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-->“This to be Love, that your spirit to live in a natural holiness with the Beloved, and your bodies to be a sweet and natural delight that shall be never lost of a lovely mystery…. And shame to be unborn, and all things to go wholesome and proper, out of an utter greatness of understanding; and the Man to be an Hero and a Child before the Woman; and the Woman to be an Holy Light of the Spirit and an Utter Companion and in the same time a glad Possession unto the Man…. And this doth be Human Love….”

[[TimeAbyss The Sun has died.]] The remaining millions of the human race have moved downward into deep ravines, where vulcanism still provides enough heat to keep the air in a breathable form. Humanity's survivors live on in a few pyramidal Redoubts, lit, heated, and defended by the mysterious [[LifeEnergy Earth Current]]. They await the inevitable day when the Current fails and the monsters gathering outside swarm their defences.

Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson's ''The Night Land'' was first published in 1912. On the most basic level, it's a heroic fantasy in which the KnightInShiningArmor [[DeathWorld braves terrible monsters and overcomes formidable challenges]] to rescue the DistressedDamsel. In practice, its main appeal is not the somewhat tedious hero's quest, but the vividly-described and extraordinarily imaginative creatures and horrors of the Land itself, prompting Creator/HPLovecraft to describe it as "one of the most potent pieces of macabre imagination ever written" even in the face of its ludicrous [[AntiquatedLinguistics pseudo-17th-century writing style]].

The complete work is available [[http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/10662 here]] at Project Gutenberg.
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!! This book provides examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation: The Dream of X, which Hodgeson himself wrote in order to secure its copyright in America, compresses the original 200 000-word novel into a mere 20 000 words.
* AfterTheEnd: ''Several'' ends: the cataclysmic explosion that blew a 100-mile-deep valley into the Earth; the experiments that let the soul-eating {{Eldritch Abomination}}s get to Earth; the death of the Sun.
* AlwaysNight: [[SarcasmMode Believe it or not.]]
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Comically butchered 17th-century English.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The [[DeflectorShields Air Clog]]; food pills; a powder that creates drinkable water when exposed to air.
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted - the narrator states several times that only his armor saved him from severe injury or death.
* {{Arcology}}: The story has an early version of this in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Land#The_Redoubt The Great Redoubt]] (more than 7 miles high, holds millions of people) and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Land#The_Lesser_Redoubt The Lesser Redoubt]] (more than a mile high). They're both sealed off from the outside world by necessity and are completely self-sufficient.
* AuthorAppeal: Hodgson had much to say on bodybuilding, domination, submission, and gender roles, and it shows.
* BerserkButton: The narrator, when his love-interest Naani is attacked and [[spoiler: put into a coma to the point where she is thought to be dead]]; he runs for 3 days without sleeping to bring her to safety, slashing giants and mutants out of his way. He even cuts a clawed giant in two with a single, one-handed swipe.
* CitadelCity: The Last Redoubt.
* CosmicHorrorStory: Before Creator/HPLovecraft invented it.
* CrapsackWorld: And how!
* CyanidePill: Anyone who ventures outside the Redoubt has a poison capsule implanted in one arm for emergencies.
* DarkWorld
* DeathByChildbirth: Naani's first incarnation, Mirdath.
* {{Determinator}}
* DeusExMachina: Partially subverted, as the mysterious and unexplained Shining Powers of Goodness don't always succeed in saving the day.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Naani]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:The Giant Slug]]
* DistressedDamsel
* TheDreaded: The Night Hounds.
* EldritchAbomination: Tons of them; the Night Land is crawling with them.
* EmpathicWeapon
* {{Fanfic}}: Numerous works are collected at http://www.thenightland.co.uk, including many of high quality. Unfortunately a number of them are only partially online, requiring you to buy a printed collection to read the end.
* FanSequel: Some critics believe that the book is meant to be this to HGWells's ''TheTimeMachine''.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Literally so, hence the poison capsules.
* ForegoneConclusion: Averted. Even though the hero is narrating his own story, said story is about a dream he had of something that will happen to him in the future; therefore, until the ending, the reader has no way of knowing whether the hero will survive or not.
* TheFuture
* GiantSpider: Enormous, burrowing, yellow, and venomous.
* {{God}}: No joke. You would think that a post-sun death universe where reincarnation, EldritchAbominations and PsychicPowers are a fact of life would be pretty alien to the notion of Yahweh, but the narrator tells us that men of our age should be "thankful unto God" that we live in the Days of Light and not the Night Land. The powers that defend the Redoubt from their enemies are vaguely defined and could be interpreted as God or angels providing protection.
** Several of the Night Land expanded universe stories also deal with God, where he's referred to as "the One who makes sure all Lovers are reunited."
* HalfHumanHybrid: The Giants are an extremely unpleasant type, between unspecified monsters and 'bestial humans'.
* HeroicFantasy
* HeroicWillpower
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: Using a super weapon is a good way to provoke the monsters outside.
* JumpedAtTheCall
* KillAllHumans: Or worse.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Well, grey armour, anyway.
* LostTechnology
* MadeOfIron:
** The Great Redoubt and the Underground Fields are covered with a nearly-indestructible grey metal which could withstand dozens of millions of years untarnished.
** Some of the monsters could fight entire battalions of men before being destroyed by energy weaponry.
* {{Mordor}}
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Played straight and subverted: our [[TheHero hero]] reveals at one point he had been a strong trained athlete during his life in the Pyramid (only because the girl was impressed by his muscular bulk) but he never thought physical strength [[ButForMeItWasTuesday was something to brag about]] or rely on, since all monsters evolved or devolved from humans [[SuperStrength are far too strong to be beaten in close combat]] and had to be fought [[LightningBruiser by cunning, agility and Diskos fencing]].
* {{Narrator}}
* {{Neologism}}s: Such as "Monstruwacan".
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Aschoff. Sure he ''meant'' well, but...]]
* NonActionBigBad: The Evil Forces, particularly [[spoiler:the House of Silence.]]
* NothingIsScarier: The fact that the Hero doesn't know exactly what happens to the red shirts after they [[spoiler:enter the House of Silence]] freaks him out all the more. It gets to the point that the noises of the other abominations become a comforting distraction.
* TheObstructiveLoveInterest: Zig-zagged; she alternates between absurd obstructiveness and considerable competence.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Yellow skin, 4 arms, may not actually be undead (it's really hard to say, considering the story's setting). None of these traits scream typical vampire, now do they?
* OurWormholesAreDifferent / NegativeSpaceWedgie: The "Doorways in the Night", holes in the universe which open up and let in soul-eating things.
* ThePowerOfLove
* {{Prehistoria}}: The Country of Seas and Volcanoes is based off of popular ideas of the time about the prehistoric world (the idea being that similar conditions produce similar creatures)
* PsychicPowers: A form of telepathy using "brain-elements". The text is unclear as to whether these elements are natural parts of the brain or some kind of implant.
* RagnarokProofing: There are aircraft which would still work, except that ''the air has gotten too thin to support them'' - they've remained in functional condition for hundreds of thousands or millions of years.
* RedShirt: Numerous characters who leave the Redoubt. Many suffer the FateWorseThanDeath.
* ReincarnationRomance
* TheRemake: ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Night-Land-Story-Retold/dp/0615508812/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1315432157&sr=8-2 The Night Land: A Story Retold]]''. It's the same story, but with a more reader-friendly writing-style, extra scenes, and more detailed characterization. It was written by James Stoddard, a contributor to the previously-mentioned fan site, http://www.thenightland.co.uk.
* SchizoTech: Despite super-strong metals, electric DeflectorShields, EnergyWeapons, and the like, men still fight monsters in armor and carrying a melee weapon rather than a gun. Aircraft used to exist, but the air has become too thin for them.
** Possibly justified in that most those inventions run off the "earth current", which may not exist outside of the redoubts. The Diskos (basically a chainsaw on a stick) presumably uses much less energy than a laser rifle.
** [[WordOfGod It has been said in the story itself]] firing energy weapons at range defied the defensive purpose of the Redoubt and only attracted more and more [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], so a melee weapon which [[LaserBlade could cut through anything]] was justified.
* ScienceMarchesOn: When the book was written, scientists indeed believed the Sun would slowly fade, eventually beyond visibility. We now expect it to get very slowly brighter over the next few billion years, before swelling into a red giant and destroying the Earth. (Though after that it will eventually die back down).
** Also, time scales; we now know the Earth's core will be completely cooled long before the sun runs down.
* SquareCubeLaw: The impossibly big Redoubts.
** Only the Greater Redoubt, really; the Lesser is "only" 3/4 mile tall. Since Burj Dubai will be over 1/2 mile tall when completed, and given that it's made of a far stronger metal than anything on modern Earth, 3/4 mile isn't too tall to be believably self-supporting.
* StalkerWithoutACrush: The Giant Slug.
* TimeSkip
* {{Unobtainium}}: The miraculous super-hard, super-strong grey metal.
* {{Vibroweapon}}: The Diskos works on this principle, but rotating rather than a back-and-forth vibration. It can also provide light, occasionally leaning toward LaserBlade (well, Electric Blade, since this was written before lasers) territory. Possibly the UrExample.
** Note that it's also listed under ChainsawGood.
* WackyWaysideTribe: Most of the enemies the hero faces seem to be these. Justified due to the sheer hostility of the setting.
* WaveMotionGun: The blast of Earth-Current at the end of the novel used to take out the [[BigBadWolf Night Hounds]] is one of these, with an emphasis on the 'slow recharge' - it uses up almost all of the energy of the Redoubt (a habitat holding ''millions'') to the point where elevators, pumps, etc. shut down. These attacks are used VERY rarely, both because of the power drain and because there are just too many monsters, and some are way too powerful.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: The Redoubt has powerful weapons that can destroy many monsters at once. Unfortunately there are too many monsters, some of them are too big, and these weapons drain the all-important Earth Current.
* WorthyOpponent: The Silent Ones are the only Night Land inhabitants that the hero doesn't feel hatred toward; instead, he views them as something to be respected, while at the same time feared and avoided. He even theorizes that they aren't even evil, just enigmatic and dangerous.
* ZergRush: The main reason the Night Hounds are TheDreaded.
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-->“This to be Love, that your spirit to live in a natural holiness with the Beloved, and your bodies to be a sweet and natural delight that shall be never lost of a lovely mystery…. And shame to be unborn, and all things to go wholesome and proper, out of an utter greatness of understanding; and the Man to be an Hero and a Child before the Woman; and the Woman to be an Holy Light of the Spirit and an Utter Companion and in the same time a glad Possession unto the Man…. And this doth be Human Love….”

[[TimeAbyss The Sun has died.]] The remaining millions of the human race have moved downward into deep ravines, where vulcanism still provides enough heat to keep the air in a breathable form. Humanity's survivors live on in a few pyramidal Redoubts, lit, heated, and defended by the mysterious [[LifeEnergy Earth Current]]. They await the inevitable day when the Current fails and the monsters gathering outside swarm their defences.

Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson's ''The Night Land'' was first published in 1912. On the most basic level, it's a heroic fantasy in which the KnightInShiningArmor [[DeathWorld braves terrible monsters and overcomes formidable challenges]] to rescue the DistressedDamsel. In practice, its main appeal is not the somewhat tedious hero's quest, but the vividly-described and extraordinarily imaginative creatures and horrors of the Land itself, prompting Creator/HPLovecraft to describe it as "one of the most potent pieces of macabre imagination ever written" even in the face of its ludicrous [[AntiquatedLinguistics pseudo-17th-century writing style]].

The complete work is available [[http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/10662 here]] at Project Gutenberg.
----
!! This book provides examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation: The Dream of X, which Hodgeson himself wrote in order to secure its copyright in America, compresses the original 200 000-word novel into a mere 20 000 words.
* AfterTheEnd: ''Several'' ends: the cataclysmic explosion that blew a 100-mile-deep valley into the Earth; the experiments that let the soul-eating {{Eldritch Abomination}}s get to Earth; the death of the Sun.
* AlwaysNight: [[SarcasmMode Believe it or not.]]
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Comically butchered 17th-century English.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The [[DeflectorShields Air Clog]]; food pills; a powder that creates drinkable water when exposed to air.
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted - the narrator states several times that only his armor saved him from severe injury or death.
* {{Arcology}}: The story has an early version of this in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Land#The_Redoubt The Great Redoubt]] (more than 7 miles high, holds millions of people) and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Land#The_Lesser_Redoubt The Lesser Redoubt]] (more than a mile high). They're both sealed off from the outside world by necessity and are completely self-sufficient.
* AuthorAppeal: Hodgson had much to say on bodybuilding, domination, submission, and gender roles, and it shows.
* BerserkButton: The narrator, when his love-interest Naani is attacked and [[spoiler: put into a coma to the point where she is thought to be dead]]; he runs for 3 days without sleeping to bring her to safety, slashing giants and mutants out of his way. He even cuts a clawed giant in two with a single, one-handed swipe.
* CitadelCity: The Last Redoubt.
* CosmicHorrorStory: Before Creator/HPLovecraft invented it.
* CrapsackWorld: And how!
* CyanidePill: Anyone who ventures outside the Redoubt has a poison capsule implanted in one arm for emergencies.
* DarkWorld
* DeathByChildbirth: Naani's first incarnation, Mirdath.
* {{Determinator}}
* DeusExMachina: Partially subverted, as the mysterious and unexplained Shining Powers of Goodness don't always succeed in saving the day.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Naani]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:The Giant Slug]]
* DistressedDamsel
* TheDreaded: The Night Hounds.
* EldritchAbomination: Tons of them; the Night Land is crawling with them.
* EmpathicWeapon
* {{Fanfic}}: Numerous works are collected at http://www.thenightland.co.uk, including many of high quality. Unfortunately a number of them are only partially online, requiring you to buy a printed collection to read the end.
* FanSequel: Some critics believe that the book is meant to be this to HGWells's ''TheTimeMachine''.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Literally so, hence the poison capsules.
* ForegoneConclusion: Averted. Even though the hero is narrating his own story, said story is about a dream he had of something that will happen to him in the future; therefore, until the ending, the reader has no way of knowing whether the hero will survive or not.
* TheFuture
* GiantSpider: Enormous, burrowing, yellow, and venomous.
* {{God}}: No joke. You would think that a post-sun death universe where reincarnation, EldritchAbominations and PsychicPowers are a fact of life would be pretty alien to the notion of Yahweh, but the narrator tells us that men of our age should be "thankful unto God" that we live in the Days of Light and not the Night Land. The powers that defend the Redoubt from their enemies are vaguely defined and could be interpreted as God or angels providing protection.
** Several of the Night Land expanded universe stories also deal with God, where he's referred to as "the One who makes sure all Lovers are reunited."
* HalfHumanHybrid: The Giants are an extremely unpleasant type, between unspecified monsters and 'bestial humans'.
* HeroicFantasy
* HeroicWillpower
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: Using a super weapon is a good way to provoke the monsters outside.
* JumpedAtTheCall
* KillAllHumans: Or worse.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Well, grey armour, anyway.
* LostTechnology
* MadeOfIron:
** The Great Redoubt and the Underground Fields are covered with a nearly-indestructible grey metal which could withstand dozens of millions of years untarnished.
** Some of the monsters could fight entire battalions of men before being destroyed by energy weaponry.
* {{Mordor}}
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Played straight and subverted: our [[TheHero hero]] reveals at one point he had been a strong trained athlete during his life in the Pyramid (only because the girl was impressed by his muscular bulk) but he never thought physical strength [[ButForMeItWasTuesday was something to brag about]] or rely on, since all monsters evolved or devolved from humans [[SuperStrength are far too strong to be beaten in close combat]] and had to be fought [[LightningBruiser by cunning, agility and Diskos fencing]].
* {{Narrator}}
* {{Neologism}}s: Such as "Monstruwacan".
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Aschoff. Sure he ''meant'' well, but...]]
* NonActionBigBad: The Evil Forces, particularly [[spoiler:the House of Silence.]]
* NothingIsScarier: The fact that the Hero doesn't know exactly what happens to the red shirts after they [[spoiler:enter the House of Silence]] freaks him out all the more. It gets to the point that the noises of the other abominations become a comforting distraction.
* TheObstructiveLoveInterest: Zig-zagged; she alternates between absurd obstructiveness and considerable competence.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Yellow skin, 4 arms, may not actually be undead (it's really hard to say, considering the story's setting). None of these traits scream typical vampire, now do they?
* OurWormholesAreDifferent / NegativeSpaceWedgie: The "Doorways in the Night", holes in the universe which open up and let in soul-eating things.
* ThePowerOfLove
* {{Prehistoria}}: The Country of Seas and Volcanoes is based off of popular ideas of the time about the prehistoric world (the idea being that similar conditions produce similar creatures)
* PsychicPowers: A form of telepathy using "brain-elements". The text is unclear as to whether these elements are natural parts of the brain or some kind of implant.
* RagnarokProofing: There are aircraft which would still work, except that ''the air has gotten too thin to support them'' - they've remained in functional condition for hundreds of thousands or millions of years.
* RedShirt: Numerous characters who leave the Redoubt. Many suffer the FateWorseThanDeath.
* ReincarnationRomance
* TheRemake: ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Night-Land-Story-Retold/dp/0615508812/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1315432157&sr=8-2 The Night Land: A Story Retold]]''. It's the same story, but with a more reader-friendly writing-style, extra scenes, and more detailed characterization. It was written by James Stoddard, a contributor to the previously-mentioned fan site, http://www.thenightland.co.uk.
* SchizoTech: Despite super-strong metals, electric DeflectorShields, EnergyWeapons, and the like, men still fight monsters in armor and carrying a melee weapon rather than a gun. Aircraft used to exist, but the air has become too thin for them.
** Possibly justified in that most those inventions run off the "earth current", which may not exist outside of the redoubts. The Diskos (basically a chainsaw on a stick) presumably uses much less energy than a laser rifle.
** [[WordOfGod It has been said in the story itself]] firing energy weapons at range defied the defensive purpose of the Redoubt and only attracted more and more [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], so a melee weapon which [[LaserBlade could cut through anything]] was justified.
* ScienceMarchesOn: When the book was written, scientists indeed believed the Sun would slowly fade, eventually beyond visibility. We now expect it to get very slowly brighter over the next few billion years, before swelling into a red giant and destroying the Earth. (Though after that it will eventually die back down).
** Also, time scales; we now know the Earth's core will be completely cooled long before the sun runs down.
* SquareCubeLaw: The impossibly big Redoubts.
** Only the Greater Redoubt, really; the Lesser is "only" 3/4 mile tall. Since Burj Dubai will be over 1/2 mile tall when completed, and given that it's made of a far stronger metal than anything on modern Earth, 3/4 mile isn't too tall to be believably self-supporting.
* StalkerWithoutACrush: The Giant Slug.
* TimeSkip
* {{Unobtainium}}: The miraculous super-hard, super-strong grey metal.
* {{Vibroweapon}}: The Diskos works on this principle, but rotating rather than a back-and-forth vibration. It can also provide light, occasionally leaning toward LaserBlade (well, Electric Blade, since this was written before lasers) territory. Possibly the UrExample.
** Note that it's also listed under ChainsawGood.
* WackyWaysideTribe: Most of the enemies the hero faces seem to be these. Justified due to the sheer hostility of the setting.
* WaveMotionGun: The blast of Earth-Current at the end of the novel used to take out the [[BigBadWolf Night Hounds]] is one of these, with an emphasis on the 'slow recharge' - it uses up almost all of the energy of the Redoubt (a habitat holding ''millions'') to the point where elevators, pumps, etc. shut down. These attacks are used VERY rarely, both because of the power drain and because there are just too many monsters, and some are way too powerful.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: The Redoubt has powerful weapons that can destroy many monsters at once. Unfortunately there are too many monsters, some of them are too big, and these weapons drain the all-important Earth Current.
* WorthyOpponent: The Silent Ones are the only Night Land inhabitants that the hero doesn't feel hatred toward; instead, he views them as something to be respected, while at the same time feared and avoided. He even theorizes that they aren't even evil, just enigmatic and dangerous.
* ZergRush: The main reason the Night Hounds are TheDreaded.
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21st Feb '13 4:02:04 AM Nautilus1
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* MusclesAreMeaningless: Played straight and subverted: our [[TheHero hero]] reveals at one point he head been a strong trained athlete during his life in the Pyramid (only because the girl was impressed by his muscular bulk) but he never thought physical strength [[ButForMeItWasTuesday was something to brag about]] or rely on, since all monsters evolved or devolved from humans [[SuperStrength are far too strong to be beaten in close combat]] and had to be fought [[LightningBruiser by cunning, agility and Diskos fencing]].

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* MusclesAreMeaningless: Played straight and subverted: our [[TheHero hero]] reveals at one point he head had been a strong trained athlete during his life in the Pyramid (only because the girl was impressed by his muscular bulk) but he never thought physical strength [[ButForMeItWasTuesday was something to brag about]] or rely on, since all monsters evolved or devolved from humans [[SuperStrength are far too strong to be beaten in close combat]] and had to be fought [[LightningBruiser by cunning, agility and Diskos fencing]].
21st Feb '13 4:01:48 AM Nautilus1
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* MusclesAreMeaningless: Played straight and subverted: our [[TheHero hero]] reveals at one point he head been a strong trained athlete during his life in the Pyramid (only because the girl was impressed by his muscular bulk) but he never thought physical strength [[ButForMeItWasTuesday was something to brag about]] or rely on, since all monsters evolved or devolved from humans [[SuperStrength are far too strong to be beaten in close combat]] and had to be fought [[LigthingBruiser by cunning, agility and Diskos fencing]].

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* MusclesAreMeaningless: Played straight and subverted: our [[TheHero hero]] reveals at one point he head been a strong trained athlete during his life in the Pyramid (only because the girl was impressed by his muscular bulk) but he never thought physical strength [[ButForMeItWasTuesday was something to brag about]] or rely on, since all monsters evolved or devolved from humans [[SuperStrength are far too strong to be beaten in close combat]] and had to be fought [[LigthingBruiser [[LightningBruiser by cunning, agility and Diskos fencing]].
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* MusclesAreMeaningless: Played straight and subverted: our [[TheHero hero]] reveals at one point he head been a strong trained athlete during his life in the Pyramid (only because the girl was impressed by his muscular bulk) but he never thought physical strength [[ButForMeItWasTuesday was something to brag about]] or rely on, since all monsters evolved or devolved from humans [[SuperStrength are far too strong to be beaten in close combat]] and had to be fought [[LigthingBruiser by cunning, agility and Diskos fencing]].
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** [[WordOfGod It has been said in the story itself]] firing energy weapons at range defied the defensive purpose of the Redoubt and only attracted more and more [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], so a melee weapon which [[LaserBlade could cut through anything]] was justified.
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* MadeOfIron:
** The Great Redoubt and the Underground Fields are covered with a nearly-indestructible grey metal which could withstand dozens of millions of years untarnished.
** Some of the monsters could fight entire battalions of men before being destroyed by energy weaponry.
30th Jan '13 9:46:25 PM Xtifr
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** Also FootFocus - the narrator-hero has a lot to say about the heroine's pretty feet.
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* {{Arcology}}: The story has an early version of this in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Land#The_Redoubt The Great Redoubt]] (more than 7 miles high, holds millions of people) and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Land#The_Lesser_Redoubt The Lesser Redoubt]] (more than a mile high). They're both sealed off from the outside world by necessity and are completely self-sufficient.
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** Possibly justified in that most those inventions run off the "earth current", which may not exist outside of the redoubts. The Diskos (basically a chainsaw on a stick) presumably uses much less energy than a laser rifle.
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* CitadelCity: The Last Redoubt.
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