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The 'Launch 1980' Story Cycle

The War of the Apocalyptics

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

Published in 2009; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

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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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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phantacea Graphic Novels

Forever and Forty Days

- The Genesis of Phantacea -

Front cover of Forever and Forty Days; artwork by Ian Fry and Ian Bateson, ca 1990

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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Front cover for Cataclysm Catalyst, artwork by Verne Andru, 2013

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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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THE TRIGREGOS GAMBIT

-- TRIGODDITY --

Heads in a cliff on Saturna Island, taken by Jim McPherson 1994

HEADS IN THE CLIFF
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THE LAUNCHING OF THE COSMIC EXPRESS

Web Serials

CENTAURI ISLAND

WAR OF THE APOCALYPTICS

THE TRIGREGOS GAMBIT

HELIOS ON THE MOON

© copyright Jim McPherson, 2003
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THE LAUNCHING OF THE COSMIC EXPRESS SERIALS

-- Chapter-by-chapter Synopses of 'The Trigregos Gambit' --

Gold-Mining for PHANTACEA Factoids

| Deviants | Attis Just Happens |

1. "Thrygragon" 2."Unholy Abaddon" 3. "Balance Betrayed" 4. "Lord Order"

1. The Trigregos Gambit: "Thrygragon"

For a change, Mind Tap does not begin this, the third of four books comprising the Launch Tetralogy. That's because it isn't Saturday, November 29, 1980. Isn't even AD. It's YD, as in Year of the Dome, -- 4376 Year of the Dome, to be precise. And Thrygragos Varuna (Uranus) Mithras would appear about to step into some serious deep-dreck doo-doo.

Doo-doo or not, you don't get to become a Great God by being a dodo. While Mithras is certainly no dummy he might not be a Thrygragos either. May in fact be but a third of the VAM Entity, as Thrygragos Sedon's first born could well be collectively known.

That's definitely one of the things about Master Devas, the third generation of devazurkind. They were all born simultaneously, in litters of three. Though they only have one father, albeit even if which one (Mithras or the Moloch Himself) may prove debatable, and one mother, none of them can be sure which one of the three Great Goddesses (Sapiendev, Demeter, or Devaura, -- respectively, Mind, Body, & Soul) was their mother.

Not that it matters overly much any more. The Trigregos Sisters, their three nowadays fantastical mothers, are long lost, perhaps even long dead. Hell's Banana Peel! -- the Three Great Goddesses are so very long lost, so very long gone, not only did they never reach the Whole Earth 669 years before the Great Flood, or Genesea, they never escaped from New Weirsystem on the Sedonshem, or Sedonship, in the first place.

There's a few other things to know about these devils. For example, there's no such thing as a fourth generation of devazurkind. Master Devas, in the absence of their mothers and even with the help of their fathers, cannot have devic offspring. All they can have are Spirit Beings, the azura-half of this race of extraterrestrials so maligned, usually quite rightly, by the still-emerging monotheistic religions, predominently Christianity, and their Xuthrodite/Anthean allies.

(NOTE 1: Constantine the Great -- whose legions worshiped him as a Leo or Lion, if not as an out-and-out incarnation of god, and considered Mithras their Holy Father -- only recognized Christianity in 313 AD. Which was some 63 years before this chapter takes place on the other side of Cathonia. As well, some would argue, the Roman Catholic Church did not come formally into existence until even later.)

(NOTE 2: Catholic, by the way, is not to be confused with Cathonic, though the Greek root word is similar, -- katholikos, meaning 'universal' or over all. Which is pertinent because, in this chapter, we start to learn a little about All the Invincible, the self-determinedly female, albeit mainly machine, Sphinx-like overseer of the Prison Beach of Incain. Needless to say, she/it comes more into play as this serial progresses.)

Another thing about devils is that they themselves were just Spirit Beings for most of their time on Earth. In fact, they did not start becoming individually solid entities until around 2000 YD. That was when one of them, Tvasitar Smithmonger, discovered Brainrock and began crafting them each power focuses or talismans. Crafted one for each of the Great Gods and, in absentia, the Great Goddesses too.

While most Master Devas can wield each other's power foci, not so the Trigregos Talismans. These three so-called Sacred Objects are poisonous to devas. And that, in a nutshell, is what this entire book's about, -- nut as in it drives whoever has one nuts. Whichever devil has one, that is. Not so non-devils though. Which of course makes them damn fine weapons to wield if you're anti-deva. (Like the Auntie Ants & Antie Uncles are, -- hint, hint!)

It should also be noted that devils, bodies not withstanding, can nevertheless possess other sentients; use them as shells. Furthermore, if a guy-devil is inside a guy-guy and a gal-devil is inside a gal-guy when they're, um, getting to know each other in the Biblical sense, and if the gal-guy gets pregnant, then their offsping, called deviants, while mostly still mortal, are pretty special characters. Got that?

And perhaps the most special of all these deviants was (is?) Chrysaor Attis, the justly-renowned Universal Soldier!

Why? Lots of reasons. For one he (also the golden brown warrior because that's essentially what Chrysaor means) is the lone child of Thrygragos Mithras and one of his 'daughters', Marut Kanin (or Marutia, -- named after Sedon's Cheek), the future Kore-Eris, Discord or Strife. For another his birth parents, not altogether as opposed to his possessive parents, were the Male and Female Entities in the early days (daze?) of their Seventh Lifetimes.

The Attis is also the main reason I described deviants as 'mostly still mortal'. Unlike virtually all others of his ilk (deviants being, in many respects, the equivalent of the Twentieth Century's supranormals), it seems that for going on 2400 hundred years now he's been getting killed on a fairly regular basis, -- usually by Cruel Plathon.

(By the way, the Bull of Mithras is an important, albeit usually peripheral, player in the 'Heliodyssey' series of stories currently appearing elsewhere on these web-pages. Along with the future Mater Matare, Mother Murder of War-Pox fame, he also shows up this chapter.)

Attis keeps coming back for often even more cruel punishment though; even more, ever increasingly brutal, deaths. As with the semi-historic, mostly anciently religious Attis of Anatolian Myth, faun of the Phrygian Great Mother Cybele or Kybele, yet another appelation of Myrionymous Kore, castration and consequent let-bleeding is only the most common of them. But that's the way he likes it. Gives him backbone, spine, he insists. Even if it's usually suppurating.

Unlike two other recurring deviants who'll be alone eventually (Jordan Tethys and Pusan Wanderlust, an actual faun or fauna) Attis doesn't keep getting reborn via himself, -- that is to say, he isn't his next incarnation's father or grandfather. Neither (necessarily) is his mother/grandmother whomever Pyrame Silverstar, the infamous Pauper Priestess, Sed-mom of the Sed-sons (the small case sedons), happens to be possessing that year, that decade, that generation, that particular hour of the day, when they were reacquainting themselves in the above-mentioned Biblical sense. (Pyrame often is his lover, however.)

It almost seems that Attis just happens. One day he's a normal guy in a normal family; the next day he wakes up to discover he's succeeded the previous golden-brown warrior. It further seems that the best way to get rid of Attis is to keep him alive, -- just somehow out of the way on a permanent basis. Plathon says as much to Pyrame, another usually sideline character in the 'Heliodyssey' serials. But that's their problem to sort out, these fifteen hundred years ago. We were speaking of their possessive father, Mr. Mith Himself.

So what's the deep-dreck doo-doo deal here? Thrygragos Mithras, who had been well venerated on both sides of the Dome, then-currently finds himself sadly lacking in the due-decibal dividends befitting divinity on the other side; this thanks mostly to these upstart Christian folks, fawns if not spawns of the hated Celestials and their Gnostic Christ. Greedy sort that he is, he needs to make up for what he's lost out there by gaining more adherents in here.

Trouble is the Inner Earth's adulation-quotient is currently being shared by his two 'brothers' in the Moloch Sedon: Thrygragos Byron, aka the Unmoving One (a quite-literally Buddha-like figurehead), and Thrygragos Lazareme, aka Lackland Libertine (a 'god-isn't-dead, he's-asleep' character). The solution? Simple. Supplant them, humiliate them, eliminate them as worship-warranted, -- basically just get rid of them. (Look up 'henotheism' if you don't know what it means already. That's what Mithras is prepared to offer his two, second generational brothers. With him as the top-dog top god, it goes without saying.)

They've risen to his bait; are coming at Mithras full-force. With all their then still-surviving spawn and all their armies to boot. And he's preparing to meet them, with all his and all theirs to boot even more butt. Only Mr. Mith's spawn don't like him; particularly his 'daughters'. After all, even on the Outer Earth, no female has ever been initiated into Mithraic rites.

Daddy's a tyrant, no nicer way to put it. Mith's maternally deficient; paternally dictatorial. Much better Great Byron or even Thrygragos Lazareme, dystopic maniac that he undeniably is. This if only because their children, regardless of sexual inclination, are treated as equals. Doubly this if only, in the latter's case, because of the Libertine's complete disinterest in their welfare; the welfare of any of his offspring save his first born, the three Unities: Order, Balance and, Lazareme's favourite, Chaos. All three of them are anarchists but probably none more so than Unholy Abaddon.

(Without giving away too much, Abe Chaos comes to take freewill to its irrational extreme. Still can't find a way to kill himself though. Not for lack of latter-day trying either, -- as will become apparent in future installments of both Launch and Heliodyssey.)

For Mr. Mith it's going to be: 'What's my back doing with all these knives sticking of out it; I feel like an outside-in porcupine' time. Demogorgon, thanks to the Pauper Priestess recently released from Incain, -- in return for nearly a hundred of Attis' ever-loyal Mithrant legionnaires --, will see to that.

Or will it, them, the Unnamable, the Conglomerate Deva? Answer's -- 'Nope!' At the risk of repeating myself, no dodo's our Great Greedy God.

Did I mention the Thrygragos Talismans? Did I mention that another name for Mithras is (was?) Saturn or, more familiarly, Kronos, -- Father Time, he who devours his own? Oh, and did I mention what the 'A' stands for in VAM Entity? Didn't?

Must have forgot!


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2. The Trigregos Gambit: "Unholy Abaddon"

Double trouble this time up. Or, if you prefer, two stories for the price of one. Got to have a story teller though, thus we meet Jordan Tethys, the beer-guzzling, Cathy and Golden Applejack drinking, Legendary Thirty Year Man, for the first time since, you guessed it, Mind Tap. Story tellers have to have audience as well and the Legendarian has an audience of one, a very familar one, especially if you've been following 'Centauri Island', -- none other that Fatman himself, Alfredo Sentalli, aka Alpha Centauri.

It's Saturday, November 29, 1980, -- the same day we began the other two serials in 'The Launching of the Cosmic Express' serials. It's also Devauray, Tantalar 29, 5980. Does that mean the Fatman and the Legendarian are beyond Cathonia, on Sedon's Head? Wasn't something like that hinted at in Tap? Was indeed. So maybe now you can start rereading all your printed up previous installments of Island in a new light. (And not the one beside your bed either.)

No point going into what Centauri's up to on his Island. All that's covered in 'Centauri Island'. It's what he's up to on the Head that occupies much of Gambit. But, to gain an appreciation of what that involves we first have to gain an understanding of the Disunition of the Three Unities of Lazareme. This is what Tethys's Tail is all about. (By the way, tail isn't spelt wrong, but we don't need to get into tee-tee tails right now.)

His tale (that better?) begins on the Summer Solstice of 5454 Year of the Dome. That was the day Zalman Somata's wife gave birth to the terrible twins, Janna and Sraddha Somata. What made them so terrible? Mostly what they did later, actually, but a couple of words about their parents might be in order.

Firstly, though his bloodline is no longer pure Utopian, their father was the Master of the Weirdom of Kanin, quite possibly the Bible's Enoch City. Secondly, his possessive father, their possessive grandfather, was Lord Yajur, the devic Unity of Order. As for their mother, also not a pureblood Utopian, she was being possessed by a devil even as she gave them birth.

Part of a mural by Diego Rivera, taken from the Internet, woman struggling against chains reminiscent of Harmonia, the Unity of Balance, lettering prepared on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2004This Master Deva was none other than Lord Order's breed sister, Harmonia, the Unity of Balance. So, where's the third Unity, Chaos, in all this? The Legendarian doesn't say but, twenty years later, it's Unholy Abaddon who beds Janna. Does a little more than bed her, Tethys told.

Abaddon was definitely a loose cannon, probably the loosest cannon of all the loose cannons Lazareme fathered. There was something else about him though, -- something no other deva had --, and that was fertility. While devas and humans are physically compatible they aren't genetically so, which is why devas have to possess humans to have non-azura offspring. As we'll quickly see, Abaddon apparently didn't have this problem.

He is Chaos after all.

So, Janna's pregnant. Gives birth to a presumably mortal son in due time. This baby is the blood child of a devil however and, consequently, is much prized. Not only by his parents and Abaddon's tribe either. Mithras Spawn invaded Kanin City in number. They want the Chaos Kid to raise as one of their own.

Yama Nergal, the devic Grim Reaper, attacks Abaddon, draws him away from Janna's bedside, draws him all the way north and westward to the border of his own protectorate, the Ghost Lands (formerly the Elysian Fields). Other Mithradites, the likes of Zuvem Nergalis (Devil Doom aka Gravedigger), the Apocalyptics (Primary and Secondary), & Bouncing Belle Belialma (Sinistral Lust of Satanwyck), slip in behind and go for the kid. No such luck.

Lazareme Spawn, led by Order and Balance, are quickly on the scene. It's tribe versus tribe, Master Deva versus Master Deva. Needless to say, even in his absence, Chaos reigns. In the midst of all this manifest mayhem, another Lazaremist, one Vladuca Fangfingers by name, is left to stand guard over Janna and her newborn babe.

He's a fop, this First Fangs, and Janna can't stand him. She thinks the feeling's mutual. For good reason. According to tradition, he had been promised her. Chaos though, as was his wont, had other ideas and took her instead. Fangs doesn't seem aggrieved however. He gives Janna a glowing weapon, a curved Brainrock blade, to protect her in case the Mithradites overwhelm him. Which, of course, they return and easily do.

Janna uses the blade as instructed. Slices through the Weird, somehow even slicing through the Cathonic Zone, and sends her newborn to the Outer Earth, -- where he may or may not have ever been heard from again. (There's a story here somewhere; though, even if he knows it, Tethys doesn't tell it. Might it have something to do with the Male Entity's Fourth Lifetime? It may indeed. May also be that a man by the name of Goethe told it better than anyone.)

As to why the Mithradites wanted the Chaos Kid, a telling sequence occurs after Gravedigger is captured and interrogated by Lord Order and Lady Harmony.

"Tell us your real reasons!" insisted Yajur. "You know Chaos never possesses humans and, consequently, has never had a mortal child before. You reckoned, with your tribe holding his son, he'd switch sides, fight alongside you Mithras Spawn against his own kind, like he once did when he joined Tantal Thanatos and helped expand the Empire of Lathakra.

"That's what you want, isn't it? Another Lathakra! Only this time with someone more amicable to the designs of you Mithras Spawn than King Cold ever was."

"That cannot be allowed," stated Harmonia, her judgement thus made.

"It may yet happen," suggested the captive. "The girl's young. She will have other children."

Janna spoke up and, as it turned out, not very wisely. "No child of mine will ever make love to a Mithras Spawn."

"Then, mate as you please, mortal." cursed Devil Doom. "Have a thousand children. Defy us and everyone of them will be born dead."

Needles (pun alert!) to say, the Brainrock blade's the Susasword. Possession of it drives Master Devas entirely mad. Not a big step for Chaos, granted, but for someone like him to go even crazier can't bode well for the Headworld. And it doesn't, -- as events subsequently prove, insists Tethys, then proceeds to recount a few of them.

Devil Doom is executed, deva-style. (Yes, devas can be killed; just got to know how.) Janna turns her back on Chaos and takes up with First Fangs. Abaddon moves onto Satanwyck and takes up with Lady Lust. Returns a few years later though, cuts off Vladuca's hand, power focus attached (shades of both Moloch and Apocalyptics), and gives it to Janna. Thus she becomes Second Fangs.

Zalman Somata, returning to Kanin City after conquering the Weirdom of Cabalarkon, is slain by Chaos, using the Susasword. It's the first time a devil has deliberately killed a mortal, a direct violation of Sedonic Decree. Janna has a series of still-borns. Someone digs up Devil Doom's head and reunites it with his body. (Sure, devas can be killed; just don't stay dead very long.) Now just a Spirit Being again, Vladuca moves onto Satanwyck. There's the vampires ....

... And then Alpha Centauri gets the call from Yataghan, his son. Something's wrong on the Island that bears his name. It's Professor Kinesis's doing. You better get out here. Which the Fatman does, in Centauri Island, but no before giving the Legendarian a cigar band.

"So what is it, -- a signal for Janna to destroy the Island?"

"Hardly. It's a signal for Janna to start sealing everything up. I started the destruct sequence when I opened the drawer. If I don't cancel it in half an hour, it's all going to go poof!"

Did I mention that Yataghan's wife is named Janna? Did I mention that Tethys might be a devic suicide? Oh, and did I mention the customer in the nearby cafeteria, the one who's always smiling? Didn't?

Must have forgot!


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3. The Trigregos Gambit: "Balance Betrayed"

Introducing the twelve-foot tall, thickly-bearded, blue-skinned devagod of Fire Kings and Intuits, his six-inch, red-skinned wife, and -- damn, forgot already!

Actually that's wrong. They've been introduced before: the wife by name (not that devas have names as such) in Trig-1; the husband dot ditto; and the other guy, dit dotto. All over the place as well. But this chapter's not all that much about them. Mostly it's about the continuing saga of the Disunition of the Three Unities of Lazareme.

There's other stuff going on though; stuff leading into GAME-Gambit, which begins this time up. For example, we meet Ferdinand Niarchos, the governor of New Iraxas in Godbad's northeast corner bordering Hadd, the Land of the Dead.

We also learn that Alpha Centauri intends to salt the Cloud of Hadd, to make it rain there for the first time since the First War Between the Living and the Dead. And, if it wasn't for the Disunition of the Three Unities of Lazareme, there never would have been a First War.

Oh, and did I mention Gottfried Kenton? Rather, did I mention that Kenton was smiling even more than he usually does? Or, more to point, that Kenton wasn't in Aka Godbad City even though he appeared to be? Didn't?

Must have forgot!


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4. The Trigregos Gambit: "Lord Order"

All Death Day, the Thousand Days of Disbelief, the Byronic Nucleus as that Great God's Tribal Demogorgon, Vampires galore, Zombies and gore, the Headworld's equivalent of the Conquistadores, Iraches as blood-worshipping, vamp-loving neolithics, Mithradites like Lady Lust and the Primary Apocalyptics, devic suicide (one brood-brother), and cathonitization (other brood-brother).

Want more? How about the end of the First War Between the Living and the Dead, the fate of the Somata Twins (Janna & Sraddha) as well as their devic mother and devic grandfather, All the Invincible, talk of Ringleader, the Susasword and the Amateramirror. Then there's that guy again, -- the one who never stops smiling.

I didn't forget him this time; just forgot to mention his real name (not that devas have real names as such; his Etocretan name, then). No problem. It's here too. Don't even have to look for it in Homer's Odyssey, though there's nothing wrong with doing so. It's there too.


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The Trigregos Gambit, PREGAME, Chapters 1-4

The Trigregos Gambit, GAME, Chapters 5-8

The Trigregos Gambit, GAME, Chapters 9-13

The Trigregos Gambit, ENDGAME, Chapters 14-17

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