The rigid enforcement of The Orders now threatens the people they were designed to protect. Elias has a solution, except it puts him on a course of action that is at odds with the rules that he has been charged to rigorously uphold. On top of every thing else, the solution came to him in the form of a dream; in a time and place where no one dreams.
Can he save the last vestiges of humanity, or even himself?
‘The Deluge of Elias’ touches on multiple themes including the formation of religion, the social control it creates and the self destructive nature of totalitarian regimes. Do you dare to dream of another way?
*This is a short story, not a short book. The story and world described here is the introduction to a series of full length books that tell the story to the point of The Deluge of Elias, and what happens next.
The inspiration for ‘The Deluge of Elias’ comes from the many flood, or deluge, stories that exist in many cultures across the world. The version that is most familiar to me is that of Noah from the Christian Bible and Mulsim Koran. If you’re familiar with the story then skip to the next paragraph. In the tale, God is unhappy with humanity and so decides to wipe out all living things with a mighty flood. The only people deemed worthy of survival are Noah and his close family (and two of every animal). In the Biblical story Noah is given instructions directly from God about how to survive the coming deluge.
In ‘The Deluge of Elias’ all semblance of religion has been replaced by The Orders and the existence of any god or gods is forgotten by the populace by design. When constructing the story I considered how, if there was a god, a message of salvation could be relayed. Angels, visions, signs in the heavens, even the gooey mess made by the livers of animals have all been used as ways of gods delivering messages to humanity in literature and oral traditions, but none of those were practical to the environment of Elias. With everything so tightly controlled the most appropriate method of conveying a message would be through dreams. Of course, things are never really that simple and so the removal of the ability to dream was introduced.
Like many myths and oral traditions the story relates to a tiny geographical area. In this case the Dome in which about 1000 people live. The origin of the Dome is deliberately made unclear in the story to reinforce the theme of lost knowledge. The Orders have effectively wiped out history in favour of its own totalitarian rules for existence which the inhabitants of the Dome obey without question. The Orders efficiently maintain the status quo in the Dome although, like many things, their original function was to teach the adherents how to live and survive. This concept comes from the similarities of many religions that specify things like what to eat, how to be clean and how to treat one another. These similarities and ultimate disparities are mentioned in the story.
Ultimately, like the rules that The Orders have superceded, parts become less relevant over time; when rigidly enforced inhibit the growth of humanity as a whole.
The themes of ‘The Deluge of Elias’ dictated the emphasis on the the imagination of the reader to fill in the blanks between what was written, what was implied, and what was left unwritten. The origin of the Dome is never mentioned, the events that led up to the totalitarianism of The Orders are also omitted to reinforce the feeling that the Dome is a microcosm of its own existence where you don’t question why things are they way they are, you accept it and that is how, to living memory, it has always been.
As a short story, the idea was to tell the tale, provide the framework of the workings of the world of Elias and then have the reader fill in the blanks as per their interpretation. So far no two readers have had the same experience of the story. That pleases me.
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