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« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2014, 11:41:08 PM »

Lun Dao, Lead Anthropologist, Simioj University, Dhao II, Wideband Broadcast

The Tyrn Empire has attacked the humans' home!  Contact your governments immediately and ask for assistance.  I don't think the humans are going to take this well.
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« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2014, 08:17:51 PM »

Lun Dao, Lead Anthropologist, Simioj University, Dhao II, Wideband Broadcast, three months after previous communication

I can't believe I'm going to say this but I'm thankful for the Tyrn war commander.  Despite his bloodthirsty campaign, he told the humans that I had nothing to do with his invasion.  The humans eventually released me based on his communication.  I realize all of this is confusing so please allow me to start at the beginning.

I sent the previous broadcast after the Tyrn attack began.  Their war commander announced in multiple languages across all of the human communication media that they were a threat to the Tyrn Empire and must be preemptively put down.  He called them primitive and cruel.  At the time, I disagreed with cruel.  The humans are technologically primitive but are quickly catching up with the rest of the galaxy.  I had seen minimal evidence of cruelty on the part of the humans I had been with; however, I was interrupted before I could complete my transmission some time back.  My escorts burst in and took me into custody.  I was never physically assaulted but was kept in isolation with no outside contact.  Even my food was bland and nearly devoid of nutrients.  It was sufficient to maintain life, little else.  I was denied my clothing; I was denied sleep; I was denied any form of individuality.  Further, I was subjected to numerous interrogations that seemed to have no end.

The Tyrn war commander's communication is what prompted the humans to release me from what they termed "protective custody."  They were persecuting one who would help them and they didn't know it.

With my personal situation out of the way, I should like to speak of the war now in progress.  The brutal efficiency of the Tyrn war machine is well known; however, the humans are holding their own after a fashion.  The war commander destroyed three major cities as part of his opening salvo: New York, London and Tokyo.  He indicated that he got the idea from the humans' own media.  His expectations seemed to have been that the humans would simply cower at his superior firepower.  They did not.  Several nations here launched their unrestrained nuclear fission bombs at his orbital ships.  One of his troop carriers was destroyed before the Tyrn understood the danger.

Now the humans continue fighting using their own technology and that scavenged from the Tyrn.  The terrifying thing?  The humans are pressing technology that is commonly thought of as benign into martial uses.  One example is their use of the mass-reduction drive to control local gravity.  This is common technological knowledge.  However, the humans have modified this to create a personal weapon platforms that can launch a relatively small mass with an inverted field generator.  Thus the projectile strikes with incredible force.  This modification alone has destroyed thousands of the Tyrn war tanks.

Another interesting note is that the humans - who seemed so fractured when I first arrived - have unified their efforts into defeating their common foe.  They have temporarily laid their grievances aside to throw of the Tyrn.  It will not be easy.

I will continue to keep the greater galaxy informed.  It would appear that I have moved from being an anthropologist to a reporter for the time being.
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« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2014, 11:06:17 PM »

Kesh, personal messages, various excerpts

My darling, I know you must be worried sick about me here on a world embroiled in war with the Tyrn Empire.  I hesitate to say that I am OK as I know you would think me trying to spare your feelings; however, I am mostly safe.  The Tyrn have discovered that humans are much harder to defeat than they had anticipated.  Thus, the fighting has ground down to hot spots and I am no where near them at the moment.  I intercepted a Tyrn transmission some solar cycles back that referred to humans as "worthy foes" which shows how much the rank and file Tyrn soldiers think of their human counterparts.  I suppose that's a good thing for the humans but, war really isn't in my nature.

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The most startling development this solar cycle was a group of humans requested an audience with the war commander to discuss his surrender terms.  He sent one of his sub-commanders in his place.  As the humans approached the negotiating table one of them shouted, "Allah akbar!" before detonating one of the human nuclear fission bombs he had been carrying in a suitcase.  Naturally, it destroyed the human in question but also the sub-commander, his escorts, his ship and a significant portion of the city center where the meeting took place.  I'm not sure if I should be impressed or horrified.  The Tyrn communication traffic I've overheard has been in hushed tones and a growing sense of awe.  I don't think the Tyrn have ever fought an enemy willing to destroy himself to win.

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I've now thrown my lot in with the humans.  Please don't think that I've giving up on our belief in non-violence.  The Tyrn tried to kill me because they intercepted some of my messages and had decided that I was presenting them in a poor light.  The humans in this area rescued me and gave me shelter.  I've been providing them with my knowledge of Tyrn communication protocols and language.  Please keep our beloved little ones safe.
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« Reply #18 on: February 04, 2014, 11:13:33 PM »

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The humans I have been working with are panicked that the Tyrn Empire attacked their planet.  Yet another assault in the galaxy doesn't concern me.  Provide that the Tyrn stay far aware from this archeological "dig" I will be content.  I am finding the pace of human evolution par for the course compared to galactic norms.  However, I have found their technological evolution to be terrifyingly fast.  I'm not entirely convinced that humans with access to galactic technology will be a good thing.  I'll have to put aside such concerns as there is work to be done here in cataloging fossilized remains.  Especially now that my human counterparts are leaving in droves.  Thankfully my suit provides sufficient strength and nutrition that I will be quite comfortable for some time.  Nonetheless, something is trying to come to the fore of memory.

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Ah!  That's what was bothering me a few days ago!  The humans have reversed engineered my support suit into a battle suit.  There are soldiers from the country of America that are using this variant as powered personal armor.  I have to admit that the human capacity to reason is impressive; however, it seems overly adapted to using it's capacity to kill.  Perhaps it would be prudent to exit this area and seek a more permanent form of shelter.
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« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2014, 09:01:42 PM »

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This town is wonderful and despite the presence of a small skirmish force of Tyrn, I'm staying.  There are sufficient numbers of human remains for me to perform destructive testing.  Not as efficient as living specimens but they are fresh and I can extrapolate to a reasonable degree.  Some of the humans in this area seemed offended that I would preform tests on their dead.  I did indicate that I was performing an important ritual after the Tyrn killed them.  I might have emphasized the ritual part of that statement and some of them took that to mean religious rights that would purge the "evil" of the Tyrn.  I'm sure the University ethicist would have a small tantrum over it and send me to cross-species sensitivity training.  However, I don't care.  I can do science while the local humans think their dead are cleansed from the effects of the evil aliens by the good alien.  It engenders good will and aids my research.  It is enough for me.

As to the results ... they are not what I expected.
Humans are far more fragile than I would have expected.  Speaking of the skeletal structure at any rate.

Oh, another fine specimen just made it back to my warehouse and the locals want the alien priest to bless the body.  Better grab my robe.
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« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2014, 06:36:37 PM »

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The most recent "service" was well, if gruesomely, received.  Seven additional specimens have been analyzed and, I now have a much better data set.  It would appear that my earlier concern about human skeletal structures being weak was due to poor nutrition in the test subjects.  These most recent examples - generally lighter in skin pigmentation - were much better nourished than my previous subjects.  I suppose I will have to move to an area with access to the deceased troops of more developed nation states.

However, my recent thoughts on ... more active specimen acquisition require additional consideration.
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« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2014, 06:54:57 PM »

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Darling,
Things are not going well here.  My unit - Uh, I've officially been adopted as a member of the human resistance.  I hope I told you ... somewhen.  We're on the run from Tyrn signal hunters.  Thankfully we're staying ahead of them but I'm not sure how much longer our luck will hold.  I know we haven't been observant in years but, would you light a candle and pray for me?  We could use all the help we can get.  I'm supposed to meet with the Americans - that's the humans from the political unit known as the United States of America - tomorrow.
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« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2014, 07:03:46 PM »

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Madam President, we have a precious opportunity.

And what would that be, General?  We seem to be getting our ass kicked at every turn.  Ever since the Tyrn War Commander decided we merited the full Monty as "efficient warriors and worthy combatants," we've been on our heels.  I could use some good news.

Yes, sir.  I mean ma'am.

Just call me Beverly; it's easier.

Yes ... Beverly.  We have made arrangements to pick up one of the aliens who's been doing SIGINT with the French.  They're getting their asses kicked more than we are but, this guy - I guess it's male - is an absolute genius with signals.  It keeps breaking the Tyrn codes too.  Might be an edge we need.

And the French are going to hand him over?

Yes, ma'... Beverly.  They are technically loaning him to us under old NATO terms but, for all intents and purposes, he'll be one of us.

Let's make it happen.
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« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2014, 09:37:30 PM »

Lun Dao, Lead Anthropologist, Simioj University, Dhao II, Wideband Broadcast

On behalf of Simioj Univeristy, this is Lun Dao with an update on the Tryn invasion of Sol III, the Human planet they call Earth.  The Tyrn War Commander issued a unique proclamation some 27 standard revolutions ago.  After initially declaring that the Humans would be ground under the heel of the Tyrn war machine, their War Commander took the unprecedented step of declaring Humans to be "worth combatants."  This has allowed the Tryn to bring to bear some of their most powerful weaponry.  An excerpt from the War Commander's speech follows:

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In light of the resistance the Humans have mustered and in recognition of their acts of valor in destroying a troop transport and the escort of a sub-commander, I have weighed the Human capacity for war.  They have fought amongst themselves for years.  They have utilized their wars to forge new technologies.  They have made themselves masters of this world.  This shows that they have the spirit of warriors.

They have destroyed Tyrn vessels with their own martial arts.  They have adapted our discarded technology and used it to great effect.  They refuse to yield.  This shows they have the heart of warriors.

They have pledged to fight or die.  Thus, being efficient warriors and worthy combatants, we will no longer treat them as a species to grind beneath our heel, but rather adversaries that are worthy of being sacrificed to Kor.  May the way to victory be paved with their bones and painted with their blood.
[end recording]

Subsequent to this announcement the Tyrn have received additional heavily armored troops and siege engines.  The Human forces which had previously shown some effectiveness, are now universally fighting a defensive war.

I now step out of my role as a representative of the University and personally implore the governments of the galaxy to entreat the Tyrn Empire to stop this violence.  The Humans must be allowed to continue their evolution without undue burdens placed upon them.  It would be a sahemmm.....

[Portion of broadcast signal lost]

..... eRRRgrading the loss of signal for the past thirty standard revolutions, I can only speculate.  The ionosphere of Sol III has been bombarded by some form of radiation that has been blocking wideband signals.  Perhaps the Tyrn are using it to disrupt Human communication.  Or perhaps Humans are doing so to disrupt Tryn communications.  I will keep you posted as often as I am able.
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« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2014, 09:40:49 PM »

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I assume you saw his last broadcast.

Of course.  Though, I am concerned about his pleas to help the Humans.

True.  But, he had the courtesy to differentiation his thoughts from those of the University.

You are both old fashioned and short sighted.  Regardless of the outcome with the Tyrn invasion, Lun Dao's broadcasts are bringing a much needed focus on the Univeristy.  If an anthropologist - a subject seen as stodgy and boring - can be made into a news star, then the University must take some credit for such a well rounded faculty.  Should it not?
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« Reply #25 on: February 11, 2014, 09:48:25 PM »

T'ran, Coded Communication to Halkon High Command

I have finally escaped my handlers and found my way to Russia.  The Chinese have their claws full with Tyrn heavy soldiers.  I would advise secretly aiding the Humans against the Tyrn.  It would provide a demoralizing effect for the Tyrn and would allow us the chance to gain additional intelligence on Human military technology.

Please send new orders and special instructions when possible.  If a cloaked observation shuttle is nearby, I could use food and medical supplies as well.

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Cloaked Halkon Communications ship, inside asteroid belt between Sol IV and Sol V

Send the supplies.  And, forward the recommendation to the High Command.

Yes, sir.
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« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2014, 11:37:47 PM »

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Say, again?

We think the recent killings are being perpetrated by one of our own, sir.

And why do we think that?

Because the witnesses we've interviewed have all reported someone in a power suit immediately before or after the killings.

Wonderful!  You're telling me that one of our boys has gone all Jack the Ripper on us!?

Who, sir?

Do they not teach history any more?  Never mind.  Find who's doing this.  And end it.
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« Reply #27 on: February 24, 2014, 11:12:37 PM »

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The active specimen acquisition program has been an excellent success!  I have adult subjects in general healthy conditions from a variety of backgrounds.  I require only a few more specimens before I'm able to move on to the next major city.  The only concern is that my assumed camouflage is more out of place here than I anticipated.  I will have to work to avoid detection by the various human groups.

I can now speak with authority that humans bone structure is not any greater than other species.  However, they have some unusual adaptations that mesh skeletal, muscular and cognitive variables to provide advantages over the environment here.

I'm still pulling all the data together but, hope to publish as soon as the Tyrn Invasion is over.
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