The Witness

2021.12.03 22:46 GigalithineButhulne The Witness

THUD
THUD
THUD
The full conference chamber was silent as the slow, ponderous sound of inevitability approached via the hallway outside. The documents had been prepared. The Fdaz Metallurgy Consortium had brokered a one-in-a-generation deal to mine one of the moons of a colony of the notoriously fearful, xenophobic Awsevaj for enough rare earths to supply equipment manufacturers in this sector of the galaxy for a generation. All that remained was the signing --- and the witnessing.
For an occasion like this, an enormous agreement with a people who rarely made agreements, no ordinary witness was procured, but rather, a Witness. One of the legendarily slow, enormous leviathans, whose memory was continuous for generations of most ordinary sapients and unlike every electronic and physical-media storage to date, untamperable. On occasion, Witnesses died of natural causes. In one famous incident that nearly caused a large-scale galactic war, a Witness was deliberately assassinated.
THUD!
THUD!
THUD!
The Witness' slow, reverbrating footfalls came ever closer like the sound of history being made. The room had been silent for so long, waiting for the being's approach. The huge entryway's doors opened as the creature slowly, slowly moved through the doorway. Some of the officials in the room drew back as though the huge sapient might crush them, as though its slow movements could not easily be anticipated and avoided.
It was many times taller than already quite tall Hefz chairman of the Fdaz Consortium. Bipedal, bilaterally symmetrical, with two huge arms capable of carrying off small vehicles with passengers inside. In one hand it carried some sort of open container, and there was *steam* coming off the noxious-smelling liquid inside. The Witness plodded painfully slowly to the enormous throne prepared for it, and then slowly lowered itself, partly folding its body so that its two feet rested on the floor and its major joint on the platform.
Everyone knew that the Witnesses were a civilization in and of themselves. While it seemed like they had been part of galactic civilization forever, it was generally known that only a handful of their own reproductive generations had passed since they had emerged into galactic society at all. Their physical ponderousness and slowness of thought and reaction belied a shockingly rapid facility for learning and an astonishing creativity with the use of electronics to level the technological field. But the slowness of their lives and society, not to mention their sheer enormity, meant that the Witnesses could never truly be integrated into galactic society.
Instead, they served roles like these: watchers and rememberers, keepers of the long galactic consensus. It was rumoured that their own name for themselves translated to "children of fertile soil", but they came to be known as a species in the galaxy as the Witnesses.
The Witness spoke, in slow, deep, profound tones. Most species found the voice of a Witness to be both terrifying and beautiful. The resonance of the low tones could be felt in the flooring and the walls. Carefully trained translators for both the Fdaz Metallurgy Consortium and the Awsevaj Protection Circle, on special attention-increasing medication, translated it as "I am here to observe the agreement."
The Consortium Chairman lifted his front quarters. "Greetings to Witness Dangerous-Furred-Animal Connector-of-Garments. We have called you here to observe this agreement between the Fdaz Metallurgy Consortium and the Awsevaj Protection Circle for the mining of the Awsevaj colony moon Awhendalku. Have you been apprised of the terms?"
The interpreters, deep in their trance of slowness, rendered his words in tones nothing like those of the Witness itself, but were apparently understood.
Then the Witness responded, and there was another, much longer eternity of deep sound around all of the meeting participants, and it recited the major points of the agreement.
When it fell silent, the room remained quiet for a time, and then the Awsevaj First-to-Flee, in trembling tones, said, "We accept the terms. Inform the Witness." Then true to his title, he fled out of the room at the incredible speed only the Awsevaj were naturally capable of.
The Witness listened to the interpreters. Then slowly, the huge barrel of dangerously hot liquid was lifted to its upper orifice. The bystanders shuddered as a molten river poured down its vast gullet. Then the Witness replied, "I have observed the agreement to this contract. I will remember what you have agreed, down several of your generations. I and my kind shall remind your successors if they need reminding."
Then it paused for long minutes and began again.
"Please send the previously payment in Nofraljik Compute Credits to account 22-3235-92-28-54 in [low-frequency-tone-series-name-of-Witness-homeworld-location]. It has been a pleasure doing business with you. Have a very good [long diurnal cycle/year], and I hope to hear from you in the near [far] future."
A sum of currency the size of the total wealth of several Awsevaj Fright-Huddles was transferred in the background to the Witness' account. With that, the leviathan being rose upon its two legs, miraculously capable of keeping the huge creature balanced, and gradually plodded its way out of the chamber.
THUD!
THUD!
THUD!
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Leo Taylor made his way back to his small commuter transport ship. It was always easy money being a sort of glorified notary to the zippy little xenos. A sum worth about the cost of renovating his bathroom with a little leftover for vacation cruise tickets for himself and his wife had appeared in his bank account, or would be once he had traded away the compute credits to the Technological Development Authority for actual money. He had enough time to get to pick up his daughter from astrogation summer camp and get home before dinner. A pretty good day.
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This is \technically* prompt-inspired as it is actually a response to my own writing prompt, "[Humans can charge high rates to act as private witnesses for treaties, business contracts, and other agreements among aliens.](https://www.reddit.com/humansarespaceorcs/comments/r7xplf/wp_humans_can_charge_high_rates_to_act_as_private/)"*
I'm the creator of /humansarespaceferrets as well as a moderator of /humansarespaceorcs. I also run a Discord server affiliated with both subreddits called The Airsphere (invite link).
--The gigalithine lenticular entity Buthulne.
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