I am annoyed at the Dynatic Information Services people. They seem to think that whatever I knew about the Xiq was dangerous enough that they had to wipe it from my mind, but I suppose that that’s a fair trade for letting me out of that damn pod prison.
But now we’ve got visitors: a Xiq Adherents shuttle is being chased inbound by three Adherent destroyers. Ordinary Xiq are assholes. To begin with they have four forearms. For the workers, that’s useful enough. As opposed to us, who generally have one dominant paw, they don’t. When working on machinery or tending to wounds, they can use all four with equal dexterity and attention. The warriors tend to carry four weapons, and they are armored. It doesn’t help that they have nasty stings in their tails. Since they are wasps, they don’t die when they sting you. You don’t die either; you just want to. These guys are the reason that yellow and black stripes work so well to warn you about dangerous things like section doors on a starship.
Did I tell you that Xiq are assholes? That’s just the yellow ones. The red ones, the Adherents, are worse. And that shuttle that’s coming in … Adherents. They demand our help. I need to take care of the situation; I’ll write up a full report later.