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Trys stood facing Tyrell. The Principal of Pioneer 2, Tyrell,
commanded all affairs dealing with the ordinary citizenry. He
was an imposing man, tall and dower looking. He had lost his only
child in the accident that destroyed Pioneer 1, and his stress
Ill get to the point, Tyrell said, Youre here because there
is a catastrophic situation unfolding down on Ragol. Hunters from
the guild have been investigating the depths of an ancient ship
deep beneath Ragol. We believe your sister Iris has gone to this
What does she want with this ship?, Trys asked coldly. Tyrell
lowered his brow and frowned.
We were hoping, he said, that you could tell us.
Im sorry, I havent seen her in years, I dont know much about
her. Tyrell shot a quick glance to his assistant, who pressed
a button on a computer console. At the far end of the Principals
office, two additional army soldiers escorting a man in prison
clothes appeared on the teleporter pad. They walked to Trys.
This man is... Tyrell began.
Doctor Emil Lander, former head of Project Sols, I know who
he is, Trys finished. Trys stared into Dr. Landers eyes for
several seconds before turning to face Tyrell. What is he doing
We captured him shortly before Pioneer 2s launch, I thought
you might want to talk with him. Trys peered into Tyrell's eyes,
then turned to face Dr. Lander. Lander looked at the ground, his
face appeared profoundly sad.
Why? Trys asked coldly. Why... everything... Why the lab?
The experiments? Why me? Why Lyca, Iris and Tear? What was that
Lander responded in a low tone, barely above a whisper. His
voice was hoarse and cracked, as if he hadnt spoken in some time.
How much do you know about Photonic life forms?
Not much, nobody does.
Exactly, we depend upon these creatures yet we know so little
about them. Photonic energy is the basis of our technology, and
these life forms can control photons at will.
Where is this going?
Are you familiar with the name Sols?
Its the family name they gave me when I became a ward of the
state following my escape.
It is also a very important name historically, Im not surprised
you havent heard of him... Let me recount the tail... Approximately
two hundred years ago, there was a Human named Sols, who was the
first to discover the life forms living in the Photonic clusters
we use as power sources. He made contact with what we call a Greater
Photonic. An intelligent and powerful Photonic life form. The
one he made contact with was named Nilla. The Greater Photonic
believed that Sols was attempting to communicate, so it possessed
his body in an attempt to bridge the communication barrier. For
several days after this, Sols demonstrated incredible power over
Photons, ability to manipulate photons on the level of a Greater
Photonic. Unfortunately, the possession eventually killed him.
His research led to the identification of the current Greater
Photonics, the ones the synthetic life forms hunters call Mags
can summon. The Mags were a creation of work done by analyzing
Sols corpse following his death. Much was learned about the interaction
between Photonics and flesh from this study.
How does this relate to me and my sisters?
You and your sisters are the culmination of decades of work
on the Numan genotype. You were designed to be able to contain
a Greater Photonic indefinitely, and fully wield its powers.
The ability to control photons at will would be an incredible
weapon, or tool. Trys stood silent. Her eyes open wide. Unfortunately,
there were problems with all of you, but we decided to raise you
anyway. We were going to run every experiment we could imagine,
we needed to know what went wrong.
The tests... we were... failures? Rejects?
What is wrong with us?
Well, all of you age properly. We had to modify the aging gene
in the Numan genotype so youd age at human speed, yet retain
the expanded physical and mental prowess we required. But, each
of you had unique flaws we didn't foresee.
Youre brain has defects. We weren't sure how theyd affect
you, but any defect automatically disqualified you from being
a host. Trys immediately thought of her dreams, of her visions.
She already knew how the brain defects had affected her.
Lyca was actually fine in all mental regards. Unfortunately
she is fertile, which a host must not be. We had, and indeed have,
no way to know what would happen if a Greater Photonic host became
pregnant. Lycas genes were additionally impaired due to an overactive
desire to mate. Even as a young child, she emitted over 200% higher
pheromone levels than any previously recorded Numan. I suspect
you have seen the result of this in her social life. Trys silently
nodded just slightly.
Poor Tears mental capacity is not sufficient Im afraid. She
has the cognitive ability, but lacks the ability to retain too
much information. Her personality centers of the brain were also
unusual, she likely has poor social habits among other things.
Iris as well is fertile, though not to the degree of Lyca.
In fact her childhood pheromone levels were quite low, so she
may not have a desire to mate at all, but she can still do so.
Then... Trys said, Why females? Why not use males?
There was actually a test group of males. They were frozen
in embryo form once your initial defects were discovered. We decided
to grow you and your sisters for study because young girls are
easier to handle than young boys. Less aggressive and so on. However
as we began the experiments we learned your defects were due to
the careless mistakes of one of our scientists. Without permission
he modified you and your sisters DNA with data from early Numan
We were modified... with genetic data from Numans bred for
Yes. Just your physical data. Lander lifted his head slightly,
and briefly stared at Trys chest. The result is as you see. I
also believe this may have something to do with Lycas condition.
Trys looked up to the ceiling of the office. She could see the
stars through the clear ceiling, and she starred at them for several
minutes. No one in the room spoke.
Tell me more, Trys spoke, still starring through the ceiling,
about how we were supposed to be hosts to Greater Photonics.
Its pretty simple actually, all that is needed is prolonged
physical contact with a Greater Photonic, your bodies were designed
to absorb their specific kind photonic energy like a sponge.
Tell her, Tyrell interrupted, about the Supremes.
Ahh, yes, Lander said with a sigh. When the caretaker of
Rykros warned us of the seals collapse, we began to search for
a suitable planet to escape to. One of the probes sent into deep
space discovered Ragol, and sent back some disturbing news. There
was evidence that an old Parmainian generational ship had crashed
on Ragol in the distant past. Preliminary scans determined it
to be deep beneath the surface of the planet. The organization
I worked for suppressed all knowledge of the findings relating
to the ship.
Because while a ship like that would be a tremendous find,
what we suspected was within had to be kept secret. Ever since
Sols death, there has been some suspicion that there may be an
even higher order of Photonics than the Greaters. We called these
theoretical Photonics, Supremes. We correlated the ancient legends
of the creature Dark Force with this theory, We began to believe
that Dark Force was a temporary physical manifestation of a Supreme
Photonic. And the scans the probe took of the inner ship showed
a massive containment field in place, still operative after who
knows how long. We could only think of one reason for such a field...
Then, youre saying this Dark Force creature is on Ragol?
Evidence of a creature called Dark Falz has been found in
the ship, written in ancient Parman, Tyrell said, We believe
the two to be one and the same. Trys stopped looking through
the ceiling and faced Tyrell. Now Miss Trys, based on this information,
do you know why Iris would be heading into the ruins with Tear?
Trys stood still for several seconds, deep in thought. I can
think of only one reason, if she knows any of this, then she probably
plans to absorb this Falz creature. Tyrell frowned.
This is precisely what we were afraid of. Tyrell glanced at
his assistant, who pressed another button on her control console.
At the teleporter at the far end of the office a high ranking
Army officer appeared. Ready our contingency plan for an Omega
situation Lieutenant. Tyrell commanded. The officer nodded and
disappeared in a brief flash of light. The men escorting Lander
escorted him to the teleporter, where they too disappeared. I
will see to it, Tyrell said authoritatively, that you are granted
full visitation rights to Dr. Lander. The soldiers who had escorted
Trys grabbed her by the arms, and began walking her down to the
end of the office in the direction of the teleporter.
Hey! Whats going on here? Let me go!
Miss Trys, Tyrell said coldly given the situation, you cannot
be allowed to travel to Ragol. As of now your Guild privileges
are temporarily revoked, and you are hereby ordered to stay confined
to your assigned sector. The soldiers pushed her onto the teleporter,
and in a flash of light she was standing in the hallway leading
to her and Lycas apartment.
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