It’s something that’s come up with every LB-release so far: is team Chaldea truly doing the right thing killing not just an entire people, but entire worlds over and over again only that our world may continue to exist?
Watching a certain old sci-fi flick in full recently - Logan’s Run, it’s been years since I saw bits of it on teevee - I have come up with a rather simple formula that should put any qualms about our MC’s actions to rest.
That is by posing the question:
If he can’t, said world doesn’t deserve to exist.
A short, not too expansive spoiler on the movie in question, "Logan's Run" -
in said movie, someone somewhere in gubmint (Nixon, probably) decided to push the button, destroying most of the world except for an isolated city. Said city limits the maximum age to 30 for “sustainability’s” sake, yet allows its people to enjoy themselves to the fullest until then. Except when they try to run, anyway, hence the movie-title, “Logan’s run”, named after the main character who’s first to break out of there in some 250 years of the city’s existence. Outside, he meets the “Old Man”, acted by none other than Peter Ustinov, together with his crew of cats in the ruins of Washington D.C. The mere existence of this jolly “Old Man” motivates Logan to return to the city and tear it down. The city isn’t just a hellhole for precluding the possibility of an old coot like Peter Ustinov to exist, but doesn’t even know about cats, so good riddance to that.
With that simple criterion in mind:
Can an old man and his cats actually live in this place?
let’s look at the 3 Lostbelts released to NA so far.
Some of the furry-population may live to an old age, but evidently cats either died out or evolved to become some other horror. If the fact that the world is populated by furries isn’t reason enough to delete this, an old man not being able to live in peace together with a bunch of cats definitely is.
In short - nothing to regret here, delete this.
There may or may not be cats within the Villages - yet, given the scarcity of resources, it’s likely that Skadoodle considered them non-essential, hence no cats for you urgh. More obviously, the people there don’t get to grow old in the first place. There’s no place for an old coot to hide away together with a herd of cats either since it’s just as much of a fridge as LB1 and giants roaming outside the Villages don’t want no human -
Again - delete this, no regrets.
No kitties are mentioned here, either, but maybe they do scurry about freely, here? Yet, the Emprah goes and is even more devious about people not reaching anywhere near retirement age.
So, obviously, delete this. Ustinov and all of catkind wills it.
I haven’t looked ahead in detail, yet my wild guess would be that future LB will be comparable hellscapes not passing the criterion of whether Old Man and Cats can live there.