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Arknights Lore: Passenger in reference to the passenger pigeon, T. S. Eliot, nuclear technology, and Nikola Tesla

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Introduction

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The second man chock full of lore after Sesa. And it is suitable due to his high similarity to Sesa in his backstory. Many of us would have known of Passenger due to his meme DPS. So I am here to introduce his amazing lore. Passenger and Sesa are a set. Do not separate. In fact most of the Passenger lore exists due to my existing knowledge of the Sesa lore.

[From initial CN translation, though localisation ends up different]
Passenger's real name is Eliot Grove (localisation ends up being Elliot Glover, but I look at the original CN text more).

This points to two figures who have influenced Robert Oppenheimer (father of the atomic bomb, the Sesa reference who has the same birthday and similar life experiences):
-Eliot: T. S. Eliot (Author who wrote Oppenheimer's favourite literature, The Waste Land)
-Grove: Leslie Groves (Director of the Manhattan Project who employed Oppenheimer. They create the atomic bomb together)

Sesa had a lot of lore references, so by being associated with Sesa (a voiced line and an archive plus meeting during A Walk in the Dust), Passenger similarly has lots of lore references. Together, they’re the men with the most lore. And maybe they can change Terra with their technology.

Thanks Aca for helping to write this document as I only know how to search for information, not read nor write literature analysis.

It is imperative that one needs to know some of the Sesa lore before going into the Passenger lore. Here’s a short recap of some Sesa lore and some links to my other documents.

Theory:
-Sesa may be the supposedly dead genius older brother in the archives due to the various contradictions in his archives versus the voiced lines. Not just a nonsensical chuunibyou.
In fact his screentime in A Walk in the Dust and Durin’s operator records show that Sesa is not a socially awkward person like he claims to be.
-Sesa’s parallels with Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb. This is really essential because Passenger’s parallels are two people who influenced Oppenheimer, T. S. Eliot and Leslie Groves. Therefore, Sesa and Passenger may have the future of creating Terra’s atomic bomb equivalent as their parallels are the leaders of the Manhattan Project during World War II.

Without further ado, onwards to the Passenger lore.

Erg Passenger etymology

Chinese and Japanese banner names literally translating to Passenger from the sand dune. Erg also means sand dune, which originates from French and Algerian Arabic.

A passenger from the sand dune… Sesa was also in this position last year as he travels from Sargon’s desert to seek employment in Rhodes Island.

Passenger pigeon

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Passenger's codename is already a huge hint is that he is based on the passenger pigeon. His birthday is also ironic: On 1 September 1914, a passenger pigeon called Martha passed away at the Cincinnati Zoo. Passenger pigeons went extinct due to overhunting with the usage of firearms. The ironic matter comes from that Passenger’s birth was the date of the death of his ‘inspiration’ bird, the passenger pigeon. How death and life all come together in a cycle.

By the way, the passenger pigeon is only pigeon in name. But scientifically it is not a pigeon. It may be in the same family of Columbidae as the pigeon and dove. Incidentally, pigeons and doves are both the same since they are all in the species of Columba livia. The only difference is linguistic. In fact, there is no difference between pigeons and doves in other languages. The passenger pigeon's scientific name is Ectopistes Migratorius where Ectopistes is its own genus, different from Columba, though in the same family of Columbidae.

Though, symbolically, Passenger is both pigeon and dove. He is both ruthless as Sand Pawn, yet obedient as Passenger. Like the pigeon that is considered a pest while doves are the international symbol of peace.

Actually pigeons are only pests due to their watery poop. And the reason why their poop is watery is because they do not eat well. Pigeons are only pests because they suffer. Similarly, Passenger only becomes cruel because he had suffered.

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A plague to remember passenger pigeons.

'This species became extinct through the avarice and thoughtlessness of man.'

Thoughtless, this is how Arknights fandom treats Passenger. Very meta.

T. S. Eliot

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T. S Eliot is a poet, essayist, literary critic and vice versa. At a young age, T. S Eliot was somewhat an outcast due to his weak health. Due to this he developed a love for books and eventually started to branch out of his interest for literature into writing. As if this love for literature was his only escape from being hurt in the real world, he began studying Ancient Greek, French, German and Latin in Smith Academy, a college prep institution for Washington University. At the age of 14, T.S Eliot decided to write poetry. His first work , a school exercise course, was published in the Smith Academy Record in February 1905. Hence Eliot has a ‘genius’ trait within him for writing. Assuming he was 18 during 1909, he worked as a philosophy assistant for a professor.

This is similar to how young Passenger was perceived by the public and his past life before he threw that identity of Elliot Grove away. Elliot Grove is known as a genius who graduated earlier and skipped a few years. At the age of 13, he became an assistant to head researcher at Brian Genesis Technology Institute. His knowledge about Originium energy engineering is impressive, but Kal’tsit notes that even though the boy was intelligent and related to information about Originium, he wasn’t knowledgeable to know “what plants would contain water” to increase his chance of survival when he’s on his own.

In 1922, Eliot published The Waste Land as an American citizen, later in 1927 he became a British citizen. In a similar fashion to Passenger, he was a Columbian citizen and in the course of the event, he became a Sargonian. Both the writer and the character share a similar consensus that returning to their old citizenship was something they both don’t want to do. Especially when their ‘inner peace’ was at a risk of being played around with. For Passenger, he had ulterior motives in Sargon yet he has found some ‘inner peace’ there. In his voice lines, he has thought of going back to Columbia as a possibility but he feels like his heart would waver there. As if being normal would give him more pain and misery. For T.S Eliot, his change of citizenship was based on the fact he was a “loyal classicist in literature and the Anglo-Catholic religion”. For him, to become a British citizen was a kind of move to achieve inner peace within himself from his painful life as an American citizen. It was also to convince himself that because he loved his wife, he wanted to burn every single relation he had to America to stay in England. Though the marriage was somewhat unhappy for his wife due to her health condition, Eliot felt as if his life changed due to the fact it was able to get him out of his mindset when he was writing The Waste Land.

Some twenty plus years later, Eliot published 'Four Quartets'. This can be treated as a continuation of Waste Land. These will be the two poems I will elaborate on in reference to Passenger and A Walk in the Dust.

Fun fact which may have nothing to do with Arknights: T. S. Eliot is also the writer of the poems that Andrew Lloyd Weber adapted into the Cats musical.

Another thing: The Nobel Prize in Literature 1948 was awarded to T. S. Eliot "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry."

Something to think about when Sesa is also the Alfred Nobel expy due to his research topic and brother dying in a lab explosion. Even though the Oppenheimer reference is stronger.

Religious themes of multiple religions are present in Eliot’s work. Although he was a Anglo-Catholic by the time he wrote Four Quartets, Hindu and Buddhist themes also largely influence his works.

“Long ago I studied the ancient Indian languages, and while I was chiefly interested at that time in Philosophy, I read a little poetry too: and I know that my own poetry shows the influence of Indian thought and sensibility.”

The Hindu philosophy is also what made Waste Land Oppenheimer’s favourite literature. So the common theme of Hindu philosophy may be the reason that the Eliot and Oppenheimer references, Passenger and Sesa, are Sargonian.

The Waste Land

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Full text of The Waste Land: https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/4838095.pdf

T. S. Eliot - an American modernist publisher, poet, essayist, literary critic, vice versa - was well known for his collection of poems. In relation to Oppenheimer, Oppenheimer’s favorite piece of writing by Eliot was The Waste Land (1922). The Waste Land is a print of an epic poem that is separated into 5 sections, in order to tell a story of prophecy and satire. The content itself has various tonal shifts; changes of the speaker, location and space; dissonant range of culture and languages as well. A few famous lines from the poem are: “April is the cruellest month” (Line 1, Section 1 Burial of the Dead), “I will show you fear in a handful of dust” (Line 30, Section 1 Burial of the Dead) and a peace mantra as well. The poem is based on the combination of various allusions including The Holy Grail and The Wounded King with an account of contemporary life of the British society. The allusions that are mentioned throughout the 5-section poem are part of the West canon (a body of culture made from literary works, philosophies and such).

A small side note to those who might not know what an epic poem is, think of it as a lengthy poem that has an intention of telling a narrative where it recounts heroic deeds and events. In a sense, The Waste Land is essentially Eliot’s way of retelling history in some kind of form. However, The Waste Land has no true storyline due to the various speakers within the poem. So the length and the events of what happens within the poem are only accounted for to be labelled as an epic poem.

A brief summary of what describes The Waste Land is that Eliot was exploring the ideas of loss, rebirth, history and brokenness. Recounting his stories of the First World War and the Spanish flu pandemic, projecting the events into the characters into the epic poem. Most of the characters within the narrative led dissatisfactory lives and had lost meaning to creating deeper connections with others. It was also noted that during the time Eliot was working on this piece, he was trying to recover from a nervous breakdown. Most of the allusions he made were some sort of allegory to the modern world as well. Each section of the epic poem has its own theme that brings the idea of loss, rebirth, history and brokenness altogether. The first, “The Burial of The Dead”, expressed the idea of disillusionment and despair. The second, “A Game of Chess”, employs various speakers and the idea of lust. The third, “The Fire Sermon”, brings a philosophical journey of self-denial and certain imagery of death paired with some Eastern cultural references. The fourth, “Death by Water”, is written as a brief and lyrical request. Lastly, “What the Thunder Said” concludes the epic poem with the imagery of judgement. Ending off in an ambiguous note with a repetition of a Sanskrit word: “Shantih”. Shantih is a Sanskrit word that means “inner peace”

A Walk in the Dust debuted on the Chinese server in April, where The Waste Land starts with 'April is the cruelest month.' Furthermore there is a line that goes 'I will show you fear in a handful of dust' which refers even more to the dust. These lines are meant to interpret how April may be the rebirth of something but it can signify death as well. However these lines have different connotations and meanings to them so there’s no right answer since these are events based on how T.S Eliot saw the world after the First World War Ended. Also, the flashback in A Walk in the Dust also starts with Thorne’s corpse being buried.

Within each section, there are different allusions and motifs that enhance the ‘story’ behind the big stanzas within this epic poem. Such as Section V: What the Thunder Said could be a reference as to why Passenger uses electricity and often has the idea revolving around judgment. The motif of thunder is often associated with judgment due to how common it is in Western media and some Eastern media for it to be related with something that is a great omen.

If you ever find A Walk in the Dust confusing to read because it switches between the present and past constantly, this might be due to how Hypergryph attempts to write it in a similar style as Waste Land. The many narrators of the poem go back and forth in time and provide almost random recollections of the past or haphazard bits of literary texts that are equally concerned with time.

Four Quartets

After twenty years had passed, T.S Eliot wrote a collection of poems called the Four Quartets (1943). The content of the poems foretell Eliot’s experience in between the two world wars, which has received mixed reviews. Some like the religious references within the poem, while others think it’s a shadow of Eliot’s previous work The Waste Land (1922). The themes that occur within the poem are: time, Burnt Norton, birds and the passing of 20 years between the two world wars. Eliot writes a poem to explain his feelings and thoughts of the time that has passed in order to follow up the experiences he wrote down in The Waste Land.

Each poem has five sections, within each section, Eliot is able to connect these poems to his previous work The Waste Land. With the poems having their respective themes, a poem that is worth mentioning would be Burnt Norton, a place where Eliot once lived at. The poem Burnt Norton focuses on the nature of time and the moment of eternity, according to C.K Stead.
Burnt Norton was written when Eliot was working on a play script for Murder in the Cathedral. The place itself is not the focus of the topic but the garden that surrounds the Norton manor before it was burned down during 1934.

While writing Burnt Norton, Eliot believed that the poem will produce a catharsis effect, where people would benefit from reading this narrative in a poem. He puts an emphasis on the fact an individual needs to focus on the present moment and realize the natural/universal order of this world as well. By understanding those two concepts, Eliot believes people can be redeemed from their Original Sin. As to the poem, Eliot writes and creates an imaginary space for the reader to understand his allegories such as how the garden is supposedly a reference to the nature of the present time.

Themes:
1. Time

What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
In my beginning is my end.

Also check out Passenger’s EP description:

Gearing Up, time is waiting, fate is churning, welcoming the opening called the end.

Gears symbolise time and those are seen in Passenger’s E2 art.

There might be no word that the speaker repeats in "Four Quartets" more than "time." One of the reasons he's so repetitive about it is because he wants us to look at time in a completely new way. Most of us take it totally for granted that time is something that moves forward second-by-second, and that's that. Time is progressive, leading us toward a future that is always better than the past. But time, says our trusty speaker, is not as simple as a straight line, and it's not as simple as moving from beginnings to endings. All time is one time, he tells us, because all of our worldly sadness comes from the fact that we don't live in the present moment. Our minds always take us into the past and future as though these things actually existed. But only the present moment exists, and it's about time we started to realize that.

2. Twenty years

Eliot’s 20 futile years due to the World Wars (l'entre deux guerres means exactly that) very much sounds like Passenger’s 22 years preparing for revenge after Thorne died. It captures his mood and despair well.

So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty years-
Twenty years largely wasted, the years of l'entre deux guerres-
Trying to use words, and every attempt
Is a wholy new start, and a different kind of failure
Because one has only learnt to get the better of words
For the thing one no longer has to say, or the way in which
One is no longer disposed to say it. And so each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate,
With shabby equipment always deteriorating
In the general mess of imprecision of feeling,
Undisciplined squads of emotion. And what there is to conquer
By strength and submission, has already been discovered
Once or twice, or several times, by men whom one cannot hope
To emulate - but there is no competition -
There is only the fight to recover what has been lost
And found and lost again and again: and now, under conditions
That seem unpropitious. But perhaps neither gain nor loss.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.

The speaker says that since life is always flowing and changing, and language is never quite grasping the thing it wants to say. We have to accept the fact that, no matter how good we think we are at communicating, we're ultimately powerless to make language do what we want it to. Or worse yet, we keep changing as individuals, so by the time we've actually gotten language to express our deepest emotions and beliefs, we've become different people and don't totally believe those things anymore.

3. Bird
Maybe the reason that the T. S. Eliot expy is a Liberi.

Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
Time past and time future
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.

In Four Quartets, the bird encourages the narrator to discover the many echoes of time-past that, with a little imagination, in the garden. This also ties in with the theme of time. The art of what might have been, one of Passenger’s voiced lines is about what if he could go back to Columbia but he does not think about it.

The bird tells us to get more in touch with the type of innocence that allows children to live in the moment, instead of worrying about the past and future. The bird reminds us that even though our goal is to get more in touch with reality, we can probably only handle reality in small doses.

The dove descending breaks the air
With flame of incandescent terror
Of which the tongues declare
The one discharge from sin and error.
The only hope, or else despair
Lies in the choice of pyre of pyre-
To be redeemed from fire by fire.
Who then devised the torment? Love.
Love is the unfamiliar Name
Behind the hands that wove
The intolerable shirt of flame
Which human power cannot remove.
We only live, only suspire
Consumed by either fire or fire.

This sounds very much like Passenger’s burning in his revenge. Why revenge? Likely out of the love he had to Thorne, who died.
So here's what this dove seems to be telling us (according to the speaker): the only way we're going to improve our world ("discharge from sin and error") is if we make a choice that ends up hurting or "burning us" ("pyre or pyre"). If we're going to be redeemed, all of our choices are going to be painful ("redeemed from fire by fire"). But hopefully, it'll all be worth it in the end.

Love is the one thing that'll drive us to make the right decision even though it's difficult. After all, it was Love personified that was behind the "hands that wove / The intolerable shirt of flame." This is a reference to the "shirt of Nessus" from Greek myth, which was the poisoned shirt that eventually killed the great hero Hercules.

4. Fire: Burnt Norton

Burnt Norton is a manor house in Gloucestershire, England, which Eliot visited with an old friend, Emily Hale, whom he had known as a youth in the United States. Following his separation from his first wife, Vivienne, in the early 1930s, Eliot rekindled his old friendship with Hale, and the two of them visited Burnt Norton in 1934. This visit was the starting-point for the five-part poem that Eliot wrote and published the following year.

The owner took his own life by burning down his house. The narrator describes walking through a garden and being led by a bird. The tranquil garden signals the reality of the present. This could be any garden. Passenger burns down a city for his revenge.

Leslie Groves, an important person behind the atomic bomb

This is likely the origins of Eliot Grove's surname.

Leslie Groves, another important figure in Oppenheimer’s life, is a military director who held commands for the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project and the Manhattan Project. Stated earlier, Oppenheimer was asked to operate in the Manhattan Project. The Manhattan Project was the name of a research project in America in order to produce nuclear weapons for the Second World War. In relation to Passenger, one of his voice lines mentions how he can show us the power of what a war weapon works. Plus what was being worked on in the Manhattan project was the usage of nuclear/atomic weapons. This relates to the event story somewhat, Dr. Thornes finds out more about this originium that is infested with ancient Sarkaz witchcraft. Mentioned earlier how this prototype that Thornes was researching was able to make any kind of greenery into desert. Uncanny to how nuclear weapons work as well. Not only that, coming into contact with highly dangerous substances can have prolonged negative effects just like how Passenger suffers from an acute symptom of Oripathy and how the aftermaths of nuclear weapons affect the human body.

Back to the topic of Leslie Groves, the one who employed Oppenheimer to complete research of the Manhattan Project. According to the Atomic Heritage Foundation, both Groves and Oppenheimer had different fields of studies yet they managed to overcome their differences to achieve a common goal. Both saw each other as equals due to the other's capabilities. Oppenheimer was more willing to answer Groves who could follow his flow of thought. As for Groves, he treated Oppenheimer as someone crucial to make the project a success. Not only that, there are some similarities with Passenger’s character and Sesa’s character as well. Passenger was a genius, skipped a few grades, became the assistant of a well respected head scientist. Passenger is a reference to Grove, who was less educated (now this isn’t a remark of their intelligence but more of how long they stayed in an education institution) but more practical.

As to Oppenheimer, he was somewhat of the opposite to Groves. Due to his diverse interests such as his interest in the Sanskrit language, a lot of his work was left interrupted. Not only that but he was disregarded as someone suspicious. During the time of working on the Manhattan Project, Oppenheimer’s past associations to the Communist Party made it hard for people to trust him. It was only Groves who was able to set aside the differences and saw Oppenheimer as someone who has potential to work with. Though the context here is a bit different as to Sesa’s relation to Passenger, Passenger sees Sesa as someone who he can ‘fuel’ some ideas in the name of revenge.

Oppenheimer would not have created the atomic bomb if not for Groves. Will Sesa be influenced by Passenger to create a destructive weapon?

The demon core in relation to Sarkaz crystal

If you continue reading from here, it is recommended you have some knowledge on what nuclear fission is about and how Rhine Lab is a parallel to the Manhattan Project.

Basically the demon core is actually part of the contents in an atomic bomb. The demon core was a spherical 6.2-kilogram (14 lb) subcritical mass of plutonium 89 millimetres (3.5 in) in diameter, manufactured during World War II by the United States nuclear weapon development effort, the Manhattan Project, as a fissile core for an early atomic bomb. It was involved in two criticality accidents, on August 21, 1945, and May 21, 1946. The core was intended for use in a possible third nuclear weapon to be dropped on Japan, but when Japan's surrender made this unnecessary, it was used for testing. It was designed with a small safety margin to ensure a successful explosion of the bomb. The device briefly went supercritical when it was accidentally placed in supercritical configurations during two separate experiments intended to guarantee the core was close to the critical point. The incidents happened at the Los Alamos Laboratory, resulting in the acute radiation poisoning and subsequent deaths of scientists Harry Daghlian and Louis Slotin, respectively. After these incidents the spherical plutonium core was referred to as the "demon core".

There is nothing supernatural about the demon core, and it has killed way fewer people than the atomic bombs, but it is still terrifying as a box-sized thing that can cause painful death.

This video explains what happened to the demon cores in great detail because I am not about to explain nuclear physics.

Basically, we can see that Passenger’s E2 art and his machinery resembles the demon core with a circular pattern. The blue insides of the E2 circle is like the blue light produced by Cherenkov radiation produced during the supercriticality accidents. This phenomenon was only named another 10 years later. Cherenkov radiation is electromagnetic radiation emitted when a charged particle (such as an electron) passes through a dielectric medium at a speed greater than the phase velocity (speed of propagation of a wave in a medium) of light in that medium. In supercriticality accidents, too many charged particles move too quickly.

Passenger’s technology is a blue crystal that originates from Sarkaz witchcraft that has the power to turn greenery into desert. Sarkaz is also likened to demon.

There are also three demon crystals on Terra, where one is destroyed by Passenger. Where are the other two? Maybe in Columbia somewhere. Perhaps at Rhine Lab?

To find out critical mass, supercriticality experiments are done by letting the plutonium spheres go very close, but not touching. If it touches, then supercriticality happens. Critical mass is the smallest amount of fissile material needed for a sustained nuclear chain reaction. The critical mass of a fissionable material depends upon its nuclear properties (specifically, its nuclear fission cross-section), density, shape, enrichment, purity, temperature, and surroundings. The concept is important in nuclear weapon design.

And the most cursed thing is that such supercriticality experiments had the nickname of ‘tickling the dragon’s tail’. Because it is very much like trying to disturb a sleeping dragon and it may just wake up and unleash hell, then everything will be over.

We have two actual dragons (Vouivre) who are involved with Passenger: Thorne, the creator of this technology and Sesa, who Passenger has shown interest in after their meeting in A Walk in the Dust.

Nikola Tesla: Forgotten genius of electricity who shaped the twentieth century

Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. Born and raised in the Austrian Empire, Tesla studied engineering and physics in the 1870s without receiving a degree, gaining practical experience in the early 1880s working in telephony and at Continental Edison in the new electric power industry. In 1884 he emigrated to the United States, where he became a naturalized citizen. He worked for a short time at the Edison Machine Works in New York City before he struck out on his own. With the help of partners to finance and market his ideas, Tesla set up laboratories and companies in New York to develop a range of electrical and mechanical devices. His alternating current (AC) induction motor and related polyphase AC patents, licensed by Westinghouse Electric in 1888, earned him a considerable amount of money and became the cornerstone of the polyphase system which that company eventually marketed.

The man whose pioneering work in wireless transmission and genius for combining the scientific and the mystical is today all but forgotten, his name known to most people only by association with Elon Musk’s electric car. But the scores of incredible inventions he patented – and battled to protect for much of the second part of his long life – form the very basis for today’s globally connected world.

Pigeon obsession
Maybe this is why the Tesla expy is a (passenger) pigeon.

Tesla also had very eccentric personality. Among Tesla’s quirks was his fondness for pigeons. When living in New York, he spent hours each week feeding pigeons in the park and routinely took home any that were injured so he could nurse them back to health. He often kept the windows open in the hotel suite in which he lived so pigeons could visit when they wished, resulting in a horrible mess. He once even asked a hotel chef to prepare a special mix of seeds for his feathered friends. Tesla’s acquaintances found his passion for pigeons puzzling because the inventor was a well-known germophobe.

Possible OCD
Pigeons were just one of Tesla’s many idiosyncrasies. He was obsessed with the number 3 and engaged in a number of compulsive behaviors around it. For example, he commonly washed his hands three times in a row and would walk around a building three times before entering. Tesla also hated pearls and refused to talk to women who wore them. The reasoning behind these behaviors remains a mystery, though some believe they are signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Passenger’s Archives 2 has such a hint:

His room is suspiciously immaculate, neat to the point that he may have some pathology. Likewise, he has a tendency to tinker with parts of the room, scattering metal shavings across the floor. Baffling.

Ball lightning and Tesla coil imagery

Nikola Tesla’s achievements and discoveries have done much to shape modem electronics. After all, among his patents are those for the AC motor and the tuned circuit. But none of his achievements were more spectacular than his legendary 12.5-million volt Tesla Coil. The coil was built in Colorado Springs, CO, in 1899, as part of TesIa’s experiments in worldwide communications (although some say he was also interested in the transmission of power). But it is not the experiment that is of interest here, instead, it is one of the byproducts that it produced.

In his diary, Tesla made note of little fireballs that were produced during his experiment. Those fireballs measured about an inch and a half in diameter, and persisted even after his apparatus was turned off. Though their production was accidental, it was also repeatable.

The nature of ball lightning, or fireballs, have long been a mystery. That phenomenon consists of glowing balls, apparently of electrical plasma, that are a foot or less in diameter. They appear in the wake of thunderstorms, move slowly, and bounce when they hit the earth or some other solid object.

There was little interest in Tesla’s observations and experiments until the the coming of the “nuclear age.” Since then, nuclear scientists have been struggling to contain and control the plasma of ionized and superheated gases that are necessary for a sustained fission reaction. Since in ball lightning, it appears that electrical plasma is controlled, that phenomenon has drawn attention from a few scientists. Nuclear technology and electricity. Hmm.

Anyway, Passenger's drone do resemble Tesla coils.

Ideas for war weapons: Death ray and Teleforce

These remain ideas and were never developed, but it may resemble how Passenger says he will show you weapons of war.

The death ray or death beam was a theoretical particle beam or electromagnetic weapon first theorized around the 1920s and 1930s. Around that time, notable inventors such as Guglielmo Marconi,[1] Nikola Tesla, Harry Grindell Matthews, Edwin R. Scott, Erich Graichen[2] and others claimed to have invented it independently. In 1957, the National Inventors Council was still issuing lists of needed military inventions that included a death ray.

While based in fiction, research into energy-based weapons inspired by past speculation has contributed to real-life weapons in use by modern militaries sometimes called a sort of "death ray", such as the United States Navy and its Laser Weapon System (LaWS) deployed in mid-2014. Such armaments are technically known as directed-energy weapons.

Teleforce is a proposed defensive weapon by Nikola Tesla that accelerated pellets or slugs of material to a high velocity inside a vacuum chamber via electrostatic repulsion and then fired them out of aimed nozzles at intended targets. Tesla claimed to have conceived of it after studying the Van de Graaff generator. Tesla described the weapon as being able to be used against ground-based infantry or for anti-aircraft purposes.

Conclusion

With so much lore related to nuclear technology, it is certain that Terra is heading into its atomic age, although gunpowder does not exist there.

What will the future of Terra be? Better or worse than Earth? What will Sesa’s revenge be like? Will Passenger and Sesa create a dreadful weapon with their nuclear-like and firearms technology combined and perhaps end war Terra in a terrifying way?

Either way, something big has started and I will look forward to see how Hypergryph write their plot. Passenger's Archives 4 seems to imply a trip to Columbia for Sesa's revenge. And maybe a bit of Passenger's revenge too.

T. S. Eliot's poems are also a joy to read and this poems can bring about more feelings about the war and perhaps a peek into Passenger's mind.

Hope you enjoy reading about Passenger's lore here! I am just really happy that Hypergryph gives me another man full of lore to think so much about after Sesa.

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