Between sixty and forty thousand years ago the Founders
placed survey markers at the north pole of largest planet of every system they
When that planet a gas
giant, they placed the marker on the largest moon.
That's where we found our first alien artifact, a marker at Ganymede's
Now, from what few records we have, we've determined that
the Founders and their allies never made it much further rimward than our solar
So it was a surprise to
find a marker on the north pole of the largest moon of the gas giant we've named
The name comes from its
four hour day, a fast spin that gives it a flattened appearance and a magnetic
field stronger than any known world so far from its sun.
The marker at Allegra Prime was not some elaborate
polygonal structure with intricate script in multiple languages.
It was a simple seven meter tall block of stone etched with crude
luminous symbols. A poor imitation
of the great Founders, we thought.
But this monolith turns out to be a granite stone carved
over three million years ago.
is no granite in this entire lifeless system.
And the blue glow from those crude symbols comes from bioluminescent
organisms that have survived for ages in that harsh environment.
So who was imitating who, I start to wonder.
-- Grace Mattock, Chief Scientist, Second Orion Deep
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