It appears in the sky with a burst of energy as it drops out of warp. A ship, right overhead and large enough to be visible to the naked eye for much of the population of Amenta.
The population of Amenta immediately has a lot to say directly at the ship about that, ranging from the conservative prime numbers from a few places to the ambitious guide-to-Amenta-for-aliens from Cene!
A video message in a oddly trivial to translate language is broadcast across the globe. The speaker appears to be a young girl with golden hair sitting on a silver chair at the center of what appears to be the command room of the ship.
"Hi! I'm Captain Sierra of Starship Keetim - flagship of the Amalien Expanse. We come with hope for the flourishing of all sentient life, and with a promise to do all we can to help, empower, and advance everyone."
The message is accompanied by detailed instructions specifications for a variety of medical advances that have been found to generalize across most life, including penicillin, broad spectrum antiviral medicines, and omnivalent vaccines.
...wow, awesome, though they do already have penicillin. Is she on anti-aging tech of some kind that... overshot? Anyway thanks! Do they have terraforming? Will they teach Amentans how to go to other planets?
No that's just what they look like! They do have terraforming! They'll get back to them about teaching them to get to other planets.
If there's enough planetwide coordination, can a group (or two) of Amentas be put together to meet with them? And in the meantime, are there any active disasters or conflicts where people involved would like help?
There is actually at this moment a territory conflict over a farm province that the most populous countries in the world are fighting over pursuant to an issue with food exports. If space food is edible and they happen to have some that would be awesome. Tapa (the injured party wrt the food exports; third-party countries confirm) is happy to put together an international group and will even throw in a Voan green they have under arrest in Tapa if that will make it more suitably international (she didn't do anything, just in the wrong place at the wrong time and they were holding her in anticipation of a prisoner exchange).
Is Voa okay with this?
Voa is under a communications blockade and its leadership cannot comment.
"Lieutenant Commander Lucien, try to figure out the condition of Voa - we might need to know whether this is important enough to press on. Passive scans only."
"In the meantime, let's see if Tapa is willing to lift the blockade."
It's a condition of the current ceasefire, and they don't really want to figure out alternative ceasefire conditions while they are trying to contact aliens, because doing things to ceasefires sometimes causes the fire to un-cease.
Would everyone involved be okay with a shuttle touching down in the largest Voan city to check on things?
That seems reasonable. Uh, it's possible the Voans will be confused and try to shoot them down but they will warn them to minimize the risk of this. Though probably domestic Voan scientists have already noticed.
He is mostly managing to not focus on the fact that this is his FIRST MISSION and he is so excited and scared and Captain Sierra is looking at him oh he should say things.
"Um. Scans don't show any signs of the use of weapons that could get past our shields. Overall tech-no-logical develop-ment is consis-tent with this as well."
"Tell Tapa we'd be happy about them telling the Voans of our arrival and that we come in peace, so long as that won't break the cease fire."
"Moira, Isha - take the most recently repaired shuttle and see how we can help."
Tapa conveys that they have updated Voa.
And a shuttle descends towards the largest city in Voa, smoothly descending from the sky with just an electric "vrooom" to mark its arrival.
There is a party there to greet it, blues and greens and a yellow, with some greys holding a perimeter.
Soon afterwards a tall woman with black hair emerges from the shuttle.
With an amalien girl walking beside her, dressed in an apron.
"Welcome to Voa," says the blue in the lead.
"Hi! I'm Isha and this is Moira. Did you get our captain's video?"
"No, I'm afraid the channel we have with the Tapai is not high bandwidth enough for video, but we've heard a summary."
Isha goes over what's in the video, just in case.
"So, we've come here cause Tapa offered to put together a bunch of Amentans to talk to us and we wanted to make sure that was okay with you and you felt included if the person they say they captured was there for you. Also to check if you needed any help and say hi since you didn't see our message."
"Ah. In peacetime, Tapa would be the obvious choice for a project like that, but of course it's complicated right now. Which captive did they have in mind?"
Mora repeats the name of the captive.
"- and they are green."
"If you'll allow me a moment to look that up..." Check check. "...she wouldn't have been a top contender but if they don't want to let us choose a delegate I suppose she's better than nothing."