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Below is a copy of the series summary  from issues #1400 to #1799. 

Since this is of great interest to old fans and new, it is presented below.


FROM THE CANTARO TO THE HAMAMESCH


 

Gods of NightWhen Perry Rhodan and a majority of the Immortals returned to normalspace from the dying universe of Tarkan, their small fleet was caught in a stasis field created when Dorifer sealed up. For the people on board the fourteen ships, only a few seconds seemed to pass, but in actuality it was 695 years. When the stasis field finally dissolved, the year was 1143 NGE.


The Galaxians (current designation for inhabitants of the Milky Way galaxy) now had to orient themselves to what was for them a strange era -- and their first steps led them straight into a nightmare. The entire galaxy was isolated from the rest of the universe by a mysterious forcefield called the Chronopulse Wall. Only gradually did the men and women around Perry Rhodan lift the veil of mystery surrounding the past.

After the transport of Hangay, there were violent conflicts among different Tarkan races, whose effects were felt to some extent in other galaxies -- the Hundred Years War began. Perry Rhodan and the Immortals accompanying him were presumed dead. The Cantaros attracted attention when they began to isolate the Milky Way with the Chronopulse Wall. The Cantaros were mysterious cyborgs -- manlike creatures with technological implants -- who possessed superior technological resources.

Later, it was learned that this was originally done out of honorable motives, but then the aliens came under the influence of Monos, a tyrant who appeared in different forms. For unknown reasons, this tyrant turned humanity's home galaxy into a nightmare of terror.

On the Earth, the few remaining Terrans lived in Simu-sense, a kind of dream world that made them into physical wrecks. In the gene factories set up on many planets, the Cantaros committed indescribable crimes against morality and humanity. A gigantic army of clones was created, while millions of failed attempts, the so-called Bionts, were placed on different worlds and there scraped out miserable existences.

Starship travel was largely crippled; many planets became prisons for their inhabitants. Hunger, fear, and death reigned everywhere. This era of indescribable misery entered galactic history as the Dark Centuries.

Perry Rhodan and his friends were faced with the ruination of their lives' work, but they took up the battle against Monos and the Cantaros. Alongside the resistance organization ARIES, they scored their first successes. The final victory over the tyrant came in the year 1147, but it was combined with an enormous shock for Perry Rhodan.

Monos turned out to be the son of his missing wife Gesil. Who the father was remained unknown at first. Nonetheless, the Terran found his wife, who had involuntarily spent the last centuries on a planet lying in a space-time fold. For her, only a few years had passed, and she knew nothing of any son.

After the withdrawal of the Cantaros, a difficult period of reconstruction began. Monos had caused an endless amount of damage, and it could be predicted that it would take a long time before all traces of his regime of terror had been removed.

 

The Call of ImmortalityPR #1500 began the next chapter of the varied history of the human race in the year 1169 NGE, 22 years after the liberation of the Galaxy. The Superintelligence IT appeared and unexpectedly demanded that all carriers of the cell activators give up their live-preserving devices.

The 20,000-year probationary period that the human race had been granted seemed to be over. Instead of peace, the Terrans had only brought war and destruction to the Galaxy. Of course, the Immortals were convinced that this was all due to a misunderstanding, but the mental being remained firm in its judgment. Nonetheless, IT granted the fourteen individuals concerned one last cell-renewal -- and thus a 62-year reprieve.

At the same time, the Linguids turned up in the Galaxy. Some of their representatives, the so-called Peacemakers, were apparently able to settle any conflict with just the strength of their words.

Meanwhile, Gesil had been searching for the unknown father of Monos. She found the first clue by way of the Kontide Per-E-Kit of the Truillau Galaxy. There, a mysterious being ruled that called itself the Guardian, which Rhodan's wife believed had something to do with the conception of Monos. The Guardian had reformed the majority of races in its galaxy by means of a gigantic genetic program into a single species -- the parallels with the activation of the Cantaros by Monos were impossible to ignore.

The Immortals went on a search for IT in order to convince the Superintelligence of its error regarding the cell activators. However, the super-being seemed to have disappeared without a trace, and there were increasing signs that IT suffered from some kind of mental disturbance. Moreover, there were agents for the Guardian of Truillau active in the Milky Way who were obviously interested in preventing any contact between the Immortals and the Superintelligence.

In December, 1171, the seriousness of the situation increased: IT gave the fourteen free cell activators to the Peacemakers of the Linguids and declared them to be the new chosen ones.

In Truillau, the Guardian had Rhodan's wife Gesil and his daughter Eirene in its power, and turned out to be the fallen Cosmocrat Taurec. He then revealed some incredible facts. In his effort to return behind the Matter Source, Taurec had the intention of first absorbing the largest possible amount of Cosmocratic genetic material, then forcing IT to evolve prematurely into a Matter Source. The resulting Matter Source would serve as the entranceway to the realm of the High Powers, while the cosmocratic genetic material would be the passkey.

But Taurec made a mistake. He attempted to force IT into metamorphosis by manipulating Dorifer, but while he was doing that, the Hangay Galaxy materialized in the normal universe. The Cosmic Nucleotide reacted as described earlier, sealing itself off and ejecting the Psiqs that the Cosmocrat was manipulating. These collided with IT and led to its mental disturbance. The tyranny of Monos, which had been at Taurec's instigation, was really only intended to attract Perry Rhodan, who had suddenly vanished, and thus other substance close to the Cosmocrats. The Cosmocrat had known nothing of the stasis field.

After these revelations, Gesil and Eirene voluntarily declared themselves ready to help Taurec in his attempt to find his way through another Matter Source. Gesil's bodyguard, the Cyberclone Votago that Taurec had artificially created and put at her disposal, remained behind and was later presented to Perry Rhodan as a gift of the fallen Cosmocrat.

For the Terran and his friends, the situation was more than unfavorable. Since the Superintelligence's perception of time had fallen apart, the effect of the cell renewal could cease at any moment, which would mean a quick death by accelerated aging. Because of Taurec's interference, IT was threatening to evolve into a Matter Sink.

Meanwhile, the 14 Peacemakers outfitted with cell activators were showing signs of mental disturbance. The fifth-dimensional impulses of the life-prolonging devices apparently attacked the complicated psyches of the Linguids. Using their uncanny ability of persuasion, they convinced more and more colonial worlds to break off from their mother planets and join the newly established Linguid empire.

This development escalated to the point that the Galacticum was forced to intervene militarily. The cell activators were taken away from the Peacemakers by force. When Perry Rhodan realized that IT -- and thus the Milky Way -- could be saved only with the help of the fourteen egg-shaped objects, he and the other former Immortals renounced their rightful property.

The activators were destroyed in the following campaign that saved the Galaxy, but just before the effects of the cell renewal finally wore off, the healed Superintelligence appeared and furnished the near-death Galaxians with new and improved devices. They were no longer a device worn on a chain around the neck, but now a chip implanted in the left arm.

Then Philip appeared, an eccentric humanoid of the unknown race of the Ennox. Although Perry Rhodan didn't learn the reason why, Philip also received a cell activator. IT further announced that two future Immortals had already been born, though they were not yet mature enough for an activator. Their discovery was reserved for Pucky, since they had abilities something like his.

The grand cycle that now followed, the 200-issue arc called "The Great Cosmic Riddle," consisted of four partial cycles: The Ennox (#1600 - 1649), The Great Void (#1650 - 1699), The Ayindi (#1700 - 1749), and The Hamamesch (#1750 - 1799). PR #1600 began on New Year's Eve, 1199 NGE.

 

When the stars fade awayIn the years previous, some Immortals, among them Perry Rhodan and Reginald Bell, had been on expeditions to various parts of the Universe. Bell encountered a mysterious race of Arachnoids, spider-like beings, whose trail led him to the galaxy NGC 1400. There he found only very ancient relics of that race, but he also discovered an unusually high number of 73 supernovas no more than about 40 years old. Perry Rhodan's course took him by way of Truillau and Estartu's sphere of influence to Norgan-Tur on the planet Khrat. There he learned that despite his break with the Cosmocrats, he was still considered a Knight of the Deep. He also learned that future developments in the Milky Way and its surrounding area would be part of the solution to a great cosmic riddle, whose meaning could be on a par with the third Ultimate Question.

In the first days of the year 1200 NGE, there were inexplicable disturbances in hyperspace. A large part of the Galaxy's highly advanced technology was based on the fifth-dimensional continuum. When the first devices showed irregularities, no one was unduly concerned, but on January 10, 1200 NGE, the unthinkable happened: hyperspace's known structure collapsed and every bit of 5-D technology failed. The term Hyperspace-Paralysis was coined.

The paralysis of the fifth-dimensional continuum was only limited to a sphere 10,000 light-years in diameter, but for the civilizations within that area, the Dead Zone meant disaster. On Earth alone, the failure of the gigantic Moon syntronic computer Nathan caused financial losses in the billions.

When Philip the Ennox unexpectedly appeared, the situation eased a little. Philip and the fellow members of his race accompanying him were persistently curious and drove many Galaxians up the wall, but they had the ability to take what was called the Short Cut, which was something like teleportation -- transporting themselves from one place to another by mental power -- but independent of a functioning hyperspace. As a result, an exchange of information between the Dead Zone and the outer universe was possible.

Meanwhile, Pucky had been searching for the two Immortals who had not appeared as yet. He followed the vague clues given him by the Superintelligence IT, which had described the chosen ones as being "mirror-born." Only much later were the twin sisters Mila and Nadja Vandemar identified as the ones Pucky sought. It turned out that the two women had a mutant power that at first was called "mirror seeing"; IT had deliberately planted the power in them with foreknowledge of future events in mind. Together, the sisters were able to perceive the atomic structure of their surroundings and alter it within certain limits.

A new danger appeared in the form of Sinta, a mysterious entity that had apparently originated in another dimension. The being, whose power was reminiscent of a Superintelligence, attempted to force its way into the normal universe with all its might, but was driven back for the time being.

In May, 1200 NGE, the Dead Zone suddenly dissolved. The scientists discovered that the Hyperspace-Paralysis was not a natural event. Moreover, there was a probability bordering on certainty that a new Dead Zone would arise in the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, Reginald Bell had been successful in his examination of the Arachnoid artifacts he had brought back from his expedition and learned the history of the spider-beings, the Arcoana. Many thousands of years before, the Arachnoids had roamed their home galaxy of Noheyrasa murdering and plundering, leaving behind one devastated world after another. Then, however, they evolved to a level of maturity where they recognized their lack of respect for life and creation. From then on, their efforts were aimed at making up for the damage they had caused. Their natural talent for comprenending fifth-dimensional processesm led to the rise of a highly advanced civilization, but also to the appearance of the Riin, a race driven to satisfy its extreme curiosity.

The sensitive Arcoana found it more and more difficult to put up with the Riin's insistence. Finally, they simulated a collective suicide by igniting 73 stars into supernovas and fleeing to the distant galaxy of Aemelonga. There they laid the foundations of their new life on the planet Dadusharne in the Sheokor System.

But the Riin, whom Bell realized were identical with the eccentric Ennox, did not give up. They were able to pick up the trail of the Arachnoids once more. This time, the spider-creatures defended themselves by a different means. The Macciunensor (also called the Stepmaker) came into being. Under the influence of this device, the Ennox could no longer use their Short Cut. The Riin problem seemed to be solved.

In the Milky Way, meanwhile, a second Dead Zone had manifested itself, this one about 5000 light-years in diameter with its center in the Arkon System. In spite of massive resistance on the part of the Ennox, the Immortals around Perry Rhodan were able to learn the position of that mysterious race's home world.

On the planet Mystery in the Enno System, it was learned that the Ennox were really energy beings who just assumed a physical form. Their talent for the Short Cut was accomplished with a so-called Step-Organ. After about six or seven leaps, this organ had to be recharged, which could be done only on Mystery. The Ennox, who called themselves Veegos, were working on a gigantic model of the Universe that could always be seen in the night sky of their home world.

During their explorations, however, they stumbled one day on a region of space that was closed to the Short Cut. That was the reason they made contact with the Arcoana, whose comprehension of the fifth dimension they believed could solve the problem.

In the closing months of the year 1201 NGE, more loose threads were tied up. The model of the Universe made by the Ennox (also called the Cosmic Cartographers) had a connection with the third Ultimate Question. The issuing of a cell activator to Philip brought them in contact with the Galaxians.

Apparently IT was interested for as yet unknown reasons in cooperation between the two races. The region of space that the Veego could not reach, the Coma Berenices sector about 225 million light-years from the Milky Way, turned out to be a starless area 150 light-years in diameter, which was named the Great Void. Philip spoke of a great cosmic mystery that was allegedly hidden inside, and he was able to convince Perry Rhodan to mount an expedition there.

The secret of the two Dead Zones was revealed. The Hyperspace-Paralysis was caused by the operation of the Macciunensor. When it was turned off, the situation quickly returned to normal. On August 1, 1202 NGE, the Base finally began its three and a half year journey to the Great Void.

Destination: "The Great Void"In PR #1650, the three and a half years of the journey were described in condensed form. On their way, the Galaxians set up ten bridgeheads (Coma 1 through Coma 10), which were constructed by Androgynous Robots (learning, self-reproducing machines). In February, 1204, Philip unexpectedly appeared on the Base and urged Perry Rhodan to greater haste. According to his exaggeratedly dramatic words, some danger was emerging from the Great Void that was capable of upsetting the entire universe.

At the end of May 1204, they reached the galaxy NGC 4793 and its satellite galaxy Queeneroch. In the latter, an offshoot of the Arcoana had once gone on a rampage and destroyed a large percentage of the planets there. Some 500 crewmembers, among them Harold Nyman, commander of the Base, returned from a reconnaissance flight into NGC 4793, and took ill from a mysterious infection. Thirty-seven Galaxians died, and the rest strongly suspected that they had come into contact with an alien power that was manipulating them in some unknown fashion. For lack of time, Perry Rhodan was not able to investigate the matter any further.

On January 14, 1206, they reached the edge of the Great Void. The Base took up position near a pulsar that was named Borgia. The first explorations turned up some astonishing information: About two million years before, a violent war had raged between, on the one hand, the races settling the edge of the Great Void and which had formed an alliance called Tanxtuunra, and on the other, an unknown and terrible enemy. Only after thousands of years of grinding battles was the Alliance able to beat back the enemy. The focal point of the events was the 21 planets that Philip the Ennox termed Samplers and on which he and his fellow Ennox always materialized when they attempted to teleport into the Great Void using their Short Cut.

Expeditions to the Samplers scattered around the edge of the Great Void, some of them a great distance away, showed that each planed exhibited a physical impossibility. On the planet Shaft, for example, a shaft had been driven into the ground that was far deeper than the diameter of the planet itself. On Knapsack, the sun always stood at the zenith, no matter what time of day it was, and no matter where one was on the planet. On Sloughar, a field of ruins was discovered that was older than the planet itself. These and other wonders were found on all Samplers, and could not be explained scientifically despite vigorous efforts.

With the Gish-Vatachh and the Theans, who functioned as judges, a kind of police had emerged among the long-split Tanxtuunra. They watched jealously over the past, which was laid over with many taboos, and regarded any landing on the Samplers as a serious crime. For Perry Rhodan and the Galaxians, it became more and more difficult with each passing month to hold out against the Theans and the fleets of the Gish-Vatacch.

The Cyberclone Voltago and the mirror-sisters Mila and Nadja Vandemar finally managed to partially solve the mystery of the Samplers. The 21 planets were connected by a complex higher-dimensional network, which contained pyramid-prisms (or spindles). On almost all Samplers, such an object could be found and taken; only once was there no success. The spindles, however, were not entirely complete: every single one lacked one of its 21 segments.

These were later found on the dark world Charon. There, the mysterious Moira was encountered. Although Moira joined the Galaxians, her goals were unclear at first.

Perry Rhodan was slowly able to shed light on conditions in the Great Void. He learned that the 21 Samplers were at one time the gates to another dimension from which the enemies of the Tanxtuunra had come. Then the Alliance was able to close these gates and apply seals to them. Since then, there had been a fear that the unscrupulous aliens might return. The as yet still unidentified enemy seemed in fact to be extremely dangerous, because even the Cosmocrats had intervened and sent a Knight of the Deep to aid the Tanxtuunra.

After the return of the Base to the Milky Way in November 1210 NGE, the Galaxians began experiments with the spindles and their segments. After several failed attempts, the work resulted in fourteen spindle-beings, highly intelligent artificial creatures, which combined in an all but invincible group and spread fear and terror throughout the Galaxy. They were ruthlessly bent on searching for information about their purpose -- they were of course aware of it but could not put it in concrete terms.

Only Moira was able to subdue the spindle-beings. With her starship, the Styx, she took the group to the Great Void. Perry Rhodan also outfitted a second expedition, and the Base was once more underway. The numerous questions that had arisen in the past years could apparently be answered only in the Coma Berenices sector. In October 1216 NGE, events in the Great Void reached a climax. The spindle-beings spread out over the Samplers and set off a kind of collective planetary destruction. The seals that for two million years had closed off the gates to another dimension opened. With that, Voltago was revealed to be a being that had also come from a pyramid prism. The mystery of the missing 21st spindle was solved. Taurec had earlier formed the Cyberclone out of it.

Moira also revealed her secret. She belonged the race of Ayindi, the previously unknown enemy that had fought a thousand-year war against the Tanxtuunra and which lived on the "other side" of the Universe.

 

MoebiusWith PR #1700, Perry Rhodan had to admit once again that he was still far short of comprehending the full extent of the wonders of creation. Moira revealed that the Universe had a negative side, the Arresum, and a positive side, the Parresum.

Both sides were connected in the manner of a Moebius strip. In Arresum, however, there existed a terrible danger whose destructive influence threatened even the positive side of the Cosmos, which the Terran had up to now considered the normal universe. This danger was already recognized two million years before by the Cosmocrats, and the complicated plan of the Superintelligence It (Ennox, the Mirror-born, etc.) was intended to deal with the threat.

Perry Rhodan and his companions began to explore the Arresum, and to their consternation realized that the Ayindi were apparently the only living beings who could still resist a power called the Abruse. The Abruse were filling the minus side of the universe with a deadly radiation that destroyed all life and resurrected it in crystalline form.

Moira's race was defending itself only with difficulty by means of a last enclave, a spherical region in space three million light-years in diameter, against the advancing fleets of myriads of crystal ships. It was only a question of time before the Ayindi were finally wiped out.

When the Galaxians proved to be immune to the Death Radiation, the Ayindi equipped them with technically superior ships, and they made their first forays into the devastated regions of the Arresum. In so doing, they discovered that the Abruse didn't control the entire negative side of the universe by any means, but just a relatively small portion of the gigantic realm.

Nonetheless, because of its strong drive for expansion, the new unknown power had rubbed up against the border between Arresum and Parresum. If this boundary layer were damaged, it would lead to an interpenetration of both sides of the universe -- and to a gigantic collapse, which would mean the end of the known cosmos.

IT appeared and requested Perry Rhodan to bring the Nocturns, an exotic lifeform from the Fornax galaxy, into the Arresum. The Nocturns were considered IT's "Birth-helpers," though the meaning of that title was unexplained. According to the Superintelligence, the Nocturns would play an important role in the battle against the Abruse.

Time hadn't stopped in the Milky Way, either. The Sol System, the home of humanity, suddenly became a center of interest again. A connecting gate stood between the planet Mars and the Arresum planet Oosinom in the Aariam System, the home of the Ayindi. The gate was the product of the Ayindi's first attempts to leave their threatened home and flee to the Parresum.

Permanoch of Tanxbeech, a Knight of the Deep, repelled the invaders with devastating results and destroyed Oosinom. The connection between the two sides of the Universe was never completely closed, and so disaster followed its inevitable course.

When Perry Rhodan fought off a major attack of the Abruse on the Aariam System, the wreckage of a destroyed crystal ship came through the gate mentioned above and reached Mars. The planet crystalized within a few days and gave off the dreaded Death Radiation, which would reach even the Earth in a few months. All attempts to solve the problem failed, and preparations began to evacuate Terra.

A trade caravan of the Hamamesch appeared in the Milky Way. The caravan came from the Hirdobaan galaxy (NGC 4793), 118 million light-years away, whose exploration in connection with the first expedition to the Great Void in the year 1204 NGE had led to an unexplained epidemic (see above). The Hamamesch were fish-like beings who sold in their bazaars basically worthless goods that nonetheless seized their buyers with an irresistible attraction that was all but an addiction. The term "psionic imprint" was coined, or more generally, Imprint-goods.

In Arresum, the war against the Abruse reached its high point. Perry Rhodan and some of the other Immortals found the heart of the Abruse, a crystalline dust cloud that was identified as the actual form of the enemy. In the meantime, the powers of the Mirror Sisters Mila and Nadja Vandemar had completely developed, which combined with the influence of the Nocturns meant the end of the Abruse. The mystery of their true nature and origin was not solved, however.

IT appeared in Arresum with the artificial planet Wanderer and released the twenty billion consciousnesses it had absorbed during the Era of Aphilia (see above). Placed in new bodies, these human beings would be the nucleus of a new race on the negative side of the universe and over time finally free it from the Death Radiation.

Before the Ayindi closed all entrances to the Parresum for good, the crystalized Mars was transported through the gate that led to the Solar System and replaced with the archive world Trokan. Moira took her leave from the Galaxians and returned to her people.

Caravan of the dispairedThe fourth and final part of the Great Cosmic Riddle cycle began in PR #1750. The Hamamesch had sold the last of their Imprint-goods in the Milky Way and had returned to their home galaxy. Before their departure, they informed their customers that other goods could be obtained in Hirdobaan in exchange for highly valuable Galactic technology.

About twenty billion Galaxians had fallen victim to the addiction-like fascination for the in fact worthless goods. At the end of 1218 NGE, the goods lost their enchantment, leading to severe withdrawal symptoms. A wave of suicides, rampages, and overfilled clinics were further consequences. About forty million addicts left for Hirdobaan in the middle of 1219 with gigantic amounts of high-tech items in order to replace their Imprintless goods there. In the early summer of 1220, some thirty million Galaxians reached their destination. Shortly thereafter, the Base also arrived, on its return home from the Great Void to the Milky Way.

The small Hirdobaan galaxy was divided into eight sectors called "Octants," each governed by a Tradelord. It was strictly forbidden for a Hamamesch to leave its home sector, but this rule did not apply to the other races living in Hirdobaan. Border stations where the Octants met served for exchanging goods. Above the Tradelords stood nine Maschtars as powers behind the scenes, but even they were apparently not the top of the hierarchy. Something called Gomasch Endredde ruled over all the rest with unknown purposes, and no one knew who or what it was.

The center of Hirdobaan where Gomasch Endreddes was said to live was 133 light-years in diameter and protected by a Transition field that transported any ship that attempted to fly into it to the other side. The addicted Galaxians, called Imprint-Outlaws, invaded the galaxy like a swarm of grasshoppers, but despite their inquiries and explorations, often driven off by force, no one could be found who knew anything about the so desperately desired Imprint-Goods.

The desperation of the addicts led to increasingly violent acts in their search, leading at first only to the opposition of the panther-like Fermyyd, a kind of Hirdobaan police force. Then the hidden power responded: Hamamesch fleets appeared and set up new bazaars. Every Imprint-Outlaw received exactly same article of Imprint Goods, no matter what or how valuable the goods he could offer in exchange. Without exception, the new Imprint-Goods were all small colored cubes.

For several days, the addicts were lost in euphoria. Then, however, they all vanished without a trace, one after the other. Only the now burned-out cubes remained behind.

When some Immortals, including Atlan, Reginald Bell, and Ronald Tekener, were exposed to the influence of the cubes, they unexpectedly materialized in the center of Hirdobaan, which was apparently unreachable by any other means. They found themselves in the Endreddes District, a system of fourteen Levels -- or planets -- that were interconnected by matter-transmitters called Carousels.

The fact that they had received only a single psionic imprint, which wasn't enough to be addictive, made them phase-springers. After exactly thirteen hours and one minute, they rematerialized in the spot where they had disappeared, remained there unconscious for the same amount of time, and then returned to the Endreddes District, again conscious. This process -- called Oscillation -- repeated without a break. A further drawback was the fact that the phase-springers could only take with them to the other side what they had brought with them in the first Oscillation cycles.

Brisk activity reigned on twelve of the fourteen worlds of the District (Levels 13 and 14 were unreachable at first) because the thirty million Galaxians had also reached their goal. They were not subject to the phase-springing, however. Instead, they had been given a mental command that drove them to repair the planets' apparently defective subplanetary technological systems. Using the high-tech equipment from the Milky Way that had also materialized in the District, they went to work, in the process ignoring hygiene and their need for sleep as well as food. It could be foreseen that the millions of involuntary manual workers would sooner or later die of exhaustion.

Perry Rhodan won his first allies in the Crypers -- rebels originating among the Hamamesch -- even though they proved to be downright ruthless in their methods. The conquest of the conference planet Borrengold and the capture of eight Tradelords was their first victory.

The phase-springers could also chalk up some successes. During their stay outside the District, Atlan and Icho Tolot were able to overcome the loss of consciousness and inform Perry Rhodan of the situation on the Levels. Then forty heavily armed volunteers exposed themselves to the influence of the Imprint-Cubes and also reached the Endreddes District. The phase-springers now had a powerful fighting force at their command.

It quickly became clear that the Galaxians' repair work was destroying more than it was fixing. The work went on without any guidance and at random. In their explorations of the machinery-crammed depths of the various Levels, the phase-springers came across areas where machines were housed that were utterly alien and as a whole resembled a gigantic organism. The term Evolutionary Technology was coined. More through ignorance than curiosity, a being called Treogen was awakened; it had evidently been active in the Endreddes District more than 2000 years before, when it was defeated by the now present work-robots and sealed away in a cold-bubble. Treogen, a bizarre biological mix of different species, killed several phase-springers before it disappeared to pursue its vague goals.

In the meantime, Perry Rhodan had learned that the Galaxians were not the first people to be lured to Hirdobaan by Imprint-Goods and then enslaved for forced labor in the District. It had happened again and again over the centuries, and always before, the members of the races lured to Hirdobaan died to the last individual in the Endreddes District. Since the physical condition of the thirty million Galaxians was getting worse by the day, the Terran had to act.

After several missions, Atlan and the phase-springers with him were able to open up the shield around the district from inside, allowing the Base to fly in and supply first aid. At the same time, the situation in Hirdobaan reached a climax: although the Maschtarans were killed in battle, there was a massive attack by the Fermyyd and the Hamamesch on the handful of Galactic ships.

At the last minute, a rescue fleet arrived from the Milky Way: eight thousand Blue ships -- Blues because these beings were completely immune to the Imprint. The Blue fleet decided the battle, helped its Galactic friends, and imposed a truce. As a result, a balance was established between the interest groups in Hirdobaan, arranged by diplomats belonging to a tiny race called the Sydorrians. Meanwhile, the phase-springers learned the entire story of Gomasch Endredde. It had to do with a robot brain whose creators were expelled from the neighboring galaxy of Queeneroch 200,000 years before and sought a refuge in the center of Hirdobaan. The robot brain no longer remembered its creators' purpose and had suffered from some miscalculations over the course of the millennia. While it was able to attract the Hamamesch and other races in Hirdobaan as potential helpraces, a genetic experiment then produced the super-being Treogen. The result: Gomasch Endredde could no longer reboot. The giant computer was stuck in an endless loop, and could only be freed by the Galaxians shutting it off.

After it was shut off, matters reached another furious climax. The so-called Evolution Plains broke away from the fourteen levels, and the planets were destroyed in the process. Fortunately, most of the thirty million Galaxians were rescued at the last moment. After the shield around the Endreddes District was shut off, food supplies could be brought to them.

The fourteen Evolution Plains formed into a gigantic spaceship 1500 kilometers in diameter. The creator of Gomasch Endedde, Aachthor, awoke, and another piece of knowledge was added to the puzzle for Perry Rhodan. About 220,000 years before, Aachthor had begun building the spaceship in the Queeneroch galaxy, but then he was expelled -- by the Roach, the barbaric ancestors of the spider-like Arcoana (see above), who devastated all the planets in the galaxy. As a result, Aachthor could not complete his work and had to flee to the giant robot Gomasch Endredde in Hirdobaan for protection.

Aachthor turned out to be something like a Powerful (see above) and his task was to build spore ships, load them with cargos of On- and Noon-Quanta, the so-called lifespores, and spread them through an as yet unknown region of the universe. Aachthor died when he fell into an ancient trap of the Roach; in his place, the Cyberclone Voltago, Perry Rhodan's "servant," took on his mission.

After several problems were solved, a decision was made: the cargo of Lifespores could be loaded onto the sporeships in the center of Queeneroch.

After violent hyperstorms, a door opened once more between the "two sides" of the Universe, and thousands of Ayindi-ships flew out of the Arresum into the Parresum.

These ships were crewed by, among others, human beings -- those human beings IT had absorbed as consciousnesses and restored in the former Abruse realm. They became the new crews of the sporeships, and their mission was now to spread life throughout the dead universe. And Perry Rhodan finally learned some new facts about the Great Cosmic Riddle: Millions of years before, there had been Seven Powerful in the Arresum, but they had fought each other, and so those beings didn't spread lifespores in the dead part of the universe. On the contrary: Anti-Life grew out of the work of one of the Powerful, and after an incredibly long period of time evolved into the Abruse.

Aachthor's primary mission was to stop the Abruse's advance into the Arresum before their activities could irreparably damage the boundary layer between the two universes (see above).

With that, the story arc stretching over 200 issues of Perry Rhodan came to a close. A new society could now evolve in Hirdobaan and Queeneroch, and Perry Rhodan flew back to the Milky Way. What he couldn't suspect was that on Trokan, the disastrous effects of the "Time Lapse" had already been set into motion ...


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