Pompeii was an ordinary city, with shops and markets, bars and theaters, temples and homes. They were like many other cities found in the Roman Empire and throughout what we now call Italy. There were roughly 15k people living in Pompeii at the time Vesuvius erupted, living in everything from luxury homes to small flats and apartments. It had been around for probably a couple hundred years, so it was well established in what happened in the daily lives of its inhabitants. In less than a day, their lives and the landscape around them would be forever changed.
Sage and Savant have grown complacent with their travels, taking the miracle of transmigration for granted, the doorways to other times and places as a given. The universe has a way of humbling those that do not show proper regard for these things. In this month’s episode, Our heroes discover what it is like to lose one of their own and what lengths they will go to in the quest to retrieve a friend.
Dr Sage has been exploring the connection of music to time travel. Music also plays a big role in our episodes, most especially with our Featured Artists. Music can change the way we look at life. We look forward to increasing the role of music in future episodes and letting Dr Sage discover the role of music in her own life.
Steampunk has a lot in common with Tao thoughts. In Episode 9, Dr Sage finds the underlying thoughts of Taoism very similar to her quest for understanding of her own research. We thought we’d include this tidbit.
Seeking further enlightenment, Dr Sage and Prof Savant travel back to 2nd century China. In this time, Dr Sage learns that time travel can be a “ruff,” leaving Savant to fumble his way through the concepts of immortality.
Every episode our heroes are faced with the idea of reanimating dead bodies. Well, image if this happened when the Vikings were visiting the New World. What would the Native Americans think about this sort of activity? We include a brief reference to Skadegamutc in this episode because it’s a wonderful way to look at how Sage & Savant might appear to the locals.
The Icelandic Sagas tells of the exploits of various Viking travels. Because these were songs or stories of heroic adventures, not every detail is included. However, the The Saga of Erik the Red or Eiríks saga rauða–one of the Vinland Sagas–is an account of Viking travels in the new world, over 400 years before Columbus. Many of the characters we have in Episode 8: Vikingr are directly from this saga. We even quote a section about the exploits of Freydis, a woman who fought off a band of Skrælingar, or indigenous people.