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The cadets obtain 18 additional powers and gifts during this expedition. The most impressive power, perhaps, is the ability to grab the soul of another living creature and scatter it about. Despite all these powers and gifts, nine of the twelve cadets are captured and imprisoned in beautiful Crystal Planet.
A most interesting gift the cadets receive is their own Lucid Interaction Chalet where they learn that allowing their souls to float “is not like levitation or flying, it’s more like transforming oneself into breezes and sounds.”
The cadets are charged with speeding, towing disabled spaceships, and refusing to pay a toll in deep space. “Ridiculous!” said Judge Purrik who dismisses those charges. On the other hand, he wants to hear about how Alph, being alone, was able to fight during five days without respite and kill 215 Lutins (enormous, vicious hyena-like creatures). In addition, he wants to know who fired the Veloceptors, and who put microscopic tracking devices in the ‘traffic tickets’ handed out by Colonel Erlakee. Finally, he wants to hear the charge against Lieutenant Generals Yalert and Dirah of an Unprovoked Attack in Deep Space, and that of Torture against them as committed by Yah and Commander d’Nor. But, suddenly and unexpectedly, Queen Mella Kreffa drops all the charges provided the Empire of Annur does the same. The big question is: Why?
Once the expedition gets underway, the cadets continue to obtain strange powers; for example, they can grab the soul of a living creature and scatter it about. What kind of power is this!? In spite of their many powers and gifts, nine of the twelve cadets are captured in beautiful Crystal Planet.
Later, they receive the gift that allows them to float their souls; something that “is not like levitation or flying, it is rather like ascending effortlessly, transforming oneself into breezes and sounds.”
On their way to AquaSoil, they go to planet Nirrat to test their powers. Later, they discover two mountains made of diamond drifting alone in space. They claim ownership of the mountains on behalf of the Empire but are immediately challenged by Captain Lusada (a Tamort) who claims them for Queen Mella; she accomplishes this with the aid of Colonel Erlakee (a Herptile).
With all these occurrences, will the cadets succeed in preparing AquaSoil for a future civilization?
Keep on reading the incredible adventures of the cadets in the third volume of the series: “Yah and the Space Cadets / Star Rise / The Third Expedition”
A couple of hours later, Yah, Ada and Sid reunited in the library to investigate the planet they were going to visit soon. After turning the system on, Ada typed, “What can you tell us about planet Drasor?”
“What do you want to know?” answered the system.
“To begin with, its location,” typed Ada.
“Do you want the region or the galaxy?” the system asked in turn.
Ada stopped for a few moments, looked at Yah and Sid, she then moved her head from left to right repeatedly, stopped and typed, “The galaxy, of course.”
“Actually, that galaxy has three names. Which one would you like to know?” the system continued.
“I actually need to know the three names,” typed Ada looking at the monitor with a certain degree of exasperation.
“GBEW-B15, Blinking 15, or the Blinking Eye,” answered the system.
“What does GBEW-B15 stand for?” inquired Ada.
“Galaxy Beyond the Eanono Wormhole – Blinking 15,” answered the system.
“I suppose we call it the Blinking Eye Galaxy because it blinks and it resembles an eye; am I correct?” typed Ada.
“Your brainpower is irresistible,” said the system with a very discreet laugh.
“You are supposed to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ without your superfluous and childish comments,” typed Ada.
The system did not answer.