The Tale of Drachoctis
A Brief History of Drachoctis - Terran
An excerpt from Thoughts on Drachoctis by Danielli Bolelly
The earliest account of life in the Lustirn system, known to most of its natives as Drachoctis, was almost exactly 300 Billion years before the writing of this text. This life was no measly one-celled organism however, by most accounts it was a god-like entity, more akin to the stars or the planets than to the organisms that inhabit our system today. As far as we know, this divine being just materialized out of the vacuum of space, no one can rightly say just how it came to be. And there it sat, dormant, for almost 10 Billion years. Until what has become known as The Neflisch arrived, a colossal deity, larger than the planet of Erde-Altus (with a radius of 49,342 miles), many ascribe this being to be shaped like the fusion between a crab and a snake. Legend has it that these two celestial colossi fought for two hundred long years, without ever stopping. Finally, the original being, just known as The Entity, destroyed The Neflisch, breaking it into billions of billions of pieces, these became our planets, our stars, our meteoroids, us.
‘Course, according to modern science, this is all a bunch of bullshit. But, I do enjoy a good ole tale now and then. Now, on to what actually happened. Back in 2145, just before the final hours of the Great War, many of the remaining humans, or Terran, as they call us now, were shuttled off earth. Some of the luckier ones had private vessels, but most were herded onto three government carriers. Two of these ships form the core of what we now call the Terran Inter Galactic Army, or TIGA, for short. Now these fine young men and women (or imperialistic assholes, depending on what you think) are going all about the system, trying to spread our Terran “customs”. You might say that they’re like old missionaries, except I don’t think Brother George was usually packing that much heat. Although I have heard that some churches use to accept bribes.
Earlier I mentioned that some private raukkets also managed to make it off earth, though many of the people in these vessels never even made it out of atmo, what with the shoddy workmanship of lots of the ships back then. ‘Course, lots of folk did make it off the planet, many using the ole grapple technique to hitch a ride with one of the government birds. It was almost 3 months before one of those ships stopped again, the American bird was almost out of food and couldn’t go on. Stopping in the system we now occupy, and setting up on what they called Second Earth. There, they met the Pristis-Grunde, a huge, incredibly violent alien race. The entire population of that ship was killed within the next week, except a small carrier which fled and joined up with the others. These few survivors went on to form the Dominion, a powerful and prestigious order of religious zealots, though nowadays their numbers dwindle closer to oblivion with each passing day. The Chinese ship fared a bit better, finding an uninhabited planet they called Dì èr gè dìqiú to suck the life out of. The European ship was met with minor engine trouble just before the Chinese ship landed, and was left stranded in space. After two months of enjoying their new planet, the Chinese went to retrieve their European brethren. That mission only had one tragedy, the death of a small boy whom no one cared about anyway. From this success, the Euro-Chinese coalition (which later became the TIGA), as they called themselves then, moved back toward Dì èr gè dìqiú. The carriers never touched down on the planets surface again though, only sending small transport ships down to move supplies and people. We of course didn’t only meet the brutish Pristis-Grunde, we have all seen our fair share of odd creatures here in old Drachoctis.
The Sproxiuz are the ones we have the closest ties with, their bodies and culture aren’t too far from our own, and they’ve never been very hostile. The Sproxiuz are the only reason we have those androids wandering around as well, they are experts in putting electronics in things, and they do it with a bit of art too. Their cousins – the Conlerg Sproxiuz, (I call them Hill Sproxiuz) – aren’t as mad smart as the other ones, but they make it up for it in strength. The Sproxiuz gave weaponry to the TIGA in the Angoborean war, though they stayed out of any actual fighting. Which, after the Lumllos massacre, seems like a pretty smart idea.
The Zwerg are my personal favorite. Their tallest only comes up to my belly button, but they’re hard-working folk, and funny as all get out. They’re a little mysterious, though, and there’s always rumors cropping up about what they’re making or doing. My favorite rumor is the one about them building a planet-sized robot so that they could enslave everyone in the galaxy. This of course isn’t true, but it’s just so fun.
Us Terran ain’t exactly welcome by most folk in Drachoctis, but we get along just fine.