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Phantacea Publications in Print

- 'Phantacea Phase Two' 2016-2018 - The 'Launch 1980' story cycle - 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Fantasy Trilogy - The '1000 Days' Mini-Novels - The phantacea Graphic Novels -

Phantacea Phase Two 2016-2018

Decimation Damnation

Decimation Damnation front cover, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Mini-novel published in 2016; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Hidden Headgames

Hidden Headgames front cover, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Collection of three intertwined novellas published in 2017; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Daemonic Desperation

Daemonic Desperation cover mockup, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Tentative cover for Dem-Des; will probably be changed before it's published; scheduled to be released in 2018;

The Phantacea Phase Two revival physically began with 2016's "Decimation Damnation", the first mini-novel extracted from the as yet open-ended saga of 'Wilderwitch's Babies'. It was set between the 9th of Tantalar and the 1st of Yamana, 5980 Year of the Dome. However, its follow-up, "Hidden Headgames" was set between the 30th of Maruta and the 14th of Tantalar in that same year. "Daemonic Desperation" picks up Babes near the end of the second week of Yamana and continues through the Summer Solstice of 5981. As the last known member of the Damnation Brigade, if the Witch was fortunate to survive Dec-Dam, alive and pregnant, she may not be so lucky come the end of Dem-Des. Oddly enough, her unborn babies may yet still be both viable and unborn by then.
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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

Front Cover for Feel Theo, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

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 -

Front cover for The Death's Head Hellion, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

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

Contagion Collectors

- Sedon Plague -

Front cover for Contagion Collectors, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

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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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

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

Cataclysm Catalyst

- Phantacea Revisited 2 -

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

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

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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Helios on the Moon

- 2014 Print Edition -

- 2015 Digital Edition -

Covers for Helios on Moon print edition, artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

Artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014; main web presence is here; back cover text is here; back cover characters, unobscured, are here; excerpts from the novel are here; additional lynx re 'Hel-Moon' are here; ordering lynx are here and here

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What might have been, will be for sure in 2014

Two versions of Rhadamanthys Revealed, art by Verne Andru, 1980-2013

Cover(s) by Verne Andru, 1980-2013; text by Jim McPherson, 2014

BTW, pHz-1 #12 only exists in script form; Kitty-Clysm is pH-Webworld shorthand for "Cataclysm Catalyst";

Double-click to enlarge images in this panel here

 

Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst

Cataclysm Catalyst front and back cover in black and white, art by Verne Andru

The third graphic novel from Phantacea Publications extracts another complete story sequence from Phantacea 1-7 and Phantacea Phase One #1. Includes artwork by Dave Sim, Ian Fry, Sean Newton, Verne Andrusiek, and Ian Bateson.

Dedicated webpage is here. A list of contributing artists is here. Order online or from the publisher.

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What was once, will be again

Helios on the Moon, bw versions of front cover for pH-3, art by Richard Sandoval, 1978

Thirty-six years after its original release, Jim McPherson completes his Launch 1980 project to novelize all the Phantacea comic books with the release of "Helios on the Moon"

pH-3 artwork by Richard Sandoval, 1978; rollover adjustments made by Jim McPherson, 2013

Double-click to enlarge images in this panel here
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Phantacea Seven

- The unpublished comic now novelized -

pages 1 and 2, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980

At long last, the second entry in the Launch 1980 epic fantasy has arrived

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Full covers for Nuclear Dragons, art by Ian Bateson, 2013; text by Jim McPherson

Nuclear Dragons are here!

- A phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel -

Jim McPherson continues his ongoing project to novelize the entire Phantacea comic book series

Double-click on image to enlarge in a separate window

Dedicated webpage can be found here; back cover text here; lynx to excerpts from the book start here and here; check out material that didn't make it here and related excerpts from its scheduled follow-up, 2014's "Helios on the Moon", here; for the time being its Auctorial Preamble is reprinted here and here

Centauri Island

- The web-serial enlarged radically -

pages 3 and 4, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980

Ian Bateson's unpublished artwork from Phantacea Seven provides the basis for the first full-length phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel since "Goddess Gambit".

Ian Bateson's breathtaking wraparound cover for the novel utilizes his own dragons from pH-7. Those from the unfinished cover for the Phantacea Phase One project can be seen here and here.

Images in this row double-click to enlarge here and here

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Phantacea Revisited 1

B/w first and last pages from DB graphic novel

Check out the expanded Availability Listings for places you can order or buy Phantacea Publications in person

NEW: Read most of the mini-novels making up "The Thousand Days of Disbelief" today on Google Books

Hit here to see what else is currently available there

Guess what isn't coming soon any more?

Text reads Graphic Novel coming soon or here

Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade"

A Watermarked PDF of the graphic novel can be ordered from Drive Thru Comics here

To order from the publisher, click here or go straight to here.

Postage is extra. Please be aware that as yet Phantacea Publications can only accept certified cheques or money orders.

The Damnation Brigade Graphic Novel

artwork by Ian Bateson and Vince Marchesano

Artwork never seen before in print; almost all of pH-5 available for the first time since 1980

Images in this row double-click to enlarge here

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No wonder they call themselves the Damnation Brigade

Variations of DB cover, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012, collage by Jim McPherson, 2012

Now available from Phantacea Publications

Images in this row are double-clickable from here, here, and, to a lesser degree, here.

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The Phantacea Revisited Project

D-Brig covers

Collecting the Phantacea comic books 1977-1980, 1987, Rv1:DB contains material from pH #s 1-5 + pHz1 #s 1 & 2.

This will be the first time in the better part of 30 years that material from pH-5 has been available except from online traders.

Watch for "Phantacea Revisited #2: Cataclysm Catalyst" coming in the Spring of 2014

 

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Contribute to the all-new pHantaBlog and download a free PDF of Mythos Mag #1 while you're at it
Get hold of "Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade", a graphic novel collecting the DB-storyline from pH 1-5, as well as Phantacea Phase One #s 1 & 2 (unpublished) now available for ordering from Phantacea Publications

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"Goddess Gambit"

– Now available from Phantacea Publications –

Eyemouth over cover for Gambitsedonic eyes"For the Dead to Thrive, the Living must Die!"

So proclaims Nergal Vetala, the Blood Queen of Hadd.

When her soldier falls out of the sky she's not only back in the pink again – as in arterial – she reckons she's found the perfect foil through which to play, and win, a Trigregos Gambit.

She might be right as well.

Thus Ends 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Trilogy


For more on the actual celestial phenomena upon which the eye-collages were based, click here. There's additional information re the Sedonic Eye here and here. The complete cover for Phase One #1 is here whereas yet another variation of it is here. The left eye double-click is the full cover for "Goddess Gambit", artwork by Verne Andru 2011/2. The right eye double-click is of Ian Bateson's enduring, 1986 Sedonic Eye as prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011. Gambit's main webpage is here.

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"The 1000 Days of Disbelief" is not only 3/3rds Done, it's E-done (albeit for Kindle, not kidding nor kindling)

In part to celebrate the 35th Year of Anheroic Fantasy, Phantacea Publications is pleased to announce that "Feeling Theocidal", Book One of the trilogy, and all three mini-novels extracted from 1000-Daze are available on the Kindle platform from amazon.com and a number its affiliates worldwide.

Alternative covers for Goddess Gambitcovers and characters from Janna FangfingersSubtitled Sedonplay, Sedon Plague and Sedon Purge, the mini-novels commence, continue and conclude Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy.

Watch for e-versions of Book Three, "Goddess Gambit", and its full-length predecessor in the Launch 1980 story cycle, "The War of Apocalyptics", coming soon from Phantacea Publications.

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Like the first two mini-novels extracted from 1000-Daze, "The Death's Head Hellion" and "Contagion Collectors", "Janna Fangfingers" contains a book-specific character companion. An Auctorial Prefatory and the opening chapter extracted from Gambit round out a 230-page volume bargain-priced at only $12.00 per book CAD and USD, vastly less as an e-book.

(Please note: although their character companions are for the most part applicable to Feel Theo, in large measure they're not so much so to either War-Pox or Gambit, which tend to feature characters more prevalent in the phantacea comic books and web-serials.)

Together they carry on recording the multi-millennia long chronicles of the gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters, of antique mythologies — the same seemingly endless saga also presented in the 1990 graphic novel, "Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of phantacea", and the three, thus-far-published, full-length mosaic novels featuring Jim McPherson's Phantacea Mythos.

Variations on covers prepared for Goddess Gambit

Each of the mini-novels is complete unto itself. Among many another character, they feature Thrygragos Everyman and his firstborn Unities (the incomparable Harmony, Thunder & Lightning Lord Order and Uncle Abe Chaos) in their freewheeling prime. On top of that, Fangers presents a framing story set in 5980 Year of the Dome. As such it could be considered a prequel to the Launch 1980 story cycle that began in earnest with War-Pox and eventually picks up again in Gambit.

[Check out www.phantacea.com for extracts, synopses, teasers, and a grab bag of even more intriguing graphics pertinent to Phantacea Publications' 35th anniversary.]

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Cover for the Death's Head Hellion, artwork prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010Cover for the Contagion Collectors, artwork prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

"Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of PHANTACEA", a graphic novel with additional features written by Jim McPherson, "Feeling Theocidal" (Book One of 'The Thrice Cursed Godly Glories'), "The War of the Apocalyptics" (the opening entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle), the three mini-novels, "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors" and "Janna Fangfingers", that comprise "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (Book Two of 'The Thrice Cursed Godly Glories'), the trilogy's concluding novel, "Goddess Gambit", the graphic novel "Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade", "Nuclear Dragons"(the second, full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle), plus the latest graphic novel, "Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst", and "Helios on the Moon", the culminating entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle, should be available at your favourite book stops.

If they're not, kindly direct local librarians and neighbourhood booksellers to www.phantacea.com in order to start rectifying that sad situation. Either that or, if you're feeling even more proactive, click here, copy the link, paste it into an email and send it to them, along with everyone else you reckon could use a double dose of anheroic fantasy. It will certainly be appreciated.

Help build the buzz. The more books sell, the faster the PHANTACEA Mythos spreads.


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Covers for Feeling Theocidal and Forever and Forty DaysTwo Ian  Bateson covers of the same scene

Individual copies of "Feeling Theocidal", "The War of the Apocalyptics", the three mini-novels comprising "The Thousand Days of Disbelief" ("The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors" and "Janna Fangfingers") and "Goddess Gambit" can be ordered from amazon.com and its affiliates, including amazon.ca and amazon.co.uk, as well as from Barnes & Noble.

Libraries, bookstores and bookseller collectives can place bulk orders through Ingram Books, Ingram International, Baker & Taylor, Coutts Information Services, and a large number of other distributors worldwide.

E-books for Kindle, Kindle Fire, I-pad, I-phone and other applications can be ordered through amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and other amazon affiliates worldwide. An interactive e-book containing the entirety of "Feeling Theocidal", as built specifically for Adobe Reader, is available direct from the publisher. (Certified cheques or money orders only, please.) E-books on other platforms are also available. Check you favourite online bookseller for the latest list and ordering instructions for Phantacea Publications.

BookFinder.com lists the latest releases from Phantacea Publications along with a goodly number of additional booksellers carrying them. Also listed therein are almost all of the PHANTACEA Mythos print and e-publications, including the graphic novel and some of the comic books.

Another interesting option for the curious is Chegg, which has a rent-a-book program. Thus far its search engine shows no results for phantacea (any style or permutation thereof) but it does recognize Jim McPherson (a variety of them) and the titles of many releases from Phantacea Publications.

As for the Whole Earth (other than the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head, at least as far as I can say and always assuming it's still around in what be its 61st century), well, this page contains a list of a few other websites where you can probably order the novels in a variety of currencies and with credit cards.

Of course you can always email or send me your order(s) via surface mail. No matter where you live or what currency you prefer to use, I'll figure out a way to fill your order(s) myself. Just be aware that I can only accept certified cheques or money orders. Plus, I'll have to charge an additional 12% to cover Canadian and provincial goods and sales taxes as well as Canada Post rates for shipping.

I do use bubble mailers, though.


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Logo for Phantacea reads Anheroic Fantasy since 1977

The PHANTACEA Mythos Online: A Glossary of Characters

| Illustrated Character Companions for mini-novels extracted from "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" | The Shining Ones — The First and Second Generations of Devazurkind | The Shining Ones — Master Devas | The Shining Ones — Devils Described | PHANTACEA Essentials | Non-Devic Pivotal Players | Additional Non-Devic Characters | Deviants | Golden Age Patriarchs | Gypsies & Etocretans | Supranormals | Teutonic Templars | Utopians of Weir | Witches | The Moloch Sedon | The Thrygragos Brothers | The Trigregos Sisters | Byronics Listed | Lazaremists Listed | Mithradites Listed | Devils — by Tribal Affiliation | Celestial God | Recurring Dual Entities | Supranormals/Deviants by Group Affiliation | Places Peculiar to PHANTACEA | Terms Peculiar to PHANTACEA |

-- A Glossary of Terms Peculiar to PHANTACEA --

ANGELICS

ANTI-PATRIARCHS

ANTHEANS

AZURAS

BETWEEN-SPACE

BRAINROCK, GYPSIUM, GODSTUFF

CATHONIC FLUID

CATHONIA, CATHONIC ZONE OR DOME, SEDON SPHERE

CELESTIAL GOD

CELESTIALS

Centauri Island

COSMIC EXPRESS

DEMONS

DEVAZURS

deviants

EDEN

EDEN'S ZOO

Elementals

ENOCH CITY

Exotica

EYE-STAVE

GARUDAS

GENESEA

GOLDEN AGE OF HUMANKIND

HOMUNCULI

KERES OR CEREBERANT HELLHOUNDS

KIBISIS

LAMIA

MANDROIDS

MARK OF CAIN

MARK OF THE MOLOCH

MASTER DEVAS

MULTIVOIDS, BODHIS, SAMSARITES

OMPHALOS

Psychopomps

SEDONISTS OR SEDONITES

SEDON'S HEAD + Pre-Babel Babble + COUNTING TIME + SEDONIC SEASONING

SEDONSHEM

SHAMIR

SOLIDIUM, STOPSTONE, GODCRUD

SOUL SINKS + RINGOTS

SPHINXES

SUBTLE MATTER

Supranormals

TAUROBOLIUM

TEE-TEES

THOLOI GHOST (GUEST?) HOUSES

TRIGON

VIMANAS

XUTHRODITES

Ys

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LAMIA

Masks shot by Jim McPherson, the main one is reminiscent of Lamia LouThere are a number of different definitions for lamia. In Barbara Walker's "The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets" (Harper Collins 1986) they are described as "night monsters" whose most common form is that of a screech owl or a serpent with a woman's head. In the 14th Edition of "Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable" (Harper & Row 1989) they are described as the devourers of children. There is also some indication that a woman name Lamia was the mother of the Biblical Methuselah and the great-grandmother of the Biblical Noah.

In the PHANTACEA Mythos lamia are women who, after dying giving birth, become changeling horrors that feed on the spirits of newly deceased children. They are therefore psychic vampires who can take the form of a screech owl or a winged serpent (a wyrm) as well as, albeit only at night, their original, non-pregnant human form.

Among the lamiae who appear in PHANTACEA are Neith, Lathe, Lamia Lou, Olympias Sangati, Aerobe Heliopolis, Britomars Zeross and the Magdalene. The first two figure prominently in 'The Moloch Manoeuvres'. The rest don't appear until 'The Vampire Variations'.

[SHOT FROM AN EGYPTIAN SARCOPHAGUS IN VIENNA, 1996]Neith and Lathe, two winged serpents with horned, Medusa-like heads and scaly but otherwise human female breasts, were coiled at the car's foot, reposing, awaiting Medea's whip and her commands.

Her half-brother never fully explained how he came across these dull-witted shape-shifters; claimed only that they had been haunting him since the events of 1923. Medea took that to indicate he had in effect inherited them from Mother Rhea shortly after her murder. A Fino's Mary Magdalene, photographed in Puno, Peru, by Jim McPherson, 1998She knew what they were however, -- Gorgons or lamia! Once natives of the Outer Earth, of Libya in North Africa, they ... could no longer subsist outside the Weird except for brief moments. Even then, in their original semi-human forms at least, that was only at night. Could not breathe fire either, not that she had seen in any case.

Except as psychopomps, the horrible-looking monstrosities were not much good for anything. They could pull the car however; could transport Medea and those she brought with her great distances through the internal world whereupon they could step back into the external world. And they could do it at incredible speed, out-pacing a modern day airplane. As remarkable as that would sound to a non-initiate, in this respect too, they were more a conceit than anything else.

Medea liked having the beasts at her beck and call however. Of course they had to be fed, which was a bit of a hassle given that they fed on soul-stuff and, probably only for the time being, there were not very many readily accessible battlefields, -- their usual pastures. She therefore had to tether them just beyond graveyards and hope that there had been some fresh burials that day. Even so, there were times, usually around a full moon, when they demanded fresh meat. Non-baptized children were a particular favourite of theirs. What was more, if she did not provide it, they would take on their most common nocturnal form beyond Shadowland, that of a hoot-owl, and hunt for their own supper.

... from 'The Moloch Manoeuvres'

There's a gold-mining box regarding lamiae in the first set of synopses for 'The Vampire Variations'; as stated in the 8th chapter of 'Coueranna's Curse': "Cain, Slayer of Abel"; Lamia is also the name of Droch Nor's wife, Amemp Tut's mother;

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MANDROIDS

- originally devised and manufactured by old Weir's Mother Machine long before devils came along;
- on the Head, generally formed by All of Incain on commission from Utopian technomages or on behalf of Lemurian frog-women who use them as guard-bodies;
- akin to daemons and Utopian Stone Gnomes, who help maintain the Weirdom of Cabalarkon's transplanted (from generational or millennial ships) technology, so can be used to change their underhost's outward appearance such that he or she can look human or otherwise as they please;
- as famously happened in Godbad City during the tail end of the Godbadian Civil War in Vanalal 5960, devic eyefire can melt them down;

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A couple of wooden sculptures spotted and shot by Jim McPhersonDevils were skyborn, Cathonic not Chthonic. The energy they emitted from their third eyes was constituently stellar. Effects were as well. As unleashed by the Byronhead, amply ameliorated by the dozens of Master Devas ringing it as it was that day, Mandroid guard-bodies melted off, or were melted away from, those they were body-armouring; heated protoplasm resultantly pooled into the pavement, walls and stone buildings. Those thus bared naked, Lemurian-hired and Mithrant-paid mercenaries for the most part, fled into the alleyways and side streets.

... from "Harry on the Head", the unpublished sequel to the 'Aspects of an Amoebaman' web-serial

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- from the same source as above, which is partially set in the late spring, early summer of 5960 YD, comes even more detail of these pliable but robotic constructs, ones who definitely don't follow Issac Asimov's dictate never to harm humans:

Mandroids were mostly mechanical, artificial beings generated out of Stopstone by All, the self-proclaimed Invincible She-Sphinx of Incain. She did so, according to some, using disgraced Edenite science akin to imprinting and stamping. (Or, according to many more, antique Utopian technology brought to the planet during its last Ice Age, well prior to Atlantis-Eden’s rise as a global civilization, by Trinondevs on a generational ship that got lost in the Milky Way while chasing the Sedonshem from galaxy to galaxy.)

Either that or by descendants of Utopian technomages, who had either brought the expertise down with them from the stars in the Utopians first recorded landing on the then Whole Earth, just over six thousand years ago, or picked it up from watching All at work. There was, after all, non-capitalized, quite a lot of old Weir’s Mother Machine about the Gynosphinx and her long moribund, onetime Androsphinx mate, who still stood in Egypt.

Mandroids often served as bodyguards, or guard bodies, for Lemurian matriarchs such as Aortic Merthetis, the reigning, though by now exclusively water-breathing Quarter Queen of Shenon, or Amphitrite, her yet-amphibious, daughter and designated replacement. Intelligence-wise they were on a par with demons; about as bright as an onion bulb underground.

... from "Harry on the Head", the unpublished sequel to the 'Aspects of an Amoebaman' web-serial

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- in all likelihood Crystallion and Hell's Horsemen were mandroids; they attacked Centauri Island in December 1980; story told in "Nuclear Dragons", the second entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle; Ian Bateson's astonishing depiction of the attack, initially intended for Phantacea Seven, finally saw print in "Cataclysm Catalyst"; one section of it is the dicked double-click here; the entire sequence, with the original lettering, is preserved online here and here;Hell's Horsement atack Centauri Island in December 1980; original artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980; lettering and coloration by Jim McPherson

Mandroids were, and are, machine men and women that could, and did, absorb the consciousness of living Utopians facing Imminent Death. In this way Utopians thought they could beat endless death and thereby achieve endless life. Of course, it didn’t quite work out that way. It never does ..."

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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The handpicked group of bio- and technomages who helped put him [Stelstar-Sharkczar] together this last time had known their business. Of course it helped that they themselves were Old Weir style moulded mandroids. They weren’t just based on degenerate Utopian scientocrats from Samarand (once Sedon’s Tongue). They were, for the most part, built by and of degenerate Utopian scientocrats from Samarand (what was now on the Head’s East Coast, where the Land of Daybreak, nowadays Twilight, was once situated.)

The same mandroid craftsmen, now based in Quarter Queen Amphitrite's Aorta on the heart-shaped island of Shenon, had also done a job on Crystallion.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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Solitary Easter Island style Moai spotted in British Museum, image taken from Web“I’ve just seen some mandroids, stone gnomes. First time ever, I swear. Although, if you were to ask me, they’re hardly very gnome-like. Got squat little legs but their heads are almost as big as their torsos. Put together they’re both bigger than you or I. Got huge yellow eyes that I’d swear were garnet or pumice implants, except they move like real eyes; boxer’s mashed noses, slits for mouths, and protrusions for ears that look like handles except they’re closed, so you couldn’t get a proper grip.

“Most of them have hats that look like bricks. They’re tilted so far forward on their heads it’s a wonderment they don’t fall off, heads with them. They all have these huge thick arms; a couple even have them coming off their heads, not their bodies. And they’re shape-shifters, like some faeries and daemons. Lakshmi tells me she’s wearing one.

“Calls them guard-bodies but more than anything else they remind me of those ancestral statues on your Easter Isle; Moai, the High Illuminary says. She’s surrounded by them.”

... Capputis (called Masterson), from "Wilderwitch's Babies", the 2016 continuation of the Damnation Brigade saga

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See also: Absudyl, the Subterranean Land of the Mandroids; how to deal with mandroids; Mandroid mistakes to come; 'Vexatious Nonentities' on pHantaBlog; the Interdimensional Moai phanta-pHunny; Note 2 under the Ziggurat Stardust entry on Serendipity and ...

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MARK OF CAIN

- a sun disk with an 'X' in the centre of a circle;
- after he slew Abel, the mark was branded into the middle of Anti-Patriarch Cain's forehead by God the Singular;
- a circled-X was also the symbol of Xuthros Hor, the Persian Mithras or Ahura Mazda, and the Greek Sun God Helios much later on in recorded history;
- traditional treasure hunting device -- 'X marks the spot';
- 2016 note: the Grimm television series, recommended for its quirkiness, was using the Mark of Cain in some of its February episodes; seems to refer to some sort of cure-all healing stick;
- as posted on ' CBC News Technology & Science', Jul 21, 2016 8:30 AM ET, "Huge 'X' found at centre of Milky Way galaxy" An enormous X-shaped structure made of stars lies at the centre of the Milky Way ... Many galaxies have an X-shaped structure at their core, but while previous studies have suggested the Milky Way contained such a structure, no one had directly observed it. Photo also used in a Serendipity and ... entry here;

A circled X, part of the Antikythera Device found in Athens, scanned in from magazineA Circled-X was probably the oldest sign for a deity on the Whole Earth. Variations of it approached limitless. Initially, as it still did in the majority of lands beyond the Dome, it stood for the sun’s disc. The extraordinarily enduring Xuthrodite Brotherhood appropriated it as the symbol of their inspirational namesake, Xuthros Hor. Contrarily, certain ill-informed sub-sects of Outer Earth faiths believed it was the mark Celestial God placed in the middle of Anti-Patriarch Cain’s forehead after he murdered his half-brother Abel.

[A CIRCLED-X, THE MARK OF CAIN, TAKEN FROM THE WEB]The Swastika used by Outer Earth Hindus, as well as Dandset Typhon’s Rajput warriors and Ophirant pacifists in here, was yet another alternative version of it. Some had it as the All-Seeing Eye; others as the Evil Eye, both consequently making it effectively the equivalent of a devil’s third eye on a stick. Some gave it wings. Some did away with the circle; others did away with the ‘X’, made it upright or turned it into the letter ‘T’, an unembellished Cross of Mithras.

The Egyptian Ankh, the Key of Life held by the likes of Kore-Isis or Maat-Harmony in so many Pharaonic portrayals of them had the circle as an egg-like ovule atop a Tau Cross. The Great God preferred this variant.

... from 'Feeling Theocidal'
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MARK OF THE MOLOCH

- the absence of a right hand or forearm;
- as recounted in "Forever & 40 Days - The Genesis of PHANTACEA" (which can still be ordered), Helios called Sophos the Wise cut off the Moloch Sedon's right hand during an encounter just before he, Helios, caused Weirstar to go supernova;
- although he could, and sometimes does, the Mighty Moloch can come down on either side of Cathonia with his right hand intact;

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MASTER DEVAS

- the third generation of devazurkind; the sons and daughters of Sedon, Thrygragos, and Trigregos;
- generally referred to collectively as devils or devil-gods, they're at their strongest within their own protectorates, whose inhabitants worshipped them almost exclusively; they could also feed off stellar energy and atomic power, though not in excess;
- as per here, all devils can generate eyefire out of their third eyes, even ones like Faceless Strife, Libra No-Eyes, and Cyclopes like Satanwyck's Viceroy Ibal and Trawl the Taskmaster who don't normally exhibit a third eye;
- as also per here, by Sedonic decree Master Devas are not allowed to kill except in self-defense and then only when they're physically battling their equals and therefore in danger of losing;
- as below, Masters Devas are always born simultaneously in litters (or broods) of three -- one father but three mothers

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Devic third eyes were not just for show; were not just externalizations of what mystics, shamans and even biologists who knew of such things identified as the pineal gland. From them they could project what was ever so appropriately known as ‘eyefire’. Fish had been its target before and, while it hurt, it was never fatal. Not to her, not to humans in general and not to most other sentient species upon the Head. Except for the faint or weak hearted ones, that is.

One particular semi-lifeform – daemons and their earthborn ilk, including faerie farts – found it disorienting to the extreme, much more maddening than they already were, always excruciatingly painful and sometimes even fatal. What it did to Mandroids was, not to make light of it, absolutely devastating.

... from "Harry on the Head", the unpublished sequel to the 'Aspects of an Amoebaman' web-serial

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Normality for Master Devas deviates not at the moment of conception, but milliseconds prior to parturition, when his or her diabolical mother splits – or split, many, many, multiple multi-millennia ago pre-Earth – into one of the Trigregos Sisters.

Each of those selfsame three, perhaps not altogether distinct individuals thereafter proceeds to simultaneously give birth to a set of immediate siblings subsequently known as a ‘brood’ or, more pejoratively, as a ‘litter’.

However, according to semi-knowledgeable pseudo-savants such as the devic Librarian, Biblio Drek, they didn’t so much split as always were three-in-one. In other words, they were a triad or trinity along the lines of – though hardly identical to – the three Great Gods, who’d been down to two since Thrygragon.

... from 'The Thousand Days of Disbelief'

- once they became individualized and solid, circa 2000 YD, they started having azura children by each other; unlike them, azuras rarely attained individuality let alone solidity;

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- as per here, devils are not just good at healing injured shells, mortals can't die when they're possessed:

Mnemosyne says I [Heliosophos] possessed this Vajra jerk in my last lifetime. I’m not saying I didn’t, but I am saying that I didn’t come into this one still possessing, or possessed of, him. If I had I wouldn’t have died the last time. See, devils are immortal. They take on a shell, that shell can’t die, again according to her, so long as the devil’s still inside it.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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In New Weirworld, on or about the equivalent of 6 December/Tantalar 19/5980, the blindfolded Visionary of Weir sums up evidence re devils and their relationship to humans on the Whole Earth. In doing so, he touches on an interesting facet of devakind -- their ability to congeal or meld together in order to become solid, if highly unstable, entities:

“It is a known fact that, but for their progenitors and an obscure, fancifully named being referred to by two of the Illuminaries as VAM, the Amalgamate Abomination, devils were spirit beings. These selfsame antique individuals did add that, in their view, there could be more than one VAM; that in certain conditions devic spirit beings could congeal, for want of a better word, and thereby form solid individuals akin to their aforementioned progenitors, whom they refer to as the Six Great Gods.

“However, they ventured further, they’d be very rare and likely extremely short-lived due to the development of distinct personalities and subsequent incompatibility with the other spirit beings making up suchlike joint beings. In their view it is even possible the Six Great Gods may have encouraged congealment of their offspring in order to provide them with entertainment in the form of athletic competition or sexual variety, among other things.

“That noted, I am inclined to classify this last as either purely speculative or a product of befuddlement wrought of our witnesses’ admirable but extreme age. In short, I give it no credence. By and large, therefore, consensus suggests that, while they could possess most non-Utopian, but nevertheless sentient beings easily enough, they had no physical presence of their own.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

Not sure the Visionary is right to dismiss his elders.

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NOTES:
- there are photo essays on a number of Mithradite Master Devas, all of them female, beginning here;
- on the same page is a photo essay on the four primary Apocalyptics (War, Death, Disease, and Catastrophe) as they appear in "The War of the Apocalyptics";
- the VAM Entity referred to above came into play most prominently throughout "Feeling Theocidal"; more re the last only occasionally remember "Amalgamate Abomination" is here;
- he's pictured here pushing not quite Bodiless Byron in a wheelchair, in what's most likely New Weirworld during the time of old King Kad, the Male Entity in an unspecified lifetime;
- see also Byronics, Lazaremists, Mithradites;

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MULTIVOIDS, BODHIS, SAMSARITES

“They already are," said Memory. "I’m in tune with Samsara, mundane reality. I can handle anything that comes out of it. What are you so concerned about?”

Page 14 from pH-1, artwork by Dave Sim, 1977“Bodhisattvas," Helios responded nervously. "Program yourself to repulse Multivoids.”

“Boddhis, in this era? Of course! That’s what Maxwell’s become.” She paused, as if to access her memory circuit but actually more out of human habit. No matter what form the three thing was in – human, devil or just built-in-place machine – her memory circuits were always instantly accessible.

“Bad Boddhis,” she considered, “Not the ones Buddhists believe in, the ones we came across in previous lifetimes, started out as glorified mandroids, Utopian half-lifes, roughly the equivalent of Tariqartha’s mantels, in one way, or Callion-clones, in another. Big Max Maxwell was reputedly one of the first two or three of those last. But they shouldn’t have evolved into Samsarites, into effectively new life forms, until centuries from now. Only it isn’t centuries from now anymore. It’s now."

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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"We have to assume he is a premature Void and act accordingly. You remember how to handle them?"

"You don’t call me Memory for nothing, my love."Page 15 from pH-1, artwork by Dave Sim, 1977

"They can come at you from anywhere and everywhere at once," he recited to himself. "Got to bombard them with Gypsium. They’ll reflexively make themselves composed of Solidium. That’s when you hit them like mandroids. Fracture, fragment them, then teleport them helter-skelter, into a multitude of voids. By the time they pull themselves back together it’ll be the end of the universe. Or as good as!"

"I did invent the process," she protested.

"You also invented Voids as I recall," he challenged her.

"Not any time soon!" she snapped.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

see also: O. J. Maxwell, the Indescribable Mr. No Name; Serendipity and ...; Death Dodgers artwork by Dave Sim, Phantacea One, September 1977, partially reprinted in "Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of phantacea", 1990

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OMPHALOS

- comparatively small, egg-shaped 'raised navels'; often just boulders made out of Brainrock; related to eyeorbs or prison pods , which Trinondevs carried atop their eye-staves, and 'Orphic' Eggs;

[RECONSTRUCTED OMPHALOS IN DELPHI, GREECE, PHOTOGRAPHED BY JIM MCPHERSON, 1995]- minuscule tholoi like the so-called Tholos Tomb for Pygmies in the Eastern Congo (the site of the link way to the Wishing Hell, underneath and off to one side of Sedon's Peak, in 1936 and again in 1937/8, as well as a couple of months later in 1938) would have looked something like this -- except it glowed at certain times and would have been slightly larger;

- re the Tholos Tomb for Pygmies, in both '36 and Feb '38, the way through Cathonia to the Wishing Hell or Totem Pool (think Cleopatra's rejuvenating bath) was facilitated via Young Death in combination with a devil's Brainrock power focus or Tvasitar talisman (respectively Nergal Vetala's moon-sickle, which the forever-7 Male Trickster had acquired from somewhere, and Abe Chaos's trident); however, Wolfgang Shekmet did not require a power focus in order to cut through it, and his victim, over the Christmas season of '37/8; he used a regular camping knife;

- that the sacrificial victim in this case, Barsine Mandam, survived was due entirely to the fact she was not so much possessed by a Master Deva as she was a not-entirely-mortal incarnation of one;

[NOTE: the mouse-over behind this picture reads: "Reconstructed omphalos spotted in Delphi, Greece, photographed by Jim McPherson, 1995"; as I discovered while I was in Delphi, at one time an identical omphalos stood in Sais, Egypt; evidently, in what would have been a potential entry in Serendipity had I a webpage in 1995, it was placed there by Alexander the Great; there's more on that Great as well as PHANTACEA's Alexandros "Pluman" Kinesis here; the main entry on Alexandros Kinesis is here;]

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Psychopomps

- reputedly witches make their own psychopomps by extending their soul selves into what are usually dead things somehow demonized; as per here, this certainly seems to be the method Fisherwoman (Scylla Nereid, Lady Achigan, one-time Queen of Godbad) uses when she makes hers;
- there are those who consider psychopomps demons; see here, here and here re that or just copy and paste 'psychopomp' into the Search Engine at the top of the page;
- Hinny the Hippy, who appeared in 'Feel Theo', may have been a pomp; could certainly traverse the Weird, if not the Dome;
- the phantacea Mythos contains plenty of pomps, a few more are listed as part of this quote as well as this quote, wherein Blind Sundown states his belief that Raven's Head is part psychopomp;

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Many a psychopomp was barely sentient. Was more akin to a pathetically loyal pet than anything else. These, for want of a better description, magical morons attended their chosen masters; were, in witch lore of yore, their familiars. Cloud, Claudia D’Angelo, and before her Memory of the Angels’ Bast, a black cat with burning-coal eyeballs, Miracle Maenad’s series of ferocious, multi-headed Cereberant Hellhounds, and Fish’s own long gone Delphi, who took the form of a fin-winged dolphin, fit into that category. So, Fish knew, did Eden’s psychopomp nightingale.

Like any other lifeform -- save, not so peculiarly, pureblood Utopians such as Mel-Illuminatus -- psychopomps could be possessed by devils and it occurred to her that Sedona may have been occupying Eden’s nightingale, whose name was Medici she recalled, when it accompanied her between-space. Certainly Eden herself would have taken steps to make sure Smoky Sedona and her unkind kind could not possess her. Then something else occurred to Fish. If Eden made sure she herself could not be possessed, she could have made just as sure Sedona could not possess Medici.

... from "Harry on the Head", the unpublished sequel to the 'Aspects of an Amoebaman' web-serial

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The ever-fishifying Lady Achigan is still making psychopomps in 5980 YD:

Fisherwoman eely-eyed her. So it seemed did her latest psychopomp, whom Fish was once again calling Eagle Ray Revenant after both Tsishah and adoptive sister Amphitrite prevailed on her to stop calling it (him?) Ronnie Ray-Bum after the USA’s president-elect, Ronald Reagan. (Both Fish and Amphitrite had been to Hollywood in the Forties. Neither could believe Americans had elected Ronnie Rayban. Not to the presidency anyhow: Jimmy Stewart, maybe; Reagan, never.)

... from "Decimation Damnation", the initial entry in the open-ended saga of 'Wilderwitch's Babies'

More on psychopomps in general and Ronnie Ray-Bum in particular is here

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SEDONISTS or SEDONITES

- other terms for the devazur race; see also The Moloch Sedon, The Thrygragos Brothers, The Trigregos Sisters, Byronics, Lazaremists, Mithradites, the Devils Described webpage, the Shining Ones, the 1000 Daze Character Companions, or just click in the devil's name in Search Engine;

There's a short discussion on the Biblical Sheddim in the topic section of the Winter 2000 Web-Publisher's Commentary.

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SEDON'S HEAD, Big Shelter, the Hidden Headworld, the Hidden Continent, the Inner Earth

[Depiction of Sedon's Head, drawn by Ian Fry][Another Depiction of Sedon's Head, drawn by Ian Fry]- see interactive image map here;
- excerpt from Miracle Memory revelatory conversation with Big Max Maxwell re Big Shelter is here;
- some of the ways into and off of the Hidden Continent are listed here;
- once the archipelago of Pacifica, the Places of Peace, in what's now the Northern Pacific Ocean; the thought-sunken continent known by tradition as Lemuria as well as Eden's Zoo;
- since the Great Flood of Genesis also called the Inner Earth, Big Shelter, the Head, the Headworld,
- after the Great Flood or Genesea, when the North Pacific basin surrounding the archipelago emptied out and the Moloch Sedon raised the Cathonic Zone to protect it, the resultant dry land was terra-formed by Master Devas and their Thrygragos fathers into a likeness of their All-Father's head, left side perspective; their All-Father is the Moloch Sedon;
- in all likelihood the Hidden Headworld is identical to the faraway "miraculous land" known to the Japanese as 'Tokoyo' (not to be confused with Tokyo); according to Fortean Times #331 (September 2015), page 38, Tokoyo was where the 'marebito' ("strangers from a faraway land") came from;
- these marebito include "wandering oni (primordial demons) and kami (Shinto deities)"; oni would be the equivalent of Phantacea's demons whereas kami would be devazurs; according to the same article, marebito "are responsible for supernatural abduction (kamikakushi)" ... and "can include shamans and witches"; the image used here and here is a Kabuki half-mask of an oni very reminiscent of Daemonicus, aka the Smiling Fiend;Oni half-mask, spotted on Pinterest
- devic protectorates dot the Head although, particularly after Thrygragon, many of these smaller areas were amalgamated with much larger areas such as are now found in the Lake Lands (Sedon's Sweat Glands), Satanwyck, and Crepuscule, the Land of Twilight (Sedon's Outer Nose); as per 'The Thousand Days of Disbelief', many more were rendered uninhabitable by the Idiot Twins to mark the end of the Empire of Lathakra circa 4825 Year of the Dome (YD);
- for the most part, the Subcontinent of Godbad belongs to Byronics collectively while much of the Cattail Peninsula (Sedon's Ponytail) retains small protectorates over-lorded by Lazaremists;
- initially much of the Upper Head was the exclusive preserve of Mithradites, but this no longer holds true; in fact, great swathes of the Upper Head, Sedon's Cheek, Hadd, and the Occipital Regions are entirely devil-free in 5980;
- as also per here, newcomers suddenly find themselves speaking the same language everyone living on Hidden Headworld does; the same as everyone dead does, too; so long as they can still speak, of course;
- in this regard, presumably because of the sameness of language spoken and/or written throughout the Head, what might be called either racial intolerance or racial exclusivity was rarely an issue

Entrances to the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head include:

  • The (When) Wandering SAG Gap (after Sodom and Gomorrah) ... how it came about is described in "Goddess Gambit" and its predecessor, the web-serial 'The Trigregos Gambit'; see "Sedon's Stooge" , which remains online; adheres to Methandra Thanatos on the Inner Earth;
  • The (When) Stationary SAG Gap went between the Totem Pool in what was then the Congolese shore of Lake Victoria in Africa as late as February 1938; featured throughout the Heliodyssey web-serials);
  • Kore's Hell went from the shore of the River Styx (Stynx) within the innards of Mt Maenalus on Apple Isle to Aegean Trigon in the late 1930s; mentioned in 'The Moloch Manoeuvres' web-serial and used most extensively in the 'Coueranna's Curse' web-serial;
  • The Nag Gap (after Nagasaki); goes from Aka Godbad City to Centauri Island, used by Byronic Master Devas throughout the 'Launch 1980' story cycle;
  • The Hir Gap (after Hiroshima); goes from the nowadays collapsed Hiroshima Cavern in Temporis to the Japanese city of the same name, used by Old Man Power (Obadiah Melvin Power, Kronokronos Akbarartha) and Crimson Corona (Corona Power, born Takeda Mikoto) to reach the Outer Earth in August 1945;
  • The Egyptian Sphinx (once Andy the Androsphinx) goes through the interspatial digestive track still shared with All the Invincible (once Ginny the Gynosphinx) on the Inner Earth's Prison Beach of Incain; used by Pyrame Silverstar, Chrysaor Attis and Jordan Tethys in "Feeling Theocidal" in 4376 YD (376 AD) and Freespirit Nihila in "Helios on the Moon", which is set in 5980 YD (1980 AD);
  • Various Beehive Tholoi (singular: Tholos), sometimes referred to as either Guest or Ghost Houses of or for the Gods, especially those closed since events described in "Contagion Collectors", which was set between 5456 & 5476 YD (roughly the equivalent of 1456 to 1476 AD);
  • Damnation Isle, which the Japanese tried to take over in the Aleutians during World War II and where the events at the beginning of "The War of the Apocalyptics" and "The Damnation Brigade" graphic novel, both of which set on the 30th of November 1980, took place;
  • The Phantom Freighter, could traverse the Cathonic Dome from the coast of Incain, at the southernmost extremity of the Cattail Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean not far from Centauri Island in the Hawaiian Archipelago, only worked because of an abundance of Brainrock in its hold; used primarily by Sharkczar, Crystallion, Hell's Horsemen and their Atomic Firedrakes; featured most extensively in "Nuclear Dragons", albeit without any reference to Sedon's Head; that changed in "Helios on the Moon", when all was revealed, and is common knowledge amongst many of the witch-characters behind the Panharmonium Project in "Hidden Headgames";

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“So,” said Maxwell, providing his own, much more succinct, summing up: “Big Shelter isn’t up here on the Moon like James Aremar figured it was. It’s exactly where Kinesis told me he thought it was more than a week ago now. It’s in what amounts to another dimension in the middle of the North Pacific.”

Memory nodded. “Those on, above, or below it – and you’d be surprised how many do live on or below it, hundreds of thousands – plus those who know of it, but who dwell beyond the Dome, generally refer to it as either the Inner Earth or the Hidden Headworld. Which, the Devil as well as Demon King’s head, is what it would resemble from outer space were satellites able to see through Cathonia.

“Not a demon’s head full on, I should qualify, but one from its left side perspective. That means only one human eye, the Gulf of Corona, with Apple Isle its pupil; half of a devic one, the Weirdom of Cabalarkon, which of course includes Cabalarkon City, where sleeps Cabalarkon himself, and only one horn, though that’s now most of the way south and east of where you’d think it should be. And don’t ask me why that is. Not unless you really want to be here until next century.”

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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Pre-Babel Babble

The Hidden Continent of Sedon’s Head contained numberless wonders. Those who found a way to the Inner Earth from the Outer Earth could be forgiven when they spoke of entering a dream world, even if it was sometimes more of a nightmare. For some, if not all, of these outsiders, perhaps the most marvellous thing about the Head was that everyone on it spoke the same language: Sedon Speak; pre-Babel babble, as some wagging tongues would have it.

Outsiders didn’t have to learn Sedon Speak; once they were inside, beneath the Sedon Sphere and therefore under its influence, they automatically spoke it. So long as they stayed insiders, that is. Come from China, speaking only Chinese, whatever dialect, meet someone from Arabia, speaking only Arabic, dialect-ditto, and suddenly you were speaking the same language. Were even though you knew damn well you were still speaking Chinese or Arabic.

... from 'Pyrame's Progress', a possible entry in the open-ended saga of 'Wilderwitch's Babies'

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Note: an interactive map of the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head is here

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As Time Goes By on the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head

Perpetual CalendarTime is measured in Years of the Dome (YD); Year 0 was the equivalent of 4000 BC; our Year 0 Anno Domini (AD) was therefore the Head's Year 4000 YD; the Perpetual Calendar is applicable so long as one recalls that the tenth month of the Head's year, our December, is not its last month;

Other than in Satanwyck, below, its eleventh and twelfth months are the equivalent of the next year's January and February. That makes the Head's year far more intelligible than our year (because, despite their Latin-derived names, our Sept isn't the 7th month, Oct isn't the 8th, Nov isn't the 9th, and Dec isn't 10th in our system; for some reason they're the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.)

The Moloch Sedon, he of Sedon's Head, depicted as the DevilThe Sedonic Year is broken into 3 Ternaries, which are named after the Thrygragos Brothers; the Lazaremist Ternary starts at the beginning of Surma (our March); the Byronic Ternary starts at the beginning of Kamor (our July); and the Mithradic Ternary starts at the beginning of Maruta (our November);

The twelve months are variations of names antique Illuminaries of Weir gave to Master Devas circa 3300 - 4100 YD; over the intervening centuries they have changed more than a few times;

Most of the Head celebrates the new year as we Outer Earthlings probably should, on the Spring Solstice; the major exception is Satanwyck (Sedon's Temple, capital city: Pandemonium, once the Domain of All Demons, by 5980 considered Paradise for the Damned), wherein it's celebrated on the feast day of the reigning Prime Sinistral or vice-regent (Sedon's the real King of Hell); that is to say, on the first day of our February;

Re February in Sedon's Temple:
- in "Feeling Theocidal", and throughout much of the time chronicled by "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", that month was known as Belialman, after Sinistral Lust {Hell's Belle, bouncing, bedazzling or anything-but-plain beguiling Belialma};
- as detailed in "Janna Fangfingers", shortly before All Death Day it became known as Cupidam, after Sinistral Envy {aka both Bobby Badboy and Robin Goodfellow, the green-eyed devil possessing Herta Heartthrob's last surviving putto in "Contagion Collectors"};
- originally known as Domdam, after Domdaniel-Pride, the first Prime Sinistral;
- in 'Pyrame's Progress', when Pyrame Silverstar ended up there in late Tantalar 5980, after Nehrini Purandar's cosmicar crashed in Satanwyck, and in the 'Psychodrama' web-serial set in 5981, it was named Balek, after Baaloch Hellblob, Sinistral Sloth;

As of 5980 YD the Lazaremist Ternary is Surma (after Blacksun Zenit Suryad - our March), Antheal (after Flowery Anthea - our April), Vanalal (Vanalana - our May) and Azky (after Azkeecyoos, Lazareme's Male Healer, whom devils refer to as Surgeon but whose father refers to him as Sturgeon in "Feeling Theocidal" - our June);

The Byronic Ternary consists of Kamor (after Camorva Freeflight - our July), Hektor (after Hektoris - our August), Rudar (after Rudra Silvercloud - our September) and Djerridam (after Djerrid Ruin, Byron's Bowman - our October);

The months of Maruta (after Kanin Marutia, aka Strife - our November), Tantalar (after Tantal Thanatos, King Cold - our December), Yamana (after Underlord Yama Nergal - our January) and Balek (after Baaloch Hellblob, Sinistral Sloth of Satanwyck - our February) make up the Mithradic Ternary;

The days of the week are named after the Moloch Sedon and the six Great Gods (Thrygragos) and Goddesses (Trigregos): Sedonda-Sunday, Mithrada-Monday, Demetray-Tuesday, Birhym-Wednesday, Sapienda-Thursday, Lazam-Friday and Devauray-Saturday;

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Quarter Turn Days celebrated on the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head

- Imbolc Day: Balek (February) 1, the start of the Spring Season; the first day of the New Year in Satanwyck;
- Mid-Spring Day: third week of Surma (March), the Spring Equinox, the first day of the New Year throughout most of the Hidden Headworld, sometimes called Ostara (though never Easter) on the Head;
- Beltane: Vanalal (May) 1, the start of the Summer Season;
- Mid-Summer's Day: third week of Azky (June), the Summer Equinox; (as per here and here, seems to be called Litha's Day in certain Outer Earth traditions, presumably after Primeval Lilith, the Demon Queen of the Night);
- Lunasa Day: Hektor (August 1), start of the harvest season, in effect the first day of Fall or Autumn;
- Mid-Harvest or Mid-Autumn Day: third week of Rudar, the Autumnal Equinox; the Silverclouds celebrate their birthdays on the equinox;
- Samhain: 31st of Djerridam (October), Halloween (never All Saints Day on the Hidden Headworld);
- Mithramas Day: Yule, the 25th of Tantalar, considered Mid-Winter's Day on the Hidden Headworld; Thrygragon (from "Feeling Theocidal") took place on Mithramas Day 4376 YD

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see Places Peculiar for a large Image Map with lynx to more details on some of the regions most frequented by characters featured in the PHANTACEA Mythos; see Serendipity Now for more on the Hidden Headworld's Wheel of the Year;

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SEDONSHEM

For multiple tens of thousands of Earth years the Moloch Sedon and the devils he'd engendered, if only to keep himself company, traversed the cosmos in the Sedonshem; doing so, they contaminated and corrupted virtually everyone they came across -- including sentient beings on the pre-Flood, then Whole Earth.

[SEDONSHEM LANDS ATOP DROCH NOR]- Machine-Memory calls it the Devils' Ark during the course of "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle;

- like the Cathonic Zone after the Great Flood of Genesis, made up of Sedon's essence;

- filled almost entirely with devic spirit beings (the lone, long term exception being Cabalarkon, the Undying Utopian Sedon regarded as his father and whom he kept alive in a tub of Cathonic Fluid), it was how devas got about after they left New Weirworld and began their multi-millennia trip through the cosmos;

- when it landed atop Droch Nor and the Gregarian Fields during the Golden Age of Humankind, it dissipated upon impact; at that point in time thereafter (until the Xuthros Hor called up, as well as down the Genesea in the Year Zero YD anyhow) devils were loose upon the Whole Earth in great numbers;

- there's another entry re the Sedonshem here and a colourized version of this drawing here; the largest version of this last can be found here, which is where you'll also find more info on what it landed upon in 669 Pre-Dome;

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SHAMIR

[AN IMAGE OF A GOD POSSIBLY HOLDING A SHAMIR, TAKEN FROM THE WEB]Conceivably mythical object(s) mentioned in the Talmud via which the likes of Aaron and Solomon could cut stones without a hammer; in the legend of Solomon, he encounters Ashmedai or Asmodaeus, the King of the Demons or Shedds; Shedds are also called the Sheddim, which is not far from Sedon; Shedds may therefore be devazurs or Sedonists whereas, in the PHANTACEA Mythos, the King of Demons' equivalent of Ashmedai or Asmodaeus, Samael or, for that matter, Satan Himself, is Daemonicus;

[A POSSIBLE DEPICTION OF A 'SHAMIR' TAKEN FROM THE WEB]something similar is probably the device the ancients used to raise megalithic stones and build their cyclopean structures in both the Western and Eastern hemisphere; these devices may have been brought from Far-Off Weirworld by the Trinondevs when they came to the Whole Earth a decade before the Genesea, -- in which case they may be related to eyeorbs or prison pods;

then again, Alorus Ptah probably already had something similar when he or his descendants constructed the twin Sphinxes in Egypt and on the Prison Beach of Incain at the foot of the Cattail Peninsula on what was then Pacifica-Lemuria.

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SOLIDIUM, STOPSTONE, GODCRUD

Stopstone, also called Solidium and, less commonly, Godcrud, is Brainrock-Gypsium's counter-force or neutralizing agent. Mastery of Stopstone is what makes a Mithrant Persian such as Rom's father, Alexandros 'Pluman' Kinesis, an Earth Magician while Mastery of Brainrock is what makes a Heliodromus such as Rom's mother, Roxanne 'Slipper' nee Heliopolis, a Sky Magician.

Solidium tended to accrue in mankind’s wake.

Anything artificial, from plastics to wooden cabinets, had a smear of the loamy substance within it. (If Gypsium was Godstuff then Solidium was Godcrud.) Extracting it, however, was more a matter of alchemy than anything else. Physicists, particularly in the Soviet Union, at various Academies of Man, and some of those employed by New Century Enterprises, had been experimenting with Solidium for over five decades.

All in all (and a lot of it was in All of Incain), it was pretty esoteric muck. It was so far beyond the proverbial mud bucket, isolating enough of it to work on consumed so much time and energy that it was difficult to see how it could ever prove financially rewarding. Samarand, though, insisted that, when you’re dealing with Gypsium, you had to deal with Solidium. One went with the other like good went with evil. And so they persevered; hence the Express’s carapace, among many another proprietary innovation.

On or off Centauri Island, those few who knew about it thought Solidium as mysterious as Gypsium. Old-timers like Ryne, the Maxwells, and the now retired Günter von Alptraum – who, at his research lab in the Ukraine’s Supracity, had almost exclusive access to notes made by Jesus Mandam before his death in late 1953 – associated Godcrud with supranormals such as the long dead Solidium Kid (Will Tombstone, Kid Cemetery) and the more recently late Pluman (Rom’s father, Alexandros Kinesis).

... from "Nuclear Dragons", Part One: Indescribable Defiance

Chthonic creatures such as demons, faeries, Mandroids (the Lemurian frog-women's guard-bodies) and the Mantels of Temporis are largely composed of Solidium-Stopstone, which is why they can neutralize devils. A particularly nasty fellow appearing in "Nuclear Dragons" had himself mostly re-made out of Godcrud for just that purpose.

Sharkczar (once Steltsar) was a ‘trinary’ , a tripartite being: part machine, part clone, part man; cyborg more so than android, one with the still-functioning brain of the Nazi Nightmare and an artificially-grown body reinforced by robotics. He had tailor-made his own body to suit his new nomenclature. It was based on – duh! – a shark’s: with a head shaped like a claw-hammer, an oversized mouth and three layers of sharp teeth. Nearly seven feet from tip to toe, he stood on legs like a man but his feet were webbed and disproportionately long.

His arms doubled as ventral fins. His hands had long, spindly fingers that ended in talons. He had a pronounced dorsal-like fin that stuck out of his spine from just below his neck to his tailbone. His skin was dun-coloured; inlaid with a grey, metallic mesh that took the place of clothing. It was a body built for battle; there wasn’t much it couldn’t withstand and not much that could withstand it. He could breathe underwater as well as in the air but was best adapted, and hence most comfortable, in the ocean.

“Master Devas,” considered Sharkczar, [speaking to Crystallion,] “Want nothing to do with nuclear energy. The Byronics will flee in panic back to the Head once you and your Horsemen start the assault. And I’ll be waiting in the Gap like a spider for a dozen or so flies. I was redesigned, at my insistence, for ensnaring devils It’s an opportunity I won’t waste.”

... from "Nuclear Dragons", Part Two: The Strife Virus

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As noted most often during the 'Launch 1980' fantasy trilogy released by Phantacea Publications, the Untouchable Diver, a member of the Damnation Brigade as of the end of November 1980, has a great deal of difficulty with Stopstone:

The Diver’s dilemma was, not all that unusually for him, Solidium; what those in here, beneath the Dome, tended to call Stopstone. Demons were full of the shit, what he’d decided would be better referred to as Godcrud, as opposed to Godstuff.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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In New Weirworld, on or about the equivalent of 4 December/Tantalar 19/5980, the Visionary of Weir marvels at Lord Yajur's Lightning Blade.

"The latter [Stopstone] is associated with the mandroids of ignominy ..."

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

Full quote in context here

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Near the end of the Launch 1980 story cycle, the Little Trickster (Hush Mannering) expounds uncharacteristically volubly re Sodium:

Spoiler Alert

Presumably in order to illustrate whatever she was about to begin pontificating on, she reached into her bottomless beach bag and brought out what appeared to be a toy facsimile of one of the creatures.

No toy this, she asserted. “This is the one Crystal rode and abandoned over there.”

“Come again?” disbelieved Centauri.

“It’s mostly made of Solidium, what’s usually called Stopstone in here. Daddy Yati could tell you all about it if I felt like letting him loose. Which I don’t, due to strongly held personal objections to being eaten alive. So you’ll just have to believe me when I tell you it’s a substance counter-indicative to Gypsium, yet of a just as much so  unknowable constitution; non Fourth of July variety.

“Crystal must have been a supra as much as she was a freak. Her abilities, at least those of her drakes and horsemen, were somewhat reminiscent of the old-time supra Emperor Energy. She generated her own innate energy and funnelled it into these things, made them huge; trained or more likely had made Hell’s Horsemen to ride them.

“None of them survived, I’m afraid – the dragon riders, I mean – but I bet you a brick shithouse in Shenon I’m right about that. They were mandroids, like the crew of the phantom freighter undoubtedly were. If you’re interested, I think I can see how it all came about.”

“Goes back to Jesus Mandam, the King Conqueror,” guessed the Fatman. “Everything else seems to.”

“Goes back even further than that, I figure,” ventured the perennial child. “Certainly to the Summoning of 19/5920 that my maybe mother, Celeste Mannering, the Celestial Superior, called. And remember that all of the Conqueror’s technology was lifted from the ruins of various Weirdoms dotted throughout the Head. Recall also Steltsar was a leftover of the old Baron von Alptraum, the Nazi Nightmare.

“I stayed with him in the late Thirties at Castle Nightmare. Actually, I more like stayed with his mother-in-law, Hulga Faust always Volsung, and Two’s template, Moe One. That’s because he was as often as not in Hamburg being a ha, ha, hot shot in the aerostatic engineering and manufacturing business; dirigibles and such like.

“A few years later, during the Outer Earth’s Second World War, he and the second Moses Callion routinely whipped up unthinkable monstrosities like this little feller here. Long before his first and what should have been his final death in ’44, Tyrtod claimed it was something he learned when he, along with many other Godlings, most of whom were his elders, was lost in the Himalayas sixty odd years ago now.

“Then there were the Orientals. I’m thinking specifically of Ching Li, the Manchurian Mandrake, although he was just the last of them. Perhaps because their civilization is so ancient – Stopstone accrues in manmade objects – oriental supras were good with Solidium.”

“I remember you saying way back in the Godbadian Civil War,” said Centauri, “That the Steltsar we were dealing with then wasn’t so much an altered von Alptraum as a mantel-replica from Temporis freed by the Conqueror. Replicates, tellurian mantels, are all mandroids, which is to say they’re composed of Stopstone, correct? The Gypsium Curtain interacted with the Solidium in these things. Cancelled each other out.”

“Disintegrated each other, more like,” said Hush. “I can just see god-awful Daddy Abe or doting Daddy Dolph Dulles, who’s getting up there in terms of Amoebaman abilities, wondering if the dragons the Water Witch didn’t take care of would suddenly pop back out of Shadowland and finish what they started.” Got glared at for that.

“It won’t happen,” she assured them, in response to their unspoken shock. “When you think about it, given what they’ve become, it’s a tremendous irony that Big Max Maxwell and Rom Kinesis are such good friends. As they almost found out a week ago last Sunday, had Kinesis continued to bombard Mr No Name with Gyps he’d have wiped him out. Mind you, if No Name had the sense, he’d have continued to draw Solidium into himself and eventually snuff Doc Defiance, as Kinesis fancies himself nowadays.”

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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SOUL SINKS

"Glowing Gonads were soul sinks, a kind of cross between Anthean Agates and Eyeorbs. At least theoretically they could capture human souls the same way Trinondev Prison Pods [the eyeorbs atop their eye-staves] did devic spirit-selves."

... from 'The Vampire Variations '

Other soul sinks that have appeared during the course of PHANTACEA on the Web include the rainbow swath old Joe used to capture and hold onto the Unholy Ghost until her baby sister, Mnemosyne D'Angelo, releases her in 'The Moloch Manoeuvres'; the crystal skulls Hellions, Valkyries and Rakshas demons use to carry around Sangazur spirit-selves, and even the acorns faerie dryads possess in an unserialized, but now print-published, PHANTACEA Mythos novel entitled "'Feeling Theocidal";

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The ringots Angelo Zeross (the first Ringleader) acquired during the Simultaneous Summonings of 19/5920 were similar to soul sinks except they only captured and held onto devic Spirit Beings (not the power foci or Tvasitar-trinkets that helped keep them solid individuals); as such they were very similar, if perhaps not quite identical, to Trinondev Prison Pods [the eyeorbs atop their eye-staves];

As Hush [born Pandora Mannering] puts it to Mama Goldie [Gilda nee O'Ryan Dre'Ath] in VolVar-1 :

"Oh yes ... we had a philosophizing Ringleader/Ringkeeper with Brainrock circlets filled with bodiless devils."

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Ringots were first made during the expansion of the Empire of Lathakra, circa the 48th Century of the Dome, by Tvasitar Smithmonger, the devic Prometheus; because he made them, devils could use them too:

The ring Abe gave her as a token of his affection? It was a ringot, a made-for-devils prison pod, she reminded Harmony haughtily, as she nevertheless obligingly handed it over to her. Although forged by the Unities’ not so much younger brother – the Anvil Artificer as devils had him, Tvasitar Smithmonger as antique Illuminaries had him – at his good-as-protectorate, the Brainrock-volcanic Sedon’s Peak, the devic Prometheus didn’t devil-devise them.

Ringots were the brainwave of their inventive cousin, firstborn Heat, Methandra Thanatos. Hot Stuff was the Mithradite also oft-times referred to as the Scarlet Seeress because she was something of a sorceress. She’d conceived the idea during the expansion of their comparatively short-lived but, fortunately for the Thanatoids, not altogether ill-starred Lathakran Empire in the 48th Century of the Dome.

Master Devas, the High Illuminary’s thoroughly well-schooled daughter noted, used them to capture devic spirit beings much as even hybrid Utopians, like her birthparents, once could use Trinondev eyeorbs to do dot-ditto. The major difference was that ringots couldn’t capture devic power foci.

... from 'The Thousand Days of Disbelief', Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' epic trilogy

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NOTE 1 re Ringots: As above, Tvasitar Smithmonger made his first ringots during the expansion of the Lathakran Empire. They figure throughout "The Death Head Hellion". Therein titular-she, aka Melusine Master Morgan Abyss, gets hold of a kibisis full of them. Much to her everlasting embarrassment, unlike Utopian eye-staves, they work on Pyrame Silverstar. In addition to her demon, Lethal Lily, the Perpetual Presence (adult, female) just happens to be holding onto Master Morg at the time

NOTE 2 re Ringots: Another reference to them can be found here, during the synoptic proceedings of 'Coueranna's Curse', a pH-Webworld online serial

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SPHINXES, Andy the Androsphinx, Ginny the Gynosphinx, All of Incain

[Photograph of Egyptian Sphinx, taken from The Message of the Sphinx by Hancock and Bauval, 1996]

- the Male (non-winged) Egyptian Sphinx and the Female (winged) Headworld Sphinx, All of Incain, are related after a fashion. Both date to before the Genesea and both amounted to prisons where both earthborn demons and skyborn devils were incarcerated for long periods of time.

[Likeness of All of Incain, photograph taken in Catania, Sicily by Jim McPherson, 1997]In an unserialized, PHANTACEA Mythos mosaic novel entitled 'Feeling Theocidal' (which Phantacea Publications has since published in book form), the Egyptian Sphinx is often referred to as Andy the Androsphinx whereas the winged female is sometimes called Ginny the Gynosphinx. (Nowadays she's almost exclusively known as All the self-proclaimed Invincible, she of Incain.)

The Egyptian One, which some believe (wrongly) was built by Celestial God, is now moribund, just a lump of stone. However, the Headworld one, which was almost definitely built by Machine-Memory for Alorus Ptah centuries before his death at the hands of Anti-Patriarch Cain, is still conscious and still holds devils, though she/it dwells mostly between-space.

In another unserialized, PHANTACEA Mythos mosaic novel, this one entitled 'The Thousand Days of Disbelief', a couple of pertinent to 19/5980 points are made (this despite the fact that 1000-Daze is set, among other times, in 4824/5 Years of the Dome):

All [of Incain] only recognized one devil as her mistress and that devil was Pyrame Silverstar.

... Extraterrestrial Utopians must have realized shortly after finding themselves trapped on the now Inner Earth that the semi-sentient, centuries’ pre-Flood-built She-Sphinx was an exceptionally advanced form of mandroid. In all likelihood that indicated she was based on First or Second Weir World’s technology.

... from "The Death's Head Hellion", a mini-novel extracted from 'The 1000 Days of Disbelief'

People and mantels, but not devils (other than Pyrame Silverstar), can traverse the Cathonic Dome via All the Invincible. Some said that, in the late Thirties and right up into the Sixties, for those who knew how to use its obvious doorway, the Male Sphinx also maintained a link to its former Female Mate on the Headworld.

A Max Ernst painting entitled Chimere 1927; scanned in from a postcard bought in Paris 2004; figure suggestive of All of Incain; triangle suggestive of Pyrame Silverstar It is believed that Unholy Abaddon, the Unity of Chaos, used the Sphinx Lynx to traverse Cathonia sometime in the 16th Century, after he committed devic suicide, to search for his lost son. Certainly the Pauper Priestess used it to go from one side of the Dome to the other in order to procreate her sedons. In 1965, the so-called Gynosphinx (connected to Corona Power) created a number of various kinds of sphinxes in her attempt to take over Centauri Island.

A She-Sphinx spotted in Salvador, Brazil, photo by Jim McPherson, 2006The connection between All of Incain and Demogorgon was established at the beginning and end of 'The Trigregos Gambit'. She-it came under attack during the Launch sequences but survived to house more so than imprison Pyrame Silverstar during 'The Weirdness of Cabalarkon'. She-it also appeared during later the 'Heliodyssey' storyline entitled: 'The Volsung Variations', which began serialization in PHANTACEA on the Web during the summer of 2006.

There's a rather raunchy BLOCKQUOTE from "Feeling Theocidal" regarding Andy and Ginny in the Daemonicus entry on the Pivotal Characters web page.

Here's another highly suggestive BLOCKQUOTE from the same source regarding the two sphinxes. It occurs in the Year 725 Pre-Dome (PD), the same year - not at all coincidentally - that Anti-Patriarch Cain supposedly slew his father, Alorus Ptah, the Biblical Adam (though technically, if you want to get all Adam-anal about it, Ptah's the second Biblical Adam).

The neither impossibly mobile nor impossibly huge, granite atrocity with a lion’s body and the head of Heliosophos reared on its hind legs in anticipation. Hind legs weren’t all it reared.

Romping straight at her male counterpart was a slightly smaller, yet proportionately equally enormous and be-winged she-lion with the head of Miracle Memory. They collided, got cavorting, all rough and tumble, bites and bellows. Pebbles, not fur flew.

... from 'Feeling Theocidal', Book One of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' epic trilogy

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Here, Miracle Memory explains to Big Max Maxwell why Helios, whom she can't refuse, had her construct, albeit on his specifications, the male and female sphinxes hundreds of years before the Sedonshem landed on the Moon.

From this it's safe to extrapolate that it was only a twist of fate or trick of cosmic irony (read: accident) that Andy and Ginny ended up trapping so many members of Thrygragos Lazareme's devic Expeditionary Force over 700 years pre-Genesea.

The sphinxes weren't built to take out devils and thereafter use their energies to power themselves. They were built to take out and hold demons, the perceived enemies of humanity's golden-apple-eating Rainbow Class within a few years of the birth of Cain and Abel.

"Her jealousy is such that Adam-Ptah finally recognizes the inherent evil of [Primeval] Lilith. So what does he do but eat of the Tree of Knowledge, which now grows on Apple Isle as well as, presumably, the original Garden.

"This gives him the skill necessary to concoct the sphinxes, Andy the Androsphinx in his image and Ginny the Gynosphinx in mine, pre-Lilith. Except, and this the awkward part, he might know how to make them, but he hasn’t the wherewithal to do so, not even one. So he naturally comes to me, my machine side.

"I can’t disobey him; can’t, dare not, kill him. But I can argue on our behalf. So he holds off activating him — at this point he’s only had me make the He-Sphinx, Andy the Androsphinx, the one with his face ..."

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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Freespirit Nihila confirms much of this story [to Quill Tethys] near the end of the 'Launch 1980' story cycle:

"Was their [the Dual Entities] son, Anti-Patriarch Cain, really Heliosophos in his 1st lifetime?”

“Not hers, that I can tell you. Cain’s mother was the Demon Queen, Primeval Lilith. Correction, not hers unless she was possessing Lilith, which I suppose she could have been. It’s the daemons that humanize her, not the devils. Be that as it may, in a fit of jealous rage Machine-Memory built the male and female sphinxes to contain her and Daemonicus, her Demon King, the one before Granddad took his place after Ragnarok a couple of hundred years before the Genesea.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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All of Incain got pretty active during "Feeling Theocidal", which mostly took place on a single day, Mithramas 4376 YD, and then played a significant, howsoever strategic role in "The Death's Head Hellion". A little over 1500 years after Feel Theo ...

Ginny the Gynosphinx didn’t call herself that anymore. Never had. That was just the Dual Entities being cute. She did sometimes sport Memory’s face, however.

Especially when she went on the prowl.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

And isn't Memory's face much the same as that of the incomparable Harmony, who's now ...?

Yep! (Also Yikes!)

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The Little Trickster (Hush Mannering) is reminded of this near the end of the 'Launch 1980' story cycle:

“Riddle me this,” the female trickster said by way of explanation. “What has the wings of a demon, the head of a Gorgon, the body of a hellcat, and the breasts of a beautiful woman except her milk is bile?” She reckoned casting her answer in the form of a riddle might give it away. She reckoned wrongly. Maybe Harmony, or whatever she was calling herself these days, had never heard of Oedipus Rex.

Which would have been odd given her effective immortality and the mythological fact that Oedipus’s mother Jocasta was a direct descendant of King Cadmus of Thebes and her, Datong Harmonia, via Agave, one of their four daughters. Then again so was his father Laius, albeit via their only son, Polydorus.

(Oedipus killed Laius prior to marrying his mother. Betwixt and between times he managed to solve the famous Riddle of the Sphinx, a be-winged, hence female man-eater. Which in turn was why Thebes’ regent, none other than his uncle Creon, Jocasta’s brother, invited him to marry Jocasta in the first place.)

Nowadays Nihila had seen a grotesquery like that on Thrygragon in 4376 YD. Long before that, though, in the days when Master Devas could only become whole by amalgamating with each other, her-then-not-yet-named Harmony self had been part of the same creature not once but many times.

“The Unnameable!”

“Close, Balance. Answer’s the Gynosphinx. The real one, Ginny, not the one that got blown away on the Outer Earth’s Centauri Island fifteen years ago.”

“All of Incain,” appreciated Tethys.

“Oh her,” said Nihila. “She doesn’t have a gorgon’s face. She has mine.”

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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Spoiler Alert

Not just Hush was right. Nihila was, too.

[Hush] was right that mandroids, at least this specific, machine master moulding mandroid, had to obey their mothers. (Weir’s ultimately baleful Mother Machine, upon which the Mnemosyne Machine was partially based, wouldn’t have designed the first mandroids otherwise.)

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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- click link for suggestive image of a pair of female sphinxes on pHanta-phlickr from London, England, 2014;

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SUBTLE MATTER, stoprock, brainstone, Magical Mana

- presumably a form of the dark-grey, universal substance of between-space;
- daemonic bodies are composed of subtle matter, which is why, when daemons die or are destroyed, they leave no trace; they're just reabsorbed into the Universal Substance;

“Twilight’s feeorin, like Satanwyck’s demons and the Thousand Caverns’ tribe of faerie farts, aren’t composed of flesh and blood, Harry,” could not resist offering Melina Sarpedon ... “Rather, their flesh and blood isn’t the same as our flesh and blood. It’s strange stuff, the Dark Grey Matter of Samsara, the Universal Substance.

“We Utopians call it Stoprock or Brainstone; that is to say it’s a composite of Brainrock, your Gypsium, and Stopstone, your Solidium. It’s what makes up Tellurian Mandroids and the Mantels of Temporis. It’s magical mana to mystics and aboriginal medicine men; subtle matter to priestly clerics like Krepusyl of Crepuscule’s grey-clad Druids.

“It’s the same substance angels and djinns are said to be made up of in organized religions. Which is why, when then die, which some of them sometimes do, they don’t leave behind fossils or bones. Dust to dust and to dust, not hardened remains, thou shall return."

... from "Harry on the Head", the as-yet-unpublished continuation of the 'Ringleader's Revenge' web-serial

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As part of the same conversation/sequence on the Moon excerpted here, the Male Entity claims the Female Entity devised eye-staves, and the orbs that fit atop them, in order to take out not just Master Devas:

“They take out demons, too. Suck in subtle matter I should have said. Plus, there are a few more where that came from; which is to say right there in that box. Besides, it’s no big deal for Memory to make more any time she pleases. Her Mother Machine aspect did invent the whole eyeorb-eye-stave binary weapons’ system don’t you know.

“Tailor-made them for an elite cadre of Utopian warriors she called Trinondevs for some reason,” he said.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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In New Weirworld, on or about the equivalent of 4 December/Tantalar 19/5980, the Visionary of Weir marvels at Lord Yajur's Lightning Blade.

“Remarkable.”

The blindfolded Visionary returned the weapon and its sheath to the bailiff. It was a kind of sword, actually more like a lightning bolt attached to a hilt. Its scabbard was equally remarkable in that it seemed to be composed of a substance somehow converse or countervailing to that of the blade.

“They each seem to be some kind of unusual metal. Your insights are requested, Mr Metallurgist.”

“Not metal, sir,” testified the particle scientist, a woman whose otherwise alabastrine skin was a patchwork of variously coloured substances. “Not as such. Spectrum analysis confirms two principle agents. These are Brainrock, in the case of the blade, and Stopstone, in the case of the hilt and sheathe. Their manufacture has been forsworn on New Weir for multi-millennia, likely on the recommendation of the Dual Entities.

“The latter is associated with the mandroids of ignominy, the former with devils of near equal disrepute. What seems equally true is they appear to be mutable, albeit shape-changing rather than state-changing, though perhaps they could do that too, in the right hands, Which mine aren’t.

“Subtle matter is a term that comes to mind. We know it from our exceedingly, um, circumspect dealings with the so-called Celestial Sphere. Remarkable does not. They are beyond remarkable; perhaps even beyond knowable. They defy analysis. In theory they are antithetical; in some respects comparable to matter and anti-matter. Which is to say they should disintegrate each other.

“However, in this case, they seem to compliment each other. In other words, what the sword can do, it couldn’t without the hilt to hold onto and the sheath to guard it when not in use. It’s even possible they’re so mutable they, dependent on their uses, amount to the same thing.

“Call it Brainstone, perhaps, or Stoprock; call them the complimentary substances of between-space then drop the plural. I can’t describe it adequately. Not today. I’m not sure I ever will, could, can.” She farted deliberately. “Listen to me. I sound like an idiot. But I’m not. No one in this courtroom is an idiot, saving perhaps your idiot savant self,” she added, obligingly. “And our guest here. Perhaps he would be in a better position to describe it.”

“In due course.” The visionary dismissed the scientocrat ...

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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Towards the end of the 'Launch 1980' story cycle, the Trigregos Sisters subject Cosmicaptain Mik Starrus to a thorough mind-ream:

'Mik Starrus calls them Gypsium and Solidium, but he’s not a scientist. He knows virtually nothing about them.'

'That notion of his, that they were two sides of the same thing, Stoprock or Brainstone, the mutable matter of between-space, may not be so farfetched.'

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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Supranormals

- term used throughout the Phantacea Mythos for mortals who develop extraordinary, sometimes near-devic abilities;
- like devils they're not supposed to kill;
- many Outer Earth born supranormals are actually deviants; the majority of these came about as a result of the Simultaneous Summonings of 19/5920 or the wild night in Vancouver Canada on the Autumnal Equinox of 1952 when "Lady Lust came to town leaving Mama Maternity behind";

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Even during the World War years supras were not supposed to kill and, remarkably, very few on either side did; at least not until its final year or so, when things got particularly desperate for the Axis Powers. While there had always been the occasional exception, the final encounter between the Agenor Heliopolis’s Olympians and the old Baron’s Teutonic Terrors pretty much spelt the end of the non-killing aspect of the Secret War of Supranormals.

Certainly things undeniably went downhill from there in terms of supras slaughtering their fellow supras. Not to mention damn near anyone else who got in their way. Nonetheless, primarily at King George’s insistence, those who joined KOC in ’46 had to swear an oath not to endanger, let alone kill non-supras. A few years later Jesus Mandam, by then revealed to be the King Conqueror or, as he styled himself, the Conquering Christ, made both sets of his Conquerors swear to respect all human life; most particularly the lives of supranormals, it sort of went without saying.

Similar oaths were never made by post-War adherents of the mostly Germanic Supranormal Revenge Squad known as The Rache and the entirely East Asian, though not entirely Japanese, Warlords of Writhing Moon. However, it really was not until the Summer Solstice of 1953 that supra-slaughtering once again became the vogue; the rule rather than the exception.

... from "Harry on the Head", the as-yet-unpublished continuation of the 'Ringleader's Revenge' web-serial

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- phantacea's main group of supras are the Damnation Brigade; see here for a list of some other supra groups and their members; even more on supras, including how a selection of them are described in the pH-Webworld serials, novels and mini-novels, is here;

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TAUROBOLIUM

- a Mithraic manhood ceremony for new initiates and, perhaps arguably, for all Roman legionnaires; a precursor of tauromachy, the art of bull-fighting;
- an equivalent notion is found in the Volsung Saga, when Sigurd slew Fafnir and became nigh-on invulnerable as the dragon's blood washed over him;
- also featured in cults like that devoted to Magna Mater (the Great Goddess Cybele) and her paramour/victim Phrygian Attis;

[AN IMAGE OF MITHRAS SLAYING THE CELESTIAL BULL TAKEN FROM THE WEB]- while there is no evidence it was practised on Crete during Minoan Times, it seems to have had its origins in contemporaneous Egypt; there the live bull was called Apis and the dead one Serapis or Osiris; by bathing in the blood of a sacrificed bull Mithrants (later day Roman Legionnaires), supposedly became invincible in battle;

- the worshippers of Isis and Cybele, Magna Mater or Meter (Demeter), also performed the ritualistic Taurobolium Ceremony of Slaughter; in their case though the bull's blood was said to water the ground from which corn (Kore) and grain (Ceres) would grow:

- in the PHANTACEA Mythos (that is to say January 1938), in the peculiar form of modern day Mithraism practised by Count Molech and his followers, the bull had to be subdued by a Leo then sacrificed by a Persian; the synoptic reference is here;

- interestingly, in the above graphic (which double-clicks to enlarge), Mithras (in pHanta-pHact Taurus Chrysaor Attis) is depicted slaying the bull under the supervision of the sun (male, upper left corner) and the moon (female, upper right corner); in terms of the PHANTACEA Mythos the sun would be the Male Entity (Heliosophos) while the moon would be the Female Entity (Mnemosyne);

- he's also shown flanked by his two torch-bearers, Cautes and Cautopates; in terms also of the PHANTACEA Mythos they would be the Idiot Twins Equinoctial Spring (Tammuz) and Equinoctial Autumn (Osiraq); the third member of Mithras's Seasons, Solstitial Summer, is best remembered as Novadev in PHANTACEA;

- Sedon cathonitized Solstitial Summer because he got drunk with Helios (pHant's Herr Hel in his 2nd Lifetime, that of King Cadmus of Thebes) and ended up blowing the heart out of Strongyne, the Island of Strong Women, thus bringing to a terrible end the 500-year long Mad Goddesses' Middle Sea Matriarchate on the Outer Earth;

- at the beginning of 'Helios on the Moon' it appears Colonel Avatar Sol, the overall commander of the Cosmic Express, acquires Novadev's attributes because he promptly blows up; see also here re that;

NOTE: the other side of the Louvre's relief is preserved here;

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TEE-TEES

- talking rat-like, presumed demons who will tell a story if you pull its tail;

- tee-tee tails can also be read, if you knew how;

There was even a talking rodent, a tee-tee. Tee-tees were mostly indigenous to the Head’s west coast, from the tip of Sedon’s Beard, which is to say the southernmost regions of the subcontinent of Aka Godbad, all the way up to its far north. While they could no more survive in the Ghostlands than anyone mortal could, they were also found in Sedon’s Crown, aka the Mystic Mountains, and beyond, in the Head’s bald spot (better known as the Silent Sands of Cathune Bubastis, as ancient Illuminaries of Weir so named the Apocalyptic of Drought after a once highest echelon Egyptian Cat Goddess).

This yappy rodent would tell tales, albeit in exchange for its life’s continuance. Its tail, should you be able to properly decipher its nodes and codes, its specks and flecks, which Tethys could, which was why he kept a number of said tee-tee tails glued to his currently otherwise bald pate, beneath his checked cap, had a tale to tell as well. So too did its chiropteran cousin, only its tales weren’t on its tail, they were on both sides of its wings.

... from 'The Thousand Days of Disbelief', Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' epic trilogy
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THOLOI GHOST (GUEST?) HOUSES

- a tholos, or tholoi in the plural, is a word which means beehive and also describes what was thought to be their original shape; smaller ones are called Omphalos or 'raised navels'; generally speaking all that is left of these Tholoi are circular foundations shaped like a British Bandstand, a carousel, or even Stonehenge, though rarely composed of Standing Stones; the Mycenaean Tomb of Agamemnon is a Cyclopean Tholos while there are many such structures found on the Island of Crete; tholoi foundations have been found in Olympia, Athens, in the Roman Forum (the Temple of Vesta), and at Delphi; tholoi have also been located in Anatolia and Mesopotamia while similar structures have been identified on just about every continent; most of the lynx in this entry lead you to images of tholoi;

- not everyone believes they were tombs; some think they were shrines, guest houses for the gods; in the PHANTACEA Mythos, the altars generally found in the antechambers may have once been Brainrock since tholoi, circular structures of any kind, may once have been teleportation chambers used by devils to go beyond the Dome; over the centuries however, Xuthrodites and Anthean Witches tore them down to their foundations.

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TRIGON

  1. The Entities' Trigon (Trans-Time Trigon), which follows Heliosophos and the miraculous Mnemosyne Machine throughout time and space whenever he dies;
  2. New Weir's Trigon, where the Trigregos Sisters were last seen multiple millennia ago;
  3. Aegean Trigon, which rose from the sea after the destruction of Strongyne around 1500 BC (and may have gone back underneath it in 1968 AD); where the Family Zeross lived since the Nineteen Century; where a nexus to Kore's Hell on Ap Isle in Big Shelter existed in January 1938; where a boulder of Brainrock that Romaine Kinesis named Gypsium was found in 1948;
  4. Sub-Trig (Subterranean Trigon) in Minius or Absudyl (the Land of the Mandroids, deep beneath the Weirdom of Cabalarkon), where Trans-Time Trigon ended up for the start of the Male Entity's 11th lifetime in 1908; it was in the same place for part of the Male Entity's 100th lifetime as well;
  5. Lunar Trigon, which Machine-Memory manufactured and placed on the Moon shortly after the start of the Male Entity's 100th lifetime in 1976;
  6. Old Weir's Trigon, the asteroid where the Dual Entities, together with Cabalarkon (the Undying Utopian), engendered the Moloch Sedon during the Male Entity's 5th lifetime;
  7. Sodom's Trigon, a comet or asteroid the Dual Entities used to destroy the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah circa 2000 BC (during the course of the Male Entity's 7th lifetime), when they were attempting to assassinate the Moloch Sedon, whom they erroneously thought was King Sodom to Lilith-Pyrame's Queen Gomorrah;
  8. Enoch City (possibly); if so, it was set up there in the Male Entity's 61st lifetime, when he was Alorus Ptah, the Biblical Adam, and destroyed by his son by Lilith (Anti-Patriarch Cain, Slayer of Abel) circa 661 Pre-Dome (PD); 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'

Another twenty-five year old, [Mikelangelo 'Mik'] Starrus, piloted one of the planes that hit Trigon. It was his bomb that struck an outcropping of Gypsium on Mount Telepassa, the islet’s third and smallest peak. The whole landform shook visibly then vanished. POOF! Gone – Trigon, Heliopolis, the Spartae! No blaze of glory, no volcanic eruption, marked its passage. It just wasn’t there any more.

Trembling in terror, his hair going white almost on the spot, [James] Aremar swore all on his boat, everyone who had seen the impossible happen, to secrecy.

He simply reported to [OJ 'Big Max'] Maxwell mission accomplished.
... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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Starrus was on his feet. He was all light but not blindingly so. His third eye was a beacon shining out of his forehead and somehow he had manufactured a black and gold suit of skin-tight clothing. He spread his arms and legs, became akin to a five-pointed star, and sent a beam of radiance through the hull of the Liberty.

It hit the supposedly empty crater on the lunar surface. On screens throughout the Liberty, via transmission to Earthbase Houston and thence – though it was initially intercepted by his Untouchables – to Alfredo Sentalli’s Centauri Island, appeared a magnificent structure. It had the look of a domed pagoda surrounded by three stylized, pointy-tipped, more like pinnacles than minarets.

It could have indeed passed for a metallic island. And not just any island, either. As Starrus had just said, at least superficially it did resemble the once triple-peaked, Aegean island of Trigon that somehow sank or otherwise disappeared a dozen years earlier. Besides being made of metal there was one major difference between the Lunar Citadel and the natural landform, however.

Magnification showed a stylized black rose imprinted atop the dome.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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VIMANAS

[AN IMAGE OF A VIMANA, TAKEN FROM THE WEB]- also called Shems; birdlike vertical take off and landing vehicle used during the Golden Age; primarily known from Hindu Mythology, they are found in most antique legends; usually depicted as a winged sun disk often with a circled-X between the wings;

- as per an unserialized, but now print published, PHANTACEA Mythos mosaic novel entitled "Feeling Theocidal", the Utopian equivalent of vimanas are known as cosmicars; the same as those on the Cosmic Express flown by the likes of cosmicaptains Dmetri Diomad (likely Vetala's Soldier, aka the Trigregos Titan, in "Goddess Gambit" {'The Trigregos Gambit'}) and Mikelangelo Starrus (Lord Yajur's shell in 'Helios on the Moon'); there's a description of a cosmicar here;

Image found on free dictionary under definition for Magus[NOTE: To this day, and not just in India, vimanas are considered airships of the gods. At the Jain Temple in Ajmer, near Pushkar, Rajasthan, there are supposedly many models of them hanging from the ceiling in one of its main rooms. Unfortunately, because of time-constraints I was unable to visit that particular temple when I did a tour of Rajasthan in 2005. There is, however, a TIMP having to do with my trip to India out here in Cyberia. In it are some notes re a couple of idols I spotted while there who do have a bearing on the PHANTACEA Mythos.]

-- double-click to open a new window with an enlargement of a shot taken by Jim McPherson in Urfa, Turkey (2003); the same shot, albeit with a different double-click, is below --

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XUTHRODITES

More correctly, the Illuminated Faith of Xuthros Hor; named after Xuthros Hor; Xuthros Hor was the Biblical Noah, the father of Ham, Shem, Japheth, and a number of daughters whose names were mostly lost in time; Hor appears with a raven's head (if not Raven's Head) on the front cover of "Forever & 40 Days - The Genesis of PHANTACEA", which can still be ordered;

Xuthrodites often, though not always, marry Antheans; devils tend to refer to them, disdainfully, as Horrites; Loxus Abraham Ryne became the patriarch of the Illuminated Faith after his father, Noah Charan Ryne, died during the Simultaneous Summonings of 1920;

We owe the term Xmas to Xuthrodites as they believe their Xuthros was born on the Winter Solstice of 4600 BC. Of course they also celebrate it on Christmas Day, which they further believe was Mid-Winter's Day in 4600 BC

There more on the Xuthrodic faith here; Helios recalls his own encounters with Xuthros Hor here and here;

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Ys

Y-vision refers more to prognostication that precognition; the letter Y is its symbol; the two-prongs represent the two eyes, the long shaft the resulting vision of the future; Ys-dom is another word for this vision; Illuminaries of Weir still speak of Old Weir's Visionaries but there are none on the Inner Earth;

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Graphical Clickbacks

Masks shot by Jim McPherson, the main one is reminiscent of Lamia Lou[AN IMAGE OF A GOD POSSIBLY HOLDING A SHAMIR, TAKEN FROM THE WEB][Photograph of Egyptian Sphinx, taken from The Message of the Sphinx by Hancock and Bauval, 1996][SHOT FROM AN EGYPTIAN SARCOPHAGUS IN VIENNA, 1996]A Fino's Mary Magdalene, photographed in Puno, Peru, by Jim McPherson, 1998A Max Ernst painting entitled Chimere 1927; scanned in from a postcard bought in Paris 2004; figure suggestive of All of Incain; triangle suggestive of Pyrame Silverstar [Likeness of All of Incain, photograph taken in Catania, Sicily by Jim McPherson, 1997]A She-Sphinx spotted in Salvador, Brazil, photo by Jim McPherson, 2006[AN IMAGE OF MITHRAS SLAYING THE CELESTIAL BULL TAKEN FROM THE WEB][AN IMAGE OF A VIMANA, TAKEN FROM THE WEB]

On to 'Leontocephalic Masochist', 'God's a Disk Jockey' or 'Alexander's Pool of Rejuvenation - Maybe'

A Lion-Headed God

- thought by some to represent Thrygragos Mithras, by others to represent Ahriman or Aryan-man, the force of evil in some faiths, and by others to represent Zurvan, a force of nature, he is rendered standing upon a globe displaying the Mark of Cain, the circled-X or sun disc;

- according to many references, including Franz Cumont's 1903 "Mysteries of Mithra", Zurvan is an aspect Mithras as King Kronos-Cronus-Saturn, the Titan of Time, he who eats his young;Trumpeter demon from Bosch's Haywain, scanned in from a calendar

- in the image below, the lion-headed god Zurvan or Time may be holding an eye-stave and a shamir in his hands;

- icons such as the one pictured in this panel appear in a number of Mithraea or Cave Temples throughout ancient and modern day Europe; in phantacea pHact the Legendarian visited the now-destroyed Mithraeum atop Vatican Hill in 476 AD; as per below, it was hardly the only one he'd visited;

- Djinn Domitian, Mithras's non-swan trumpeter, messenger and sun-runner or Heliodromus, affects the guise of a lion-headed god with four wings; his power focus is a fanfare trumpet, not either an eye-stave or a shamir;

- cannibalistic Angelycs worship Djinn as their devil-god because, reputedly, his essence makes up their preferred spicing;

- Djinn Domitian is referred to as the Masochist in both 'Feel Theo', which is set in 4376 YD, and in 'Pyrame's Progress', which is set in 5980

Here's how Djinn is described in the early stages of "Feeling Theocidal":

One reason Djinn assumed the likeness of a yazata Angelyc on a semi-permanent basis was because Mithras spiced their first feast upon completion of this Mithraeum atop his Mithradium with essence of Masochist.[LION-HEADED CREATURE TAKEN FROM THE WEB]

A second reason was the fact that, in not just Persian Mithraism, angels were considered messengers of the gods. A most important third reason for his chosen semblance was that even lowborn Mithradites flourished once they’d acquired sentient worshippers. And, no matter how lowbrow they were, Angelycs would do as well as any.

He appeared angelic in that he had four feathery wings. A single set of two sprouted out of each shoulder blade. One wing on each side pointed upwards; the other, the bigger one, pointed downwards. That he was additionally ‘leontocephaline’, that was due primarily to a suggestion made by the Legendarian, incarnations earlier.

The recurring deviant, at Mithras’s request, had visited any number of Mithraeum Cave Temples on the Outer Earth. He’d come back recommending Djinn start sporting a lion’s head because Mithras’s heralds were often depicted as having one.

It was this ‘leontocephalous’ the Great God focused on once he finished adding his lunch and breakfast to his supper on the beehive’s floor.

... from 'Feeling Theocidal'

Trumpeter from Temptation of St Anthony, Bosch, Lisbon, scanned in from a calendar(NOTE 1: Thrygragos Mithras deposits his recent meals on the floor of the Tholos atop his Mithradium because Sedon's Demon Child, who'd self-named herself Tralalorn, has just ridden along the summit of Theopolis Hill atop Stynx, her latest 3-headed chimera.)

(NOTE 2: double-click on either of the above images in this panel to open a new window with an enlarged picture of same.)

(NOTE 3: there's more on Djinn Domitian, along with another image suggestive of his demonic, angelic and trumpeting talents in the Summer 2007 update of pHpubs, the linchpin image is one by one of my all-time faves, Hieronymus Bosch, the Image Map is here whereas its double-click is here; its trumpeter is here, you can also double-click its fellow Boschian delight, this one from Lisbon's Temptation of St Anthony, to open a new window with its enlargement)

(NOTE 4: The notion that Mithras or Mithra Kronos equate with Zurvan Akaran comes from Manly P Hall’s "The Secret Teachings of All Ages". It's also mentioned in context here.)

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A God (Ahura Mazda) Riding a Winged Disk, Possibly a Vimana

Depiction of a god suggestive of a two-eyed version of one of PHANTACEA's Three Great Gods, Varuna 'Aryan-man' Mithras. Quite conceivably the object he's carrying in his left hand is a Shamir.

Unlike most of the graphics reproduced on this page (hence the poor quality), this particular one was not copied from the Worldwide Web. It's a blow-up of a shot I took of a wall plaque spotted in Urfa, Turkey in the Fall of 2003.

As for the graphic in [A GOD RIDING A WINGED SOLAR DISC, POSSIBLY A VIMANA, SHOT OF A WALL PLAQUE TAKEN BY JIM MCPHERSON IN TURKEY, 2003] the vimana entry, it was copied from the Web in the late Nineties. I believe the original picture was taken in the ruins of Persepolis, the ritual centre of the Persian dynasty of Achaemenid Kings such as Cyrus the Great, Darius and Cambyses, Cyrus' son.

The winged, circular symbol, which is based upon Babylonian and Egyptian models, is said to belong to Ahura Mazda (Wise Lord). However, as speculated in 'The Moloch Manoeuvres' and, indeed, in at least one encyclopaedia I could mention, if I remembered which one, Ahura Mazda may be just another name for the Vedic (or Hindu?) Mitravaruna.

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By the way, Cambyses turns out to be quite an interesting character. Supposedly congenitally mad, a fact confirmed by Herodotus writing shortly after Cambyses's time some twenty-five hundred years ago, he went looking for the Stream of Everlasting Life (or Fountain of Perpetual Youth) in Eastern Africa -- far, very far, especially given the time, to the south of the Nile Delta!

[IMAGE OF ALEXANDER OF MACEDONIA, TAKEN FROM THE WEB]According to Zechariah Sitchin ("The Stairway to Heaven" © 1980), a couple of centuries later, after turning back at the Indus River and apparently by following Cambyses's lead (plus that of Gilgamesh, no less!), Alexander the Great did much the same thing. That famous Conqueror had a somewhat better excuse than madness. The Delphi Oracle reputedly predicted that he was doomed to die an early death. Of course, whether he found the Stream of Life or not, that's exactly what happened to him.

As recounted in 'Heliodyssey', Alexandros Kinesis was setup by his mother, Olympias nee Sangati, and her mother, Rhea always Ararat, to name two, to become a modern day Alexander. This was at least partially so the likes of the aforementioned two women, plus Magister Mandam, Shaikh Zechariah Markazi, Wolfgang Shekmet, Hulga Faust always Volsung, and a few others, could live forever. (Rhea clearly didn't place much trust in her own version of Aeson's Bath.)

In 1935/36, long after his mother and grandmother were dead, he led various Mandams and a few others, notably Olympias's half-brother and two half-sisters, there too!

Only, was it a Pool of Rejuvenation? Or was it something completely different, as I've heard tell somewhere?

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