At first glance, the storyline and events of Dark Rule may seem like a sci-fi adventure. Below, I have provided some notes so you will know fact from fiction.
Dark Rule Research Facts
1. Materia is Latin for our word “material.” It’s fitting for the “sinners” in the story to be in this boat as they seek after material wealth instead of spiritual. The Materia explorer vessel is modeled after an actual vessel named the Alucia, which was once the French tender for submersibles named Nadir. The Alucia gained international notoriety as the mothership of the Nautile submersible that first explored the Titanic after discovery in the later 1980s.
2. The deep-sea submersibles in Dark Rule are modeled after the Alucia’s twin Deep Rovers, capable of depths beyond 3,000 feet. Though I took liberties with the submersible automated ballast system for story purposes, the tractor-driven system used for propulsion is factual.
3. At a depth of 3,000 feet, only darkness exists, and coral may seem non-existent. But I included it in the story, knowing that coral does indeed exist without visual light, even at depths of 4,000 meters—four times deeper than the depth in the story. An example would be gorgonian coral, which is found in the abyssal zone.
4. The underwater habitat known as Gilgal is fictional, though it has been modeled after space age and survivalist-type underwater bunkers, which are much smaller. Gilgal’s buoyancy and propulsion system is factual, based upon submarine ballast engineering.
5. For those of you who have checked your globe for the Republic of Zalzuna—it is a fictional communist island in the Greek Isles. However, the history I provided regarding the struggles between the Turks and Greeks after WWII has left ancient battlements on many islands. These facts set me up for the unique island upheaval I desired to write.
6. The lighthouse in Bandon, Oregon, is real, and is now a museum.
7. Lizard Island is a real island—a national park—within the Great Barrier Reef chain of islands. (Yes, it is my understanding there are lizards there.)
8. Mong Kok, Hong Kong, is an actual district emblazoned with neon signs boasting China’s best karaoke joints.
9. Christian separatist communities are real, however misguided in God’s desire for His people to be separate but not absent from the world (I Cor. 5:10). God is clear about His intention for us to be a light in the darkness.
If I have forgotten to include something you have a question about, be sure to write me! (I don’t recommend building an underwater habitat, btw. ;))
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NOTE: See this photo gallery of fantastic shots of the Alucia and the submersibles used as models for this story!
Read other interesting D.I. Telbat research findings at this link.
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