The Fall of D’ni

I was speaking with Mr J.D. Barnes recently, about how the Explorers perceive the Fall. For those who do not have my “gift” of seeing the events of the Fall like film overlayed on the current D’ni, their exposure to knowledge of the Fall is limited to two sources; The likely heavily fictionalized account presented in the Book of Ti’ana, based on the information the DRC made available to Cyan; and Yeesha, who seems to see the Fall as a form of inevitable justice.

I have not taken Yeesha’s Journey, myself. I have no need to, my place is here, listening to Stories. But I have heard Explorers parrot her words “The Pride of D’ni caused the Fall”. Whatever Yeesha’s agenda, whatever mysterious nit she needed to pick, the Explorers have rallied around that concept. The D’ni people were PROUD! That’s why they died by the millions!

This is wholly offensive to me. Those hundreds who’s lives I see snuffed out as the bridge collapses, I see no great and evil pride in them. The small child left behind in the rush for the books of the Library, where is the pride in her? The thousands trapped by the living gas as they tried to find safety, they are normal, everyday people.

“The Pride of D’ni caused the Fall”… to say that is to tell those millions that they deserved to die. That they were worthless because they had, in their everyday, Joe Average lives, failed to learn some great moral lesson. The lost souls of D’ni deserve better than that. Deserve better than the blanket condemnation of a woman who has a chip on her shoulder.

Hear me clearly. PRIDE, some nebulous morality, some collective conciousness and behaviour, did not cause the Fall of D’ni.

If the account in the Book of Ti’ana is at ALL accurate, ONE single man is responsible for the Fall.
Ae’geris, the False Philosopher. Bitter, vengeful, and completely insane. He masterminded the entire thing. He manipulated a single angry man, Veovis, into becoming his tool.

Without the machinations, the terrorist act of Ae’geris… D’ni would not have Fallen! D’ni would have lived! We could be walking amoung a thriving culture even now!

Instead, one man planned to release a deadly gas into the cavern. One man took advantage of another man’s xenophobia, and made him the scapegoat for his rebellion. And a living, breathing people were cut down. And you who have followed… will you continue to blame the D’ni people for that man, or accept that they were murdered?