The following is a journal entry from an unknown character in “The Phoenix Cycle” series. These journal entries are used to help give background to the city and help show themes/ideas brought forth in the story.
Many journal entries won’t be in the book and are a bit more artistic than how the book reads. You can only find these extra journal entries on this site.
Journal entry #128
I was watching a thunderstorm through the bars of my window the other day. It’s an amazing thing lightning.
Lightning is produced by groupings of ionized atoms. Basically, this means that one group of atoms hoarded all the electrons, leaving the other group with very few electrons.
The disparity between the two groups soon polarizes them, making them quite literally separate from one another. When these two groups rip apart from one another a plasmic ooze fills the rift between them like blood trying to scab. While the two groups may be separated they do not function independently from one another. In fact, they go to war. There is a constant ripping and pulling of electrons from one group to the other. As a result of the fighting, many electrons are lost in the flow of plasma that separates the two groups, and wade aimlessly in the flux.
This battle can not go on forever. Eventually, nature will put an end to it. It electrifies the plasma The lost electrons in the plasma, become carriers of the electricity and rapidly push the current of electricity through the plasma crack between the two groups.
In an instant the plasma explodes from the current. The explosion burns hotter than the surface of the sun. Everything harbored near the river of plasma is annihilated; vaporizing the plasma and neutralizing both sides. In an instant, the two groups of atoms slam back together in an earth shattering boom, neither one of them being declared the victor.