At Nikobo’s mention of Patrippany Island’s indigenous Leopard Men, Samuel was fair fired up, but his hopes of a deadly battle with said monsters were dashed by the patient Hippo, who explained that a hurricane wiped out the entire population when they were out in their boats. Before their untimely demise, however, they had taken prisoner a young boy and enclosed him in a circle of trees.
Samuel easily put paid to this prison with his ax, releasing, as the rather languid lad introduced himself, Tazander Tazah (whom Nikobo affectionately called Tandy) of Ozamaland. Quick also to identify himself as “a King and the son of a King’s son,” Tandy’s aloofness and imperiousness did not endear him to Captain Salt, but seeing that Nikobo cared for him, it was agreed that the Crescent Moon would return him home, and Nikobo herself was also brought along on the voyage once Samuel had built her an enclosed raft which would be towed behind the ship.
Tandy proved himself of very little use indeed, and treated everyone except Kobo as an inferior. Roger decided to take the boy under his wing and encourage him to enjoy sea life. In talking with Tandy, Roger learned that the young King had lived all his life in a white tower because of a prophecy that he would be “carried off by an aunt.” He therefore grew up with no concept of fun or play, his only achievements being a good hand at drawing and, on special occasions, the ability to ride a white elephant.
In time, Tandy softened in his attitude and hardened in his body, learning the ways of seamanship and eventually becoming such a good sailor that Samuel even compared him to Peter Brown. Tandy further distinguished himself when a sea serpent attacked the ship. After Ato sent the monster packing by throwing a scalding mixture of taffy into its mouth, Samuel discovered that Tandy had kept his head well enough to sketch a picture of the beast. Samuel named him cabin boy and Royal Artist of the Expedition on the spot!
Their course brought them to an island which was all over crystalline spires and peaks, inhabited by a host of yodeling warriors. As their own ship slid down a sloping river towards the Crescent Moon, Samuel ordered Nikobo to swim for it and activated a control that made the ship’s sails inflate like balloons and carry the Crescent Moon aloft and out of immediate danger.
He brought the ship to ground— or rather, water— in a lake on the island.
“‘Ahoy and hail, Men of the Mountain!’ challenged Samuel in a ringing voice. ‘You are now part and parcel of the great Kingdom of Oz, free as before to govern yourselves, but from this day and henceforth on, an island possession and colony under the protection and puissant rule of her Majesty Queen Ozma of Oz!'”