Earth Reference Year: 2415.08 AD
The devastation had been swift, complete. The giant rocks had fallen onto
almost every continent and island of Droog, punching effortlessly through
the planet’s crust, and showering chunks of molten death high and
wide. In just a few hours more than three billion souls had perished in
torment, overwhelmed by the blast of violent fire that had engulfed their
Only a privileged few had made it to the bunkers in time. The fledgling civilisation of the Stoidi had ended.
A sphere, no larger than a fist, rose out of the ocean. It turned slowly
on its shaft to face the distant shoreline, and then extended various
instruments. The flaming ruins of a once towering city could be seen.
Smoke, thick and black, billowed into the soot-filled sky. It was a truly
Debris, still molten, splashed down nearby in a cloud of steam. The sphere
angled upwards to image the sky. More glowing debris appeared out from
the clouds like a rain of orange stars.
The sphere watched for a few seconds, and then retracted its instruments.
The sphere descended below the waves.