The Early Man Era

 

 

 

The Sivata Influence on Earth
Although their original homeworld remains unknown, it is quite clear that the Earth and the rest of the Solar System was well within the Sivata interstellar web of influence.  Approximately 16,000 years ago, even as the last ice age was beginning to wind down, the Sivata arrived in the Sol System, their great relativistic ships decelerating on the ends of great flames of fusion, hundreds of thousands of kilometers long.  From the surface of the Earth, it must have appeared as if great blue comets were falling forward from the great beyond, their brightness so intense that they were easily visible during the day, and during the night they were positively blinding.

These seed ships held the first colonists, but only as samples of alien DNA.  Sophisticated artificial intelligences began the task of "growing" the initial Sivatan population as soon as the fusion engines were cut and the ships coasted in a solar orbit that would bring them by many close encounters with the Jovian planets, and finally the Earth.  As the bodies were grown in nutrient filled crèches like so many mindless slabs of meat, other automated systems descended upon the Earth and performed intensive surveys, searching out potential sites for the first colony.  Other probes scattered throughout the system, surveying the planets and moons, determining those best suited for resource exploitation.  In a relatively short period of time, perhaps 30 standard years after their arrival, the Sivatan bodies were mature, and stored Sivatan intellects were downloaded into them.  These were the essences of the true colonists, who had had their minds uploaded into the ships' massive computer systems long ago, whose DNA had supplied the templates for the regrown bodies, and who would now be literally reborn on this new world.

Even as stone age man began to move back into the newly ice-free land of Britain, closely following the heels of the retreating ice age glaciers, the Sivata set foot in the lands that would eventually become the North Sea, where their initial colony had been constructed.  In an open plain of green grasses and scattered forests, of great beasts and singing birds, a new society would take shape, one that would eventually rejoin the greater Sivata Web with time.  But first they had a solar system to conquer.  And so, in orbit, their great seed ships became orbiting space stations, never to fly between the stars again, but instead destined to orbit the Earth and provide a staging point for travel between the planets.

As the Sivata became entrenched, local populations of Humans, already aware of their presence, became more and  more bold.  Some tribes came to live in the shadow of the Sivata colony, and eventually they were contacted by the aliens and welcomed into their world.  Scientific curiosity was certainly a major motivation, as it must almost always be when two different sapient beings meet.  But as the years passed and the Sivata learned all that they could about the Humans, this curiosity turned into a sort of affection, almost like that between a man and his pet.  The local tribes were indeed becoming "domesticated", and some elements of Sivatan society began to utilize the native beings as servants, even base laborers.  As the Sivata began to spread to the neighboring worlds of the Solar System, Men followed them, carried along as help, or simple companions.  Inevitably, these Humans began to learn the ways and the technology of the Sivata, as did their children.  By 13,000 year ago, only a few generations to the Sivata who had long ago learned to become virtually immortal through the aid of their technology, a sizable population of Humans lived among the Sivata and shared their technological sophistication.  Even as the rest of Earth's Humanity lived in their primal innocence, these Humans traveled to the planets, worked in space, and became nearly immortal themselves.

At nearly this same time the Sivata of the Solar System had renewed physical contact with the Web.  Radio contact had long ago reported successful colonization, but now ships capable of traveling  at 0.99c began to arrive.  Trade was renewed, social ties rebonded, and the frontier of Earth had become merely a new, albeit slightly removed province.  Some of the colonists began to travel to the stars once more, but this time as true passengers, not disembodied data streams.  Time debts were certainly accrued for them, their brief ship times equating into years and years of real time due to the high speeds, but they did not care.  When a being could live for a thousand years or more, a few decades did not matter.  And the socially advanced Humans felt the same way.  They began to follow the Sivata off world, out of the system, and they began to settle other Sivatan planets.  Occasionally, they were allowed to form their own colonies.

But the time came when the Sivata had other reasons for allowing Humanity to follow them back to the stars.

Humans only knew of the rumor of a great Enemy.  To the Sivata it was a tangible threat, but to Mankind it was an alien bogeyman, something that was not worried about, and rarely even contemplated.  But the Sivata had observed Humans, and they knew that there was potential in that species for great strength, perhaps more than even the Sivata held.  Whether this was true or not, they knew that they needed all the help that they could get.  Thus on many of the Human extrasolar colonies, the people were groomed for a great war with that Enemy.  In most cases it was subtle, almost subliminal.  In other cases, the training was obvious, even harsh.  Genetic modifications, occasionally needed to adapt Humans to new worlds, were sometimes taken to extremes, to augment Man's inherent abilities for aggression and fighting.  But in the end, it was too little too late.

This great Enemy, through some means as mysterious as its form, eventually struck at all Sivata, everywhere, at nearly the same instant.  Even on Earth, there was great destruction.  It was 12,900 years ago that the Sivata who, seeing the Earth warm beyond their liking, managed to initiate a climate change that would later be called the Younger Dryas period.  Renewed cold halted the flooding of the North Sea, and the cold plains remained cold, but still fertile.  It was during this period that Man flourished under the Sivatan tutelage.  But 11,600 years ago it abruptly ended when the Enemy struck.  The Sivata were decimated, their technology taken away from them, almost literally overnight.   A rapid increase of Earth's temperature followed as the planet attempted to regain its natural climatic course.  The colony was flooded.  high above, the great space stations plummeted to Earth, burning and exploding and finally impacting the seas.  On the planets, Sivata and Human alike suddenly found themselves stranded, and in time they died.  On the worlds beyond the Sun, the Sivata vanished and the Human extrasolar colonies were left, abandoned, without the benefit of the technology that had always been there to sustain them.  Many died out as they faced environments too harsh to win against with brawn alone.  Many others survived, falling back into various primitive levels of development, forced to make a more natural climb back up the long ladder of progress.  In a far future, when Mankind attained the stars through his own genius and discovered these long lost brothers, he would call them the Lost Colonies, and wonder at his own mysterious past.

The advanced Humans on Earth survived longer than most, but by 10,500 years ago they had used the last of their alien resources, and they began to slip back into the primitive state that the rest of the world had remained in for this entire time.  Their history with the Sivata faded into legend, and these legends faded into myths.  In time, even these became little more than half remembered tales told around camp fires.  by the time that Mankind once again gained civilization, this time through his own efforts, all facts of the Sivatan time were lost, with only the most distorted of echoes surviving in oral tradition or as elements incorporated into new religions.  Man had forgotten his own brief candle of glory, and all artifacts of that time lay lost beneath turbulent waters.

But the time would come when he would discover clues to this time, and he would wonder, and he would learn.  But the Pandora's box of this knowledge would eventually come back to haunt him, for as he relearned of the Sivata, he would relearn of how they had gained their knowledge, and the price that it had cost them.

And the great Enemy of that lost race would soon turn its awareness towards them.

 

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