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“My body operates in opposition to my mind. I move to open the door despite caution… there’s no doubt that what lies beyond it is something dark and wicked”

Chapter 1: I Hear Them

Planetary Scouting Report #23-163

Planet: Iso

Day: 7

After spending seven days on Iso, I have concluded that the planet is uninhabitable for the Shodai. The crust of the planet itself is made up of incredibly hard, igneous rock formed over millennia by the abundant volcanic activity. Even utilizing our most vigorous terraforming processes, it would be a moot point due to the harsh atmosphere. The planet is surrounded by a ring of mineral debris that frequently crashes down to the surface in massive crystalline structures. Terrifying. It is my opinion that Iso be left uncolonized for – wait.

I hear… people? That’s impossible. Our records indicate that this planet was never previously discovered and no life should be able to survive in an environment this extreme. But nevertheless, I hear them. Voices. They… sound distressed. Like they are in some kind of danger. This is highly unusual, but necessary for the Capital to know the full extent of what lies here on Iso.

I.. I must find them.

Chapter 2: I See Them

Planetary Scouting Report #23-163

Planet: Iso

Day: 10

The voices have led me to an incredible discovery beneath the surface. Some kind of door carved into the crust of the planet itself. The temperatures are far more extreme down here than above ground, as rivers of magma flow throughout these caves. There! I hear them again. Calling out for help. I have tried everything to locate the source of the voices, but the more I look, the more I realize this is no transmission. These invisible whispers are coming from inside my head, hallucinations of some kind. They confound me, but I cannot seem to let them go. Spirits, perhaps. Ever since our people’s encounter with The All, I have learned that there is much out there that cannot be explained by logic.

The voices grow stronger the closer I step to the door. Who could have built such an intricate structure? More importantly, what lies beyond this door? Is it a temple to some forgotten deity? A tomb for an ancient civilization’s king? Or maybe…a prison of some sort?

My body operates in opposition to my mind. I move to open the door despite caution, and as I touch the stone, it is strangely cold in comparison to the rest of this cavern. Like ice. By the time I open the door, I realize a moment too late that there is no doubt that what lies beyond it is something dark and wicked.

Chapter 3: I Feel Them

help please forgive me what have i done -- unleashed upon the world - galaxy - universe - horizons -- a hunger constantly feeding destroying consuming erasing annihilation death -- the death of the shodai the death of everything beautiful death sweet release -- listen to the voices follow them into the darkness -- darkness that covers everything it touches and absorbs everything into itself becoming one with the darkness -- eating me from the inside pain -- perfect pain healing pain pain that rips through me rips through space rips through time -- it is over we lost the end of everything -- help please forgive me what have i done

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