So the “other reality” is just how it could be if she let’s him change things. Really had me going that this was just a corrupted reality. Way to go chap.
Thanks. 🙂 I was wondering what sort of reaction this “twist” would get.
🙂 Thanks for stoppin’ by.
5,000 years and he never once thought to take the damn helmet off?
Shhh. Simon has a bald spot on the back of his head he’s covering up.
Methinks the devastation was temporal as well as physical. It appears that the “devastation” of the explosion of the Spire actually echoed backwards through time and caused a timeline divergence, because if it had happened in the modern present, 5000 years of “rebuilding” would mean that there would be no alternate life to view – Jon could not possibly be a part of Goldman Sachs, because such an entity had not existed for 5000 years, for example.
While I don’t doubt that GATES has been trapped like this for 5000 years, there’s more to the story here.
You raise a point. What the window should be is an extrapolation/view of how the life would be if the explosion never happened. But there is at least 5k Year divergence to our time. Plus however long it takes from “now” to “Spire”. So it seem unreasonable that the mirror is actually “the world as it would be”, more “a world I made to trick you”.
So there isn’t really a “normal” state the world can just switch too.
I guess it is not a good day to be a stoner when he claims stoners are part of the problem.
What are the chances his solution is “let’s reset the earth all the way back to the start of the evolution, with no spire pieces and all”?
My own thought is that the world shown through the window is not the real world, but simply the world as Simon thinks it should be….
I love reading your ideas, folks. The final answer will be on the next page. 🙂
I can only speak for myself, but i would want to say that WE love reading your story at least as much, if not more than you enjoy reading our comments! 😉
Its a good story.
THAT’S the one. Reality is subjective, Omniversiality is everything. S.P.I.R.E. is omniversal tech gone awry 😛
If I had been forced to wear that hat for over five thousand years, I would probably be insane myself.
But you would look cool. 🙂
So those first stoners ‘fixed’ the properties of the various overstones? Or is it more complicated than that?
Also, I’m not sure about that explanation for the ‘deer,’ ‘wolves,’ ‘cows,’ etc. I’d guess something slightly (I’m not being sarcastic; it’d just take a little nudge here and there) more drastic must’ve gone on to produce and fix the variety of body morphs we’ve seen in a few of these, such as the ‘bear.’ Possibly a stoner was involved, since 5k years seems a little brief to create that range without a little help, to me, anyway. Does explain how Jon and Kyri can breed, though, and it makes those people bidding on the cattle even more unsettling.
I think you’re on the right track, Raoullefere. I agree in retrospect 5,000 years might not be enough time for the changes. I could have made it 10,000 or even a million. I was just using a number that meant “a very long time, but not long enough for objects like the Gateway Arch to crumble completely.”
This is some super serious omnitech we’re working with here… time is just as subjective as everything else after something like S.P.I.R.E. blows up!!
So what im thinking is that the events that took place in mere moments during the meltdown transpired over countless eons and ages.
What looked like an instantaneous metamorphosis could have been an excruciatingly long experience for the individual themselves, just as Simon’s been trapped for 5,000 years to his own count, which isnt saying much since he cant have a proper and working clock at this point, and hardly any reference to the passage of day and night… unless there are still more answers yet to come, and he’s literally in the original timeline he came from in the first place…
Interesting ideas. 🙂 We can discuss the particulars after the next page (no more spoilers will be necessary). 🙂
5000 years is enough time, I think. Humans have plastic phenotypes. The changes might not be genetic, which would require a longer period of time, they might be epigenetic or changes in expression levels. Then again, since there were mass extinctions, it is possible there was mass mutations ocurring in the genome, which could generate enough variation to allow for a rapid, adaptive radiation into new niches.
Good points. And actually genetics is one of my interests (I’m a geek I know) and I agree that 5000 years is enough time for the species to differentiate phenotypically, especially if there are pressures ecologically such as filling natural niches. Look what has happened to dogs in the past 5,000 years with human culling.
Love how Kyri’s ears add to her expressions in this one.
Oh, and the story. and the art. And well, everything.
Thank you. 🙂
Please tell me its not a “final solution!”
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