Chapter 4 ~  Easter Island

After collecting all botanicals and animals that will go extinct on Earth, SpaceDog and Istanna ready themselves for the next leg of their journey.  Rosemary and Luke plan with Njord to rebuild the stone city of Barra Hold on Vanaheim and the two spirit guides continue to produce dreams for the new rulers of Vanaheim. What are the 4 Valkyrie visiting Earth, planning? When will the Skithblathnir take the Vanir home? The story continues on the Plains of Nazca in Peru in the Earth year 222 B.C.


Spirit Guides

Lady Istanna and Gertrude sit at the dining tent table after everyone else has returned to their duties.

[Gertrude]   Istanna? I know you are new to being a Vanir and I'm a frost giant from Jotunheim. We each have a bit of magic, but do you get the impression that there is something mystical and strange about this valley, not just magic ley lines? Having not seen Freyr in so long, I'm confused and baffled why I'm experiencing momentary lapses in time over the past few days.

[Istanna]     There is no need to worry, Gertrude. Although he was born under the horn of war, SpaceDog has no ill feelings towards you or anyone else who wishes to live in peace. It was he that put things in motion so King Odin no longer views the Vanir as a threat. He has helped many others; most recently a dark elf and her family who all reside at The Gallant Tree Inn under his protection.

Gertrude looks at Istanna and the animal that is perched on her shoulder that Istanna has not noticed.

[Gertrude]   Istanna? Who is that furball on your shoulder?

Istanna slowly turns her head and notices a small, five tail fox staring at Gertrude.

[Istanna]     I'm not sure... We, Spacie and I, have been dreaming about twins for a while. They appeared in our bed this morning, but so far, they have not spoken or given us their names. I get the impression they were given to us as gifts. Can you sense them? 

[Gertrude]   Y e s... They have almost the same aura as... this valley... mystical, magical and mysterious.

Suddenly, the vixen fox vanishes only to reappear half a moment later with its twin counterpart. They intertwine and run up Istanna's arm, across her neck, down the other arm, and both vanish.

[Istanna]      Now that was curious!

SpaceDog appears at the doorway with the two, spirit guides sitting on his head.

[SpaceDog]   Am I interrupting anything? You look like you're getting along splendidly. What are you two looking at? Can't be a cowlick since I don't have any hair on my bald head.

[Istanna]      I think we need to give the twins names. How about Chepi and... 

[SpaceDog]   Zenko. Yes, Chepi and Zenko sound right. How about it? Do those names sound okay to you?

SpaceDog looks up, not seeing, but feeling the spirit guides as they fully materialize as kit and vixen, for the first time.

[ Zenko ]       You really are a dog for naming a fox by its Japanese name. But it's acceptable since you didn't call me Kitsune like you wanted to. You will see Kitsunee soon.

The vixen jumps across the room and lands lightly on Istanna's shoulder before licking her ear, sending shivers up Istanna's spine.

[ Chepi ]        Have you figured out who sent us to you and why he/she/it would send you two very powerful fairy spirit guides?

[Istanna]      Goddess almighty! I thought only Spacey could make me quiver like that! Think we need more time to figure who sent you and why. I don't suppose you could give us a clue.

Both spirit guides glide across the room in opposite directions. Chepi lands on SpaceDog's shoulder and Zenko lands on Istanna's head. Gertrude looks pleasantly surprised and about to speak up when both baby foxes look straight at her.

[Chepi & Zenko]  No you don't! Don't say it or you will be in BIG trouble!

Gertrude looks up like she's not paying attention before getting up to leave.

[Gertrude]   I've got to get back to the power plant drawing and finish it in two days, before you four run off to Easter Island. There, I didn't tell them now, did I?

[Chepi & Zenko]  We think it could be the power of this mystical valley that is keeping you both synched, but out of tune and soon you will be stuck in time. We will return when you find the answer you are seeking.

Both fox spirits vanish.

[SpaceDog]   I will have the answer by the end of the day.

Both fox spirits reappear.

[Chepi & Zenko]  No, you won't.

[Istanna]      YES, WE WILL!

Both five tail foxes look at Gertrude; Istanna, and lastly SpaceDog. Then, the twins put their heads together and broadcast a telepathic whisper to all three in an ancient language. They vanish just as four Valkyrie enter the dining tent.

[Istanna]      We will figure this dilemma out without your help Gertrude. Ladies, how can we help you?

[Veronica]     Hail, Lady Istanna! We don't need you. We need him.

[SpaceDog]   And how may I help you, battle witch Gunnr? You don't recall our last encounter, or do you? I have changed a bit, but you look deadly as ever, though you're still in training.

SpaceDog turns to Istanna giving her a wink.

[SpaceDog]   Milady. I can handle these four with no problem. Why don't you go down to the valley and see what Gertrude and the grandchildren are playing with today.

Istanna kisses SpaceDog's cheek and lightly fingers his ear before taking Gertrude by the hand.

[Istanna]      I know you can, Spacie. Shall I disarm them first?

SpaceDog shakes his head, NO. All four Valkyrie look at Lady Istanna. They are a bit shocked unaware of her true power or intention. They bow their heads with respect as she leaves the tent, pulling the frost giant by the hand.

[SpaceDog]   What's this all about ladies? Did I do something wrong?

[Valerie]       Commander. You don't know me but I know you by what your dad, Father Time, has told me. My name is Eir but you can call me Valerie.  On a prior mission, one of our sisters went missing in time, then the rest were slain by Odin's firstborn, Hela.

[SpaceDog]   So do you need my quantum entanglement time ship or what?

[Vickie]        We've met before and I remember you visiting Odin's castle recently with two baby dragons on the normal timeline. The unnamed one who transported Istanna a moon cycle ago when she needed to regenerate, also transported Lucinda, also called Kara the wild stormy one, to someplace called Easter Island. What can you tell us about this place? Father time, said it was on your agenda.

[SpaceDog]   Damn! I knew things were going round in circles for a reason... YES! I'll help you get her back. Did you say Hela, Odin's firstborn was a female? We had already made plans to go to Easter Island to watch my son build statues of the fallen Venir. We will meet up in that flying PIG tomorrow morning and be back a moment after leaving if that's alright by you.

All four Valkyrie nod there heads in agreement.


More Guides

The sun rises over the horizon a brilliant fiery red as if a warning for sailors about to board a ship for uncharted waters. Seven Gods and Goddesses plus four Valkyrie stand with three Barker ready to embark on a mission with two objectives. The first objective is to find the missing Valkyrie taken out of time by the unnamed one. The second, making stone figures to represent all Vanir who died helping the remaining Vanir escape to Midgard.  At the last moment, two others run join the group, panting for breath...

[Njord]        May the lord of time have mercy on your heathen souls. Look what the cats chased in. I asked your grandmother to get you both here before the sun arose.

[SpaceDog]   Do you know these two? Wait, are these the other grandchildren we have not met?

Istanna steps away from the Valkyrie she had been talking with and comes face to face with the female panting for breath. She places her hand on the young woman's head and mutters something inaudible. The woman stands straight up and begins breathing normally.

[Istanna]       I see my healing magic still works and I sense you're a healer too. You want a piece of me, boy, or are you relying on your sisters' ability?

The youth still panting for breath holds up his hand and motions Istanna to stay back.

[ Ruffi ]        Don't think we've met. Grandmother told us our grandfather is here and about to embark on a trip with Father Time, but she didn't tell us when.

[ ~Luke~ ]     That has got to be the worst excuse I've ever heard, daughter. Buffi, what have you two been doing this past week? Never mind, tell me later. Star Lord SpaceDog and Lady Istanna, let me introduce you to my youngest children and troublemakers, Ruffi and Buffi.  I think these two were born without prognostication.

SpaceDog and Istanna walk around the youngsters and encircle them like vultures. The two fox spirit guides appear, Chepi on SpaceDog's arm and Zenko on Istanna's neck. Buffi stops panting and looks like he's about to pass out before standing tall. Both Ruffi and Buffi bow and two Raccoon spirit guides appear on their shoulders.

[Istanna]      Ruffi, Buffi, please, never bow to us. I'm your great aunt, presumably... He is your grandfather. How long have you two had spirit guides?

[ Buffi ]        It's an honor and privilege to finally meet you both. We were told you are now the rightful rulers of father's homeworld, Vanaheim. Is this true? Are we moving again?

[ Ruffi ]        We have been dreaming about these twin spirits for a quarter moon, but this is only the second time they have appeared. The first time was yesterday when we awoke with them in bed with us.

[ ~Luke~ ]     It's all true and we will be moving again soon. Want to come with us for a short trip?

[SpaceDog]   Are you sure you want to take two troublemakers on our journey?

After Istanna and SpaceDog step away from the youngsters, the Valkyrie quickly surround and glare at them. Vickie gets out her sword, holds it up high while setting the heavy blade on Buffi's shoulder. The weight of the (heavy metal) sword begins to pull Buffi down, but he remains unyielding.

[Vickie]        This one will be no trouble. He has a strong spirit and will be victorious at Ragnarok if he can break free of his sister. I see this in his destiny. 

Buffi surprises everyone by lifting Vickie and her heavy sword off his shoulder and above the ground utilizing telekinesis.  He sets her down next to the other Valkyrie before passing out. Ruffi goes over to her twin and casts a healing spell on him. He opens his eyes and looks around.

[ Buffi ]        I thought we were going for a ride. What happened? 

[SpaceDog]   We are. Njord, ready the PIG. No, don't. Turn the PIG into a Viking ship with oars and a dragon figurehead. Name it DRAGHORN!

[Njord]        As you wish, Commander Star Lord.

Njord changes the configuration of Skithblathnir and it turns into a first-class Viking ship, complete with oars. It sits on the sand but does not tilt. A plank drops down, forming a gangway for entering the ship. Everyone looks upon it as another work of art and Njord is the first to set foot on board just as a 'bosons' whistle sounds. He turns around and in a pirate-like voice, says,

[Njord]        All aboard, all thee not staying ashore. We weigh anchor in two moments. Arrr... 

SpaceDog takes Istanna by the hand and steps up the gangplank followed by everyone else. As they climb aboard, they notice the intricate woodwork carved on the handrails and mast. Below deck is a galley, head, and hammocks for thirty people, with the same ornate carvings. On the deck below, there are oarsmen benches and twenty long lightweight oars ready for use. The last to board is a youngster with shoulder-length brown hair that covers his eyes. His multi-pocketed waterproof jacket resembles a lab coat except it's black with an hourglass emblem on the back. His Viking helmet stands out with horns that make sounds when the wind blows and the Elf symbol of Midgard. He stops when he sees Njord and makes a left-hand solute.

[ Jeff ]         Permission to come aboard Captain.

[Njord]         Permission granted Jeff. Did you bring what I asked for?

[ Jeff ]         Yes, Sir!

Jeff pats one of the many pockets and then spins his helmet around revealing an animated hourglass with sand going up. Njord smiles and motions for the boy to take the helm. SpaceDog watches the whole scene and winks at the boy.

[SpaceDog]   I will guess you are the little dipper who loves to use raw potassium and sodium for displays of a volatile nature. Has my dad taken you on as his apprentice yet? Before you answer that, answer this: 25 or 6 2 4?

[ Jeff ]         That's the paradox code and yes. Is it true you can rule the will of anyone who came from or visited Vanaheim?

[SpaceDog]   Yes and what's in your pocket?

[ Jeff ]         A secret.

Istanna steps up listening to the conversation between her Star Lord and the youngling. She walks up to the boy and shows him the small bag he was hiding in that pocket and hands it back to him.

[Istanna]       Captain, helmsman? Are we going or are 2 moments longer than the 5 we've been waiting? You need to hide that thing better, Jeff the Dip.

[Njord]         Yes Lady Istanna and no my Lady.

Jeff holds out his hand and takes the bag Istanna drops in it.  She also winks at him and he turns bright red in the face as he looks at her chest. Half a moment later, both Njord and Jeff are at the helm, the ship lifts off the sand and turns west towards Easter Island, slowly at first and then faster as the ship climbs over the mountain range with the Pacific ocean in full view. Jeff takes a small blue gem out of the bag and places it in the eye of the dragon on the steering paddle. Njord says an incantation and the gem begins to glow as the DRAGHORN goes forward in time 665 years.


Easter Island 443 EAD and the Valkyrie

Between the Earth years 443EAD and 1266EAD, the masters of time and mystery, created 887 giant stone figures on the island of Rapa Nui. Later, a Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovered the island on Easter day in 1722 and renamed it Easter Island. He marveled at the stone heads and wondered what Gods these represented.

The Vanir once had a small colony on the island and used it as an observation post, but later abandoned it when Earth settlers arrived on the remote 63.2 square mile island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. When the Viking ship DRAGHORN arrived on the island, it still had a lush population of trees and animals including the tallest palm trees found on Earth.

[Njord]       We have arrived safe and on the sandy beach on the north end of the island. We will be using airships stowed away to travel around the island. There is a listening post on the mount South West of here at one click. Enjoy your stay.

[SpaceDog]   Isy, is it me or do you sense another dragon on the island?

[Istanna]       That's a Draconian we sense, I'm the only dragon in this realm. I also sense the Asgardian Valkyrie in close proximity to it. Shall we bring the other Valkyrie? It is their sister.  

[SpaceDog Shouts]  Valkyrie Vickie, Victoria, Veronica, and Valerie, to the bow of the DRAGHORN now. We have located your sister, Lucinda and think she is hunting a Draconian. Any ideas what that's all about?

All the Valkyrie step up to SpaceDog with hope in their eyes.

[Veronica]    We think she may be going through the last phase of becoming a Valkyrie, a Dragon Sword made from either the tooth or claw of a dragon.

[Istanna]      Wait, that was an old tradition. The new way of getting a dragon sword is much different. Your leader must first find a dragon, not a Draconian. If she can best the dragon in battle or game, he or she will give you a tooth and he or she will grants you a wish.

[Vickie]        I told you! That book we were studying from was too old. We lost our instructor cycles ago when Odin asked them to imprison Hela, his firstborn, who went on a rampage for power wanting to rule over all the realms and not just the 9.

[Valerie]      We were off-world training and never got recalled. When we got back, all but one Valkyrie was dead and she disappeared into the shadows after Hela was sealed away by Odin himself.

[Istanna]     So you know nothing of the traditions and only had the one book to go by? I think that was the old training manual. Let's go get your sister and then straighten this mess out. SpaceDog my love, take us to where those two are if you don't mind.

[SpaceDog]   Anything for you my love.  Njord, take the rest of these people to the first platform area and let Luke start planning his magic. I want to see a finished project before I see how he does it. Ladies, stand here and hold onto me.

Once everyone was holding onto some part of SpaceDog, he presses the pink gem on his gauntlet and they instantly appear between the Draconian and the lost Valkyrie. SpaceDog then stops time in their immediate surroundings and notes that the Draconian is guarding its eggs and the Valkyrie is trying to sneak up on it unnoticed.

[Istanna]       Draconian's look like dragons but have no gender and are self reproduce by laying eggs without the need for fertilization. They can not change form and are a lot physically stronger than magic or mystic dragons. Looks like a small cluster of eggs survived alongside this volcano vent and Draconian's live in very small groups.

[SpaceDog whispers]  Oh for the love of a Goddess! What is Lucinda doing?

[Istanna]       I don't think she knows what she is doing. Help me out here Vickie. In the old book, isn't the final hunt a game of skills to see if the Valkyrie can steal an egg and then exchange it for a tooth or talon? 

[Vickie]          The book is unclear and we assumed we have to fight the dragon. Didn't think of it as a game of wits. I got my sword in a fight with an off worlder and he lost.

[Veronica]     Then how do we get a dragon sword? All of ours are made from heavy metal but not from a dead sun, like Thor's hammer. We 3 still only have trainers.

[SpaceDog]   Ask for it. But don't ask a Draconian because they have not got the magic needed to make a sword from a talon or tooth. Istanna, you will not hear what I'm about to say. 

Istanna suddenly loses interest and walks out into the suspended time towards Lucinda and stops.

[SpaceDog]   This may be cheating, but, if you want a true dragon sword, one that will never break or go dull, you need to get it from a magic dragon or one of her recently hatched offspring by either asking for it or you fight a dragon and break a tooth or talon to win. The dragon will grow a new tooth or talon and then make a sword out of the old in any shape or size your heart desires as a reward for winning a game of skills, or battle of strength. 

[Valerie]       I think I did hear that when I first joined. Do we need to stop this here and now?

[SpaceDog]   Nah! Let's just play it by ear and see what happens.

SpaceDog presses the blue gem on his gauntlet and time continues to flow normally. The 4 Valkyrie make their way to where Lucinda is hiding and looks up in disbelief seeing her sisters.

[Lucinda]       Where did you come from? I thought the un-named one sent me on this mission to find a dragon sword as the final test.

All 4 Valkyrie hug Lucinda who looks at SpaceDog in shock knowing he is Victoria's former lover.

[Valerie]        We can stop looking for dragon swords, methinks. We have made friends with two powerful Vanir and one has dragon blood in her. That means your quest to get a sword is in her hands now. Lucinda, may I present to you Lady Istanna and Star Lord SpaceDog.

[Veronica]     That was no quest you were sent on. All the other Valkyrie except one are dead. Hela killed them just before she was overpowered by Odin and imprisoned. You were sent away because you were in danger. We all were. We plus one are the last remaining Valkyrie.

[Victoria]      You were sent back in time to this place and we just happen to have made friends with the rulers of Vanaheim along with Father Time and came looking for you. Dumb luck would have it that they all sensed your presence and brought us here.

[Vickie]         We are so glad to have found you!

They all hug and hold hands when they turn to SpaceDog and Istanna and bow their heads.

[SpaceDog]   That Draconian is the last on Midgard and that is where you are. Earth is its other name. I've got a good mind to entangle it and the eggs to Fornax Santé. It's a wildlife refuge I created in the tenth realm.

[Istanna]      It is true that you do not need to best me in a fight to get a dragon sword, but that can wait. We will soon get you, Lucinda, up to date and we are going to watch his son do some magic on this island.

The two spirit guides appear on the shoulders of SpaceDog and Istanna. Both look intensely at Lucinda and in her head, Lucinda can hear them thinking.

[Chepi & Zenko] 'You are the one who will change the role of all Valkyrie and lead them into a new era. If you accept the challenge and can predict the outcome before the first full moon.'  Time loves a hero,  

Instinctively Lucinda replies...

[Lucinda whispers]    but... only time can tell.

[Chepi]          So what do you think SpaceDog, does she possess the skills to best Istanna in a game of chance without telepathy!

[SpaceDog]   I'm not even going to guess who will win.

[Zenko]         Scissor, paper, stone?

The game begins and instantly Istanna picks paper while Lucinda picks scissors beating Istanna.

All the Valkyrie look up in shock.

[Istanna]      Damn this is going to hurt.

[SpaceDog]   No it won't.

SpaceDog draws a rune on Istanna's cheek and then plucks out one of her front teeth. Dark dragon blood comes out of her mouth and SpaceDog catches it and puts it on the tooth and hands the bloody tooth to Lucinda.

[Istanna]      I can feel a new tooth growing back already.

Istanna smiles and all can see the new tooth grow as the rune disappears.

[Istanna]      You won and earned it. Make a wish.

Lucinda thinks long and hard for a moment and finally decides.  A lance appears where she is holding the tooth. It's almost her height in length with a shaft in the middle and twin dragon sword blades on each end. She looks it over and presses the middle of the shaft and both swords retrace into the ornate shaft. All four Valkyrie bend a knee and bow.

[Chepi & Zenko]  Just as we expected. Lucinda, you are the new leader of the Valkyrie.

[SpaceDog]   Would you look at that. I've seen that same staff in the Atlantean Archives and it's now in the archives room on the QETS, or is it? May I see that close up for a moment? Yes, the runes, the writing, and languages all say the same thing... written in Ęsir, Atlantean, Elfish, Latin, Vanir and several ancient alien languages I'm not sure about. It's the Hero's blades. It will cut or pierce anything evil. Lucinda, are you part Atlantean?

[Istanna]      That is the Hero Blades owned by the very first soul sorter, Val Kyrie. 

[Lucinda]       Me, the leader? I don't remember my parents and I've always been strong-minded, able to bend the will and guide those around me. My luck is not luck at all but instinct that woke up when I was selected to become a Valkyrie while living on Asgard.

[Zenko]         You were chosen for a reason. You have a brave heart, an open mind, and all the skills of a true leader. Plus you're part, Fay. Oops! I didn't mean to tell you that.

[Chepi]         The un-named one sent you here for a reason, not by choice or chance, but because it is your destiny.

The four Valkyrie, still trainees in the art of deciding the fate of those on the battlefield, look up to Lucinda with tears in their eyes. She motions them to join her in a group hug.

[Chepi & Zenko]   You have one last task before you are their leader and I think you know what that is.

[Lucinda]    Istanna?  Is this Hero's Blades as powerful as I think it is? I sense the magic within it.

[Istanna]    That is my magic you sense in the Hero Blades.

Istanna slowly looks into the eyes of each Valkyrie trainee.

[Istanna]       If their hearts are true and pure... there is only one way to find out. This is a test of both loyalty and courage. Otherwise, it will be a sacrifice. You have till sundown to complete the task.

All look to the west and notice the purple sunset starting.

[Lucinda]    I read the last part of our ancient text and until now didn't understand what it meant, but now I do.  Valerie, Veronica, do you trust me with your heart, mind, and soul? If so, stand before me and hold one end of the Hero's Blades on your chest. 

Lucinda holds the retracted blade shaft in front of her at heart level. Without hesitation, both Valkyrie trainees do as instructed. Lucinda squeezes the center of the shaft and two blades pierce the hearts of Valerie and Veronica. Each steps away with a sword in the middle of their chest.

Lucinda pulls the swords out of their chests and there is no wound. She hands each their own dragon blade and a scabbard appears around each blade with both nicknames and true names on the sides written in several languages just like the Hero Blades shaft.

[Lucinda]    Vickie, Victoria, do you trust me with your heart, mind, and soul? If so, stand before me and hold an end of the Hero's Blades to your chest.

As instructed, both follow and again Lucinda squeezes the center of the shaft and 2 new swords come out piercing their hearts. When Lucinda pulls the blade out of Vickie it's short but wide while the one that comes out Victoria is uniquely long and looks like a cobalt blue katana.

Lucinda holds her staff out and squeezes the center and 2 new blades appear. She attempts to pull on one and it refuses to budge. She presses the center of the shaft and the blades retract.

[SpaceDog]   Congratulations Victoria. You are now the owner of a God Hunter blade. We have one that looks just like that in the weapons room on the QETS. It is the only type of blade that can kill a God and any wound it receives will never heal. Please don't ever try to use it on your former lover.

Victoria winks at SpaceDog and is about to say something, then looks at Istanna who silences her with a gesture of a finger on her lips.  

[Njord]         Now that is something I always wanted to see.

The entire group looks to where the Draconian egg nest was and finds Jeff and Njord standing in the middle, minus the eggs and Draconian. 

[Istanna]     How long have you two been standing there without us noticing?

[Jeff]         We've been watching the whole time and it's going to get dark soon so we best get back for the feast. I'm staving...

Jeff holds onto Njord and they both disappear.

[Istanna]    Everyone grabs on to us and let's get some food.

Everyone grabs part of either Star Lord SpaceDog or Lady Istanna and he presses the pink gem again and everyone entangles back to the shore where the Viking ship sits in the water and the smell of food fills the air.


Null Orb

After returning to the base camp for a hot meal, the Gods and Goddesses plus 5 Valkyrie have a good night's sleep before an early start building 887 stone figures, each representing a Vanir God or Goddess that lost its life during the Ęsir/Vanir war. 

[ ~Luke~ ]     I know it's a bit early for you younglings, but I'm going to need your help today. Even though this island is on a volcanic hot spot, and the magic ley lines are strong here, I may need some of your telekinetic energy to move some stone blocks today. Your grandfather and his wife want to see a finished statue before I show them how we made and moved the stone into statues.

[ Ruffi ]        But I wanted to go explore some of the lava tubes looking for rare elements and... wait, you asking us to help?

[ ~Luke~ ]     Yes, I could use both of you, if you want to continue with your normal eat and run amuck lifestyles. As young Gods, you need to learn the way we help each other out. Take your grandfather as an example. He does what he does to help all living creatures, humans, animals plus us Gods and Goddesses. In a short time, I've known him after being reunited, I find what he and his mate do to help others is truly magical. The way they love each other and help one another is more than what I had hoped for.

[ Buffi ]        If we help you, will you teach us how you use ancient magic and why you are so unselfish with your godly powers?

[ ~Luke~ ]     Son, was there ever any doubt in your mind? 

The three head off to the area Luke discovered the day they first landed on the island and found it suitable for a quarry.

[ ~Luke~ ]     The magic ley lines here are not very strong but we can still use them. We may need to come back once a year to complete 2 at a time.

[ Ruffi ]        I thought the humans would be coming to the island eventually. What will happen then?

[ ~Luke~ ]     We will still create the statues and if we get Father Time to help, we can come back in time and do the whole thing in a week but make it look like it took 823 years. The natives by then will have no clue where they came from or how they got here.

[ Buffi ]        Now I know where my mischief traits came from. Would it be better to build all the foundations first and only build 2 now? That way... Hmmm...

[ Ruffi ]        That's why we are here, right?

Luke tries to look innocent but all three start laughing hysterically. 

[ ~Luke~ ]     Okay, one base and one statue by noon. How bout it. Think we can do it by then?

All nod in agreement. Buffi walks over to the area of the volcano with the densest rock and lifts a huge chunk of rock using telekinetic. Ruffi then sets the stone on fire using a bit of her magic power and Luke follows by shifting the shape of the molten stone before cooling it with his power over wind and rain. four of the five basic elements are used and the stone slab is partially completed ready to be moved into its place.

Buffi starts with the second and third pieces of dense rock before Ruffi once again sets it into a molten state followed by Luke to complete the second and third pieces that lock together perfectly.

[ ~Luke~ ]     The magic ley lines still looking good and feel right for moving this slab of rock. What do you think Buffi? Did you recover from yesterday? You still look a bit pale.

[ Buffi ]        Dad, I got this. After lifting that heavy sword off my shoulder, I think I know what my problem was.

Buffi lifts the stone block out of the ground like it was a feather and suspends it about 2 meters, looks at Ruffi and his dad.

[ Buffi ]        Well? What are you waiting for sis? Fire it up with your magic.

[ Ruffi ]        Oh ye of little faith.

Ruffi sways her arms creating a rune in mid-air and shoves it into the stone slab and instantly melts the block. Luke makes a mental calculation in his mind and an image appears in his head. He then snaps his fingers and the molten rock solidifies just like he pictured it. Buffi sets the stone block down in a pool of hot water in the cinder cone and it cools down slowly causing steam to escape into the air.

[ ~Luke~ ]     I'm glad that was hot water. Could have cracked the slab otherwise. Ready for the next section, but add 50% more weight to the next block.

Buffi makes a mental note in his mind and calculates the size of the next block before he unleashes it from the ground. Ruffi again moves her arms in mysterious ways to add more magic fuel to the fire. When the rune hits the block, sparks fly and a piece of metal is ejected from the molten rock.

[ Ruffi ]        First dibs on that metal fragment.

Luke nodes his head YES and has already made the calculation and design for the piece that will fit securely into the first stone block. When he snaps his fingers, sparks fly and another chunk of metal falls into the water under the block and sizzles like it's about to explode. The block takes shape and Buffi moves it into place before it completely hardens forming a secure unbreakable bond between the 2 slabs. Luke looks around the crater and notices it's not just a cinder cone, but an impact crater. He takes a bag from his pocket and sprinkles the dust on the metal.

[ Buffi ]         What is it, dad?

[ ~Luke~ ]     Not good, but not bad news either. Mostly iron but traces of heavy metal and something I can not identify with what I'm carrying. Can either of you sense something not right here? 

[ Ruffi & Buffi ]   Alien technology!

[ Ruffi ]         Whatever it is or was, is sitting on the crosshairs of 2 lay lines...

As Ruffi, Buffi, and Luke look at the spot in the center of the crater, a portal opens above their head and a round object shoots out of the crater and into the portal splashing mud in all directions.

In their heads, they hear a female voice,

[Sidrat]        'Thank you! Tell Commander SpaceDog I have the Null Orb.'

With blank expressions and mud on their faces, they open their eyes and look at one another and start to laugh.

[ ~Luke~ ]      Who was that and what is a Null Orb? Don't say a word to anyone about this till I speak to my father. Now let's see if there is anything else in this cinder cone and finish up what we came to do if there isn't.

Luke, Ruffi, and Buffi scan the area again with their minds and can't find anything except the small piece of metal. When Buffi wedges it out from the rocks it suddenly starts to float and then shoots into the sky without a trace. All three look into the sky wondering what just happened, they shrug it off and get back to work finishing the base and the first two statues...


Null Orb Repeats

After Luke, Ruffi, and Buffi return to base camp, all are mentally exhausted from the strange encounter with the voice in their heads and the fact that the voice knows SpaceDog as Commander.

[ Ruffi  ]        So how are we going to do this? Ask grandfather outright what a Null Orb is and what that voice said in our heads? She did have a sexy voice. Wonder if she was one of his lovers come to collect a tab.

[ Buffi ]         Well we did complete the task given to us and I think those two statues look great, but I didn't see a resemblance between it and any of the fallen ones.

[ ~Luke~ ]      We could have, but if any of the relatives saw that statue, they might get upset and we don't want to upset any God or Goddess, now do we? It's a memorial for the fallen and a reminder to all that even Gods can die. Remember that and you may live a long and happy life. I'm going to look for my dad. You two stay out of trouble, get some food and then rest.

Both Ruffi and Buffi bow their heads and head to the food area. Luke looks around and tries to sense where his dad may be and finds him in the communal area.

[SpaceDog]   Luke, how did it go today? You look worried. Is there something on your mind?

[ ~Luke~ ]      I want you to read my mind and tell me what happened today. I don't want it broadcast through telepathy. 

SpaceDog shrugs and steps up to Luke, puts his head on his for a very short time and then steps back almost falling backward when Istanna catches him from behind.

[Istanna]      What just happened? Are you all alright? 

[SpaceDog]   Where is Njord? He knows something I don't and they just had an encounter with Sidrat.

[Istanna]    Sidrat entangle to here now.

Njord and Jeff come running from the west side of the beach. Sidrat fails to entangle.

[SpaceDog]   What is a Null Orb? Sidrat was here a little while ago and picked it out of a crater where it impacted.

[Njord]        You're kidding, right?

[ ~Luke~ ]    I don't know who Sidrat is but she knows the Commander and said to tell you she has the Null Orb.

[Istanna]      Where she is in time or space, she is not within my power to entangle her here.

[Njord]         Oh No, No, No, No... It's a quasi time displacement field generator strong enough to stop time in this entire realm. Was there a key to it? Long metal spike that defies gravity?

With his eyes wide open Luke nods his head YES and then points into the sky. Njord slaps his forehead and telepathically broadcasts a message for everyone to return to DRAGHORN. Jeff pulls something out of his packet and begins to rub it.

Time repeats itself with minor changes in the time and ley lines.

Buffi starts with the 16th and 17th pieces of dense rock before Ruffi once again sets it into a molten state followed by Luke to complete the pieces that lock together perfectly.

[ ~Luke~ ]     The magic ley lines still looking good and feel right for moving this slab of rock. What do you think Buffi? Did you recover from yesterday? You still look a bit pale.

[ Buffi ]        Dad, I got this. After lifting that heavy sword off my shoulder, I think I know what my problem was.

Buffi lifts the stone block out of the ground like it was a feather and suspends it about 2 meters, looks at Ruffi and his dad.

[ Buffi ]        Well? What are you waiting for sis? Fire it up with your magic.

[ Ruffi ]        Oh yee of little faith.

Ruffi sways her arms creating a rune in mid-air and shoves it into the stone slab and instantly melts the block. Luke makes a mental calculation in his mind and an image appears in his head. He then snaps his fingers and the molten rock solidifies just like he pictured it. Buffi sets the stone block down in a pool of hot water in the cinder cone and it cools down slowly causing steam to escape into the air.

[ ~Luke~ ]     I'm glad that was hot. Could have cracked the slab otherwise. Ready for the next section, but add 50% more weight to the next block.

Buffi too makes a mental note in his mind and calculates the size of the next block before he unleashes it from the ground. Ruffi again moves her arms in mysterious ways to add more magic fuel to the fire. When the rune hits the block, sparks fly and a piece of metal is ejected from the molten rock and lands by her feet.

[ Ruffi ]        First dibs on the metal... Wait, didn't I say that once upon a time?

Luke nodes his head YES and has already made the calculation and design for the piece that will fit securely into the first stone block. When he snaps his fingers, sparks fly and another chunk of metal falls into the water under the block and sizzles like it's about to explode. The block takes shape and Buffi moves it into place before it completely hardens forming a secure unbreakable bond between the 2 slabs. Luke looks around the crater and notices it's not just a cinder cone, but an impact crater. He takes a bag from his pocket and sprinkles dust on the metal.

[ Buffi ]         What is it, dad?

[ ~Luke~ ]     Not good, not good at all. Mostly iron but traces of heavy metal and something I can not identify with what I'm carrying. Can either of you sense something not right here? 

[ Ruffi & Buffi ]   Alien technology!

[ Ruffi ]         Whatever it is or was, is sitting on the crosshairs of 2 ley lines...

As Ruffi, Buffi and Luke look at the spot in the center of the crater, a portal opens above their head and a round object shoots out or the crater and into it splashing mud in all directions.

In their heads, they hear a sexy Russian female voice,

[Sidrat]        'Tell Commander SpaceDog I have the Null Orb.'

With blank expressions and mud on their faces, they open their eyes and look at one another and start to laugh.

[ ~Luke~ ]      Who was that and what is a Null Orb? Don't say a word to anyone about this till I speak to my father. Now let's see if there is anything else in this cinder cone and finish up what we came to do if there isn't.

Luke, Ruffi, and Buffi scan the area again with their minds and can't find anything except the small piece of metal that looks like a spike. When Buffi picks it up it suddenly starts to float and she hold on. All three look at the spike as Ruffi puts it in her pack wondering what just happened, they shrug it off and get back to work. When the next 2 figures are secure they go back to the base camp.

[ Ruffi  ]        So how are we going to do this? Ask grandfather outright what a Null Orb is and what that voice said in our heads? She did have a very sexy voice. Wonder if she was one of his lovers come to collect a....?

[ Buffi ]         Well we did complete the task given to us and I think that 102nd statue looks great, but I didn't see a resemblance between it and any of the fallen ones...

[ ~Luke~ ]      We could have but if any of the relatives saw that statue, they might get upset and we don't want to upset any God or Goddess, now do we? It's a memorial for the fallen and a reminder that... Remember that and I'm going to look for my dad. You two stay out of trouble and get some food and then rest like you did last time.

Both Ruffi and Buffi bow their heads and head to the food area. Luke looks around and tries to sense where his dad may be and somehow remembers him in the communal area.

[SpaceDog]   Luke, how did it go today? You look worried. Is there something on your mind?

[ ~Luke~ ]      Yes! I want you to read my mind and tell me what happened and yesterday and... I don't want it broadcast through telepathy. 

SpaceDog shrugs and steps up to Luke, puts his head on his for a very short time and then steps back almost falling backward but Istanna catches him from behind.

[Istanna]      What just happened? Are you all alright? 

[SpaceDog]   Where is Njord? He knows something I don't and they just had another encounter with Sidrat.

[Istanna]    Sidrat entangle to here now.

Njord and Jeff come running from the west side of the beach. Sidrat fails to entangle.

[SpaceDog]   What is a Null Orb? Sidrat was here again a little while ago and picked it out of a crater where it impacted.

[Njord]        You're kidding, right?

[ ~Luke~ ]    I don't know who Sidrat is but she knows the Commander and said to tell you she has the Null Orb.

[Istanna]      Where she is in time or space, she is not within my power to entangle her here.

[Njord]         Oh No... It's a quasi time displacement field generator strong enough to stop time in this entire realm. Was there a key to it? Long metal spike that defies gravity?

Ruffi comes running up to the group holding the spike. Njord slaps his forehead and telepathically broadcasts a message for everyone to return to DRAGHORN. Jeff pulls something out of his packet and begins to rub it yet again.

Time repeats itself with minor changes in the time and ley lines.

Buffi starts with the 37th and 38th pieces of dense rock before Ruffi once again sets it into a molten state followed by Luke to complete the pieces that lock together perfectly.

[ ~Luke~ ]     The magic ley lines still looking good and feel right for moving this slab of rock. What do you think Buffi? Did you recover from yesterday? You now look very pale.

[ Buffi ]        Dad, I got this. After lifting that heavy sword off my shoulder, I think I know what my problem was yet again...

Buffi lifts the stone block out of the ground like it was a feather and suspends it about 2 meters, looks at Ruffi and his dad.

[ Buffi ]        Well? What are you waiting for sis? Fire it up with your magic.

[ Ruffi ]        Oh No?

Ruffi sways her arms creating a rune in mid-air and shoves it into the stone slab and instantly melts the block. Luke makes a mental calculation in his mind and an image appears in his head. He then snaps his fingers and the molten rock solidifies just like he pictured it. Buffi sets the stone block down in a pool of hot water in the cinder cone and it cools down slowly causing steam to escape into the air.

[ ~Luke~ ]     I'm glad that was hot water, really. Could have cracked the slab otherwise. Ready for the next section, but add 50% more weight to the next block.

Buffi too makes a mental note in his mind and calculates the size of the next block before he unleashes it from the ground. Ruffi again moves her arms in mysterious ways to add more magic fuel to the fire. When the rune hits the block, sparks fly and a piece of metal is ejected from the molten rock.

[ Ruffi ]        Wait, didn't we do this once upon a time

Luke nodes his head YES and has already made the calculation and design for the piece that will fit securely into the first stone block. When he snaps his fingers, sparks fly and another chunk of metal falls into the water under the block and sizzles like it's about to explode. The block takes shape and Buffi moves it into place before it completely hardens forming a secure unbreakable bond between the 2 slabs. Luke looks around the crater and notices it's not just a cinder cone, but an impact crater. He takes a bag from his pocket and sprinkles the dust on the metal.

[ Buffi ]         What is it, dad?

[ ~Luke~ ]     Not good, but not bad news either. Mostly iron but traces of heavy metal and something I can not identify with what I'm carrying. Can either of you sense something not right here? 

[ Ruffi & Buffi ]   Alien technology!

[ Ruffi ]         Whatever it is or was, is sitting on the crosshairs of two lay lines...

As Ruffi, Buffi and Luke look at the spot in the center of the crater, a portal opens above their head and a round object shoots out or the crater and into it splashing mud in all directions.

In their head, they hear a Mongolian female voice,

[Sidrat]        'Tell Commander SpaceDog I have the Null Orb.'

[ Ruffi ]        STOP!!! and put that thing back. I think it's causing a time loop!


Statues of the Fallen

With blank expressions and mud on their faces, they open their eyes and look at one another knowing this has happened in the past...

[ ~Luke~ ]      Who are you and what are you doing with that thing, that Null Orb?

Suddenly, Istanna, SpaceDog, Njord, and Jeff appear.

[Istanna]     Sidrat, entangle here now.

Sidrat appears in a pure white, skin-tight jumpsuit. She looks at Jeff and bends down taking the gem from his hand.

[Sidrat]       This was causing the time loop and it's gone through 442 cycles. I've scanned this place enough times to know there are now 887 statues on a total of 40 bases that you three built. A tsunami has covered some bases of the statues and the year is now 1277 EAD. You need to go back in time and take the Vanir home. They are still waiting in Nazca Earth year 222.

[Njord]        And the Null Orb. Where is it?

SpaceDog looks at Sidrat and shakes his head from side to side.

[SpaceDog]   That thing almost destroyed you the first time we encountered it and you tried to dismantle it. It took me almost 122 cycles to repair your body.

[Njord]        It would have taken me less than a moon cycle to repair her.

[SpaceDog]   Yes, but you were nowhere to be found at the time.

[Njord]        You still have not answered my question Sidrat.

Sidrat picks up Jeff the Dip off the ground and gives him a chest rubbing hug and a kiss making him turn beet red. She then puts him down, stands up, pulls her eyelid down and sticks out her tongue at Njord and walks between SpaceDog and Istanna putting an arm around both and gives them a hug and says with her sexy Mongolian/Russian voice,

[Sidrat]        You may be my creator, but you are not my master or mistress.

Luke, Buffi, and Ruffi keep looking at Sidrat's interactions and all three get sexually aroused. Sidrat then turns to SpaceDog and licks his ear, turns to Istanna and licks hers as well.

[ ~Luke~ ]      I like this friend of your dad.

[Ruffi & Buffi]   We love her too! 

[Sidrat telepathically to SpaceDog & Istanna with her signature accentHe has no mother, father or comrades', so can I have the boy?

Telepathically they answer Sidrat's question...


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