From: "Jeff Veyera"
Subject: RE: (urth) PEACE: What happened to everybody else? Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 17:23:19 -0700 Thanks for your reply, Mantis. I thoroughly enjoyed GURPS New Sun, btw. [snip] Mantis wrote: In the AD 2274 timeframe, all the Americans have died out. Throughout PEACE there is a sense of "decline and fall," like that of the Roman Empire, with Weer being something like a provincial big man who sees it crumbling away. One reason given for the fall of the Roman Empire is the lead in the water -- the Romans were accidentally poisoning themselves by using lead pipes. This single point seems to be a compelling answer for the soft-apocalypse that happens offstage in PEACE: the citizens have been poisoned by the fake orange drink, turned into sterile workers or freakish mutants (sideshow freaks who have to live nomadic lifestyles). As per Olivia and Weer's vision of the relatively near future, the continent is likely peopled by new species of humankind, with tribal organization being the highest level. Weer wasn't alive past 1974, so he doesn't have the details for the last two centuries, but it was all falling action from the trends he could see. [snip] So may we assume PEACE and "Seven American Nights" are related? [snip] Mantis wrote: Weer isn't the "last American," since he is dead, but he might well be among the last American ghosts (delayed by that elm tree, in his case). Very much like the goose sidhe in the story you mentioned, who have survived past the death of their species. [snip] Might that not explain the letter nailed down? If Weer is a ghost, perhaps he kept moving that letter, and someone among the living nailed it down so that it would stop moving. -- --