this is it. My second day in the Orium Mines. I knew things would
be harsh, but I never expected this. When I first entered the mines,
I was surprised by the size of it. An enormous underground complex,
completely carved out. There must be thousands of people working
here. All victims of Sludge Vohaul's evil reign. I know for sure
I'm going to die here. Just like many others. Falling rocks, cave-ins
and other accidents occur every minute. Not to mention the people
who are tortured to death by the Apemen guards. Screaming people
everywhere, it's awful! The guards use their whips and bats to 'motivate'
you. I saw an old man getting beat up by three of those goons. They
were all laughing while the man was bleeding to death.
in 'my room' now. It is truly a prison. I'm sharing the room with
20 other slaves. I can't believe this is happening to me. It's very
dark and cold out here. Only a little beam of sunlight is illuminating
the room through a small air vent. There must be at least 50 meters
of rock above me. All I have left is this booklet and pen. I was
transported here yesterday. Some people don't even know why they
are here. But I know, ooh yes I do. My home planet is called Alferion
9, where people live in harmony and in peace. Our civilization was
developing at a tremendous rate over the last centuries, new things
where invented every day. I was head science commander, working
on a secret project.
were doing research for a Planetarial Barrier Shield. After only
6 years of developing and testing, the project was nearing completion.
I was telling everybody all the time the machine needed more testing.
There was so much we didn't understand. But the curiosity of my
fellow scientists was unstoppable. They activated the Planetarial
Barrier Shield soon after the third successful test. We were all
surprised it worked. The shield was designed to protect us from
meteor threats and deadly cosmic rays, as our atmosphere was depleting
at an alarming rate. The machine worked better than expected.
inventing this machine, we had traded that meteor threat for something
else. The threats of Sludge Vohaul. He was, of course, interested
in our newly developed technology. We all knew that this shield
was more than a protection against meteors. By building it, we've
also built a defensive force field against StarShip invasions and
bombardments. No ship could enter or leave the planet. We had in
fact just built the largest fortress in the galaxy!
in a cargo ship, a whole army of Apemen were sent down to haunt
me. They caught me very quickly; I didn't even knew they were coming.
They told me Sludge wanted the blue prints of the Planetarial Barrier
Shield. I was tortured for 26 days, and I just collapsed. I told
them in my weakness where the plans were. I thought I was going
to be released, but I was foolish. Soon, I found myself transported
to one of the many Orium mines on Labion, owned by Sludge. It was
my punishment for telling where the plans were. The universe will
never be the same.
I gave up hope that I'm going to get out of here alive. The only
way I'm going to see surface light again is in a trunk... Dead.
Real hope doesn't exist here. The only thing that does, is the hope
you'll never wake up again. I'm close to collapse... Must hold on.
I've already survived so many nights here.
was a lot of unrest from the Apemen guards today. I've heard something
about an escape. A hovercraft which was transporting a new slave
to the mines, crashed and somehow he survived. What a lucky guy.
is so ironic. We are surrounded by riches. This big chunk of Orium
must be at least worth 425 buckazoid out there. Sometimes I think
to myself this is a beautiful place to be. The whole mine is illuminating
gently by Orium. But this is everything but a beautiful place. We'll
have to work 7 days a week, 16 hours per day.
days slowly turn into weeks, and weeks turn slowly into months.
I'm sick. Everything hurts. I must be having a fever. I'll soon
leave this place. Every day I've looked up at this small beam of
sunlight... It gives me strength. It tells me freedom is just 50
meters of solid rock above me. I'll soon travel to the light.