One final scorching war on Earth caused the Terrans to scatter across the universe. The planet suffered from a war of paralyzing toxins that sent the survivors scrambling for clean air. They searched for soil unfettered from the poisons that covered the ground, making Earth an impotent ball of rock. It had become a dust bowl unable to produce any kind of growth. Through the search for better land, the clans sprang up. They were groups of people bound together for survival. Connor was a rare specimen, who still had muscle mass even on the food supplements his clan could provide. Because of this, he became a protector. A warrior in his clan, trained to fight and win.
Although food was scarce on Earth, technology continued to increase. Interplanetary travel had been developed for large groups and many clans left Earth for more fertile worlds. Connor’s clan was small, with only fifty-four ships in its fleet, so they didn’t have enough firepower to win a skirmish over a place to stay. They became galactic gypsies; trading their services and goods for a brief respite on a planet. That is, until they found what was called the Blue Moon orbiting the large planet Arcturus. The Blue Moon was a century’s old, uninhabited planet that was rejected by other civilizations because of its proximity to the well of evil that occupied Arcturus. That evil called itself the Hunters.
The Hunters possessed technology that was arcane to most worlds and they used it to create a weapon so terrible that it was outlawed on most other planets. This was the latchpin. A device that, on its highest setting, would melt its way through a Terran, leaving only fizzling goo behind. The Hunters were proud of their skills at domination and supremacy. They would make war on all who would appear in their quadrant. Those that survived became their slaves.
Connor’s clan hadn’t met up with their society before, but they were desperate for a place to rest and recuperate. Regardless of the latchpin stories, they decided to negotiate a treaty with the Hunters. After all, they couldn’t let a perfectly good planet go to waste.
I hope you enjoyed this prologue to Blue Moon. The entire story will be available near the end of the year. I'll keep you posted.