Bastian enters the world of Fantastica, where he joins a battle. TNS
A land is sick and the sickness seems to come from its sick ruler. Nothing will grow and no young are born. This is a universal story theme. Michael Ende, the author of The Neverending Story, is German and there is an ancient story from Europe with this same idea. It is said that when a king is ill or injured, his kingdom also suffers, affecting the fertility (生产力) of the land and reducing it to a barren (贫瘠的) wasteland.