Nobody knows exactly what complex scientific and mathematical processes Professor Arthur Travell used in order to create the Chrono-Travell, Earth's first time travel machine. The first thing Travell used the machine for, or the last thing as it would turn out for that particular Arthur Travell, was a trip back in time to his younger self with the completed Chrono-Travell plans. The future Travell also brought along an ambiguous warning, "Stay away from redheads, swear it!", young Arthur looked at his future's sorrowful eyes and dull gray hair and swore.
Because the future Travell had changed
his own history, he became a time relic. This is what happens when a
time loop forms and there is no resolution. If Travell had snatched his
plans away from young Arthur and headed back to the future from whence
he came, he could have avoided this fate. It was not the professor's
intention to avoid becoming a relic.
Time cannot abide
an unresolved loop. When something causes an eddy to form in the river
of time, the thing causing the disruption must become a place holder to
avert event recurrence and inevitable additional loops which would fan
out indefinitely and destroy time along with everything else. A relic
was sort of a scar in time, never moving and unable to grow or die,
fixed in place in every conceivable way. Future Professor Arthur
Travell knew this, which is why he was in such a rush to hand his
machine plans to his younger self. The vain scientist didn't want to
spend eternity in a sloppy pose, and so he didn't. One of the most
famous relics in the universe is the time sealed statue of the worn down
but proud looking Professor Travell standing tall and smiling
beatifically at his grandfather's pocket watch.
are quite a few less dignified relics scattered across the planets and
space. One of the most tragic of these is the famous Italian relic of a
man holding a young boy. For obvious reasons, access to Chrono-Travell
machines has always been restricted to highly trained timeline
technicians and bajillionaires able to pay the highly trained timeline
technicians. One bajilionaire, Swiss banking giant Julian Batz, had the
cash and needed a trip.
Julian's son Noah had been
hit by a hover-car during a family vacation in Naples. The towheaded
ten year old boy with his bright mind and face and ready smile was
killed instantly. No amount of his father's money could fix his broken
body or turn the heat and lights back on in those lovely blue eyes.
Julian's wife, Ana, had blamed him for allowing their boy to run ahead.
Ana never recovered, and never forgave. Julian Batz's simple plan was
to go back and fetch his son before he could be killed.
is a limit to what sentimental foolishness time will allow. Professor
Arthur Travell was probably able to hand off his plans to the younger
Travell because luckily, or sadly, the young scientist's life path being
altered only slightly wouldn't have a huge impact on the river of time,
despite the importance of his invention. Young Arthur had already been
working on the schematics of time travel. This pushed his study to
fruition but his life course remained doggedly on track. And despite
the solemn promise he'd made to his future and presumably wiser self,
Arthur met and married a vicious bitch of a redhead who immediately
began turning him into the sad wreck that had handed him the
Chrono-Travell plans all of those years before.
again, there are a lot of things as yet not understood about time travel
and the process of relics. Perhaps the younger Travell was too
important a piece in the river of time to become a relic. Maybe the
elder Travell knew this. Unfortunately the only man who may have
extensively understood the processes involved is a statue in the center
of the Travell Memorial Center and Mall.
neither Julian nor sweet Noah were as lucky as the younger Travell.
Julian and his guide had landed just minutes before the accident. The
man watched as his younger self and wife walked hand in hand down the
crowded Spaccanapoli street. Noah skipped far ahead, proud of the
distance he'd been allowed and examining the vendor's wares with the
stern but curious expression he'd stolen from his father. Before his
timeline guide could prevent it, Julian had dashed across the road and
grabbed the boy from the path of a speeding hover-car. The boy looked
at the man who had saved him and uttered a confused "Grossvati?" before
looking back towards his parents. Noah's last thought before being
sealed by time was how pleased his parents would be when they saw that
Grandfather had come to holiday with them. The younger Mr. and Mrs.
Batz rushed to thank this strange man who had snatched their son from
the path of the car.
Mrs. Batz, or Ana, never forgave
her husband for what they found when they moved closer to the man who
gripped their Noah so tightly. With his teary face towards the sky, the
elder Julian Batz was frozen kneeling on the ground with one hand on
the back of his son's head holding him tight to his chest and the other
wrapped around the boy's back, fingers grasping the boys light jacket.
As Ana came nearer she thought this man must be holding her son too
tightly, Noah didn't appear able to move. When Ana saw the man's face
she didn't mistake him for her husband's father as Noah had.
it was obvious that the future Julian had come back to save Noah from
the path of the hover-car, it was impossible to know what would have
happened had he not saved the boy. Would her son have been maimed? In a
wheelchair? Would he have lost a leg or an arm? Would her sweet boy
have died? If Noah had died, Ana might have buried him. Surely
anything would have been better than this. These thoughts never left
Ana's mind. Despite being every bit as lost and anguished as his wife,
Julian could not escape the shadows of unspoken accusations that crowded
behind her eyes.
During festivals local children
decorate the man and boy on Spaccanapoli street with floral wreaths. In
the winter it's thought to be good luck to wrap the pair in blankets
against the chill.
The Chrono-Travell machine uses a
system based on the relativity of moments to each other in addition to
the chronological way that most of us think time occurs. Time isn't a
straight line, there are rushes and ebbs. Moments that are centuries
apart may be clustered together and traveling forward, all part of the
same story. The first Chrono-Travell machine used a time map manually
submitted by Professor Arthur Travell himself, accurate down to the last
nanosecond but very limited. Current Chrono-Travell's operate with a
map created by real time satellites that constantly update the
activities, actions, expressions, lives, and deaths of billions of Earth
people, animals, and plants. Like following a river to the source, the
machine is able to trace lines of humanity backwards. Also buried in
this vastness of information are the cluster patterns that the machine
uses to navigate. Imagine it as a submarine ship using every possible
direction of travel rather than just forward and backwards.
of that is navigation. The true beauty of the Chrono-Travell is how it
manages to evade and subvert the natural pull of time. Time recognizes
everything it can affect. Anything that ages, rusts, grows, shrinks,
dies, lives, in short, anything within our sphere of physical
understanding falls under the umbrella of things on which time has a
firm hold. The Chrono-Travell uses short bursts of controlled atomic
explosions to shield its existence from time for the tiniest fraction of
a second again and again in billions of cycles, like a moving picture
shutter. In these fractions of a second the machine is leap frogging
from moment to moment so rapidly it could land on a baby and be gone
before the infant opened its mouth to bawl.
serious dangers of time travel it remains one of the most popular
vacation choices for the fabulously wealthy and has proven to be an
invaluable historical aid.