Der Crash Landing

The last thing Sven remembered before the Plungerprize II entered the clouds above Norway was the incredible shaking of the starship and the glow of the hull from the friction generated by passing through the atmosphere. He also remembered Pilot Kevin Härfagre yelling out, “Uff-dah! It’s gooing too be a ruff re-entry!” Then everything went blank. When he awoke the crew was scrambling to launch a lifeboat as the Plungerprize II slowly sank into the waters of an unknown fjord.

The radio crew had been unable to establish contact with Mission Control near Bergen, and as they attempted transmission and reception at various frequencies they soon realized that there were no active frequencies within the internationally regulated electromagnetic spectrum. What they did not yet understand was that, while attempting to leave mars orbit, the Plungerprize II had flown into a time-space disturbance which had placed them in the distant past. Chief engineer and tour guide, Knute Willemsen, suspected this was the case, but had not had the time to investigate the phenomenon further since his present concern was with the prevention of the complete loss of the starship to the deep.

It was the middle of the day when the crash landing occured near where modern-day Bergen would eventually be located. Although it took on an enormous amount of water, the ship settled on the bottom of the fjord with the engines and most of the personnel cup above the surface. The crew launched the lifeboat and worked throughout the night to disguise it as a viking sailing ship. The Hulga 2 computer optical interface was removed from the starship and transformed into the decorative head of the viking vessel. Sven’s special stock of gold-plated plungers became the oars. In the morning mist the crew set out on the quest to discover where and when they had landed.