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Mechanical Tower (Mega Man 6)

Mechanical Tower (Mega Man 6)

In world where the technology is far beyond that of our own, it is natural to be reverent of the inhabitants’ knowledge.  This world’s technology is superior to ours in two ways, though.  The first is an obvious one: they’ve created working robots that can think for themselves, as well as perform tasks beyond those of any human, including the control of gravity.  The second is something that seems less obvious at first.  Take a look at our world as it was millennia ago, and compare it to what you see now.  The most obvious change is that there is more of technology and less of nature.  There are major cities that have little to no plant life, rather covering everything in concrete, blacktop, and steel.  However, in this particular world, nature and technology live in harmony, and natural wonders coexist with technological one.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing examples of this is the Mechanical Tower.  This structure stretches high into the sky, while also plunging into the ground.  While it is a technological marvel, it also exists in an area with fresh dirt and clear skies.  While I was unable to determine the purpose of this structure, it emitted no form of pollution.  In fact, everything within it seemed to run on wind energy, certainly a wise choice for such a tall structure.  I’ve been to many places in the sky, but there was something very special about this particular one.

I landed part of the way up the tower, high in the skies.  The vast majority of its construction was of an alloy of a familiar orange metal.  There were also many dark yellow pillars with square spiral designs upon them, likely support beams of some sort.  The sun shone brightly, lighting the sky a brilliant blue.  I headed inside, noticing that the walls were the same dark yellow as the support pillars, and that there was a green metal column in the very center, perhaps something to do with the power, since there seemed to be a door of sorts, though it appeared to be riveted shut.  I climbed the blue ladder, which led outside, and out here, the pillar showed a glass panel, where a door seemed to be at the entrance.  I then surmised that it must have something to do with monitoring whatever was inside.  A bit further on were some blue pillars with an open grate at their respective zeniths, and powerful fans within.  I used these devices to float higher in order to cross the numerous gaps that led to certain death against the ground below.  Not too much further on, the ceiling was lined with sharp objects, so I had to exercise caution in the heights I reached.

A bit higher, there were strange hinged platforms with blinking lights atop them.  Stepping upon one would cause it to flip to the other side, so a quick and precise series of jumps was required to cross them safely.  There was a series of them that dipped under a beam, then back up over a pillar, and onto a fan. I ascended to the ladder above using its powerful gusts and climbed it.  Up here, there were many panels of glass, which reflected the blue sky and its clouds.  There was a neat series of areas that used this glass, yet formed a tight alcove for me to explore.  At its end, I descended into the tower’s depths, which reached below the surface of the ground.  The floor was now comprised of dirt and rocks, and this subterranean area was quite beautiful, both by its own merits, and in its juxtaposition to the blue sky areas above.  Particularly enchanting were the areas that took me across a deep abyss.  Climbing out of this area at last, I reached an area that seemed to be the tower’s heart.  There was another large pillar through the center here, but this one was of a deep purple, though still metal.  I’d wager that you’ve never seen a purple metal before, but I assure you, they’re quite rare and absolutely gorgeous.

Most consider synthetic and natural to be mutually exclusive.  While they are certainly antonyms, they do not necessarily need to exist separately.  Many man-made dwellings have flower gardens or ivy climbing the walls, and this can be quite pretty.  The major problem with our technology is that it presses forward with a self-serving singularity; an unwillingness to coexist with nature; a stubborn proclivity toward dominance over all.  The more we try to control nature, the more we will find that it will resist, rebel, and raze our creations, whether it be by weather, plant, animal, or any other force of nature.  Hopefully, we will one day realize the error of our ways.

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