The humans were preparing for a fight.
But wait a second...
"How do we know it's regarding the Tulgucks?" Darrian asked hesitantly. "Surely there must be some kind of a response to whatever is happening on Mars. How are you sure this isn't it?"
"Well..." Harris began.
"He's right." Ferris quickly added in. "Why would you presume that it was in response to the Tulgucks?"
Ferris glanced around and a few nods of agreement confirmed they were wondering the same.
"What are they even doing?" Ugul asked absently.
Harris gave them all a look of annoyance and they quieted.
"You want answers or do you just want to hear each other prattle on?"
"Answers, please." Ferris responded in an almost playful manner.
"Our apologies, Harris. Please continue." A'alan't 32 added quickly.
"To begin, with regards to Mars, the humans already responded while you all were on vacation."
"We weren't..." Cagool started to protest.
"The humans," Harris quickly emphasized, cutting Cagool off. "dispatched two ships en route to Mars. While we're no longer on the planet, imagery of their departure suggested that they were a touch more prepared this time."
"Prepared?" Darrian asked.
"For mounds of violence, I'd expect." Illiquina offered.
"You'd be correct." Harris confirmed. "However, shortly after the ships departure, the humans seemed to have noticed something. I can only presume it was the Tulgucks."
"You said that earlier." Cagool interjected. "Why do you think it was the Tulgucks?"
"Because the humans stopped fighting." Harris said. "And they started building."
The councilors all exchanged confused glances.
"Look, what do you know about humans?" he asked when he realized he hadn't made himself understood.
"They're scary." Ugul offered.
"They breathe oxygen." Illiquina added.
"They love to fight each other." A'alan't 32 said thoughtfully after a moment.
Harris nodded his confirmation.
"One of the primary consistencies, and the reason the Tulgucks were scared of them in the first place, was the humans' tendencies towards war and violence." Harris stated. "And about a cycle ago, intraplanetary violence, particularly extreme measures between geographic locations utilizing ground troops and heavy artillery, ceased by 96%."
"W-wow." Stuttered Ferris.
"Wow indeed." Harris confirmed. "Instead they have all suddenly dedicated themselves to construction."
"Of what?" asked Illiquina.
"Warcraft. Space-faring warcraft."
The councilors fell silent once again.
"How-" A'alan't 32 began.
"We, of course, are unable to properly determine exactly what the humans are building, particularly those units behind closed doors." Harris said quickly, cutting off A'alan't 32. "But we've counted a minimum of eight hundred separate spacecraft of varying degrees of sophistication."
"You're serious?" Cagool asked. "You expect us to believe that, in less than a cycle, the humans have mobilized enough to begun construction of nearly a thousand craft."
"Minimum." Harris confirmed.
Cagool stared hard at Harris, seemingly choosing his next words carefully.
"It's not like it matters." he finally said. "The most powerful weapon they have are nuclear devices. They're crude...they might as well throw rocks."
"Perhaps, but even with the single trip to Mars, they were able to vastly improve upon their own technologies for the second trip." Harris said. "With motivation, I'd say the humans might just be able to rustle up more than you give them credit for."
"It won't make a difference." Cagool snapped to the councilors' surprise.
"That said." Harris said turning to A'alan't 32. "My men and I will be leaving their immediate orbit and spacegrounds. I don't care to be used as target practice once those ships are mobile."
"Understood." A'alan't 32 confirmed.
"I'll remain within the solar system and use long range systems to keep an eye on them, but I think the Tulgucks might be in for more of a resistance than the planned for."
"That's absurd!" Cagool exclaimed.
"Absurd or not." Harris said coolly. "Believe me or not. I'm telling you that the humans are gearing up for a fight. And, for the first time in their existence, it's not going to be with each other."
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