Sunday, 14 August 2016
Romans Against Chaos
Manse Everard of the Time Patrol and Hanno the immortal visited the post-Roman Britain of different timelines. Hanno met perhaps the original of Arthur.
Steven and Virginia Matuchek named their daughter Victrix after "'...the last Roman legion in Britain.' The last that stood against Chaos..." (Operation Chaos, p. 123)
"Victrix" is Valeria's true name known only by four people, herself, her parents and the doctor who delivered her - so Matuchek should not broadcast it to other timelines? Sometimes we accept that the first person narrator of a novel is addressing a specific audience. At other times, we pretend that he is the omniscient narrator addressing no one in particular. Is it a secret that Superman is Clark Kent or that the Batman is Bruce Wayne? Yes - but everyone on Earth Real knows it.