Day 12. 44 pages, 17,786 words.
“Greetings and welcome, you lost and weary nomads from a distant star. We, the people of the sovereign Pinian Brotherhood sanctified realm of Earth, unified and standing below none but the Goddess Jalah and Her eternal Disciples, stand ready to receive you.
“Humanity welcomes you with open hearts and open minds but also with pragmatism and well-intentioned caution. We would return upon you tenfold the will you bear us, be it good or ill. Should you come in peace and friendship, we will greet you with such peace and friendship to make this the dawning of a new golden age. And should you come bringing hostility and conquest, we will greet you in kind. For ours is a passionate and benign species, but one governed above all things by two things: rationality, and the Goddess Jalah. Both forces dictate our actions, lending us strength and surety.
“We are many nations, many peoples, many cultures and creeds, a world of individuals and we call no mortal being master. We believe in what we see, we judge by deed, we are slow to anger and quick to forgive. We endeavour to communicate and to understand, rather than to hide in silence and ignorance. But above all, we do not fear.
“We bear goodwill and justice as our armour, and as our sword we command weapons of a far less metaphorical nature. This world stands protected against all would-be destroyers. It has stood for centuries uncounted, and it shall stand forevermore. We wholeheartedly bid you – come, wanderers, and stand with us.
“Ours is a bountiful world and we, the human race, are generous to our friends. We prefer to fight with words than with violence, but we will not be found wanting should we be called upon to defend our sovereign home in the name of the undying and invincible Disciples. Humanity is giving and kind, and has empathy for all living things whether they originate on our world or arrive here from afar.
“But we are terrible and relentless enemies, as your foes will come to learn to their great sorrow if you come before us now as friends. And as you yourselves will come to learn, if you do not.
“We, the undersigned…”