The Scooby Gang
Book 2: Traveling the What
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Summery: The gang must pull together to face new challenges in their new environment. How will they deal with it? Where the Hell – are they, and is that literal?
Sequel to 'The Scooby Gang Book 1'
Multi-Ships: m/f/f/f/f f/f/f f/f m/f
Crossovers: Harry Potter, Stargate, Honor Harrington, Highlander, and Terminator
Previously on: The Scooby Gang Books 1
The last six months in Sunnydale, from the first of the year 1998, things didn't go towards the Powers Plans; attempts at control, attempts at murder, and attempts and getting demon or darker opponents to do the dead for them.
Buffy and Angel don't have sex on her birthday, Janna's tribe layer an additional curse on the demon aspect of Angel that triggers a heart beat if he gets too happy which placed the demon in pain and anchors the soul instead of allowing it to pass on.
Xander helps ensure Angel is safe (for Buffy's sake) and learns to trust the vampire with a soul. In the process gains a bit more from a whammy by Angel to check history for magics. Dawn showed up temporally placed with a spell to prevent her from making any changes to the champions until the spell was cast.
Cordelia and Willow explore their new friendship and talk about how they feel about Xander. Then to avoid possible hurt try to entice Xander into a relationship with them both, they find they enjoy themselves alone as much as they do with Xander. Dawn who's been ignored all her life buts in. She's only a year younger then Xander. Kendra shows up and decides she likes what they are discussing and includes herself in their talk, tease, and exploration.
The powers throw all they can at them including Bigbads that weren't on the plan for years to come, such as the Goddess Glory. They defeat them all but are unable to save Joyce who the powers had seen to as a way to divide the group.
Xander's talents surface as a runic master including a download of runes from a granted wish, some fire talent of unknown level, and minor magical talent aside form that. Cordy has more raw magic but less of a rune talent. Willow is a power house and can affect runes by pushing her magic into them but lacks actual runic talent. Dawn has a special gift to make things from shows and such real but it is uncontrolled.
After killing a Goddess of Hell named Glory they decided that the warding they tested at the Hellmouth was good enough to do right away. They call all their friends and family to visit and stay in the warded area hoping to ward their homes after they succeeded at the Manor and it was plenty large enough.
CHAPTER 1: Lost in This
Outside the wards was a horizon-less environment made up of yellow, red, and a string-like thing of nonsolid color coming from the top of sight to lower than the eye could see was all that was there.
"Are we in some kind of Hell because there's like – no sun?" Buffy asks wondering where the light was coming from.
Doyle (Alan Frances) was the one that answered her curiosity first, "I don't know, but we seem to be floating in this yellow and red ocean like place."
His wife Harriet looked around and frowned. "Look really close towards the edge, where the dirt ends." They did and she frowned more, "The edge is almost, it's like we're inside a bubble."
Janna nodded, "The wards did this but I'm unsure as to why."
"That's the wards?" Harriet asked while pointing to the edge of the dirt. Janna looked and nodded silently.
"So we are stuck here?" asked Frank Doyle.
Giles nodded, "It would seem we are, I too am curious about why the wards brought us here as warding and translocation are two separate bits of magic."
"Actually" Xander spoke up, "They aren't that different and I can think of two or three reasons the wards would move us."
They all turned to Xander and Giles, curious about what he missed, voiced the question on all of their minds, "What is it Xander?"
The others had been looking to the Watcher for answers before they'd turned to Xander when he'd voiced some semblance of understanding.
Xander hesitated a moment because of the eyes on him, "Well… if the world was in the process of falling into a hell at the time we cast the last spell to close the wards completely, it would push us out of the world… out of the realm. That is one example. Another, is we were trying to separate ourselves from their influence. I'm fairly sure everyone casting had that in mind when they cast and that can influence the casting quite a bit. So, what if the Power's influence in that realm was world wide? What if the influenced was much stronger than the wards could defend against while staying in the same location, err, realm? That being the case the wards needed to act in a way to allow us to escape the PTB's influence thus…" he gestures.
"You said, or three, what's the third possibility?" Janet Doyle asks the young man that seems to understand a bit more then his age should allow.
"It might have been a combination of those factors or any of the unseen factors we aren't aware of yet. My major concern right now is that without being… on Earth, in Earth's realm, or whatever what do we have in the way of air, oxygen, H 2 O. Because with that…" he gestures at the yellow and red 'sky', he got the message across. "I'm going to start working to increasing the Oxygen levels and reduce the carbon in the air. Then we need to go over our food supplies. After that, I'd like to go over the runes used on the ward-schema to make sure I didn't make a simple mistake before we search for a way back home."
Frank nods, the boy had a sound mind. "While you're handling the air Janet and I will start in on the kitchen."
"Allen and I will survey the grounds." Harriet stated gesturing around at the 'outside' of LeVelle Manor. "There might be some deviations in the yellow space outside the wards."
"I will go over with the girls and Janna to see if we missed anything on the words use when spell casting and see if perhaps after Glory there was some deviations from the ascribed instructions."
"Research" Willow chirped in, "we can work on trying to find out what that actually is, we do have all of Giles' books here."
Angel and Buffy helped with research but mostly Angel was holding Buffy and visa versa, they were distracting themselves from the situation and the books. Cordy and Dawn spent most of the time with Janna and Giles. Cordy because she knew the runes well and could coordinate what they did to what part of the spell was affecting them. Dawn because she thought perhaps her talent could be of use.
"The air is no longer a problem. It was actually almost level still; it would have lasted a good few months without the runes I put up." Xander told the group.
Depressed Willow informs the group, "The books have nothing about what's out there."
She really wished she could get online to check, Jenna smiled as she felt similar.
Giles glanced at Xander, "You were right about the reasons for our translocation, Dawn is fairly sure that her talent—" Dawn shrunk a bit, she'd not really shared about her special talent, and it was unpredictable. "Dawn is fairly sure that her talent had an impact on the casting and guessing we believe we might be in the in-between, the places that separates the earthen realms."
"I didn't know this would happen!" Dawn whines babbling, "I've never changed realms like that, I mean the most I did is collect a few things from TV shows
. I had no idea making fake things real would have this impact."
The others nodded that didn't really make any logical sense to them either.
Giles sighed, the Watcher couldn't find it in his heart to issue any form of recrimination or reprimand to her. This was why; she was doing more than he could ever do with self effacing guilt.
Firmly Xander spoke up, "This is nobody's fault, save perhaps the PTBs that were so hell bent on controlling then killing us." Dawn nodded.
Giles nodded agreement, "We have enough food to last a few months." Reiterating what the Doyles had shared as he'd had to confer with Cordelia before coming up with the correct information. "I have to tell you however that the idea to put runes on the containers of food was a wonderful use of the runic talent."
He was glancing at Cordelia who was blushing furiously. She didn't do many rune projects and she'd not told anyone but Xander had shown her how to draw a particular rune set during their training and she made good use of it.
Confused Buffy asks her Watcher, "Months?"
He nods, "Yes, it seems the flower, oil, and a number of other cooking materials have what is labeled on the Pantry Inventory to be 'ever full'
runes." Frank had been the on to put together the inventory and Janet was a wiz at helping him make sure everything was properly in their place to keep it organized.
Cordelia spoke up with a grin, "They're really neat, the first time I used the run was on my shampoo. It's rather expensive and only available in LA. The bottle normally only has to or at the most three washes in it before there isn't enough to clean a buzz of hair." She was smirking now.
With a husky smile Willow spoke up, 'The smell is rather lovely."
Xander wasn't sure if the smell of the shampoo in a buzz of hair or Cordelia's hair was what smelt lovely and wasn't going to ask. Most would have taken the buzz to mean a military like hair cut but he supposed it could mean pubic hair.
Frank and Janet blink in surprise at the sexual overture. The promiscuous effect they had expected the casters to feel after the warding was long forgotten. The new environment had shocked them and now this was coming at them from the side.
Cordelia continues with a sexual glance or two at the others, mostly at Willow and Xander. "It was about fifty or so uses before it just no longer smelt like it should. I had Willow test a bottle of acid. She'd have to tell you what the details are but it took about two hundred half drains of the acid before it looses its bite." The word bite had a leer to it.
"Yes" Giles said and smiles slightly flustered at the innuendo but doing well to cover his flustering up. "That will most defiantly help. I had not realized you had taken it upon yourself to do that to the groceries." He smirked just slightly.
She flushed and almost whined at the amount of work she'd put into it, "I really wanted to do something and preparing to ward the house I needed to strengthen my magic."
"There are some dark string-like things over yonder outside the wards and they seem to be getting closer." Allen Doyle said.
"We have a set of binoculars don't we?" Xander said glancing at Angel and Buffy who nodded they were the only once that had supernatural sight.
"We'll check on it" Buffy offered, "if you want to grab a set. Maybe you could do some kind of rune things with some of that left over wood."
She didn't mind utilizing her ability but knew intimately how frustrating it was to rely on another's interpretation of what was seen or needed to know.
There were seventeen people in the Manor and fifteen bedrooms, Giles and Janna shared a room, Buffy and Angel as well. Xander had two rooms for him and the four girls clearing up three bedrooms. Paring off the two married couples it cleared up two more rooms. Amy and Michael had claimed a shared room, and Aura and Nancy had their connecting rooms which meant nine bedrooms were being used and six were left unused.
Xander was thankful for the preplanning they had done to stay inside the wards until they could ward the other homes because having everyone over while they did the wards had ensured they all had their rooms set up and their personal things. He was even more thankful the Manor was not set up with city sewage but a septic which obviously was inside the warded area; at least he hoped it was.
They'd been in the yellow haze between worlds for almost four days according to the watch Xander had on. He'd been utterly busy the last few days, water had been the first sneaking issue to pop up but no the last. Luck had the Hot water heater was full and that gave them some of the substance that was simple molecules to pull together and keep that way. They had a huge bucket of refilling cold water for the cold water now. Xander wished he had some more tools, pipes, and such. He had a few but they were not exactly able to hook up to city water.
Getting ready to call it the end of the day he went to one of the rooms, Dawn was in there, "Any luck on finding out if we can get back home?" he asked Dawn as he sat beside her. She had been the most focused, the fact that she was the Key, they all were fairly sure on that, and her own spermatic talents, added to her desire to help and worry that she caused it.
"Oh Xander, I have no idea how close or far away I am. It seems every time I think I got a clue I mess it up." She was whining now.
"Come here." He said and kissed her.
She moaned and he lifted her up so she could spread her legs. She sat on him straight and ground her hips against his with need. That was the start of the sex, they'd actually held off that at first due to the fact that they were where they were, wherever the hell that was, pun intended.
Xander had to work fast when the second day had hit to ensure they had water, which wasn't quite as important as that first day's air. Today Dawn had known he was working on the water issue again. She rather enjoyed the resulting hot shower she'd taken not even thirty minutes prior to his arrival in the room.
Now it was time to show her appreciation for that hot shower. She pulled back a bit and reached down. He groaned as she relieved him of his pants and somehow his underwear as well. She looked at him and her eyes said it all.
"I want you inside me; now." She muttered out and lined him up. She shivered as she pushed down around him and rotated her hips.
"That's it Xander." She added with a whine. "Right there" she moaned as he slowed down and adjusted to hit her spot.
How he could remember the different spots on the different girls he would never understand but he was thankful he did.
Dawn groaned as she had an orgasm. Glaring at him she whines, "I was supposed to make you cum first!"
She pushed him back down and started to use her hips to slam down onto him before lifting off him as fast as she could. This served to turn her on faster as she knew it would but it also served to increase the heat and pleasure of her man. Xander didn't mind and looked down enjoying the sight of Dawn shimmering up and down on him. He looked her in the eyes and kissed her; they both climaxed at the seal of the kiss.
The runes on the generator were enough to keep it in power and there wasn't much running off it. The refrigerator was on runes now as well as the water and lights.
"I think I know why I can't get back home." She informed the group. She glances at Xander. "You remember how you said we might be here because the entire world was influenced by the Powers?"
He nodded feeling nervous.
She tells them, "The wards' main intent, our intent when we made them, was to prevent the Powers' influence from gaining any influence inside the wards! If we were to go back, it would mean that we cede that much more influence to the Powers. I mean they could make a nuclear blast or an asteroid fall which I think could destroy us rather easily by simply killing everything around us off completely."
They all frowned.
"The thing is I think I could make a portal, a doorway to home, but it wouldn't be stable."
"What do you mean stable?" Giles asked curiously.
"When I first found out magic was real it was because I had made something make-believe real. I think now that I know I'm this key thing the bitch was talking about, well I think I was pulling it from whatever universe it came from."
"That makes sense" Xander said and then snapped his fingers, "the Lightsaber."
She blushed, "I got it on Halloween when I found that I was missing the key component of my costume. I was upset and my power spiked, the Lightsaber literally fell into my hands."
"Good lord" Giles said gaping.
Dawn flushes and whines, "But the power is only there when it spikes. I have to get like way emotional and I don't know the first thing about making an actual portal."
Xander spoke up, "You'd need runes to help stabilize your power it into a constant flow. I'll put some meanings down and we'll try and arrange them in a way that could make use of your talent."
Dawn sighed and nodded.
Buffy spoke up, "That will take some time. The string things are turning. Or maybe we're like orbiting them. I'm not sure. Any idea on what they are yet?"
"They're huge" Frank said, he and Janet had mostly remained silent when listening in unless they had a spontaneous idea, they'd talk about it and found that they didn't want to interfere too much but would help where they could. "That gun thing Xander made for me shows that they are about half the distance from us as the Sun was from Earth." He glanced at Harriet she'd been the one that had those number known.
Xander sighed, "That brings me to something else. I think we might be able to affect the realm out there. We need some form of protrusion to do that."
They all blink but Giles voices their curiosity as he was apt to do instinctively, "You think we can move on our own accord?"
Xander nods. "I don't know if that thing is a demon or not but I think we should get a closer look."
"Agreed" Harriet said, "And if it's that big, I doubt it's a demon."
"Hey look at the fourth one from the left." Dawn said and they all looked.
"What are we looking for Dawn?" Xander asked and she sent him a mental image and he widened his eyes and looked up a bit.
"Found it." He said, "At about forty degrees from the deck." He said and they all found it.
"It branches off into to equal stems." Doyle stated.
His wife shook her head and shared, "That means that all of these might have come from a single one thing rather than been like weeds in a garden."
"You know that one next to it looks almost like it has pictures on part of it."
"It does?" several voiced the question.
"I think they all do. In fact" Xander shook his head, "Never mind that's just stupid."
"What?" They all wanted to know now.
"I was just thinking that they could be universes, like on Men in Black." He said and they all looked confused.
"Like the galaxy on Orion's belt?" Dawn asked.
"Yea like that but instead of a galaxy it's a galaxy in time." He said pointed down, "Back to the beginning when there was only one." He added.
"Only one?" said Giles looking confused.
"How often I thought of it. We think the demons were kicked out by humans, I've often thought of the Hellmouth and the Earth realm
" he said that last with emphases. "I usually completely skip over the thought of demons or aliens on other planets in the universe. I mean, what if the reason humans are on Earth was because the aliens came and conquered the demons and set us up as a colony? I've read about some of the demons, the old ones. I can't see how we beat several Judge level demons. I mean without chemistry and science, I know magic has its place but to use something like that and then downgrade? The runes I know now seemed to have much more than anything on Earth, or our Earth, right now. What if that's because they didn't come from Earth? For that matter are there demons on other worlds too?"
"I honestly don't know." Giles said, "But you do bring up and interesting point. Some demons are peaceful; others are actually non-sentient and useful, such as a Vigos'oz. It's a slime that produces a large amount of nitrogen in the soil but takes blood to do so." He stated. "It's one of the few things that are actually actively studied by the Council." He said bitterly.
"Giles, I was just saying that the Earth is not the center of the universe, but that is not to say it doesn't have an effect on the rest of the galaxy or the realm."
"And you think that those are universes, going back to one?" he said confused.
"Yes, one universe, and every time a major change occurs the energy is used to produce a twin that will work on her own as a separate realm, a twined realm. Those I was thinking were pillars." He gestured to the stems.
"I see" he said and actually thought of it. "You might be right after all if we are tossed between universes it might be that we are seeing exactly that."
"And we have no way of knowing which one is ours. Or how to navigate once we get into actual space and time rather then outside it." He wasn't actually thinking of being in space so much as space being in a normal or quasi normal environment rather then in between realms.
A sudden realization hit Giles, "Damn, I didn't even think of that; we might not actually be in a vacuum."
"One way to tell, I think I got a spare water balloon I'll put some air into it, very little of course and toss it out of the ward sphere."
Harriet said, "Good thinking Xander!"
He flushes before he responds, "Thanks ma'am."
He ducked his head and Harriet grins.
The test was successful. The balloon expanded quickly and popped.
"These wards are keeping air inside them?" Giles asked shocked at the realization.
"Yes and the dirt as well, it is eliminating completely the influence outside the wards that might be harmful or intentionally manipulative. A vacuum is defiantly harmful and changing the gravity inside the wards from what it was when the wards were cast would be manipulative." They all nod that made a strange twisted sense.
The next week was spent with Xander trying different methods of using wood and runes as a propulsion system. It was a very 'try and verify' method and it was working to a degree. They could not be sure they were moving that fast but they were getting closer to the stems.
With the kitchen organized the boredom was getting to Frank and Janet both. They'd had two fights, about little things and made up, loudly made up. The younger part of the family had been extremely eager to be alone at that time. Aura had found it funny and Nancy found it embarrassing to no end.
Dawn was finally finished with the wall. "I think I got the portal working" she gestures to the center of the naked wall, and flushes, "I'm just not sure where it goes."
"What do you mean?" Giles asked. "It goes someplace right?"
"What I mean is that the connection for the portal is there. I've tested the magic of it and the runes run clear. It goes to a calm place that is governed by the living, as in natural beings, but…" she paused, hesitating to put her thoughts into words.
"I feel something is off, like I'm holding thin stiff string and the other side… it's all over the place. Right now the location is set but I don't know how long it will stay that way."
Giles frowned just a bit before glancing out at the Stems and nodding, "I see, is it possible that…?" he gestures towards the Stems.
Not getting an answer he clarifies his question, "Could it be that we are moving around the phenomenon and that because our location is changing it is affecting the magic you are feeling overall?"
Not giving her a chance to answer right away he clarifies further, "I mean if that is as Xander suggests, it may be the portal is actually a string attaching to a section while you are actually holding it in place with magic and runes."
Dawn looked lost, she really didn't know. "I don't know" she whined, "I think Xander's idea about the Stems holds merit. But that's because I think it feels right somehow."
She glances at the Stems and nods, "I get that low down feeling when I look at that, like when I'm on patrol…" she ignored Giles blushing at her words.
"When Xander stakes a vampire I'd missed completely. That nagging I want to jump him feeling is there when he talks about his ideas on that thing and that tells me he hit something I should have seen but missed."
He was very red now. Dawn was far too young for sex in his opinion, at least when she's talking about it. He's better now than he was a few months ago but it is a work in progress and he can't say she's not mature enough to handled it, nor would he begrudge the girl, not after the Powers fucked her over. Just thinking about it brought Ripper that much more to the surface.
"I see." He managed out now sure what else he could tell her.
She realized she'd been talking about sex and sighed changing the subject a bit away from the sex talk. "Xander said he'd work on a probe to use for the portal. It would be some kind of remote viewing rune set. He's going to make it from some wood blocks but making them is going take time to inscribe and test."
Giles nods, "I do believe there is an abundance of bored residence that could use a bit of distraction, if he or you need any assistance."
Dawn grinned at that and Giles gulped at the grin, "Willow and Cordy seem to have found enough to do." Her voice was laden with innuendo.
Giles groans as he nods agreement. "They seem to have found a way to occupy their time without worry. At least they are now staying in your rooms while doing so." He added that last bit with a sardonic tone.
Dawn laughs and grins, "It is fun to join in when I enter the rooms but I could see how you might not want to." He looked both relieved and worried about what she was going to say next.
She picked up on his unease as she had planned her words carefully, "Why don't you go find Janna. I'm sure she'll appreciate the thought."
Giles fled post haste, there was no need to open up to more sexual innuendo with the young female that so enjoyed torturing him with it. Dawn giggled.
Xander's blocks took everyone a few hours to cut and sand before Xander took a few more hours to burn and empower the runes. While the others were cutting and sanding blocks that were generally the same size and shape Xander was working on the Null Boxes and viewers. He had seven each because he had a way to set up a basic seven signals without too much extra work.
As he burned the block to be one of seven options he put them into the null box designated for the viewer and went on to the next. Finally he was done and sighed.
"We're set!" Xander said with some excitement. "It's working, see." He pointed and then with exaggerated glee he rubs his hands together in a fashion that was that of mantic scientists about to do something terribly ill advised, he mutters with exaggerated glee, "Now, let's see what I can spy with my little eye."
The others all looked at him with different degrees of amusement. With Xander around entertainment was not often far off.
Ignoring their looks he told them, "The remote viewers here are like little wooden computer monitors, or receivers, only instead of a two dimensional aspects you'd normally see these will have radial three dimensional plots." He gestured and they all smiled and looked at the little room the display showed. It only showed the room square instead of circular because the walls were square.
"Now, anyone of you should be able to use this as it only requires a nugget of magic, of course more magic or more control of runes you have the easier time you'll have using the RVs."
"RVs?" asked Doyle, Allen Frances that is.
"Remote Viewers" Dawn said with a grin. She liked the name, it sounded like a special power.
Xander nodded with a waving gesture as though the name wasn't the import part. "The point is that the more affinity available to you the less frustration you'll have when you do specific or detailed tasks, or when you give instructions to the probes."
Willow asked him, "So because Cordy has slightly less affinity with runes than you it will be harder for her to do the same thing you do, and for the rest of us merely mortals it will be next to impossible for those self same tasks?"
"I believe so, it's the same thing with the collars we have so everyone has the potential to use it and with practice it will seem equal to what Cordy or I can do but have any of you noticed that when we send a message it seems almost instinctual where as the others here need to focus a bit more?"
"Enough" Cordy said. "Time to test this out with a out of sight observation" her tone was prim and proper as if she was a hostess or doctor, "Into the next room with it and get naked so we can watch." she shooed him out with a wide smile. He looked at her shocked and decided to do just that.
The Embarkation Observation Room, or EOR as it would soon be called, was cleared of most occupants within moments. Most didn't want to see Xander do a strip tease for his girls, of course that meant Buffy was leaving but she did move much slower and glanced over fondly a few more times than she would have a year ago.
"I take it the controls on the block work, as well as the scanning
capabilities?" Cordy flushed at Giles question.
Giles usually didn't use the technical jargon exactly correct but he had this time because he was teasing her.
"Um, I think so." She said then admitted, "We didn't get to test them all though."
Giles raises an eyebrow. "Distracted were you?" he asked
She flushes and nods with a smile on her face clearly telling him to quite while he was ahead or hear how they reacted to being distracted. "The question is Giles, if they'll work thru the portals."
He nods, "Yes, I can see that is indeed a question. We can but try. Is the portal is still open?"
"Yea" Dawn nodded, "We didn't know if it would take a monumental effort to make another and we don't have an unlimited supply of walls to use." She wasn't sure if they could use the same wall or if it would work the same way on a different wall.
"Than we should see if it does move, the portal I mean, and perhaps there is a way to anchor it or tell how long the portal will stay in on location."
"We could also see if there was a way to focus a burst of magic to open a portal from there to here without too much trouble as well."
Dawn nodded and scrunched up her nose.
"We'd need a focus crystal, something hard with enough resonance magically to pierce the divide."
"Like a diamond?"
"One step at a time; let us adjourn to the room and collect everyone for the first field test. I dare say that they are currently bored enough to watch you and the girls procreate from a distance."
Xander and Dawn both blush. Cordy beams with a pride and says, "That was excellent, Giles!"
The other two present looked at her astonished as Giles blushes.
"What?" Xander knew he was missing something. Giles had already turned to go collect everyone.
"He used sexual innuendo and didn't polish his glasses or turn tomato like." She said with a wide smile. "He's seeing us more as equals with" her next two words were said with a husky come hither tone, "dirty minds than wards and children."
"The first test" Xander said with a grin as Cordy flushed slightly, "Thru the portal." He added and she restrained her glare he would be suitably punished tonight.
"Send the box thru, would you Buffy? Give it a hard throw." Kendra grinned at the eagerness of the elder slayer. She had been sparing a bit more often lately to deal with the slayer edginess.
"Right Xander" she said and took the cube of runic construction and threw it hard at the center of the wall and thru the portal. Xander was on guard for it and as soon as the screen seemed to change he tapped the rune display.
"We have contact still. The area seems dark, faintly lit." He said and a three dimensional stage was shown for all to see.
Buffy points and asks, "Did it just come out of that archway thing?" it was nut a few feet away and floating. She almost whines, "Didn't I throw it hard enough?"
When she looked over at Xander and seen him smiling widely, while valiantly attempting to stifle his laughter. With one look Buffy had known she'd been used, nastily and dirty like. Her slayer strength was wound up and tossed aside.
Buffy narrowed her focused eyes on Xander, this meant one thing; Xander would suffer greatly. She would seek Dawn's help in ensuring she was able to tickle him thoroughly.
"Doing a gravitational scan of the area" Xander said and the screen shrunk as it showed the Earth and the Sun, colorless of course.
Distracted temporarily from her fantasy of retribution Buffy asks, "What's that mean?" she was pointing to the black and white images that seemed to be shrinking.
Xander nodded, "I think that the cube is at least on Earth." He said explaining what he was doing without explaining exactly what she pointed at, distractions could make him loose focus on his runic control.
Giles looked at the display with a critical eye; the image for gravity was black and white. He was sure he could make out the general shape of the ocean. "Could you enlarge it; I mean go back a bit on the scan, slow down so I can see the general area? I'd like to know where on Earth the probe is located."
Xander nodded but it took some extreme focus. The runes were set only the amount of magic pushed into them would give the controller control.
"How does it know when there is water or land on Earth?" Dawn asked.
Cordy is the one that answers. "It's a way to tell a substance by the gravity they emit."
Willow beams at her while Xander nods his agreement saying "Exactly, the frequency of the gravity dictates the mass, size and therefore density and with the density you can estimate the substance."
Dawn nods, that made sense. Of course he knew this because he'd designed the runes to show the practical interpretation.
Very curiously Dawn asks, "What is the limit of the scan?"
"It depends; the limit of that one is anything within the sphere of influence on the Sun's gravity; unless there's another gravity center that the Earth is victim to."
He glances at Willow for an answer.
Willow shrugs and offers up, "It might show us the entire universe. Can you zoom in on another area?"
Xander nods, "It would be extremely degraded if we were going on gravity alone." He told them all and showed them the moon, before it snapped back out to a larger viewing. "And it can't be set to watch without someone like me or Cordy at the controls on the Remote Viewer."
The same controls that controlled the movement of the probe or scout would when doing the gravity scan control the gravimetric scanning. There was only one rune to signify the gravity scanning ability and the rest of the controls that were for Zoom, Motion, and illumination intake were compatible for the scanning for gravity.
There are twelve motion runes that are strictly directional, well eleven as one rune was the all stop or twist and spin rune. Xander had used this rune to stop the scout's motion after Buffy threw it through the wall's portal. Lift, Drop, Aft, Stern, Port, and Starboard were the two general planes of movement but then there were runes to combine the to directions and give a better semblance of control to the operator at the Remote Viewer.
It was simple for runic talent to split focus by simple touch, Xander could do it easily, it was almost as though he was typing and just knew where the keys on the keyboard were which meant that those without talent were likely to be a bit slower but they could practice.
Everyone understood the nature of the controls and that Cordy would be up there with him on most things to do with runes.
"It would seem that the geography is showing it to be in where London should be." Giles said with a fond smile that everyone could tell was a mix of pride and homesickness.
"We'll send a second scout out in about twenty minutes. According to the scan it is currently night." He added that last.
"Is there any way to see what season it is; or what year?" Giles asked curiously.
Xander's response was bland, "I'm not up on astronomical or meteorological time." He didn't say it wasn't as a subtle hint that maybe someone else was. Nobody took it up and he shrugged.
"We'll just need to wait for the second scout and send one out to see if they can find some kind of calendar or something. That is if they end up in the same place."
Giles nodded and sat down beside Janna to watch the three dimensional display. It was almost as though this was more technological then magical, at least by appearance. He briefly wondered why anyone knowing this would not share it and let it grow or develop it and sell the products.