Science & All Things Not Physical
This is from White Wolf:
The control plan was to protect humanity from the side-effects of
their own superstitions, from the chaos and destruction posed by
dragons and whatnot roaming free. The age of reason, the triumph of
science and technology and the industrial revolution were all part
of this plan.
They told humanity that magic did not exist, and that space was cold
and dead and devoid of angels. So that's what it became.
The other traditions -- the wizards and shamans and witches and
alchemists, and even various groups of small-minded religious
zealots -- lost both influence and power until their magick became
disruptive to the new, more streamlined and limited reality imposed
on earth the controllers.
Those in control weren't evil per se, but eventually turned into a
dictatorship with their idea of a dull, uninspiring technology as
the only magic left -- or, more precisely: what little crude
technology and science they actually allowed the masses to use and
think. In this world, mundane scientists are merely scratching at
the surface of a jealously guarded truth.
Not all factions within the scientific world were happy with this
new, restrictive reality. The Frankenstein-type mad scientists, and
such, responsible for quantum theory and the new type Virtual Adepts
(basically glorified hackers and cyberpunks) have already turned
against the controllers and sided with the old ways in recognition
of the traditions, while the puppet-masters behind NASA-style space
exploration -- might just follow.
For now, the controllers are still dangerous in that their goal is
to close the doors on the "other" worlds once and for all
by "discovering" and leaking news of said discovery -- that, while
there might just be aliens out there, these will pose a threat to
humanity rather than spiritual enrichment.
They're ambitious and reckless: when the technology allowed us to
(publicly) land on the moon, we actually, and of course
accidentally, opened a portal to portals which put all sorts of wild
ideas into the minds of people (including the scientists
themselves) -- that was in 1969, after all.
I love how the controllers make everything fall into place: The
scientists unwilling to postpone their plans for space travel, were
punished with the fall of Skylab, and later the Challenger explosion
and more. The space program has been set back and people have begun
to fear space travel. So much for the portal to spiritual
Mildly interesting idea for a bit of fantasy fiction.
When will it be out in our local bookstores?
A dragon will deliver a copy to your doorway soon !
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