jaywalker Posted November 6, 2012 Share Posted November 6, 2012 (edited) I came to this island through no mechanism of my own. I do not know what transpired before my arrival, nor do I know the methods by which I was transported. My only clue lies in a man named Maxwell: A man that I haven’t seen since the first moments of my arrival.The island itself, of which I am including a modest cartographic depiction, is middling in size. It would take perhaps a full day of running and a bit more to reach the southern end from the northern. The island’s shape itself is odd seeming to be made of circles placed one adjacent to the next, but that is far from the greatest oddity here. This island is filled with species undocumented elsewhere in the world. Indeed there are few creatures here that I recognize despite extensive travels previous to this one. I have been marooned here for 40 days and 40 nights, and I believe it is necessary now that I have managed to put together some rough papyrus to document my observations of the local ecology. I will begin with an overview of the local wildlife.The PigmenThese creatures are proof that I am not the first man to step foot on these islands, though my predecessors would certainly have impressed Mendel and his pea plants. I call them Pigmen because that is what they are.They are pigs that walk on two legs, live within primitive huts, and speak a very rudimentary dialect of the Queen’s English. There are several villages dotting the island. I even found one pig living in a hut alone far to the south. In their northernmost encampment there is a great big fat one that I take to be their king.It is quite apparent that these pigs have been subject to extensive genetic manipulation. I refuse to believe that pigs of this intelligence evolved naturally. Further evidence, though circumstantial, comes from the fact that several of them have referred to me as a “monkey man”. Unless they have a certain Darwinian education this reference makes it quite clear that somewhere in these creatures history they were in contact with evolutionary scientists.I believe that they were bred to perform hard labor, but that their creators made a few mistakes along the way. The reason for this assumption is that while initially ambivalent to my presence the Pigmen become immediately docile if given any type of meat and will perform basic labors as directed. Which brings me to there more disturbing attributes which make me consider them a failed, if impressive, experiment.First and foremost their cannibalistic nature is appalling and though they live in a community they have no sense of it. All one must do is feed a few of them a bit of meat and then they are perfectly willing to murder their own brethren at your behest. Not only that, but you can take the meat of their fallen "friends" and feed it to them in return for their loyalty. This is disgusting, and no man would intentionally create such a callously dull creature ere that man was the spawn of the devil himself. The Pigmen’s King will even pay, in gold mind you, for the meat of his own subjects.Secondly once every cycle of the moon the pigs go mad and transform into violent creatures attacking whatever they see. This severely limits the Pigmen’s usefulness in the realm of manual labor and has been a constant bother during my stay on the island.The Pigmen are currently my primary source of food on the island, but one must be careful not to eat the werepigs as the meat becomes poisonous.----------------------------This is going to be a continuing series to replace my "Field Notes" series. I like this idea better and I've started to live too long for a daily accounting of my actions. This series will hopefully eventually include all of the wildlife and all of the biomes that I encounter. Edited November 6, 2012 by jaywalker Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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