So, here we are talking about humans and aliens and how we might be weird to each other, but how about this to chew on. What is humans are the only intelligent species to do this before they actually had any sign there was other intelligent life in the galaxy?
Let’s be honest here. We have absolutely nothing to suggest that life is anything but a phenomena unique to earth and even if it wasn’t, we have absolutely not clue what it would look like after evolving on a planet that might even be very close to earth.
Yet still we speculate, we muse and we wonder. We’ve made serious attempts to look into the cosmos and see if something waves hello. We’ve sent messages into the void and listened to see if something will answer.
What if, in some distant star system hundred of light years away, a species of intelligent beings finally begins to ascend to the stars. What if they start studying space, exploring the galaxy, and colonizing other planets.
What if their instruments start picking up strange signals. What if one of their ships comes across an strange device floating in space that matches no natural entity. What if the more they look at it they realize that these phenomena are not natural. That something produced these things, something intelligent. Something that is not them.
What if the more they study these signals, the more they begin the realize that some of them are messages. Messages to them sent by something hundreds of light years away. What is being said makes little sense, a lot of the information has been degraded by the long travel times and many of their best researchers suggest that whomever made these things might communicate in ways very different from their own.
It throws them into a spin. There is other life in the galaxy, possibly life much like their own, and that life has tried to contact them. How could it possibly know that they exist from that far away? It must know they exist, for how would know to try and contact them?
They debate and ponder, bicker and argue before deciding that the only way to respond is to send a message back. They figure out roughly where these messages originated from by looking at the path the different messages took to pass through different parts of their territory and get a pretty good idea where earth is.
All they can do is hope their reply gets close enough that it can be found, and that the receivers will be able to eventually decipher it.
Meanwhile back on earth, they do get the message, and the response is along the lines of. “HOLY SHIT! We’ve actually made contact with aliens!”
I’m proud that I have never been a slave to the tyranny of fashion trends like you, Marge. You’ve got Cosmo damage. First they tell you your tits should point upwards instead of downwards. Mine aren’t big enough to point in any direction. And who says we have to shave under our arms? Taa daa!
I was staring at the palette challenge sheet again for ideas, and looked at this particular palette, and -bam- the image came to me of a HUGE ASS red giant sunrise dwarfing the surface features.
I was gonna do natural mountains but then thought it’d be cool to put an alien city there. Then got the idea that this is a research base studying a supermassive red giant, trying to unlock the secrets of black hole creation while observing the death cycle of a star likely to form one.
Don’t worry, they’ve got ships and a mothership to run to long before the supernova happens. Assuming they got their numbers right, that is. Their project culminates in their observing the supernova onboard their mothership at a safe distance from the blast - but certainly closer than any observer has ever been in the history of their highly advanced civilization.
Technically a planet near a star like this has probably had its atmosphere fried off by solar radiation and suchlike, but I’m guessing this planet has sufficient gravity and distance from said supermassive star to hang onto its blanket of gases for a couple hundred years longer.
It had been a week since the message had been received from the alien signal. Alpha was busy getting together the expidition team. The majority of the crew was made of scientists. The rest of the crew consisted of Alpha, and his team of three private. The intergalatic council had approved only a recon mission through deep space. Their orders were to find the source of the signal, and to establish a communication line.
Alpha was still confused by the message they had received. It was only partially translated at this moment, and all they knew was the beings called themselves ‘Humans.’ These humans must be incredible genetic specimens if they are able to survive any planet beyond the outer rim.
According to all previous scans of deep space there had never been a sign of intelligent life. There was signs of planets with living fauna and basic life forms, but none of them had shown any signs of intelligence.
Greenie was estates about the find, and had begged Alpha to add him to the expidition team. This wasn’t really Alpha’s decision to make, but he still put in a good word for Greenie. He wasn’t surprised to find Greenie waiting in the launch bay when he arrived that morning.
The rest of the crew were all suited up and prepared to go. Alpha began to suit up as one of his privates approached him.
“Sir.” He heard behind him. Alpha turned around, it was Gengre. Gengre was a Herter as well. He reminded Alpha of himself when he was that age.
“What is it?” Alpha asked with a slight edge in his voice. He did not like to teach.
“There is an incoming transmission from the council for you sir.” Gengre exclaimed. The council probably just wanted to recap what the mission details were before they departed.
“Thank you private.” Alpha turned away and made his way to his room. He would take the call on his private station. When he entered the room the call was already streaming through. He was face to face with the council.
“Lieutenant Alpha.” The head of the council began, “We have called to inform you of further details concerning your recon mission today. There are tales of these ‘humans’ from the early days before the council that our historians have found. They are an incredible tough species that lives on a planet designed to kill. What is extremely impressive though is they are not genetically the most fierce predators, and instead have survived by outlasting their prey. When you make contact you must convince them to remain peaceful to the council. We cannot have an enemy like these ‘humans’
I’m going to preface this by saying I was wrong, @ilovetinycreatures! My spots were NOT full up when you sent in your request, so it has made the list! My apologies for the confusion!
The request is for Spones with the prompt
“What? You don’t trust me?”
I took some creative licenses with Vulcan physiology (most notably - it’s not defined in canon exactly how Vulcan blood carries oxygen, so I took an idea and ran with it).
Leonard cursed under his breath as Spock stumbled at his side, nearly collapsing, tripping over his own two feet as breathlessness overtook him. He slowed to a stop himself and put an arm around the Vulcan’s waist, carefully helping him to the ground to rest for a bit. He towered over Spock, his expression grim as he took in the Vulcan’s pallor and the faintly green tinge of his cheeks.
Did I tell you what happened at the play? We were at the back of the theater, standing there in the dark, all of a sudden I feel one of ‘em tug my sleeve, whispers, “Trudy, look.” I said, “Yeah, goose bumps. You definitely got goose bumps. You really like the play that much?” They said it wasn’t gave 'em goose bumps, it was the audience.
I forgot to tell 'em to watch the play; they’d been watching the audience! Yeah, to see a group of strangers sitting together in the dark, laughing and crying about the same things…that just knocked 'em out. They said, “Trudy, the play was soup…the audience…art.”
Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
Literally, the only reason to attack, not criticize (believe it or not, there’s a difference), the Natza ship is because it treads upon your own “personal ship insecurity.” That’s really as simple as it gets. Our ship had to take the backseat to the two largest fiscal monoliths in the FT fandom. While definitively, Nalu has one sided feelings and Jerza has a history of mutual feelings, our ship’s overt “nebulousness” knows no bounds. Most of these people bitch at the mention of any ambiguity in the direction of their own ship. Time and time again, ludicrous amounts of people from these fandoms protested and berated Mashima from having Natsu & Lisanna interact, Natsu & Erza on the same volume cover, Not enough ‘graffiti’ of Nalu & Jerza on his personal twitter account, etc etc etc. And, if that wasn’t enough, Natza and Nali didn’t even interact in the final chapter. As someone who’s indifferent to Nali, even I can see how fucked over their ship got. That’s from only ONE of these megalithic groups complaining. Maybe, using a modicum of deductive reasoning, you can imagine what that would be like for a ship, Natza, facing TWO of these fandoms and expecting our ship to have clear-cut material, I’ll give you a minute… It gets better tho, the majority of your arguments supporting your ships, on our tags, read like this: They love each other ‘cause they do. *looks around for any signs of intelligent life* Your counter arguments rest on similar laurels. Look, I totally get it if you don’t like a ship or you don’t support one, I really do. Frankly, Idgaf what your predilections are either way. But, unless you can make a coherent argument, backed by the context, against ANY ship, you should save your breath. Honestly, I’m just struck with sheer incredulity, you got nods towards your own ship in the finale, even the anime caters to your ship, and despite all of this, our little “crack-ship,” incites such outcry? Hahaha, oh man, that’s hilarious.
Basically I take the Gemling/ Geode idea, but without a lot of OTPs, gemsonas and Oc. (Props to everybody with one or all of these thing :D)
In the Birthstones Au, Gems reproduce naturally but are an Inter-sexual species, which I’ll probably dabble into later, which means Kindergartens are never even invented. Instead of being war hungry to get more land to make more gems to win more wars (Ect,ect.) Gems study the progression of life. Namely intelligent life. Rose Quartz was sent to Earth thousands of years ago since it showed signs that it could spark intelligent life and studies the progression of humans.
Anyway, very long story short, once humans started exploring space the Gems made themselves known and started Earths first extraterrestrial interactions and connections. While they refuse to help progress technology, their more than happy to protect the planet till the humans can do so themselves. Reactions from humans are mixed, but Gems made they’re own embassy (AKA the Temple.) and give tours, ect, ect. (Also since they’re older than the human race they’re technically official residents.)
THE MAIN PLACE that this AU effects is that our Ruby and Sapphire don’t make up Garnet, she was formed from two other gems, both of whom loved Garnet. Not BEING Garnet mind you, just loved her as their own child. Since they never wanted her to disappear forever, should one of them die, they gave up themselves to make Garnet a permeant fusion.
Ruby and Sapphire, on the other hand, are Garnets babies. Newly born in fact! Which is where most of this AU with focus. (Please note that I love Ruby and Sapphire as a couple. This is just a cute Idea I had :D)
If you want more, just lemme know! I have stuff to post if you want it!