The Flame of Time
“We called them thunder babies, because they were concieved under these mountains during a time when these halls roared with thunder…the thunders of thousands of hewn dwarf beds…the thunder of thousands of dwarves raucously making love.”
A Thunder Baby is a dwarf who was born during the demographic Post-Second Surface War baby boom between the years 3505 and 3525.
Thunder Babies are associated with a rejection or redefinition of traditional values; however, many commentators have disputed the extent of that rejection, noting the widespread continuity of values with older and younger generations. Thunder Babies, or “Boomers” are widely associated with privilege, as many grew up in a time of widespread government subsidies in post-war housing and education, and increasing affluence. As a group, they were the wealthiest, most active, and most physically fit generation to that time, and amongst the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time. They were also the generation that received peak levels of income, therefore they could reap the benefits of abundant levels of food, apparel, retirement programs, and sometimes even “century and a half- crisis” products.
One feature of Boomers was that they tended to think of themselves as a special generation, very different from those that had come before. In the 3520s, as the relatively large numbers of young people became teenagers and young adults, they, and those around them, created a very specific rhetoric around their cohort, and the change they were bringing about. This rhetoric had an important impact in the self perceptions of the boomers, as well as their tendency to define the world in terms of generations, which was a relatively new phenomenon.