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Type: Text
Characters: Earl Serrano
Chapter: 17
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SCAF-ISC-31024 CIV-EXC-090

PERSONAL-LOG: DR. EARL SERRANO

THE CRANIUM OF THE SPECIES CONTAINS SIX HOLES, EACH A PASSAGE LEADING TO A RESONANCE CHAMBER NOT UNLIKE OUR OWN NASAL CAVITY. WHEN AIR IS BLOWN THROUGH THE HOLES, IT PASSES THROUGH A PHONIC MEMBRANE THAT THEN VIBRATES AND MODULATES THE SOUND. BY OPENING AND CLOSING THE VARIOUS MEMBRANES, "NOTES" ARE PRODUCED.

THIS COINCIDES WITH A WRITTEN SCRIPT OBSERVED CARVED INTO THE SURFACE OF MANY OF THE STRUCTURES WE UNCOVERED. IT ISN'T SO MUCH A WRITTEN LANGUAGE AS IT IS PRONUNCIATIONS KEY. THERE APPEAR TO BE SIX BASIC LETTERS OR "NOTES" IN THE LANGUAGE. SIMPLE, TO BE SURE, BUT BY COMBINING NOTES, NEW MEANING IS CONVEYED. THUS, THERE IS A NOTATION INDICATING HOW LONG TO HOLD EACH NOTE.

NOW, IT IS HIGHLY UNLIKELY THAT THE SPECIES WOULD NEED A PRONUNCIATION GUIDE FOR ITS OWN LANGUAGE. IN FACT, IT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN ADDED AS AN AFTERTHOUGHT. IT'S AS IF THEY KNEW THEY DIDN'T HAVE LONG TO LIVE AND THEY NEEDED TO COMMUNICATE SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT TO WHOMEVER DISCOVERED THEIR WORLD.

IN A WAY, THIS NOTATION WAS LEFT FOR US AS A WAY FOR THEM TO SPEAK TO US FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE!

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