Storytime

May 19, 2009

Urth

Urth

There was once a planet in a solar system far away named Urth. Urth was covered in Watir – a clear, salt-ridden, semi-solid substance which was in constant motion. Throughout this Watir were a series of large islands inhabited by bipedal beings called Humins who were able to dangle from the planet’s surface by the bottoms of their feet. There were many different breeds of Humins on Urth, with long limbs, various shades of pink and brown epidermis, different shapes of visual sockets, and pelts sprouting from their heads in different colours and shapes. Each of these Humin  breeds had different ways of producing sound with their mouths and different methods of survival. There were two genders of Humins – Min and Womin.  The Min had an extra limb that Womin did not, a tail in the front of their bodies which they used to guide them. The Womin’s bodies had two large sacs on their fronts and were able to expand to carry small reproductions of themselves with a physical donation from the Mins’ bodies. To stay alive, the Humins needed to put Watir into their bodies, but it had to be Watir without salt, only found in large puddles and streams within the large islands or deep inside the ground, or sometimes the Watir would fall from the sky. The Humins also needed to put into their bodies other living things in order to survive; some Humins chose to feast on the array of strange creatures of all shapes and  sizes that roamed the planet with them, and others ate only the faceless green growths on the land, which could move and grow but could not or speak or travel. The Humins named the living things they put into their bodies, Fyde. Acquiring and digesting this Fyde was one of the Humin’s main concerns.Although the Humins were not the most ferocious breed of creature, they could make objects out of their environment to harm and kill the other creatures for Fyde. But despite these objects, the Humins were still afraid of the other creatures, some of whom were larger and or more ferocious than the Humins, so the Humins built angular structures to protect themselves from these other creatures. The structures also helped protect the Humins from: the Watir that fell from the sky, the Ocins of Watir that would sometimes rise up and swallow them, the mountains that would explode liquid fire, and the cracks in the surface of the land that would shake and crumble the land.

But the danger to the Humins did not only come from the outside, but from within themselves. The Humins’ bodies would often cease to function and sometimes they would die from ailments existing in their bodies from birth, or from ones transferable between bodies. These ailments would make the Humins bleed or convulse or become too weak to function, or cover their epidermises with spots and growths. The Humins tried to extract objects from the Urth to remedy their ailments and sometimes these found objects helped, but sometimes they didn’t.

The Humins observed that the more hirsute, long armed creatures of their planet looked somewhat like themselves and eventually discovered that these creatures were an earlier form of themselves. They called this discovery Evilutin, and found that they could use the laws of Evilutin to create hundreds of types of creatures from one single creature. However, the Humins did not apply this concept to benefit their own species in order to improve their genes to combat defects because the Humins practised a concept called Freedym, which entailed any Humin to mate with whoever they chose to. Freedym was very important to the Humins.

To be able to reach distant parts of the large islands faster in order to obtain resources to make objects, the Humins would strap themselves to creatures with hard feet and long legs. But soon the creatures weren’t fast enough for the Humins, so they invented vessels that were able to digest a thick fluid from the Urth’s core to help them race around the planet. The vessels emitted poison but the Humins accepted this because they valued speed over air.

The reason the Humins valued speed was because they believed in a concept called Tyme. The Humins believed that Tyme had a start and a finish and that they were only allowed a certain portion of it – one portion as individuals, and a longer portion as a species. In a reflection of this concept of Tyme, the Humins created Moni, a substance that was exchangeable for any object in existence and which could be given to other Humins to make them do things. Like Tyme, Moni was finite; there was only ever a fixed amount, decided by those created it. But the Humins enjoyed this ‘object of all objects’ so much, that they rarely considered that those who were making the Moni were the ones who were ultimately in control of it. And so the Humins who made the Moni developed a system to ensure that they would always have the most Moni, by only letting the other Humins have Moni if they gave it back with interest after a certain period of time. Moni was like speed to the Humins, they craved it. More than Freedym.

To acquire Moni, groups called Midia began to form. The Midia would try to convince the Humins that the objects they produced were superior to other objects, so that the Midia could in turn could have more objects for themselves. The Midia would convince the Humins to give them their Moni through images of Humins with symmetrical features that fit into a particular mold. The Humins all wanted to look like this ultimate mold because the more symmetrical a Humin was, the better object they were considered. This concept of being an object, was called Buti. Some Humins thought that Buti was better than Moni, but they needed Moni to help them be Butiful. The Midia would use the most Butiful Humins as images to sell their objects and the Humins began to study the Midia’s pictures of Butiful Humins and try to recreate their appearances. The Humins would try to sculpt their bodies into specific forms by inflicting gradual pain on themselves in special rooms with various pieces of torture equipment, forcing themselves to endlessly walk forwards with nothing upon which to focus their minds, or strapping heavy weights to various parts of their bodies and then trying to move. And when this was not enough, they would cut open their skin and break their bones and place objects inside themselves to reshape their bodies.

Certain Butiful Humins who had special powers to move or sound a certain way, or who could take on different personas in recorded image-stories, were closely monitored by the other Humins. The Midia followed the Butiful Humins around with image capturing devices every day. But eventually, with all the Butiful Humin images, the young Womin became sad that their bodies did not appear this same way, and they would refuse to consume their Fyde, or would consume their Fyde and then cause themselves to eject it.

Instead of contributing their more gentle natures to the formation of Humin society, the Womin let the Min take over the decisions, whose more aggressive natures caused them to think up ideas like burning things for energy and creating things that were so solid they could never disappear. The Min discovered that they could create a substance with very little Moni called Plistik, which could last a very long time. But when the Min wanted the Plistik to disappear when they were finished with it, it wouldn’t. It began to take up space on the large islands and clog the Ocins. But the Humins were certain that everything was finite, that an end would come naturally to everything, including their planet, so they continued to make the Plistik and let it accumulate.

The Humins became infatuated with the concept of Tyme. They would arrange their entire lives around it and they began to divide everything – the objects and themselves – into units. Even their Watir no longer flowed freely but came in Plistik bottles. The Humins were certain that Urth was destined to self-destruct either due to themselves, or due to sources high above in the sky. Since Tyme was running out, the Humins began to take more and more objects from the Urth and from each other because they were afraid that soon there would be nothing left. Plotting new ways to destroy each with Fyre to gain the most objects, the Humins with the most objects took away the objects of the Humins with the least, and more importantly – took away their ability to acquire new objects. It was a race to see which Humin could have the most Buti and the most Moni. They felt badly for all the taking and killing but they could not stop because they knew that when the resources ran out, they would die.

By looking at only the visible parts of their existence, the Humins deduced that everything and everyone would die, and death meant gone forever. To the Humins anything that was not visible did not exist. Even the Humins who believed in Gyde knew deep down that it was only a story they had invented. The Humins spent their time focusing on what they could take from their planet and from each other so they did not see the existence that lay outside the physical realms of their minds and their planet. They did not grasp the concept of Infinitium, which allowed every Humin to live forever. And so, the Humins eventually destroyed themselves, as they had planned, bombing  themselves with fire long before their one sun could.

But in the final explosion, the Urth’s particles reconfigured, and millions of years later a new planet was born.

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