Jamesfirecat wrote: How exactly does Satan’s voice come out over the radio in the very first chapter?
It doesn't; what happens is that Satan does a mass broadcast using the standard daemonic mind-invasion thing. However, at the time, that capability wasn't known or understood so, on hearing a message the pilot simply assumed it was coming over the radio. A few weeks later, he wouldn't have made that mistake.
What are your suggestions for shutting up someone who insists that there should have been more chaos, looting, and other formes of craziness directly after the message? Since that’s thought experiment territory we’re really just playing ping pong with our beliefs rather than me having a direct answer for why 10% of the population could die and things seem pretty well cleaned up inside a week.
He's arguing against fact; the truth is that major disasters do not cause mass rioting and looting. For a modern example, look at the 2004 Great Tsunami; rioting and looting was conspicuous by its absence. Also look at the area bombing carried out in WW2. Of all the British, Russian, Chinese, German and Japanese cities subjected to area bombing, there is not one single case of mass rioting, chaos or looting. Petty theft, certainly and people squatting in disused properties but no mass civilian unrest. In fact, a study of disasters shows that when something of this kind happens, people pull together and help each other rather than the reverse. Now, that's not saying that such unrest wouldn't occur in isolated instances but they are the exception, not the rule. Also, in this case, the nature of the disaster is so unexpected and outside the normal realms of experience that people will be stunned by it. That is also demonstrable by reference to the historical record. For example, when Hiroshima got the big firework, the survivors just sat there, stunned into catatonia. So did the survivors of the Tokyo firebombing. They didn't riot or loot, they just sat and stared at the ashes. Unfortunately, Hollywood has a lot to answer for here. They base their perceptions on what would happen after a disaster by what makes a good spectacle not what makes good sense.
What’s a good way to sum up the amount of damage that Wuffles ended up doing? I don’t think you ever bothered to have a scene where they estimated the damage/cost in human lives. I know it’s dry but I want to give the guy proof that Wuffles got a few good licks in.
A hell of a lot of you'll forgive the pun. Fayetteville to the south of the base area was pretty well flattened (having a 200-foot tall monster with bear-claws for feet will do that) with heavy civilian casualties including around 12,000 dead. The primary target of the Leopard Beast was the DIMO(N) facility which is on the North End of the base, just south of Pope AFB. The Leopard Beast originally attacked from Fayetteville, plowed into the southern built-up area of the base and broke through there (destroying the JFK Special Forces Museum in the process. That, however, put him in an area of open ground with troops all around him and he started to take very heavy fire from elements of the 82nd Airborne Division. Being a sensible beast, he backed off that direct attack, retreated through the area of destroyed base facilities and tried to go around to the west of the base so he could attack the DIMO(N) facility from a different angle. He went from the water treatment facility on a direct line for DIMO(N) but by now the base defense was organized and he met very heavy fire from infantry weapons (that just annoyed him) to shots from artillery and tanks (that hurt). By this time, aircraft were coming out of Pope AFB and they were adding to the defense. A C-130 was being loaded up with a Daisycutter when cumulative damage caught up with the beast and he started to die. At that point he was trying to disengage but it was too late. When he died, he had flattened around a quarter of the base facilities and killed around 300 troops. It took two hours of intense fighting plus the resources of an entire US Army base to defeat him.