Chapter 7: "Success"
Der Riese - Dr. Richtofen's Lab
Dr. Schuster was all out of hope. None of the other scientists had seen or heard from Dr. Richtofen in days. Dr. Maxis was beginning to question where he had been, and Dr. Schuster could only cover for so long.
He had to be dead. They should not have tested on a human subject until they were ready. Now, Dr. Schuster's dearest friend was gone.
One last audio diary, and he would leave. Dr. Maxis will be far worse than obtuse when he finds what they have done behind his back. Dr. Schuster's professional career was over.
"Log Entry 43. Date: January 23rd, 1940. I cannot be certain what happened to Dr. Richtofen. Once the test was commenced, he just disappeared from the machine into thin air. I have searched the area for days and have no evidence that he is anywhere. I am afraid I might have to scrap the-"
The receiving pad of the MTD began to flash and buzz. Out came Dr. Richtofen, jogging towards a dumbfounded and relieved Dr. Schuster.
“Don't scrap anything! We have done something, something wondrous.”
Edward turned his head as if a noise caught his attention.
“Shhh. Do you hear them?
"Dr. Richtofen, you're alive!"
"I'm more than alive, Dr. Schuster. Is the device still intact?"
"Yes, but, what happened to you?"
"Aaah, something wunderbar! That chamber was incredible, the wonders we could learn!"
"What are you talking about? Are you alright?"
"Get in the matter transference prototype, Dr. Schuster. We have work to do.”
Dr. Richtofen grabbed two pairs of earplugs and walked with Dr. Schuster towards the MTD. He handed Dr. Schuster a pair.
“We'll need these.”
The MTD once again activated and sent the two scientists to the dark cave.
“Why do I feel...weightless? And what is the strange pyramid? Where in the hell are we?”
“Dr. Schuster, if my theory is correct, I believe we are on the Moon, and this device is a gateway. A gateway...to another dimension.”
“Another dimension? Is Dr. Groph here too talking such insanity?”
“Nein, but I'm beginning to think much of what he says is more true than we'd ever imagined. He was right about 935 partnering with the Nazi Party, was he not?”
“What are you suggesting are the origins of this pyramid gateway device?”
“Dr. Groph, in his study of the Vril-Ya, mentioned something about three pyramids, gateways to the Aether, a dimension beyond our understanding. The ancient race Vril-Ya built these devices to travel between dimensions at will. Though Dr. Groph believed in the Vril-Ya, and their technological wonders, he did not fully believe that there were different dimensions. But this pyramid fit the description perfectly from the stories.”
“I'm not sure what to say...what could we do with such a discovery? Should we tell the others at Group 935?”
“Certainly not everyone, especially not Maxis. But I know of several members of Group 935 who have lately shown a distaste for Dr. Maxis' new policies. They could help us build a station here, and we can discover the power this device holds, and use it to change the world.”
“Ok, question two...how did you get back to...uh...Earth?”
“In my tampering with the device when I initially arrived, the front panel of the pyramid began to light up, and it teleported me to some god-forsaken jungle where I was chased down by some native people. From my time there, I made some more new discoveries.”
“For one thing, the jungle I had arrived at had a massive deposit of Element 115. Unlike the meteor explosion over Tunguska which gave Group 935 its supply of the element, the 115 there was underground. The natives feared it due to the effects it seemed to have on both the living and the dead.”
“How will we acquire the resources to mine it exactly?”
“I know for a fact many of the members from the excavation team would jump at the chance to undermine Maxis, no pun intended. They will have the tools. Also, the people living in the jungle had me running for my life when I first arrived, but just at the sight of my lighter I had them eating out of the palm of my hand. They can do the mining work for us, and we will have an incredible amount of the element for testing here at the base we will build.”
“This plan is genius Edward! So much potential for what can be done here. Think of it! We are the first men on the Moon, and soon the first to enter into another dimension!”
“I'm glad we can see eye-to-eye, Dr. Schuster. Now, we must return and find others to join us. We should avoid bringing up what exactly this device can do until we are sure everyone on the team is on board and trustworthy. Dr. Maxis can never find out what we will do here.”
“Absolutely. Now, Edward, how were you able to return to the MTD receiving pad all the way from the jungle?”
“It turns out that I arrived in that jungle near one of the native peoples' temples, which was built around a pyramid device just like this one. The use of Element 115 for the MTD seemed to directly connect our device to the three pyramids just like this, and we can teleport between them, and the MTD at will.”
“If the first pyramid is on the Moon, and the second is in the jungle you ended up in, where is the thir-”
“SHHH! Do you hear that?”
“Hear what, Edward?! Are you alright?”
The voices are back.
Like a blowtorch to Edward's brain the voices called out to him, over and over.
“Yani-Ya Koom-Zi Vril-Ya An Sumer An Drakon A-U-Ran”
“Not so loud! Please!”
“A step down the stairway...”