Corae and Trey, Episode 16 by Wolfenshire ()
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Trey: Perching there like a buzzard is not helping.
Corae: I’m Darai, perching is what I do.
Trey: Why don’t you look through the books for some ideas?
Corae: You pick.
Trey: What’s going on, Corae?
Corae: You’ll laugh at me.
Trey: I won’t laugh at you.
Corae: Yes, you will.
Trey: I won’t.
Corae: Okay, fine. I’m used to going where they tell me and doing whatever the mission is, I’m good at it.
Trey: You don’t know how to decide on your own where to go, I get it, I already knew that.
Corae: You did?
Trey: Not really, but it made me sound smart.
Corae: You’re an idiot, stop messing around.
Trey: I do get it though. You’re institutionalized, you can’t think on your own. We’ll work on breaking your Raven indoctrination together, okay?
Corae: Okay, so where we going?
Trey: Gosa the Fourteenth of the third Helitite Empire sent out one-hundred thirty-two exploration missions, and founded three colonies; Mercet Prime, Lonaet Prime, and Goasen Prime. Foolish experimentation with Nova bomb technology destroyed the solar system of Goasen Prime. Lonaet Prime was an agricultural world, producing off-world trade for around six-hundred years. I doubt an abandoned agricultural world would have anything of value.
Corae: I remember Gosa from history class, he was a monster.
Trey: Ah, but look here. Mercet Prime produced the second generation skip engine, whatever the heck a skip engine is.
Corae: Don’t tell anyone you even know the name of that engine, okay?
Trey: Are you going to tell me what it does?
Corae: No, I’m sorry, the Ravens would kill you if they thought you even suspected what it does.
Trey: Fine, but anyway, the second generation skip engine used large quantities of something called Solinaetmorine Fibers. I found a reference for that; its primary ingredient is gold. So… that means Mercet Prime must have had gold mines, and knowing how ridiculously opulent Darai like to decorate things, I suspect they must have used some of that gold to make artwork.
Corae: Of course, and they would have needed banks, and vaults, and I’m sure when the colony was abandoned, the elite wouldn’t want to pay taxes on all that gold coming back to Darai.
Trey: Right, so they would hide their gold and return for it later. But, the reason they abandoned the colony was that war had broken out with the Rositites and they needed all fleets to return and protect their House Province. I’m betting not everyone was able to come back and retrieve their horde piles.
Corae: Where would we start looking?
Trey: We can scan underground for gold about a hundred feet or so, we just start scanning anywhere we find Darai ruins.
Corae: That will take a while.
Trey: You got anything better on your schedule?
Corae: I’ll get the ship ready.
Trey: One other thing. You said you’re getting close to a heat cycle, do we need to wait until that’s passed?
Corae: No, I’ve got a supply of Red. It’s an illegal drug the Ravens make to suppress the heat cycle. I’ll be fine.
Trey: Okay, let’s pack, but I want to visit Bobby before we go.