In Presto's prosthetic limb, he wielded a hand cannon that spewed paralyzing lightning bolts at metallic pursuers. He knew it was not they who were his true adversaries, but the rulers who operated the controls. After all, a gun does not fire of its own volition. If he did not extricate the root of the problem, then the haze-filled skies would never clear.
Presto is an Italian tempo performance direction indicating that a passage may be played with extreme speed; the term translates from Italian as "quickly, fast; soon, early".
The Luddites were 19th-century English textile workers who protested newly developed labour-economizing technologies from 1811 to 1816 and destroyed machinery because it would harm their livelihood. The stocking frames, spinning frames and power looms introduced during the Industrial Revolution threatened to replace the artisans with less-skilled, low-wage labourers, leaving them without work. Although the origin of the name Luddite is uncertain, a popular theory is that the movement was named after Ned Ludd, a youth who allegedly smashed two stocking frames in 1779, and whose name had become emblematic of machine destroyers.
Artwork by Marat Ars.