Saturday, April 27, 2013

X is for Xenocide

There aren't a lot of words that start with X that I think I'd enjoy talking about. So I picked one that I thought would at least be interesting, and since it does play a part in The Magic Wakes, it is appropriate for my topic.

Xenocide is genocide directed at an alien species.

Did that clear things up? Well, just in case...

Genocide--the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.

Neither is an attractive word, even though I think it rolls off the tongue nicely. When I was younger I thought only a great hatred could bring about something so ugly. Although this may be the most logical reason for xenocide/genocide, it's not the only reason. Fear, misunderstanding, ignorance. All could lead to the annihilation of a group of people.

The Dragumon have wiped out entire planets simply because they could. It wasn't a personal hatred or disagreement, just a general loathing for the sanctity of life other than their own. Sendek, however, is personal. Maybe that's why they take their time. Play their games. And that's where they messed up.

Spoilers (highlight):

Talia has time to come to terms with the fact she would need to destroy an entire sentient race. Although not comfortable with the choice, she does it and has to live with the consequences. It will haunt her for the rest of her life.

If it came down to kill or be killed, how would you justify it? How would you live with the guilt?