In the year 2513, archeologists uncovered huge propellers on metal posts. There were more than 100 in just one are. They set about carefully digging up the propellors and towers, all the while speculating about how the propellers ended up buried.
Duane: Anyone here have any ideas on where these came from? Why would anyone put a bunch of propellers together in one place? And those towers—and concrete everywhere.
Glen: Maybe there were some kind of “raised village”. The propellers drove away the enemy?
Joe: Carl and Dennis found some huge metal boxes with wires and stuff at another site. Maybe the people lived in the boxes?
Glen: Another guy found similar boxes offshore in Old Europe. Said the boxes were full of furniture from the 21 century. Very creepy—living in a tiny metal box. Must have been a fearsome enemy.
Duane: There must be a hundred propellers here. Maybe we can find boxes here. Keep digging.
Mark: There are a bunch of small square boxes with all kinds of wires.
Duane: You mean like electrical wires?
Duane: This was around the time the Dark Period began. If there are wires and stuff, that might mean there was still electricity.
Al: We know the earlier years of the 21st century had electricity. They had lights, planes, phones, computers. A group in New Canada found some relics of this. All were very primitive by today’s standards.
Duane: Did anyone ever decipher the disks or drives?
Felix: Not yet. They have a crack team in Washington working on it.
Mark: Wires, propellers and towers—anyone think this might have been used to generate power?
Duane: Really, Mark, it was the 21st century. Why would they be using such primitive 19th century methods of making power?
Curt: We can’t really know due to the Dark Period. It does seem very odd such an advanced society would use such primitive methods of making electricity, though. I’m going with an enemy and the propellers repelled them.
(to be continued)