The creature awaiting me has the manner of a warrior, but makes no move to attack. Instead, it grunts in a tongue I do not speak, then passes me a slate. With a start, I realize that I can understand the text on it. In disbelief, I try to catch the creature's eye, but it has already turned away in disinterest. I suspect it is a mere courier, not the author of this message.
Instructions on how to build my own path through the stars - this will be invaluable. The warrior-thing inspects its weapons, avoiding my gaze, waiting for me to leave.