The Tapai warp explorer Flourish skids to a halt in the new system, stars resolving into nearly-stationary dots as the ship switches over to sublight speed. The crew takes telescopic initial data on all the planets while circling the one farthest from the sun. Rock, rock, rock, rock with a cute design on it that will get lots of attention on social media so they snap a picture, gas - water!
- shiny water!
They go there next to get a closer look. There are islands; not an Amentan landmass, but enough to support some real cities full of people who like boating. And the night side of the ocean is glittering.
"It could be phosphorescent organisms," cautions the onboard green.
"It looks like cities," says the copilot.
"I'm checking the radio bands," says the pilot, "shhhh."