Gods Of Juluka: Chapter 4: Planet Lamu Conference (Part 1)
As they disengaged light speed, a blue Lamu appeared on the horizon.
A Methane dominated Planet, Lamu glittered in a resplendent sapphire Blue as the glow from its 3 Suns bounced off the Planetâ€™s atmosphere, playing wanton gambols in Space.
Tindo always delighted in the chances to be a Space Tourist his job at the Citadel regularly offered, and he would be taking quite a few image crystals to show his Wife and daughter when he got home.
He also wondered what souvenirs Lamu had in store. The anticipation was too much to bear as Juju transmitted the Universal Federation Code to the Lamu Control Tower so they could be cleared for landing.
They were soon given the all clear, and directed to a landing dock.
A smooth landing was assured with Juju at the controls. Not only was Juju a fantastic Pilot, but heâ€™d chosen Juju for this particular mission because he needed Jujuâ€™s jaded perspective.
After the last meeting with the Savants, he feared he could be a little naÃ¯ve at times, and Juju would provide the perfect antidote to his unchecked optimism.
He was secure in Dimpoâ€™s ability to run things smoothly at Kingu Station while they were away.
Although Lamuâ€™s gravity was similar to Kinguâ€™s, they still needed Gravity Suits and
Atmospheric Breathing masks.
â€œIâ€™ve never really trusted the Lamu, and I suspect they are somehow involved in causing the anomalies.
Donâ€™t forget that they were the last to join the Federation, holding out against the Juluka more than any other Federation Planetâ€.
Juju broke the silence with typical skepticism as they prepared to step out of their docked transport Ship. Unlike Kingu which was built mostly from Pyramid Shaped Stone, Lamuâ€™s harsher atmosphere and terrain required the use of enclosed glass dome structures.
â€œWeâ€™ll see, lets face it, we canâ€™t really say until weâ€™ve heard from all the gathered Federation representativesâ€, was a classic Tindo response.
He had to seem objective and unbiased for now, but was glad Juju was on top of his game because he needed that if he was going to arrive at a realistic assessment of the situation.
â€œIf you say so Bossâ€ Juju sarcastically replied as they walked towards Lamuâ€™s main
Conference Dome where representatives from all the Kingu Federation States had gathered.
Due to Planetary conditions, the Lamu had evolved tall, slender frames and a dark Skin tone with eyes that provided infrared vision.
Life on Lamu surely didnâ€™t look the same as it did on Kingu, but the Juluka were their common yoke and burden.
â€œI hope you had a pleasant trip. The microwave storms in the Xai Xai belt can be rough around this time of yearâ€, the Lamu Temple Engineer remarked as he ushered them into the Conference Dome.
â€œWe sailed through just fine thank youâ€, Juju abruptly replied.
They had no time for pleasantries today, and Tindo was glad Juju had taken the burden of playing nice off him.
They had serious business to attend to, and they were in no mood for small talk. Tindo and JujuÂ immediately took their seats at the long Conference Table, and after re-energising themselves with some rapid Implant Wave energy bursts, they were ready to commence the daysâ€™ business.
â€œLook, I donâ€™t think weâ€™ve got anything to worry about. Weâ€™ll soon find out if the Confederation Planets are up to something once Tindo returns. Heâ€™s never failed us.â€
Timati reassured Lord Bindu and Jinda in the Planet Kingu Conference Room via an
Intergalactic Feed connection to Juluka.
At the instance of Lord Bindu, Timati and Jinda had gathered for another separate meeting to discuss the anomalies and the investigative mission dispatched to Planet Lamu.
â€œWe canâ€™t afford any disruptions with the Zig supply at this stage. The situation on Juluka is fragile to say the least.
Our shift to Zig energy is almost complete, and any problems with the Zig supply puts all our plans for Juluka and the entire Federation at riskâ€ Lord Bindu interjected.
â€œThe Mind Scan aberrations are a concern for us as well. Our Immortality depends on our ability to extract Life Force from the Confederation Citizens.
As you already know, since the inception of the Savant program, us Savants have been heavily dependant on the peopleâ€™s Life Force Energy. We agreed to accept synthetic bodies as part of the Savant Program so we would not age, but without the peopleâ€™s Life Force to energise us we will surely die.
If a solution is not found we may have to be retired, and without us thereâ€™s no-one else to ensure that the Federation Planets properly implement the Juluka Protocols prescribed in the Configuration Templates given to us during the Savant Program when this whole project was initiatedâ€, Jinda said reminding everyone of what was at stake.
Timati felt compelled to give the impression that the situation was under control.
â€œI donâ€™t think it will come to that. Weâ€™ve made an early intervention and its best to wait on the outcome of Tindoâ€™s report.
Meanwhile our Intelligence gathering continues, we already have a few leads and whoever is behind this wont be at it for much longerâ€.
â€œLetâ€™s hope so, and I suggest you start working on a cover story for the Confederation Citizens in case this thing spirals out of control.
The Savant Program remains above Top Secret, and you must make sure the Temple Staff know only what they need to knowâ€¦We canâ€™t afford a leakâ€, Lord Bindu cut in with a curt response.
â€œWeâ€™ll keep dangling the prospect of Elevation for as long as we can to motivate our people here, in the meantime lets see what comes out of the Lamu Conference…â€
Lord Bindu abruptly terminated the Intergalactic feed as Timati finished his sentence.
Jinda and Timati exchanged apprehensive glances.
On Planet Lamu representatives from Axum, Kusha, Rozvi, Gandor, Kano, Ife, Kumasi, Songhai and Eya comprising all the 10 Federation Planets including Kingu were now gathered.
The Lamu were a Matriarchal society, and so Inoza, the Ningal or â€˜Big Womanâ€™ amongst the Lamu opened the meeting.
â€œWeâ€™re most honoured that the Kingu leadership has finally seen it fit to send its
representatives to meet with the Citizens of the Outer Planets, although weâ€™re not sure theyare prepared to hear what we have to say.â€
There was an underlying menace in her tone accompanied by murmurs across the room, but Tindo shrugged it off and listened attentively.
â€œOur people have been suffering at the hands of the Juluka since the establishment of the Federation.
As everyone here knows, our Planet was the last to join.
We fought to the bitter end because our Ancestors could foresee the misery that awaited their children with the arrival of the Julukaâ€.
More murmurs, but Tindo did not flinch, edging in even closer as if transfixed.
â€œThey are concerned about the reduced output on the Zig Ore Mines and increased Mind Scan aberrations, but is anyone here really surprised?
What did they expect after countless Mbire Cycles of Brainwashing, Slavery, Hunger, Poverty, Squalor and Disease amongst the nations of the Outer Planetsâ€¦Gratitude?â€
Inoza continued sarcastically as muffled giggles and nods spread across the room.
â€œMost of our Ancestral territories were seized after the Juluka discovered Zig Ore in our system, and in vain they have tried to suppress the memory of the olden Gods, now they plan to take over our minds so that we lose the potential to even imagine the possibility of a world without them!!
The situation cannot be allowed to stand!!!
Please bring out the families so our esteemed delegates can see and hear our suffering for themselves!!â€, she continued slipping into a virtual tirade.
To both Tindo and Jujuâ€™s surprise, several families from the various Federation Planets were shuffled in.
Juju and Tindo exchanged glances, instantly realising theyâ€™d stepped into an ambush.
Next: Planet Lamu Conference (Part 2)