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The Pall (Part 7)

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The @Alien_Observer accessed the human Internet and sent out a series of coded messages. Perhaps with them he could alert the humans without revealing himself completely. While researching a possible source for more crystals, Dr. Venture stumbled upon and decoded the Observer's messages while researching. The source of the arcane crystals was the other dimension itself! The Snargfargle had wondered if this were the case for the crystals that he had used all those millennia ago had come from a meteoric vessel of a type that had seen only once before, that which had held the Staff of Ages. If the portal was to be closed, then a ship would have to be sent through it to the other dimension to retrieve more crystals.

The trio quickly made plans to contact @Lord_Zath , whose political power would enable them to gain access to a naval research vessel. @CompassRose would command a team of scientists and go through the portal to obtain the crystals while @Dr_Ventureorganized the rebuilding of the towers. Of course Zath's bodyguard, and forest warden, @brdhntr, would come alone. And just try to get @Ensign_Cthulhu to stay behind. In fact, Cthulhu's Academy roommate and Zath's nephew, @1Sherman , would also be joining the expedition. Sherman and Cthulhu had known each other all their lives. Sherman had grown up on the estate and could always be seen in the company of his old companion, @Ghostdog1355. In fact, Zath ("Zath" was a family name as well as a title) oftentimes referred to them as "Peabody and Sherman." Sometimes he would shake his head at his nephew's antics and wonder if the dog might be the smarter one of the pair.

The hounds,  Ghostdog and @Sovereigndawg were brought from their "kennel" (actually the kids' old air-conditioned and heated playhouse, for the hounds led a comfortable, though active, life) to assist the expedition and even kittens @pikohan and @RiverTheIdiot , who had, by now, almost grown into full-fledged cats, came along for the ride.

The research vessel @RivertheRoyal was loaded with supplies and the crew, scientists, and adventurers all boarded. A US Marine @commando122 team would act as scouts and defend the scientists as they ventured on land to search for the crystals. The Snargfargle, of course, would join the group, for without the Staff of Ages to help detect the crystals it would be very hard to find them indeed. Lord Zath's colleague and neighbor, @LordBenjamin also would come along, for he too had been a renowned explorer and adventurer in his day. Captaining the research vessel would be the legendary sea dog @Kapitan_Wuff. As many books had been written about Wuff as had any captain in history, though even he had to admit that many of the stories, though based on fact, were somewhat "embellished" for literary purposes. 

As the research vessel approached the rift, its engine died and power failed. It was only a fortuitous combination of wind and currents that pushed it back far enough from the rift so that power could be restored. The captain, under Compass' advisement, headed the ship back to port. Something would have to be done about this before they could venture through the rift.  Then, Compass spied an old paddle-steamer with a load of tourists sailing past the rift and having no problems whatever. A message was quickly sent to the tour boat company and arrangements made to obtain the old steamer for the expedition.

The paddle-steamer was quickly refitted with the very best of 19th Century scientific and military technology, as it was found that modern tech was somehow rendered inert by the rift. The refitting had to be done in haste, however, so the steamer still retained most of its odd tourist-trap embellishments. Who in their right mind would mount an excessive number of sails onto a paddle-steamer,  give it a fancy figurehead, name it “Transylvania,” and then affix a big lighted sign proclaiming "TREATS," in ten-foot high letters, to its hull? If the former crews and captains of the ship could see it now they would roll over in their graves, for the ship had once been a proud warrior. The old paddle-steamer had once served the Union Navy during the battles of New Orleans, Vicksburg, and Richmond. The ship that was now called "Transylvania," had been the USS Miami. 

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wow this is still going?!

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1 hour ago, Lord_Zath said:

wow this is still going?!

I started this whole thing as just a fun paragraph one evening when I was bored and looking through the online user's list. I thought it might be fun to try to write a short story using everyone's names. I didn't have any real plan as to where it all would end up but it's become somewhat of a serial now. However, this part of the tale is getting close to reaching a conclusion.

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