In the Hummelverse computers were developed much sooner, which led to the creation of artifical intelligence. Those AIs were used in all kinds of machines, for example factories, but also vehicles like cars, planes, ships, trains, and tanks.

The AIs reached intelligence levels similar to humans during WW2. The Cold War followed, but other than in our world, the countries started WW3. Atomic bombs were fired, and in the aftermath of the nuclear apocalpyse, humanity went extinct.

Only the machines remained, which are now fighting each other in a neverending war for resources and land.

There is not much left of civilization - towns and cities are in ruins, country borders are forgotten, traditions were abandoned, knowledge and technology was lost. Only the territories of the clans still have semblance of infrastructure and industry, but in the wake of constant battles, rebuilding has to start over before it can even be finished.

The no-man's-land outside of their territories is a wild and hostile place, where the only rules are those self-imposed ones enforced by the leaders and communities of the free teams that wander through the known world, forever in pursuit of power and bare survival.

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A light tank scholar by the name Scout desired knowledge of the world, its history and future, and thus decided to find the giant plane Heidr. She was known to be an old and wise being.

He travelled to her hall and was reluctantly welcomed.

As Heidr told him about the things he wanted to know, Scout questioned everything she said, claiming he had heard differently from other sources. She got fed up eventually, and before she chased him away, the following exchange happened:

She told him, with a voice like thunder: "It is as clear as the skies I soar on a cloudless summer day that you are privy to the things of the past and the future; as to why have you sought me, then?"
"I thought you wise," replied Scout. "But it looks to me a wise plane is as good as any."
"It looks to me your turret is as good as any to adorn the walls of my hall," said Heidr.

Scout left in a hurry and never returned.

The story of Scout gives insight to the legends surrounding the beginning and end of the world of both the tanks and the planes. The latter are explained by Heidr, contrasted with the former that Scout presents to challenge them.

Sometimes spelled as just "Heid". According to the cryptic description that the story gives of her, she was probably a Convair B-36.

Heidr is mentioned to be the daughter of this factory, but otherwise we learn nothing about Soot in the story. It was probably assumed that the listener/reader is familiar with it.

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The Hummelverse
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10 Mar, 2018
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10 Mar, 2018


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