A few minutes later, the rear quarter door opened and Drudoc stepped in followed by two flanking NE security guards on honor guard duty. Clearing her throat to get everyone’s attention loudly, she waited till everyone had turned her way to announce their guest stepping to the side, as a bright orange jelly like creature shuffled into place using little appendages coming out of its center mass to roll out a large literally red carpet. “..May I present to all attending this meeting, The High Elder One, religious leader of the High Elder faction of this and 23 other nearby star systems..” Drudoc said.
Sloshing into the room was another large bright orange jelly like creature, this one though worn White overlaid robings that left a trail of glitter in their wake on the red carpet. As it stepped onto the carpet the first attending jelly creature made a ‘horn’ like shape on its body and a little tune sound liking a trumpet came out each toot timed to cover up the ‘sloshing’ sound the High Elder One made. The High Elder jelly creature stood at almost a good 6ft in height and 4 some feet wide, the attendant was 5‘5 feet in height and 3ft wide.
Its ‘head’ for lacking of a better term swiveled about on the top of its jelly like body, two little dimples which could be eyes formed curious looks, while a slit in the jelly revealed a mouth. “..Greetings and well wishes, children from so far away. Your kind Captain has told me a little of your arrival here. Please be relaxed in my presence, you need not stand so attentive to my needs as you are not of my faith.”
Drudoc came forward nodding politely. “..That would be appreciative, High Elder One, is there uh perhaps a better name we could refer to you then if a more relaxed stance of attendance is to be observed?” She inquired for the sake of everyone.
”..Your speech seems so limited compared to those I am used too, not primitive by any means just.....lacking in descriptions for one of my station. You may call me for now, Elder One.” He said.
”..Very well Elder One, may I introduce those of my crew who will be here in attendance?” She asked.
Squashing a bit forward the Elder One nodded. “..Of course Captain, please do!” he said.
Coming first to the XO, “..This is my executive officer, Lt Commander Nivor Rhansi.” She said.
Next came the chief engineer. “..Next is my chief engineer, Lieutenant Miz’uki.” She said.
Next came the chief medical officer, “..Next to her is our chief medical officer, Junior Lieutenant Grade Hayley Marshall.” Drudoc went on.
Next NLt Farsee came up, “..This is Lieutenant Farsee from our science departments.” She said.
Sloshing forward the jelly like creature offered a thick gooey like appendage. “..Your Captain tells me a ‘hand shake’ is a common practice among your Federation, pleased to meet you all.” It said simultaneously offering four jelly appendages to shake at once.
Drudoc Andone CO / GM CockRoach
Farsee could barely contain her excitement. She eagerly offered her hand to greet the High Elder, “It is a pleasure to meet you Elder One,” she said respectfully. She was of course curious if the jelly like consistency would rub off like the ‘glitter’ of the robe. It didn’t daunt her at all. She knew it would be rude to as for a sample, and that was a medical question anyway. She was also very careful to keep her thoughts contained. You never knew who might be telepathic or not. And without the captain or XO’s permission she would not read the thoughts or emotions of the room. She wondered briefly if that was why Lt Fayth sent her instead of herself? She was eager to now if there was a scientist in their group she could talk to.
A slight ripple of a ‘nod’ went through the Elder One’s gel like form. “..Of course Lieutenant Farsee, it is good to meet you.” He said back. Sadly for Farsee beyond the attendant there did not appear to be anyone else with the Elder One to speak with.
That non-humanoid species were the exception in their own galaxy was common knowledge, though some were present; the Shelliak were the first that came to Nivor’s mind. He had already wondered if that would hold true here, but it still did not quite prepare him for… a living slime. I can readily see the uses for an amorphous body type though, he thought as he extended his hand toward the closest appendage.
“Greetings, Elder One,” he echoed the science officer’s statement, nodding his head.
”..So you are the second in command of such a large vessel. I can only imagine the amount of paperwork you must go through regularly!” The Elder One said with a chuckle which rippled through its body.
Nivor turned and extended his hand toward the table arrayed with food. “We have set up a variety of foods from across the Federation, and some outside worlds,” he told the Elder One. “Any of our attendants will be able to answer any questions about the foods you may have; please, try anything you’d like to.”
Turning to his attendant, the Elder One said, “..See to their offerings are first safe for us to consume if you would please Attendant.” He said.
The attendant nodded moving forward with a small metal probe like scanner waving it over the food one by one in passing.
He held back as their guest approached the table, sliding and jiggling along, “head” appendage moving this way and that as he inspected the food stuffs.
“Do you have any experiences with non-humanoids?” he asked the senior staff arranged beside him. He looked from Miz’uki to Farsee to Hayley. “Insight from the medical team would be delightful,” he said to the latter.
“Unfortunately not, Commander,” Hayley replied, “I have some theoretical knowledge of course but I would hesitate to apply that knowledge to an as of yet unknown people. What we know of seeming similar species might not apply and we could wind up being unknowingly offensive or insulting. I think we might be better to ask for then assume the answers to our questions.”
Jr. Lt. Hayley Marshall, CMO
The Attendant spoke up indicating one of the chilled dishes for desserts. “..This cold dish might cause some indigestion for us Elder One but otherwise all the dishes should be fine for consumption.” It said.
Nodding the Elder one sloshed forward taking a plate with one jelly like appendage and was soon being served by the dining staff samples of the rest of the food on offer.
Drudoc behind the group gave a sigh of relief, she had been a bit worried how the Elder and his Attendant would take food but it was good to see they wouldn’t have much concern. Turning to her staff, “..Well dig in as it were folks, lets learn what we can about our guests and the area were in.” She advised.
GM CockRoach / Drudoc Andone CO
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