The Travelers: Prologue
It was a mission that had been in the planning for years, ever since the meteor. The planet of Arlytia had been bumped out of its orbit from the impact. It hadn’t gone flying into unknown space, but with each passing season it was slowly moving closer to the sun. Temperatures were rising. Water was disappearing. Plants had shorter growing seasons. And that was all in addition to the mass of land that had taken the meteor’s direct hit, which left about a tenth of Arlytia unlivable and unusable. Eventually the planet as a whole would not support life and the Arlytians themselves would become an extinct race.
But this was a race of people not known for giving up, and ones who fought for their way of life and way of love. Once the planet’s eventual demise was realized, the older generation began to bring up and train the younger to be their people’s hope and answer for a fruitful future. Intense teaching in farming techniques, water purification, building, and innovation were started at a young age. Survival lessons, knowledge of the body’s physical anatomy, record-keeping, and sciences were part of their tutoring. Along with these, an intense respect for their culture was ingrained in the children. Stories and music and art that had been forgotten and all but lost were brought back to life in young hearts and minds. Morals, laws, and esteem for one another were encouraged, and rebellion was dealt with—not cruelly, but quickly and as fairly as possible.
Thus, a generation was prepared from infancy to develop a new world for their parents and for their children.
It was the best of this generation--eighty men and forty women--and all between eighteen and twenty-one, who were now only hours away from leaving their home planet for good. They would spend several weeks braving space and all its dangers to reach Neveah, a planet that shared Arlytia’s two moons, and from the research that could be done at a distance appeared to be a promising planet for their new world.
These hundred and twenty young people would be the first to step onto Neveah’s soil, work to till the ground and tame the land, and prepare a place of safety and haven for those who would come after them. They’d been simply nicknamed The Travelers, but their hope was that their travels would result in a new homeland.Scientists and astronomers who had been studying Arlytia’s changing orbit were estimating that the planet could have as few as thirty and as many as sixty years left in it to safely hold its people, so this mission had a very explicit time schedule. The Travelers hoped to have Neveah prepared for permanent residents within five years. If they couldn’t, then they would have to take a chance on another planet of which they didn’t have as much knowledge. It was risky and dangerous, and everyone knew the future of a world depended on them.