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While Kali’s village is inspired by some of the Native American cliff-dwellings (predominantly those in Manitou Springs, just down the road from where I live) the more ancient ruins have their inspiration from Chalukya Temples in India, particularly the Ellora cave temples. Those that once lived here had far more advancements than the remnants its people.

I’ve always found it fascinating to learn about an ancient culture that had a level of technology higher than the generations that followed it. In some cases, a degree of technical acumen that we haven’t been able to replicate. Types of concrete, types of armor, in some cases we still haven’t figured out how they did it.

Even more amazing — how that knowledge was lost.

Do you ever look around and wonder — if all the lights went off right now, permanently, in 200 years, what would be left? What do you think our age would be remembered by?

Thank you! (Continued!)

I’d like to send my heartfelt thanks to everyone for their generosity so far in the Kickstarter. We’re 64% of the way!! Thank you so much for your amazing support and encouragement!

Special thanks to Amber at Evil Ink for the wonderful interview she did this week. We talk about writing from life in a fantasy, how a day job doesn’t have to define your creativity, community building, and more!

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That is *cool.*

Have you ever read Collapse by Jared Diamond? It’s kind of depressing, since it goes into detail about all the awful things people did when their societies went into crisis mode, but it’s really interesting, because it explores just so many lost societies.

I’m adding it to my reading list. Sounds interesting! Is it fictional, or historical?

I am just going to quietly die over how gorgeous this page is, ‘kay?

Our skyscrapers and our roads, those are the great architectural wonders of our age. Especially here in southern California – the roads are really something, but everybody I know takes them for granted.

I do wonder what would happen in the case of a societal collapse. Generally speaking, I’m not optimistic about it. How would we rebuild if society collapsed after the fossil fuels had been mined out? Much would depend on the circumstances, but… blech.

I do hope that the dispersal of information will help, though. The tighter information is held by a privileged few, the easier it is for knowledge to be lost. When only a single line of smiths knows the secret of making unbreakable blades, it’s all too easy for disaster to destroy the secret forever.

Speaking of which, I’ve forgotten. Was this diamond-eyes bird-dude a god? I see he’s surrounded by gods, but I somehow got the impression that this diamond-bird-man was a stand-in for Tama in Mizha’s dreams.

I was just talking with a friend about how amazing our roads are — how much distance they allow us to travel, and how that capability has changed our lives in incredible ways! 50 miles used to be a day’s travel in good conditions…with our roads and vehicles, that’s a morning commute.

Khan takes a pretty optimistic view on the world-ending view, precisely because education has become fairly wide-spread. I’m not as confident as he is…but I like to think he’s right.

Diamond-eyes is a mix of figures. He’s a combination of Tama and Raviki (Indulgence of Wrath). So he’s part god, part annoying older brother.

Answering your original question, have you ever played “Enslaved”. I haven’t played actually, but watched a walkthrough on YouTube. It worth watching it as a movie about a postapocalyptic world which is… beautiful! The storyline is, to my taste, also very nice, and is partially based on “The Journey to the West”.

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