The Rise and Fall of Man – scribed works of Dr. Henreyorufulonjaro
Horaxian Imperial Calendar Year: 12430. Entry: 852 - Paradise Lost
In the historic year 2159 AD of humanity, mankind lost hope.
It was only seven years earlier that we Horaxians celebrated in the discovery we were not alone. The intelligent alien race called Homo sapiens colonized their corner of space and had made contact with us. Although Homo sapiens and Horaxians inhabited many celestial bodies, planets adequate in their natural form for the preservation of life had rarely been found.
But one dire day would change...everything. Two years after first contact was made, a planet was detected. One which measured twice the size of their precarious and precious Earth and even more profoundly rich in life. Lying perfectly within the “Goldilocks zone,” their rather peculiar colloquial term for a circumstellar habitable region in space, it was a natural paradise without need of terraformation. No extreme inhospitable temperatures and rich, healthy breathable air, absent of hostile life forms, with limitless edible food in natural form and liquid water. Only their sacred Earth before mankind had poisoned it with their blindness, and our divine and illustrious Horaxian Prime were similar but dare I say, both were frivolously frail compared with the beauty of this heaven amongst the stars.
Yet I empirically observe, whether it be two Serengeti lions over territory, two ancient tribes struggling over superior hunting grounds or two superpowers’ ambition to secure strategic resources, that the tragedy of Earth’s spawn to fight in pursuit of preservation and desires, regardless of enlightenment, morality or spirituality, regrettably transcends space, race and time.
Tensions grew. Both races fought for sovereignty over this cosmic paradise. We Horaxians named it Adored Okavanga. The humans called it Hope. Eventually it was divided and contentiously cohabited. Then one fatally fateful day, a neutron bomb detonation deep within Adored Okavanga’s Horaxian borders killed two million of our people, approximately two hundred and fifty thousand Homo sapiens died from the radiation fallout. A blanket of radioactive clouds shrouded the planet, rendering it no longer habitable. Our new home was gone.
Their Hope...was lost.
Both races blamed each other and soon after, out of mutual fear and hatred, war broke out over which empire would be dominant throughout the stars. A war that would last twenty-three years.