Yeah that’s what I don’t get. “Freeing life” for him means introducing it into an ecosystem that by all indications could not handle them. It’s basically ecologicide or whatever you’d call it.
Actually, it’s going to be a toss-up. On the one hand, of course, they could be a new kudzu, a new cane toad, a new Australian rabbit. On the other, they might not be able to survive at all. And somewhere in the middle ground, they strike a balance.
He’s looking to allow life, in any of its forms, the opportunity to grow/expand. By removing the “artificial” restraint on the thaumites, he is increasing their opportunities. He is not worried about other life forms, because if a life form survives or not is not his concern, so long as it is a natural effect. He’s not worried about the wolves eating all the lambs, so long as these creatures are not contrained in how the move, grow, or defend themselves.
But these aren’t wolves, they’re like rocket powered cyberwolves with laser eyes. They’re not natural at all and therefore don’t have a place in the natural order. He’s like one of the scientists in a Syfy original movie that for no apparent reason whatsoever decides to start breeding insecticide-resistant mosquitoes that can transmit the zombie virus. Part of a druid’s job is supposedly to protect the natural world from unnatural intrusions. And berserk nanites are damned intrusive.
Not really. A druid’s “job” is to let nature find its own way, and sometimes that means an extinction. The good news is, outside of a Harvester (or a reasonable approximation thereof), they’re limited to the numbers they currently have — no “grey goo” scenario.
To him, all life is the same. By removing restrictions on the thaumites, he is improving their opportunities. Nature is all about the movement of energy. Artificial restrictions disrupt the movement of energy. release the barrier, release the energy.
Just look at the Cane Toad’s introduction into Queensland Australia to see just how bad an Idea that could be. Druid who wrecks Balance of Nature, didn’t see that one coming…
Ooops just doesn’t cover this. There needs to be an appropriate phrase for “I accidentally let loose an ecological disaster.”
It is possible that when they cross to another sphere they turn into something beneficial, but stories like this tend to not work like that.
I’m still liking the druid. He may use extreme ends towards an extreme agenda, but he’s got some sense of responsibility and remorse. He wants to nanites to be free but having found out they can spread beyond the sphere, he’s concerned. That’s still a step above a lot of villains and characters out there.
I think it was the department of the interior that encouraged people to plant kudzu in the first place. The same department promoted the cutting of willow trees in the western states thus promoting erosion; the poisoning of prarie dogs in areas where the robets broke up the hardpan so that rain water could enter the soil thus killing a large area of shortgrass prarie; and offered a bounty for preditory birds like hawks, owls, and falcons thus resulting in a plage of mice. Take heart in the fact that the skull wearing druid isn’t being sponsered by the American government, probably.
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