Been too busy to write lately - extended "negotiations" with LIER. They want to allow settlers to come here already - and I'm not done exploring yet!
I can't stop them, but I can slow them down. They will let us keep exploring, but make available the land we have already explored. Otherwise, I will tell the world about LIER's past as a barber shop quartet (Ryan is a lovely tenor).
*sigh* When everyone is Exploring, where is the room for Explorers?
Randall has an idea of why there are no natives here. He spent the last
few days reading up on the history. It seems that they (I have taken to
calling them the Heteracerans) have been trying to fly. It is a
religious thing. They are trying to fly to "the light" to gain
salvation. It's a pretty easy bet that the disturbance that sent us
here was just that - them flying away.
Still, you would think that they would leave some folks behind, just in case, right?
Heh, I found the camp, there is some Team Magellan Exploring for ya at
it's finest. I had been walking with my eyes closed for about five
hours when I ran into a building. What can I say? Some things you are
Everyone here is pretending they didn't even know I was gone, but you
know they were all huddled in a corner, weeping softly, lost.
I told them about the road. It was well paved, so this town probably
isn't the top of the native tech here. I'm too tired, I just want to
curl up with a warm cup of milk.
I found a road! Take that Bowen Tyler! Much more impressive than an
subterranean river, thank you very much. If I follow the road, I
expect I will find something. Now there are 2 ways this could go -
right, or left. I hate it when politics gets involved. hahaha ok maybe
I need some shade.
No! Rest is for the weak! I must press on! Cue the march music, close
my eyes, and let fate guide my steps. Pray for lack of holes.
You would think that they would come looking for me... after all they
can't be doing to well without their fearless leader, right? Maybe that
is it - they are so reliant upon me they can't even organize a search
party. Well, lucky for me, I'm an Explorer!
I went for a walk tonight, trying to wrap my head around this place. A
heavy religious presence, brought out of an oral tradition begets a
priesthood dedicated to passing on those stories. The stilt village had
one temple, which was big and ornate. Here in the "stone village" it
seems like every building has a religious significance.
Randall's history reading implies that the stilt village came first -
which makes sense, it is less advanced (or is that more primitive? tee
hee). So we can postulate that maybe the "thou shall not go on land"
was the original, and the land dwellers had to change things around a
bit. I'm guessing from the density of Religious structures on the land
that it was a decision of the church.
So.. we have a powerful priesthood who doesn't want to live on the
water anymore, and changes the religion so they can build on land.
Randall was able to brief me on some of the early history today.
The first people arrived in coracles some 2000 years ago, best as we
can figure. They can't remember from where, all they had to keep them
company on the float over were the stories in their heads. It sounds
like they were suffering from a lack of shade on the brainpan, as they
seem to actually believe these stories. Randall already translated some
of these stories - they became the basis for the religion. Gigantic
moths that are the universe... maybe they drank some of the seawater