"Now I definitely want to see this dragonfly king. If he's got access to mines, maybe he'll have access to other explosives too. Oooh! Maybe he'll even have a nuke!" Montmorency:
"Nuke? What, is this another one of your stupid one shot bombs?" Alex:
"Stupid one shot bombs? Imagine a weapon so powerful that you only need one to turn a city into ash. Imagine a light so bright that your very eyes melt and run down your cheeks like tears. Are you imagining that? Good. Now imagine that light blossoming over your precious Tristain city. Imagine it expanding and consuming everything, the entire city in a wave of fire and expanding pressure. But that's not all a nuke does. Oh no. It will poison the air. For hours, days, or even weeks, the ash that falls to the ground will be radioactive, killing everyone it comes into contact with. If it's a particularly dirty bomb, one intended to salt the earth, you won't be able to resettle your new crater for generations. Put that all in a suitcase, and you've got a nuke." Montmorency:
. I don't believe any of that. I think you're making it all up
"Believe what you want to. I've only seen one go off once, and it nearly killed me at that. But it was beautiful
. Absolutely nothing makes a larger boom. When you show me magic that can bring entire nations to their knees at a whim, then you get to look down on my nukes." Louise:
"What would you use it for if we did find one?" Alex:
"I'd keep it in reserve until you had all your enemies gathered in one place. Then, blammo! What else would I use it for? I wouldn't waste it on empty land or anything. I wouldn't use it on people just because I could either. That'd be a waste of perfectly good nuke.