Chapter 3 Planet Gaus – The Tropical Garden

As time moved on, the plant life thrived. While the earliest phase of life developing on Gaus was now successful, there was now another phase that was coming into being. And it marked a turning point.

One particular place on Gaus known as “The Garden” was a vast tropical preserve of sorts maintained by invisible spiritual caretakers. However these spiritual caretakers would remain in the background since there was not yet any real intelligent life that had evolved. It was a step up however from earlier ages when whatever magic that was involved was self-directed with no real outside intervention.

The Garden was a sheltered area with lush plants and giant mosses. It occupied the center (about 5,000 square miles) of a vast region that covered about 10,000 square miles in area. Lakes which contained soupy mixtures of minerals and  various organic substances ranging in area from a few square feet to hundreds of square miles dotted the The Garden and part of the surrounding area that was in immediate proximity to The Garden. In a few scattered areas giant bubbles would gently belch to the lake’s surface burst releasing fluid-like gases. These fluid-like gases would gently rise a short distance and then gently descend like a slow-moving waterfall. When it made contact with the lake’s surface, it would gently spread itself out like a thin film on the water’s surface and gradually be absorbed by the water.

During the evening, luminescent creatures with a bright yellow-green glow would crawl out of there up onto dry land to chew on the lush vegetation. Other luminescent creatures of different colors (neon blue and pink) also shared this area.

The Garden
The Garden

Other assorted lifeforms included colonies of various mutant giant protozoa singularly and in colonies (adapted to a semi-terrestrial lifestyle). Their thin giant flagella would be waving in the moist evening air catching the occasional tiny leaf-hoppers. Simple insects and a few other invertebrates were also in abundance. In some of the ponds scattered about, an occasional glowing slug-like creature would slowly crawl onto shore with its antenna like eyes in search of decaying vegetation.

There was no clear boundary that delineated The Garden from the rest of the sheltered area however, there was a marked change as the tropical vegetation mixed in with more temperate plant life that was characteristic of this outer area surrounding The Garden. As one moved from the center of the sheltered area to the periphery, the vegetation in the sheltered area gradually merged with the vegetation that grew outside this area until it was indistinguishable when you left the sheltered area.

However, even from the day of creation, the existence of the Garden was destined to only be temporary. It began to shrink shortly after it was born. As vegetation from the rest of the sheltered area began to slowly invade on the perimeter of the garden, the outside perimeter of the sheltered area was also shrinking as vegetation from outside the region was also slowly moving inward. This entire sheltered area (i.e. The Garden and the rest of the sheltered area) was slowly shrinking. Like a newly formed lake that starts filling in from the day of creation, the garden was destined to slowly die out.

The tropical vegetation and animals would gradually die out as well, replaced by plants and animals from the outside that would move in. Inside some of the  lakes on the border areas, some of the colonies of protozoa were also undergoing changes. Some of the ancestors of the mutant clones would spring from the this area and begin their ascent up the evolutionary ladder. Others however, would be brought here artificially.

But for the time being, if you were in the central area of the garden, the rhythm of the days and nights seemed unchanging and in balance. The water that evaporated from the lakes was replaced by local thunderstorms or underground aquifers.

As time went on, mutations began to occur in the lifeforms due to the shrinking garden and sheltered area.  Some of the previously aquatic lifeforms gradually adapted to at least living part of their life on dry land and adjusting to the changing climate.

Other changes were taking place. The great geologic changes that would set the stage for the geography of the present day countries was underway. However, the enchanted areas with the lost written records would not come until well into the future.

As the tropical sheltered area continued to slowly shrink, a noticeable change of seasons that started to appear for the first time in areas that had never previously experienced this. It was during this time that the great dinosaurs would slowly start to evolve. In areas were The Garden faded out, the little fluorescent night crawlers also began to die out as well. A different insect with a hard brown exoskeleton began to take its place. Larger carnivorous insects also began moving into the previously occupied habitats catching their prey on the forest floor.