Chapter 2 - Machu Picchu


The Vanir Lord and Lady are transported to Machu Picchu in a quasi-dimensional ship known as Skithblathnir captained by the Father of Time. Njord, Star Lord SpaceDog and Lady Istanna explore Midgard in the magic ship and discover families thought lost in a world with many wonders.

If Pigs Could Fly

SpaceDog places his middle finger on the tip of his mouth and imprints an image of the Helm of Awe in Roots mind. He rolls up his sleeve and presses the quantum entanglement device that looks like a gauntlet and both SpaceDog and Root disappear.

Less then a moment later they reappear with Root holding the falknut.

[Istanna]    "What type of key is that?"

[Njord]       "That my lady, links to the best ship ever made, the Skithblathnir. To call the ship, just touch the rune on your palm while holding the Helm of Awe.

SpaceDog takes the Falknut from Root and touches the rune on his palm. A small box appears suspended mid air in front of him.

[Njord]       "Let's take that outside. It will take us anywhere at any time we want to go. HOME, lockdown when we close the door."

SpaceDog plucks the suspended box and notices it has no weight. Root, Toot, SpaceDog, Istanna and Njord step outside the home and it changes into an old white tree with gold colored leaves. 

[Istanna]    "I get the feeling we are going on a long trip - back in time? Am I correct?"

[Njord]       "You will find out sooner then you think. But first, we need to decide what our ship will look like and how it will sail. Son, you are in tune with Midgard technology, past, present and future. What do you think? Airships like those in Atlantis, air foils, a flying tea cup or saucer? Istanna, mind trip with SpaceDog and put your heads together, literally. Then whatever you come up with think of it as real and we are passengers in or on it."

Istanna and SpaceDog put their heads together for a brief moment exchanging ideas and memories and they both say at the same time,

[Istanna & SpaceDog] "If pigs could fly!"

The small box in SpaceDog's hand starts to change shape, unfolds again and again surrounding them. The Skithblathnir takes the shape of a large pig and they, are in the belly of the beast, sitting on comfortable pigskin chairs looking out the semi-transparent sides.

[Njord]       "You have got to be kidding me. A flying pig? You two are geniuses and have one Hel of an imagination when you put your heads together. Can I take the helm? If you don't mind... Since you called it, just tell the ship my name and that I am captain."

[SpaceDog] "Skithblathnir, give the Father of Time, Njord,  helm as your captain. Give him command NOW."

[Istanna]    "How in the 9 realms are we going to get from here to there and when will we be going in time?. I've not herd of this type of magic before and it feels all wrong and mystical."

[Njord]       "Don't worry Istanna. This ship is quazi-dimensional and exists in non-linear time. In other words, it's built from alien magic and given to me by my father.  Skithblathnir your name is now PIG. PIG, show me a 4D map of Midgard. Apply now."

A 1 square meter, 3 dimensional map of earth appears in the pigs nose with constantly shifting tectonic plates. Njord places his hand on what looks like a time scale and adjusts it to Earth year at approximately year 200 BC. Many of the names on the 3D maps change as he spins the globe and re-adjusts the linear timeline.

[Njord]       "PIG, set course to Midgard colony 13.72 realm 5, 222EBC day 149.5, location code name Machu Picchu and hold in Sol/Luna pattern. Entangle, then hold position for 20 moments. Apply now."

The entire ship structure becomes transparent and the stars in the heavens begin to move in mysterious ways. A milliarn later, most of the ship becomes semi-transparent again and hovering around the top of a mountain creating an odd shaped flying pig shadow from the sun and moon directly overhead. Below, a green beacon pulses into the sky from the top of one stone structure striking the belly of the flying PIG. An Atlantean voice says,

[Voice]        "Unidentified flying pig. State your identification and intention."

[Njord]       "I am Njord, your former Lord and this flying pig is the Skithblathnir, now called PIG. I have the current Lord and Lady of Vanaheimr with me and we will be groundside in 19 moments. Prepare for our arrival. Do you need confirmation of intent?"

[Voice]        "I will accept confirmation from the Lord."

Njord points to the glowing green light looking at SpaceDog.

[SpaceDog] "I am Star Lord SpaceDog, Commander of the QETS and rightful ruler of Vanaheimr. Gather everyone who is not on duty on the southern end of the main courtyard before we arrive. On your knees now. To whom am I speaking?"

Voice falls to his knees. A guard at the door also drops to her knees and bows prostrate.

[Voice]        "I am Voice at your command sire. My guard and I have both confirmed your identification from your command to kneel. We will gather all not on duty as you have requested. May we stand and return to duty, my Lord?"

[SpaceDog] "You may stand Voice as may the guard."

[Voice]        "Sire, welcome to Machu Picchu. Is there anything else you desire?"

SpaceDog looks at Istanna and nods his head to the glowing communication device.

[Istanna]    "Voice, I am Istanna. Let everyone know that we are not to be addressed as king, queen, sire or your majesty. All will address us as Star Lord SpaceDog and I will be addressed as Lady Istanna. And one more thing... We have a BIG surprise for all who have come here in fear of the Aesir. We will address everyone shortly."

[Voice]        "As your hearts commands Lady Istanna, it will be done."

Njord waves his hand over the green light and it turns amber.

[Njord]       "PIG, land on the north end of the courtyard and deploy all passengers as soon as everyone outside has gathered."

[Istanna]    "I don't know what just came over me, calling myself Lady Istanna. Do you think it's acceptable for your wife and goddess?"

A huge grin comes over the faces of SpaceDog, Njord, Toot and Root. All nodding YES in agreement.

Machu Picchu and the End of Exile

10 moments later, the giant flying pig descends and lands at one end of the courtyard before a group of Vanir standing with their heads bowed. The Skithblathnir begins to change shape and 5 figures appear as it folds back into a small box that suspends itself in front of Njord. Njord puts it in a small bag tied to his trident. SpaceDog looks at the faces in the crowd, trying to recognize his mother, son and friend Rosemary, but does not see any of them. Njord steps forward and Toot stands by his side.

[Njord]       "Citizens of Vanaheimr, raise your heads.  I am Njord. Many may remember me as the Vanr who helped you escape Vanaheimr during the war. Others may remember me as your former Lord. On this day, I am honored to introduce my son Freyr and his wife, the Air Goddess of Alfheim, Istanna. Voice was instructed to tell you that your new Lord and Lady do not want to be addressed as your highness, your majesty, sire or anything that would hint of their position amongst the Vanir Gods and Goddesses. I now present to you Star Lord SpaceDog and Lady Istanna."

[SpaceDog] "Greetings Gods and Goddesses. I will give this command only once to prove that I am your true Lord. Lady Istanna will follow with a command to prove that she is my partner. You will now look at my father Njord, hold down your right eyelid with your right middle finger and stick out your tongue at him for giving me this position as your ruler. Hold that position."

Everyone in the group looks a little startled but follow SpaceDog's command and pull down their eyelid while sticking out their tongue at Njord and many try not to laugh.

[Istanna]    "You are all released from the position SpaceDog commanded you. Now please relax."

[SpaceDog] "For countless solar cycles,  our race was hated by the warring Gods of Asgard, the Aesir, and many perished in the Aesir-Vanir war. That war is over and we wish to give you the chance to rebuild your homes on Vanaheimr. The Bifrost Rainbow Bridge on Vanaheimr or out ship will return you there whenever you are ready. If for some reason you do not wish to return, we have alternative options, but you can't stay here."

[Istanna]    "Some of you already speak Atlantean or Latin and we can take you to meet your brothers and sister in Atlantis. We would need to place you further into the past because you already know Atlantis sank when the tectonic plates in the Atlantic Ocean spread apart Earth year 2525BC. That option may be a short lived but will allow you to rescue many of the exiled before Sink-Day."

[Njord]       "Another choice is a place called England. I will be spending a few hundred Earth years there tracking down a renegade God that has appeared many times in Earths history. I would like some company and trusted God children when I go there."

[SpaceDog] "The last option, we offer to masters of mysticism, will take you to the plains of Nazca on this continent. We would like to set up a temporary holding depot for plants and animal on this planet that may go extinct and take them to a wildlife refuge planet. When we leave there, a mystic mystery will be left for the people of Earth to ponder centuries into the future. No matter what you choose, when you leave here, you will only leave building and no trace as to who you are, or how long you have been on Midgard. If you have any questions or concerns, you may come forward. For those who already know your intended place to live, you may start packing on this exceptional Saturnday at Machu Picchu."

Njord strikes the ground with his trident signaling the end of the meeting. Some of the Vanir come forward to speak to the new Lord and Lady of Vanaheimr while others return to their homes to pack all their belongings for the trip they have already chosen because they, like all Vanir, have the power of prognostication. Many stay for another reason.

Root stands between SpaceDog and Istanna while Toot stands between Istanna and Njord. Lines form in front of each of the royal family.

[SpaceDog] "Please, no ques. Everyone will get a turn to ask questions and I will let Root the groot, pick who asks the questions. Your questions and our answers are important and everyone should hear them."

Root picks the first citizen by touching his hand.

[Citizen 1]   "It's an honor to meet you Star Lord SpaceDog on this exceptional day. Njord said you are his son, Freyr, yet you call yourself Star Lord SpaceDog. I'm slightly confused and why give up the royal greetings?

[SpaceDog] "I was born some 16 millennium ago and have had many names in my lifetime. Freyr was the first name given to me by my mother and father. Only my immediate family have ever use it. Let everyone know I am simply SpaceDog, or Star Lord SpaceDog if you need my Godly powers. The title Star Lord was given to me by our former enemy and king of the Aesir, Odin. He gave me that title when I removed all traces of an event he was never proud of, before he became king. The reason why we don't use royalty greetings is because unlike most who hold power, we have no wish to change the lives of other by our status. We respect everyone's wishes and only work for the good of all peaceful Gods, Goddesses, humans, Fey, magical and other living creatures. Thank you for your Question."

Root picks the nest citizen touching her hand.

[Citizen 2]   "Lady Istanna, I sense you have not been a Vanir for long and first addressed as the Air Goddess of Alfheim. Please explain."

[Istanna]     "Good question. It is true I am Istanna and was the Air Goddess dragoness of Alfheim and I have been a friend of SpaceDog for 5000 cycles. I became a Vanir, your Lady and wife of SpaceDog when he handed me what we thought was a simple artifact he found 600 cycles ago. It was in fact Bodn, the first soul binding Vanir device created 15,000 cycles ago with the blood and magic from the very first Vanir, Ymir. It changed my DNA-s-t&a to match SpaceDog's genetic makeup, soul, telepathic and abilities with only one major exceptions, my dragon blood."

[Njord]        "Bodn was supposed to create 2 rulers, a king and queen who would have the ability to control the Vanir if needed. When I used the device with my wife, Skadi, she let go of it and refused to let it change her or bind us. Is Skadi still living here?"

[Citizen 2]   "Skadi left just after she came here. Said she wanted to live on the tallest mountain range on Midgard and suspect that's where you will find her."

Root once again picks a young looking male from the group.

[Luke]          "This may shock you SpaceDog, but I am Luke. My given name was Fiolnir, son of Gertrude and Freyr. Does this mean you are my father, the Vanir I never met because mother took me away from you after I was born?"

~~~~ there is total silence as the sun, eclipsed by the moon, begins totality phase ~~~~

Vanir Reunion

Njord, also being the Father of Time, planned this day as an event all Vanir would remember. A short time before the flying pig arrived, many of the citizens of Machu Picchu were already gathered for viewing the Total Eclipse of the sun and not on work duty. This made all the Vanir easy to assemble for the arrival of the new Lord and Lady. What nobody had taken into consideration, was the reunion of Father and Son starting at the beginning of totality.

SpaceDog and Istanna look at the crowd of Vanir watching the total eclipse of the sun. They both grin from ear to ear, note the Father of Time's perfect timing of this event. SpaceDog looks at Luke and motions for him to join them. He then addresses the crowd.

[SpaceDog] "I see we came on a day of an event we should all enjoy. We will reconvene in one arn."

[Njord]       "The eclipse will only last 2 moments so be mindful not to loose site."

Luke walks up to his father and then looks up into the heavens with tears in his eyes.

[ ~Luke~ ]   "Why did it take you so long to find me or me find you?  Mother is going to be shocked when she hears you are on Midgard, and here at Machu Picchu of all places flying around in a pig.  And, you are the Lord of the Vanir and, and, and She is in the Plains of Nazca reproducing the construction prints for the Ether power plant that quit working 12,000 years ago."

[SpaceDog] "I'm still in shock. Give me half a moment... First, when your mother left me, all she said was, I'm leaving you. Good Bye! and I never heard from her again. Second, every time I've tried to go back in time to the day she left, or find a clue as to what happened, I run into a time paradox and can never get past it. I thought the ancient ones have cursed me, but now I think it's all the results of your grandfathers intervention."

SpaceDog looks at Njord who is quietly ignoring that last comment and looking at the eclipse when the sun as begins to reemerge from behind the moon. Istanna steps up to Luke, takes his hands and looks back and forth between SpaceDog and Luke.

[Istanna]   "Luke, I'm Istanna. Guess you can call me your step mother. Your father has never lost the desire to meet or be part of your life. Everywhere we have traveled in the past, he always asks if anyone has seen or know your whereabouts. Have faith in your father."

[SpaceDog] "What have you been doing with your life son?"

[ ~Luke~ ]   "I've been a mason since I was young and read most of the books in Atlantis before it sank. Rosemary and I skipped back and forth in time with the help of Father Time and I'm here because he told me to be. Rosemary is my mate. She and I have 4 children. 2 are architects, one is a healer and the last is a mystery surrounded by a paradox caught in an enigma."

[Njord]       "There is a time and a place for everything in the universe. Today is the day the enigma ends and a new world is born. I see the light at the end of a tunnel and the puzzle pieces falling into place. I will soon be going back for the next phase of the journey. I'm bringing the Vanir race home to a time when we can live in piece with the other realms. Luke, want to help rebuild the cities of Vanaheimr?  Sure could use your help and you can spend time with your dad."

[SpaceDog] "We've got a lot of catching up to do."

[Istanna]    "Did you hear that my love? You have grandchildren! Want to start out own family? Hint, hint!"


The day after the eclipse, many of the families were packed and ready to return to Vanaheimr. Njord, now captain of PIG, decides to change the configuration of Skithblathnir into a flying disc large enough to carry everyone plus as many stored supplies as possible.


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