From the 1st book, "The Alliance"



Kirashi and Captain Hurin, listen to instructions from the Anurians

Kirashi watched the screen, her eyelids half closed, trying to understand the meaning behind complex instructions coming from the display.

Captain Hurin, standing beside her, sighed and walked back towards the door. “I’m glad I don’t have to deal with them,” she offered.  

On the display were images of Anuria, a water world sparsely populated by amphibian-humanoids. She and Hurin listened. The message was florid with falsely complimenting undertones. So far, she counted five references to the poverty of their condition and their former glory.

Only the diplomats would be allowed to come to the planet. The rest of the crew would remain in orbit.

The instructions were specific and detailed. They would be received by two vessels which, Kirashi guessed, with shields up and weapons activated, would accompany them to the surface. Once there, they would be escorted by bots that most certainly would be destroyed to eliminate contamination.

Kirashi had dealt with similar races, paranoid to the point of distraction. The Anurians’ unspoken fear was DNA manipulation. They knew the propensity of Genetically Compatible races to apply enhancements via viruses, bacteria, and other mechanisms. Kirashi and her team would be taken to chambers where they would be isolated. They would communicate via live feeds, with the Anurian diplomatic core.

Kirashi was certain they would request technology.

While she constructed and reconstructed responses to a ridiculous message, Alhalsu and Erish had the less difficult task of responding to the Tiamatu, the inhabitants of another planet on their path.

Tiamat, like Anuria, was a water world, but one with a continent at its equator. The planet wide ocean was salt water, unlike Anuria’s fresh waters. Tiamat was populated by two different groups. Some evolved in the oceans. The skin of the Tiamatu-Abba was pale blue, their eyes unnaturally large with upper and lower eyelids. They were hairless with hands that, though webbed, functioned as hands. They could grab objects and manipulate technology. Their legs and feet were another matter. With abdomens distended and longer than their cousins on land, their legs and feet had become no more than large fins protruding horizontally. Growing from the backs of their heads, was bony protrusion, curving downwards that attached down onto their necks and spine. They were warm bloodied and mammalian.

The second race lived on land and were more advanced. They shared education and aid with their marine bound cousins. The Tiamatu-Kur were very much like humans on Earth, except for their lack of obvious hair and fingernails. They too spent millennia in the oceans, but had ventured back onto land, keeping their legs and feet. The projection on the back of their heads, curved under but did not attach further down onto their bodies. On the Tiamatu-Kur, the projection was similar to a horn and was frequently decorated with tattoos and jewelry. The two races came together to compose a welcoming greeting. From images they sent, they were prosperous, their cities gleaming with tall spires and towers. Precious metals and jewels were abundant. They prided themselves on artistic and cultural accomplishments.

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