women. At this point, another factor totally
unforeseen was introduced.
In the thinly populated desert area north
of Tamaghis a portentous event occurred.
Some say it was a meteor that fell to earth
leaving a crater twenty miles across. Others
say that the crater was caused by what mod-
ern physicists call a black hole.
After this occurrence the whole northern
sky lit up red at night, like the reflection
from a vast furnace. Those in the immediate
vicinity of the crater were the first to be af-
fected and various mutations were observed,
the commonest being altered hair and skin
color. Red and yellow hair, and white, yel-
low, and red skin appeared for the first time.
Slowly the whole area was similarly affected
until the mutants outnumbered the original
inhabitants, who were as all human beings
were at the time: black.
The women, led by an albino mutant
known as the White Tigress, seized Yass-