The engineering fleet began constructing stargates outside the atmosphere, and the small detection squad revolved around the planet to scan the planet’s situation.
Very quickly, a holographic figure of Planet Pangurus was created with the details being perfected rapidly. Han Xiao and the other officers watched as the holographic planet became more and more detailed.
Not too long later, the detection fleet returned; they had completed their first round of exploration.
Detailed figures of the planet were shown on the maps including the gravity pull, atmosphere breakdowns, climate, size, and ocean ratio.
Apart from this, the 3D map was also demarcated into various regions by color to indicate the different resources located on the planet and the locations where lifeforms had gathered.
Aurora read the report.
“This planet is extremely rich in common resources, and apart from that, there are plenty of rare resources underground such as Dark Gold Mines, Purple Silver Mines, Origin Crystal Mines, and a dozen of different rare materials. These are the important materials for magical Star Systems, and its market price is 60 Enas for 10,000 tons. This planet has billions of tons in the mines…
“At the extreme north of the planet, we also detected about 800,000 tons of the rare mountain essence. Every ton is priced around 6,000 Enas. We also discovered some ingots that had spiritual energy stored within them. There isn’t much, and they should be worth about 1,200,000,000 Enas…”
Han Xiao listened for a moment before nodding. “Give me an estimate of the planet’s value.”
“According to our initial scans, the value of this planet should be about 18,000,000,000 Enas. If we can find more valuable resources when digging deeper, its value will go up.”
“It’s pretty valuable.” Han Xiao smiled.
This planet could be considered rather resource rich when compared to other mining planets.
However, despite the initial valuation of the planet being high, it would take more than a hundred years to fully reap all the benefits.
In the universe, resource rich planets would be tightly grasped in the hands of the various civilizations, and they would not sell them off like uninhabited planets.
The civilization would slowly excavate the resources of the planet and ensure that the excavation could be sustained for a long period.
Even an advanced civilization would not destroy the golden goose if they did not meet an emergency.
Resource rich planets were an important source of revenue for civilizations.
A civilian miner could only mine on the edges of a desolate planet to feed their family. Civilizations did not think much of a desolate planet and would usually sell these planets to civilian organizations. The Black Star Army obtaining the rights to mine on a resource rich planet was already the limits of a private organization.
Exploring the Flickering World was definitely a good opportunity for development. After the allies of the dynasty discovered a resource rich planet, although they needed to inform the dynasty and let the dynasty take the majority of the share, they would be able to gain the rights to mine for a short while and share a portion of the benefits.
Since the Black Star Army had discovered Planet Pangurus, they would have the rights to leave their forces behind to mine on the planet.
The sheer size of a Star Field represented countless planets and a huge benefit. To the organizations that did not belong to any civilizations, this was akin to obtaining the rights to mine on many resource rich planets.
Furthermore, they would be able to obtain a bonus reward from the dynasty if they reported a certain number of resource rich planets.
However, the advantage of Planet Pangurus did not lie only in its resources. It would become one of the doors to enter the Garu Star Cluster and thus became a trading station in the future. With this point alone, Planet Pangurus was not merely an ordinary resource rich planet but had huge potential.
Seeing Han Xiao remain silent, Aurora continued. “We detected a large number of living beings on the planet, with the majority of them being wild beasts. We aren’t clear how many different species there are, but only one of the species had traces of intelligence and the signs of a civilization.”
As Aurora explained, a projection appeared in front of everyone. It was the projection of the living being that Aurora was describing.
This living being was three to four meters tall and looked like a human. It looked like the elf clan in the universe, but there were many subtle differences between the two. It was clad in beast skin for clothes like a caveman.
“According to our observations, this sentient being is a native of the planet and they have reached the level of a tribal civilization,” Aurora said. “Their tribes are scattered all around the planet, and they rely on hunting to survive. Our detection fleet has not made contact with them yet.”
Han Xiao nodded.
He had long known that Planet Pangurus had a native civilization that called themselves ‘Children of the Forest’. In truth, such a title was extremely common in the galaxy, and there were at least a few thousand various native civilizations who call themselves ‘Children of the Forest’. Some other complementary names included Children of the Magma, Children of the Mountain, and Children of the Ocean.
In his previous life, the others were used to using the name of the planet as a prefix of the civilizations name. This race was called Pangurus Giant Elves.
“Send out our scouts to make contact with them,” Han Xiao said.
When pioneering in a new Star Field, there was a sensitive topic that was publicly acknowledged in the universe—how should they manage their relationship with the natives? There were far too many negative examples in history. Since the advanced civilizations wanted to mine for resources, it was extremely common for them to be treated as invaders and face the retaliation of the natives.
Maintaining biodiversity had always been the rule of the advanced civilizations, and a Universal Civilization like the Crimson Dynasty would not begin a needless massacre just to mine for resources. Thus, Tarrokov had explicitly stated that their priority should be to communicate with the natives, and they should not use violence senselessly.
Under such circumstances, it would be far easier to handle the weaker natives, and the discovery of natives could also earn them reward.
On Planet Pangurus, the Green Stream was a dense jungle with large trees that were over fifty meters tall. The leaves of the trees formed an ocean, and it swayed in the wind. The sunlight that managed to shine through the thick sea of leaves became spots of light that swayed together with the leaves.
A clear stream went through the jungle and cut the jungle in two. More than a hundred six- to seven-meter-tall beast skin tents were set up on both sides of the stream. Outside the tents, bunches of golden-red dried fruits were hanging as though they were decorations.
This was one of the tribes of the Pangurus Giant Elf race. There were some climbing up trees to pick fruits, others waving their sticks to chase their reared animals, and some who were holding onto spears and shields in preparation of a hunt.
At the entrance of the tribe, the chief said to the hunters who were about to leave, “Hunters, our tribe doesn’t have enough food. You guys must hunt for a little more food this time.”
“Haha, just wait for our bountiful return,” the captain of the hunter squad said with a loud laugh.
The chief then let out a sigh. “We were attacked by the other tribes half a year ago, and our youths have been severely wounded. We can only rely on you old hunters to hunt for some food. However, all of you are growing older by the day, and I really don’t know what we should do in the future.”
The hunting captain then patted the shoulders of a youth beside him. “Don’t worry, we are training a new batch of youths. Duki is the fastest learner, and he is already able to go hunting together with us. He may be the one to succeed us in the future.”
Duki puffed up his chest and had a look of pride on his face.
“What a good lad.”
“We shall rely on you in the future.”
All the villagers by the side praised him with a respectful tone.
Upon hearing the praise of the villagers, Duki had a face full of confidence.
All of a sudden, his gaze looked through the crowd and arrived at a small campfire. A youth was sitting beside the campfire and looking at him with a face full of envy. It was his good friend, Roseau.
Duki raised his arms and flexed his muscles to Roseau, who was sitting afar, and both of them broke out into laughter.
“Let’s go,” the hunter captain said before setting off with the other hunters.
Upon seeing that, Duki waved to Roseau and hurriedly followed behind the hunters. The groups of hunters then entered the forest and disappeared before the sights of the crowd.
Roseau looked at his good friend leaving and suddenly let out a sigh.
The hunters had the responsibility to hunt and fight, and they were the most highly respected within the tribe. Almost every youth aimed to become a hunter, but Roseau was an exception.
He did not have any interest in hunting and fighting, and he did not have any talent in that regard.
Roseau preferred to do other things that seemed meaningless to others, such as writing or thinking. However, this made plenty of people in the tribe dissatisfied with him and felt as though he was a sloth who did not want to do anything but get protected by others.
However, he also wanted to receive the respect of others like his good friend. Thus, he worked harder to pick fruits, sew clothes, and anything else within his abilities. However, these jobs were usually done by the old, young, and weak, and it was not enough to change the others’ impression of him.
Although Roseau cared about how others looked at him, he did not wish to go against his own heart and do something that he was not good at just to change the impression that others had of him. He wished to use another method to contribute to the tribe. However, it seemed as though every youth in the tribe should only have become a hunter as their sole goal.
Right at this moment, a huge gust of wind suddenly blew over.
Ripples could be seen on the clear stream, and a huge cloud of sand was blown up by the winds.
“What is going on‽” Roseau raised his head and looked up with his eyes wide open in shock.
He had never seen something like this before!
A black, squarish box floated down from the skies and hovered right above their tents, covering their entire tribe with a huge shadow.
The Pangurus Giant Elves in the tribe were all shocked.
“Our god of the forest! What is this thing‽”
“Is it a monster that can fly‽”
Upon witnessing a scene that none of them could understand, many of them became anxious.
All of a sudden, a small hole could be seen on the belly of this black ‘beast’, and a bunch of strange looking beings covered in metal descended from the sky.
The ten or so warriors who had remained in the tribe charged forward, and their wooden spears struck these beings who descended from the skies.
Their wooden spears snapped upon coming into contact with the surface of the armor.
Taking off their helmets, half of them were the warriors of the army while the other half were players with their IDs above their heads. The majority of the players present were the core members of clubs, such as Hao Tian and Frenzied Sword.
These players had accepted the mission to meet the natives without killing them.
Frenzied Sword pressed onto the galactic translator and tried to speak with sincerity.
Just what are you saying‽ The Pangurus Giant Elves were completely puzzled.
It could not be helped. This was the first time that the Pangurus Giant Elf race had come into contact with the galaxy, and their language was not in the database yet.
“Monsters! Monsters!” Many ladies let out a shriek, and they began picking up stones to hurl at the ‘monsters’.
The stones landed on the armor of the warriors and were naturally useless.
All the players looked at each other with helpless looks on their faces. How were they supposed to console the agitated natives if they could not even communicate?
On the other side, the NPC captain raised his rifle up and fired at the forest by the side.
A blue laser shot out and penetrated a few dozen trees, leaving behind a hole.
Following which, a loud explosion could be heard from the forest, and a huge crater was blown up.
This scene frightened all the natives, and a look of disbelief and fear could be seen on their faces after witnessing the carnage of the attack. They all stopped attacking and began trembling with fear.
“Hu…” The captain then looked toward the players. “Brother, did you see that? The best way to deal with natives that you can’t communicate with is to scare them.”
Just when the atmosphere was tense and the Pangurus Giant Elf race was in fear, Roseau tried his best to maintain his cool and analyze the intentions of the strange creatures before them.
These living beings don’t seem to be hostile.
Although I can’t understand what they’re saying, they seem to be talking just now? Could it be that they have intelligence as well?
This shouldn’t be wrong. They also want to communicate with us!
Roseau hesitated for a moment before taking in a deep breath and walking forward.
His actions immediately attracted the attention of both parties, and everyone’s attention was focused on him.
After swallowing a mouthful of saliva, Roseau looked at his tribe mates and said, “Everyone don’t be afraid. They do not wish to kill us. Please do not provoke them.”
He then walked forward to Frenzied Sword and looked down at this ‘dwarf’ who was only up until his waist. Suppressing his fear, he half knelt so both of their heights were the same before pointing at his mouth and ears, hoping that the other party would understand what he was trying to say.
Frenzied Sword understood what the other party meant and threw a galactic translator over, gesturing to show the other party how to put it on.
Roseau understood what the other party meant and hurriedly put on the translator. The translator immediately read his mind and understood his thoughts.
“Can you understand me now?”
Roseau’s eyes lit up and he nodded.
The captain then chuckled. “He knows how to communicate with us. This fellow is pretty smart. He shall be the representative of this tribe.”