Ah, planning more drawings and scenes for Phantoms, namely on piecing together pre-Lotus Nico’s family life.
I’ve come to the conclusion that a dunk in the River Lethe only temporarily obliterates the living’s memory (as seen with Bob/Lapetus) but is put back into place the more the “lost” memories are triggered. This would explain why Nico starts remembering Italy, Diocletian’s Palace, and being able to speak Italian. It creates some amazing potential for certain sights, sounds, and smells to trigger that recall and I’m giddy just thinking about it!
Research into 1920-30’s Italy and the life of Italian diplomats stationed in America is… interesting to say the least. Now I understand a lot of the references Rick Riordan has made concerning Bianca and Nico’s themes and PROBABLY another reason (on top of the obvious) for not including a Nico POV in Heroes of Olympus. Poor kid, I mean he is really dealing with some heavy shit and I’m tempted to write Maria di Angelo as having home-schooled her kids if I can find a legitimate, non-godly, reason as to why she wouldn’t have faced opposition.
If anyone watching me has links or info dealing with kids growing up in Fascist Italy, political climate, and family life, I’d like to compare notes.