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The 'Launch 1980' Story Cycle

The War of the Apocalyptics

Front cover of War Pox, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009

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Nuclear Dragons

Nuclear Dragons front cover, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2013

Published in 2013; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Helios on the Moon

Front cover for Helios on the Moon, artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

Published in 2014; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

The 'Launch 1980' story cycle comprises three complete, multi-character mosaic novels, "The War of the Apocalyptics", "Nuclear Dragons" and "Helios on the Moon", as well as parts of two others, "Janna Fangfingers" and "Goddess Gambit". Together they represent creator/writer Jim McPherson's long running, but now concluded, project to novelize the Phantacea comic book series.

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'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Epic Fantasy

Feeling Theocidal

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Published in 2008; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

The 1000 Days of Disbelief

Front cover of The Thousand Days of Disbelief, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Published as three mini-novels, 2010/11; main webpage is here; ordering lynx for individual mini-novels are here

Goddess Gambit

Front cover for Goddess Gambit by Verne Andru, 2012

Published in 2012; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Circa the Year of Dome 2000, Anvil the Artificer, a then otherwise unnamed, highborn Lazaremist later called Tvasitar Smithmonger, dedicated the first three devic talismans, or power foci, that he forged out of molten Brainrock to the Trigregos Sisters.

The long lost, possibly even dead, simultaneous mothers of devakind hated their offspring for abandoning them on the far-off planetary Utopia of New Weir. Not surprisingly, their fearsome talismans could be used to kill Master Devas (devils).

For most of twenty-five hundred years, they belonged to the recurring deviant, Chrysaor Attis, time after time proven a devaslayer. On Thrygragon, Mithramas Day 4376 YD, he turned them over to his Great God of a half-father, Thrygragos Varuna Mithras, to use against his two brothers, Unmoving Byron and Little Star Lazareme, in hopes of usurping their adherents and claiming them as his own.

Hundreds of years later, these selfsame thrice-cursed Godly Glories helped turn the devil-worshippers of Sedon's Head against their seemingly immortal, if not necessarily undying gods. Now, five hundred years after the 1000 Days of Disbelief, they've been relocated.

The highest born, surviving devic goddesses want them for themselves; want to thereby become incarnations of the Trigregos Sisters on the Hidden Continent. An Outer Earthling, one who has literally fallen out of the sky after the launching of the Cosmic Express, gets to them first ...

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The '1000 Days' Mini-Novels

The Death's Head Hellion

- Sedonplay -

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Contagion Collectors

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Published in 2010; main web presence is here; Character Companion starts here; ordering lynx are here;

Janna Fangfingers

- Sedon Purge -

Front cover for Janna Fangfingers, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011

Published in 2011; two storylines recounted side-by-side, the titular one narrated by the Legendarian in 5980, the other indirectly leading into the 'Launch 1980' story cycle; main web presence is here; Character Companion starts here; ordering lynx are here;

In the Year of the Dome 4825, Morgan Abyss, the Melusine Master of the Utopian Weirdom of Cabalarkon, seizes control of Primeval Lilith, the ageless, seemingly unkillable Demon Queen of the Night. The eldritch earthborn is the real half-mother of the invariably mortal Sed-sons but, once she has hold of her, aka Lethal Lily, Master Morgan proceeds to trap the Moloch Sedon Himself.

In the midst of the bitter, century-long expansion of the Lathakran Empire, the Hidden Headworld's three tribes of devil-gods are forced to unite in an effort to release their All-Father. Unfortunately for them, they're initially unaware Master Morg, the Death's Head Hellion herself, has also got hold of the Trigregos Talismans, devic power foci that can actually kill devils, and Sedon's thought-father Cabalarkon, the Undying Utopian she'll happily slay if they dare attack her Weirdom.

Utopians from Weir have never given up seeking to wipe devils off not just the face of the Inner Earth, but off the planet itself. Their techno and biomages, under the direction of the Weirdom of Cabalarkon's extremely long-lived High Illuminary, Quoits Tethys, have determined there is only one sure way to do that -- namely, to infect the devils' Inner Earth worshippers with fatal plagues brought in from the Outer Earth.

Come All-Death Day there are more Dead Things Walking than Living Beings Talking. Believe it or not, that's the good news.

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Forever and Forty Days

- The Genesis of Phantacea -

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Published in 1990; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

The Damnation Brigade

- Phantacea Revisited 1 -

Front cover of The Damnation Brigade, artwork by Ian Bateson, retouching by Chris Chuckry 2012

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Cataclysm Catalyst

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Kadmon Heliopolis had one life. It ended in October 1968. The Male Entity has had many lives. In his fifth, he and his female counterpart, often known as Miracle Memory, engendered more so than created the Moloch Sedon. They believe him to be the Devil Incarnate. They've been attempting to kill him ever since. Too bad it's invariably he, Heliosophos (Helios called Sophos the Wise), who gets killed instead.

On the then still Whole Earth circa the Year 4000 BCE, one of their descendants, Xuthros Hor, the tenth patriarch of Golden Age Humanity, puts into action a thought-foolproof, albeit mass murderous, plan to succeed where the Dual Entities have always failed. He unleashes the Genesea. The Devil takes a bath.

Fifty-nine hundred and eighty years later, New Century Enterprises launches the Cosmic Express from Centauri Island. It never reaches Outer Space; not all of it anyhow. As a stunning consequence of its apparent destruction, ten extraordinary supranormals are reunited, bodies, souls and minds, after a quarter century in what they've come to consider Limbo. They name themselves the Damnation Brigade. And so it appears they are -- if perhaps not so much damned as doomed.

At least one person survives the launching of the Cosmic Express. He literally falls out of the sky -- on the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head. An old lady saves him. Except this old lady lives in a golden pagoda, rides vultures and has a third eye. She also doesn't stay old long. He becomes her willing soldier, acquires the three Sacred Objects and goes on a rampage, against his own people, those that live.

Meanwhile, Centauri Island, the launch site of the Cosmic Express, comes under attack from Hell's Horsemen. Only it's not horses they ride. It's Atomic Firedrakes!

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'Helioddity'

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-- Story Synopses --

Heliodyssey

 

[CAIN. SLAYER OF ABEL, RAISES THE GOLDEN CALF]

Gold-Mining for PHANTACEA Factoids
| Who was Helios called Sophos the Wise? | Who was Mnemosyne or Milady Memory? | Pyrame Silverstar and the Panharmonium Project |

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  1. War Witches
  2. Boss Bovines
  3. Triple Trigons
  4. Hunter and Huntresses
  5. Helios Goes Nuclear
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1. Helioddity: "War Witches"

Although there is a reprise of a significant sequence from 'The Moloch Manoeuvres' early on, 'Helioddity' does not pick up from where 'Manoeuvres' left off. Rather, it begins from where Count Molech and Djinn the jinn left Agenor Heliopolis and the majority of his Malanthean Minoans, anarchists all, the morning of January 14, 1938. That would be Brindisi, Italy, on the southwestern Adriatic Coast, where they are awaiting an early ferry to Corfu, Greece.

Besides Agenor count the Silver Arrow Assassins (Nester and Artemis born Zeross Hyperenor), Alexandros and Roxanne born Heliopolis Kinesis, and the Zerosses (father Angelo, mother Megaera born Kinesis, their 7-year old son Demonites, and Argiope, Angelo and Artemis's Summoning Aged Sister) among the Malanthean Minoans. Unless you want to count them as among the Etocretan Extremists or Black Rose Rogues, that is. Might not be a good idea to count them for long, though, -- because 'Oddity' begins with action and rarely lets up.

Out of the Wild Weird come Granny Garuda and, riding her, Sorciere, Solace Sunrise. Silver Arrow Assassins, whose codenames are Sagitta and Sagittarius, start shooting off their dartguns. Which are full of anaesthetic-filled darts. Silver Arrows are as generous with their darts as they are unfailingly accurate. So it is, out of the sky, fall both the Garuda psychopomp and the Native American Summoning Child. End result being, ... well, you're going to have to read that for yourself. Suffice it to say someone is captured and someone else is killed, albeit howsoever temporarily since there's a chance that someone can make like a sunbird and rise anew.

Won't happen in 'Odd-1', I can tell you that. Can also tell you that the encounter in Brindisi is just the first get-together in 'Oddity' between killer witches. Another one happens later on this very chapter.

"Turn it off, female fury. Force me any further and I'll show you just how fast I can be, -- even with a gun in my belly!"

"Be a short lived demonstration[," responded the one holding the gun to her belly]. "I don't miss. Not unless I want to and, believe me, in your case I don't dare, do I?"

"Maybe not, murderess. But I twist real well."

Ultimately it was [the Female Fury] who relented. "Oh, go ahead. Kill each other. See what I care!

Which, I trust you'll agree, is an encouraging way to begin yet another series of 1938 story sequences for PHANTACEA on the Web.


2. Helioddity: "Boss Bovines"

As recounted in Forever & 40 Days, the Genesis of PHANTACEA, which is still available, six hundred and sixty-one years after Anti-Patriarch Cain destroyed not only himself, and the Tree of Life, but most of Power Point Sumeria as well as thousands of his followers, Xuthros Hor, the Tenth Patriarch of Golden Age Humankind, caused the Genesea. (Put another way, if you're starting up a pre-Flood timeline, the Anti-Patriarch did himself, and everyone else, the disservice of blowing what was left of the Garden of Eden out of existence in 661 Pre-Dome{PD} whereas the Great Flood occurred in 0 Year of the Dome {YD}or, as most of us know it, 4000 BC.)

As an immediate, reactionary response, Hor's Antagonist, the Moloch Sedon, raised Cathonia, the Cathonic Zone, out of his own essence and thereby preserved Pacifica, the Places of Peace, the archipelago of Lemuria, Mu, Eden's Zoo. Thus came into existence the Inner Earth, Big Shelter, Sedon's Head, a huge continent roughly the size of Africa. Preserved himself as well, -- albeit mostly as a star in the Night's Sky above the Hidden Continent. Preserved beneath it, on the ground itself, his three sons, the Thrygragos Brothers, and their 500 or so surviving offspring by Sedon's three daughters, the long gone Trigregos Sisters.

These are the Master Devas, the devils of yore. Not to mention lore. They are thought of as Fallen Angels. Quite rightly, too, since they are undeniably extraterrestrials. (Got to have fallen from somewhere and since one falls down it makes sense to say one fell down from up, as in upstairs, the heavens, Outer Space.) Because of what, rather who, composes it, Cathonia is often called the Sedon Sphere. Generic term for it, though, is the Cathonic Dome. Some five thousand nine hundred and thirty-eight years of the Dome after fabricating it out of himself, it still separates Sedon's Inner Earth from our Outer Earth. There are a few ways through it, however, and in January 1938 at least one of them, the Kore Gap, is known to Mystery Might, whose real name is Clymene Atreides.

Born to the Catreus Family around 1880, Clymene and her battle-lamed, sixty-year old husband, Pelops Atreides, make their home on Trigon, a tiny, tri-peaked Aegean Isle north of Crete that is owned by the Family Zeross. Her nickname is not because she's an old-time witch. Neither is it because she knows of the Kore Gap, or how to access it, although that's part of it.

She's called Mystery Might because (Duhhh!) she has certain mysterious abilities. Has demonstrated these otherwise inexplicable talents of hers over the course of the preceding decades, make that. Doesn't any more but, whatever else she may have lost, she still has her smarts and all her witch-ways. Etocretan Extremists, as led by Agenor Heliopolis (who is her nephew, late sister Aerobe's son by equally late Belus Heliopolis), consider both her and Pops Polyps, husband Pelops, their mentors. Manoan Maenads are particularly indebted to Clymene.

As the person most responsible for bringing them up, Mystery's the main reason these young women can classify themselves as true witches. Include among these latter-day Hecate-Hellions Megaera nee Kinesis now Zeross, Artemis nee Zeross now Hyperenor, and the two recently turned seventeen year old Summoning Children, Agenor's sister, Roxanne now Kinesis, and Agenor's fiance, Argiope Zeross.

Granny Garuda needs her regalia if she has any chance at all to phoenix. Unfortunately neither her nor her corpse have it any more. Someone stole it then, putting it on, buggered off between-space. That someone's name means Bright Face whereas Granny was christened Kanin Nauroz. She's a Utopian of Weir. The Master of Weir in '38 is Kyprian Somata, aka Copperhead because some Utopians consider her dealings with devils traitorous. Copperhead's also the Sister Superior of the Superior Sisterhood on the Whole Earth.

Someone has to take someone's body to the Weirdom of Cabalarkon, which is on Sedon's Head or Big Shelter as it was known throughout 'The Moloch Manoeuvres'. That someone has a companion. It's Hot Rox, not Hellion Grudge ('grudge' being what Megaera means), the witch who usually goes with that aging someone to the Headworld. She's invisible. (Rox can do that sort of thing because, as detailed in 'Manoeuvres', she's a Living Ghost!)

They make it from Mt Harmonia, one of Aegean Trigon's three Dragon's Teeth, to the other side of Cathonia. Make it to Apple Isle, to the Tholos Tomb of, -- well, that would be telling as well. There they encounter the titular Boss Bovines. Boss Cow is Miracle Maenad, the Korant Sisterhood's Corn Queen; Boss Bull is her Taurus. Both are deva-possessed.

Won't tell you who is possessing them. Won't tell who they are in reality. Will tell you that, for one of the few times thus far in on the Web, we encounter the Devil Child, who turned Young Life and Young Death into perpetual seven year olds. (As for who they are, don't worry. Faerie tricksters will be along eventually. They usually are out here in WWW-Dotland.)

"Hi, mommy. I brought Daddy Taurus."

"Hello, dear. So I see. Bit surprising too, but there you have it. I know it's been awhile, and she is tons older -- tons scrawnier too -- but you do remember Hellish Ant Clymene, don't you?"

"Tralala-Tra-La. Of course I do. But Dad the Cad says I can't kill her. Which makes me real sad. Tralala-Tra-Lorn. How come I never get to kill anyone? Tralala-Tra-Glee."

"Because mommy always knows best, sweetheart."

Devil Child is Tralalorn. Unless she's a Demon Child. Or both simultaneously. (Lorna means 'lost'.) Might as well inform you that she's only an ancillary player in Oddity and, indeed, throughout the rest of Heliodyssey. However, the person she addresses as mommy is definitely someone to keep your eye on. May actually be her mommy as well. Isn't Miracle Maenad, though. Is the devil possessing her, -- and, as we progress through Oddity, it'll become clear she's not just possessing Miracle. She's also possessing the Demon Queen who may be Tra-La's actual mommy!

Given how 'B-Bovs' ends you could be forgiven if you think the Taurus (whom Clymene and Hot Rox are led to believe is Roxanne's uncle, Ulysses Heliopolis) is a heroic figure. While I'm sure he would agree with you, once he gets rid of who's possessing him and is consequently free to go about his real business, you'll probably be horrified to discover what that is.

Unless you're in the habit of cheering for parricides, consider yourself forewarned.


3. Helioddity: "Triple Trigons"

As a youth I always wanted to rewrite the Bible. As described in my synopsis of Odd-2, I once took a stab at the beginning bits of Genesis and ended up with an explanation of how Sedon's Head came into being. But how did the Moloch Sedon come into existence?

Now that's another tale worth the telling and tell it Kyprian Somata, the Master of the Weirdom of Cababarkon, does in Odd-3. Tells it to Mystery Might, Hot Rox and her great-grandchild, Morgianna also Somata. (Morg's the Summoning Aged daughter of Kyprian's grandson, Augustus Nauroz, and Pandora Mannering, both of whom, in faerie-forms, we may have had the pleasure of meeting previously in WWW-Dotland.)

It's quite the history lesson, -- quite the His and Her Story lesson, make that. (Much of what she has to say was covered somewhat less thoroughly in Forever & 40 Days, but that's no excuse not to bop over to On the Web's online boutique and order it.) Seems that, on the far off planet of Old Weir many multiple-millennia before devils arrived on the Whole Earth, Utopian Scientocrats were not content with exceedingly long, healthy, and active lives. They wanted true immortality, to live forever, to never to grow old and never to die, not even in battle or because of natural disasters.

Many an inroad was made. The whole question of the soul, the animating animus, was analyzed. Ways were found to preserve sentience, self-identity, after life fled the body. Still wasn't good enough. Enter the Time Tumblers, the Male and Female Entities, and their remarkable Trans-Time Trigon, a three-peaked landform that followed the Male Entity, History, Heliosophos, from latest death to latest life no matter how great was the distance both spatially and temporally.

Who was Helios called Sophos the Wise? He was human, that much was certain, and obviously Brainrock-blessed but how, as who, had he began life? Was he King Cadmus, the founder of Thebes and brother of the equally legendary Europa, with whom Olympian Zeus absconded to Crete some two thousand years before Christ and who gave her name to an entire continent? Or was that his second lifetime? Did he begin as Cain, Slayer of Abel, who could no more kill himself than anyone else could kill him; not permanently at least? Or was he first Kadmon Heliopolis, the son of Agenor and Argiope nee Zeross Heliopolis who, in 5938, when Master Kyprian's telling His Story, had yet to be born?

For that matter, who was the Female Entity? He called her Mnemosyne or Milady Memory but she was probably not the pre-Olympian Titan of Outer Earth fame, Mistress of the Moon and the mother by Zeus -- or, more likely, her just as titanic brother, Kronos/Saturn, Father Time -- of the Nine Muses.

If Cadmus was his first lifetime, as Somata believed, then the Female Entity would be his wife, Harmonia, -- except Harmonia, the Unity of Balance, was a devil, the triplet sister of the Unities of Order and Chaos, Lord Yajur and Unholy Abaddon respectively. If he was Anti-Patriarch Cain, was she his primary wife, Awan, the embodiment of wickedness, and presumably therefore a chthonic (earthborn) demon like Cain's arguable mother, Lilith? (Made mention of Demon Queen Lilith, albeit not by name, in the synopsis to Odd-2, didn't I? Now you know why.)

Was she, could she be, the present day's Memory of the Angels? Not much chance of that but, given the confounding nature of Time Tumblers, who can say for sure? One other thing was certain and that was, during History's Fifth Lifetime, she was just a Mnemosyne Machine built into the insides of Trans-Time Trigon during His Story's Third Lifetime, -- one, for the purposes of Kyprian's tale-telling, that hadn't happened as yet for anyone but the two of them. Was in fact based on Old Weir's Mother Machine.

Whoever, whatever, they were, it was he, the Male Entity, in his Fifth Lifetime, who created the first devil, the Moloch Sedon Himself. Created him out of the left eyeball of the Scientocrats of Old Weir's Chief Geneticist, one Cabalarkon by name. (Kyprian's Weirdom is named after him.) Helios plucked it out then, using cloning techniques similar to those still employed in the Weirdom, grew Sedon in a tub of Godstuff, Cathonic Fluid, distilled Brainrock.

[NOTE: Further details can be found in the 1990 graphic novel "Forever & 40 Days - The Genesis of PHANTACEA", which can still be ordered, and in an unserialized, PHANTACEA Mythos novel entitled 'Feeling Theocidal'.]

Thus, three-eyed Sedon, Evil Incarnate, had three parents: two fathers, Helios and Cabalarkon, and one mother, Miracle Memory. Which was exceedingly ironic since it was Dark Sedon, centuries later, who destroyed Old Weir's Mother Machine. Destroyed it during the Dual Entities' third lifetimes. Or did I mention that already?

How did Heliosophos die that fifth time? Sedon killed him -- just after Helios decapitated him. Male Entity made the devil to show Utopians they didn't need him; that Godhood was for God alone; that they should be satisfied with what they already had. And to prove what he made he could destroy. In many respects the current Helios, the eleventh from all reports, Ulysses Heliopolis, the Taurus of Ap/Apple/Apis Island, was still trying to destroy his most hellacious creation. Which, as I forewarned you earlier, was why he was so intent upon killing his parents before he had a chance to be born!

Naturally enough every devil still in existence, every devil ever in existence, including whichever ones currently occupies Helios and humanizes Machine Memory, will do everything they can to prevent him doing so. What Kyprian makes clear, though, is that devils aren't alone in their determination to remain existent. They have an unlikely ally, one who particularly enjoys being not only existent but human.

And who is that, you might ask. Haven't I told you enough already, I might respond. Oh, all right, here's a hint (and a link).

Golgotha Nauroz was so gaunt only the thinnest sheathe of black skin covered his facial bone structure. Thus, although he appeared to be skull-faced, he wasn't. Not really. Besides, the fact that he was carrying an eye-stave instead of a scythe should have told her he wasn't Death.

"What is it?" inquired Master Kyprian.

"Your other great-grandchild's devic half-mother's here. Says she has a proposition for you."

"Does she indeed."

Something else we learn in Trip-Trig is the identity of those who are, 17 Yamana 5938 currently (January 17, 1938 on the Outer Earth), possessing Odd-2's Boss Bovines, the recurring Male and Female Entities.

They are ...


4. Helioddity: "Hunter and Huntresses"

Mythologists among you might already know Sagitta is the name of the arrow Olympian Apollo used to kill the eagle that, on a daily basis, fed on the liver of Prometheus, the Titan who brought fire to us wee mortals. In PHANTACEA Sagitta is also the codename of the female of the two Silver Arrow Assassins. Other one, her husband, is Sagittarius, named after the Centaur Archer, one of the twelve signs of the Zodiac. (Sagitta and Sagittarius are also constellations. Needless to say Sorciere would rather stick them in the sky than have to deal with them on the ground.)

One of Oddity's many sub-plots is what happened to Granny Garuda once she came out of the Wild Weird, with Sorciere riding her, above the ferry dock in Brindisi. Silver Arrows pin-cushioned her, albeit with darts not arrows. Which is somewhat fitting since, well, -- you don't need to be a mythologist to know that Garudas are oversized eagles, do you? (Or, if you did, you don't now.) Did mention, in the synopsis to Odd-1, that someone is captured and someone else is killed. Don't need to tell you now which witch was which, do I? Didn't think so!

Sorciere (Solace nee Sunrise become Sundown), whose codename simply means 'witch' in French, her (probably) Metis mother's native tongue, and Sagitta (Artemis nee Zeross become Hyperenor), who's named after the Olympian Huntress, reputedly Apollo's twin sister, and not the Anatolian Mother Goddess (whose shrine at Ephesus, in modern day Turkey, at least partially still stands), have already developed an interesting relationship. They're the killer witches whom Meg (Megaera Four-Fingers, nee Kinesis become Zeross), Hellion Grudge, the one Sorciere called a female fury, left to kill each other at the end of Odd-1. Needless to say they did not succeed since they're our titular huntresses this time up. Guess who they go hunting for in Odd-4? Each other of course.

Titular hunter is Aquilla, a hollow-boned avian-human who is also an Inner Earth Summoning Child. Is Granny Garuda's grandson. Is aquiline, an Eagle of the Grey. Has his own regalia. Guess who doesn't any more, -- although, if she had, might yet phoenix? All right, so you know that already as well, but did you know devils are not allowed to kill? Aren't allowed doesn't mean can't, of course, but they don't. At least they don't yet! (Although you'll hear a fair amount about her during Oddity, it will be awhile before we re-encounter a possible exception to that rule.)

Reason for that is devils, third generational Master Devas, thrive on worship. Wouldn't want to kill off your own potential worshippers, would you? Devils don't. Don't, additionally, because the Moloch Sedon would cathonitize them instantly, make them stars in the Night's Sky above his own Headworld, if they did. Unfortunately, many of their more fanatical adherents are all too prone to killing in the name of one devil or another. Sound familiar? (Change devil to god and I'm sure it would.)

Aquilla would kill anyone so long as he secured his Granny's feathers in the process, such that she at least had an opportunity to make like a sunbird and rise anew. Garudas worship Byronic devils, third generational Master Devas. (All third generation devils are referred to as Master Devas. Reason for that is, with some seminal assistance from Mr Lone-Born of the First Generation Sedon, they're the offspring of the Thrygragos Brothers via the Trigregos Sisters. Collectively, the Six Great Gods are considered Second Generation Devils.)

A number of Byronics, including their Great God Father, the Unmoving One Himself, appear in Odd-4. These devils have appeared in PHANTACEA on the Web before, albeit not in the 1938 serials. (Among their number highlight Damon Goldenrod and Aphropsyche Morningstar. They seem intent on making 'Heliodyssey' their shot at Big Shelter's circa 5938 Big Time.)

The Byronics, only slightly ambiguously, imply to the aquiline Summoning Child that they would not mind if the Taurus, Ulysses Heliopolis, gets dead. Need I tell you who gets dead instead? All right, I won't. Mostly because no one gets dead in Odd-4. Need I tell you who gets seriously unhealthy? No need. Title already has.

Neither was altogether immobilized as yet. They glared at each other, tried to get up, tried to spring at one another. Both wanted to tear the other's throat out. Neither could. Their jaws no longer worked the way they usually worked.

Their springs had sprung!


5. Helioddity: "Helios Goes Nuclear"

Goes nuclear, -- in 1938? Not a chance, right? Exactly. So, are we suddenly in the then near-future? No, we're in the long ago past. Which means it must be time to pull out your dog-eared copy of 'Forever & 40 Days, the Genesis of PHANTACEA' again. (Or, if you don't have one, then it's past time to order it.)

Master Kyprian finishes off her telling of Helios's Fifth Lifetime: Helios creates Sedon, then tries to kill him by cutting off his head, whereupon Sedon kills Helios instead (for the fifth time), but preserves the life of his other father, the Utopian Cabalarkon, by turning him into a psychic vampire. She then moves briefly to his Third Lifetime, which for everyone except the Dual Entities happened long after his Fifth.

Just to further review, his Third's the one wherein the Moloch Sedon destroys Old Weir's Mother Machine, though not before Helios incorporates much of its workings into Trans-Time Trigon and thereby in effect brings into being the fully functional Mnemosyne Machine. Either way you look at it this, Kyprian's topical lifetime, happens much later than his Fifth or his Third.

Chronologically speaking, that is to say in terms what passes for their linear timeline, it may not even have happened yet for the Dual Entities. That's because, in Oddity, they are 1938-currently experiencing their Eleventh Lifetimes together. Still might, if everyone except Heliosophos has their way, actually start enjoying their first one together as well.Sedon and the Thrygragos Brothers limp into New Weirworld's Trigon, as depicted by Ian Fry, 1998"

"But this is madness. For every devil you kill, assuming you kill even one, thousands of its adherents die."

"That few? I had hoped for ten thousand at a minimum."

"You're talking mass murder, -- the death of not just every deva but every one of their followers, no matter how innocent."

"Innocents do not worship devils!"

The Master of Weir doesn't know which lifetime it is when Helios goes nuclear, -- rather, when he orders Machine Memory to nuke Weirstar and thereby cause it to go supernova. (We here on our Earth have seen the results. Remember Supernova 1987A?) She does know the event marked the end of Old Weir and its solar system; that it probably marked the end to a number of other nearby star systems as well.

Helios considered his goals, and the means he took to achieve them, beyond reproach. Unfortunately, no matter howsoever justifiable it may or may not have been, Memory nuking Weirstar did not mark the end of the Moloch Sedon, the Thrygragos Brothers, the Trigregos Sisters and absolutely all of their then-thousands of offspring, the Master Devas.

Neither was it the end for Helios and Machine Memory; not even for them in whatever lifetime it was for the Male Entity. We'll get to how that lifetime did end momentarily. Won't be Kyprian telling the appropriate His and Her Stories next time, however. Will be ... Well, who do you think it'll be?

Golgotha Nauroz ... cut off both Pyrame's arms with her own sickle. On her knees, arterial blood spurting from her shoulder sockets, the priestess glared at him, through him, defiantly. Her grin chilled him to the bone.

"And the head?" he inquired.

"Good idea," said the long-serving Master of Weir.

Talk about hospitality, eh?

Pyrame Silverstar came to the Weirdom of Cabalarkon in pursuit of Cathonic Fluid. What that is will also have to wait until next time for more details. Suffice to say for now it is related to Cleopatra's Bath and the search for the legendary Fountain of Youth. Which is yet another of Oddity's subplots, one we'll get back to sometime later.

Other subplots that receive further illumination in Odd-5 include:

  • Pyrame's relationship to the sedons so necessary for Dark Sedon to maintain the Cathonic Dome (she's their devic half-mother),
  • why Sedon needs sedons (because he's Cathonic {skyborn} whilst Pyrame's demonic third is Chthonic {earthborn} and needs be the twain shall meet, over and over again, human generation after human generation),
  • what all this has to do with 20's Simultaneous Summonings (Antheans were trying to guarantee that the Trigregos Sisters were, in effect, reincarnated), and
  • the Panharmonium Project (Ants would have succeeded at reincarnating Trigregos if Pyrame hadn't possessed Pandora Mannering the year before and thus ensured that she gave birth to a solitary boy, a Sedon, rather than three Great Goddesses).

Makes you wonder if Oddity has a principal plot of its own, doesn't it? It does. You might even call it a supra-plotline. I'll be sure to point it out to you when we get there.


'Helioddity' continued ...

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