The Man with Wheels is laid to rest in the Hall of Autophagic Weaponry.
Burton was thinking about We Are the Enemy and what he planned to write in it, but that tree just shocked him out of his thought process.
The Interrogator called down to a prisoner whose biodata had been hopelessly dissected, asking for his name, but the prisoner's nervous system and his memory was too warped to be able to give one.
Burton thinks about his path, how it's outside the jurisdiction of the city, so they won't bother cleaning it, but maybe it's a metaphor. Maybe the enemy caused the tree to collapse, so Burton wouldn't figure out who they were, making them real by conceiving of them. He thinks further on this.
The prisoner is placed in his cell and sees a three dimensional model of his face, recounting his testimony. Saying that they didn't know who could be writing us, that the tree didn't sound like much, but it was a massive breakthrough in terms of how much influence they could exert. The Interrogator laughed, saying that they still don't know.
Instead, it's considered, while we might think that "a new kind of history" means no Great Houses, it might instead mean they're reduced to a background detail, an empire written by someone more real than them in a Saturday afternoon children's show. Wouldn't that person be seen as an enemy?
- Burton is writing a story called We Are the Enemy.
- The story included "material recycled from an earlier draft of Against Nature".
- Burton talks about a "regime change" that allowed him to actually write Against Nature, rather than have to propose a massive amount of earlier drafts.
- Burton walks past the place where Todd Calavero encountered frogs in Against Nature. (PROSE: Against Nature)
- Goralschai originates from PROSE: Against Nature.
- The Broken Remote colony of Fallahal is mentioned. (PROSE: The Book of the War)