"Our end is near. There is no recourse or action to take, only acceptance—for there waits among the starry firmament the harbinger of death, an evil entity whose purpose is annihilation and whose method is fire. It has always been thus.
No, I am not a prophet as such, more a prophesying educator. Now, as I find myself facing what I have always believed would happen, I am prepared to make my very last treatise.
The cosmic holocaust explodes above our heads. We can feel the shuddering vibrations of its burning assault. Our world will soon be no more. Nor us within it.
We do not face death alone. There are ten relates, ten birth providers and ten sires. Their offspring are of varying annums. Some are newly spawned and others are somewhat older. But all of the fifteen offspring are under five and ten annums. There are two learners, each typically rebellious seekers of change. They are my former pupils.
The fortified domain we find ourselves in was never fully operational. It had been developed in secret and at great cost. The concept being, cataclysms occur—whether by war or natural causes.
Our planet had endured many fire rock hits from various out-flying flotsam thousands of times in our history.
There began to be a belief among a fair number of our sci-techs that a major episode was about to occur. So because of that this project was undertaken. A deliberately constructed fortification began to be discussed.
Not only was the fortress to be underground, it was to be built into our own crust-rock--the hardest naturally occurring material on our planet. Most of which is buried deep beneath the surface.
There were many for and against such an undertaking. In favor of it were the project’s engineers who said an impact event was survivable. They reasoned that the impact object itself would most likely disintegrate in the resultant explosion.
They further reasoned that the effects of the hit would not go that deep as almost all of the energy would be released as heat. And in the atmospheric shockwave that followed, most of the remaining force would be released as seismic waves through the ground. Their conclusion: possibly a survivable outcome.