Terra Nueva

The Dryads on this Planet are Ugly!
Doctor's Log 1x09

Safety Advisory – Attention Lumber Teams – Life Cycle of the Tree Shrimp Identified. Tree Shrimp are the female/egg form of the creature. The male, Sluggathor [file attached] can grow to ATV sized. Eats trees and impregnates others. (Which explains the Mobile Maples’ mobility.) ATV-sized ones are rare, but even a person-sized one may be dangerous. Sluggathor has no eyes, but some sort of targeting sense and a sonic attack that knocks foes down/over. Fisher Kings use Tree Shrimp ooze to protect their trees from bugs and disease – may be useful for our crops, at the risk of attracting Sluggathors.

Medical Staff Meeting Requested – Dr. Denhar requests a meeting of medical staff, with medical secure link to Janus 2 medical staff to discuss a development and further research. Case Notes Follow.
Case Notes [High Medical Encryption, Contains Patient Data] Patient Alpha is has been on Terra Nueva for __ days. Pre-departure medical scans and most recent medical scan attached. Note differences in brain structures. [Scans, identified only as Patient Alpha, attached] This may be a result of a prion/virus like silica substance. [file on Purple attached]

As some of you know, the Lumber/Mining Survey encountered two layers of sub-surface silica life [Vampire crystals] that infected two digger bots and re-wrote their programs. The Black Sand is dormant outside of temperature extremes. When active it consumes electricity and/or life energy to survive. One of our local digger swarms showed similar malfunctions, but at a much lower level. The threat had been believed mostly confined to bots and sophisticated tech. The Fisher-Kings, it turns out, collect a purple silica and pack it around their eggs. Their stories imply that it has effects on embryo development – possibly boosting intelligence – effects differ on each individual. On a hunch, Patient Alpha agreed to be scanned. Patient Alpha has fully adapted to TN’s hostile atmosphere and has been subject to high levels of stress recently. Comparison was made with Patient Alpha’s pre-departure medical testing. Changes are noted. Neurological review requested.

Theory: Purple Silica is in the air and environment. It is potentially changing us as we adapt to this place. Risks, unknown.

Proposed:
• Randomized testing of on-ground colony personnel looking for similar changes.
• Incubation of two mini-don eggs (estimated incubation time 35 days), one with Purple around it, one isolated as control. Comparisons made during hatching.
• Randomized testing of any mammals incubated since landfall for developmental changes

Council briefing to follow within 6 weeks (as soon as we have enough data to- avoid a panic- make a reasoned decision).
[Case Note Ends]

Survey Log: Summary of Janus 3 mission. Successful return. Janus 3 survivors – 151 awake, many elderly with serious bone loss and other health issues. 692 in hibernation tanks. Venus 3 functional. Only a few bots still functional. Medical Summary Appended.

Aurora developments: Counselor Siri has successfully documented the life cycle of the Buggalo. Hemp crop grown. Potatoes less successful. A few new pests found including a dangerous wasp-like creature [Piranha Wasps]. One lumberjack badly injured, still in serious condition in the Medical Hut. (Hospital construction in progress.)

Survey Log: Fisher King Expedition successful. Team arrived in time to stop an attack by a previously unknown aggressive herbivore on the nest thanks to quick work by AUD1, Marak and his drone, and Gracchie. Communications eventually made with Fisher Kings, thanks to groundwork by Councilor Hapu Min and Dr. Flanagan. The creature, Slugathor, is the mobile male of the tree shrimp we encountered in the Lumber/Mining Survey. It is technically edible, but low in nutrients and with little flavor.

Social Structure – Each Mobile Maple is home to three breeding females, the eldest of which governs matters for the Trees. The fishing group is a Wing, divided into Talons. The strongest of the Talons makes decisions as needed for the Wing. The Shaman is outside this structure and tends the trees. Fisher Kings have an oral tradition, use some local plants [note to introduce our guests to Willowbrook] for healing and plant care. More importantly, the Shamans tend the Purple Sand, which they pack around their eggs to incubate them.
History: The Fisher Kings have immigrated to this Continent from islands to the west. They left because of “The Bad” – Shaman indicates the desert. Older/larger colonies may have more information about The Bad. They have not encountered any other life that can talk. They are unfamiliar with mammals. The Shaman cannot see the Snipe. When asked about things that talk in your head, the Shaman vaguely recalls something about The Bad.

New Threat: The Leaping Lizards – brachiating lizards, the Fisher Kings consider them pests. Have not seen ourselves.

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This Mission Just Keeps Getting Better
Doctor's Log 1x07

Doctor’s Log

Personal, encrypted_
We are met on our return from the mining expedition by Project Manager Quintus Cornelius Felix Varro [Felix] with a hover jeep to take Counselor Talbot back to the colony. He has concerns about the lapse in our data feed on the way up. I respect the position he is in, but even his nephew is agreed, albeit reluctantly. After discussion, the matter is being tabled pending further study – heading Orpheus] Marak does not like or trust Manager Varro.

Personal log
Vicinius reports that the digger bot circuit boards show signs of damage similar to that on the mining bots. Related phenomena. Warning circulated to maintance staff and bots.

The Council says that they have some news from Ocean. Their fuel supply is low and they have had problems finding a suitable location given the volcanic activity. (They have not found signs of the 1,000 year layers.) Their intent is to land Janus 1 on their moonlet and build a moonbase.

Janus 3 is overdue for its check it. It is arriving more slowly than expected. We make contact with Venus 3. By mid-transit they had a problem. Most of their bots are non-functional, which meant that many of the ISP crew and technicians have spent most of the voyage awake and are quite elderly. They are training replacements (children). They are nearly out of fuel to brake, have made substantial changes to their habitat to support the extra awake personnel. Sensors are minimally functional. Tank loss is 50%. 156 crew awake. Venus reports that prior to launch the Captain decided that the bots should not engage in self-repair, thus they eventually malfunctioned. Without their help, the awake crew could not handle all tasks. We talk with the council and with Oceana – best solution is for an immediate rescue mission in the Pegasus, refuel Janus 3 with a six month supply of antimatter, and bring it to Terra Nueva. Oceana can’t handle an influx of either the elderly awake crew or newly-defrosted colonists.

Packing ensues. I’m entrusting my living samples — the minidon and snipe to Kaylin Flanagen at Bayside.

So we are off, along with Nurse __ (medic with specialty in cryonics/hibernation equipment), an astronomer, a junior engineer, and 2 unskilled youths (Brittons) from House Willowbrook as extra labor. Three and half- weeks of high G acceleration to look forward to. Uncomfortable is a serious understatement. Good thing I’m not claustrophobic; the acceleration couches help! Adams does not do well – previously undiagnosed weakness to G forces. Current plan is to refuel Janus 3 and bring it in to Terra Nueva. It’ll take a couple of months. I’m looking forward to some time to spend in a Janus lab and actually process some of our samples.

Astronomical survey enroute shows no sign of an orbit crossing asteroid that could be the source of the 1,000 year silicon layers. However, we find a new problem. An asteroid in Janus 3’s path. AUD1 plots a course correction for Janus 3 and Pegasus, which we implement. As we approach, the hull is in decent shape. The sensor dish is damaged, which may be affecting communications.

Docking is successful; Gracche is very good at this. AUD1 crosses and opens the airlock, which leads to the main bridge. It is cold, low atmosphere, not habitable without a suit. Venus is piloting. Other systems are run from the secondary bridge. Venus greets AUD1 and thanks him for his help.

Oddly, there are no humans there to greet us. Or even to greet us when we get to the more habitable areas of the ship. We have to knock at the aux. bridge door, were we are met by Maxus – an old man using a walker for assistance. Adams does most of the talking to Maxus, and then asks to address the crew. When Gracche introduces himself, Maxus responds “’Be Good to have a human pilot again.” Adams gives a good speech, and he promises to keep everyone alive ‘til we get to Terra Nueva.

Marak heads for engineering with Gracche. AUD1 stays on the bridge to repair bots. We’ll need to shut down the antimatter plant long enough to refuel it – which it was never designed for. Marak spent almost all his time during the flight learning about the system and trying to work out a procedure for this. We can run most of the ship off the fusion plant, but we’ll have to make sure it doesn’t cause problems particularly for the tanks. Marak and Gracche plot the details of the EVA and loading. They bring some bots back on-line to make repairs to critical systems. Hives are sent to repair the ship’s hives. There are, so far, only six working bots, and two of those are in the medical section and teaching the kids. He also sends them to cannibalize the digger bots in the cargo hold – we can fix them later.

Nurse __ and I head off to examine the hibernation pods. One of the things I want to do is check all of them. Janus 3 has put a lot of wear-n-tear on their maintenance and diagnostic gear – best to make sure everything is properly calibrated and we aren’t due for any surprises. It is their ship and I’m here to help, not step on toes. (At least until I need to.) We have a near miss with a unit that fails unexpectedly. With help the patient is stabilized and waking up. Only another 339 tubes to check..

Vicinius settles into the lab space, around the food vats, and picks up some curious youths.

Adams negotiates with Venus – she wants her children to be treated as more than mere machines. Adams offers them the chance to join Janus 2. She’s taking the loss of over 100 of her children better than I expected, tho some of them might be able to be recovered. I need to schedule some time for counseling/evaluation while we’re in-bound.

Given the near-miss with the asteroid, we could use sensors. AUD1 could go out and repair the dish. Or maybe run cable to the Pegasus to use its sensors for now. There was an external repair hive, but it is off-line. Marek finds that the external hive is a part of the ship cut off from Venus. When asked Maxus says there was a time of civil unrest – some humans attacked the bots because Venus was shutting down hibernation pods for the good of the mission. Some of the tech bots have little lasers, the external hive has much bigger repair lasers.

Marak runs a connection to the isolated section.

Venus: Yes, I do have a connection. My son is not happy. He is scared and lonely.

Venus: Yes, people. He is scared of them. He is not right.”

Adams: “Can you turn him off?” “Or can you fix him?”

Venus: “Give me a moment. Some of my channels are damaged. My connection is weak.”

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It's life, but not as we know it
Doctor Log 1x06

Medical Log: So far no unexpected events. Muscle strain. Dehydration. Heat stroke. Sunburn. Nothing serious. Weather is starting to cool off, clouds on the horizon. Sky is unusually bright, recommend sunglasses to avoid cornea burns. Maybe we can add some public safety announcements to Marak’s proposed 52-hour news channel.

Observation – a Roman bathhouse could be useful for hygiene and community building. It will also be easier to filter water on a large scale than dome by dome. It would also be psychologically useful to start making some permanent places, built for the long-term.

Addendum: [Contains patient data, encrypted] Marak has asked me for help on a personal project regarding sleep cycles and metabolism. Records appended. He needs to delegate and find some managers for his projects.

Survey Log: Woods and Mines
The hover jeep can fly across the river. The ATV, on the other hand, has to cross the river. And, of course, there’s another river frond hidden in the mud. It is about 1,000 feet in diameter. Fish swim back and forth without it reacting. What do these things eat that look like ATVs? Vicinius asks Da Jing [a lumberjack] to fish up a sample.

Samples taken of nuts, berries, and local birds. New creature located, a four winged glider. [Files attached] Da Jing has seen signs of large game, later identified as a forest raptor. It’s scat has traces of bugaloo –the nearest prairie is a hundred or more miles away.

Da Jing asked Vicinius a yellow fluid oozing from a species of trees in the woods. It is mildly sticky, but the tree seems healthier than those around it. We locate a knot hole, about four inches in dimeter. George inspects the interior. It is disturbingly organic. We find a tree that has been split open and a cavity inside. We find another tree – no hole. Drilling into it, we find a creature that has merged into the wood. The tree rings are healthier after the creature got into it.

Eventually realize that the tree is infested with a large creature. It burrows inside, consumes the tree, and busts out. The hole leads to its reproductive track. The sap is likely an attractant for reproduction. (What does the male look like?] Egg and tissue samples obtained. Infection affects about 20% of the trees.
Along the river, we encountered a lone forest raptor. After investigation, have marked the area as dangerous due to dangerous fungal organism.

Bugaloo herd located in the forest, seem to be migrating. Location noted.

Eventually the trail ends, and we have to proceed on foot. We still see occasional oozing trees. Eventually, we get to the mining site and set up the drill. Surveying continues. The bots hit something. A cloud of dust files up and the bots stop. Marak sends Eagle over – the bots are frozen and the temperature is lower around them. Ice crystals are forming on them. Their cooling systems are causing it. Marak investigates. There is some odd dusting around the vents. Something reprogrammed the bots to overload their cooling systems. The circuit board has been reconfigured. After significant work, we hypnotize. We may have found silicone based life. Its an organic computer virus – and it consumes life energy. It ate a living plant sample – withered it. The samples are similar to the 1,000 year silica. We start theorizing.

This reminds me of something. A few days ago, Marak mentioned some problems with a digger swarm, looks like a damaged file. He uploaded a patch to the digger hive to fix new bots. If this is related, it may be worse that we thought.

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Yes, We Can!
Doctor's Log 1x05

Caution:
A small burrowing omnivore has been found at Lakeside. The Snipe is a burrowing reptile with mammalian features, approximately 7-8" long. It is both oviparous and provides milk to its young in a pouch. The Snipe has hairs which camouflage it, akin to the chameleon ability of Mict on Aute. More importantly, it has a mental ability to cause observers to ignore it. This ability does not affect its image on cameras, in reflections, or artificial intelligence. The combination of both optical camouflage and mental fogging raises a number of concerns about the Snipes’ predators.
Snipes have dexterious paws – they are likely able to open containers as well as a racoon. Snipes around Lakeside have been relocated to across the river. If food refuse or small objects are missing, look for tracks [image] and/or use thermal sensors to check for Snipes. Pegasus will be checked regularly to make sure no Snipes stowaway to Janus 2.

Ground Breaking:

After much discussion on Janus 2, the colony council has agreed to use Lakeside as the initial site. An Alpha pod will be maintained at Bayside to study native grains, which can neutralize the phosphorous-eating bacteria (PEB) in combination, potentially domesticatable herbivores, our largest mammal to date (the dog-sized armadillo/anteater) and the Quetzel-Nueva, which might be domesticatable into a riding creature. Another Alpha pod will remain at Grassland to continue studying the stink prairie bugs, local pack predator, and to hunt bugaloo to supplement the diet at Lakeside. Bugaloo honey may be helpful with adapting to the local pollens. Virgil and Seri are making intriguing progress with the stink prairie bugs. Marcus observed their colony structure looks like a communications system.

There was much discussion about the order of landing materials and personnel, agricultural prospects, re-purposing the larger shelters into greenhouses once wooden or stone structures are made, and introducing goats, dogs, and perhaps chickens to begin adapting our animals to TN.

Counselor Hapu raised concerns about how much we know about Lakeside’s hazards. The subsequent Snipe discovery, shows just how much we don’t know about our new home. The Civils and some Venus drones quickly began work on the site. The medical team is now 3 doctors, several nurses, and a respiratory therapist. Medical problems have been minor and as expected – allergies and minor injuries. Dr. Galla [Julianna Maricella Galla] has a history of allergies, so far controlled with a filter mask.

After a week, the initial site is ready. The fusion reactor and macrofac is down. Marak has started work on his saw mill. A mining team is looking for a good starting site. A lumber team is getting ready to start floating logs down the river. Marcus has been drawing up plans for an airship, might go nicely with ride-able QN.

So far, things are going reasonably well. The Snipe hunt pointed out tensions about possessions and personal space. People do not have much and are very territorial about what they do have. We also need to work on building the individual colonists into a community, without the usual links of family ties and connections. Marak has begun movie night. I’m working on music night. We’ve had one celebratory bugaloo BBQ to mark the successful landing of the major colony components.

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Night on the Lake is Interesting
Doctor's Log 1x04

Second
As Adams walked back to the ATV, he discovered it had been re-stunk by the bugs. We rinsed the ATV again, and parked near what we think is a different nest. The bugs re-stunk us. Unknown whether there’s a lingering scent that we can’t smell or whether the nests communicate. (Later experimentation shows the stink to be a “stay away/warning” scent.)
Alpha Pod called. A Mict Soldier had been wounded by the forest raptors. AUD1 and I took the shuttle to the Pod, along with various samples for them to test. Marcus, the shuttle pilot, stayed behind as the ATV made its way into the mountains. The soldier’s wounds were readily treated. No sign of infection after several hours. Marcus reports that there are five more bird colonies around the Southern Coast.
Siri, the roboticist/entomologist from Alpha Pod wants more bug samples. Instead, we are bringing her to the secondary site along with an Alpha Pod, digger drones, and towable ground penetrating radar. They can study the stink bugs. They might be intelligent, or perhaps have an intelligence controlling them.
Marak says the nearby mountains look promising. The stink bug holes taper off as the ATV gains elevation – the bugs don’t like cold.
Adams made a bug trap and caught five. We cannot detect any EM radiation coming from the bugs. We tried isolating them from EM with a Faraday cage, no change. We’ll take one with us to see if range affects them. (Later experimentation suggests they don’t communicate when isolated from each other — communication may be scent based.)

Third
We begin in tropical scrub lands at the confluence of three rivers. Vegetation is sparse and there are signs of flash floods. We’ve arrived in local late spring, just past the prime growing season. There are small snakes, venomous, and edible. Also small flying lizards with about a 6’ wingspan (minidactyls). Marak’s drone acquired an egg, which I’m going to incubate. It will be easier to study a small one. The lake has relatively normal looking birds and insects. And, of course, it has a carnivorous plant – a willow like tree that catches its own fish and feeds them to digestive bugs near its roots. On the lake, there seem to be large eels and a couple of ScyllaFronds. No mammals. Tracks of something that comes out of the lake to feed.
At night, the eels come out. Glowing with bioluminescence and electricity that they use to kill insects. Pretty, in an odd way. Marcus shot one for study – they are big, inedible, with a much larger version of the bio-battery we saw in the DinoBoar. Adams says low amount of the phosphorous eating microbe.
This has been the least inhospitable site so far. It is a good potential incubator for a colony. Reasonably safe. Would not have to compete hard with local flora and fauna. On the other hand, all the water flows inward – there’s no trade route by water out, our effluvia would eventually pollute the lake, and its on a flood plain which will make irrigation structures tricky unless we do some serious civil engineering.
We take the ATV into the jungle, which proves quite thick. We try walking on a game trail and are swiftly attacked by a carnivorous vine, which focuses on Marcus. It is dissuaded by laser fire and his sword. We head back and spot another one. Marak trims away its cover; Marcus shoots it with a BIG gun. It is odd, even for TN – combines animal, insect, and plant features. Vicinius feeds a still-twitching sample some of our eel. It digests it with tendrils and enzymes. It may be able to suck sap out of trees too. Apparently, its also edible, but a bit gamy. I’ll stick to rations – this one is too weird. Marcus has doubts about our survival instincts, but we managed to get this far without serious injury.
When we check in with Siri, more discussion between her and Vicinius about the bugs. They’ve got an odd neural structure. They seem to store memory by scent and may be controlled by microbes that wrap around their neural net.

Finally, Fourth
The last site, recommended by the ship, is an ocean coast grasslands on the north continent, noteable for its mild climate. Ample Bugaloos and tricericows (fishy-tasting, edible). Large (30’) pterodaycls (Megladactyls), lion-like lizards lounging in the sun, our largest mammal to date – an anteater like insectavore. No stink bungs! Marak is disappointed to find only basic minerals in the hills and mts about 100 miles away. I like this site better – it has more expansion potential, better soil, and abundant grazers. but the minerals are limited. This feels more open than Third. Third is about huddling in safety while we adapt our crops and animals to this world; Fourth is about confronting the new world from the start, using the grazers for colony support, and expanding rapidly to find resources. Were it me, I’d go with Fourth, BaySide.

We’ve had much discussion of the possible sites, summarized in the report. Now it is up to the Council.
Survey Team Report

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Stink Bug Dissection Report

The Southern Temperate plains is home to ~1’ long insectoid creature. Base form is exoskeleton with Ichor, for blood. The creature has basic insect repertory and circulatory system. Variances occur in the insects, Neurological system, and pheromone, and or scent gland development. There is no central neurological area which can be identified as the insects brain instead this creature has a diffuse neural net that transverses the insectoids body cavity.
The other variance occurs in what appears to be highly developed pheromone and or scent gland system which is tied to this insect’s ability to stink and possibly its sexual development.
Dissection suggests that our presumable mature subject has immature male and female sexual organs and with the proper stimulus could develop into a breeding male or female. Since the only other highly developed systems in this creature which could act as a chemical stimulus is the pheromone system, reason suggest this would be the trigger to cause the change.
Pairing of the diffuse neural net with our observation that these insects are scavengers, and the complexity of their scent glands suggest their neural capability may be used for scent recognition allowing them to identify hive members and lay scent trails to food.

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Features of note

  1. Selenium based acid coating on teeth to increase armor penetration. Believed to be an adaptation to allow scavenging of naturally armored creatures of this world. Expected to be effective on bio-plastic.
  2. Host to numerous micro-organisms a number of which seems to be a pathogens, others appear to be digestive aides.
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Concordance 3 Primus Survey
Initial orders of Life Northern Continent

We have not spent enough time at Primus site to do anything but a quick survey of the plant and animal life of this area. Based on this quick survey and the basic test we have had the time to do this is an initial classification of life at the primus site. There is considerable information which will need to be filled in when there is time for a more detailed studied of diverse life of this planet.

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One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish
Doctor's Log 1x03

First Contact

We have met our first intelligent life on Terra Nueva. Aquila (the eagle who carried Jupiter’s thunderbolts) are large raptors with a ten-foot wingspan. They can use some tools, although their talons are not built for fine manipulation. They have language and at least arithmetic (base 4). AUD1 was able to replicate their sounds. Given their likely vocal structures, it may be easier for us to develop mechanical translators to speak their language rather than trying to teach them our language. Only basic bioscan was made, but they appear to be iron-blood based.

[Attached files: Bioscan, Link to AUD1’s recordings, initial readings of DNA sample taken by AUD1 from droppings/lost feather]

Recommend study by linguists and diplomats as soon as possible. If we can establish communications, the Aquila can likely provide critical information about local flora and fauna, including hazards and possible food sources. This may be vital to determining an appropriate colony site.

We left the first site (Prime) shortly after the Alpha Pod arrived. Enroute to Second, we spotted a curious regularity to a grove of murder maples. (4 large in the center, regular “spokes”, then natural growth, no undergrowth in the grove) Distant observation showed the birds fishing and depositing some of their catch at the base of the maples. We landed to determine which species was dominant and assess any hazards. Vicinius recommended catching some fish as a guest-offering.

When the ATV approached, the juveniles on the ground took to the trees, going into nesting holes larger than the ones we’ve seen so far. We left the fish and backed the ATV off. A large bird came down, sniffed at the pile, and tossed some fish to a tree. Insects came for it. First using the drone, AUD1 tried communicating with mimicked cries, eventually AUD1 exited to try to communicate. As noted above, the Aquila have sounds for 1-4 and can reason about missing numbers. I joined AUD1 to get a bioscan and to see how they reacted to something alive – so tempting to try to actually touch a new life form. Not prudent, at this time. They are potentially dangerous, but were not aggressive towards us.

As much as Aude and I wanted to stay and study the Aquilla, the rest of the team wanted to push on to Second, believing that the coast (tropical deciduous forest) was not an ideal colony site. Pegasus to survey coast for more maple gardens – let’s see how widespread their villages are.

Do the Aquila have gods? Not true gods, for there is no mana here, but gods perhaps of science?

PRIME

As to Prime, we have observed higher than expected levels of silica in the air. So far, beneath levels that might cause health hazards. Soil core samples at Prime and Second suggest this is a periodic phenomena, every 1,000 years or so, and does not reach hazardous levels. Cause as yet unknown.

More study of the Buggalo. The meat is safe, nutritious, and quite tasty. All of us have tried the meat – no sign of digestive difficulties or other ill-effects. The larger ones also produce sacs of liquid sugar which the smaller ones eat with proboscis. The smaller ones are defenders – quick and agile fliers (only slightly slower than the Eagle) with stronger armor and a poisonous stinger. The smaller ones do not have the photovoltaic layer in their chitin – they feed from the large ones. Poison samples set aside for antivenom analysis.

The dinoboar is a copper-blooded lizard with odd nodules in its muscles. These seem to store energy for quick bursts of speed. Seems to be a female, likely with a local clutch, scent hunter, not poisonous, likely not edible. Tagged and released for Alpha Pod study.

The tree shrew is possibly the most normal thing we’ve seen so far – a small mammal, insectivore, nocturnal, with strong aversion to light. Possum-level of intelligence at a guess.

Vicinius and Adams are looking for the cause of the phosphorous eating bacteria. Thusfar, we’ve found it both Prime sites, and at the first Second site. Levels are lower near plants that are phosphorous based.

REMINDER to Alpha Pod – we have still not determined what killed the large and guard Buggalo at the edge of the field. There may be predators we have not yet discovered. Murder Maple signed NW of meadow – tagged for Alpha pod on GPS.

SECOND
The grasslands seem almost home-like. Large, flat stretches of yellow-grass (non-mobile) broken by the occasional tree. It gets cold here – down to 25F at night. Also windy – fortunately the shelters were staked down. Skies are darker than I ever saw on Aute and open nearly from horizon to horizon.
The tree near our first camp seems normal. Samples taken for subsequent analysis.

Pollinators include a purple prairie lizard (fairy dragons). Sample captured, analysis pending.

Sighted a wolf-like insectoid pack hunter. Will try to capture a sample. (The entomologists are going to be busy!) Also sighted ostrich-sized raptors – will try to capture a sample.

Trying to intercept a pack of wolf-sects as we move upriver, sighted a bipedal lizard raptor (copper/selenium) about half the ATV’s size lurking in the grass. It (Mongo) charged the ATV and dented it. [Link to Marak video] It is possible that it could briefly run faster than the ATV. While clearing some ground before taking samples, uncovered a burrow of stench-roaches. Swarmed the ATV – they stink when stressed. Toxic saliva. Likely disease bearing (unlikely to affect us, no sign of mammals on this continent). Teeth/mandibles have a selenium based acid. No central nervous system – will function even if critically injured. About the only good thing about it is that it has no sign of wings.

Tree near second Second site sweet-smelling. Of course, it has to have a catch. Scent appears to be soporific, even to mammals. The sink roaches seem to be partially immune. Nut samples collected.

Onto the mountains to check on the mineral possibilities.

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Concordance 3----- Lab Report
Plant Life: Chemical analysis

Statement of the Problem:

• Can we adapt Aute’ plants to Terra Nueva’s environment through genetic modification using native plant life adaptations?
• Initial testing of some Terra Nueva plants indicate the presence of green chlorophyll, suggesting a similarity of form and function, how this translates to the genetic level has yet to be determined.
Initial step in determining genetic compatibility
The Building Blocks to create life are consistent, just reconfigurable like computer code: The code which life is written is a chemical alphabet.
• Chemical breakdown of individual plant specimens.
In this series of test we will be looking for the presence of phosphorous, sugar, and nitrogen-containing nucleobases of guanine, adenine, thymine, or cytosine.
Materials: Semi portable Biology lab

Procedure:

• Plant material categorized by picture of plant and grid location from site 1.

o Murder Maple leaf
o Green leafed plant from Murder Maple quadrant (1)
o Red Leaf Plant from site 1 quadrant (1)
o Red Leaf plant from site 1 quadrant (2)
o Green Leaf plant from site 1 quadrant (2)
o Red Leaf plant from site 1 quadrant (3)
o Green Leaf plant from site 1 quadrant (3)

• Leaf selections from each plant sampled reduced, for chemical sampling.
• Sample run through portable Biology lab, biochemical analysis system.

Results:

• Murder Maple leaf

o Chemical analysis shows phosphorous, sugar, and nitrogen-containing nucleobases of guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine.

• Green leafed plant from Murder Maple quadrant (1)

o Chemical analysis shows phosphorous, sugar, and nitrogen-containing nucleobases of guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine.

• Red Leaf Plant from site 1 quadrant (1)

o Chemical analysis shows phosphorous, sugar, and nitrogen-containing nucleobases of guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine.

• Red Leaf plant from site 1 quadrant (2)

o Chemical analysis shows phosphorous, sugar, and nitrogen-containing nucleobases of guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine.

• Green Leaf plant from site 1 quadrant (2)

o Chemical analysis shows phosphorous, sugar, and nitrogen-containing nucleobases of guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine.

• Red Leaf plant from site 1 quadrant (3)

o Chemical analysis shows phosphorous, sugar, and nitrogen-containing nucleobases of guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine.

• Green Leaf plant from site 1 quadrant (3)

o Chemical analysis shows Selenium, sugar, and nitrogen-containing nucleobases of guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine.

Conclusions:

Lab results at this time support the hypothesis of universal building blocks, but suggest that on Terra Nueva, two different approaches may have been used to build the backbone structure which orders the nucleobase of the chemical code that defines the plant or animal of this planet.
Additional in depth research is warranted, before further conclusions are reached as these test only reveal the chemical similarity and differences, between the two planets lifeforms.

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Concordance 3 ------ Lab Report
Soil Analysis: With focus on viability of Aute’ Agriculture

Statement of the Problem:

• Will Terra Nueva soil support Aute’ plant life?
• Initial survey of Terra Nueva soil shows a deficiency in phosphorous and elevated levels of Selenium.

o Phosphorous is a necessary element in the growth of Aute’ plant life. An altering sugar phosphorous backbone is part of all Aute’ DNA
o Selenium is absorbable by Aute’ plant life based on soil level and acidity. At low dose is a needed supplement, but can prove toxic at high levels
Growth of Aute’ plant life in Terra Nueva soil.

• Use fertilizer to add phosphorous in proper organic form to soil and adjust acidity to reduce selenium absorption.

Materials: Organic Phosphorous, Organic Acids to adjust acidity. Cold plasma sterilization system, soil sample from murder maple, soil sample from second spot Site #1, sterilized soil sample as control sample.

Procedure:

• Add organic phosphorous and acids to each soil sample.
• Test phosphorous levels every 3 hours in each soil sample.
• Test for selenium binding with iron in soil.

Results:

• Murder Maple Soil

o Test 1 phosphorous added test at normal levels to sustain plant growth. Test level of Iron selenium compounds
o Test 2 phosphorous levels reduced by 10%
o Test 3 phosphorous levels reduced by 20%
o Test 4 phosphorous levels reduced by 30%
o Test 5 Iron selenium compounds increased

• Northern Forest Soil sample

o Test 1 phosphorous added test at normal levels to sustain plant growth
o Test 2 phosphorous levels reduced by 25%
o Test 3 phosphorous levels reduced by 50%
o Test 4 phosphorous levels reduced by 75%
o Test 5 Iron selenium compounds increased

• Sterilized Soil sample

o Test 1 phosphorous added test at normal levels to sustain plant growth
o Test 2 phosphorous levels unchanged
o Test 3 phosphorous levels unchanged
o Test 4 phosphorous levels unchanged
o Test 5 Iron selenium compounds increased

Conclusions:

Simple addition of fertilizer will not be sufficient to allow for sustained growth of Aute’ plant life. The continued loss of phosphorous from the soil would make the process not practical unless the loss tops off after a high enough level has been reached. The control sample suggests the phosphorous loss can be attributed to micro-organism in the air or more likely the soil.

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