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No Blue in the Inverted Rainbow is an interview in Death Stranding.


We humans are complex multicellular organisms. Sixty trillion cells inside each one of us, they say. How many of these cells need to die for us to consider a person dead? Are there any cells in particular which determine whether a person is alive or dead? These questions are academic, of course. The exact point of death can't be calculated using cell counts. On the other hand, no one can deny the existence of degenerative diseases that gradually destroy more and more cells, leaving their victim, effectively, half-dead. And what about me? Most of my organs have been harvested from other people. They still work, of course, but could their original owner have been said to be alive? I really don't know.

Incidentally, have you ever heard of a fun little experiment they once did with roundworms called C. elegans? These creatures are notable for glowing bright blue when exposed to UV light—but only when they die. It seems to be a reaction from the Anthranilic acid within the organism, and it's known as death fluorescence. Yep, that's right. Blue is very much the color of death, it seems.

Can it therefore really be a coincidence that there's no blue in an inverted rainbow? Timefall strengthens an area's connection to the Beach. This is something to do with chiral particles becoming excited, I believe. In spaces connected to the Beach, electromagnetic waves with a blue wavelength can travel easily through the Seam, leaking out onto the Beach. Some people think that's where the blue from the inverted rainbow goes. Who knows? The fact that blue has a strong connection to death, though... That much seems pretty inarguable.

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