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pH-Webworld began in 1996. Although I tend to call it Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos Online these days, it still has two primary purposes.
Firstly, it provides a web-presence whereby I can advertise print publications, such as 'Feeling Theocidal' and 'War of the Apocalyptics', as well as back issues of the PHANTACEA Comic Books and Graphic Novel, that are still available for purchase.
Secondly, it gives me an opportunity to serialize chapters and, indeed, entire novels featuring the aforementioned PHANTACEA Mythos. With those serials (cereals or Web Wheaties, as I sometimes refer to them howsoever lamely) come synopses for chapters that have come and gone -- as well as for the few that keep on going and going, which are listed here.
Plus, there are all sorts of features that I keep adding to; so much so that information on the PHANTACEA Mythos can and presumably does occasionally overwhelm. Which, as it happens, is most of the reason for this page, the less detailed Main Menu and the list of phantacea essentials that's been gracing the pHpubs page for almost as long as there's been a pH-Webworld.
Early on I started adding a graphics component. Mostly, these consisted of photos I took during various 'Travels in my Pants' (TIMP), many of which can now be found on a different website. In time I developed some small ability of my own when it came to preparing collages and suchlike specific to the PHANTACEA Mythos. There are now so many of graphics out here that the PHANTACEA Mythos Online presents what amounts to its own ever-expanding 'Webworld'.
What follows are a series of brief notes and day-glow markers linking to more detailed information regarding what you can see as you navigate this web-world not so much between-space as within Cyberia. For even more of the PHANTACEA Mythos, specifically with respect to the print-publications, have a boo at www.phantacea.com.
The Web Serials
Lynx to completed mosaic novels within the PHANTACEA Mythos whose potential covers, background information and introductory chapters are still online
| 2002: "The
Moloch Manoeuvres" | 2004: "Decimation
Damnation" | 2005: "The Trigregos
Gambit" | 2008:
The PHANTACEA Mythos Home & Prime Picture Gallery
The PHANTACEA Mythos Covers Gallery
Additional lynx to some perhaps more elaborate character studies and illustrated mini-essays prepared over the years
Lynx to illustrated travelogues re observations made and a few of the incidents too often limped away from while on the road
Glossaries of Peculiarities (Mostly Characters Peculiar to PHANTACEA)
DEVILS and SAINTS, SUPRAS and DEVIANTS (DSSD) -- BY AFFILIATION
The PHANTACEA Mythos cover slightly more than forty years during the mid-20th Century. In that time, there have been a number of these groupings. They include 'The Society of Saints', 'The Hermiones', 'The Olympians' (sometimes referred to as 'The Malanthean Minoans' or 'The Black Rose Anarchists'), 'The King's Own Crimefighters', 'The King and Queen Conquerors', 'WORLD', 'Signal System', 'The Damnation Brigade', and so on.
The DSSD section contains lists only, usually using code names. See below for more detailed information on the devic characters.
SUPRANORMALS/DEVIANTS -- ALPHABETICALLY
Detailed information about those characters listed in DSSD. The code names used are their most common ones and are usually cross-referenced to their real names in some other section.
NOTE: The true identities of some characters, such as 'Old Man Power' and 'The Conqueror' (as opposed to the King Conqueror and the Conquering Christ, both of whom were Jesus Mandam, aka Wiccan Warlock) may never be revealed whereas 'Faceless Strife' seems able to have had many identities;
DEVILS -- ALPHABETICALLY
Detailed information about those devils listed on the devils by affiliation webpage. Since they usually have many nicknames -- most devils also tend to refer to each other by their attributes -- they are listed by names that only comparatively recently, in devic terms, have passed into common parlance.
For the most part, these thereafter commonly used names were made up by Illuminaries of Weir returning from the Outer Earth in the first millennium BC (the 4th Millennium of the Dome). Only the Moloch Sedon and the Six Great Gods had names prior to Xuthros Hor causing the Genesea, or Great Flood, in the Dome's Year Zero.
Sedon himself raised the Cathonic Zone or Dome out of his own essence in order to protect the archipelago of Pacifica, the Places of Peace, in what is now the largely seemingly empty North Pacific oceanic basin. Pacifica thus became the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head.
There have been many rifts or gaps in its fabric throughout its existence. By passing through them, devils became the gods and goddesses of antique mythology.
Anarchy and PHANTACEA
Serendipity and PHANTACEA
Places Peculiar to PHANTACEA
Terms Peculiar to PHANTACEA
PHANTACEA -- Twenty-Five Years Onward
Over the years I've excerpted what I consider highly pertinent statements re characters and/or concepts peculiar to the PHANTACEA Mythos. Many of these can be linked from my Glossary pages, whose main home is here. I've also prepared a number of illustrated mini-essays. The list of PHANTACEA Essentials is on the 'pHpubs' page and repeated here. Of course additional lynx to just about everything that's still out here in Cyberia can be found from the Main Menu and the Ongoing PHANTACEA Features pages.
However, I've also highlighted many areas of what I term 'Gold-Mining for PHANTACEA Factoids'. They can be found in various synopses of chapters for serialized novels more often than not long ago completed. It occurs to me there is no central list of these gold-mines. Let's make that past tense, shall I?
Yes, let's do that. Let's further hope I remember to add to it whenever I do another one.
| Anheroic Fantasy | Apple-Kores | Beware Firstborns | The Celestial Superior | The Cretan Snake Goddess | Daze's Devils | Daze's Deadly Ds | D-Brig as Deviants | Devic Names | 'Domus Delle Gorgoni' | The Demons of Salvador | Fecundity | Fisherwoman | Freespirit Nihila | Gloriella D'Angelo Dark | Goatish Trailblazer | Heliosophos | Mithras's Ninth | The Moloch Sedon | Names for the Nameless | PHANTACEA Factoids | The Perfidious Polygamist | Primeval Lilith | Sedonplay | The Silverclouds | The Smiling Fiend | Thrygragos Everyman | Thrygragos Varuna Mithras | The Thrygragos Talismans | The Time-Tumbling Dual Entities | The Trigregos Talismans | The Unities of Lazareme | Utopians of Weir | Utopians Dazed | The VAM Entity |
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THE CORNERSTONE CHARACTERS
Without whom there would be no PHANTACEA Mythos
Both are time-tumblers. Which means they don't time travel by design, as in a machine for example. They time travel randomly. Unless, as they've been known to speculate themselves, it's at the whim of the ineffable Godstuff they tend to call Gypsium but those on the Head refer to as Brainrock.
Helios is prone to dressing up. One assumes it's because endless deaths and rebirths, as a man already in his late twenties, has rendered him somewhat flaky.
Every time he's slain or commits suicide (he's yet to die a natural death), he goes back into the time stream carrying with him Trans-Time Trigon and the often triplicate being who is his constant accompanist if not necessarily his companion.
They can end up anywhere, either before or after their previous lifetime. However, at least until his eleventh lifetime, the one detailed in the 'Heliodyssey' sequences, they seem unable to alter what passes for our current notion of history. (Helios is often called His Story; conversely Memory is sometimes referred to as Her Story.)
For much of his seemingly not-exactly-endless existence he has been obsessed with exterminating devil-gods, whom he believes he engendered when, as depicted in
Helios's Milady Memory occasionally addresses him as Kad, albeit not that he's necessarily a cad -- at least he isn't always a cad. She's speaking as in Kadmon Heliopolis (b. 1940; d. 1968); unless it's as Adam-Kadmon or King Cadmus of Grecian Thebes (circa 1500 BC). Even though he may have been all of them, and dozens more, equally so he may have been none of them. The Dual Entities are nothing if not confounding.Another theory is that he is the Biblical Cain, Slayer of Abel. However, as partially per here, Miracle Memory seems to discount that in
Be that as it may, somewhat consistent with the Bible, in PHANTACEA Celestial God placed a mark on Cain's forehead (traditionally a circled-X). This seemingly made him incapable of dying ( though, if Cain was Helios, it did not stop him from being killed over and over again).
Helios claims he's just a man whom Brainrock-Godstuff has chosen to bless, or curse, by turning him into a time-tumbler. As per this sequence from the print version of
Miracle Memory likes devils, they make her human, and she likes being human. She particularly likes looking like Mnemosyne D'Angelo (Human Memory), who was Kadmon Heliopolis's step-mother. That means she also likes looking like Datong Harmonia, the Unity of Balance, who looks like, well, check out the images to the left and right of this paragraph.
Her favourite devil to possess is Pyrame Silverstar, who's a major character in
When she's humanized, Miracle Memory can have kids, most notably Chrysaor Attis, the Universal Soldier, who's yet another major character in 'Feel Theo' (one who may reappear in 'War-Pox' and
She can also have kids when it's the other way around; when devils are possessing her. Except, in that case, these kids are devils, fourth generation ones. The primary examples of this are the Thanatoids of Lathakra, all twelve of whom were born as twins (rather than as triplets like the Master Devas) yearly from 1919 until 1923.
- for a long time during Helios's Eleventh Lifetime, which began in 19/5908, she served as Apple Isle's Korant Mother Superior, who by tradition is known as Miracle Maenad (as opposed to Miracle Memory). While acting as Miracle Maenad, she was most likely possessed by Pyrame Silverstar since Clymene born Catreus Atreides (Mystery Might) had hold of the Miracle Maenads' usual occupier, Divine Coueranna;
ENTITIES NOTE 1: The suggestion (found in 'War-Pox') that the Apocalyptic Quadrangs (Jah Dreadlok, Mandragora-Gallowsghoul, Flying Doltaur & Hatchethands) were half Memory's (from when Mater Matare possessed and therefore humanized her in the mid-5800s YD) has never been confirmed. That they half-belonged to the Faerie Queen known as Titania Cabala is far more likely. Then again Titania Cabala was somehow or other derived from the Memory Entity -- whereas her husband, Archon Oberon, was derived from the Wisdom Entity -- at some point in the probably far distant past.
ENTITIES NOTE 2: Much more can be found on Heliosophos throughout this website. For example, there's a brief feature on him, with a number of those lynx, in the Summer 2004 collection of Character Likenesses. Helios as he appeared on the front cover of pH-3 is here. Helios as Cain, Slayer of Abel, is, among other places, here, here and here. His likeness also appears here, here, here and here. The two together can, arguably, be seen here, here and counting ...
ENTITIES NOTE 3: As for why Memory likes to look like Harmony, well, as revealed towards the end of 'Feel Theo' it's not like she has much choice in the matter. More interesting is why she likes to look like Memory of the Angels. But I'm not going to tell why that is either.
ENTITIES NOTE 4: There's plenty more about Memory, under any name or in any timeline, throughout both the pH-Webworld website and that of Phantacea Publications; so much so that you'd be well advised to use the Search Engine at the top of the page if you want more; or you could just hit here, or here or here or ...
ENTITIES NOTE 5: There's a nifty shot of Attis or an Attis lookalike, from Mexico City no less, here.
ENTITIES NOTE 6: The sun and the moon kissing higher up this panel is a wood carving shot in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. It seems an increasingly popular motif in Caribbean Mexico.
NOTE 7: pHanta-pHlickr also holds character likenesses of the Dual Entities; Helios is here (x2), here, whereas Miracle Memory is here, albeit as Astroarche, one of the identities she shared with Pyrame Silverstar.
Also known as the Demon King due to the fact that, as partially detailed in
Often equated with Satan, though not Lucifer (who, as revealed in 'Year One - After Limbo', is a different devil in PHANTACEA); the solitary member of the First Generation of Devazurkind and, maybe simultaneously, one-sixth of the Second Generation;
Here's how he's described at the very beginning
Sedon's devic essence makes up the 'Sedon Sphere', 'Cathonia', the 'Cathonic Zone' or, most commonly, the 'Dome'. As Freespirit Nihila put to Quill Tethys near the end of the 'Launch 1980' story cycle:
The Dome separates the Inner from the Outer Earth. He mystically maintains it, at least in part, by fathering sedons (small case) or Sed-sons; although there can be any number of them alive at any given time, one has to have been sired on either side of the Dome at all times:
Other than at the beginning of 1000-Daze, Sedon rarely appears in the PHANTACEA Mythos but his influence is all-pervasive. For example, Heliosophos (who, along with Machine-Memory and the Utopian Geneticist named Cabalarkon, created Sedon in his Fifth Lifetime) has dedicated much of his remaining lifetimes to undoing what he is largely responsible for making in the first place.
May well be, in his Eleventh Lifetime, that of the 'Heliodyssey' sequence of web-serials, the Male Entity will succeed in snuffing Sedon. Of course, to do that, he'll have to kill his parents -- before he's even conceived! And, if he succeeds, unless the Miracle Machine stops him first, his Hundredth Lifetime will never happen. Guess that means 'Helios on the Moon' is superfluous.
The Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky, as not just third-generational devils sometimes refer to him -- because that's how he appears when he manifests himself within his Sedon Sphere (as per here) -- earns and therefore receives a large portion of the worship devils themselves earn and receive from their adherents on the Hidden Headworld.
That does not necessarily mean they always treat him respectfully. For example, in the Heliodyssey story sequences, as set in 5938 Year of the Dome, Tantal Thanatos (King Cold of Lathakra) keeps a pet skunk, who must be at least part-demon, that he names after his thought-grandfather:
(SEDONIC NOTES: Additional information on the All-Father
of Devazurkind can be found throughout PHANTACEA on the
Web. In that regard, please use the Search Engine at the top of the page. However, as of the late Fall, early Winter of 2002, the latest Photo
Essay regarding Sed-Satan is ==>. There's
also a spoilsport notation regarding Sed's true relationship to the Three
Great Gods, the Three Great Goddesses, and their Master Devas in the topic
section of the Winter 2000
Web-Publisher's Commentary. Ian Fry's depiction of his birth can be found
here. The nowhere-near-almighty Moloch actually deigns to make a personal appearance, howsoever briefly, in
The Great Gods known individually as Varuna Ahriman Mithras (or, according to some, the VAM Entity), Lazareme the Libertine, & Unmoving Byron. Along with the Trigregos Sisters (who, as shown in pH-4, never left the second Weirworld), they make up the Second Generation of Devazurkind.
Neither Lazareme nor Mithras are factors in
Indeed, come the end of War-Pox it may yet prove the not even 500-year-long Age of Byron ended with it. (Might have a better idea of that when, come the Fall of 2012,
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As detailed in 'The
War of the Apocalyptics' (the second all-prose PHANTACEA Mythos novel and the opening entry in the Launch 1980 cycle of stories), Old Man Power (OMP) had their Brainrock
power foci (The Thrygragos Talismans:
The Cross of Mithras,
the Mask of Byron and Lazareme's
Cloak of Many Colours)
in his possession on November 30, 1980.
Thrygragos Varuna Mithras is myrionymous. He goes (or went) by many names on both sides of the Cathonic Dome. In not just the PHANTACEA Mythos he is thought of as the embodiment of Truth, Light and Justice.
Consequently, whenever one asks, wherever one is: 'Whatever became of Truth, Light and Justice?' one might as well ask 'Whatever became of Thrygragos Varuna Mithras?'. One answer is proposed in 'Feel Theo'.
Seemingly, Thrygragos Mithras did not survive Thrygragon; that is to say he's had the common courtesy to stay dead ever since. According to the Hidden Continent's own intrinsic mythos, Thrygragos Lazareme has kept his severed head to use as a pillow on Tympani, Eardrum Isle, that of the Undying One, in the Aural Sea (Sedon's Ear on a map of the Hidden Continent).
NOTE 1: in the Phantacea Mythos, the commonest depictions of the Roman Mithras (such as this one ==>, which can be found in the Paris Louvre and double-clicks to enlarge) actually depicts his deviant half-son, Taurus Chrysaor Attis, one of the major charcters in Feel Theo;
PHANTACEA's Mithras is depicted on Feel Theo's front cover wielding his cross in the form of an oversized, sword-like ankh; PHANTACEA-specific imaginings of how Mithras generally appeared can also be found in collages reproduced here, here and here;
- a growing list of online references re non-pHant Mithras (Mithra, Kronos/Saturn, St Michael, St George, so on and so forth) is here;
As depicted in 'Forever & 40 Days - the Genesis of PHANTACEA' (a graphic novel published in 1990 that is still available for ordering), when the Moloch Sedon divided up the Whole Earth amongst himself and his three sons shortly after arriving on the then Whole Earth, he assigned Byronics the entirety of the Americas.
Consequently, the Olmec heads on both sides of this paragraph may well represent the Unmoving One. They certainly do within the context of the phantacea Mythos.
Something evidently disastrous happened to Bodiless Byron and his Primary Nucleoids above Sisert at the conclusion of 'The War of the Apocalyptics'. The same thing happened to them at the end of pH-5. Perhaps they were cathonitized; perhaps they were obliterated; they certainly didn't appear in pH-6.
BYRONIC NOTE 1: Unmoving Byron and all three of his Primary Nucleoids (as well as Gloriel D'Angelo - the Radiant Rainbow Rider) appeared on the wraparound cover of pH-4.
BYRONIC NOTE 2: How the Great God lost his body is preserved here. The sectional overview of the sequence wherein the original artwork appeared is here.
BYRONIC NOTE 3: There's an image of the Byronic Nucleus in atomizing action here and he appears as Brother Moon in a collage found here.
BYRONIC NOTE 4: Devil Wind (Vayu Maelstrom, one of Great Byron's Primary Nucleoids, shown here as he's depicted on the front cover of War-Pox, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009) looks accordingly aboriginal since his abilities are much the same as the pre-Columbian American aboriginal deity 'Hurican', from whence our word 'hurricane';
As of end-Tantalar 5980 (December 1980 -- for clarification,
please see the counting-time entry)
Lazareme (Thrygragos Everyman, among many other
names) is presumably the last still surviving Great God.
That said, whenever he appeared in 'Forever & 40 Days - the Genesis of PHANTACEA' (a graphic novel published in 1990 that is still available for ordering), he looked a lot like the Male Entity, as per ==>.
Perhaps oddly, his firstborn daughter, the incomparably
gorgeous, yet nonetheless thought-hellish
Unity of Balance (as well as -- certainly as far as she was concerned
during 'Feeling Theocidal' anyhow -- the Unity of Panharmonium), sees
him as the howsoever speculative, 61st version of Helios, the one that
called himself Alorus Ptah:
In this quote, the Male Entity (Heliosophos, Helios called the Sophos the Wise) tells Romaine Kinesis (Doc Defiance) how often he and Machine-Memory have encountered the devazur race. He also acknowledges that the Moloch Sedon based Thrygragos Lazareme on him, Helios:
Thrygragos Lazareme and his many offspring, primarily his firstborn Unities, were the featured characters in 'The Thousand Days of Disbelief', which came out in the form of three mini-novels. A couple of them appeared subsequently, playing significant roles in
Here's a quote from one of the post-Limbo novels that will probably start coming out in 2016. There's much more on 'Anarchism and Phantacea' here.
THRYGRAGOS NOTE 2: The images in the Thrygragos Talismans section link to a larger entry on same, here. The two Olmec heads, which I shot at Mexico City's Museum of Anthropology in 2005, remind me of Bodiless Byron, who managed to keep his head when Xuthros Hor atomized his body in 366 Pre-Dome (PD).
The three Great Goddesses are known individually as Demeter (Body), Sapiendev (Mind), & Devaura (Spirit). Along with the Thrygragos Brothers they make up the Second Generation of Devazurkind. Devils on the Whole Earth believe they died on the first Weirworld after Heliosophos had his Milady Memory nuke Weir Star (as preserved here.)
They first appeared in pH-4. In it, they were not only alive but ordinarily devil-despising Utopians (albeit of the planet upon which Cosmicaptain Mik Starrus is put on trial) regard them as their reigning deities. That the planet is New Weirworld and that the entities depicted are the three second generational Sisters, well, that has yet to be stated unequivocally.
The quest for their Brainrock talismans, the Susasword (the Body of Demeter), the Crimson Corona (the Mind of Sapiendev) and the Amateramirror (the Soul of Devaura), which are known to have a deleterious effect on Master Devas, occupies much of 'The Trigregos Gambit', the final book in 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy.
(One guess what the thrice-cursed godly glories are -- and, no, they're not the Thrygragos Talismans.)
The Trigregos Sisters appeared throughout the print version of
TRIGREGOS NOTE 1: The Sisters never became solid (except when possessed of the Recurring Female Entity) and never left New Weirworld, -- may have actually been destroyed there, as hinted at in 'Heliodyssey'. One of the Superior Sisterhood's goals with respect to not just their 'Project Panharmonium' is to reincarnate them in the Twentieth Century. Even if it was purely by accident, in the 'The Trigon Triplets' they may have succeeded as well.
TRIGREGOS NOTE 2: The Sisters, or beings similar to the Sisters, do show up a few times during the web-serial 'Helios on the Moon'. They definitely appear in 'Forever & 40 Days - the Genesis of PHANTACEA', a graphic novel published in 1990 that is still available for ordering.
TRIGREGOS NOTE 4: The other graphic in this entry is from a photograph I took of a wall-drawing at a hostel in Granada, Nicaragua when I passed through there in January 2003. Too bad the anonymous artist didn't think to draw a minimum of one additional eye in the 3-in-1 head's forehead.
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