The comet is completely made of radioactive materials.Whenever it passes Earth, its "light" either horribly mutates people or gives them superpowers.
- It probably was, considering the Nuclear Weapons Taboo, it simply couldn't be said out loud.
- Well, the games are "Spiritual Successors" to one another...
The entire story of the game is a figment of Will's imagination.It makes sense if you think about it, or perhaps if you overthink it. When the ending rolls around, we see Will and his friends in an ordinary 1990's school. It is as if the events of the game never happened, and that may well be the case: Will may have made it all up in his head while waiting for his friends to get out of class. All the story revolves around Will and the people he knows in his real life, who for the most part are there for seemingly no reason other than to advance the plot (the other characters rarely if ever fight and usually hang around town while Will is doing battle). Some events happen for no apparent reason and aren't crucial to the story in any way, such as Seth's transformation into Riverson; it may have happened that way because Will didn't want one of his friends to actually die in his story (which may also be why they were rarely in danger while Will himself was). The game uses a mutation of Earth bearing little physical resemblance to the original, but retains locations which might be well-known to an elementary or middle school student, like the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids. Most events in the game go Will's way, frequently due to some nonspecific telepathic powers. Even the Green Aesop ending could be an extension of Will's concerns about the environment (perhaps he enjoys Ranger Rick). The way the story unfolds gives the impression of something raw and simplistic, very fitting for a child's imagination. It would be a rather beautiful use of All Just a Dream, especially with no obvious hints of that being the case unlike with most examples of that trope.
The denizens of Angel Village are the descendants of the Mu people.Before the Mu boss fight, Will meets Rama and a few other spirits of the Mu people. They tell the story of a comet-themed catastrophe, which they decided they needed to escape. Having no trees with which to build boats, instead "They started building an undersea tunnel. They dug on, not knowing how long it would take..." Our heroes end up finding and walking the length of this tunnel, a feat which Neil says took "nearly a month." By estimate of average human walking pace and walking 12 hours a day, that tunnel is around 1,000 miles long. How long would it take for people to dig a tunnel that long using hand tools? Decades? Generations? We know the Mu people successfully completed the tunnel as our heroes emerge from the other end without incident, so presumably the survivors/descendants made it to the mainland and settled there. The comet is a "weapon of evolution" which causes those bathed in its light to change. The Mu people were bathed in its light and then spent generations under ground. Then, at the mouth of the tunnel, we find a village filled with "angels" who say they're the form that humans evolve into, who live underground because they can't tolerate sunlight. Also, some of the pillar-like statues found in Angel Village resemble those found in the tunnel. It may as well explain their emotionlessness. They spent possibly a century toiling away in the cold, damp and dark, endlessly digging and working with no basis for time or circadian rhythm, never seeing light or color, eating meager meals of flavorless mushrooms, always with the lingering temptation of turning around and walking back to Mu. When they finally emerged and found they could no longer tolerate the sunlight, they dug straight down where they stood and made their new home, able to manage ambition (a sculptor resolving to build a thousand statues) and yearning (dancing for hours on end in a futile attempt to feel a human emotion, or rushing to be painted with a passionate expression despite all evidence that the artist is a serial killer), yet still living their entire lives without ever laughing or crying. That inability to cry or feel despair may have been the thing that allowed them to survive digging the tunnel, at the cost of joy. <<|Wild Mass Guessing|>>