282 - Die Spur zu Jagos Stern
The Trail To Jago's Star
Clark Darlton


Whereas Perry Rhodan is busy traveling throughout the Empire to prepare the citizens to the suspected forthcoming offensive from the Masters of the Island, Pucky has been alerted by the Springer incident, who was arrested with unknown material on his board, which turned out to be spare pieces for a multiduplicator. With the permission of Rhodan and a plophosian ship lent to him by Mori Abro, Pucky sets sail to Jago 3, with Wuriu Sengu and Andre Noir on board, pretty confident that this planet might be a secret base of the Masters of the Island.

On their arrival there, they learn about foreign ships that were spotted recently by one of the colons. They start their investigation in the mountain where the ships landed, and quickly feel that something is wrong because none of them is able to fully exploit their mutant capabilities : Pucky is having a hard time teleporting, and Sengu senses some resistance in the ground below their feet beyond which he can't seem to "see" anything. This is enough clue for Pucky who decides to ring the alarm and report to Rhodan that he uncovered a Tefrodian base.

Rhodan takes the incident very seriously and quickly decides to raid the base. But he insists on the offensive being as harmless as possible, so that they can gather as much information on the Masters of the Islands position in the Milky Way as possible. The attack is planned on midnight, and Pucky is given a tank of sleeping gas which he must spread throughout the base before the Terrans attack, so that the base can be captured intact.

Pucky teleports into the base and as soon as he arrives, realizes that he can no longer teleport, nor use any other mutant skills. Worried, he nevertheless proceeds to find the main air dispatcher in order to leave the tank there. After some difficulty, he manages to find it and opens the valves of the tank.

A few minutes after the gas has started to propagate, his abilities are restored, and he immediately feels a greater resistance to his parapsychic scan in a precise point in the base. He teleports there and finds out the central point of the base, where a Master of the Island is busy watching the monitors displaying the Terranian attack. A matter transmitter is sitting in the middle of the room.

Pucky enters the room and asks the Master of the Island to surrender. Surprised but not worried, the man turns to Pucky, watches him for a moment, and then walks toward the transmitter, confident in his shield protecting him from Pucky's weapon. Pucky has no choice but to destroy the transmitter. When the man sees the transmitter turn into molten metal, some panic shows in his eyes, and he takes advantage of the blast to disappear. Pucky chases him through the base but eventually loses him. The Master of the Island jumps into a ship and easily breaks through the Terran fleet, before vanishing into linear space.

Meanwhile, the base is successfully captured by the Terrans, and its self destruction is avoided in the nick of time by a patrol of robots. A multiduplicator is found, along with heaps of fake money.

Among the prisoners is an Anti, who seems to possess much more information than what he tries to make believe. During the final debriefing, Pucky informs Rhodan of a suspicion he had during this mission.

A matter transmitter as powerful as the one he destroyed, and probably connected somewhere in the Great Void, and maybe even to Andromeda, is a huge device, which roots go very deep into the ground, and probably even occupies a big part of the base itself. The only possible conclusion is that the Masters of the Island must have invented a way to reach the Milky Way without needing a matter transmitter, or this transmitter couldn't have been brought here in the first place.

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-282.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from).

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-09

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