Why "Work of Giants"?

The wiki title "Work of Giants" stems from Old English poetry's enta geweorc ("work of giants") motif: an elegiac phrase used to describe the still-awesome architectural remains of Roman civilization as perceived by the Empire's Anglo-Saxon successors. This sense of belated "life among the ruins" is part and parcel of the imperial SF tradition established by Asimov, brought into gaming via Traveller, and still active three decades later in Stars Without Number—itself an elegiac attempt to recapture the glories of a fallen (gaming) age. As a medievalist, I find these tropes and genealogies irresistible and am more than happy to work them into my campaign!

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