And now, the second part of our discussion of Truth and Fear, in which we begin our discussion on the role nuclear weapons play in the trilogy, particularly on how they drastically alter not only the military and metaphysical balance of power, but the nature of the story.
Oh, and that header image is a little something I found while trawling online. In some ways, shortsighted postwar American optimism is the gift that keeps on giving.
Nukes are Kind of Magic
Michal: Higgins is very clear that the introduction of nuclear weapons represents a cosmic-scale shift in humankind’s relationship with the supernatural. Up until this point, the citizens of the Vlast conceptualized power almost entirely through the stone angels. The remnants of their bodies are literally the source of the Vlast’s strength, experimenting with those remnants the primary driver of industrial development. The living stone angel is the apex for most of what power even means. However, not all focus has remained on the angels, and when scientists develop nuclear technology it upends the very idea of how power works in the Vlast. Before, the measure of power was how closely you communed with the stone angels, afterwards, we’ve flipped the hierarchy. Wolfhound Century spent so much time emphasizing the insignificance of the Vlast’s petty squabble when measured against the greater struggle between…
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