MENTAL ESSENCE
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" That was not the encounter I was hoping for. "  Trent thought to OM.

" What did you expect? "  Asked OM.

" Not sure.  Render one unconscious.  I will explain my intentions once I get close enough. "  Trent replied.

OM rendered one of the Mio unconscious.  Trent move it to the clearing where Ship was parked.

" Bring it around. "  Trent thought to OM.

" Clik clik!  Clik clik!  Clik clik! "  The Mio shouted while scooting backward from Trent.

Trent stood with hands held open.

" I am here to help you if I can. "  Trent said while standing vary still.

" Clik clik.  Ing nick clik clik. "  The Mio said.

Trent began pointing to things and naming them in an effort to establish a translation format.  After a while they began simple communications.

" I would like to help you.  I will not harm you. "  Trent said while holding out his hand in order to help the Mio to stand.

" Idod. "  Said the Mio pointing to himself indicating that was his name.

" You will need to state your intentions with basic premisses.  The Mio do not seem to have complex cognitive configuration capabilities. "  Said OM.

" Perhaps I could offer him something to eat.  What do they like? "  Asked Trent.

" Bugs.  Their base diet consists of bugs. "  Replied OM.

" Right.  So are there any bugs around here? "  Asked Trent.

" There are bugs all around, and there are Mio all around. "  Replied OM.

" Play some of that soft orchestral music.  Maybe they will respond well to that. "  Trent suggested.

The Mio did respond positively to the music.  Gradually they emerged from the forest and gather around Idod.  Trent kept his distance.

" Do any of you speak universal? "  Trent asked in a soft voice.

" Plic loci.  A Trreennt. "  One said as he timidly moved a bit closer to Trent.

Trent went through the pointing out of objects process again.  After two days they had a somewhat basic communication process.   The Mio understood that Trent was there to help.

" What's the quickest path to a Neffiree city? "  Trent thought to OM.

" To your right and about seventeen miles. "  OM replied.

" Ship, lets go there and land just out of sight. "  Trent told Ship.

Trent bid his fair wells to the Mio and left for the Neffiree city of Alulam.

" I do not think I will blend in. "  Trent said looking at the monitor.

" Not many species with from the avis genome gallery have advanced to this level.  They have well developed agriculture and mining activities. "  OM mentioned.

" Let me guess, all run by enslaving the Mio. "  Trent answered.

" Exactly.  The commerce consortium dealing with interplanetary business are controlled by a species from a planet called Blidon.  Most of the records are hand written, so I can not develop much in the way of background information. "  OM stated.

" So, the Neffiree, Blidons and those they do business with depend on the labor through enslavement of the Mio for their trade. "  Trent surmised.

" They also use them as a food source. "  OM added.

" How could anyone eat something a cute as the Mio? "  Trent asked himself.

Trent made his way down the sidewalk leading to the trade and finance building.

" They do not seem to be surprised at my presence. "  Trent commented.

" Most of the beings they do business with who are from other planets look similar to your present physical appearance. "  OM replied.

" I find the Neffiree to be quite pleasant to look at.  I like the sheen and fluorescence of their feathers.  Those beings coming toward me must be some kind of enforcement personnel. "  Trent thought.

The group of four walked passed Trent, stopped and ordered Trent to stop.

Turning around Trent asked them what they wanted.

" What is your business here? "  One of them asked.

" I am here to free the Mio and any other beings held in slavery. "  Trent replied.

The group looked at each other and laughed.

" You should not make joke like that.  You get hurt bad. "  Another stated.

The four then walked toward Trent.  One of them pushed an electric weapon against Trent.  Trent did not respond.  The being stepped back and looked the weapon.

" Oh it works. "  Trent said as he grabbed the beings hand and pushed the weapon against his associate who screamed in pain then collapsed.

" OM, stop their hearts. "  Trent ordered as the other three charged.

Trent turned and continued on his way as a gathered around.

" Several beings have called the authorities. "  OM said.

" Seal that building.  I do not want to have to track down the targets. "  Trent replied.

" I can not extent shielding that far or to that great of space.  I can render them unconscious. "  OM stated.

" Do that please. "  Trent replied.

Several vehicles with sirens blaring headed toward Trent.  They stopped, and a dozen or so beings carrying a variety of weapons approached Trent.

" Take him down! "  One of them shouted.

The group began attacking Trent.  Trent simply stood there.  After a few seconds they realized they were unable to hurt Trent, and back away.

" I said take him down! "  The being in charge shouted again as he tried his hand at attacking Trent.

" You are not being nice. "  Trent said.

Trent then grabbed the being by the arm and flung him over the building across the street.  The others back away giving Trent an unfettered path.

" Stop their hearts, and as you sense others, stop their hearts as well. "  Trent ordered OM.

" There are multiple messages being sent warning of your presence. "  OM said.

" Ship, disable all of the interplanetary capable transports. "  Trent ordered.

Trent made his way to office of the Neffiree in charge of commercial activities.

" Wake him up. "  Trent thought to OM.

After a few minutes the being was capable of talking.  " Who are you? "  The being asked.

" Trent.  My name is Trent. "  Trent answered.

" I have done nothing to you.  What do you want? "  The being asked.

" You have been victimizing  the Mio and others for a long time.  I find your existence untenable. "  Trent answered.