August 27, 2019
Once a month here on the Molten Sulfur Blog, I run content taken from our book Archive: Historical People, Places, and Events for RPGs. This post, about Minik Wallace, is one of eighty entries in Archive, each more gameable than the last!
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At first, New York seemed like heaven. He found amusement in what most New Yorkers considered to be common things, like bicycles. But he was an orphan now, alone and out of place in New York. The superintendent at the Museum of Natural History, William Wallace, took Minik in and educated him. Minik even attended Manhattan College, but despite being adopted and raised in a loving family, he never really felt at home. When Minik was 12, he was finally able to sail back to Greenland, but he didn’t receive the homecoming he had hoped for. He was a foreigner in his own land; he didn’t belong in Greenland either. So when he was 19, Minik returned to America. He found work in a New Hampshire lumber camp, and there, he contracted influenza during the epidemic of 1918, and died.
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[JR: Here’s “break your heart” story and, yes, you can’t judge the past looking through today’s “eyes”, but this a tragic example of what happens when you break the ”Prime Directive” (Footnote 1) and this man, and his kin, paid the price for that hubris.]
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Footnote 1: Prime Directive (AKA “Starfleet General Order 1”) is a guiding principle of Starfleet, prohibiting its members from interfering with the internal and natural development of alien civilizations. — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Directive
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