TWILIGHT FORCE Mission Week 38

Written & Drawn By

Steve Games

TWILIGHT FORCE Recovered Files, Mission Period 260 Memorandum, September 17:

260 Extinct.jpg

Still searching for another Earth, the crew’s reaction to Alpha’s proposal for repopulating humanity was negative.

icon gamesman 1The Gamesman

“Captain Crackhead here thinks I should father your children. Any of you really want to have my kid?”

 

One was frightened.

icon bulbous AJudge Bulbous

“What? That’s absurd. I’m never having another child. I can’t stand the thought of losing another child. I’d be worried all the time. Never.”

One was sickened.

icon ichnida 7Mrs Ichnida

“No offense. But I’m not having a baby with a dusty. Babies between dusties and Aquans are very strange.”

 

One was dismissive.

icon pretyman AThe Senator

“Uh… look, I’m not the mothering type. No reproductive plans here.”

 

But one was intrigued.

icon nopoin feminizedDoctor Nopoin

“Do you think it would be good for me?”

 

Alpha tried to slip around that inquiry.

icon ALPHA twitter profile picAlpha

“Humans always reproduce. I assumed that would be part of establishing our new home. I am obviously mistaken. You, then, shall be the last of your kind. A very distinct, if somewhat perverted, honor.”

Doctor Nopoin would not be ignored.

icon nopoin feminizedDoctor Nopoin

“But would be good for me? I might want to do it.”

 

 

icon ALPHA twitter profile picAlpha

“It doesn’t seem like it would be good for you. You’re already contending with learning how to be human. You don’t need hormonal fluctuations on top of that.”

 

Judge Bulbous, however, was pondering the implications suggested by Alpha.

icon bulbous AJudge Bulbous

“But we don’t have the means for normal reproductive techniques. The old-fashioned way is all we have. Alpha’s right. We’re the last of us. We’re about to go extinct.”

 

“Extinction of any and all species are inevitable,” Alpha recognized. “Perhaps this is yours.”

 

TWILIGHT FORCE Recovered Files, Mission Period 261 Memorandum, September 18:

261 No Babies

While Doctor Nopoin watched the planet distinction monitor, listening for Earth-like worlds to ping as she exercised her newly human fingers in an attempt to improve dexterity and coordination, Alpha spoke to the others riding inside him.

icon alpha humanoidAlpha

“Gamesman, it seems no one wants your offspring. When we find a new home you may as well go your own way if that is your desire.”

 

While he’d always thought the idea of breeding a new world with his seed was weird, Gamesman was offended by the reactions of the ladies available for the job.

 

icon gamesman 2The Gamesman

“I don’t want to make babies with them either. If I make babies with you guys, are we really perpetuating humanity? I mean, you three are an elf, a plant person and an amphibian.”

 

icons pretyman3

The Senator

“I’m not a plant, you cretin. My color is cosmetic. It’s my choice.”

 

 

icon ichnida 7

Mrs Ichnida

“I happen to be a bi-environmental humanoid. We don’t appreciate the term ‘amphibian’.”

 

 

icon bulbous TWILIGHT FORCE

The Judge

“You see me as an elf? Really? That’s kind of neat. I’ve always been an elf fan.”

 

 

icon ALPHA twitter profile pic

Alpha

“Despite her origins as an artintel, Doctor Nopoin is fully human now.”

 

 

icon gamesman 2Gamesman

“You didn’t sound too anxious to see that combination when we talked about this yesterday…”

 

 

icon ALPHA twitter profile pic

Alpha

“The challenges she faces won’t be transferred to her children. They will never know the difference. It would be a human family.”

 

 

icon nopoin feminized

Doctor Nopoin

“I’m yearning for someone. Don’t know who. I’m disliking feelings, and that makes me feel worse. The worse I feel about having emotions, the more emotional I get. Last night I dreamed… about being all these different people… But still me. And I realized that’s what I used to be able to do in reality. As an artintel I was so strong!”

 

TWILIGHT FORCE Recovered Files, Mission Period 262 Memorandum, September 19:

262 Auxiliary Earth (1).jpg

In just a day, Judge Bulbous changed her mind.

icon bulbous ABulbous

“I’m thinking more and more, ‘this could work out’. You know, Gamesman, making a baby.”

 

 

Other issues prevailed. A promising world was discovered at last.

icon ALPHA twitter profile picAlpha

“We have a 99.3% ping. I am confirming that my systems have detected an Earth-like planet. Its coordinates mirror those of our own Earth on the opposite side of the galaxy.”

 

icon ichnida 7Mrs Ichnida

“That’s got to be Alpha’s idea of a joke.”

 

 

icons pretyman3The Senator

“That’s a great percentage! What’s different?”

 

 

icon ALPHA twitter profile picAlpha

“The newly discovered planet has slightly less gravity than Earth… a bit more ocean than Earth… an atmosphere with less oxygen and more nitrogen… and a biomass almost exactly like Earth’s.”

 

icon gamesman 1The Gamesman

“Biomass? Does that mean aliens? I can deal with that, I just want to be ready…”

 

 

icon nopoin feminizedDoctor Nopoin

“Could be plants, animals, or the planet itself, covered in a single organism.”

 

 

icon ALPHA twitter profile picAlpha

“I’m adjusting our course. Heading toward Auxiliary Earth.”

 

 

icon bulbous AThe Judge

“Whoa. Should we get too close? Hello? We’d better think for a bit, before running toward Auxiliary Earth! What if we’re worse for native life there than we imagine?”

 

icon alpha humanoidAlpha

“We can’t tell without getting closer. So we must. Engaging TAREX minimal drive.”

 

 

icon nopoin feminizedNopoin

“Find people there? Humanoids?”

 

 

icon ichnida 7Mrs Ichnida

“Sorry, Doctor. The chance of finding anything like us over here, on the opposite side of the galaxy, is ridiculously infinitesimal. Almost impossible.”

 

icon alpha humanoidAlpha

“Detecting transmissions from the planet. Translating…”

 

 

icon Stonemaster 1Image From The Planet:

Attention foreign intruders: You have entered the territorial void of Solozus. Your presence presents a probable threat to our world. Halt or avert course to avoid a preventative strike. A warning strike will now be launched to demonstrate defensive capability.

icon ichnida attack 1Mrs Ichnida

“Okay, so I’m no fortune teller…”

 

 

 

TWILIGHT FORCE Recovered Files, Mission Period 263 Memorandum, September 20:

It was a weird 24 hours aboard Alpha.

263 twilight force.jpg

In a distant orbit about an Earth-similar planet designated Solozus, Twilight Force floundered irrationally.

The last thing the Senator or Mrs Ichnida, or the JudgeDoctor Nopoin or Gamesman remembered was the warning of an incoming strike: a strike meant to show the power of the planet they were approaching. The ship, Alpha,remembered something more. Somehow the artintel part of his consciousness was able to resist whatever was affecting his Gemneb brain.

That part of Alpha maintained control of their course and a heightened defense posture. And that part witnessed what happened to the crew.

icon bulbous AJudge Bulbous went full blown paranoid, hiding between walls in the rear of the ship.

 

 

 

icon nopoin feminizedDoctor Nopoin wandered the ship trying to grasp imagined spheres, rings and hi-tech objects.

 

 

 

ichnida profilem1Mrs Ichnida thought she was swimming through space near light speed.

 

 

 

icon gamesman 1Gamesman was terrified, convinced he was being pursued by strange space creatures.

 

 

 

icons pretyman3The Senator was transfixed by an imagined kaleidoscopic cascade, unable to move, in absolute paralysis.

 

 

 

Alpha Gemneb Mashup 2And the Gemnebian brain of Alpha didn’t understand where his natural body had gone. Why were his eyes and ears now a spaceship’s sensors? Why were people in his belly?

Once she came out of it, Nopoin went to Alpha’s lab to run tests and simulations. She had a hunch that proved correct:

“I believe the Trojan Horse being used to attack us is light. I’ve found evidence that a certain light pulse coming from the vicinity of the planet, even filtered, causes chemical changes in organic brains similar to those induced by drugs, specifically baeocystin, psilocybin and psilocin. Hallucinogenics. Even closing our eyes can’t block it.”

Alpha defined it.

“They’ve got a Hallucination Beam.”

 

TWILIGHT FORCE Recovered Files, Mission Period 264 Memorandum, September 21:

264 twilight force

icon Stonemaster 1The Voice From The New World

“During your period of mental incapacity we’ve considered your appearance carefully. If you are willing, we will exchange some information with you. Can you understand us?”

 

icon ALPHA twitter profile picAlpha

“We can, though I don’t understand how.”

 

 

The Voice From The New World: “Our technology captures electrical impulses from the transmitter’s neurosystem that carry intentions easily translated by almost any intelligent species of our world. We hoped it would work with you as well. You seem remarkably similar to us.”

Alpha: “We have sought those who might have similarities, in hope of finding a new home.”

The Voice From The New World: “So you actually aren’t from our world?”

Alpha: “We’ve never seen this world before.”

The Voice From The New World: “Some people are skeptical about that. Pure speculation, of course. You are widely considered a hoax.”

Alpha: “Of what nature? Or purpose?”

The Voice From The New World: “One of our own pretending not to be. One of our own trying to scare us.”

Alpha: “Why are you afraid of us?”

The Voice From The New World: “Many of us have never believed you existed. They thought that our world was the only world where life became real.”

Alpha: “We are the first aliens you’ve ever met?”

The Voice From The New World: “You know we have defenses capable of incapacitating you. Take nothing for granted, we can also destroy you. We have no desire to do so. We..”

Alpha: “Someone down there has a desire to destroy us. A missile or something is headed at us with a high energy reading.”

The Voice From The New World: “It’s the Martyrs. They’re a union of xenophobes living among us, beyond world authority. They don’t represent our majority but they’re powerful and have void weapons. Evasive maneuvers quickly!”

Alpha veered out of orbit, rolled, twisted, turned, flipped, looped, dove and spun before seeing the bright flare of deadly energy barely miss him, zip by, and vanish.

 

TWILIGHT FORCE Recovered Files, Mission Period 265 Memorandum, September 22:

265 Stonemaster Boards.jpg

icon bulbous AThe Judge: “What’s he doing inside the ship?”

 

 

 

icon ALPHA twitter profile picAlpha: “It’s an illusion. A holographic projection enhanced by our doped perceptions.”

 

 

 

Smog released by the “illusion” filled the cabin instantly. The four occupants had no time to protect themselves, gasping the contaminated air before they could hold their breath.

Moments later they heard a voice they were compelled to obey.

icon Stonemaster 1Stonemaster: “I am Stonemaster. When you hear my voice you will obey any command or suggestion I make. If you understand, nod ‘yes’…”

 

 

They nod. The Stonemaster figure glided toward Mrs Ichnida, addressing her.

Stonemaster: “Answer my questions honestly and precisely. Why have you come to our world?”

ichnida profilem1Mrs Ichnida: “We’re looking for a new home. Our original home no longer exists.”

 

 

 

Stonemaster: “What happened to your original home?”

Mrs Ichnida“It’s…in the past. We moved forward in time. It became something else.”

Alpha released defensive micro-drones inside the cabin that tried to attack Stonemaster but they were unable to make physical contact. Though Stonemaster appeared to be solid, he wasn’t.

Stonemaster: “So a part of you somehow resists my influences? Interesting. It’s almost as if the ship itself were reacting to me.”

Alpha: “I am. You can’t overwhelm me with your neural stimulation. Disengage now!”

Stonemaster: “I have questions…”

Alpha: “Leave my vicinity or I’ll launch lightning spheres that will destroy three of your planet’s cities.”

The stranger seemed to consider the threat, uncertain of this adversary’s abilities. In a few moments the image of Stonemaster dissolved.

The Judge was astounded. “Alpha, were you really gonna do that?”

Recovering, the Senator noticed: “Stonemaster took Alpha’s threat seriously. Must not be all that confident in his superiority.”

Alpha: “I’m scanning the planet. Stonemaster is likely an exception. This isn’t an advanced world at all.”

 

TWILIGHT FORCE Recovered Files, Mission Period 266 Memorandum, September 23:

266 new world near moon

icon bulbous AThe Judge“Alpha, where are you moving us?”

 

 

 

icon ALPHA twitter profile picAlpha: “This planet has a moon very similar to itself, yet much smaller and undeveloped. Unlike the planet, there’s no sign of civilization at all. But there are pockets of interior atmosphere and some gravity. It also has a weak magnetic field.”

 

icon pretyman A

The Senator“I’m not liking this. Stonemaster was extraordinarily powerful. What do you mean they aren’t advanced?”

 

 

icon alpha humanoidAlpha: “Stonemaster is an exceptional native. The civilization on his world is roughly at the same phase that Earth’s civilization was in its 20th Century. There are major differences, but overall…”

 

 

icon gamesman 1Gamesman: “This is a weird gig, man. Are you sure we want to hang around here?”

 

 

 

icon bulbous AThe Judge: “Horrible things happened in the 20th Century on Earth. Genocide. Disease. Climate stimulation. Mass murder. Road rage. Flooding. Super storms. Bigotry. Animal cruelty. The list goes on…”

 

 

icon ichnida 7Mrs Ichnida: “That sounds pretty bad. Maybe we should move on.”

 

 

 

Alpha: “We were lucky to find this world in a matter of weeks. Finding another one where you can relax without helmets and anti-radiation auras may take years.”

Gamesman: “Yeah, ‘lucky. So there are people down there, right? Are there actual women? You know, that are close enough to us that… you know?”

The Senator: “Wow. You’re already bored with the women of Twilight Force, eh?”

Gamesman: “You know, you gals are a little uptight for my liking.”

Alpha: “Strap down. We’re landing in turbulent atmosphere to set up an operations center on this moon. Only a handful of astronauts from the planet has ever been here. We won’t be bothered for now. This moon is our sanctuary.”

 

END week 38

 

 

 

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