|Subject:||4e California (was Re: Shadowrun and Suspension of Disbelief)|
|Date:||Thu, 6 Oct 2005 15:39:17 -0700 (GMT-07:00)|
>I don't have a problem with an unknown faultline, or even the
>elevation drop required to flood the central valley and LA. What I do
>have a problem with is the conflict between that and only thousands of
>deaths instead of millions, and the statement that San Francisco was
>largly unnaffected when SF Bay is the only point for sea water to flow
>through to flood the Central Valley.
-- After so much progress had been done making the canonical wierdness more logical (the
NAN states for example), this is just a slap in the face. And worst part is that it was
done for NO GOOD REASON AT ALL. It's just some illogical wierdness they slapped in at the
last moment, maybe even as an in-joke about how Cali gets screwed every edition.
-- For reference, here is exactly what it says in SR4 (p. 34)
"In early 2069, a pair of major earthquakes coming from
the San Andreas Fault line and the San Pedro Shelf caused widespread
fl ooding and destruction, killing tens of thousands. Much
of Southern California and the Central Valley found themselves
dropped below sea level and were inundated with tidal waves.
While San Francisco and the Bay Area were mostly spared, waters
have fl ooded most of the Central Valley and Los Angeles"
-- The question of where the displaced water went after that much land mass collapsed is
an open question. I guess magical tidal wave eaters cleaned up the problem so writers can
ignore its effects in the PacRim in future books.