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The War of the Apocalyptics

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

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Nuclear Dragons

Nuclear Dragons front cover, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2013

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

Helios on the Moon

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

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

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

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'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Epic Fantasy

Feeling Theocidal

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 Death's Head Hellion

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

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Contagion Collectors

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

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Janna Fangfingers

- Sedon Purge -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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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| List of ph-Webworld's Online Serials | Page Contents | Introduction |

The Damnation Brigade

-- The D-Brig Serials --

Month One - After Limbo 1: The Weirdness of Cabalarkon

Year One - After Limbo 2: Psychodrama

© copyright Jim McPherson, 2003

 

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The Damnation Brigade

There are ten of them. Were ten of them, make that. Were ten on Xmas Day 1955, that's for sure. Then there were none, -- none of those ten anyhow. Were the same ten again twenty-five years later, on Sunday 30 November 1980. That would be those ten's first day back after Limbo. First day back after a quarter century of having their bodies separated from their minds!

Come Saturday, 6 December, A.D. 1980, there were still ten of them. Come Devauray, 6 Tantalar, Y.D. 5980, that's a dot-ditto. Reason it's a dot-ditto is because they're dick-dildo, -- dick's on one side of the Cathonic Zone; dot's on the other. You see, first you have your Whole Earth then you halve it between your Inner and your Outer Earths. Got that? (If you haven't, allow me recommend a good place to start getting it.)

Since they're ostensibly our focal characters, be best to begin giving these ten names. Main problem with that is they've lots of names. Some are nicknames, some are codenames, some are given names while almost as many are surnames. One thing's for certain, though, -- you definitely don't want to call any of them names!

A collage of various images representing the Damnation Brigade Raven's Head Old Man Power, aka Akbarartha, Kronokronos Supreme of Temporis Wilderwitch Airealist The Untouchable Diver Wildman Dervish Furie Wildman Dervish Furie Sea Goddess Gloriel D'Angelo Dark, the Radiant Rainbow Rider Blind Sundown Cerebrus David Ryne Wilderwitch

Raven's Head doesn't have a name, any name; she's not even human. Is half-horse, half-bird, with twinned talarial wings on either side of her four ankles. Always assuming ravenheads have ankles. (Hooves? Fetlocks?) Call her Beauty if you must, that's what John Sundown, the fellow who usually rides her, does. Call her Raven if you prefer. Doesn't have a preference herself. She's a Wakinyah (Thundercloud) Creature of the Cosmos, a binary being when she's with Sundown, -- and Thundercloud Creatures of the Cosmos, binary or otherwise, don't believe in preferences.

Of course, being a ravendoe, Johnny's Beauty might enjoy the company of the occasional ravenbuck. Doesn't remember so much as doesn't know such beings exist, though. Might not survive long enough to find out they do either, so let's scratch Raven's Head from our list of focal characters. For now!

In terms of PHANTACEA on the Web, Raven's no different than any of the other nine. They're all still around; it's just that, in terms of 'After Limbo', some of them won't be around very often. Or, necessarily, very long. PHANTACEA fact of the matter is I can't remember if the Elemental Twins, Aires and Thalassa D'Angelo, Air and Sea, Airhead and Sea Stuff, appear at all. And I'm the guy who wrote the damnation thing!

So, -- who does that leave us with? The other seven? Well, a lot more than that actually. Also leaves us with they that were them in 1953. They that they were whom they were when replicated in 5953, that is to say. One of whom is OMP, Old Man Power, Obadiah Melvin Power. Who is also the Awesome Akbar, Akbarartha, the Kronokronos Supreme of Temporis. Who is also a faerie fart. Among other things.

'War of the Apocalyptics' did not leave any of our titular heroes any more dead than they already were. Did leave a few of them incapacitated, however. One, Rainbow, Radiant Rider, Gloriel D'Angelo, is pretty (she's always pretty) quick to recover. Another, Wilderwitch, the Witch, Witchie, who doesn't have a given name as such, is somehow still hanging onto life despite what Mater Matare, Mother Murder, the Apocalyptic of Death, did to her in the Calvary Cavern on the 6th.

Consider now John Sundown, the other 'Wakinyah Creature' Binary Being. Is Blind Sundown without Raven's Head, isn't he? Will be around a fay-faerie-fair bit, but not that much more often than his Beauty. Same holds true for U.D., the Untouchable Diver, Yehudi Cohen. Will be around for awhile, -- but only just to start with! After that, well, all things must pass. All men, dildo-Diver.

Aren't many heroes left, are there? Guess that's why PHANTACEA's 'Anheroic Fantasy Fiction'. Best start counting them up (then start crossing them off): Raven's Head, Airealist, Sea Goddess, OMP, John Sundown, Radiant Rider, Wilderwitch, Diver. While they'll all have their moments in the 100th Helio-Sun (even if it's a Grey Sun between-space), -- who does that leave us with to look up to as heroes; protagonists if you're unlike Raven and believe in preferences?

Of Aleutian D-Isle's initial ten, just Wildman Dervish Furie and Cerebrus David Ryne, D-Brig's leader. Is either one or both of them After Limbo's primary protagonist? Answer is all ten of them are, -- all ten except, maybe, the Terrible as well as Elemental Twins, Aires and Thalassa D'Angelo. Whom we now know are Aires and Thalassa Thanatos, fourth generational devils the pair of them, don't we? Guarantee we'll get back to the Angelic-Devils farther down the years. Already written, isn't it?

Only real trouble with Cerebrus and Furie becoming Anheroic anti-heroes is that the former's as good as dead and the latter, ambulatorily-excepted, actually is dead. Is, therefore, also no wonder that the ten nowadays-1980, previously-1955, Last of the Supranormals collectively refer to themselves as ...!


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Month One - After Limbo: THE WEIRDNESS OF CABALARKON

"Now you see what we are truly up against," says Saladin Devason, the Master of Weir, later on in Weirdness. "You supras, we Utopians, the Patriarchs of Golden Age Humankind, the Dual Entities, all of us may battle devils to a stalemate. We might kill a few, cathonitize more, find a way to neutralize or have others incarcerated within one of the Sphinxes. We might resist the temptations of their azuras and our own armed forces might defeat or at least turn back their adherents' no matter how well-equipped armies.

But, always, there is the Moloch Sedon!"

Cabalarkon is both a place and a person. The place is the Weirdom of Cabalarkon, which is named after the person, the undying Utopian of Weir whom the Moloch Sedon regards as his father. It's mostly to the person that the title refers. Who's in Weirdness has a lot to do with who's left after Week One - After Limbo, Sunday the 30th of November 1980 until Saturday the 6th of December 1980. Except now that D-Brig are within the Sedon Sphere, are beneath the Cathonic Dome, that first week would have been 30 Maruta to 6 Tantalar Year of the Dome 5980.

That said, who else is in Weird-1? Might we have Pyrame Silverstar from 'Helioddity'? What about Klannit Thanatos, the bodiless azura who uses homunculi and ice statues to get physical? Where have we seen Telepassa of Godbad before? If Tsishah Twilight is white-as-light Morgianna Somata now Sarpedon's daughter, which she is, why does she look like an Irache? Did the Untouchable Diver dump the Trigregos Talismans after 'ENDGAME-Gambit' (which was really 'ENDGAME-Moon') or did he keep them? Since Ringleader made it all the way to the moon and back, doesn't that mean he was using an awful lot more Brainrock-Gypsium than was good for his health?

Meanwhile, what else has been going on beyond the Cathonic Dome, on the Outer Earth, since D-Brig escaped Limbo and how do the twains meet? What else wasn't told in 'The Launching of the Cosmic Express'? Guess there will be a lot more than just the continuing, seemingly never-ending saga of D-Brig as we progress through 'The Weirdness of Cabalarkon', -- the first part of the other altogether new, not to mention weird, though perhaps not exactly quite so odd, offering from PHANTACEA on the Web in the 61st Century of the Dome!


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The Damnation Brigade: Month One - After Limbo: THE WEIRDNESS OF CABALARKON

  1. "Pyrame's Progress"
  2. "All, Athenans, Apocalyptics"
  3. "The Diver's Trigregos Talismans"
  4. "Trigregos Diver"
  5. "Above, Below, and Between-Space"
  6. "Spirits of Vengeance"
  7. "D-Brig At Rest"
  8. "Zmas 5980"
  9. "The Disappearing Brigade"
  10. "Fat Auntie Wildie"
  11. "Killing Cabalarkon"

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Year One - After Limbo: PSYCHODRAMA

"Psycho's body was in Temporis," one ghost told the other ghost in the Catacombs of the Sleepers, beneath the Citadel of the Thinkers, in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon. "Apparently it popped into the same courtyard back of the chateau in Centurium, replicated Versailles, as ours did twenty-five years ago. It was encrusted in Solidium, turned in some kind of Stopstone Statue, like ours were as well."

"Depending on how you use it," the second ghost said to the first ghost, "Stopstone can act as a medium to suspend animation. By preserving your bodies until your minds got back into them the devil saved your lives."

Which of course begs the question: 'For how much longer?'

Who's in Year-1 has a lot to do with who's left after Week One, Sunday the 30th of November 1980 until Saturday the 6th of December 1980. Except now that D-Brig are within the Sedon Sphere, are beneath the Cathonic Dome, that first week would have been 30 Maruta to 6 Tantalar Year of the Dome 5980.

That said, who else is in Year-1? Was Magnifico munched in Centauri Island? Was the Shadow Woman slain in War of the Apocalyptics? Was Freespirit Nihila buried alive in The Trigregos Gambit? Was the Male Entity decapitated in Helios on the Moon? Might Wilderwitch be pregnant? Might the half-grandmother of her first child, if she's had one, be the same devil as the half-grandmother of her next child, if she has one? Or even if she has two? Answer to those queries is sort of yes and sort of no.

Sort through the continuing, seemingly never-ending saga of D-Brig as we progress through 'Year One -- After Limbo', -- the second part of the first altogether new offering from PHANTACEA on the Web in the 61st Century of the Dome!


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The Damnation Brigade: Year One - After Limbo: PSYCHODRAMA

  1. "Hope in Hell"
  2. "Sinistral Sloth of Satanwyck"
  3. "Cometh Goeth"
  4. "Nothing Like a Challenge/r"
  5. "Subcutaneous Sundown"
  6. "Manifestly Magnifico"
  7. "Subterranean Trigon"

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Graphical Clickbacks

Raven's Head

Raven Mask, Pacific Northwest

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Airealist

Aires graphic prepared for Phantacea Publications

Image double-clicks here

Sea Goddess

Thalassa graphic prepared for Phantacea Publications

Image double-clicks here

OMP-Akbar

OMP-Akbar carving spotted and shot in Merida, Mexico, 2010

Image double-clicks here

Radiant Rider

Gloriel figure prepared by Jim McPherson for pH-Webworld

For more on Gloriella D'Angelo, D-Brig's Rainbow, hit here

Wilderwitch

Wilderwitch spotted and shot in Montreal, 2000, by Jim McPherson

For more on the Witch hit here

Blind Sundown

Sundown type spotted and shot in London England

For more on John Sundown hit here

The Untouchable Diver

Diver head, prepared by Jim McPherson

For more on the Diver hit here

Wildman Dervish Furie

Dervish Furie type spotted and shot in Merida Mexico, 2010

Image double-clicks here

Cyborg Cerebrus

Implant shot reminiscent of Cyborg Cerebrus, scanned in by Jim McPherson for Serendipity

Image double-clicks here

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