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Chapter III: Day/Page 25 CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY. . . . Pils tells them that following approval from the League of Sentient Planets, LAAC opened a temporal-wormhole to the Blue Planet going back in time 9,381 years. To minimize the potential disturbances of temporal travel, it was deemed best to set the reset point close to the time when the missiles were launched, in order to disrupt as little as possible of that timeline of history.
All of the away-team members were familiar with travel through spatial-wormholes, and though their journey through a temporal one would be similar, Pils says he would like to go through the procedure again anyway, as a review, so please bear with him.
As with spatial-wormhole travel, each member of the away team will be equipped with three devices which they should wear at all times while on the foreign planet. The first is a thin-chain necklace on which hangs a ruby crystal, about half as long and half as thick as a wine cork. Since it is not possible to send one’s physical body through a temporal-wormhole at hyper-optic speed, their bodies will remain here, suspended in insensate equipoise, or what they call “stasis,” while their consciousness, their life-force, is bound to the ruby necklace for the journey. After arriving on the planet they will then need to transfer their consciousness to a local life-form that is indigenous to that planet.
In addition to transporting their life-force, the ruby necklace is also used for telepathic communication amongst the members of the away team while on the foreign planet, and between them and members of the home team back on Gâia. But, Pils explains, there is an 11-hour delay each way between the two planets due to the travel-time through the wormhole, so responses back and forth will take at least 22 hours. Lastly, he reminds them, the ruby necklace can also be used for locally programming the sensors on the planet in case there is any specific data the researchers want collected and transmitted back to Gâia for storage and follow-up research later.
The second item they must wear at all times is the “Lariat,” a wide silver-alloy bracelet with a self-calibrating clock and compass on the top side, and a sapphire crystal underneath by the wrist, about the same size and shape as the ruby. The lariat bracelet provides a protective magnetic force-field over the body, impervious to everything except disease and drowning.
“As long as you move around normally,” Pils says, “no one should even know there is a force-field around you. But if you move quickly, there is a delay with the magnetic energy so that it snaps, which can hurt someone, so be careful. If you were to strike someone forcefully, the snap of the magnetic field would add significantly to the punch.”
Additionally, the sapphire stone on the underside of the bracelet is connected to a 15-foot wire which is coiled inside. “By flicking one’s wrist sharply the sapphire can be disengaged and the wire uncoiled to form a laser whip, or lariat, which burns hotter than the sun and can be used for starting fires, keeping warm, and cutting through obstacles like trees and rocks, or even buildings. So again, you need to be careful.”
The third and final item is . . .
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW. . . .
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