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  1. Independence Day: Return of the Ancients

    While Jesse and Emperor Johnathan were busy reading over treaty important things were happening elsewhere in the Sol System. On Mars a group of scientists were busy reading through mountains of data recovered from some alien ruins they found buried under the sands of the red planet. Thess ancient ruins were dated to have been over 1,000,000 years old perhaps when the planet was capable of sustaining life but since then it had remained buried under the sands of Mars until they were found by the Imperium which had just started colonizing planets and moons beyond Earth at the time of the discovery. The data recovered from the ruins had helped jump their technology level to where it would have been in 200 years otherwise. The archeologists did not know who had built the facility but had theories that the Dragons may have been responsible if they were not really from Earth originally. "Are you seeing all of this?" the lead scientist asked Jake who was there to investigate what they had recently discovered. "Yes I am. This all was not lit up like this before?" he asked. "No. Before the one you call Tharg arrived this facility was mainly dormant even though we could still extract data from its archives but since the Dragon Empire ships arrived its like this whole place is coming back to life!" "So if anything it probably means this place was built by them long ago at the time Dragons first arrived on Earth." "Agreed. The question is why would they abandon this place and all of the information it contains." "Probably because there was something which should have stayed buried." Meanwhile... At an unknown location Sarah's father waited until his second in command finally gave him the info he was looking for. "Sir our agent on Mars has reported back. There is indeed activity which started up when Tharg arrived." "Finally. Soon it will be time to take back that which was lost to us thousands of years ago and bring back our ancient leader who was meant to lead us in conquest of this world before he was betrayed." Promo: Thousands of Years ago Mars became a lifeless planet Mealstrom: "It has been said throughout the ages that without great sacrifice there can be no victory." In a great act of betrayal some dragons managed to stop an Ancient Evil from conquering the Earth Maelstrom: You want to know don't you? Out of the many billions of planets in the galaxy. Why did they come here? Why did I come here? Now those secretly working for him plan on bringing him back. Ancient Dragon leader: Humanity now stands as the greatest threat in the galaxy! The Dragon Emperor has returned!
  2. Independence Day: Return of the Ancients

    Jesse, his sister Adria, Jake, and Emperor Jonathan would then go to meet with Tharg. As they were on their way Jesse and Jonathan talked a bit more about it. "See Jon. I told you this would work. They know we don't want to fight them yet they also should know we will do anything to protect our people." "Agreed. Still I can't help but feel this is not over yet. That there is still something bad coming and if its not the Dragon Empire than who else could be powerful enough to threaten us?" "I don't know Jon but I am pretty sure we will find out soon enough. For now lets just worry about signing this non-aggression agreement and go from there."
  3. Independence Day: Return of the Ancients

    As things continued they made it past the expiration date of the experiment and so far things had been quiet. Dragons were widely accepted in their dragon forms all across the Imperium of Asia yet in other parts of the Earth things were not quite as peaceful as in Asia and the Solar colonies. There were still many Anti-Dragon groups all over but they were so small many wouldn't even call them a small minority because they were really smaller than that. A week after the month ended Jesse spoke with Emperor Johnathan about what was going on. "The experiment so far has been a success and we made it past that month but have not heard back from them yet." "I know." Emperor Johnathan told him. "I am getting an uneasy feeling about this. That the whole experiment with you in your dragon form was just a distraction from their true plans. If we are threatened with destruction we will do what is necessary to protect ourselves Jesse. You know that right?" "Yes I do. All of our forces have been on alert ever since they arrived. If they try anything like that we will be ready. But first lets see what Tharg actually has to say before it comes to that." "What about Sarah Osman's father?" Johnathan asked. "Nothing about him since the attack at the station. Hopefully he is dead but I have learned not to think that unless I saw it happen myself. He will probably show up again and when he does we are ready for him as well. Will kill him myself if he tries to hurt any of us again."
  4. Don't Panic #52!

    I agree. However reading it did make me LOL a bit. And seeing as anyone with one soldier could destroy his nation makes me LOL even more.
  5. MHA ceased to exist

    And yet you all are too ignorant and blind to see that the MHA is still here. We just don't have the spaces between the words of the alliance name and the Alliance Seniority stats are wrong. Other than that MHA is still here and unless the rest of you plan on trying to do something violent and radioactive about it THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE!
  6. Independence Day: Return of the Ancients

    As Jake and Adria arrived at Osman's office on Ganymede Station, Sarah and her father were still fighting each other. The office was a mess and neither one of them had gained the upper hand in the fight until Jake and Arya entered the room with their guns drawn. Sarah stood in front of Jake and Adria while still looking at her father. "Its over. Whatever evil thing you are planning ends here!" "Oh it is not over yet Sarah." her father said with an evil voice. "This is just beginning." He then broke the window and flew out as the room began to depressurize. Admiral Osman then gave the station AI an order while they hung on. "AIDA activate pressure doors!" Metal doors then closed over where the window was and the room went back to normal air pressure. "Thanks for the help you two." Sarah told them. "But unfortunately he escaped." "That is the vacuum of space out there! How the heck could he survive that?!" Jake asked. "Because he is not like any other dragon." "How so?" Adria asked her. "Will tell you all later. Right now we have to warn Jesse that something bad might be happening soon." They then contacted Jesse but he was not worried about what happened there as much as they were. "You are safe and you stopped him from getting whatever he was there for. I'd call that a win." "I'm not so sure." Sarah told him. "He was trying to find the data about what we are doing with turning humans into dragons if they want to. For all we know he may have gotten what he wanted." "Even so there has been no sign of him since then and even if he can survive in space if he plans on using his wings to fly all the way here it will take a very long time." "But what if he does get back and tries to sabotage the "experiment" you are doing?" "Than I will deal with him myself. Don't worry about me Sarah. Just worry about keeping yourself and that data safe.Your evil father is one thing but we cannot let that data get into the hands of the Dragonisians or else it will be very bad for us." "I won't Jesse. I promise." Over the next month the experiment continued and after a while just about every other dragon was in their normal form as well. Whether it was their intention or not the Dragonisian's experiment worked well enough to bring almost every dragon out of hiding and with how good they were able to help each other and the humans they were counted as one of them. Everything was going perfectly and once the time for the experiment was done Jesse and Emperor Johnathan were ready to meet with the Dragonisian leader again. They felt like they were ready for just about anything. However only time would tell if that was actually true.
  7. Yea I was going for clarity but I also see your point.
  8. MHA ceased to exist

    That is big talk for someone without an army. I mean seriously your nation does not have a single military unit at all. That is about as sad as one could get.
  9. MHA - New Leadership

    Saves money not paying for them when I don't need them My nation can buy all the nukes it needs right now if I have to use them on someone like you (if in war range) who is taking his jokes too far. Do you want me to?
  10. I am Jesbro, 1 out of 3 Trium of the MostlyHarmlessAlliance, and I approve this message along with the rest of the MHA. I'd tell Trivial and IYIyTh to delete their threads but I know that won't work so I am just going to tell everyone what is really happening and what is going to happen. 1. Original MHA deleted because Doogan's nation was deleted before he declared someone as an Alliance Heir (yes we are all pretty pissed about that one). 2. Everything is getting sorted out for real as we speak and even if we lose the Alliance Seniority stats that is a small price to pay. 3. If Trivial and IYIyTh do not shut up about this their nations and any supporting them will end up in a world of pain. 4. Also consider this an official Declaration Of War if they do not stop. That is all.
  11. MHA ceased to exist

    I'd tell Trivial and IYIyTh to shut up but I know that won't work so I am just going to tell everyone what is happening and what is going to happen. 1. MHA deleted because Doogan was deleted before he declared someone as an Alliance Heir (yes we are all pretty pissed about that one). 2. Everything is getting sorted out for real as we speak and even if we lose the Alliance Seniority stats that is a small price to pay. 3. If Trivial and IYIyTh do not shut up about this their nations and any supporting them will end up in a world of pain. That is all.
  12. MHA - New Leadership

    Time for a Mass Effect Reference Vlad is talking all smack and stuff like in his original post I finally have enough and prepare a nuke to fire "Vlad, let me make this perfectly clear." LAUNCHES A SUCCESSFUL NUKE "This is not acceptable."
  13. Independence Day: Return of the Ancients

    Admiral Osman was a bit surprised to see her father there on the station. "What are you doing here?" she asked him. "I am here to prevent you from doing something that will put us all at risk. I am here to shut down your "Dragon Transformation Project"." He told her. "Yea well you don't have the authority to do that and if you don't leave I will have no choice but to call the guards on you." She said as the same squad that the transformation worked on came in behind her father "And believe me there are reasons these guys were the first who went through it and survived." He looked behind and gave an evil smile. "So these are the first humans you have transformed. I have to say they do look right but can they fight right?" The dragon squad behind him dove at him but he beat them back with a tail whip. After that they each tried to attack him one on one but each time he was able to beat them and within a few minutes he was still standing and the squad were groaning on the ground. "Pathetic." he said as he stepped over their groaning bodies. "They may look the part but they are not true dragons." "Well then maybe its time for me to prove you are not a true dragon either." she said as she transformed into a purple dragon and moved to do her own tail whip at him. Meanwhile back on Earth Jesse had gotten home after a long day out on the town. The first thing he did after getting back to the Imperial Palace was contact Emperor Johnathan and told him how things went. "I feel great Jon. Even before you gave that speech I knew this was going to be a success. The people don't mind me in my dragon form and I believe the same could be said about anyone else who decided to walk around in their dragon form." "That is good Jesse but we still have to remember not absolutely everyone we be that way." Johnathan told him. "Even before they arrived there have been reports about anti-dragon riots in some of the "no so good" cities and even anti-human ones as well but there are not quite as many of them." "So just like what Tharg talked about there is more distrust with humans hating dragons than dragons hating humans." Jesse repied. "Yes but again just about all of this is happening in the low income underdeveloped cities and not in the major ones. Although he won't admit it I believe the same could be said about the Dragon Empire as well. I am sure there are other races that do not like them as much." "I'm pretty sure there are Jon but right now that is not our problem." "See I have to disagree with you on that one Jesse. The fact that some of the other galactic races might hate them is relevant because it means we would not be the first to dislike them a bit. The fact there may be races a part of this Galactic Community that don't like them but can still work with them proves that there is nothing to worry about even if some don't like them." "Are you saying you don't like them Jon." "No Jesse that is not what I am saying. We can work with them. What I am saying is that they can't hold a whole race accountable just for the actions of a tiny minority. If they attack us because of that than we have a right to defend ourselves and the galactic community will see them as the attackers." "I agree. Lets just hope it does not come to that." More of what is to come: The battle between Sarah and her father is just heating up Osman's father: "How can you defend the humans like this. You really think changing them will change how they feel about us?!" Sarah Osman: "Everyone deserves a chance to live. You can't hold a whole race accountable for the actions of a few!" And the fate of the Imperium is on the line Adria: "If the Dragonisians find out about this they will not be happy even if it is what a lot of humans like you want." Emperor Johnathan: "Than we will make sure they don't find out. Keep Admiral Osman and that research data safe." Will things go well? Jesse: "Time for me to continue with this experiment." Or will things get violent? Emperor Johnathan: "If we are threatened with destruction we will do what is necessary to protect ourselves Jesse." Jesse: "I know. But lets see what Tharg actually has to say before we do anything like that." Only time will tell.
  14. Independence Day: Return of the Ancients

    As Jesse prepared for his day on the town in Shangri-La in his dragon form Jesse and his sister Adria talked about what was going on. "I still don't get what he is trying to make me prove. The fact that humans and dragons are already getting along should be enough." "I agree." Adria said. "But it is understandable that he doesn't really believe it at first and so he needs to see it for himself." "Yea but still it feels like he wants me to fail even though everything is pointing to this being a success. Half of the people in the entire Solar System are actually dragons now (not counting the Dragonisian Fleet) yet he still doesn't believe they will accept me in my true form." "Again all he see's are dragons disguised as humans though. While they may not do it here on Earth as much many dragons do stay their dragon forms full time and during this test I am sure he will see just that. You think this might be embarrasing but believe me it won't be. The people will see you for what you really are and remember all the battles you fought in to help bring the peace we are all enjoying." "Yea I guess you are right. Anyways do you remember your task with Jake?" Jesse asked her "Yes. We are to continue our investigation into what happened to those scientists and find out if there is a connection between that and the arrival of this Dragonisian Fleet." "I hope there isn't one but if there is than it may prove the reasons they are here are not as peaceful as they want us to think. And that is what worries me." As Jesse went through his day in Downtown Shangri-La it was not as bad as he thought he would be. All around people (both humans and dragons) were actually smiling when they saw him. Many knew of the things he had done and there were enough pictures and video's of him in his dragon form that everyone still knew who he was and that he was always there to help them. As he entered a local grocery store and got his usual stuff the clerk did make a comment about it. "Been a while since anyone last saw you in your dragon form Jesse." She said to him. "What's the special occasion?" "Because the leader of the alien fleet told me to." Jesse said to her. He want's going to hide anything especially since Emperor Johnathan told everyone the Dragonisian's were peacefu and wanted to see how dragons and humans really got along. He just didn't mention Jesse was at the center of that experiment. "Really? That's it?" she asked. Now she was a bit curious. "Yea. As Emperor Johnathan said, their leader just wants to see how good dragons and humans really get along so he wanted to see me out in my dragon form while not caring what anyone else thought about it." "I see. Did you tell him that Humans and Dragons actually get along so well that now almost have of the people in the Imperium are those that can turn into a dragon like you when they want to?" she asked him. "Didn't tell him the part about half the people in the Imperium actually being dragons but soon I think it will become much more clear to him. He wants to see if we would get along well with other races in an attempt to make us a part of the larger galactic community which consists of many other alien species." "Well I know we would but there are still others who wouldn't. There are some who care about only dragons and others that care about only humans. It is up to the rest of us to show him we do care about others no matter what their race or species is." Meanwhile Jake and Adria continued their investigation at the research base in Singapore to find out who brutally killed the scientists there and why. So far what they found did not change. "It is clear they were each killed by a dragon." Adria told him. "But it will be a while until the DNA tests come back so we can tell whether it was one strong dragon or more." "That is not the part that worries me." Jake said. "The fact that this happened right as some huge Dragonisian Fleet showed up does not look good and we still don't know why he/she/they wanted these scientists dead." "I do have a theory about that but we need to investigate some more before going there." "What is it Adria?" Jake asked. "What if it was someone who did not want this project to become a reality. Someone who did not want all humans to be able to turn into dragons like us?" "If that is the case it is someone who apparently would go to all lengths to keep that from happening. Someone who we can't let that Dragonisian leader find out about." "What are you saying Jake?" Adria asked him. "I'm saying we need to figure this out on our own and in a way that does not interfere with what Jesse is trying to do. If what you say is true than Admiral Osman could be in danger and we need to make sure whoever did this can't get to her. Most humans and dragons do get along but there are some who would try to kill as much of the other race as they could. And those are the type of people that would put all of us at risk." Meanwhile on Ganymede Station A brown dragon walked up behind Admiral Osman and startled her while she was reading some research notes about the "Dragon Transformation Project". "Hello Sarah." he said to her. "Father?" she asked in shock. "There are some things we really need to talk about." he said in an evil voice. Promo for what is to come: Everything is going well for Jesse so far Jesse: "I feel great Jon. Even before you gave that speech I knew this was going to be a success. The people don't mind me in my dragon form and I believe the same could be said about anyone else who decided to walk around in their dragon form." But someone threatens to tear that all apart Admiral Osman's father: "The humans were not meant to become what we are Sarah! There is a reason we are stronger than them and trying to turn them into what we are will not change that!" Now it is up to Jake and Adria to save her before it is too late. Jake: "We need to save her and stop him. If we don't the entire Imperium is at risk!" Will they save her in time? Sarah Osman: Go now! Before it is too late! Or will her father get what he wants? Admiral Osman's father: "The guardianship of the galaxy and everything in it belongs to us dragons. And only dragons!"
  15. Independence Day: Return of the Ancients

    OOC: This huge wall of text post was writen by me and Maelstrom at the same time. Enjoy! Aboard the flagship, Tharg was enjoying his field promotion to acting Admiral of the contact fleet. The Albino Dragonisian however, was greatly concerned. The last catalog they had of information from this world prior to their arrival here had some 200 different nations and distinguished cultures. And now this world was down to a handful. They had few locations to send drop pods, as so few replied. He studied the map of the world that had been intercepted from one of the Earth's communications satellites as it was relayed across the global internet. It had changed significantly in just two decades and there were reports of major recent wars and conquests by many faction. This one remaining, called the Imperium, appeared to have been the major victor.. while other nations fell to nuclear ruin. Still yet, the radiation from the great exchange between Druk Yul and the Persian Empire floated in the atmosphere.. as well as the attacks in Europe. This world had been a hot bed of conflict. But for the last century things were different. By the year 2025 the war was over and Imperium controlled the world. For the next 125 years there was peace. The very peace many had died for. Meanwhile, on the earth, projectiles shaped like stretched eggs entered the atmosphere on course to the responding nations. They landed carefully and awaited their cargo. On board, two marines waited. They looked like dragons in complex mechanized augmentation suits, but they were only the size of men. What their diminuitive stature may not tell their guests, is that they were normally over 30 feet tall and even now, weighed tons. Due to special fields within the suits, the spaces between their atoms had been reduced and they had been compressed to these forms. The suits were all black, constructed of some dense carbon plating. It is hard to tell how they would see outside their own armor. They seemed to lack any eye holes or optics, face plates were smooth and oblong to cover the dragon's horns and muzzle. The Surface of one of the face plates vibrated, they heard a voice in the language native to their region, "Please, get in. They are waiting our return." Jesse would be the one entering the pod on Earth. Since he and the other dragons didn't seem to age at all during the last 125 years he kept his position as leader of Druk Yul and after joining the Imperium he was made the leader of the entire Imperial Asian region and eventually became the most powerful person on Earth second only to Emperor Johnathan and Empress Kara. "My name is Jesse. I am pretty much the leader of Earth second only to the Imperial Emperor and Empress themselves." he said to the two Dragonisian marines. "I am Sergeant Skrall, my partner is Attendant Nrekk. Please fasten yourself into the restraints for safety. The rapid exit of your atmosphere will take us to several fold your planet's gravitational strength as you may know from your own nation's space ventures. On board inertial dampeners will partly dampen the effect, but are not as strong as on our primary vessels. Also, we ask you follow our instructions precisely. The first of which, is to wear this augmented reality visor." He offered the visor to Jesse. Jesse took it and put it on. He was not new to helmets like that given HUDS where built into Imperial Military helmets as well. So far the part that really amazed him was their suits and how it made them smaller than they really were. "Full disclosure. Our ships interior exists in more than 3 dimensions. To stay on board one for any sustained duration of time one must be specially trained in order to remain sane or have naturally adapted to such environments. You have not yet. This will keep you from going nuts. It also will keep you from seeing anything that may put you, your species, or us at risk. You will see our ship as it is now, and only now." "Also, one of our ships temporal drives failed on a standard patrol with one of our sub-species on board. We apologize in advance for the Roswell incident and rumors of reptillians taking over your society for the past 16 or so decades." "Don't want me to see anything that puts you at risk." Jesse said as he chuckled a bit. "Have to admit that is the first time someone directly said that to me." "Your species had a an astronomer by the name of Nikolai Kardashev.. are you familiar?" "Yea I've heard of him. Been a while since anyone mentioned that name." Jesse said "We're about a class 2.25 Civilization by his scale, and rapidly improving upon that every day.." The rocket shuttered as they began their journey up. Skrall kept talking. "The things we keep on our vessel, especially in its internal state of temporal flux.. are not something for someone unadapted to that environment to be around. If you step to the wrong spot at the wrong instance and the parallel time lines happen to put an antimatter containment object there.. well.. it does no one in this system any good. We all go up. That's why you need this visor. It will make you aware of the actual corridor you are on at the moment you are walking, instead of being aware of what is going to happen before or after, just as your normal preception of time allows. On the other hand, for a radical improvement of our crew's efficient and tacitcal performance.. the ship's ai and most of the crew are aware of most possible instnaces of time ahead of us. For the sake of security, I will let you speculate how far we might see because we don't want you to know how many steps we might be ahead should the meetings go awry." "Also, for security purposes, until you leave the ship. You'll find that you cannot remove the visor without rendering yourself unconcious." "OK. Good to know" Jesse replied. Nrekk, looked over to the Sergeant, "Can I blow his mind just a little? I love messing with the young ones." The voice sounded feminine. If it was at random or intentional is hard to tell giving their matching suits and the possibility it may have just been stolen from a tv series. In fact. It sounded disturbingly like Lucy from I love Lucy. "Long as you keep it within security parameters Nrekk, I don't care what you say." It trilled. A computerized voice spoke for Jesse's information mostly, "5 minutes til arrival." "So anything else I should know within the next 5 minutes?" Jesse asked them. Nrekk looked to Jesse, "Just don't upset Tharg. He's got his head full since his promotion and his fate is sort of in your hands. That's the only real advice I can give you. But.. just have to ask, are you familiar with theories of Maintenance involving Temporal Aawareness?" "Forgive Nrekk, they're an engineer." Skrall rumbled, "Can't keep from jabbering on about technobable." Nrekk seemed to snort, muffled by their gear, "The last time I actually spoke to a species has been so long. This form of discourse is so, nostaligic." "Yea sorry I'm not into the technobable much either. Although there is this one lady I know who is and honestly she would probably be thrilled if she came with me on this. However lets just say there are reasons why she couldn't." He was of course talking about Admiral Osman but they didn't need to know that. Skrall looked to Jesse, "You were concerned for her and wanted her to stay withour scout in case things went south, completely understandable." How did he know that? "No I was actually talking about someone else. The one with "your scout" is there for a different reason." Nrekk stated, "Sad your friend could not come. If they were important enough to be considered, they had to have been someone special to your people." "Oh she is special. But lets just say the stuff she does is too important to even bring her here away from her work. If all the stuff you say about how far advanced your technology is true than you would probably already know who I was talking about. However if you don't I would prefer to keep it that way." Skrall engaged the personal filters on Jesse's visor and Jesse could now see both Skrall and Nrekk even though their suits were still on. Skrall was a black scaled dragonisian with burning red eyes, and apparently came from a family where horns and crests where common. Nrekk on the other hand, was navy blue in color and her eyes were a green jade and her skin leathery rather than scaley. Nrekk smiled, "Some of us know more than others." Jesse smiled. "And yet even you don't know everything." Jesse said as his eyes glowed light red for a second before returning to normal. The soft sound of a thunk was heard as the ship landed in its bay. The door would lower. "Watch your step." Jesse exited the craft and felt a breeze waft over him. He found himself in a beautiful white room that was mostly featureless except for some frond plants. Then it began to dawn on him. This looked like a dancing hall from a cruise ship on earth. A few moments later a computer would chime, "Anomalous DNA and biochemical field detected. This life form is not human." Jesse chucked as he thought to himself "Yea and it took them this long to realize that. Not as smart as they think." Skrall and Nrekk looked to each other and then looked to Jesse with a head tilt. Another chime would go off moment slater, "Ship's infectious disease control functions optimized. Life form and its biochemical field are no longer contagious with the threats present on its person. It is safely admittable." "Welcome aboard me, Jesse." The Computer would chime in. "Nice to meet you. All these announcements are for your information and convience to remove any insecurities you have about your boarding. Please simply mention any concerns." Jesse continued to smile. "As I said even you don't know everything but at least your AI does. For now just know that we are not so much different as you might think." "Assertions confirmed. Comparison to genetic database indicates you are a Dragonisian Forerunner. Your survival merits our deepest respects. Tharg will be very interested to know of this anomaly." "Oh I'm sure he will." Jesse said under his breath. He was beginning to like them a bit more but he still did not fully trust their leaders. Hopefully this meeting would change that. A projection appeared on the deck before Jesse. It was of a small cat-like pseudo dragon. Alarmingly disarmignly cute. It looked to Skrall nad Nrekk. "By Tharg's orders, escort this one to the conference room." Skrall picked up the little avatar of the critter, though only a projection it seemed tangible enough and seemed to pet it. "The ship you are in is a sentient being, please treat it with respect. Imagine how you would feel if you had someone walking inside of your body." Skrall chortled. "Also, many of the interfaces operate on sensoral luminesence fields. The AI is tuned to feel your interaction with it just like someone touched your skin, so.. don't bang on the consoles. Or it might get angry." They began to lead him down a white, featureless hallway. The temperatures seemed maintain in a comfortable mid-70s in farenheit. A tropical like breeze wafted through the halls. If Jesse weren't miles above the planet he would swear he was on a beach. These guys really did travel in style. Or was it all simple illusion? Jesse's mind did note the environmental conditions but he remained focused on the task at hand. He did not disrespect the AI at all. In fact so far the ship was his favorite out of all of them. It was their leader Tharg he still didn't trust. He hoped that would change. They entered the conference room. Everything, again a flat white. But there were.. windows? And out it, a sea-side view of the Atlantic as if it were taking around the North-Carolian to Georgia coasts around the North Americas in mid july? Humans ran and played on the beach. The sounds of music wafted inside. On the far wall, three distinct sets of monitors. Past, Present, and Future they were labeled. The past had obvious events from human history. The Present had ongoing events including the arrival of Jesse in the room. The future was mostly black. Yet that was the one that Tharg seemed to obssess over. Jonathan and Kara appeared next to Jesse in the same room without Jesse's awareness.. as Skrall and Nrekk left. Before them in a white uniform that matched the room decorated wtih many decorations similar to what earth humans might wear was the Dragonisian Admrial tharg. His pink albino eyes still not diverted to them, but facing those empty black screens. "How do you like the many to one doors?" Tharg didn't seem to be talking to anyone in particular. "They seemed... interesting to say the least." Jesse said to him. "The technicalities of it are interesting, but you're not interested in those. Please, all of you, have a seat." They all sat down as instructed. Emperor Johnathan and Jesse were both focused at the task at hand yet Jesse couldn't help but notice Kara was trying to hide the fact that deep down she was a bit frightened. However he could not tell what it was about. "First things first.. we need to get a few things out of the way. Before this meeting proceeds, we all need to be in a sound state of mind." He gestured at Kara, "This one is not." Tharg sat down at the end of the table while staring at Kara for a few moments. "I already know your concerns. You should be gracious and inform your peers. Otherwise, this may not go well. An open dialog between all, is important." Johnathan already knew she didn't trust them because of the conversation they had before they got onto the transport. However after she looked over at Jesse with a worried look he understood it as well. She was scared for her people and in a way he was as well. "She is fine." Jesse would say. "She just has the same concerns we all do." He looked to Johnathan. "Then voice them." Tharg seemed to be getting slightly agitated. Mostly due to the fact he's not accustomed to communicating this way. It is extraordinarily slow and cumbersome for him. Jesse gave him a nod and then Johnathan spoke the truth. "You come here from across the galaxy with ships and big weapons so hopefully you would understand it if we don't yet fully trust you." "Ships yes. How do you know we have weapons?" Tharg tilted his head. "Perhaps tools would have been a better choice of words?" "How do we know you don't?" Jesse would say. Not holding back what he was thinking anymore. "How do we know you are not hiding them? Sure you come saying you want peace but how are we supposed to know that is not some trick. Believe me there have been others who have offered us peace in the past but in the end they only brought war. If you know all about us as you claim to than you should know that as well." He smiled at Jesse, "Who were those others though? There is a distinct difference from them.. and those you are talking to, isn't there?" "After all I have been through I'm not so sure there is." "Which part are you referring to? I don't seem to feel the same way." Thrag inquired. "Dragons in general." Jesse said. "Sure your "scouts" were ok at first. Even got me to trust him. But in the end everyone seems to have ulterior motives for what they do. I'm just trying to figure out what your's is." "Typical pre-warp species thought processes. Paranoia and misunderstanding, always second guessing the purpose of routine scouting activities. Our scout was merely surviving on your very inhospitable world that spent several decades hunting and attempting to exterminate him. In the mean time, correct me if I am wrong, he helped set up the framework you inherited for this unprecedented age of peace you are experiencing... but had to hand off the negotiations to you because of the paranoia of the humans on the planet." This is where Johnathan stepped up. "Well if you know all about our history and "thought processes" than you would know there is a very good reason for that paranoia!" "If you want us to be friends than we can be friends." Jesse told Tharg. "But you can't just expect us to believe everything you say just because you say it." Tharg stood and quietly walked to the window. "I know your history.. but not your reasons. You're expecting me to bring my thought procesess back several centuries. Remember, that I can always see the intentions of my peers. You still live in darkness. I don't know what it is like to live in doubt of another's intentions. I know yours. You want to go to space. You want our help. You want peace. But I am sensing a depth of paranoia that is found almost universally in all species about to make the leap beyond the borders of their own system. And what I am here to assess his how deep that paranoia is. So far, this discussion has not been promising." "How many of you here are related to my ancestors?" He asked them mainly out of kindness and retrospection. Johnathan looked at Jesse and nodded then Jesse told him. "Out of the 3 of us only one." Jesse said as he transformed into his red dragon form. "But across the system there are a lot more of us." "Why do you take their form?" He pulled something similar to an earth Cigar out of his pocket and quietly lit and began to smoke it. However, unlike tobacco or cannibis, this particular smoke was genuiely healthy clearing his airways, revitalizing his lungs. Whether or not the cigar was even real was probably a question they all might have on thei rmind given the interface they have with their current environment. "Why do you run around looking.." He gestured outside to the humans on the beach before shapeshfiting himself into looking like a human, startlingly similar to Fidel Castro. "Like them?" Jesse smiled. "Because it makes them more comfortable. Because unlike you we actually care about those you would seem to consider a "lesser species". Sure we may not have always gotten along well but now we are united in our struggles in this system. We are united against any and all threats both foreign and domestic. And if you threaten us in any way you can bet we would be united against you!" "Why do you have the impression we do not care? There we go again.. threats. Is this all your people know?" He gestured to the past montiors and a global history of world leaders engaging in tribailistic discussion about uniting against the threat filled his screen. Everyone from Hitler to FDR to more recent figures, even his own scout. "It is a pity how low your people brought him merely to survive." As Jesse looked at the screen he would give a worried look until he saw Maelstrom. He then remembered the warning Maelstrom gave him before they even arrived. He remembered the feeling after his mother died about how something bad was coming and indeed he knew all those warnings were true. He looked back at Tharg and answered. "No. If anything he is better than you will ever be. He understood what people need to do to survive. Before we came here he gave me a warning. That winter was coming and that we would need to do everything we could to protect our people and stop it. I think now I finally know what your ulterior motive is. You might say you care about us but so far if what you have said means anything it is that you don't care about us at all and only about how you can exploit us for your own gains!" Tharg seemed genuinely confused and reverted back to his dragon form. "For your information, we are explicitly forbidden from harming this system unless it is deemed a galactic threat and our communications are even now being monitored. My motives are irrelevent." "No." Jesse said. "All motives are relevent. And what they are could be the difference between survival and death." Tharg looked at Jonathan and Kara. "You have both been very quiet. Does this one speak for you?" Johnathan answered. "At first there was a bit I wanted to say but so far Jesse has voiced all of our concerns truthfully and accurately. How do we know you are not just going to try and use us for your own gains instead of for the good of the galaxy. If what you say is true than I would be much more interested in talking with this Pan-Galactic Council than I would be talking to you." "That is possible, but we need to eliminate a few other obstacles to that possibility. Why is it that you are uncomfortable with my egg brother in his native state on your world? Why is it he feels compelled to take this form to make your people comfortable?" It is important to note that as he asked this question, images of the KKK, ISIS, and other notorious racial hatred groups would appear on monitors. "This is our concern." "Because unlike those radical evil groups he actually cares for the people on this world." This time it was Johnathan speaking but he agreed with what Jesse said. "All they cared about was hurting and killing as many people as possible and while Jesse says Maelstrom was worried about that at first he learned that there were some of us who didn't want to hurt him because he was different." Jesse finally understood the truth to what Maelstrom had said to him. "Because Maelstrom is not evil. Because we will do whatever we can to protect him and his family. Just as I am sure he would do the same to protect us. He is my friend. And I really hate it when people say bad things about my friends." Jesse said as his eyes glowed a bit more red. "Your small group here is not my concern." Tharg observed, not at all disturbed by Jesse's red eyes. "Your rage is not merited. The reason for my inquiry is a relatively simple one. If your species still is unable to allow a Dragonisian to roam its streets unfettered, how will it react to the shock of a multi-racial intergalactic system. These groups are racist wtihin their own species, which is absurd.. and such tendencies I would think are hard to root out. How will such a society fare among the stars among a diverse population?" "You would be surprised." Johnathan said to him. "The Imperium is open to working with other species across the galaxy just as you say they are already open to working with each other." "We would like evidence your society is ready. We have a relatively simple lithmus test if you are willing to abide it." He looked to Jesse. "Go home and don't change form. Walk among their streets. Show us you are ready. To clarify, show us you are part of the 10% possible outcomes from this world that are genuinely altruistic." Jesse had a confused look on his face. "So all you want me to do is go back to Earth and walk around in my dragon form like I have no care in the world? That's it?" "Down a major human city street.... go shopping. Show us you can live your day to day life in that shape without a care in the world. This test will last a month. At that point, we will assess the results and reconvene. Until then, you will not see this fleet move from its position on your solar observatories." The Diamond's AI materlaized queitly on the table next to Tharg in its pseudodragon state and hopped into tharg's arms where it was quietly petted and began to kneed against the admiral's arm. Diamond purred, "I hope they prove me wrong. They rarely do." "As you wish." Jesse said. "I will prove you wrong and we will be back here a month from now. Good day." Jesse said before he, Jon, and Kara left the room together this time. Diamond observed, "They really do not like you." Tharg shrugged, "Few like being tested and judged. We knew this was a posisble reaction. I hope they do not take it personally." "For some reason I don't think this will be as easy as you think it will be." Jonathan said to Jesse on their way back to the transports. "It will be unless they do something to interfer with it." Jesse replied. "Which is why you need to keep an eye on them this whole time. I still don't trust him." Skrall and Nrekk would join the trio on their way out. "How'd it go?" Skrall asked. Nrekk observed, "Seems inconlusive. They gave so many responses it's a bit silly." "You have one interesting leader." Johnathan told them. "One that I still don't trust." Jesse added. "Cant wait to see the look on his face when I prove him wrong." "You have to realize he's a lot more complex than he appears. That room you were there.. isn't really laid out like that as you probably guessed." Skrall replied to Jonathan. Nrekk stood along side Jesse. "You don't have to tell me again. He's my ex." Skrall looked at Nrekk incredulously, "You shagged the Admiral? He'd drive me nuts the way he knows things seemingly so far in advance." Nrekk shrugged, "Guess that's how he charmed me by knowing exacatly what to say." Skrall snorted back at her, "Talk about an abuse of temporal mechanics." "Just get us back to Shangri-La please." Jesse told them. "I have a big day tomorrow where I will do some shopping in my dragon form for all to see." Nrekk sighed, "Yeah, I suppose I should have put him on report.. but.." Skrall blinked, "You still have feelings for the bastard!" They looked to Jesse, "Sure, we're taking a shuttle for 3 back since the three of you seem to be together." Johnathan smiled. "I think this will be good for you Jesse. It been a while since you were last out in your dragon form." Jesse gave him an angry look for a second and then calmed down. "Yea. Well at least this time there won't be a hundred bad guys trying to destroy me." They got to the hangar and settled with their guests into their seats. As they were boarding Skrall chortled, "Don't trip over your talons when you are yourself again." he laughed. "Don't make me want to use these talons to slit your throat." Jesse retorted. The AI made one last brief appearance on the floor between his three guests, "Well met all of you. I hope you don't mind I borrowed from the English dictionary.. we didn't know what accent you'd most be familiar with." The tiny dragon popped up and took all their visors off once they were all safely in the shuttle. If they looked outside the window the actual internals of the ship looked very strange. It appeared almost like an amorphous black void of energy that was constantly shifting. "So Jon what will you be doing while I am out going shopping?" Jesse said with a small chuckle. "Making sure no one tries to interfere with what you are doing. He seems really certain you are going to fail for some reason even given how things are right now and I want to know why." The shuttle shuddered as it headed towards earth. Less than a minute later there was a re-entry warning. "All I know is he is going to be in for quite the shock when I succeed and watch him eat his words." Jesse replied. Skrall barked back, "He seems to think it's human nature. I hope you guys do not mind, but I and Nrekk have a bet going on you." Nrek noted, "As typical, I have bet against my former lover. The humans seem to learn fast, I can see them getting rid of all their xenophobia within 125 years..." Jesse thought to himself "Yea. What I forgot to tell him is that almost have of the population of the Imperium are dragons now after all of the breeding with the humans and stuff like that." Promo for what is to come: Jesse has a big month ahead of him doing things normal humans would do but in dragon form. Jesse: "If anything he is probably hoping this will be embarrassing. I swear when this thing is done I'm probably going to kill him." Adria: "Oh it will be great Jesse. The people need to remember why you are leading them and how we are united with them." Meanwhile the mystery about who killed the scientists in Singapore continues to unravel. Jake: "Yea these scientists were definitely killed by a dragon. A really strong one." And it is up to Jake and Adria to stop him. Adria: "The thing this guy is looking for is on Ganymede Station. We need to go there and stop him before he gets what he wants!"