S1E4: The Colony
Journal Entry 42A
Entry by ENKI
As the morning sun began to rise over the tropical jungle, I set out on my daily routine of examining and checking our newly built settlement near the gulf. The fresh sea breeze was invigorating, and I could feel my senses heightened as I took in the new environment.
The settlement was quite impressive, given that we had only been here for a short period of time. Our team of 25 companions had worked tirelessly to build this high-tech structure using raw materials from the planet. The fusion of advanced technology with natural resources was a sight to behold, and it filled me with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
I started my inspection from the shoreline, where we had set up a small harbor to facilitate our interplanetary transportation. The water was crystal clear, and I could see the diverse marine life thriving in it. Our team had installed underwater sensors to study the sea creatures and their behavior patterns, which would help us understand the planet’s ecosystem.
Moving further inwards, the first structure I encountered was the power plant. It was a massive pyramidal shaped structure. I checked the readings and was satisfied with the energy output, which was enough to power the entire settlement and our scientific instruments.
Next, I examined the residential quarters, where each of us had been assigned a comfortable living space. The planned quarters should be well equipped with advanced life support systems and recreational facilities, including holographic entertainment units. I was impressed by the innovative design we came up with, which incorporated the natural surroundings and allowed ample sunlight and fresh air to filter in.
I make my way towards the housing units, eager to see the quality of work my companions have produced. As I approach, I am struck by the sight before me. The structures rise high into the air, their walls made of a sturdy stone material with limestone that glistens in the morning light. Each building is constructed with precision, resembling ziggurats from my home planet. I am impressed with the way our engineers have used stone shaping devices to achieve such a remarkable feat.
I enter one of the housing units and find myself in awe of the high-tech interior. The walls are lined with glowing panels that provide a soft, ambient light. The floor is made of a smooth, polished material that is cool to the touch. Large ceiling windows allow natural light to filter in, providing a stunning view of the blue sky. A wonder for every single one of us used to a redish sky. I am struck by the attention to detail and the level of comfort these structures offer.
As I make my way through the different levels of the housing units, I encounter one of the engineers named Shag. He greets me with a friendly wave and a respectful bow. I inquire about his thoughts on the settlement, and he responds enthusiastically, stating how impressed he is with the high-tech features of his new home.
We continue our conversation, discussing the challenges we faced during the construction process and the possibilities that lie ahead. Shag tells me of his hopes for this new world, and I am touched by his optimism and enthusiasm.
As I bid Shag farewell and make my way towards the agricultural area, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for the opportunity to explore this new planet and the camaraderie I have developed with my companions during our long journey. The possibilities for discovery and advancement seem endless, and I am eager to see what the future holds for us.
After a fascinating visit to the housing units, I make my way towards the agricultural area. The path is lined with trees and lush vegetation, and I can hear the sound of water flowing nearby. As I approach the area, I am impressed with the progress my companions have made in such a short time.
The irrigation system is working effectively, providing water to the crops from nearby streams in the tropical forest. The engineers have done a remarkable job in building the system, which utilizes a network of wooden reinforced pipes and stone channels to ensure that the water reaches every part of the agricultural area. I am impressed with the ingenuity and skill that has gone into creating such a complex system.
As I walk around the area, admiring the different fruits and vegetables that have been planted, I am suddenly startled by a loud growl. I turn around to see a large feline creature, which I have never seen before. It has a sleek black coat and piercing yellow eyes, and it stares at me with a fierce intensity.
I stand frozen for a moment, unsure of what to do. My companions rush over to assist me, and we observe the creature from a safe distance. It seems agitated and ready to pounce, so we quickly devise a plan to distract it and allow us to retreat safely.
One of my companions, who is skilled in animal communication, approaches the creature and attempts to calm it down. He speaks to it in a soothing tone, and to our surprise, the creature seems to respond positively. It relaxes its stance and eventually retreats back into the forest.
We later decide to name the creature a Panther, after its sleek and formidable appearance, similar to panthers in our home planet. This encounter serves as a reminder of the dangers that can exist in this new world and reinforces the importance of caution and preparedness.
As I moved on, I observed the laboratories and workshops where we conducted our research and experiments. The technology we had brought with us was far superior to anything that even exists on our home planet thanks to our recent venture with the Igiggi from Zeta Reticuli. These will soon be in the hands of Chief Scientist Ninursag.
Finally, I visit the research lab, where my fellow scientists are working on various projects to advance our knowledge and understanding of this new planet. They inform me of exciting discoveries, including new mineral deposits of the much needed gold we seek.
As I conclude my inspection, I am struck by the realization of the immense potential this planet holds. We have only just scratched the surface, and there is still so much to discover and explore.
Overall, I was pleased with our progress so far, and I knew that we had the potential to make significant scientific discoveries on this planet. As I concluded my morning examination, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of excitement and wonder. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to what the future holds for our settlement and our journey on this new world.