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Dimar: Lost Waters
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Special Thanks to:
Clay Dreslough, Ian Smith, David 'Tae' Baxter, Eugene Arenhaus and Paul aka 'Draco'. :)

Table of Contents

Intro
Prolog

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33

Glossary
Dimar terms
Arrallin terms

Map

 

 

Lost Waters - Chapter 6

     Luuko looked on as the tiny mindless ones sprang into a flurry of action. Moving throughout the wreckage of their twisted metal tree-ship, the humans and Arrallins quickly constructed shelters, the likes of which Luuko had only seen in his history books. Perplexed, he quietly reached out to his Leader, and she viewed the scene through his eyes. Great Mother, should we not offer them the appropriate shelter seedlings, instead of letting them smother the ground beneath them with these shade-covers? These flimsy membranes and branches won't hold up against a serious fire storm.
      Her answer was reserved, and unemotional. We have to see how they manage on their own. We can learn from them by watching. Study them, and report to me tomorrow. You, and all of the First and Fourth are relieved from fire-duty, and can stay on there to help these newcomers set up their camp.
      Luuko's attention was drawn away from the matriarch, as a wing of familiar and unwelcome forms glided in from the north. Mulkol First Regiment fan out! The order from the flight leader was poorly shielded, and edged with aggression meant to scare the Telka Dimar already stationed around the new encampment. Luuko moved to Liur's side with several others, and in formation, they moved to greet them in the formal style.
      The activity of the humans had not changed with the arrival of the Mulkol regiment, and Luuko breathed a sigh of relief. They were not aware of the danger, and for now, that was for the best.
      I, Liur of the First Tinar Rank, accord all honor and grace to you, head of Mulkol First. However, you are currently on Telka grounds, and we must ask that you leave. Liur's formal tone was tightly controlled, sounding almost bored, Luuko mused with pride. That would rankle in the Regiment leader's craw, that he had not unsettled them as much as the Mulkol had hoped.
      All honor and grace to you, First Tinar, but we must make a full report on this ... event. We cannot return to our barryd until we have made a full investigation and taken the appropriate samples. The Regiment leader was eyeing an injured Arrallin resting nearby with a sadistically curious eye.
      Our apologies to you, Regiment leader, but no samples may be taken from this site. Nor are you to cross our borders again without retribution. Your shortcoming on this day shall be forgiven by the Leader, and she forgives your lapse in memory. The Great Mother can forgive one infraction, but further incidents will require correction of you, her erring child. All honor and grace to you, and good day. Liur, with a condescending tone that made Luuko wince to hear it, promptly dismissed the Dimar. The insult was not lost on the regiment leader.
      Growling, his tail snapping back and forth with fury, he sprang into the air, knocking a gust of wind toward the membrane-buildings of the settlement.
      Luuko quickly quelled the breeze with a flick of his wing, catching Liur's quiet, satisfied chuckle in his mind.
      The Regiment leader bellowed a vocal call to his unit, and in disheveled order they rose into the air, heading northwest, toward Ekal.
      Sighing, Liur sent a warning message ahead to Ekal, broadcasting it so that the Mulkol regiment, as well as the First and Fourth Tinar Ranks could listen and enjoy it. Ekal a herd of Mulkol are heading your way. Expect little trouble, if any.
      Luuko turned to find Tarrin sitting beside him, listening intently. Well, my big friend, seems the Dimar have problems of their own. Who were those striplings, if I might ask?
      Luuko felt the Great Mother's encouragement to share the danger of the Mulkol reaching out to all of the Dimar present at the settlement. Openly, he sent images of the Mulkol their violent dancers, howling herd-raids in the valley, their fire-burned sub-barryds and decaying vines, and sick children. They are the shame of Dimar, my friend. The worst organized, most poorly managed barryd on this continent and our neighbors. Beware of any Dimar bearing their colors blue, black and red. Their fighters are fierce and fearless, and unpredictable.
      Nerves still a bit jangled, Luuko and the other Dimar around him took up their observation posts again and continued studying the structures as they were erected.
      "YAHOO!"
      A combat scream from behind Luuko sent him leaping into the air, his tail lashing back and forth in front of him, and all claws bared. Hanging in attack stance, he looked down to see Tara, but she had changed! Luuko could not believe his eyes, and circled in close. Tarrin, what happened to Tara? She's much larger, and why does she have an extra set of...no, wait...are those her feet there?
      Tarrin's laughter filled his mind. No, no, Luuko! It's fine...she's riding another 'mindless beast', but one even more mindless than you might think. That's a horse she's on a sub-intelligent species that humans are quite fond of, used in their ancient days for transport. She's just happy that it survived the crash. Several other horses in that cargo bay, um, weren't so fortunate. Tarrin, using images of horses without riders in his mind helped Luuko distinguish where Tara ended and the beast began. He helped Rakal and some other betas carve up what was left of a small pinto horse who was lost in the crash. Horses are also excellent eating, if you'd like to partake in this one with me.
      Thank you, Tarrin...I'd enjoy trying some of your off-Dimar delicacies. Luuko could feel the concern about Tara's horse from other Dimar around him, and broadcast a summary of what he had learned to the others. A rumble of approval issued from the knot of Dimar who had moved off into a tree to observe, and they chattered away about the humans and their resource harvesting. He landed, and nipped a sample off the haunch of the unfortunate beast near where Tarrin had pointed. It tasted like morrak, but with a pungent aftertaste.
      These humans are like proper Dimar, in that sense, aren't they, Luuko? However, why would they keep their form and use a subcreant 'HORSE' for transport when they can just engineer extra land running legs? It seems that the subcreant has it's own will, as well, making it difficult to manipulate. Goothib, a member of Rank Tinar First, the highest firefighting flight rank, but also a Telkai sub-creation engineer of the highest class, bombarded him with questions and queries about the genetic design of sub-creation 'HORSE', flashing image after image of chromasomal blueprints, flooding Luuko's mind with what was to him, nonsense.
      Goothib, I was never very good at my Telkai studies I have no idea what you're talking about. From what I can tell, they do not sub-create like we do. They 'borrow' creatures from their surroundings and learn to work with them. The less intelligent the creatures are, like this one, the more luck the humans seem to have with them. Luuko tried to draw a parallel within Dimar culture, Think back to your history, before the days of sub-creation, before the Flight. When we used morraks, miruls and oolars to pull down the trees, and to bend the branches, or to furrow the ground to sew the vines. That is what they have here. These are slave species, or adopted animals, but not sub-creation.
      Goothib admitted being as bad a student of history as Luuko was of the principles of Telkai genetic engineering, but understood. With a frustrated sigh, he continued watching the progress of the settlement. Primitives. The Great Mother should station a history rank here, not a rank that has half the Telkai first class aboard, I should think. He resumed his private discussions with the others near him, nodding to Luuko with thanks.
      Luuko studied the carcass in front of him carefully. The long legs seemed frail, lacking muscle or protective scaling, but the musculature on the body was impressive, and even tasty.
      These animals are designed to eat and run. That's all. Tarrin had been eavesdropping on his musings again. They've got a social nature, though, which allows the humans to work with them. That's one thing you've got to understand about humans, Luuko they'll mother anything. They'll adopt anything, and as long as it will love them, they'll love it.
      Tara honestly thinks she's the mother of that horse.

      Luuko's ears flapped back and forth wildly as he howled with laughter. He rolled onto one side, snorting and roaring, barely missing knocking Tarrin into a nearby tree. Tara hatched that thing? What...what did she mate with to get THAT?
      No no... she didn't hatch it, or birth it. She adopted it when it was born, and raised it as her own kind, really. Humans do this. That's why they've been so successful in dealing with us Arrallakeeni. Tarrin was warbling a high-pitched growling laugh, watching Tara struggle to remain aboard her horse in the presence of the laughing Dimar. Our matriarch, the alpha female, is the only one of us who can breed she is our version of your Great Mother. We are drawn to the mother like the comets are drawn to the gravity of stars, like your Tinar Rank was when the Great Mother called you to help us. Because humans adopt so well, and so freely, the humans began to replace our own alphas in what seemed quite a natural and harmless process. However, humans as alphas do not breed more Arrallakeeni, and thus, our numbers are dropping.
      Luuko caught his breath and rolled back onto his haunches to sit. I understand this adopting. It is common for us to take in the young from friendly barryds that have had their adult population ravaged by a Great Dance or a bad fire season. However, we do not mother the morraks in the fields they are mindless. How can you love something that has no mind? It is foolishness to try.
      Remember, Luuko all humans, except for a few, are 'mindless' and most Arrallakeeni are as well. We learn not to see minds, but to hear speech, and to see movement in their faces and bodies to feel their feelings. Tarrin's mind-voice seemed to be struggling with expressing what he was feeling, and it all made little sense to Luuko. He would watch and learn, and eventually understand the movement of feelings that was so important to Tarrin.

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