Author’s Note: I’m going to spoil the ending of the main questline of No Man’s Sky in this post, don’t read any further if you want to be surprised.
I recently finished the main quesline of No Man’s Sky, after just over 50 hours into the game. I wrestled with the choice to make; to let the Atlas die, and create a new universe, or to deny the Atlas, and stay in the galaxy I was in. I chose to let the Atlas die, and to create a new world.
Earlier in the game, I had told the Atlas that I was a real person, not a simulation, and that it could take the “destiny” idea and fuck off. If the Atlas was going to die in 16 minutes, I reasoned, that was 16 minutes in a geological time frame, so I had all the time in the universe (pun intended) to explore the current galaxy I was in.
As I thought about the choice I had to make, and watched as the 16 minutes slowly slid away (one minute passed with each warp to a new solar system) I found myself thinking about Darkness.
I thought about how Free Will is one of the highest values, and I could, if I wished, refuse the Atlas.
I reflected on the Otherworld part of my Sacred Kingship path, how in the beginning I’d technically had no choice (link). I’d been thrown into a situation that neither I nor my People were happy about, and I could have walked away; but doing so would have left them without a King, and that would have been a betrayal of m/My own values.
The theme of cycles, of endings and beginnings, and living on after your personal world has ended, these are themes in my path with Darkness. I find comfort in them, in a way that’s difficult to put into words. I find comfort in my Free Will, that I’ve brought m/Myself this far on m/My path on m/My own.