The following article was written by Johnson Borrero as an entry to the Alien August competition.
Hello, Hola, and Tkutharrash, truth-seekers! Yours truly, Chelsea Edward here, with one hell of a revelation for you. What is the crew of the Auzulith Radiant hiding? Well, the short answer is: “Parasitic alien fungus”, which is 10 metric kshaarak-tons of Aw Hell Naw in a five pound bag.
The long answer? Well, I’ve got an anonymous crewmember of the Radiant to thank for shining some sunlight, the great disinfectant, all over this festering fungal infection. The full dump is attached to this summary, and I’ve got copies uploaded all over the place, so not even God Himself (or Herself and Her kids, if you’re an uwan) can take it down. But for those of us too busy to read several hundred pages (And that’s most of us, so please keep the coins coming in, I can’t do this work without the occasional ramen and noo-stim-pill, you know! Send funds to: 1FGjk1Ma6Qnj5Ca6HZzYkFArNWYYHcEe6) I’ve posted some excerpts here for your edification. All terms have been translated into English where possible, emphasis is mine. Thanks to my friends and partners in thoughtcrime, human and alien alike, for making all this possible.
EXCERPTS FROM THE IMPERIAL MINISTRY OF WAR FILE ON THE INBIS
Taxonomic Tree: Metapolypoid
Origin: Inbis Planet I (Strain I:Gibborim and diyari), Inbis Planet II (Strain II:Diyari), Inbis Planet III (Strain III: Chikruthuk [“Mantizard-id”])”
“Given the biology of the Inbis, especially their anomalous ability to parasitize carbon-species from widely varying taxonomic trees and their distribution on Gibborim worlds, it is clear that their ancestors had been designed as biological weapons. Given that the Inbis are three similar but interfertile strains originating on three different worlds, it appears likely that the Inbis strains evolved sapience independently of each other, primarily adapted to the three host species found there: Diyari, Gibborim, and a hitherto unknown Tswaanic sapient race, the chikruthuk, so called due to its relation to the mantizard. It is this last that makes the Inbis of great concern for two reasons. First: Given that they have parasitized a species from the Throneworld. Second: The ancestors of the chikrithuk either possessed space travel or were transferred from Tswaa to Inbis Planet III by another species. These two facts mean that the Inbis are capable of parasitizing uwan and may already know how to reach the Throneworld.”
“Known Inbis hosts: Gibborim, diyari, Chikruthuk, Star-Sailer ships, kwo, uwan, qolohg, immunocompromised goesi, hraunk, myssh, toruig, chchai, iarwa, bdyriao, kyrtaah, ekshano, chaldresk…”
“When a host is successfully parasitized by the Inbis, the organism may take on one of two phases, active and sporulation. The active phase is fully sapient and bears the memories of the host and may even claim to maintain continuity of consciousness with the host. It looks similar in appearance to the original host except for silvery, motile filaments of fungal tissue sprouting from the head, sometimes from other parts as well. These filaments often take the place of head-fur in uwan. Branching filaments of tissue can also be seen in the eyes and coming out of orifices. Some active-phase hosts change into sportulation-phase hosts. The sporulation phase is sub-sapient and slow-moving. The host body bloats, swelling with silvery gas-filled growths until it explodes, dispersing the spores. Despite the two different phases, active-phase hosts are still to be considered infectious, as they can give off small amounts of viable spores, as well as infect hosts directly with their own hyphal filaments.”
“During the Righteous Wisdom of Jaoran-Hwe Incident, the Inbis were able to successfully parasitize the kwo crew of a ship despite the kwo not having been a known host. Of interest is the immunity of the goesi crewmembers who were able to commandeer the vessel and destroy it, taking the infection with them.”
“Tests have shown that goesi immunity to the Inbis spores appear to be due to metamorphic tissue around the brain case slowing Inbis hyphal-thread growth, giving sufficient time for the immune system to destroy the infection. However, three of the test subjects succumbed to the infection and had to be euthanized and incinerated.”
“When a diyari is infected by the Inbis, other non-infected diyari sense it and will attack the infected diyari, covering the infected individual with silk and then destroying the body. Sometimes the infected diyari itself will go into a suicidal rage in an effort to defend its colony from the parasite. Star-Sailer ships are also capable of protecting against infection, whether by the help of mutualistic diyari colonies, by destruction of the infected region, or by suicide. However, sub-strains of Inbis have been discovered that have managed to circumvent diyari and Star-Sailer protection protocols. Such sub-strains could spread undetected via intertstellar routes and gate systems.”
EXCERPTS FROM RECORDS OF THE AUZULITH RADIANT
“Deposit of Inbis threads found in Fore Sensor Cluster 3 neural plexus. Status: Neutralized.”
“Deposit of Inbis threads found in Lateral Access Corridor 2-Kha. Status: Neutralized”
“Deposit of Inbis threads found in Jump Engine Ventricle 6. Status: Contained.”
Did the crew mention any of this? Of course not. Not even the passengers knew about the Seventh Empire’s experimentation on innocent goesi, or worse, the fact that the ship, currently sitting on U.S. coastal waters, is harboring a virulent plague. Sure, it’s contained! But for how long? And how well, if they declined to tell us to begin with? And of course, the trillion-dollar question: How much does the Extraterrestrial Authority know about this? How much does the federal government know about this?
If you take this news as an excuse for anti-alien hatred (Ron Victory, I’m looking right at you, rich bankrupt xenophobic blowhard!) I will mess you UP, because that’s not the kshaarak point! We’re all getting screwed, human and alien alike! Want to stop the screwing? Work together, hand in hand and hand in tentacle! Don’t let the higher-ups fool us, or clowns like Victory separate us! Solidarity!
Remember: Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back! Stay curious, dear subscribers!
This article was written by Johnson Borrero as an entry to the Alien August competition 2015. Johnson is a regular participant in the competition, and you can read his previous entries here.
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