Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Origin of the Uruki
The Captain received the "secret" orders about the regiment of gengineered soldiers, and he quickly obeyed them. The regiment was dropped on a rocky shore with all their equipment and a copy of the orders, which said they would be picked up within the year, and they should be ready to fight upon retrieval.
More worlds had fallen to barbarism since the last ship to visit, and unfortunately for my plans, the regiment was armed for low-tech combat only, wielding various poleaxes, swords and bows, shields and leather armor.
When the ship left orbit, I lost my means of communicating with them directly, since I didn't want them to know about me, or my masters. I had expected them to make camp, and begin training right there, per the orders I'd written, but instead they held a ceremony of some sort and then began marching southeast, toward the Grey Hills. I suspect the Gnomes were aware of them, for not once did the regiment encounter them or any sign of them. In the Grey Hills, the regiment camped for several weeks, and then headed to the Great Central Plain.
It was only when they were crossing from the Grey Hills to the Borderlands, that I got a close enough look to realize they were evenly split, gender-wise. I didn't have much information about the gengineered, so this came as a real surprise. After they crossed into the Great Central Plain, they split up into five groups and separated. Each of the groups located their own campsites, and settled in, doing what minimum effort they could to sustain themselves, while constantly training both with their weapons, and without them. My plan to have them break up the gnomish culture failed, as they'd never run into the gnomes and were seemingly not even aware of their existence.
Then, much to my dismay, it turned out the gengineered were fertile. Whether due to the lingering radiation of the plain, or maybe poor gengineering, their infant mortality rate was very high. But their birth rate was higher still, and their population began to grow. Rather than one problem, I now had two.