First Supreme Commander Edit
“It was Immanuel Kant who once said, “Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing can ever be made”. But my question is: What happens when you bring an antagonistic alien race to the picture?” Hassan Al-Khabir, First Supreme Commander of Co-operative Defence Organisation.
02/08/2008 17:34 >INITIALISING MESSENGER.
>ENTER PASSWORD. xxxxxxxx
>ACCESS DENIED. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CAPS LOCK TURNED OFF.
>PASSWORD ACCEPTED. WELCOME TO PRIVATE CHAT ROOM 174L
>FRIED EAGLE SAYS: “CANTALOUPE PUDDING, ARE YOU THERE?”
>CANTALOUPE PUDDING SAYS: “I'M HERE. WHAT'S UP?”
>FRIED EAGLE SAYS: “I AM SENDING AN AUDIO FILE OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE, CONCERNING OUR DISCOVERY OF A FOREIGN ARTEFACT IN THE DECCAN.”
>CANTALOUPE PUDDING SAYS: “AH, GOOD, THE DOWNLOAD HAS COMMENCED.”
>FRIED EAGLE SAYS: “THIS FILE IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE AND I DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME. CAN YOU SET DOWNLOAD PRIORITY TO REAL-TIME?”
>CANTALOUPE PUDDING SAYS: “YOU KNOW I CAN'T DO THAT.”
>FRIED EAGLE SAYS: “I CAN'T STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS FILE. JUST DO IT ALREADY.”
>CANTALOUPE PUDDING SAYS: “FINE, BUT IF THE OTHERS USING THE NETWORK GET ANGRY, I'M BLAMING YOU.”
>FRIED EAGLE SAYS: “I DON'T THINK I'LL BE AROUND THAT LONG.”
>CANTALOUPE PUDDING SAYS: “WHAT'S THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?”
>FRIED EAGLE SAYS: “FORGET IT. ANYWAY, HAS THE DOWNLOAD FINISHED?”
>CANTALOUPE PUDDING SAYS: “YEAH IT HAS. I'LL SEE YOU AROUND.” (NO RESPONSE)
> CANTALOUPE PUDDING SAYS: “FRIED EAGLE, ARE YOU THERE?” (NO RESPONSE)
> CANTALOUPE PUDDING SAYS: “FRIED EAGLE, PLEASE RESPOND.”
>ERROR, FRIED EAGLE HAS BEEN DISCONNECTED.
> CANTALOUPE PUDDING SAYS: “d**n. PLAY AUDIO FILE KMZ003.”
>RETRIEVING AUDIO FILE.
>OPENING AUDIO FILE.
>AUDIO FILE OPEN. EXECUTING PLAYBACK:
“A few days back, we were digging into the Deccan Plateau, trying to determine if this cataclysmic volcanic eruption that had ejected thousands of cubic miles of molten rock had caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, when we found the oddest thing. Our explosive charges did their job, and we brought in our Bobcats to clean the place up. That was when we found it. “A neat sphere of metal, charred black and brown was found. It was clearly manmade, though how it could have been deposited under sixty five million years of rock, I have no idea. We got a crane and managed to lift its metre wide bulk out of our excavation. That was when the strangest thing happened. Bringing it out of our excavation, we laid it on the ground to examine it, when it suddenly opened up. It was unbelievable. “A small radio antenna came out pointing itself skywards. I thought at the time that it must have beamed a radio message to an obscure satellite in space. It was night time when this happened, and as it beamed its message, I managed to find the approximate direction it was sending the signal. It was of course at the bright orangey-red blip of light I quickly identified at Mars. Experts were ordered to decipher the signals message.
“After that day, everything started going strange. Guys from the US, China, Russia, you name it, started arriving and taking a look at our artefact, closely followed by their nation's forces. It was then that I started considering the possibility that this was an alien artefact of some sort. “Things continued like this for some days, and I was often able to get very little sleep due to these foreigners buzzing around the place suffering from jet lag. Last night though, everything changed. That night, I had suddenly woken up to the howling of a great wind, which was not very common in this part of the Deccan, and I thought I saw a greenish light on the horizon. I was however too tired to be curious, so I fell asleep.
The Morning After Edit
I woke up this morning to the battery of distant thudding guns, and the rushing of aircraft. The Indian Army had taken over our project without anyone's consent. Many tried to argue with the Commanding Officer, but it was of no use. All he would say was that there was a significant military threat nearby, so the Army was taking over the research project. “Around midday, against another volley of protests, a large helicopter arrived, and the artefact was airlifted away, with the troops, though the sounds of gunfire beyond the horizon remained. I was at first happy to find that our project was once again in our hands, but that afternoon, I changed my mind. “There was a great thudding in the distance. Everyone stopped their work to see what it was. Curiosity killed many people that day, as they went to look. I wasn't far off that same fate. I caught a glimpse of the monster, or robot, or whatever it was. It was colossal, a black, red and orange column of metal perched on three legs, or rather tentacles, with two tentacle arms. “The tripod came to a standstill, and began to move its arms. To my horror, I saw people disintegrate into a white mist, their component atoms being drawn into one of the arms of the tripod. I turned and ran, ran as fast as I could. I returned to my quarters, where I am now, fearing for my life. The pounding of the guns are getting louder, almost deafening. I must nonetheless tell you of my theory I've put together from the deciphered parts of the transmission and my own speculation. It might sound crazy, but you have to hear this out:
"Mankind was blissfully unaware of the alien race living far beneath the permafrost of Mars, unaware of the events that had transpired long before their primordial Australopithecine ancestors. It was about 80 million years ago, when a Bussard Ramjet flew at relativistic speeds into the Solar System. Its deceleration engines lit up half the Solar System as it made its approach to Jupiter. Using the gas giant's enormous gravitational field to slow itself down further, it steered its great body towards the Earth. “Settling into a polar orbit of the planet, it studied the massive reptiles that dominated the surface. It soon deemed the world to be unsuitable for colonisation at this point in time, sending a probe down to land on a small continent. Once again the engines sounded as it headed towards the planet that would someday be called Mars.
Galactic Snowball Edit
“It landed upon the planets dead, rusting surface and unfurled its engines. It burrowed into the ground and began building a small subterranean colony. Their bio-mechanical Guardians, ever faithful, soon reanimated its masters who filled the colony and began work upon the red planet. “Metals and water, among other resources, were mined to build and power a small fusion rocket that was soon launched. The probe that was initially sent to the Earth showed the burgeoning of an intelligent reptilian race, which grew and adapted rapidly. This needed to be stamped out if the masters were to hold solar supremacy. The rocket was aimed at a dwarf planet, sacrificing it, in order to start a chain of reactions that would result in a colossal meteor striking Earth in about 15 million years. The debris from the planet would, as they calculated, pass close enough to cause a slingshot effect around various planets, colliding with other space matter building up its mass. In one instance the trailing rocks were caught in a planet's gravity, forming a ring. The Bussard Ramjet thus had the rocket carry out its duties and begin the slow but inevitable series of gravitational perturbations. The masters, who grew impatient, ordered that they be sent to sleep and be resurrected once the dust had settled and the climate of the Earth re-stabilised after the impact. The Bussard Ramjet thus waited for a signal from the probe on the Earth that the impact had taken place.
Job Done Edit
“For the Ramjet, the hundreds of thousands of generations of the dinosaurs passed like mist in the early spring morning, and the time soon came when the impact took place. The probe soon sent a signal. The Ramjet felt a sense of triumph, but yet sorrow, for though it had achieved its primary objectives, and soon would pose little use to its Masters. Shortly the probe would send another signal asking that colonisation of the Earth begin, and then the Ramjet's job would have been done. “But a most unfortunate event took place. The probe was exceptionally hardy, being even able to a survive meteor's impact, it was however immobile. Thus when the continent was suddenly torn open by a particularly powerful geological hot spot, smothering it by a kilometre of burning hot lava, it found that the signals it tried to send on every wavelength could not possibly reach the Ramjet. “The Ramjet was not provided with an intelligence great enough to realise what had happened. So, it lay dormant. Meanwhile on Earth, life was starting again. The creatures that had survived the impact, evolved at an alarming rate, growing in strength and intelligence with every passing century.
"Earth now had a fully formed intelligent race, capable of independent thought. No longer were they evolved by nature but by their own creations, rapidly advancing. Thus it was that we found the probe, still under the Deccan, excavated, it sent its signal to Mars. Alas the probes signal was far too late. With the masters awakening cycle too long to wait for, a small assembly of Guardians were thus called to war, and struck us with great force, but it will not be enough to shatter the spirits of man. He who hears this; you must make sure this reaches India, China, USA, Britain, Russia, hell everyone! We must be ready to fight back.
>CANTALOUPE PUDDING SAYS: "SEND TO RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN, NEW DELHI."
What Incident? Edit
OFFICIAL REPORT OF DECCAN PLATEAU INCIDENT FILE REF# X-4731 TOP SECRET
On the 2nd of August, 2008. An NMM (non man-made machine) was excavated by a small group of geologists in the Deccan Traps. A single signal was sent to the planet Mars, the contents of the signal is still largely unknown. Approximately 24 hours later, images of a small force of 3 tripod machines were captured by orbiting satellites. Upon this a military containment was set up. The area was heavily bombed with explosives but too little prevail, however bio weaponry was effective, clearing the area of life.
The containment did its purpose, ensuring no other parties could know of the incident. Except a public transmission which was intercepted by British defence communication satellite Skynet. Originating from the Deccan Traps, India. Sector 553:765. The message consisted of an audio file. It described the events as well as the explanation behind the incident, narrated by the lead geologist known as 'FRIED EAGLE' (item A). However the necessary actions were taken to ensure secrecy remains.
For reasons that cannot be discussed, it will be released to the media as an attack by Hindu extremists on the Western geologists. On the grounds of digging on sacred land. The area will immediately be searched for salvageable materials then cleansed.
A nameless division shall be set up to study further and develop any extra-terrestrial technology. They could be crucial if another invasion is mounted. But, as you must expect, they are to be unknown and above the law.
I trust that this matter will go no further and wish not to hear from it again.
Fast Forward 170 years later Edit
Awakening "Mankind made great leaps in technology, secretly learning from the salvaged Martian wreckages. The Space age quickly dawned, the planets never looked so close, but none so as Mars. A colony was sent to the red planet to investigate its atmosphere, signs of previous life were found. Nevertheless, Mars was dead, or so they thought. Terraforming on a planetary scale was initiated and Mars breathed once again and with it the awakening Martian race."
27 JANUARY 2178 -- 0800 GMT
"The bickering nations of Earth at first could not believe what had happened, and we almost lost control of the people. But after they were brought under control, nations quickly realised that we could not possibly hope to succeed against this new enemy divided. Thus it was that the many nations of mankind were united under a single all-powerful military command. The Co-operative Defence Organisation was born.
Spirit Of Man Edit
"Mankind's armies mobilised. Due to the extreme conditions, anti-cloning laws were abolished. Millions of gen-enged clones and tanks began pouring out of arms factories all over the world. We made our first assault on their outpost in South Asia, and suffered them a terrible loss. That was over a century ago, and the war doesn't seem to want to come to a close. Sometimes it looks like we will win, then the Martians strike back. But I think the end is in sight. It's our turn to be the invaders." "We have recovered the wreckage of one of the Martians' Armoured Command Units and have managed to build one of our own. It carries very powerful energy weapons and almost impenetrable armour. We have customised it to hold a person, who will be able to use the ACU's sophisticated Proto-Crafters to build any of hundreds of units from its schematics bank. It also carries storage facilities carrying large amounts of resources, which you will need in great amounts to build the armies tanks and clones you will use." "But be very careful. There is a reason why we haven't been able to capture the wreckage of an ACU before. Their advanced storage and production facilities will go unstable with catastrophic consequences when the armour is breached. We only managed to capture one after it had drained away its resource storage facilities. And remember, the ACU may be very hard to kill, but it is not indestructible. Once you see that your enemy is sending advanced units at you, keep your ACU guarded at all times. It is the heart and soul of your Forces."
I wish you the best of luck, Commander, and please, do not, under any circumstances fail. The survival of a single Martian Command unit will constitute failure. I repeat: DO NOT FAIL! "These abominations have killed hundreds of millions of us, and they cannot be allowed to destroy humanity. United, We will strike relentlessly. Mankind will reign supreme in the Solar System!"