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Other reasons for being on Earth

02 May 2021 06:10 - 02 May 2021 06:12 #71100 by Thefirstone
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Other than being the last survivor of a dead world, I mean.  One that has occurred to me is being essentially a combination of a Green Lantern, a park ranger and border patrol; that is, law enforcement sent to protect humanity from interstellar criminals that aren’t supposed to be here and enforce an equivalent of the Prime Directive.  Another is being a scientist here for a long-term study of some kind.
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02 May 2021 10:52 #71102 by Woodclaw
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A vacation?

As far as we know, Earth might be considered a premium vacation spot for some alien races.

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02 May 2021 19:19 - 02 May 2021 19:21 #71104 by shadar
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In AU lore, the Earth is ManHome, the planet where all the humans who now fill the galaxy first evolved. Except nobody on Earth knows that. 

The result is that Earth is viewed by all star-faring planets as a huge, primitive, untouched natural park where humans can live naturally, free to be what they might naturally become, completely unaware that their descendants have spread to a thousand worlds and have starships and stuff. Visiting Earth is strictly limited and controlled to avoid startling the Earthlings or messing up Earth's cultures, and only then by blending in with them. 

Velorian Protectors are a bit like Rangers from Tolkien lore who kept the Hobbits safe in the Shire without the Hobbits even knowing they were being protected. They don't intervene in purely Earth issues, but keep Earth free of evil and dangerous ET's. 

I thought it would be fun to show that we Earthlings are the ONLY ones who DON'T know that humans now populate the entire Galaxy, thanks to ancient alien abduction and the Seeders, who spread humanity far and wide, seeding a thousand worlds with the most adaptable and creative species ever discovered. Some of whom have been enhanced or evolved in different directions than on Earth. 

Sort of like preserving your landrace seed stock in case the hybridization process hits a dead end somewhere else.  

But for those few Earthlings who a Protector seeks out to help them when on Earth, it's a really big deal, given they have more or less Kryptonian-grade strength and powers and usually look a bit like this:

 

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03 May 2021 02:25 #71106 by Jabbrwock
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I mean, the obvious answer (for at least some alien races) is that Earth is a primo vacation spot because they have super powers here. If I was a Kryptonian, a pleasant world with a yellow sun would be high on my list of vacation spots.

Obviously for aliens who have super powers everywhere, that rationale would not apply.

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03 May 2021 02:40 #71107 by Raa
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Here an idea about the seeders and limited access to Earth for star based humans.

Maybe the seeders put something in the Earth based humans to protect Earth. Say if one of the star based humans had a kid with an Earther, the kid would make P1s look like a wimp. On top of that the kid would be have genetic memory to protect the Earth.

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03 May 2021 03:45 #71108 by YAGS
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Maybe they're just explorers whose interstellar travel is slow enough that it takes a long time to get places. They just happen to be visiting our part of the galaxy to see if there's anything interesting to see here. They discover a populated planet and decide to stick around for a bit to see what it's like.

Or maybe they're traveling the galaxy, and their space ship broke down. So they pulled over at the nearest habitable planet for repairs, only to discover that Earth's technology isn't advanced enough to help them get home. At least, not easily.

Or you could blatantly rip off some other well known works of fiction. There's Maxima, who came to Earth looking for a worthy mate. There's Ford Prefect, who is writing an entry about Earth for an interstellar tourist guide book. There's even Superman's father, Jor-El, who in a flashback episode of the Smallville TV show came to Earth just to visit and learn about our primitive culture as a sort of "coming of age" ritual.

Taking an idea from a much lesser known past TV show, you could have an interstellar criminal who accidentally ends up on Earth while evading the authorities, and then the cops come looking. This could set up two opposing aliens (or groups of aliens) visiting Earth. In the 80s TV show Something Is Out There, the alien criminal was very evil and going around killing people, and the cop chasing it was a beautiful alien, played by "Bond Girl" Maryam d'Abo. But you could play around with the premise. Maybe the criminal is actually the good guy, on the run from an evil empire, and the authorities chasing them are the bad guys. Or maybe neither of them cares at all about Earth or Earthlings, and will leave a trail of dead humans as collateral damage in their fight against each other.

 
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04 May 2021 05:51 #71112 by AuGoose
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Predators come by to hunt now and then. Visitors might even be hunting something other than humans. Races that pride themselves on agility might want to match up against the lunge of a venomous snake.

Earth's much lower gravity might make heavy-worlders enjoy it for recreational climbing, as it's both easy, and Earth's cliffs are WAY more dramatic than the gravity-smushed hills back home.

Earth is declared neutral territory in a larger conflict, making it a sort of Casablanca where agents from various powers can discretely meet without the constant sound of star-cannons and nukes in the background.

The dissolved salts in Earth's oceans are considered to have healing properties, making it a sort of spa destination. These resort sites are mostly hidden under the ocean so as to not disturb the local flora and fauna (us).

Earth is unimaginably rich in magic compared to most of the galaxy, and for the most part the locals have no idea how to tap it, making it a virtually unblemished source of mana. The aliens might even back various ecological concerns to keep the world in a mostly pristine state.

Earth's multitude of continents is almost unheard of in inhabitable worlds (which usually have only a single large continent), creating a variety of languages and cultures and making it a favorite site for interstellar archeology academies to send undergrads to gain field experience.
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04 May 2021 15:35 #71114 by Woodclaw
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Predators come by to hunt now and then. Visitors might even be hunting something other than humans. Races that pride themselves on agility might want to match up against the lunge of a venomous snake.

Earth's much lower gravity might make heavy-worlders enjoy it for recreational climbing, as it's both easy, and Earth's cliffs are WAY more dramatic than the gravity-smushed hills back home.

Earth is declared neutral territory in a larger conflict, making it a sort of Casablanca where agents from various powers can discretely meet without the constant sound of star-cannons and nukes in the background.

The dissolved salts in Earth's oceans are considered to have healing properties, making it a sort of spa destination. These resort sites are mostly hidden under the ocean so as to not disturb the local flora and fauna (us).

Earth is unimaginably rich in magic compared to most of the galaxy, and for the most part the locals have no idea how to tap it, making it a virtually unblemished source of mana. The aliens might even back various ecological concerns to keep the world in a mostly pristine state.

Earth's multitude of continents is almost unheard of in inhabitable worlds (which usually have only a single large continent), creating a variety of languages and cultures and making it a favorite site for interstellar archeology academies to send undergrads to gain field experience.
All good,but I like the Casablanca one best.

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07 May 2021 23:05 #71120 by AuGoose
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All good,but I like the Casablanca one best.
 
Yeah, that and the magic reservoir are the ones I'd be most likely to further pursue.

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