June 27th, 2008
|08:21 am - Submission to the High Tea & High Adventure Society: Report from the Selenite Mines|
Images recorded here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hthas/
I joined the Society expedition at the Moors. Extensions of the alien ships were embedded in the soil from where it had crashed ages ago, the claws rotating and extending downwards at regular intervals. Were the ends of the claws not broken they may very well have neutralized anyone attempting to use the levitation device (verikon). When the claws were fully functional and programming still intact they wold have been an effective security system.
On the mushroom-shaped central console of the verikon was an indentation holding what appeared to be molten cavorite, which served as the power source. Engraved onto the console itself was a two-dimensional illustration summarizing what was to be found below. Also, symbols there, and repeated below, contained universal diagrams for focusing sound and light ("media controls"). The descent downwards was smooth for those who were sitting down. Also on the console and throughout the site were engravings of unknown script. (I find Col. Hotspur's insistence of identifying them as Earth languages highly suspect.)
Within the cavern itself, elements of the Selenite ecology were still intact. We were accosted by flying glowing crystals. I could not confirm the very birdlike "chirping" came from these crystals. Also there were stalagmite-imitating creatures on the roof of the cavern that attacked us by falling down over us. We were very lucky no one was injured. The stalagmoids would vanish and reappear from their nesting points before I had a chance to make a full scan.
Several outcroppings of a tan bulbous mushroom species were growing in the cavern. It seems unusual for a fungus of this sort to grow where it is impossible to take root in solid rock. At least one of them did tip over when touched. Chemical analysis revealed neurotoxins. [Has this species been categorized? Seleniticus?] Is it a coincidence that the sudden appearances of now fungi throughout the Realm of the Roses coincides closely with the discovery of the Selenite mine? Could these mushrooms be from spores released from the opened mine?
Arachnoid creatures lay dormant in the far end of the chamber and on the far wall. Their power sources were still running. The largest one appeared to have a weapons system. They did not respond to binary signals, nor to attempts to climb them and use them as vehicles.
In addition to the verikon there were three functioning artifacts of Selenite technology in the chamber: the holographic projector, the suspension pods and the wall monitor.
The holgraphic projector had a mushroom-shaped central control like the verikon, and also had an energized cavorite core visible in the center of the console. The media symbols were prominently displayed on all sides. Upon activation the "petals" of the projector would rise from the floor and encircle the operator and anyone else touching the console.
The hologram would project on the inner walls of the petals. It was a swirling pattern of green shapes on a black background. Some claimed it was a presentation of a Selenite, but I could not discern it. The audio portion sounded like hissing and propulsion of air through tubes (a whooshing sound). There was a non-symmetrical repeating rhythm to the sounds of about five seconds in length. Perhaps through extensive study we can learn how to utilize the device correctly (to the extent it can still function) and extract more data.
The glowing green suspension pods hung from the ceiling and would drop and engulf members of the expedition, then retract back to the cavern ceiling. Inside it was glowing green and there were loud organic sounds. After initial panic and attempts to breach the pods, the pods would respond to touch and drop the expedition members. These pods seemed to be depicted in the wall engraving holding Selenites. Since these pods are easily exited (by Humans at least) I suspect they were intended for life support and not incarceration.
The most intriguing artifact was the wall monitor. This piece was completely intact. It was a large circular pane of glass-like material with green glowing designs. The pane was encircled by a fitting rounded frame, then connected by a sprouting of rock to the cavern wall. A second such outcropping on the other side of the frame reached out to where more equipment must have been. There were angled borders that matched the style seen in the engravings. In the center characters that would scroll from bottom to top in repeating sequence. Here we have elements of Selenite script perfectly preserved. This must be the starting point for deciphering the rest of the engravings.
My theory is the monitor is reporting on machinery hidden within the cavern wall. Combine this with the fact that the giant claws at surface level match the design and proportional placement in the engraving of the Selenite mother ship force me to conclude that the Selenite mine, indeed this entire archaeological site - is the buried Selenite mother ship! I look forward to seeing more internal passages of the ship excavated, and perhaps the entire outer hull.
The wall engraving appears to be an inventory of the Selenite fleet and crew. Also there is a gridded map of ancient Caledon, before the northern half rose from the sea and connected to the Winterfell region. South of the Moors there was higher land than seen today. Perhaps the geological change was a result of their crash landing? The low level of coastal detail was noted. It may be the passage of time that wore away the details, as seen by the barely recognizable script.
In addition to the oval suspension pods depicted containing Selenites, I believe there were seperate images of Selenites traveling in the floating geodes, such as the one accessible from traveling above sea level in the verikon in a damaged pod. It could not determine how I found myself inside the hollow rock. Did it organically flow around me or was there refined teleportation? The geode descended at a non-fatal velocity and dropped me off at standing level at the surface entry site. Then the geode vanished. This may have been their preferred transit system outside of the ship. A complete inclusion in rock suggests they had no concern about suffocation, therefore no respitory system as we know it. Also they may have preferred a total seclusion from the Earth atmosphere which may have been harmful to their exoskeletons.
The only other general observations I make from previous contact with the artifacts of the Avarian civilization: There are no outward similarities between the Selenites and the Avarians. Further, no indication these civilizations had mutual contact. Also no similarity between the Selenites and the recovered technology of the "Martian" invaders that attacked Caledon and Steelhead.
END OF REPORT
Ash Mason (Tumim)
Product of Mason Labs
Member of the Consulate of House Wulfenbach
Current Location: Caledon Moors
Current Mood: intrigued