Paralaxium Project
Jonzonian Magazine report of April 2296
The oldest object known to man, hides more than it reveals...

During the three hundred years in which our Scientists have maintained contact with the Paralaxium, so little has been revealed about these ultra-reclusive beings, that noted Anthromorphologists are still just guessing at almost every aspect of the life, culture and history of this mysterious race. And, as usual, the artifacts recently brought to light have generated far more questions and wonder than any of the information that can be gleaned from their existence. Even, Tyge Von NG, the scholar and lead Anthromorphist studying the Paralaxium, remains mystified about the unexpected bequest to our Science. He reports, "I was summoned to a 'face-to-face' meeting, which is almost miraculous in itself, considering how upsetting our comparative nakedness is to the Paralaxium...and, then simply handed a bundle. The envoys then, in a most matter-of-fact manner; delivered a few facts concerning the items and then quickly ended the meeting with the customary flutter of uneasy embarrassment and remarks of apology. I was left dumbfounded by the meeting and by what they had told me about the 'artifacts' they had just handed over."

The artifacts that Dr. Von NG had received are remarkable enough in their content, but the most astounding thing about the gifts are their actual age. Quite simply the items are an old photograph and an ancient helmet or head gear. But the meaning of "old" and "ancient" fade to nothing in the face of Paralaxium history. Apparently, a process similar to photography was discovered by the Paralaxium almost 5,000 years ago. New technology being what it is, the earliest process did not produce images of "lasting" quality (by Paralaxium standards) and the first 2,000 years of photographs have been lost to the ravages of time. Not until about 3,000 years ago was the process perfected and Paralaxium households, today, generally contain photographs of relatives an daily life dating back to that era. This particular photograph comes from the period, lasting for about 4 centuries, in which the photochemical technology was being finally perfected.

"Once you recover from the shock of having (dated) the artifacts, you have to begin wondering at the image itself." That wondering has primarily been the work of Dr. Ikesha Swansao, head investigator for the Los Todas Institute's task force for Paralaxium Studies and Chief Project Liaison attached to Dr. Von NG's on going research. "What we have pictured here, is what has been described to us as 'The Water Guardian'. Whether this figure represents a soldier-type guardian, or a ritualistic role associated with an ancient societal based function, we can not tell. The elaborate, apparently three-dimensional detailing of this costume, represented by the large eyeball located behind baffles of multiple eyelids, makes this figure quite unique." And, for the first time, this mysterious figure hints at something our Science could only guess at, but could not confirm. "Well, we now know that at least something in the Paralaxium society has undergone, at least some degree, of minor change or modification in a time frame that is, at least imaginable."

What has Dr. Swansao and other Anthromorphologists so excited is the first evidence that anything has ever changed or evolved in the Paralaxium culture. In the three hundred years we have known about the Paralaxium, our Science has only been able to piece together this amazing and almost unbelievable scenario: The Paralaxium race reached a level of "sublime sustainability", so far back in the reaches of time that no records, mythos, or even dreams of a different way of living exists in their culture and society. Each member of the race seems connected to what is happening NOW within their society, because there has never been a time in which NOW was any different. Every aspect, every activity, every need within the society has reached a level of zero growth...zero loss. Just enough food is raised by just enough individuals who want to farm to sustain Paralaxium life. Just enough people become interested in electrical power generation to operate the Paralaxium energy plants. Just enough Paralaxium workers want to be office help, just enough want to be janitors. Everyone is settled and content in doing work that appeals to them. When someone wants to change professions all that is required, after that individual masters the skills required for the task, is a simple swap of duties with someone that desires to hold the former's position. "Thus it has been, thus it shall be" is the motto under which all seems to co-operate in the Paralaxium system.

If the uncovering of the three thousand year old photograph was enough to send our Science's minds reeling the second item in the bundle awarded to Dr. Von NG has nearly short circuited those same minds. When the item was unwrapped, the first piece of Paralaxium clothing ever to exhibit significant variation in construction and style was brought to light. The awesome portent of that moment still resonates in Dr. Von NG recollections; "Here was an unbelievably old relic, in pristine condition that at once opened up our research and study to possibilities of awe and wonder. Here was a head gear constructed of high tech materials, some of which are yet unknown to us and whose age exceeds the age of the species of man. Here was a highly developed object that was designed and manufactured around the time that the first life forms that were to become earth's Dinosaurs emerged from the shallow tidal pools of primordial seas." In years, that makes this Paralaxium artifact more than 100 million year's old!

"The fact that it appears to be a helmet is not too surprising", offers Dr. Swansao. "One of the most distinctive aspects of Paralaxium costuming has to do with the very elaborate means by which male and female cover their heads and upper torsos. Since as far back as the Paralaxium imagination can stretch, these coverings have been constructed of a light super durable 'plastic-like' shell molded into various basic geometric shapes." It was considered that no variation in this manner of dressing had ever occurred. "That theory is now 'somewhat' wrong in that we have proof that, at least, 100 million years ago things were a bit different', Dr. Von NG adds with a slightly sarcastic grin. But, what is really different are the new theories springing up within the Anthromorphic community to meet this challenge to previously held fact.

Constructed of several disparate units the helmet shares little resemblance to the modern unitized shapes worn by all ages in Paralaxium society. The skull covering is a mixture of Bronze and polycarobonite, the veil is stainless steel and the odd spiral mouth guard is Titanium and Gold. The visor lens is most interesting because the composition of the material from which it was formed is yet unidentified. Some believe that the plastic-like nature of the material makes it a forerunner of the material used hundreds of millennium later by the Paralaxiums to fashion their geometric garb. These material considerations aside, questions of how this head gear came into fashion and how that fashion has evolved to the current practice is largely unknown.

What is known is that Paralaxiums are supremely private peoples. All meals are taken in private. While family units often eat together, any member of that family is allowed with great understanding to take their meals in their private quarters. Dining out is not a custom for casual dates. Paralaxiums wishing to dine out eat in small private cubicles set-up by the restaurant. The covering of the upper torso and head is not matched in the lower extremities. And, form revealing tights from mid torso to the often shoeless feet are worn by all ages and body types. They are very body conscience and it seems that part of the reason for the covering is to modulate sexual stimulation. Apparently Paralaxium males and females share an overwhelming attraction to necks and well formed collar bones. They are so effected by these body parts, that they can not easily maintain presence for very long with creatures such as themselves, who expose these areas of their bodies.

This made early research a problem for our Sciences, since the easy solution of simply donning Paralaxium garb and observing their culture first hand encountered a very interesting roadblock. As the early researchers discovered the geometric shapes worn by the population while light weight and relatively comfortable, were not translucent. The Paralaxium it turns out can not see through their coverings. In fact, Paralaxium may not see at all. "Since no Paralaxium has been seen without the body covering, we don't even know if they have eyes, as we are accustomed to thinking of eyes, at any rate." Dr. Von NG goes on to maintain however that, " a Paralaxium can distinguish singular objects, colors, or a fellow Paralaxium's identity with as much accuracy as we 'see', but this sense seems to radiate 360 degrees around a Paralaxium individual and is unimpeded by the presence of the largely opaque head and torso covering." As the early researchers were to find out the Paralaxium could "sense the nakedness" of their necks and shoulders and could not stay put long enough to conduct face-to-face research.

 

None the worse for wear, this Paralaxium photograph was taken before the process had been perfected nearly 3,000 years ago.
Fashioned by Paralaxium hands before the first ancestor of man waddled on shore, could this helmet have been at the beginning of a 100 millennium fashion trend?
A Paralaxium family goes on a picnic. The picnickers, however, will not eat or drink since the grove of odd trees does not provide enough privacy. Instead, they will nap, sing songs, or otherwise commune with nature.
 An awesome natural wonder and a National Shrine dedicated to good health and hot sulpurus baths. This incredibly intricate and symmetrical design on the walls is actually natural mineralized rock, similar to Jasper and Flint. Formed out of a semi-dormant maze of lava tubes and constantly supplied with steaming hot mineral water, this Spa has been in constant use for several million years.
Bathers alternate between the cooler outer baths and the more private inner baths that allow the Paralaxium enough privacy to remove their plastic-like outer coverings. Since it is known that Paralaxium individuals can "see" through their outer shape, which is made of a material opaque to our eyes, the question is raised; "why does being in the shadows create this sense of privacy", since we assume they can also see through the dark?

 

Spare accommodations do not seem to bother Paralaxium travelers who are quite accustom to sleeping suspended from ceiling hooks or simply sprawled on the floor inside their geometric shaped outerwear.
Thus the three hundred year trend has been to study this race of beings from afar, through second hand observation, private and isolated interviews and the Paralaxium penchant for photographs. "We have held for a very long time that the Paralaxium are so linked to the almost everlasting self sustainability of all the functions and institutions of their life that contact with something as radically different as our Science researchers may pose a real threat to an incredible delicately balanced organismic structure, such as their culture." Dr. Von NG is quick to add that the very fact that a "face-to-face" meeting; such as the one in which he was presented the amazing bundle of artifacts, was arranged and happened at all may indicate a new era for Paralaxium study. "We are encouraged that this may not be the last such meeting.

"One thing is certain, the Paralaxiums have shrunk back from the almost shocking openness of their recent meeting with Von NG. There are strong indications that the very idea that their ancient ancestors were so (in their opinion) "primitively attired" that it may take as much as another decade before they will over come their embarrassment enough to share the next tiny tid-bit of information about their mysterious existence and nearly incomprehensibly ancient history. The Paralaxium envoys themselves indicate to Dr. Von NG that the helmet had not been displayed or viewed by the Paralaxium public in eons because the thought of the bare neck and clavicle that this head gear left exposed makes everyone "extremely uncomfortable".

Some researchers say that this "embarrassment" is simply a defense mechanism or a cover up constructed to protect the sustainability of their culture and to insulate them against what they consider undo contact with alien creatures. Can we doubt that contact may have that kind of impact on the Paralaxium? Already we have seen how Paralaxium contact has begun to influence minor changes and trends in fashion and politics here at home. Thanks to our contact with the Paralaxium, "sustainability" is no longer an abstract concept, and has become the rallying cry of the politically active. Can we adopt the same social order? Do we want to? These are just two of the innumerable questions that such "finds" present to our Science. The Paralaxium may always be our greatest enigma and, for that reason alone, they may also be our greatest treasure.

The Paralaxium culture achieved "sublime sustainability" eons ago and has since produced untold amounts of Fine Arts. Here in the popular "Gallery Vee". critics and students alike contemplate an exhibit of "pixel compositions" by a popular artist named "Sivarge".
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