We’ve now discovered that we may have been manipulated — just as the Markann scientist was manipulated. We’ve been led to a solar system that is an exact replica of The Human’s original solar system. It seems likely this is more of the mysterious work of The Puppeteers — or at least, I hope there is only one species around capable of manipulating entire solar systems. I cannot imagine why a race would create this duplicate solar system, and I have to wonder if it’s the only one. We’ve been given seemingly new original ancient key books for all Known Space civilizations. Is that a clue that there are similar duplicate solar systems for all Known Space species in this sector?
Normally, I would love to go to Earth 2, and open the 12 stasis chambers that we’ve detected there. However, all indications are that The Puppeteers are, if not benign, benign-ish. They have warred against the genocidal and probably sociopathic Markann and kept them at bay, they have restored this sector to life, and they appear to have mostly or entirely left Known Space alone despite clearly surpassing our technological level. Whoever or whatever is manipulating the Markann scientist and us is quite likely operating at cross purposes, which may not be so benign. Let’s call this unknown person or group Guy Fawkes, for lack of a better name. Unlike stray, lost stasis chambers that I’ve been seeking, The Puppeteers or Guy Fawkes must have left these stasis chambers sealed here for a purpose. Who knows what Pandora’s Box we would be opening if we unsealed them. Guy Fawkes obviously expects us to open the stasis chambers. Is this the end game of his manipulation that allows him to achieve his ends while remaining hidden, or just another step?
I have occasionally been called slightly impulsive and overconfident, but even I can tell a little caution may be needed here. It’s too bad Lazarus has left us right when he might be able to provide us a particularly useful perspective. This would be a good time for me to contact him before we go any further.