Monday, February 10, 2014

Where I read the Bible for Gaming Inspiration - Genesis 1:23-31

Continued from here.

Chapter 1, Continued

"[24]And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
[25] And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good."

I find it significant that the Earth "brought forth the living creature". Are there underground bio-factories that can create living creatures, similar to the aquatic ones in my previous post? That reminds me of the Tarma Swamp, a location in Urbis where dinosaurs are emerging from just such an ancient structure. Perhaps these bio-factories have been programmed to "sample" various life forms to prevent their extinction, and then re-create them at a later date when their species have become extinct. Since this provides justification for many more dinosaurs than it would otherwise be plausible (not to mention other prehistoric beasties), I am all in favor of this.

And what is the "Beast of the Earth"? The Tarrasque and other kajiu-like beings left over from the earliest phases of life on the planet, beings which are immortal but cannot beget offspring of their own? Presumably the same beings which created the biofactories (proving the Intelligent Design hypothesis) created these creatures as well, but for what purpose? Perhaps, if their creators are the abominable aboleths, they are intended as civilization smashers - if any other sapient species becomes too powerful, the kajiu emerge and lay waste to their civilizations. Only the aboleth are programmed to be served - they and their servants, who are dependent on aboleth mucus to survive. Thus, as the civilizations of the competitor species are trampled beneath titanic heels, their only chance of surviving is to surrender themselves to the aboleths, who get new toys to play with.

"[28] And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."

While the exhortation to humans to be "fruitful and multiply", as well as "subduing it" are frequently cited by religious groups, the aspect of replenshing the Earth often seems to be ignored. What does that mean in Urbis terms? Well, let's get back to Kortus, our deity of agriculture. Presumably he wants agriculture to spread, and thus calls his followers to make all the desolate places of the Earth fertile, including deserts, northern tundras, and so forth - and in this day and age, some of his followers might even see this as a call to terraform desolate planets, like the Mars-analogue Surtus (however, potted plants, hydroponics and other forms of growing plants not collected to the actual soil and ground are likely of lesser interest to them).