Arrival at Thenigmas
The time eventually arrived when they felt the ship slow down, and the former streaks of light in the crystal screens resolved into stars, while one object was observed to be suspended like a giant ball, with curious shapes and colours—blues, greens, browns and striking reds that shone. The triplets were curious that this planet called Thenigmas could sustain any life as surely the ones on the bottom and sides would fall off. When Wa-ku assured them that they also lived on such a giant ball, they all thought it rather funny until they realised he was serious.
Thenigmas rapidly took up the whole view in the screen until its spherical shape was less obvious, and they noted there was a zone of blue-green embracing the planet in an aura of light. Dark clouds could be seen rising up, and beneath them mountains and snake-like valleys, hills and plains. There were greenish patches and a blue-green expanse wrapping around a huge land mass with a few islands and two white caps at the top and bottom. The southern cap soon disappeared as the ship homed in on the northern area of land.
‘The portal ends near the mouth of Grorl,’ Wa-ku said, and pointing at the screen, ‘The mountain of fire in the north of Thenigmas.’
The triplets now saw the smoke issuing from out of the volcano along with a searing seam of molten material leaking down one side.
‘What be this portal? Another device of magic?’ Mitac frowned.
‘It is like a doorway, a gate joining one world with another. It is how my brother sent your father to this forsaken place.’
‘Then it be some kind of magic?’ Treetam mused.
‘To your mind, yes,’ Wa-ku said.
He adjusted the crystals, causing the ship to veer in towards the volcano. The mouth of Grorl gaped up at them, and beyond it loomed a small mountain range and a forest. Tiny dots like insects could be barely discerned moving across the land. Soon all they could see was Grorl and an area of plain around it. Then they could see vegetation, like shrubs and plants unknown to them. The ground was stony, cluttered with the litter of volcanic ash. The ship homed in on a patch of flat ground covered in withering grasses, then with a slight thud, they felt the ship make contact with the land.