On HUMAN ships, perhaps. But it's really unclear what the miasmics' technology level is. I'm reminded of the slingshot bayonets some of them had at Primrose.
I'd be careful of judging their technological level so hastily. Those slingshots are clearly copying the layout of rifles; we've seen one of these barbaric-looking Miasmics use a computer in Primrose; they have seemingly modern naval artillery on their iron ships, and have a use for fuel. Despite their barbarous looks, their tech level is clearly not primitive, although their use of high-tech devices may be limited (by lack of resources, or maybe taboos) they clearly know what modern technology is and how to use it. They seem to use modern technology less commonly than Arbutus or the people (human and miasmic) of the Goya
, but they're ignorant
I wish we had a clue about time. How long has it been since the oceans rose? Ten years, fifty, a hundred? More? There are clues, but they don't offer enough to pin it down. It's been long enough for a full-grown tree to grow behind a crashed airplane wing. But not long enough to completely demolish high-tension power lines. I'm just wondering how thoroughly established the new "normal" is, culturally speaking. Is Dang just one of hundreds of scavengers or is she quite unusual? (Well, of COURSE she's unusual - but that's not what I mean) When she took the Penumbra back from Beauf and Klein, he said something about "Dead the moment I had to go fight a mothballer on her own ship." This implies that there's been a reputation earned - which requires a certain amount of history. Though he might also have been a mothballer - he has the same kind of dye in his hair.
We had a very good, probably reliable indication on the [i]Goya
[/i]: the Miasmic tribes of Greenland ("where it all started") had not had contact with humans for so long, they believed humans to be a legend. This means several generations have passed (for Miasmics, whose lifespan we do not know) since humans were last in contact with Greenland.
Since "it all started" in Greenland, its possible the unprepared human population there was wiped out instantly by the apocalypse—it's obviously possible now for humans to return to Greenland and the Miasmics there don't seem hostile (the recording mentions trading and conversing with them, but not fighting) but we don't know what precautions are needed. Since it sounds like some kind of epicentre of the Miasma, I'd bet the humans need respiratory gear.
Fifty years seems like it would have to be an absolute minimum, unless Miasmics have extremely short life cycles. A hundred years or more seems more likely to me, howewer, they aren't digging for the old cities so it cannot be much more than a century either. The insides of several abandonned buildings seemed relatively untouched by the elements, which can mean two things: the apocalypse was gradual and these buildings were still in use relatively recently (but why the lack of obvious preparations?) or IMO more likely, artistic licence in not drawing mud everywhere. The buildings might also have lasted some decades before they started failing and letting in rain, etc.With regards to This One:
we just don't have enough information on it just yet. It is almost certainly telepathic, quite possibly has the other properties it claimed, like virtual (or litteral?) immortality and we know what it did with Dang—which is possibly not as friendly as it claimed, since it may have known it was putting her in the path of those rampaging Miasmic ships.
With regards to the flare gun and Dang:
for all that she's not keen on Arbutus, it seems unlikely they're the kind who'd leave her to rot or kill her and take her stuff, so I'm betting she wished she saved that flare to call for their help (assuming they win the engagement, of course). Maybe Dang has a spare flare, though. Also, she doesn't know but we do that the Arbutus officer have seen the camera footage at Primrose: will they give her a medal for screwing over the Miasmics, or will they shoot her for damaging a possibly vital oil rig?