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The 'Launch 1980' Story Cycle

The War of the Apocalyptics

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

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

Nuclear Dragons

Nuclear Dragons front cover, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2013

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

Helios on the Moon

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

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

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

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'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Epic Fantasy

Feeling Theocidal

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

The 1000 Days of Disbelief

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

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

Goddess Gambit

Front cover for Goddess Gambit by Verne Andru, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The '1000 Days' Mini-Novels

The Death's Head Hellion

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Contagion Collectors

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Janna Fangfingers

- Sedon Purge -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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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THE TRIGREGOS GAMBIT

-- TRIGODDITY --

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

HEADS IN THE CLIFF
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THE LAUNCHING OF THE COSMIC EXPRESS

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CENTAURI ISLAND

WAR OF THE APOCALYPTICS

THE TRIGREGOS GAMBIT

HELIOS ON THE MOON

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Bulk of page written: Spring 2000

THE LAUNCHING OF THE COSMIC EXPRESS SERIALS

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

5. "The Smiling Fiend" 6. "Death, Delirium, and Desperation" 7. "The Three Guinea Pigs Bluff" 8. "Amateramirror"

5. The Trigregos Gambit: "The Smiling Fiend"

Both Centauri Island and the War of the Apocalyptics got underway with The Launching of the Cosmic Express. The Trigregos Gambit didn't. Didn't, that is, until now. Bugger the PREGAME Show then. Let's boot out the GAME-Ball, start booing the Bad Guys, and get to hammering out the real deal!

There's no question that Daemonicus is the mastermind behind the destruction of the Cosmic Express. But who is the mastermind behind Daemonicus? Answer's of course our titular character, -- let's call him Smiler and leave it at that. (You'll never remember any of his other names anyhow.)

This Smiler isn't working alone. Two of his greatest allies (probably his only allies) are the Thanatoids of Lathakra. They'd be the twelve-foot tall, thickly-bearded, blue-skinned devagod of Fire Kings and Intuits and his six-inch tall, red-skinned wife mentioned last time up.

(Unless, Heaven forfend and Hell for fiends, they're the ten-foot tall, matronly devic queen of Fire Kings and Intuits and her six-inch tall husband not mentioned last time up.)

And who exactly are Tantal and Methandra Thanatos besides King Cold and the Scarlet Seeress? For one thing they're the devic parents of the first fourth generation devils ever born. Namely: Night and Day, the Four Elements, the Four Seasons, and one other, -- the yellow-skinned artist who won't show up for a few chapters yet.

For another, but for the artist and a solitary azura or Spirit Being, they're also the ex-parents of the first fourth generation devils ever born. How so? Well, we won't get into that right now either but, their right now being Sunday November 30, 1980 on the Outer Earth, they're hoping the 'ex' prefix is soon to become non-operable.

One warning. This chapter whips by rather rapidly; is no more than a dozen or so pages and encompasses action both on Centauri Island as well as Damnation Island. The assumption is that you've already read at least the opening chapters both Centauri Island and the War of the Apocalyptics. (If you haven't, and they're no longer on the Web by the time you get to this, you might want to have a gander at their story synopses before carrying on.)

Oh yeah, as Trigregos progresses, you'll find that there's a character named in this chapter whom you may think never turns up again. You may actually be right about that. But, somehow, I doubt it.


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6. The Trigregos Gambit: "Death, Delirium, and Desperation"

Bad things're dead things. At least they're bad things on Sedon's Head. That's because, particularly in the Land of Hadd, the dead get up and walk, and talk, and even kill. Whereupon those they kill promptly get up and kill some more. Mind you, it's not the dead themselves. It's their bodies.

Can't ambulate unless you animate, I always say. Are animated, make that. Possessed, -- by Haddazurs; spirit beings engendered by the two male Nergalids and the lone female Nergalid. We've met them before. In the PREGAME Section of Trigregos. Names? You got them. Ask and you shall receive and all that. So long as you don't ask for money, that is.

Zuvem Nergalis, Devil Doom or Gravedigger; Yama Nergal, the devic Grim Reaper; and Nergal Vetala, the Vampire Queen of the Dead; that'd be their names. And it's Vetala who takes centre stage this time up, -- her and her Greek-born, Vietnam-vet of a soldier. If you can call him that. Me, I call him doomed!

But there's also the warrior-priest Thartarre Sraddha Holgatson, a human son of one of Vetala's former shells; Fangfingers, who was featured earlier on in Trigregos and bears a strong resemblance to a certain silver-haired supra who appeared in Moloch; and even more Cosmicompanions, ones who have somehow made it to Sedon's Head from the Cosmic Express.

So how did they come to ground inside the Cathonic Zone? Believe me, they'd like to know how they did it too. For now though, they're happy to be alive and still functional. By the end of the chapter, at least three of them can probably forget the happiness half of that equation. Still might be functional though.

Albeit in a different way!


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7. The Trigregos Gambit: "The Three Guinea Pigs Bluff"

Been accumulating a fair number of characters so far in the GAME Section of Gambit. On the devil front we've got Smiler, the Thanatoids of Lathakra, and Vetala. On the semi-human front we've Jordan Tethys, the Legendary 30-Year Man, he who told Alpha Centauri the story of the Disunition of the Unities; Thartarre, the High Priest of Sraddha, whose mother was an earlier vestibule-cum-incarnation of Vetala; and, also as of last chapter, Vetala's sad excuse for a soldier.

I suspect we're overdue for a hero, -- a supranormal along the lines of the ten members of the Damnation Brigade, Doc Defiance, and the Indescribable Mr. No Name. So, does the name Annulis ring a bell? How about Zeross? Both should, if you've read The Moloch Manoeuvres, but we're talking 5980 now. Not 1938. We're also talking one person, not two.

While we're at it, how about the names Maxwell and Doubleman? Better go back and reread Centauri Island because, in these three characters, we finally have our link back to it. Which is why Island's being started up again, -- and this time it won't stop till it's over.

Yep, it's Thursday on the Outer Earth. Then it's Lazam on Sedon's Head. And, by the end of the chapter, it'll be Devauray or Saturday, -- the day The War of the Apocalyptics ended and the Damnation Brigade ended as well. Ended, as in their lives ended.

For the second time. The first being back in December of '55, -- when they were abandoned to the tender mercies of the Magnificent Psycho on Damnation Isle by a then 12 year old supra code-named Ringleader. Who also just happens to be our designated hero. [I had to have a reason for describing the original incarnations of PHANTACEA as Anheroic Fantasy Illustrated, didn't I?]

Now that we know who our resident protagonist is going to be, let's get on with the Three Guinea Pigs Bluff. And, who are these devilish, triplicate prigs? As Tethys (who's back again) tee-tee tail-tells it, they're three lowborn, third generational or Master Devas who, 2000 years after the Moloch Sedon raised the Dome to protect the Head against the Great Flood, become the first female devils to gain solidity.

Back then these three, who came to be called Krinsom, Susal, and Ama-Terra, made the mistake of challenging the Thrygragos Brothers for Headworld hegemony. Very nearly succeeded in replacing the God Kings with Goddess Queens, themselves, as well. Came so close because Tvasitar Smithmonger, the devic craftsman, fashioned them each of them a Brainrock power focus.

Except, perversely enough, he dedicated them not to the Cousins, as 30-Years refers to Crinsom, Susal, and Ama-Tera, but to the Master Devas' long lost mothers, the second generational Trigregos Sisters. A.k.a. the Three Great Goddesses.

These foci are, not wanting to belabour the bleeding obvious, the Trigregos Talismans. Namely: the Crimson Corona, the Susasword, and the Amateramirror. Longtime readers will recognize the first as the ruby-red tiara used by Kronokronos Akbar's wife, the Lady Takeda, in the Forties and Fifties. When last seen, over in Apocalyptics, it was in the possession of Wilderwitch.

As recounted in the PREGAME Disunition Section of Trigregos, the Susasword is the weapon that drove Unholy Abaddon insane and effectively launched the First War Between the Living and the Dead. As for the mirror, we saw what it did to Thartarre's Summoning Child of a mother last time up.

Last time also we met three ill-fated Cosmicompanions: Elvis Elfin, Felix Dee, and Gereint Plantagenet. Given the first letters of their given names it makes some degree of sense that, when we meet the final three Cosmicompanions initially aboard the same Cosmicar this chapter, their first names begin with A, B, & C: Angelica Zeross, her brother, Baalbek, and another woman, Carmine Carmichael.

And guess who they're possessed by? Need another guess as to what they're looking for? Didn't think so.

Zeross? That's Harry's name. Ang and Baal are his niece and nephew, the daughter and son of the late Demonites Zeross, who we'll get around to when we get around to Helios on the Moon, and Hiliarti Schroff Zeross, whom we sort of met in Moloch. And, if there's an A, B, & C, as well as an E, F, & G, shouldn't there be a D?

Didn't I read somewhere that, as Trigregos progresses, you'll find that there's a character named in this chapter whom you may think never turns up again? So I did. And so did you if you've read this page from top to bottom.


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8. The Trigregos Gambit: "Amateramirror"

Bluff called by 30-Beers, Jordan Tethys, exit the Three Guinea Pig Devils. They won't be the ones who find the Three Sacred Objects. Not unless they don't get out of the Cathonic Zone again very soon. Which they won't. But they're hardly the only ones after the Trigregos Talismans. Ringleader, Son of Ringkeeper's one; so, we learn this chapter, are two of Jordy's daughters from a previous incarnation; and so is Vetala.

Lined up against them are the likes of Tethys himself, the Black Death (remember him from Moloch?), and the formidable triple alliance of Smiler and the two Thanatoids of Lathakra. King Cold and the Scarlet Empress are more concerned about retrieving their recently decathonitized children however. Demon Land, from over in Apocalyptics, is one of them but three more might just be ... Well, here's a hint.

Heat and Cold had ten devic children between 5919 & 5923. They were born in pairs, a year apart, and have already been listed. Two of the four elements are Earth (Antaeor) and Fire. What are the other two? And where might they be? As for Day, funny thing, she had rainbow hair. Ever come across anyone else with rainbow hair?

Given the chapter's title, one might suspect someone gets hold of the Soul of Devaura. If so, then one might suspect rightly. But who? Remember that character you may have thought would never turn up again? I said you might suspect rightly then too, -- but that I somehow doubted it.

Should always pay attention to the writer.


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The Trigregos Gambit, PREGAME, Chapters 1-4

The Trigregos Gambit, GAME, Chapters 5-8

The Trigregos Gambit, GAME, Chapters 9-13

The Trigregos Gambit, ENDGAME, Chapters 14-17

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