Yet here you were, in one of the last untouched wildernesses of the civilized galaxy.
It was beautiful.
Even though the size and loneliness of the forest had seemed daunting at first, as you moved deeper into the forest, you came to embrace it. The ground was almost entirely clear of brush, and the only obstacles facing your movement through the forest were the massive, tangled roots of the trees. They formed a network of lines that crossed the forest floor, and mingled with the patches of sunlight that passed through the trees to form an organic pattern of green and brown on the ground.
You had also come to cherish the silence. Only the occasional birdsong or other, more exotic animal cry broke the still air. Sometimes a breeze would rustle the treetops, creating a soft, pleasant sound. There was nothing startling or frightening that you had seen or heard yet. While Dyas had a few large predators, they were very rare, and allegedly easy to smell (and easy to avoid, if you could climb trees -- which you could).
Your sense of peace evaporated as soon as the sound of a loud crunch reached you. Wildly, you looked around, trying to spot the source. You thought you saw something huge moving between the trees, but when you looked closer to investigate, there was nothing there. Perplexed, you looked back in front of you, and saw a man.
A human man.
What was another human doing here? Especially without any sort of hiking gear. He was just standing there, in casual clothing, with only an expression of mild surprise on his face.
Hello there, he said, in perfect English. What are you doing all the way out here?
Quickly you explained that you were going hiking, and would be spending a week in the forest.
Curious, he said quietly. Not many do that. Well, I'm sure you're tired. I live out here, you can come over to my house and rest for a while, maybe get something to eat? How does that sound?
Slowly, you nodded. There was something unusual about him, something alien, that didn't feel quite human to you. It wasn't a bad feeling though, and you didn't let it stop you from accepting his hospitality.
Great, he said, smiling. It's this way.