Comic 333 - The Rotunda
16th Jul 2018, 12:00 AM in Parabellum
The Rotunda
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Author Notes:
Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
- I would have liked to have some kind of heist scene in the Guggenheim Museum, but it turned out that the iconic building didn't exist yet in 1944.
However, the architect designed it right around that time. Perfect!

- And while Nazi base in Canada is fictional of course, it was inspired by something that really existed!

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BTW, I now have found this really nice video about Princess Caraboo, who was the inspiration for Camilla's disguising ploy...
User comments:
Chippewa Ghost edit delete reply
Chippewa Ghost
Again, a significant departure on the usual magical uses of a "philosopher's stone".
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Yes! But don't worry, we will also actually see the magic of the philosopher's stone in action soon!
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
The delivery guys down at the local poutine place know where it is. (Also, I'm not at all sure a lead-to-gold philosopher's stone would be useful on a macro regime-wide level. Wouldn't they just flood the gold market?)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Now I had to google what "poutine" is - though of course it wasn't hard to guess that it must be something typically Canadian.

The general idea is that the Nazis don't need the philosopher's stone per se, but want to examine how it works, and if its principle can be applied to other elements too.
As explained here, they primary have the production of deuterium for heavy water in mind. You need heavy water for safely handling uranium. And you need uranium for - well...
(And come to think of it, something that can magically transform elements into other elements, as well as isotope A into isotope B, could have even have more direct applications for what I am talking about here!)
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
Oh, right! It's an interesting modern update.
Chippewa Ghost edit delete reply
Chippewa Ghost
Heavy water isn’t a requirement for Uranium refining. Those isotopes are however used further up the tech tree...
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
The heavy water thing was the starting point for me developing this story, before I even had the idea to bring in the philosopher's stone. So that explains my odd emphasis on this...
In a hypothetical revision of this chapter so far (for which I am too lazy it is too late now), the notion of using the stone to easily create Uranium 235 or Plutonium would probably already have cropped up...
JammyTheBirb edit delete reply
JammyTheBirb
To be fair, a secret base there is one of the last places anyone would suspect.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
A perfect location then!
AmeliaP edit delete reply
AmeliaP
I heard of Nazi bases all over the Americas. Apparently, they loved Argentina.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
In any case, they certainly had some friends in Argentina...