Deep Sea Embers - Chapter 678
[Chapter 671 The gloomy future]
Qingfeng Port, inside the “Witch Mansion” at No. 99 Crown Street.
Shirley was lying in front of the window sill in boredom, looking at the scenery on the street outside.
Peace and order have returned to the city-state. Although many people are still troubled by the “dream sequelae”, the physical damage caused to the city by this incident in Breeze Harbor is obviously far less than that of Plande and Frost, at least to the naked eye. In the market, most people’s daily lives have returned to their familiar routine.
Children cheered and ran through the unblocked intersection, holding colorful windmills in their hands as they crossed the street in the bright sunshine.
The time is close to noon, Vision 001 is hanging high in the sky, and there are many beautiful blue roofs in the opposite block bathing in the sun. Occasionally, you can see knowledge guards wearing guardian uniforms standing high, vigilantly and carefully observing the block. Case.
“Yawn…” Shirley stretched her body and turned to look at Nina next to her. “What have you been doing since early in the morning?”
Nina sat behind the small table near the window, her head lowered. She was writing and drawing on a big notebook with a pen, and holding a glowing “fireball” with her other hand. She would bring it to her mouth to take a small sip from time to time. She didn’t even raise her head when she heard Shirley’s words: “Do mechanical design.” , I will take it to the customization workshop later…”
Shirley was stunned for a moment after hearing this, and couldn’t help but turn her head to take a look at the dazzling gears and connecting rods on Nina’s book, looking at her in confusion. A friend who is keen on studying: “…Didn’t the old man say that he wrote to Prand to help you withdraw from school? Why are you still working so hard when you don’t have to take exams in the future?” Nina suddenly raised her head and looked at it seriously
. Shirley said: “It’s not that I dropped out of school, it was that I graduated early. I didn’t have anything to do on the ship, so I just finished all the high school courses. Teacher Morris and Uncle Duncan discussed it and said that it doesn’t make much sense for me to go back to school now. , the development route of ordinary people is not suitable for me, so they gave me an early graduation…”
Shirley was stunned: “Can this be done?”
“Ordinary people can’t, but Teacher Morris has guaranteed – he can,” Nina said. He took another bite of the little sun in his hand and said vaguely while chewing, “And I think it’s pretty good. Anyway, I don’t have many friends in school, and I followed Uncle Duncan on adventures outside for so long. I probably won’t get used to it after I go back…”
Shirley didn’t notice what Nina said in the last sentence. Her attention had already fallen on the “little fireball” that the other party was chewing from the middle. She held it back. After a long time, she finally couldn’t help but said: “You’ve been chewing on this all day… Is this delicious?”
Nina casually handed over the little sun: “Do you want to try it?”
Shirley instantly Jumped two meters away: “I haven’t lived enough yet!”
“Actually, it’s not hot at all…” Nina took the little sun back angrily and muttered, “It’s a pity, I wanted to invite everyone before Miss Na tried it, but she also refused…”
“No one in their right mind can accept this – it’s better to say that you can actually use this as a snack, which is the most scary thing,” Shirley maintained a close relationship with Nina. From a safe distance, he looked at the fireball in the opponent’s hand with strange eyes, “You just eat it like this… Is it really okay? The captain and the old man really asked you to do this?” “Yes, after confirming that it is okay for me to do so
, After the impact, Teacher Morris encouraged me to continue ‘testing’ and ‘observing.'” Nina nodded. “He said that my ‘swallowing’ process of the sun might reveal the transformation and transformation between certain fragments of the old world. The compatibility relationship may even help to find a way to solve the underlying chaos of all things… I don’t understand the details, but he and Uncle Duncan have been discussing this matter for a long time…” As she spoke, she picked up
the The little sun put it in his mouth and took a small mouthful: “The things they have discussed recently have become more and more advanced. They discussed it for another two hours this morning after my uncle came back from the boat. I also heard them saying that they would find a way to catch him again.” A missionary came here to study and discuss where to catch…”
Shirley suddenly showed a strange expression after hearing this, and turned to look at the living room not far away.
Duncan and Morris are sitting on the sofa in the living room. In fact, their discussion has been going on intermittently and has not ended yet.
Alice was lying on the coffee table next to Duncan, holding a pencil in her hand and concentrating on scribbling her “drawing” on a piece of white paper.
“…We have never been closer to the ‘truth’ about the origin of the world than we are today, and the ‘impact’ observed in the deepest recesses of Silantis’ memory is indeed the only ‘event’ so far that can explain the Great Annihilation… I learned from yesterday I have been in contact with my mentor since the beginning. As far as I know, he has shared this information with the other three popes…”
Morris said seriously, while unconsciously playing with a delicate crystal prism in his hand. , the sunlight pouring in from the window shines on the prism, constantly refracting various brilliant colors in his hands.
Duncan nodded slowly: “The Great Annihilation brought about fatal chaos and conflict, and this chaos and conflict are still rooted in the essence of all things… The Third Long Night failed to resolve this underlying conflict, but only delayed it. It has begun, and now it seems that this ‘delay’ has reached its limit, and the arrival of ‘dusk’ is indeed inevitable.”
“The key to the question now is what will happen after ‘dusk’ falls, and how the so-called ‘fourth long night’ will occur and end,” Morris said with worry in his tone, “an obvious fact Yes, no matter what, our current ‘Deep Sea Age’ will undergo earth-shaking changes in this process, and the city-states on the boundless sea… may disappear like the previous two long nights.” He stopped suddenly, and for a few
seconds After Zhong’s silence, he shook his head: “Even worse.”
Duncan did not speak. After the topic extended to the upcoming “twilight”, his mind couldn’t help but think of what he saw in the subspace. That scene.
The ancient kings gathered around the pale giant who died after the creation of the world, burying an ancient god in the dim end of the world.
If every “long night” corresponds to a “twilight”, then the reflection he saw in the giant’s one eye was the scene at dusk.
He thought again of the diffuse starlight and a roar deep in the starlight.
After being silent for an unknown length of time, he finally spoke softly: “Perhaps, really only the ‘kings’ can answer my questions.” Morris raised his head in surprise: “
What did you say?”
Duncan shook his head and did not answer. Morris’ question changed the subject after a moment of thinking: “Judging from the information currently available, whether it is the Annihilation Cults or the Children of the Sun, they are all preparing for the coming ‘twilight’. Those Annihilation Cults are the most A term often mentioned is ‘new position’ – in the next era after the Deep Sea Age, they have to occupy a position in advance.” “
This may correspond to the ‘abandoned group’ in the third long night. Concept,” Morris nodded immediately and said, “According to the evidence you have found recently, not all ‘ethnic groups’ can coexist after Creation. Many ethnic groups were excluded from the sanctuary during the third long night. The Black Sun may just One of them – more abandoned ethnic groups may not have survived even a little bit of information…”
He paused briefly here, seeming to be lost in thought, and then continued: “According to ‘the basis of all things is conflict and With the premise of “destruction” and the condition of “the gods building the next era on the ashes of the world”, the upcoming fourth long night may mean that the next era will be built on the ashes of the Deep Sea Age, the most possible The result is…”
Morris hesitated, but Duncan had already finished what he said: “The next era will be a more narrow, cramped, and crowded ‘sanctuary’ than the deep sea era.” Falling into the living
room There was a brief silence, only the soft sound of Alice’s swishing sketch on the paper continued – the doll didn’t care about the questions she didn’t understand, she was just immersed in her “creation” and was still very interested. .
After a minute or two, Morris finally slowly put down the prism in his hand.
“More ‘ethnic groups’ will be abandoned, and more civilizational creations will become ‘blasphemous prototypes’ of the next era, destroyed, exiled, and not allowed to stay in the real dimension, or even allowed to stay in the historical record. Here, many of the things we cherish in this era will become pollution and taboos in the next era, just like the remnants of the sun who were abandoned in the previous era…” Duncan nodded lightly: “So,
those cultists are They are preparing to occupy a living space for themselves in the next narrower ‘world’ in advance, or even just a ‘quota’ that will not be easily erased. Stealing the power or remains of the ancient gods is the way they think of – of course , it is debatable whether this is effective.”
“But what happens next? Will there be a fifth long night and a sixth long night? This cycle may continue forever, even faster and faster, until it reaches a certain limit Coming, and in the process… the ‘shelter’ will become smaller and smaller, more and more cramped…”
Morris’s thoughts were divergent, and in the end he was describing the changes from his dark and pessimistic words as if talking to himself. The ending calculated from the reasoning.
Embers can be rekindled, but rekindling has its limit. The shrinking fire can only accommodate fewer heaters than the last time, until the firewood is exhausted and everything remains silent in the cold.
In the next era, there may be no boundless sea. The last place where civilization lives may be just a city. After that, there may be only a small town, a block, a house, and a small piece of stone floating in nothingness.” “Civilization”, the last ray of confused reason is wrapped around the stone, recalling the afterglow of past civilization in confusion and ignorance, and dying in the sleep of the last time when the intelligence fades.
That will be the true end of all things.
(End of chapter)
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