Pheromones (Space War, Part 1)

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This is a sequel to “Stranded”. You don’t need to read the other series before starting this one, but you’ll have more fun and a more complete story if you do.
Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7


Earth hasn’t been visible for a few days now. On one hand, I’m really glad to have left this hellish planet behind me, on the other I’m sad that I had to leave my friend there. But the excitement to be home soon is almost able to cancel out the sadness.

Almost.

I’m standing on the bridge of the ship that has come to pick me up and watch the stars fly by. Not literally of course. Information about our surroundings is collected and displayed on big screens. There are windows but they’re blocked with thick shields which are only opened in case of an emergency.

Everyone is calm, we haven’t run into any Splerions on our way yet. It’s unlikely that it is still going to happen as we already entered protected space.

After the declaration of war from the Splerions had arrived, security measures had been put in place. As Splerions are a race with insectoid characteristics, science teams had devised a mechanism to disrupt their perception.

Regular cloaking technology didn’t work and it took a while until we had figured out why it didn’t work. Splerions didn’t rely on their sight like humans or hearing like us. No, Splerions smell things.

At first, nobody wanted to believe it. There is no atmosphere in space and for a smell to be detected, there would need to be a lot of molecules. And even then, they would disperse quickly. But the Splerions seemed to have evolved in a direction that allowed them to detect the tiniest amount of pheromones or other chemical substances. @suesa

Their spaceships are equipped with sophisticated sensors, based on their own sensory organs. One single molecule is enough to trigger a response in the “antennas” attached to their spaceships.

But the advanced technology has one big flaw: It is too close to a biological system. And biological systems are frail things that can easily be broken with the right chemicals. So we produced the right chemicals.

To be precise, we produced pheromones. Millions, billions of liters of it. Those pheromones were placed in dispersion systems located on nearby planets. The constant stream of highly potent chemicals confuses the Splerion’s systems so much that they tend to crash into the planets, sometimes even into each other.

That’s not our only line of defense though.

Each spaceship is equipped with chemicals that mimic the form of the signals the Splerions are following but don’t separate from the sensors, effectively clogging them. No other chemicals can be detected from thereon and the Splerions are basically blind.

It’s almost impossible for them to find our ships. It’s completely impossible to follow.

As long as the ship is equipped with these chemicals. My science vessel was not, that’s how they got us. But this ship I’m on now? State of the art. Not older than a few months. And it’s so fast!

Excitement floods my body as I recognize the familiar signals that indicate we’re approaching my home planet’s orbit. Almost home! Finally!

I can see the captain smile. My wings slightly quiver in anticipation. I will soon be able to fly again. Stretch my wings out far …

The blaring alarm interrupts my blissful thoughts. I stare at the captain, wide-eyed.

”What is going on?!”, I ask. ”Do we have a breach?”

”No”, the captain’s voice isn’t more than a whisper. ”That’s not the breach alarm. That’s the alarm for when we’re being attacked.”

”Attacked? By whom? How? Why didn’t we see them earlier?”

”It seems like they knew our sensor range and stayed out of it just far enough. It’s the Splerions.”

”How? How were they able to follow us?”

”I don’t know”, the captain says, panic in his voice. ”I don’t …” He stops. His skin takes on an unhealthy light-blue color. ”Oh no”, he says. ”Oh please, no.”

”What? What is it?”

”The humans”, the captain said. ”They sabotaged our chemical cloaking mechanism.”

”They did what?”, I shriek. ”Why would they do this? How did they do this?”

”You remember that human inspecting the ship to make sure no germs from their planet would be transported by us?”

”Yes?”

”He also checked the chemical tank.”

”And you didn’t confirm if everything is alright before we started?”

A headshake from the captain.

”I didn’t think … I didn’t expect … “

”What exactly did they do?” I ask.

”They switched the chemicals. We have been spreading pheromones the whole time. Pheromones stronger than the ones we’ve been dispersing to confuse the Splerions. They just needed to follow our unique chemical signature to avoid the protective belt.”

”So you’re saying the humans knew exactly what they were doing?”

”I’m afraid so”, the captain replies. ”The humans seem to have planned the whole thing. They’re working with the Splerions.”


References:

What Does Space Smell Like? NASA Astronauts Describe Cosmic Scent

Exposing Insects' Sense Of Smell

Pheromones and General Odor Perception in Insects

Pheromones in Insects

Scientists block insects' sense of smell to protect crops


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Thank you @zycr22 for brainstorming with me and giving me ideas to continue this story with!


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Really great story, i think I need to read the others also

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Damn! Humans can't be this wicked. I was so eager to read about your home planet, lol. Soon I hope?

Awesome start :)

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I just can't accept happy endings :D

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So it seems! Lol.

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Well, I think it is safe to say that the Splerions own the best biosensors of this universe :)
The universe is so vast that I can only imagine the type of range they would have on their spacecraft's sensors to be able to detect other far away beings.
I liked the clogging system as an evasion mechanism. I believe the Splerions would need to return home for some cleaning (probably flying on some remote control system, since the main orientation mechanism would be obsolete). This would probably buy other victims enough time to travel safely (if most of Splerions' spacecraft were to be affected).

One interesting strategy would be to attract them and blast them with the clogging chemicals. Basically, neutralize them for a good period of time.
Interesting to see that even the most powerful systems, also have exploitable weaknesses.

As for the humans attitude, I bet they were threatened in order to comply with the Splerions. Let's see!

Looking forward for the next chapters!
Thanks for sharing!

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I've rarely seen such an extensive comment that actually made sense. Thanks for the feedback!

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You're welcome. I'm really enjoying your content.
All the best

Well that just really sucks. Get the nice guys into trouble, get the bad guys to follow the good guys, and get them to kill each other, thus making space safer for humans, that just sucks, kinda of like when the US government had Indians killing Indians during the old west days. The government better hope the bat people, and the splerions don't know that about us.

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Just wait what happens next.. :D

"And biological systems are frail things that can easily be broken with the right chemicals"
- When I read that, I instantly recalled the moment where "earth bacteria" destroyed the shields of the Alien ships in the movie "War Of the Worlds" (a book, actually) :) - Good imagination you have there and your style reminds me some of Andy Weir's... Keep up the good work! :)

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Happy you enjoyed it! And bacteria can be nasty..

Moral of the story :) our great moral values ... humans !!!

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Humans are dicks

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I was being sarcastic !! :)

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Yup, leave it to @suesa to become a Sci Fi Legend while I'm away. Now I have sooo much catching up to do....

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I've always been a scifi legend :P

It is thrilling and cool, great fiction writing.

Sounds interesting!

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woow beautifull Pheromones @suesa
i like that..
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Nice Picture...
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Lol. Rise of the machines is way less impressive than Hollywood made it out to be ;)

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That would make a great story... :D

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Thanks for sharing.

'Splerions'!
Ah it is kind of new thing for me. I gotta go and search about it.aaha pretty interesting post @suesa.

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You won't find anything as I introduced the Splerions earlier in the story.

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I like it so much :))

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