The return to Norn Gundasä had been without incident. As they came to Dunbar´s Crossing, instead of crossing the Gelden they decided to follow the path along their side of the river. The pagmoos and communication center worked perfectly as soon as they got away from the forest.
We might as well see the sights, Vivian had sighed.
How strange she told Corwin, one day that he rode sitting with her in the wagon, with the reins of Nimrodel lazily gathered in his hands, I have already forgotten the forest. It is as if it had been a dream…
Maybe it was, Corwin smiled. I´m glad you think of it that way, and that you do not regret not having gone forward into that green mess… It would have been the purest folly. You know, I think it is best if mistakes happen, to not agonize over them. I think that we made the right decision. Besides, as you said, we get to see the sights!
Over them a blue sky now shone ardently, with a few nice woolly clouds drifting across it. The whole atmosphere had changed, and with it, their mood. They laughed often, the darkness of the forest now behind them.
You know, …erm……Vivian cleared her throat, I did make one bizarre painting. A flash that I had during our last night in the forest. Do you think we will be able to find more information about the Overlord, what he is, and where we can find him?
We should be able to do that, if we consult with the Elven scientists back at Norn Iru.
Corwin clicked Nimrodel forward.
They arrived at Norn Gundasä a few days later, and immediately called Master Blaise, back at Caer Abred on Druid Island, to consult with him on their next step and discuss the possibilities.
I have a gift for you, said Master Blaise, I will pagmoo it to you. It is a Merkaba Crystal Pendulum. It will probably indicate the next step of your Journey to you. I have no doubt that with your training you will be able to use it well.
What is a…mer…kaba? Vivian asked curiously.
Merkaba is formed of three words, said Master Blaise, now in his best teaching mood.
“Mer” means Light. “Ka” means Spirit. “Ba” means Body. Mer-Ka-Ba means the spirit/body surrounded by counter-rotating fields of light, (wheels within wheels), spirals of energy as in DNA, which transports spirit/body from one dimension to another. In esoteric Elven teachings, it is taught that the MerKaBa is an interdimensional vehicle consisting of two equally sized, interlocked tetrahedra of light with a common center, where one tetrahedron points up and the other down. This pointed symmetric form is called a stella octangula or stellated octahedron. The Elves describe this figure as a “Star Tetrahedron”. By imagining two superimposed “Star Tetrahedrons” as counterrotating, along with specific breathing techniques, certain eye movements and gestures, it is taught that one can activate a non-visible ‘saucer’ shaped energy field around the body.
Depending on the height of the person doing the exercise, this field is about 55 feet across, so it is a real “vehicle”. Once activated, this ‘saucer’ shaped field is capable of carrying ones consciousness directly to other dimensions.
The one I am sending you is also shaped as a pendulum, so that it is not only a “vehicle of light”, like a pagmoo but more sophisticated since it transports you to other dimensions, it is also a communication device, and you can ask it questions. To get the proper answer you will have to ask it the right questions, however.
Use it over the map, and see where it leads you this time.
Master Blaise, Corwin asked, do you think the original of the Book still exists?
We do not know, Blaise answered, they could see him on the screen, looking meditative, with his eyes as lost into another world.
Couldn´t we go directly to Mount Tsarang? Why go look for a copy? said Vivian. It will perhaps turn out being another wild goose chase…Whereas if we can find the Watcher, and communicate with him…
Or “her”, or “it”, Blaise said, since we have no idea of what the Watcher really is…
As for going directly to Mount Tsarang, Blaise paused meaningfully,
Ask the pendulum.
The image faded slowly, and the Elven Innernet logo reappeared on the screen.