- Wächter des Ewigen
The Guardian of the Eternal
Meanwhile, the Larens are not staying idle. They have designed the Timescout, a device that allows them to scan the close future in an attempt to locate the Sol system. Their fleet, led by Leticron, is keeping the location under close scrutiny. Atlan's ship, the Cagliostro, breaks through the blockade and escapes in linear space, heading for the center of the Milky Way.
Shortly after they have arrived near Archi-Tritrans, the two lost Explorers come out of the transmitter. A commando sent on Ex-1819 shows that the crewmembers are now living in symbiosis with some sort of plant and react with hostility to the Terrans, who leave the Explorer. The two Explorer spaceships suddenly set in motion. Before the Terrans can react, they are headed towards one of the two suns and disappear there.
Ras Tschubai teleports on PP-III and finds out about the fungus. Before he can react, some of the spores settle on his spacesuit. He is helpless to get rid of them and starts suspecting that they are a very dangerous organism. As the Terrans are giving up about taking control of the station, Alaska Saedelaere decides to use for the first time his "annihilation spacesuit". He puts it on and boards PP-III. The experiment is a success : the spores die at the contact of his spacesuit.
The control station is now accessible to the Terrans.
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