In her essay The Great Winter, Dr. Forsyth-Blakely goes on to suggest that the Scourge are ‘cancerous in nature’ (Forsyth-Blakely, 1922, p.12), and the portals through which they spill upon the Earth radiate a ‘pervasive and invisible energy [that] feeds upon the immediate environment’ (ibid, p. 15). She supports this hypothesis with eyewitness reports such as this:

“The areas around their portals enter what one might describe as a state of depression. The skies are perpetually grey and overcast, the sun barely seen. The temperature drops close to freezing. Constant drizzle soaks the ground and grey shapes can be glimpsed moving in the fog. Nothing grows. Livestock, together with the sick and weak, seem to succumb to a horrid depression, lying on the ground and waiting for the Scourge or just dying, divested of the will to live.”

“The longer the portals remain open, the further the surrounding area of melancholy spreads. The larger the area, the weaker the fabric between our existence and that of the Scourge. From that moment on a further Scourge incursion is inevitable.”

(Forsyth-Blakely, 1925, p.11)

As with the incursions by the Scourge, this Great Winter continues to consume the globe. Even those nations not within its chill grasp are affected. As it creeps across the Earth its approach causes alarm. Governments and generals have sought sanctuary in bunkers and military bases, their fates unknown as the Winter envelopes them. Borders and gates are sealed against those seeking refuge from the glacial frontier, with confrontations at roadblocks and city limits routinely erupting into violence. The rich and powerful continue to flee, their absconsion often descending into bloodshed as bodyguards and soldiers fight off the desperate or angry civilians they are leaving behind.

Ultimately, however, such flight is pointless. If the Great Winter is not stopped it will seize all and freeze everything.

There will be no escape.

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