What's It Wednesday

What's it Wednesday

by Djerrid

I actually don’t know what this is. I found it in my garden yesterday.

It has a papery texture and I’m not sure if it is relevant but we just had the siding on the house redone, so it could have come from that.

Here’s a closeup:

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  1. It’s the foam insulation that was under your old siding, or scraps of the new stuff. It looks like the spray-in type because of the bubbles.

  2. Oh, this one is easy. And you’re lucky you found it. You might have to termite your house, though. If that stuff gets out of your house, there could be a problem.

    This is clearly a Zilloc’ti colony. They were brought in by one of the Canadian branches of the TI about 75 years ago to deal with termites. Huge sheets of the stuff was grown in vats in factories of the Pacific Northwest and wrapped around building materials. One of their waste products is a chemical that is known to discourage insect activity, particularly those which depend on cellulose as part of their diet.

    Unfortunately, the stuff is damned near impossible to kill. So, much like kudzu and the so-called “killer bees,” they ended up being far more damaging than originally predicted. Luckily, while insecticides don’t actually kill it, it does render them unable to reproduce.

    Originally, Zilloc’ti were actually developed in a Tir’loxen bio-weapons lab. Totally artificial, airborne, and self-sustaining, it was developed during the Tir’loxen-Wesni war about three hundred sixty-five years ago, Earth standard. As you might predict, the Wesni were essentially large, intelligent insects.

    The bio-weapon worked exactly as advertised. It completely wiped out the Wesni race and civilization. Released into the atmosphere from orbit, Zilloc’ti just fell out of the sky like snow. Every single living Wesni was dead inside of a month and the Wesni became home to some of the largest forests in the universe.

    However, it came at a cost. Entire ecosystems were lost. In addition to the Wesni, everything from bacteria and yeasts to insects and mammals died in an ecological chain reaction that couldn’t be stopped. The planet was quarantined for nearly three hundred years. The Tir’loxen themselves have been placed under a universe wide economic embargo. Nothing gets in or out. Even communication transmissions have been blocked. Think North Korea, only a whole planet.

    Once the quarantine was lifted, a number of companies were contracted to move in to see what can be salvaged from the planet. Theoretically, these companies would be the financial drivers for archeological and sociological research on the Wesni. And, for the most part, this arrangement works surprisingly well.

    However, on occasion, the technology is released into the wrong hands.

  3. Send me your address Ann and I’ll superglue a penny on postcard and send it your way; djerrid at gmail. I think you are probably right about the insulation but it looked and felt so much like a cocoon/wasps nest hybrid, I just had to post it up. (Either that or I’m testing to see if the Tir’loxen embargo has reached this quadrant yet.)