Sunday, 24 April 2016
"Somebody Powerful And Shrewd"
M inferred the existence of the criminal genius later identified as Blofeld;
Magnus Clemens Maximus tells Gratillonius:
"'Somebody in Hivernia has been behind the last onslaught, somebody powerful and shrewd.'"
-Poul and Karen Anderson, Roma Mater (London, 1988), p. 22.
And in Hivernia the High King Niall announces:
"'...let us look ahead to a year of revenge and victory!'" (p. 43)
Revenge because his onslaught was repulsed! Why not instead organize peaceful trade and exploration instead of more killing and looting? Why not experiment with more efficient ways to produce and distribute food and wealth? Build better ships? Sail west? Lead civilization instead of raiding and wrecking it? Why not?