Transcriber: Thanks. OK, so what happened next?
O8 Him: They continued their ' investigations' separately, one on one.
O8 Her: I remember some kind of visual recognition test…. I remember not really recognising any of the images they showed us,
O8 Him: No. I know they were ships, weapons, people
O8 Her Yes and writing, different languages.
O8 Him: Yes.
[The couple were both shown other artefacts that I have agreed to omit from this transcription for the time being, but promise to reveal it in context later]
O8 Her: We felt the need to get out of there, we really needed to regain homeostasi***** & wholi balance
O8 Him: Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to connect wholi with our rescuers.
Transcriber: Can you define 'wholi' ?
O8 Her: We based this word on your word holistic, which means mind/body/soul, but actually there is an added psychic element to it, a kind of super-intuition that can be tuned into when wholi is perfectly in balance. Wholi can be shared between people, or as we say people can commune in wholi.
What was your purpose when you arrived, did you have a purpose?
O8 Her: We don't have a word/meaning for purpose, it is an alien concept for us, one we have still decided not to take on.
O8 Him: No, we explore & expand our home, but it's not a purpose, it's just what we do naturally.
O8 Her: It's our nature.
Transcriber: But you are settled here now, how do you find that?
Both: Well, we are still exploring really
O8 Her: Yes we are exploring the intuvisionary world now.
Transcriber: Interesting, well we'll come back to that....What happened next?
O8 Him: We were all taken for medical examination.
O8 Her: It became really obvious just what a state of crisis everyone was in.
O8 Him: We wanted out the minute we arrived, luckily we only had a short stay. there were people in much more need than us.
O8 Her: But when we got out it wasn't much better was it?
O8 Him: No, it wasn't
Transcriber: Did all eight of you stick together?
O8 Him: Yes we did, especially to begin with, we spent time trying to piece anything together that might help us know who in space we were or what in space we were doing here.
O8 Her: It was pretty confusing for a while, but it was also exciting discovering somewhere new.
O8 Him: Thankfully, we met some good people who took us in, showed us the ropes and helped us get space-faring again. We crewed other's ships for a while until we managed to pick up our own, a Retaliator by Aegis.
Transcriber: So that was your first 'owned' ship after the arrival?
O8 Her: Yes it was basically the bare-bones version.
O8 Him;: Yes, the Retaliator Base, there were a lot of them about and they were affordable we re-purposed it for exploration.
O8 Her: It's supposed to crew seven, but we squeezed one more in.
O8 Him: Other ships & crew joined the fleet to what was to become Deep Space Crew!
[ … and so ends the Transcript of The Story Of The Arrival As Told By The Last Remaining O8 Crew Members. ]