VAN: Storming Heaven by David Mack Review Thread (Spoilers!)
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April 7 2012, 08:05 PM
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Re: Vanguard: Storming Heaven by David Mack Review Thread (Spoilers!)
David Mack wrote:
^ Not everyone. But don't give it away. Shhhhh....
If I can summarize, on multiple occasions during the Federation's investigation into the Shedai, the Federation accidentally unleashed the mental energies of the Cthulhoid Old Ones--real Old Ones, remembered in the Tholian collective consciousness, they who had uplifted the Tholians into consciousness so as to enslave them--onto the contemporary Tholians, on the final time accidentally inflicting a mental violation equivalent to agonizing rape on the entire species. (This while using the enslaved Shedai to annihilate a planet.)
The Tholians sent only a fifth of their fleet to destroy Vanguard and the Shedai contained within? Such moderation.
Honestly, especially given the multi-generational continuity of the Tholian collective consciousness, I'm not surprised that the Tholians are as strongly anti-Federation as they are. There's a very good case to be made that the Federation did many terrible things in the Taurus Reach, would have done very many more had things not broken, and that the Tholians' dispatch of an armada to destroy Vanguard and its captives was actually a good thing. I won't say that the Tholians were the good guys, but it seemed clear enough to me that if the Tholians hadn't assaulted the station sooner or later the Shedai would have gotten out with disastrous results.
(We thought the Borg invasion of 2381 was bad? The Shedai conquest of 2270 would have been
It also explains the line in Paths of Disharmony where the Tholian Commander references the Crimes of the Reach.
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