Recent History on Mina

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Three months ago the Makarans came through the Grand Trans-Mat. They had decoded part
of the machine and made contact with the Mina. After some communications the Makara and
Mina agreed to meet. With much ceremony the Makara arrived. They were taken on a tour of
the city, exchanged gifts with the representatives of the Mina and spent several days enjoying
the hospitality of the Mina.

They departed, returning home at the appropriate time. Promising to continue communicating
with the Mina in the future. Unfortunately this exposed the Mina to a virus that they had no
immunity to.

The Mina didn’t realize that the infection had come from the Makara when cases began to
occur. The representatives had gone home to their provinces, and this allowed the virus to
spread rapidly. Cases began to claim lives in the first week. Hospitals all over the world were
flooded with cases of the flu-like virus. Doctors were unable to curb the spread of the infection, and news was slow to convey the severity of the infection. Traditions put families at risk as the healthy of the family cared for the ill and thus spread the illness.

As things broke down news became more sporadic. People in the governments realized
that it was very likely the Makara had brought the virus. There was a division in thinking. A
few people in the government considered that the virus had been some form of attack. Most
though realized it might be possible that the virus was just something the Makara had a natural
immunity to. It was decided that they would try to make contact with the Makara and see if they
could provide some assistance.

Norand, a scientist assigned to the Grand Trans-Mat research project was contacted by the Central Authority and sent to the Temple of the Grand Trans-Mat to try and signal the Makara. He encodes the message and sends it.

This is where the survey team enters the course of events.

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