It has been a while since we’ve had an Æthursday, so Allen rolled up a great one and fleshed it out a bit better than normal for us. This week’s setting is a Dark Ages dystopia set in a fusion tech opera.
The fall of empires always leaves a vacuum to be filled. Empirical pride falls to the wayside as more immediate dangers are addressed. Great schools are broken, decentralized, or banished altogether. Security and survival become more important than innovation and organization. Rome falls, and city states raise walls to keep out marauders, murderers, and thieves. The decay works slowly, boiling up out of the emptiness left as the empire shrinks. As civilization splinters and becomes more insular, the future looks bleak. The only power strong enough to keep the world from devolving into utter chaos is faith, and the Church has seized upon the opportunity.