I have been working since I awoke to translate the documents given to me by Rene. Given how little Vyrolikar language has evolved over the course of seventy million years (at least relative to other languages of similar age), this was a simple task for the most part. Two books have been translated in their entirety in the mere eight hours that I have been working.
There are several interesting facts laid out in the two documents which I have translated thus far. The first comes from The Animals of Su-Kalus - A Flesh Guide, a very useful document discussing the most basic information relating to our homeworld’s most common fauna. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this book is that it provides the original Vyrolikar names for these animals, many of which have been forgotten over the years. The creature who attacked me yesterday was an ‘irkaram’. Its associated sigils possessed some very complex conceptual information which seems to have faded in the aeons since initial publication. This concerns me.
The second document I have translated is A Brief History of the Rysaris, an account of this planet’s history! Very exciting. The world on which we have found ourselves was once called Seyek, and it is on this planet that one of the Empire’s most devastating conflicts finds its roots. I will translate three excerpts from this work below. For context, ‘Rysaris’ is a compound of several words which would roughly translate into English as ‘Movement For Soldier’s Rights’.
“Demands made by the Rysaris were incoherent at best, and varied from spokesman to spokesman. But one point remained consistent: cheaply-constructed bunker worlds like Seyek were unfit for habitation by the men who’d given their lives to protect the Empire. Imperial resistance to the Rysaris would escalate to violence quickly. War became inevitable.”
I include this passage mainly as an introduction to the state of affairs which led to the war. I also find its description of this world’s simple stone hovels as ‘bunkers’ to be interesting. Were it not for my discovery of a dead man in uniform several days prior, I would have trouble believing this statement - especially as no other account of our military history mentions such poor conditions. As it stands, however, it seems the book may be correct in asserting that those who protected the Empire were not treated as they should have been. How shameful.
“Those who stood with the Rysaris refused to surrender until their demands were met, and the men of the Empire would not rest until all resistance was quelled. The Rysaris grew their ranks through increasingly backhanded and shifty propaganda, using mind-melding hypnosis-based linguistics to their advantage. After hardly any time at all, they had men in all the Empire’s galaxies. Their agents wore the same clothes as any other soldier, seeding paranoia in the minds and hearts of all the Empire’s troops. Anybody could be a Rysaris. Trust had been murdered. Panic and violence spread through Imperial space. Something had to be done.
“All loyalists were withdrawn from Seyek and individually screened to prevent any Rysaris from leaving with them. Seyek was then placed into a cordoned-off zone in hyperspace, where it would be repurposed as a prison colony. Over time, every living Rysaris would be brought to this world to rot in contemplation.”
Knowledge of where we are provides some relief. It also instills further terror. Escaping from a world cordoned off in some abandoned, Empire-era corner of hyperspace seems unlikely at best. This passage also makes me wonder how this book ended up here.
"Hypnosis-based linguistics" seem interesting.
“Seyek would remain relevant throughout the Empire’s history following the war. Most recently, it has found purpose as the testing site for highly secretive biological weapons being developed as a part of our ongoing campaign against the Urtoraak.”