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.
"Of course." Pahatun takes a moment to collect himself. "Obviously we can't expect that you'd want to violate a treaty compromised on at such a high cost. What kinds of help are you able to distribute? I believe you've already mentioned food replicators?"
"We can provide any technologies that are unconnected to warp, and in many cases we can even find ways to replicate technolo-gies that involve some warp similar principles with non-warp methods."
"Food replicators are one thing - they need raw material or energy but that's all. We can teach very fast travel that's still much slower than light. We can share lots of medical advancements. We can share holograms and scanners and some advanced computing. We can share how to make robots that can do manual labor and things. We can share some cheap clean power source things. I think we can share some terraforming things. Lots more I think, we have a doc we can send over of things we know we can share - though it might not yet be complete."
"We can also intervene personally I'm things like natural disasters and stuff."
"All right. Of those I think we can get the most mileage out of terraforming - there are a couple potentially usable planets and moons here in our system - and robots, which among other things would free up more of the workforce to attend to settling - for example - Katme." He nods at Chi Katme when he says this.
"Oh, is somewhere named after you??"
"No, I'm named after somewhere. I'm an astronomer and it's a cultural convention to have a job name emblematic of your career and what about it interests you," says Katme. "I'd love to hear more about the prospects of terraforming Katme."
Vira brings out her datapad.
"Which one's Katme, Katme?"
She giggles a bit.
"The purplish-grey one, one orbital sunward from us!"
"Hm... has carbon di-oxide and frozen water round poles. 'nuff ice to make an atmo-sphere if it was heated up. We can do that from the ship in bout a month I think? Also tractor in some ast-eroids with more water if we need to. Might need to get some things from Refuge, but not much... No magnet-o-sphere but we can solve that with ... science I maybe can't talk 'bout but will let us re-heat the core. Plop down some very fast growing al-ge that use-s water and carbon di-oxide to make ox-ygen with lim-ited population gen-etics to keep it from be-ing in-vasive and it should work out fast. Could add an in-dustrial replicator maybe but those are hard and not sure if we can give you all the tech for those - but can have one if there are elements missing? Could be completely habit-able in may-be two of their years, and could have it liv-able within very big flimsy domes with oxy-gen converters in may-be a quarter of one?"
This is almost exciting enough to make up for the ban on warp! Greens are grinning and Katme is actually crying with happiness.
Pretty understand-able reaction to new science.
"Is there anything you need from us to get started on that?" Pahatun asks.
"Would be good to know how good you are at transport-ing things there?"
"There are currently some research stations on Katme and they get supply runs every few months, but we can step that up a lot if there's a prospect of the place being possible to breathe and farm on."
"Prolly you should move people off? If you want us to move sooner asteroids to crash into there for having more things there, should prolly do that first. Maybe also put them in places you're okay about not sett-ling at first, so volcanoes can calm down."
"I was more thinking about how easy it is for you to move plants and people and machines you need there. Also would be good to know whether you can con-struct a large dome to put people in with glass panels or something - doesn't need to be super duper strong. And won't be needed once the at-mosphere is better in two years."
"We can absolutely have the stations evacuated. We won't want to settle the equator or the poles any time soon, as they're not seasonable. We know how to build arcologies; the ones on the moons are larger than ones on Katme because the transportation logistics are much easier on the moon, but, again, with the prospect of a truly habitable Katme we can redirect a lot of the economy toward this."
"K! Domes are only so the oxygen gen-erated my the oxygen con-verters we put there doesn't escape too fast. But the at-mosphere will be a sim-ilar density outside, just less oxygen, so it shouldn't matter too much if there are leaks. Temperature and stuff should be reas-onable I think."
"We can also help with some transport but might be better for you to learn how to so you can do it yourselves. Can help teach some-things if you want."
"I expect when I bring this news home I'll be told that our bottleneck is fuel; I don't know if you can help there."
"You can make sails that catch sunlight is one way to help with that once you're out of the at-mosphere. It's slow but cheap."
"For getting to space you can use really big explosios to blow things into space!! Prolly you'll want to use cold start fusion bombs to avoid side effects and things. You can blow whole cities up there if you try hard at it!"
"- wow, I don't think we have the prerequisites for that second thing but if solar sails work then we can put some people on figuring that out, I think it's so far been relegated to science fiction."
"We can, definitely!"
"Can tell you bout all the pieces needed to blow things into space if you'd like!"
Vira really liked blowing up things into space. It's so fun and good and she finally got to do it during the war and eeeeee. It was just as cool as she thought it would be.
"I'm not sure our cities have the structural integrity to tolerate being blown into space, but a long trip to Katme is fine anyway," Pahatun assures her.
"Oh. Could show you how to build them so they do?"
"Vira, maybe you could leave the blowing things into space for another time? I don't think these nice Amentans are interested right now."
"I'm sure sooner or later we will want to blow something into space," Pahatun assures her.