The Planet Kaha stories incorporate all of the tasks into them. Children read the stories after they have completed each mission in order to see how the story plays out for them. Depending which tasks they did will determine how hard, easy or crazy their journey becomes!
Children choose their own ‘natural disasters’ throughout the story, from which they get to save everyone – disasters like lava flows, floods and an invading group of giant snowmen. Depending how many tasks they did, and how many points they earned will help determine what cool kit they can use to help them help them through the journey and to help everyone to survive!
The Mission 1 story is super short and lite. The Mission 2 story, released May 2020, is quite a bit longer with some more realistic situations weaved in to it. Here’s an excerpt of Mission 2 below.
3. The plateau
Once at the top, you quickly gather up some soft, leafy branches from the nearby bushes and tie them together around you for warmth and coverage.
- Didn’t do task 10, the Knot task? The leaves keep blowing off. You can, however, borrow some clothes from someone once people start arriving.
- If you did task 6, the Good Deeds task, people will give you clothes to wear.
- If you didn’t do task 6, you will need to stick to wearing the leafy bushes, and if you didn’t do task 10, the Knot Tying task, you will just have to hope that it’s not very windy for the next few days!
Feeling a bit more protected from the cool night air, you stand at the top of the stairs and look back to where you have come from. Under the light of the full moon you can see that you have followed a riverbed. One that thousands of years ago probably had a raging river in it. The high, smooth walls on both sides lead you to think that water had flowed down it for a long time, carving its way through the earth from where you are standing now to the riverbed floor, hundreds of metres below.
A throbbing pain interrupts your thoughts. Your arm (wheelchair users) / foot (walkers) is bleeding! You open your survival kit and pull out the two litres of water that is in it. Chugging back a few mouthfuls, you then pour a little on to the open cut where the rock hit. You put some of your sterilizing saline solution on it, before using one of your bandages to stop the bleeding and to cover the injury up nicely.
Pulling out some plastic bags from your survival kit, you attach them to the branches of what you recognize to be a blueberry bush, in the hope that they will collect more drinkable water once the sun comes up.
It’s now midnight. Most of the others will be hours away and Moordidjabiny won’t be with you until 5 am.
Feeling cold and tired, you pull your survival blanket/warm gear out of your survival kit and in no time you have warmed up.
Raising your injured limb so that it’s resting on a log, you promptly fall asleep.
- Didn’t do task 16 — the Survival Kit task? You have no water in your bag, or saline solution to clean your injury with and need to wrap your injury using a big leaf. Without a survival blanket you have to stay warm by staying awake and moving round.
- Didn’t do task 20 — the Water Making task? You have no more fresh water until you get to the lake in the morning.
You wake to the sound of dogs barking.
You walk to the edge and look out.
The sky is just starting to lighten with the breaking of dawn. The gorge looks strangely calm and beautiful.
More barking. It’s coming from the elevator! You turn to see a young man in the elevator cage in his wheelchair, with what looks to be a dozen animals with him, coming up the final 10 metres of the cliff face. He has a cage filled with snakes, an eagle on his arm, two doves on his head and a parrot on each shoulder. There is a group of sheep dogs with their paws up on the edge of his chair, two cats under his chair and a miniature pony straddled across his lap! In every gap, someone has crammed in a bag or a box, overflowing with clothes or food. The man is smiling, laughing and talking with the parrots!
“Is this really happening?” you think to yourself.
Coming up the last of the large, stone steps is a group of teenagers, one of whom is carrying an old man on his back. “The last steps!” they cheer. “We’ve made it! We’re the last ones.”
Yes, this is really happening.
Everyone, you hope, has now safely made it to the plateau.
You look off into the distance and, to your horror, you can just make out a swell of water / lava / snowmen (choose one) heading into the gorge.
Within minutes a crowd has gathered, standing along the edge of the gorge watching as the swell grows. It is rapidly creeping up the walls, engulfing everything in its path. People are beginning to panic.
Your mind is racing. “I’m going to have to get everyone a long way back from this edge, but how, and where would we go? We are at the highest possible point for as far as the eye can see and everyone is exhausted.”
The point where the rock hit you has now been engulfed. “This is it,” you’re thinking. “10 more metres and we will be swept away too.”