Several days have passed since we landed on this isolated planet. We came here thinking this was the spot our friend the mechanic had described. After a quick scan of the area, we had discovered just one tiny colony located on the north side. We deployed the modules, deciding to explore this foreign land.
At first contact, the people fled, hiding in their barns. Finally we came across more affable people, who after carefully checking that our intentions were not hostile explained the reason for the fear. The « Elders, » as they called themselves, told us their story. The colony had not had visitors for centuries. They lived in autarky, in recluse. As I listened to them I realized what I could not put my finger on upon arrival. Everything seemed frozen in the past. Their beliefs and their traditions perpetuated from generation to generation directly and unchanged from their ancestors. Their understanding stopped here at the frontier with outer space. This was their choice and they saw no reason to change. Clearly, we had not fallen on the people that we had hoped.
After enjoying the meager pleasure they had to offer, we left them. Their ways and their technology from another time would not help us much as we searched for the way home. Upon leaving, we promised them never to reveal the coordinates of their planet and to keep their existence secret
To be continued on Thursday, October 13
Safety feat. Fauve by Xewin