Summary: Over a century ago, the
planet Scalos was a beautiful, thriving world with a humanoid population that
had established an advanced civilization… then everything changed. A massive
volcanic eruption brought up a horrible chemical mixture from deep underground
that tainted the drinking water. Drinking it had two effects: it caused
sterility in the Scalosians after a while, and it also hyper-accelerated the
drinker’s body until they wound up functioning so quickly that they could no
longer be seen by the naked eye. Anyone who wasn’t similarly accelerated was
completely incapable of speaking to anybody else, as they would only hear a
high buzzing sound, and wouldn’t be able to see anything. As for the
accelerated person’s point of view… think “bullet time”. Times a million. And
they can’t turn it off. Oh, but the newly-accelerated are so susceptible to any
kind of unusual cellular damage that even a scratch can cause them to age to
death in a matter of minutes.
After a few generations, the
sterile population of hundreds of thousands was brought down to a total of 5.
They used a distress signal to lure fertile males from other planets to their
own, whereupon they would be similarly hyper-accelerated and effectively become
their sex slaves, but it was too little, too late. The population is now
presumed to be extinct.
Of course, the effect of drinking
Scalos’s water ispresumably stillineffect, andanybodywhodrinksthestuffwillbegintomovesofastthatthycntbsnbtnkdianddjsldfjsdkfsdhfvyweuibnm…bzzzzzzzzzzzzz…