" 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.