August 13, 2012
Page 139 Book 5: The War Diaries
Had to spend all of my day making this page, largely because the file corrupted and wouldn’t open much less export. Nonetheless, I have achieved the final revelation behind the purpose of the Order of the Driving Lance. It is here that things get a touch on the global conspiracy theory side of things for Lying.
The order wasn’t ever meant to actually kill Sildyu, but nor were they just cannon fodder. It’s closer to say they were a PR stunt, intended to make the people of the world feel good about themselves as though they had all achieved something great and liberated themselves, rather than by the actions of nameless and faceless resistance movements. They give a face to the persecution and the salvation of Avbaroy, and allow a neat point in history for Lying to write in the future he wants Avbaroy to remember.
As he says, history cannot stand an anticlimax. Very rarely does such a thing occur in human history. There’s almost always a big battle, a prolonged conflict, some kind of buildup, big events like the fall of empires very very rarely just “happen”. So in creating the downfall of a civilisation, Lying could very easily reduce it all to a matter of hours (indeed we’ve seen his resources and his capabilities throughout Book 5 and the War Diaries), but to simply have the Moon Elf Empire fall over in under a day would leave a tremendous and unstable power vacuum. There needs to be a gradual fall to prevent horrendous disarray, and that necessitates that there be a big battle like the Battle of the Palace here.
Geopolitics then, rather strangely and unfortunately, occasionally necessitate that people die in large numbers.
Next page is #500 in the whole of Remember, see you then!