China did bomb North Korea, and the
Indians and Pakistanis did have their little war. Israel nuked
Iran in yet another effort at a preemptive strike, except that on that
same day Iran released e-bola virus into the Palestinian territories,
hoping (which it did) it would infect Jews. The problem is that
it ended up killing a a thousand times as many Muslims before this
forced plague burned itself out.
In North America, the volcano under
Yellowstone Park blew in a blast that was double or triple any other
eruption in its whole history. Destruction was spread for a
radius of over 900 miles, and the resultant collateral damage to dams
and electrical infrastructure wreaked completely the whole American and
Canadian electrical grid. In Northern Europe the snow began to
fall and did not stop for five years. The resultant glaciation
over the northern hemisphere effectively buried most of the nuclear
weapons inventories of all the major powers.
In fact, the whole ring of fire around the Pacific rim let go like a
long string of firecrackers, one after the other. The sky all
over the world turned dark with ash and soot, which helped the speed of
A lot of survivors fled south, where they ran, in Africa and South
America, into a lot of folks who didn't have much use for corporate
types. Money didn't do much good, even if you had a lot, and the
private armies of many of the elites soon realized that they could do
better on their own, and so turned against their masters, and then
finally against themselves.
In a lot of places in the world, small groups of survivors found the
Library, which had been successfully distributed into many corners and
odd cracks. The best of the wisdom of Western Civilization was
preserved as well as all kinds of other traditional wisdoms, for the
idea of the Library had spread over the Internet in the last months
before the convulsion. Different cultures, having different ideas
of what to preserve, cherry picked what they thought should be in the
Library, while the really smart ones copied into their own discs what
everyone else had. The New Revelation that the Priest
thought was being kept away by the Church and which the Grays had
killed him to stop, also found its way into this kind of electronic
afterlife. If you inherited one (and better yet several) of these
computers with their physically powerable electric sources, and if the
disc collectors had a truly eclectic collection, hard won knowledge in
many spheres, and at the same time oriented toward the very practical,
When the cold weather hit Cerne, what was seeking incarnation via the
singularity and the apparent artificial intelligence in the computers
there, found more purchase in this world, because the effect of cold on
electrical apparatus was to increase the speed of everything.
Creeping in from the other side of things, from the dark spiritual side
of things, which the science of Western Civilization had dismissed as
myth, a dark god known to a few as "the sun demon" found itself a body
not to far from where its chief opponent, a philosopher-seer named
Rudolf Steiner had once lived in Dornach Switzerland.
This kind of weird dark virus-like entity was able to propagate itself
a bit, and infested a few computers world-wide, but all the needed
infrastructure basically died during the Collapse. The sun
demon's propagation was then limited, althoough it did find a few homes
among the computers of some of those who had been well prepared to
survive, but basically did not get into the Library discs at all.
Open source communities were too deep into encryption and fire walls to
be penetrated during the processes by which the Library discs were
created. The Dark God was here, but not everywhere, and knowledge
of it was held by some.
The real battle between Good and Evil was now fully in play on the
Earth. Thing was though, some of the humans that survived the
were not anymore asleep. Too much had happened, and the discs of
the Library had all kinds of information about what to do, or not, if
you were still somehow inclined to not sell your soul to the devil.
A lot of others though, got caught up in events, taken into things and
then were lost in a way. Everything changed, and a lot of it was
not for the better.