Tuesday, 16 August 2016
The Low And The High
"'...like some imaginary Special Agent Vee Eye Eye.'"
-Poul Anderson, Operation Chaos (New York, 1995), p. 175.
Vee Eye Eye = VII = 7.
Even if his suspicion about diabolical inspiration for the Church is well founded, Matuchek says that:
"'...I honestly don't see what could provoke a major invasion from the Low World. That'd bring in the Highest, and the Adversary can't afford such a confrontation.'" (ibid.)
Similarly, in Anderson's The Broken Sword, the elves did not invoke the Aesir and the trolls did not invoke the jotuns because neither side wanted a premature Ragnarok. However, in Black Easter, James Blish did imagine an Adversary who was able to afford such a confrontation and who did want a premature Armageddon. Although I often say that Anderson covers every possibility, in this case we must instead look to Blish for a usually unthinkable option.