My sweet pretty babies! Yesterday you learnt about other inhabitants of the Hive – those who live in the air, in the ground, in the water and on the plants. Now it’s time to tell you about the history of our people and those aliens from beyond the Hive that you may come across.
My little ones, you are well-fed, loved and taken care of and you have no idea what this world is about. The Hive lives in peace, harmony and comfort but not everything in this world is so gracious and beautiful and not everybody lives the way you do. Why are you so noisy, my little darlings? Our galaxy is inhabited by SUCH creatures in comparison to which Honeybee Rostels with their 10 tarsi will seem your brothers from the same egg laying.
Now tell me how respectable little beetles can communicate with seniors and with each other?
-We hum for them!
-We smell them and emit odor for them!
-We talk to our Mother in our heads and everybody knows what we’re saying!
Yes, children. All together we are one Hive. Each of us is a separate beetle but together we are a unity. You never thought about the real meaning of what I’ve just told you. That’s why I’ll ask our Mother for a second, for just one second, to close her mind so that you will understand my further instructions…
Why are you squeaking, my little darlings? Mother is there with you again, my silly ones.
Now think of those creatures who live like THAT all the time.
Once upon a time those areas of the galaxy where our noble ancestors lived got visited by aliens. We considered them crazy and they considered us savage. A lot of them and children of the Hive had died before we came to an agreement. Then we started to explore one another and realized that we were as different as water and stones.
These aliens can only make noise, shake their limbs and scribble to share their ideas with others. They can’t smell like us, can’t hear each other without making noise nor have Mother bees that harmonize and organize. Now you understand how lucky you are to have hatched in a Hive and not to have been born by some aliens!
The Hive and other peoples have enriched each other. The aliens have learnt to smell. Our pheromones affect them, though this effect is a hundred times simpler and coarser and they don’t understand essential shades of meaning but at least they can tell whether you are happy or sad. The Hive has learnt a lot from them too. We’ve learnt to use their technologies, iron and silicon.
Remember that we, the Hive, treat other races with pity and empathy because their perception is as primitive as that of a plant which discerns only light and dark.
No matter what the Verdans say, the inhabitants of the Hive are very ancient creatures. The Hive existed when first stars began to emerge in the galaxy. Apparently, we were the first advanced race to obtain awareness. Honeybee Rostels were the first arachnoids who had perceived both their family’s and their own needs and later taught it to others. It’s vital to remember and inform youngsters that the Hive was named after a family of Honeybee Rostels because they brought us the joy of self-awareness.
Awareness allowed the Hive to solve many issues such as overconsumption, overpopulation and wars between certain species of arachnoids.See note 1 below
Youngsters may be interested to know about the first interstellar flight. Here’s the full legend.
“In the year dot our mother bees employed an incredible mechanism for protection against dangers: a mother bee could curve space in a way that enabled her to move from one place to another. At that time our planet was engulfed in fire. A young mother bee named Judy was so scared that she beamed up from one place to another and every time found herself surrounded by fire. She jumped further and further until she landed in a beautiful place with no flames and no arachnoids as well. She was all alone there. She kept calling for somebody but no one came. Despaired, she looked up in the sky and was gripped by fear as she saw totally unknown luminaries there. The fear gave her wings so she managed to come back and told old mother bees about the place she had visited. The elders managed to track her trip that led to different worlds. Thus, it was Judy who started the clan of travelling mother bees.”See note 2 below
We began to travel among stars from one world to another. We were guided by intuition of mother bees that never failed.See note 3 below For many cycles everything was fine, the population of the Hive was increasing until our planet was invaded by unexpected guests bringing fire, radiation, lasers and bombs. We tried to talk to them but they were silent. We had nothing to oppose our enemy since we didn’t use iron or silicon.
So we began to study. We picked parts of ships and bodiesSee note 4 below, examined them and tried to imitate those technologies. We had to make awful sacrifice. Youngsters must remember it with respect for we had to feed mother bees with superfuel so that they were able to compete with the aliens’ ships. We leveraged genetic mutations to grow up our biological weapon – exploding beetles.
And when we got ready we confronted the enemy in a cohesive way. They reacted to it differently. Those who called themselves the Unity were impressed and offered us peace and cooperation. The Verdans, however, didn’t care. In alliance with the Unity we, the Hive, had ruthlessly crushed them.
Now we live in an era of fragile peace and young arachnoids must remember the price we paid for it.See note 5 below
1. Not all of the youngsters should know that while creating one Hive some kinds of arachnoids had to be totally annihilated including predator and parasitoid varieties. We mourn this loss but it had been done for the general welfare. Another sensitive and ambiguous issue are those insectoids who failed to develop a full-scale mind and self-awareness due to their structure and development. The Hive deems it possible to employ semi-rational insectoids for heavy and/or hazardous work but seeing our younger brothers in this humiliating role is hard for us.
2. Disgusting and nasty was what we had to do in order to turn mother bees into full-fledged spaceships capable of transporting freights and passengers. The fact that their mind is dead and their brain is in induced coma always fills our hearts with pity and compassion.
3. Of course, there were victims but youngsters shouldn’t know about it to prevent the fear of flying. Intuition did fail more than once because the direction of jumps was absolutely unpredictable. Mother bees would get frozen in the depths of planets or burnt alive together with their passengers until we learnt to manage their flights artificially by putting their brain into a coma.
4. Questioning captives was undoubtedly the most useful source of information. The process was rather nasty and the examiners afterwards suffered from major depressions which required long treatment.
5. Cooperation with the Unity offered us fantastic opportunities but the Hive started to gradually lose its unique cultural features. We’ve lost the secret of space travel without the superfuel. We more often communicate in barbarian languages of the aliens with the help of sound waves. Today, in the face of galactic catastrophe, it’s essential to recall the knowledge of our ancestors since no technologies could ever help us with that.