posted on Aug, 26 2017 @ 05:28 AM
The Egani, as a species, were still quite a mystery. We knew they were space faring, and that their technology blurred the lines between conventional
tech and biology.
Physiologically, most Egani were very similar to humans but some Egani possessed different limbic structures, polydactyly and exoskeletons, having
been bio-engineered into them for specific roles. They all carried multipurpose computational devices, like us, but due to their advanced
biotechnology, these interfaced directly into their nervous system.
They inhabited mainly the polar regions of their home planet, Sanne, due to its closeness to their star. Their planet was larger in diameter than
Earth but did not contain an Iron core, or seem to be abundant in the heavier elements, so gravitation was similar to Earth’s and Sannean polar
temperatures were similar to equatorial Earth.
The Egani society was highly ordered into “Crelii” or ‘care cells’ of five adults. These adults were frequently genetically related and one of
the five was the ‘Mat’ or leader, elected by majority. The Mat was also the member of another group of five and this pattern repeated up until a
pinnacle “Temat Crelii” who governed the planet. The communications between all Egani was a collaborative and complex social networking system
that all could access through their many communications devices.
Despite the cohesion of Egani society, they had often experienced division and warfare in their past. Though they had no discernible national
divisions, at times of limited resources groups would arise and challenge others. They had also warred over other things but these philosophical
divisions made little sense to translators and so the briefing papers usually had a row of question marks where “Causes” were supposed to be.
Robert Fitch ensured that his tie was straight and looked at his watch.
After final briefings, he was here on Sanne and would soon be inducted into the Temat Crelii in place of a retiring member, as their first human
ambassador. There was to be an introductory meeting in five minutes.
The doors whispered open and four Egani stepped forward. These were obviously special members of the society, their skins glowed coffee golden. Their
satiny clothing, trimmed in some type of flexible and very shiny metal, hung perfectly and moved gracefully with them.
Robert drew a sharp breath at the face of one of the Egani. She was beautiful beyond expectation and he felt he had met her before. Her eyes looked
large, bright and were an unusual hazel-golden. She smiled at Robert’s attention and tilted her head slightly to one side causing a lock of golden
hair to fall across her face.
His eyes flicked down along her body as he tore his gaze away, and he thought she was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen.
“Hello Mr Fitch, my name is Stin Arlosh and I am the mat of our little group”. Stin’s diction was perfect and very relaxed. He raised his palms
toward Robert and stepped forward.
Robert echoed the movement and replied “Pelosh nar chee Stin ell Arlosh fee Crelii”. He wondered briefly if he had said it right but Stin reached
out and touched his wrists with a slight bow. Robert also bowed, careful to bow just a little lower than Stin.
Stin steepled his long fingers then spread his hands to indicate the formal greeting was over. He turned slightly and indicated the other members.
“This is Jad Arlosh he is my reth, my grandson.” Jad and Robert bowed. “and this is Marr Tellet, partner of Jad", again they bowed. "This is Lar
Qoth, my cousin and finally this is Noot Favre, who is to be your partner.”
Robert stood stunned; the beauty was to be his partner? “My, my partner, I don’t…?”
Stin grinned widely, “As you have seen, many within each Crelii are related. It is our tradition when an outside member is ‘bonded in’; they are
to be partner with an existing member. What you Earthlings would call a marriage. It is to be a close emotional bond. I see that this is unexpected to
you and I expect there are many of our customs that you do not understand. Because such is the case, we wish you to take time to consider. For now, we
should just get to know each other. We have drinks and a meal prepared, if you have need of food and later, we have recreational activities we may all
All the time Robert and Noot’s eyes were full of each other. Robert’s heart was racing and he was both confused and elated.
Stin touched Robert’s elbow to get his attention, “We specially selected Noot to be pleasing to you, based upon what we could find out about you.
As near as we can tell, Noot is almost the perfect partner for you. We hope this is acceptable and that you will accept our conditions of membership,
which are mandatory.” He proffered a champagne flute of a slightly blue effervescent liquid to Robert.
“Thank you Stin. I have to admit that human pairings are not usually as formal and pre-arranged. We have a thing called courtship where people see
if they are compatible before such a commitment. We don’t even know if our biology is compatible.” Robert regretted saying that even as he said
it. He took the glass and quickly gulped down a mouthful. To his surprise, the taste was delightful, subtle and very refreshing. “I don’t mean to
denigrate your customs. I will just need some time to get my head around this as our cultures are so different.”
Stin nodded slowly but kept a smile on his face, “You do not need to concern yourself about issues of biological incompatibility. We have considered
that in our selection of Noot. There should be no issue because Noot is a male like yourself and you two will be unable to concieve.”
Robert’s eyes went wide with panic and his glass bounced with a ‘clack’ off the polished marble-like floor.