making “runs” for food animals lined in different glitter pheromones.

That’s useful, but more useful is what we discovered in the accidental isolation of the bad time: Each line of glitter eliminates certain issues or diseases.

I still don’t want to stay here one day longer than we have to, but I believe this is almost worth the stay.


Tootplanet: Explorers’ Logs Planet 7-17-2

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.

Planetary D47

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.

Planetary D181

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.

Planetary D203

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.


    Tootplanet: Captain’s Log

    Star Log, Sec. 7, Sub 17-1

    This planet looks so much like Earth from a distance that I checked all our readings 3 times.

    And, indeed, it is inhabited – the continent we had to keep resisting calling Africa shows signs of dense population and industry, as does all of the southern hemisphere.

    We caught a few video transmissions, and they seem remarkably humanoid, although with little-to-no cold tolerance.

    We sent three polite greeting probes and took more photos than was strictly necessary.

    Star Log, Sec. 7, Sub 17-2

    On the far side of Sub17 we found a smallish planet teeming with life and sparkling with silver speckles.

    The mountains, the water, even the animals seemed to glitter, and much of the plant life is a silvery-drey.

    There were more animals on this planet than we had ever seen in one place, but no signs of civilization.

    We sent down a team with a well-armored settlement pod.  Some of those animals were definitely carnivores.