Terra Mater

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I had not been home in 2 years. As I entered the atmosphere and returned to Earth, I noticed a much different landscape than I remembered. There were no colors, just shades of grey. It was like stepping into an old silent movie. The smoky film was thick in the air, and the music I played to fly did not travel very far through the air. It appears that the film may have absorbed and cancelled the sound waves somehow.

The messages that I received from aBot were sent on the day that I had stopped receiving regular communication from the planet. Apparently this had all begun at that time and he was trying to warn me. (I still regret that I never noticed until it was seemingly too late.) Part of the data that he sent me contained coordinates. I continued to play as much music as possible in order to keep moving, but I was using a great deal of power and I could not recharge my solar cells in the darkness. Everything was frustratingly difficult in this grey dark substance!

The most terrifying aspect of this whole experience was seeing what it did to humans. Everyone was lost and disoriented, wandering aimlessly like zombies! I was afraid of leaving the Pixeltank and breathing the air outside, so I decided to set my course for the coordinates that aBot sent me.

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from Cosmic Negation, released September 10, 2011

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The legend of the Pixeltank has its roots in the ancient world. Subtle references to it, scattered all throughout primitive and classical writings, have baffled historians and researchers for centuries. Herodotus speaks of it as a weapon fashioned by Hephaestus in his forge as a gift for Apollo, the god of music. ... more

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