The Spanish Gatekeeper on
(extract from Book III "Og'yre War" 2012)
Thomajun laid the thick volume flat on the table with the spine perpendicular to
himself. Picking up the brass tube, he propped one end of it to lie on the
book’s binding, the other slanting down to rest atop the table at about a
“Pretend this tube
represents the gravitational wave traveling through space. The angle of the tube
represents the energy source, with its intrinsic momentum.” He rolled the tube
with one hand along the edge of the book to illustrate the motion of the wave.
“A very long time ago, the Ósir discovered a way to harness this energy as a
means of transportation. We call it a Rolling Trans-dimensional Temporal
Conduit, or just conduit for simplicity.”
He then wrote the
words “Terra” and “TNX-37B” on two slips of paper, placing the slip with the
word Terra atop the book nearest to himself, and the slip with TNX-37B
on the table more or less in line with the furthest edge of the volume.
“Now watch this time
as I roll the tube along with the palm of my hand. I’m going to drop a marble
down one end at the same time our conduit is moving forward. Keep in mind, the
marble represents the traveler.”
Peter watched in
fascination as the marble went in at Terra and popped out precisely at TNX-37B!
“Perhaps a bit
oversimplified, but I think you get the idea,” declared Thomajun. “Fortunately,
these celestial waves tend to break in the same location for thousands of years
before the pattern of the universe is altered sufficiently to displace them.
Just as we can predict that waves will break on a particular beach at a
particular time of the year, these waves break at more or less the same
planetary location with the same regularity.
waves, as you can see from my little demonstration, are fairly predictable, but
it is actually an imprecise science. A variety of factors can alter the
amplitude, frequency or even duration of the waves. A minor alteration can mean
the difference between, say, opening the portal to you or your great-great-great
grandfather.” He spread his hands apologetically.
The Spanish Gatekeepr series by Bernard Dukas (eBooks on
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chronology or "chrono" page for background
information on the history of TNX-37B.