"Before we arrive at Mantessa, there are a few things you should know," Caitlin told Zamar. "Mantessa is entirely unpopulated by sentient beings. The only things that live there are senseless animals. One of these is very dangerous. It's called a sleen. While it's not very big, it can be very fast if it wants to be. Erica and I will try to keep them away from you, but you would do well to have a weapon as well."
"We're not all powerful," Erica said. "If enough of these creatures attack, we'll need your help."
"A person obsessed with probabilities would tell you that we have a 40% chance of running into one of these creatures," Caitlin continued. "Let's just say it's often enough to keep us on our toes."
"I just had a thought," Erica said suddenly. "If the planet is uninhabited, why are we going there?"
Caitlin did not reply for a moment. When she did, her reply was short and to the point.
"Pirates love the place."