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Phantacea Publications in Print

- The 'Launch 1980' story cycle - 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Fantasy Trilogy - The '1000 Days' Mini-Novels - The phantacea Graphic Novels -

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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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 |

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Lovely Lady Afrites

  • named after Aphropsyche Morningstar (APM All-Eyes), Byron's Venus, whom antique Illuminaries of Weir in part named after Aphrodite, the Olympian Goddess of Love;
  • Afrites, who are also called Lovely Ladies, offer their lovemaking to the Great Goddess Herself;
  • in the early to mid 20th Century beyond the Domes, their witch-stones became known as Afrite Bulbs;
  • see also here;

Afrites were sexually skilled and by no means monogamous, though they generally had very good taste when it came to choosing their partners.

| Mnemosyne D'Angelo | Roxanne Heliopolis Kinesis | Janna St Peche Montressor | Telepassa of Godbad |

D'Angelo, Mnemosyne

The real Mnemosyne D’Angelo had been an Afrite, an offshoot branch of the Superior Sisterhood of Flowery Anthea dedicated to Aphrodite, whence (for antique Illuminaries of Weir on Earth) APM, Aphropsyche Morningstar, and the fine art of love-making. In the Classical Age she might have been a temple prostitute into whom men poured their devotion to the Great Goddess.

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

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- see also Human Memory
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Heliopolis Kinesis, Roxanne (Hot Rox)

Another Lovely Lady – one who, though eleven years younger than Mnemosyne, became her apprentice, good friend, and eventual sister-in-law – was Roxanne Heliopolis Kinesis. She (Kadmon’s paternal aunt and the mother of Romaine Kinesis, who was currently en route to the Liberty, as well as by Demonites Zeross, Harry’s much older and very much dead brother, of a missing Cosmicaptain, Dmetri Diomad) hadn’t been seen since vanishing in Egypt, along with Rom’s father, Alexandros, and Mnemosyne’s daughter, Kadmon’s half-sister, Europa, in 1960.
... taken out of "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

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see also Hot Rox

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St Peche Montressor, Janna

- also a highly skilled Athenan War Witch; she appears in that capacity in "Janna Fangfingers", "Goddess Gambit" and "Helios on the Moon";

- oft-times host of APM All-Eyes during her life; perhaps not so confusingly therefore often nicknamed JPM;

- wife of Yataghan raised Montressor, who is actually Alpha Centauri's son by Emeralda Plantagenet, an Outer Earth Supra during the Secret Wars of roughly 1938 until 1955; has one child in 1980 story sequences but believed to be pregnant with her second;

- in terms of the web-serials, appears in "The Trigregos Gambit" and "Helios on the Moon", as well as some of the 1980 serials;

“Nice crate, Janna,” Jordan Tethys said in all genuineness.

It was too. Properly fumigated, it would make for a splendid, even spacious shelter in a back alley somewhere.

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At 27, married, with one child and another one rumoured to be on the way, Janna St Peche-Montressor remained one of those women about whom it could be said that, when she walked into a room, all eyes were instantly upon her. Cut-short dark hair, shapely, extremely fit and trim without being skinny, everything about her said athlete.

Very little about her said witch, however. Yet that was what she was: two very different sorts of witches, a love-loving Afrite and an Athenan War Witch. The latter was the main reason you didn’t want to describe her as drop-dead gorgeous. She probably wouldn’t dropkick you dead for it but she could, in the blink of an eye.

As for the former, Lovely Lady Afrites offered up their lovemaking to the goddess and, yes, some of them were fairly free with their favours. It was theirs to give, and yours to receive, but only if they chose to bestow it. You didn’t want to whisper, as she passed, that you wouldn’t kick her out of bed. You did; you probably wouldn’t get out of bed for a month afterwards, let alone out of traction.

... from "Janna Fangfingers", the concluding mini-novel taken from "The 1000 Days of Disbelief"

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This Janna was Yataghan born Sentalli’s wife; the mother, dot-ditto, of his only child, the Fatman’s lone known grandchild, whose common name was Gudrun and who usually lived with her parents in Aka Godbad City. The St Peche-Montressor surname was a combination of her maiden name and her married name. Yataghan hadn’t been brought up as a Sentalli or even as a Centauri. He’d been brought up by surrogate parents whose last name was just that, Montressor.

(Her given name did come from Janna born Somata Fangfingers, Nergal Vetala’s ... almost as long vampiric, surrogate queen of Hadd since the Thousand Days of Disbelief. Every female Brown-Robe took that Janna’s first name as their middle name.

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

- there's another entry re JPM here

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Althean Witch Healers

Was what she’d done to him really an Althean Healer’s trick, akin to an Alt taking sickness unto herself then dispersing it elsewhere, into a rock, perhaps, or someone who already had a natural resistance?

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle
  • named after Amal-Althea, Lazareme's goatish female healer;
  • antique Illuminaries of Weir named her after a combination of Amalthea, the goat who suckled the infant Zeus on Crete after his mother Rhea fed father Kronos-Cronus-Saturn a rock instead of a newborn son (see here for proof I did not make this up), and Althea, a word that means 'healer' in Greek;
  • their witch-stones are known variously;

| Gilda nee O'Ryan Dre'Ath | Elaine once Maxwell Dre'Ath | Connie Lindquist | Aranyani nee Ryne become Maxwell always Nightingale | Melina nee Sarpedon Zeross |

Lindquist, Connie

- Little Prince Greygreave Translav's daughter by Uli Sturlson (Soanso)
- one of the Fatman's Untouchables on Centauri Island
- host-shell for APM All-Eyes
- has another entry on pH-Webworld here

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Nightingale, Aranyani

- born on Good Friday, 1933, in the same hospital in Rome as Gloriella 'Gloriel' D'Angelo (Radiant Rider);
- mother: Eden Nightingale; father: Loxus Abraham Ryne, though, because she wasn't born a twin, some believe Abe Ryne wasn't her father; that being the case then the odds-on alternative is none other than the old satyr, Sedon St Synne;
- full name in 1980: Aranyani nee Ryne become Maxwell always Nightingale;
- appeared in Phantacea One, petting a black cat reminiscent of the D'Angelos' Bast from the Heliodyssey web-serials set in the 19/5930s; pictured on pH-1's back cover;
- mother of Timothy James (TJ) Maxwell and Firenze Nightmare; only Timmy is definitely her offspring by O'Ryan James 'Big Max' (OJ) Maxwell;
- might have been Hellion, the Horror Huntress, the apparently supranormal enemy of the Monster Maker (Moses Callion II);
- mentioned occasionally but mostly appears in "Nuclear Dragons" and 'Outer Earthlings', an unpublished web-serial based on scripts leftover from "The Justice Chronicles", a comic book series promised in the Seventies but never commissioned;

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In this quote from the latter, John Paul D'Angelo, the papal legate to Centauri Island prior to the launching of the Cosmic Express, ruminates on what he's been told, presumably by the Pope himself, regarding efforts to combat the Menace on the Moon. (Which most of those few in the know on the Outer Earth believe were extraterrestrials softening up the planet for an invasion.)

Abe Ryne, via the United Nation's SPACE Council, has been trying to in effect 're-invent' supranomals. (BTW, Bruce is Bruce Dre'Ath. He's married to John Paul's older sister Anna Maria, she of Radiant Rainbows Fashion Emporium. John Paul, Anna Maria Dre'Ath and her three children, Raphael Junior, Natasha and Michael, made their print debuts in "The War of the Apocalyptics")

No, supranormals were simply not available to combat the apprehended alien menace on the Moon. Mind you, Bruce’s experiments in Amsterdam had supposedly resulted in a new Mammalian and the third Moses Callion had been hard at work in Houston, alongside Aranyani Nightingale Ryne, on much the same mission.

Aran, the only Ryne brat not born a twin, might well be an old-time Anthean; she certainly had with a mysterious past. She’d disappeared from ’39 to late ’55; did another vanishing act in ’65, one that lasted until just a few years ago. Their efforts were funded by her father; were top secret; and their lab had been destroyed the week before, presu­mab­ly by the same alien agents who blew up the Express.

... from "Outer Earthlings", an unpublished web-serial set in December 1980 intended to carry on from where 'Centauri Island' left off;

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As described in "Nuclear Dragons", on Wednesday, December 3, 1980, Professor Romaine Kinesis and her ex, O'Ryan James 'Big Max' Maxwell, showed up, unannounced, at the lab she shared with Moses Callion III in the Houston Academy of Man:

If time’s passage had marred the two men, it had barely affected Aranyani. Still tall and gawky, with too big a nose and a body more pear-shaped than bar-belle, her two most prominent features – her deep-set eyes and two-toned hair, white slabs against jet black tresses – were as outstanding as ever. As always her complexion was sallow: too many hours spent inside, under fluorescent lighting. She nonetheless seemed healthy and stress-free.

Although some old-time Antheans, be they also Althean Witch Healers or Athenan War Witches – the likes of the Morrigan, Wilderwitch, Sorciere, Electrocretan, Fisherwoman and Soanso – often appeared as young as they wanted, Aran clearly disdained illusions. She actually looked her real age, an albeit impressively fit forty-seven. Her outfit matched her hair: black pants, blouse, and boots over a starched-white lab coat. Whatever she was working on, it agreed with her.

... from "Nuclear Dragons", the second entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle

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- secret claim to fame: Amnaesthetics, which it turned out were used by Inner Earth Alts for thousands of years prior to Aran bringing them outside around 1948; she let Hadrian Dis L'Orca and Major Milo Mind claim credit for inventing them possibly because she didn't want anyone to realize she was still alive after Mother Eden went to such lengths to make it seem like they were killed in the plane crash engineered by Donar Lancz in the vicinity of the Vale of the Visionaries ca late 1938;

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Sarpedon (later Zeross), Melina

- a pureblood Utopian who appears in both the 1938 web-serials, wherein she gains the codename Illuminatus, and the 1980 web-serials, by which time she's married to Harry 'Ringleader' Zeross and has become the High Illuminary of Weir in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon;
- was pictured in the the phantacea comic books and again during "Forever & 40 Days - The Genesis of PHANTACEA", the graphic novel that came out in 1990, wherein she is shown with the Legendarian, Jordan 'Q for Quill' Tethys;
- a white-as-light Summoning Child whose twin brother is black-as-night Demios Sarpedon;
- Goddess of Commerce, with a caduceus, shot in Autralia by Jim McPherson, 2011by Azky 5960 (June 1960), the time of "Harry on the Head", the as yet unpublished, in any form, continuation of the'Ringleader's Revenge' web-serial, Mel-Illuminatus seems to have acquired some fairly impressive abilities evidently absorbed via her close association with the four Skullian brothers before and during World War II when she looked after Maxwell 'Magus Maxius' Dre'Ath:

When Mel undid her surplice that day on Shenon, in Azky 5960, Rings’ heart palpitated proverbially. However, if he was expecting to see her bare herself before him – and Fisherwoman, just by the by – he was disappointed. Even though Mel, like Bel, did not wear underwear, that was not all she was missing. Apparition-apparently did not have breasts beneath her nunnish bodice either. What she had in lieu of a body from the neck down was, for want of a better description, a movie screen!

Like many such like unattractive habitual habiliment, Mel’s penguin suit consisted of a starched-white wimple surmounted by a black over-hood that was wired-firm and flared into a semblance of wings. Her overcoat, also black and to which her over-hood was attached, was undone in the front and consequently looked more like a cloak or cape with sleeves.

This coat-cloak-cape stretched to her calves. Underneath it she wore a loose white vestment that reminded him of a nightgown, only it had buttons all the way down to her ankles. She also had on black gloves and black boots that, while not military issue, appeared designed for stomping rather than romping. Her face was the only part of her skin exposed.

... And it was not just images suddenly flashing across her movie­screen-self that he was marvelling at; no, it was also, and most immediately, her hood-wings and what they caused her head to do!

They started visibly flapping and, as they did so, they seemingly lifted her head off her shoulders. Seemingly, he quickly qualified if only to himself, because she was only a kind of illusion; a mental image she had somehow long distance sent, put better. The effect was oddly familiar, though. A winged head, he recalled from his childhood schooling in Cretan and latter-day Classical Greek myths, was commonly how Hypnos, Goddess of Sleep – unless it was Dream – was depicted. But there was something else, wasn’t there? Was there a supra with a winged head?

It would come to him eventually, he presumed. Then it did. Radiant Rider’s Little Angels were rainbow-winged eyeballs.

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

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- mother, by eventual Hubby Harry, of Persephone (Percy), Helen (Paree) and Athena (Tina);
- the High Illuminary of Weir (Cabalarkon) in 19/5980;
- likely named after Melina nee Tethys Somata, the High Illuminary of Weir (Kanin City) at the start of "Contagion Collectors" as well as the Trigregos Titaness some years later in "Janna Fangfingers";
- at some point in time prior to the start of the post-Limbo web-serials in December/Tantalar 19/5980 acquired Amal-Althea Brand's devic talisman, a caduceus, the likes of which is pictured here on pHanta-pHlickr;
- evidently she did not get hold of it from Pusan Wanderlust as the goatish, female fauna, the so-called Traveller, a self-psychopomp, still has hers: a pedum, bishop's crosier or shepherd's crook (actually it belonged to Pusan's devic mother, Deneb Makara, Byron's Capricorn the Goatfish)
- since, being a pureblood Utopian, devils can't possess her (Mel), she claims she got it out of the Olympian Tantalus (from the 'Heliodyssey' web-serials); it's more likely it just came to her as Mel appears to have been born with Amal-Althea inside her;

Someone else barged through the swinging doors into the theatre. That someone was carrying what might be mistaken for a stunted eye-stave of her own; albeit one with non-gargoyle manifestations. While it had much the same capacities, it wasn’t just an eye-stave. Had a short pole with an orb atop it, yes, but it was decorated with twin snakes entwined along its shaft and had a pair of highly stylized wings spreading off it around the orb atop it.

hairpin shaped like a caduceus, image taken from web circa 2003It was a caduceus, the traditional symbol of the medical profession. In olden days heralds often held something similar when they went about their duties. In fact, she recalled, seemingly the very person now noisily bursting into the operating room once told her the word itself came from the Doric Greek ‘karykion’, meaning a herald’s staff.

She was no herald, though. At least she hadn’t been pre-Limbo. Might be one now of course. She was, however, a doctor; had been the last time the Witch saw her anyhow. Could it really be her, still so comparatively young? Might she be her daughter? No, she looked older than the maximum of 25 any daughter she could have had could be. So it had to be her.

Like all pureblood Utopian women she was white-as-light. And she was pureblood, not a hybrid like the Master. Even if she wasn’t whom she appeared to be, the Witch could tell that because she was not so much expressionless as her look of concern seemed chiseled onto her face. Ambulant alabaster, that was how the Diver used to describe her, Melina Sarpedon.

“Illuminatus?”

“High Illuminary now, Witch."

... from "Wilderwitch's Babies", the 2016 continuation of the Damnation Brigade saga

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Collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016, illustrating Cabby's CaddyMel-Illuminatus apparently embraced Christianity while she was living on the Outer Earth during the Forties and occasionally into the Fifties. She was actually a nun for a time, albeit when she being held in a convent in Godbad City during the Godbadian Civil War. Some of that is still hanging on, as is evident from this blockquote. Wilderwitch is the first speaker.

Even though her lips and her teeth moved when she spoke, even though the muscles in her face did too, it was only minimally. There was something about her eyes, however. They flashed, if eyes could flash. For Mel, as with most pureblood Utopian women, her eyes were a sort of semaphore. Right now they were flashing‘back-off’.

“Call it divine inspiration, if you prefer. And there’s no question we could with some divine, as in celestial, heavenly, inspiration on the Head. But, yeah.”

“Wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact you’re a Summoning Child and that your Summoning-heritage is that of a supra-healer?”

“Sorry to disillusion you. I’m just intuitive when it comes to meshing medicines.”

“Oh, please! Do me a favour, Illuminatus. Please stop denying you’re a supranormal. I remember what you could do with that caduceus of yours. The pole fused with your spine, the prison-pod-slash-eyeorb became your head, the entwined snakes your arms, the wings came out of your shoulder blades. You were a flying fucking Female Fury for awhile.”

“Until Electrocretan sorted me out. And she had lightning bolts when she didn’t have snaky arms. That was nearly thirty years ago.”

... from "Wilderwitch's Babies", the 2016 continuation of the Damnation Brigade saga

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Due to genetics, more so than upbringing, Utopian women did not exhibit any outward signs of emotion. With their faces seemingly permanently set in marble, they probably were not even capable of tears. However, her voice was starting to betray the hurt, even embarrassment, Mel must have felt given the abject state to which her once star-blazing race had descended over the millennia.

“As you’ve seen everywhere you went since the day you arrived, due to the Weirdom’s isolation we have become inbred to the point our dynastic families, our once great nobility, and most of our people are imbeciles. Golgotha and many of the Trinondevs are clones, but even they are not entirely immune. Clones are sterile and our gene banks are badly depleted.

“We Sarpedons and a few other families, no more than a thousand in all, have only risen to our present stature over the course of the last millennium. We come from the working classes, you see. Were originally peasants or, less pleasantly, but more accurately, drones. But even our robust, hardy fluids have intermingled so often that we are thinning out. Are going the same route as our former rulers. All that has started to change since Harry, with his heaven-sent Gypsium rings, came to us of course but ...”

... from "The Weirdness of Cabalarkon", a web-serial published in the early 2000s that continued The Damnation Brigade saga

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- see also here, here, here, here;


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The Antediluvian Sisterhood of Flowery Anthea

  • life-loving Antheans or Ants are actually named after Anthea, the wife of Xuthros Hor, the 10th patriarch of Golden Age Humankind, and not as some believed after Flowery Anthea, the 2nd born Lazaremist who supposedly disappeared comparatively shortly after gaining individual solidity circa 2000 YD;
  • commonly called the Superior Sisterhood even though the Hellion Sisterhood predated it;
  • on the Inner Earth, its Mother Superiors are all Nightingales, which means they're all over fifty;
  • Nightingales are considered leaders; as a token of respect, if not necessarily as an orderly obligation, Antheans are expected to obey their Nightingales as much as their Superiors;
  • on the Outer Earth, especially in modern times, the vast majority of nominal Ants know nothing about the Inner Earth of Sedon's Head;
  • Outer Earth Ants are more akin to Afrite Healers than anything else; indeed, they have virtually no esoteric knowledge;
  • high-level Inner Earth Ants (Nightingales) set up the breeding program that resulted in many potential Trigregos Incarnates possibly as early as the late 58/1800s
  • their witch-stones are known as Anthean Agates;
  • see also here, here and here
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That Celeste Mannering, Pandora’s probable mother, and her Nubian [Ubris Nauroz], her father-in-law, made certain to ‘Summon’ as many Godlings as they could get hold of in 59/1920 was nevertheless no surprise. Generally speaking life-loving Anthean witches didn’t last much longer than regular humans who took really, really good care of themselves. They certainly didn’t live anywhere near as long as their sometimes allies, the Utopians of Weir on Earth. But they were very good at setting up and maintaining euthenics-style breeding programs. Many members of the worldwide Godling Guild were its products.

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

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Cleverness, trickiness more like, was an Ant trait.

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

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| Celestine D'Angelo | Dolores D'Angelo Rivera | Leonora nee Tedesco D'Angelo | Hush Mannering | Kyprian 'Copperhead' Somata | Wilderwitch |


D'ANGELO, Celestine

- silver-haired, evidently natural-born Nightingale (as top-drawer Ants like her and Kyprian Somata are called); also known as the Celestial Superior; born 1888; parents Michael and Leonora (the Leonine Superior) nee Tedesco; sisters Dolores (Superior Sorrow) and Mnemosyne (Human Memory);
- children: unknown (presumably none), though as Celeste Mannering suspected of being the mother of Pandora Mannering by Judge Warlock (Sedon St Synne) in 1905 and, later, 9-months after the Godling Guild's Summoning of 1920 ended, possibly by Charan Ryne, Loxus Ryne or Magister Joseph Mandam of Virginia ('Ginny') Mannering;
Rainbow overlay suggestive of Cel-Spook; underlay part of a painting by Paul Delvaux, from a postcard purchased at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; rainbow overlay prepared by Jim McPherson on PHOTOSHOP, 2004- affiliation: Antediluvian Sisterhood of Flowery Anthea; became Superior in 1909 when mother Leonora retired; along with her 'Nubian' (Ubris Nauroz, actually a Utopian of Weir) called the Simultaneous Summonings of 19/5920;
- considered Faceless Strife her mortal enemy yet actually murdered by Norma, the Deadly Druid and evident Morrigan of the Hellion Sisterhood, on October 31, 1923;

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- at age 7, in 1895, slew Azrael Sangati (father of Olympias Kinesis by Rhea Sangati always Ararat);

London, 1895

The silver-haired, seven year old Sicilian awoke knowing something was very wrong. She was in a large dormitory in the London England Shelter of the Antediluvian Sisterhood of Flowery Anthea.

Nothing wrong with that of course. It was where she was supposed to be. Almost everyone else was asleep, though. But that was only part of what was wrong.

They, little sisters like her, who still thought witches were slavering, warty old hags that cooked kids in gingerbread ovens, were supposed to be under the protective aegis of their older sisters.

Not the really illuminated ones, the ones who had daughters of their own and were thereafter judged worthy of receiving advanced training. They were busy elsewhere, -- weaving, she overheard the gossipping grannies say when they thought no one could overhear them, their silken webs for the Bat of Beelzebub. Or was it the perfidious Fly of Flames Forever-lasting?

She was not very good when it came to vocabulary; usually slept through what passed for catechism amongst those of Flowery Anthea, truth be told. Which was probably why she was awake in the middle of this dank, full moon night.

The only other one actually awake was a fifteen year old Prussian girl whose first name she could not recall but whose last name sort of rhymed with cow dung. She was opening the window above her bunk. It was a foggy night and odious wisps of the city's choking smog wafted into the dorm.

Then they took shape, became a man, -- a night creature, shrouded in darkness, with glowing red eyes and bright, impossibly sharp teeth. That was when the little girl was sure she was not dreaming, though she now wished she was.

This was a Blood Beast Prime -- a vampire!

-- from 'Blood Beasts Prime'

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- in this quote, from an unpublished web-serial set in 19/5960 and written to be part of the 'Ringleader's Revenge' storyline, Fish mentally recalls her primary teacher, Kyprian Somata, comparing Eden Nightingale to the Celestial Superior. Windstorms-After-Dark was Shaman Manitoulin's nickname for Eden. It derives from the notion of Gales at Night, which Sham apparently found funny.

Eden was a pretty impressive witch. Kyprian Somata once declared she had come across only one Ant-other more talented than Windstorms-After-Dark, as the Sundowns’ irrepressible Shamanitoulin anointed her when Eden was still Mrs. Loxus Abraham Ryne the First. That witch was not her, the then Master of Weir. Was the Celestial Superior, Celestine D’Angelo beyond the Dome, Celeste Mannering in here.

Cel-Spook’s soul-self, as possible daughter Hush Mannering nicknamed her still-thinking, still very much active spirit when she confirmed its long-suspected persistence-existence in the late Thirties, survived her body’s expiration for a couple of decades; perhaps longer. May have become, according to some, niece Gloriella’s Big Angel.

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

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See also Of the Angels, the Celestial Superior; Gloriella D'Angelo Dark, Michael, Leonora, Raphael, Dolores, and Mnemosyne D'Angelo; Virginia Mannering, Pandora (Hush) Mannering and Sedon St Synne; there's an interesting, if thoroughly tell-tale, give-away-the-farm, sequence re her longstanding relationship to one of their potential daughters starting here

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D'ANGELO, Dolores

- also known as Superior Sorrow; born 1902; parents Michael and Leonora (the Leonine Superior) nee Tedesco; husband Diego Rivera (not that Diego Rivera, though for the most part they did live in Mexico City); children: unknown (presumably none, though she and Diego did raise Virginia Mannering from roughly 1929/30 until circa early 1938);
- dark-haired, cow-eyed;
- affiliation: Anthean Sisterhood even though she never had any children and consequently never went through her second full seven-year training; presumably Antheans didn't have to do that by then;
- became Superior in 1923 when eldest sister killed by Norma (presumed to be Rhea Sangati), who was in turn killed by youngest sister;
- circa 1953 deposed as Ant Superior by thereafter Superior Morgianna Sarpedon, whom many on the Outer Earth believed was her daughter, possibly by Ulysses Heliopolis, who disappeared during the Summoning;
- as per here, many others believe the Elemental Twins, Aires and Thalassa D'Angelo, were Sorrow's kids by either Charan Noah Ryne, who died during the Summoning, or his son, Loxus Abraham;

NOTE: Inner Earth Antheans did, but Dolores never found out there even was an Inner Earth

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D'ANGELO, Leonora

- also known as the Leonine Superior; born Leonora Tedesco in 1865;
- mother of Celestine, Raphael, Dolores, and Mnemosyne by Michael D'Angelo;
- affiliation: Anthean Sisterhood;
- became co-superior (along with Rhea Sangati) in 1895 when Kyprian Somata, the then Master of Weir, withdrew from the Outer Earth;
- presumably died during Summoning of 1920 (possibly killed by Rhea Sangati);
- story mostly told during the first pH-Webworld online serial 'The Moloch Manuoevres';

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MANNERING, Hush

- also known as Young Life, the little trickster, Morg's little mother, Joli Blon, Jolene Callion, General 'Huff'n'Puff' Jollity, little Miss Fairy Chief (Mischief);
- as per events preserved here, she claims to be a devil-cursed, perpetual 7-year old who has been 7 since she turned 17 and gave birth to her second child, a daughter this time, on the 25th of Tantalar (Mithramas Day) 5920 Year of the Dome (YD);
Collage of John Tenniel's Illustrations for Alice in Wonderland, 1946 edition; scanned in and prepared on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2007- in that version of her story she was born in 5903 (1903 AD) and was given the name of Pandora Mannering simply because Mannering means that, other than it had to be a man and a women, no one can state with any certainty the identity of her parents;
- as also per here, if she was Pandora then she was the penultimate product of the Antheans' long running Panharmonium Project (which the Hellion, Quoits Tethys, instigated hundreds of years earlier)
- in that regard, many believe Pandora's parents were Judge Warlock and Celeste Mannering;
- equally likely, at least according to her detractors, Hush and Gush might be nothing more than a Mariamnic tricksters;

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If, as she believes, she was born Pandora Mannering and if she'd had triplet daughters instead of a solitary Sed-son when she was 16, then the Witches of Weir would never have called the Simultaneous Summonings of 19/5920.

In that regard, the following BLOCKQUOTE sets the stage for virtually everything that has taken place in the PHANTACEA Mythos novels set in the Dome's 60th Century.

The Valley of the Visionaries, Spring 1920

It was exceedingly rare, though not entirely unheard of, for a woman to have two children, by separate pregnancies, within the same calendar year. Then again Pandora Mannering was literally bred and subsequently brought up to be that rarest of all individuals, -- the human mother of the Three Great Goddesses Reincarnate.

Except it had not worked out quite that way.

Her first child was a boy and, even though she was ready, willing and theoretically able to become pregnant next to immediately, there was no reason to believe her second issue would be any different.

The Anthean Sisterhood was taking no chances. It issued the Summoning of Weir!

-- from the first chapter of the 2002 Revision of 'The Moloch Manoeuvres'

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The same version of events is confirmed in an unpublished web-serial set in 1964/65. The children referred to are Saladin Devason and Morgianna Sarpedon whereas much more on both Pyrame Silverstar and Tralalorn links from here. The Heaven of the Angels referred to in this quote may well be her mother, Celeste Mannering, who may be Ginny's mother as well.

Carefully bred by Anthean eugenicists and their Utopian biomage associates, then matched in such a way as to become the mother of the Triple Goddesses Reincarnate, she’d blown it when her first child was born a boy. Auntie Ants hid their disappointment well, sucked in their collective breath and issued the Summoning of 1920. Patient as ever, though the millennium was rapidly approaching, the Superior Sisterhood thereby instigated a new breeding program.

Then, almost instantly, Hush became pregnant again. Would her next get be the triplet sisters they so desired? When their-then-Superior, Celestine – Heaven of the Angels – discovered she was only carrying a single child, albeit a girl, the Anthean hierarchy determined she was bedevilled and abandoned her to the wind.

The devils weren’t too pleased with her either. A sorceress, for want of a better word, one Pyrame Silverstar by Illuminary-given name, hexed her. Rather, Tralalorn, this Pyrame’s immediate devic sister, unless she was her equally immortal daemonic daughter, faerie-dusted her. She’d been a perpetual seven year old ever since; charged by the sisterhood with revivifying what she’d cost them: their utopian dream,  small case: that of Panharmonium.

It wasn’t a misnomer. Panharmonium was supposed to make everyone happy. It wasn’t supposed to bring harm to anyone. Today, though, it more like promised pandemonium.

... from 'Ringleader's Revenge', an unpublished web-serial set in 1964/65

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'Pyrame's Progress', a thus far unpublished aspect of the open-ended saga entitled "Wilderwitch's Babies", includes the future Black Death in its account of the origin of the two perpetually seven year old fairy tricksters:

In 5919, [Pyrame Silverstar] again left the Mnemosyne 3-Thing a one-thing, the Mnemosyne Machine, and took herself and her demon into the witches’ centuries-bred, intended mom Pandora Mannering. At the same time Granddaddy Sedon went into their intended dad, Augustus Nauroz, Kyprian’s grandson. Instead of Triplet Goddesses, the result was a new Sed-son, Saladin Devason, the current Master of Weir and just possibly the last sedon, small case, residing on the Inner Earth.

Undaunted, early the very next year – though still late 5919 in most of the Hidden Headworld – Master Kyprian, the Celestial Superior and her ‘Nubian’, Kyprian’s son-in-law, Ubris Nauroz, issued the Summoning of 19/5920. Pandora and Ubris’s son Augustus had a girl this time. But only one – Morgianna nowadays Sarpedon.

Counting their lucky stars – so to speak – that it was only the one, Pyrame and Trala made certain neither of them would ever have another child. By sprinkling transmogrifying faeriedust sprayed out of Trala’s power focus, the White Dwarf, over them both, they render the pair of them thus far perpetual seven year olds.

'Pyrame's Progress', a thus far unpublished aspect of the open-ended saga entitled "Wilderwitch's Babies"

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Hush is the tricky pixy who appears, under a number of names, on and off throughout the Heliodyssey Quintet of novels; over forty years later and physically little unchanged, she also shows up in some of the novels set in 1980/81; when she appears in public during 'Centauri Island' she goes by the name of Dorothy Dodgson;

Other than size, there was very little hush-hush about Hush Mannering. That was especially true when it came to her mouth. It could motor.

“Nice ring you got there, Daddy Dolph.”

“Why thanks, Miss, um, Dodgson, wasn’t it?”

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

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In the following ca early 1938 BLOCKQUOTE she has taken on the identity of General 'Huff & Puff' Jollity, the acknowledged leader of 'SOS -- The Sorority of Sausages'

[HUSH MANNERING OFTEN LOOKS SOMETHING LIKE THIS, PAINTING BY VELAZQUEZ EXHIBITED IN VIENNA]It was a lot easier to pretend to be a fairy, something Antheans, and indeed most ordinary people, accepted as being at least marginally within the realm of possibility, than to try to explain what, who, she actually was. That she had been a seven year old since the age of seventeen, that she was the mother of two children, and that she suffered under a devil's doom, a devil that was also a seven year old, only she'd been one for close to six thousand years, was not particularly believable. Even though she had lived it, Hush still had difficulty believing it herself.

One of her residual girlish pleasures was dressing up. Right now for example she was wearing the grey uniform of an American Confederate army colonel tailored to her size. It came complete with a wide-brimmed hat and sabre, made of wood of course. To top the costume off she also wore an eye patch and was smoking a corn cob pipe. Puffing on it, -- she loved tobacco --, she paraded in front of her mostly stunned, statue-like troops. It was quite the group: eight humans besides herself and two psychopomps, one of whom, Granny Garuda, was much more than just that.

-- from 'The Moloch Manoeuvres'

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In this quote, the Great Man, Loxus Abraham Ryne, who's 80 in 1980, wonder how long he's known Hush:

His gun-toting, suffragette mother, Athena born Kinesis, of the American side of the globe-roving Gypsy Family Kinesis, was friends with Celestine D’Angelo. The silver-haired Anthean adept was occasionally seen with someone named Pandora; might even have been her daughter, albeit not by her Nubian, Ubris Nauroz.

When not casting glamours about herself, Hush looked moderately more half Asian than half black and, whilst it was rare for Ubris to be seen without Celestine around, and vice versa, he wasn’t called her Nubian because he was part Asian. Or if he was, then he was as good or better at disguising his appearance than the little trickster.

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

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After this happens, this happens:

Escape denied her, she let herself slump in her chair. When faced with the likes of a firstborn – the first born of the firstborn; the first born of the first born Great God as well – it seemed the sensible thing to do. After all, what would any self-respecting seven year old do at this point except sulk. Too bad the whiff of Strife and her subsequent actions had already alerted Nihila that she was no ordinary child. Still …

“Can Huff have a puff?” she asked, materializing a cigarette.

Nihila lit it for her. Rather, she extended one of her chains and its end lit it for her.

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

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There's more on Hush in the June '97 Web-Publisher's Commentary and in the overview to 2002 Revision of 'The Moloch Manoeuvres'; synoptically speaking her 1st appearances in the the 1938 serials were recorded here and here; for a sampling other Hush-lynx from that time period click here, here or here; here's another 2007 Hush-link; there's an extended entry on her counterpart, Young Death, aka the Male Trickster, here;

In terms of Phantacea print publications, as per here Hush first appeared in the Sister-Grandmother short story at the back of 1990's 4-ever & 40 graphic novel; she figures prominently in the final two books of Launch 1980 story cycle, "Nuclear Dragons" and "Helios on the Moon"; she's quoted, among a number of other places, here, here and here;

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NOTE 1: The uppermost image is a collage of drawings by John Tenniel and coloured by Fritz Kredel; I took them from my copy of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll (Random House Inc, 1946); the text on the left side reads: 'Hush Mannering as Tenniel's Alice' whereas the text on the right reads: 'Young Life'; the mouse-over reads: 'Collage of John Tenniel's Illustrations for Alice in Wonderland, 1946 edition; scanned in and prepared on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2007'

NOTE 2: The mouse-over behind the lowermost image, which has been online since the late 90s reads: [HUSH MANNERING OFTEN LOOKS SOMETHING LIKE THIS, PAINTING BY VELAZQUEZ EXHIBITED IN VIENNA]

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SOMATA, Kyprian

The Master of Weir from sometime in the 58th Century of the Dome until 5950 YD; called Copperhead, as in traitor, by many of her fellow Utopians in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon because of her dealings with mostly female devils in support of the Panharmonium Project;

entries re Copperhead include here, here and here;

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WILDERWITCH

[Wooden plate of a wolf-woman suggestive of Wilderwitch and her fearsome soul-self as found on in a vendor's sidewalk display in Montreal, Canada, PHOTO BY JIM MCPHERSON, Year 2000]- born? -- who knows, although she claims it was around Mithramas (Christmas) 5927 Year of the Dome (YD);
- sometimes called Cynthemis Dyana; claims she's happy with 'Witch';
- parentage: unknown but probably the Dual Entities while Heliosophos was possessed by either Thrygragos Lazareme or Bad Rhad (Ahriman, Rhadamanthys, Smiler) and Miracle Memory (the Mnemosyne 3-Thing) while she was possessing Mariamne-Krepusyl, a second born Lazaremist);
- sometimes considered a supranormal in that she was born with abilities that most witches take decades to acquire;
- possesses a cut-anything knife that, while in the Faerie Garden on Devauray 6 Tantalar 5980, she says can even cut a spook; that suggests it's related to a demon-dagger known in Buddhism as a purpa;
- once a member of SOS: the Society of Saints; a known associate of KOC: the King's Own Crimefighter, if never an actual member; and one of the ten members of D-Brig: the Damnation Brigade, all of whom ended up in Limbo on Xmas Day 1955 along with the Magnificent Psycho (Saul Ryne, later aka 'Magnifico');

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Front cover for Decimation Danmantion, photo montage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016Here's one of the first recorded descriptions of the Witch. It's taken from the initial, mid-Eighties draft of 'The Launching of the Cosmic Express', which eventually was broken into four of pH-Webworld's web-serials set in late 1980 and, ultimately, the epic-length 'Launch 1980' story cycle:

Although they each recognized her – after twenty-five years, she was fundamentally unchanged – they’d rarely seen her so primal. Seemingly with a life of its own, her dark hair twisted in, on, and around itself, like snakes in a group grope. She was dressed to kill: buckskin-laced leather top, fur skirt, moccasins, glowing rings on her fingers, barbed bracelets and anklets, pouched bandolier; dart gun holstered; bow slung over her left shoulder, quiver full of specialist arrows lashed tightly to her back, no bottomless bag in sight; her cut-anything hunting knife in one hand, her other fist clenched.

No, there was no denying whom she looked like. Question was, who was she really?

... extracted from 'The Launching of the Cosmic Express' original manuscript, early to mid 1980s

Turns out it wasn't Wilderwitch, just her half-mother via the Grey Lady (Krepusyl Evenstar), the Memory Entity, masquerading as the Witch for her own somewhat perverse reasons, but the description remains valid.

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Chronologically speaking, Wilderwitch made her first appearance in the PHANTACEA Mythos at the age of 10; it happened during the opening sequence of 'The Volsung Variations'; therein she's more commonly known as Wolfie than Witchie or Wildie; therein also we learn her, perhaps, biggest secret;Image of a wraith coming out of a woman, used to suggest Wilderwitch's soul self, shot in London, England, by Jim McPherson, 2014

The Witch, as she's more often than not referred to in the later serials, possesses what she herself refers to as her 'fearsome soul-self', which is suggested in the main image to the right of this paragraph as well as here and here. Although a master illusionist like most upper level witches, she commonly looks like the upper image; a note on said fearsomeness appears here on pHanta-pHlickr;

Doc Dark (Immanuel Dark, Gloriel's thought-widowed husband, who was once the supra Saint codenamed Mr Brilliant) has always maintained that Faceless Strife was Wilderwitch;

A member of 1980's Damnation Brigade (though she never officially belonged to the King's Own Crimefighters), prior to Limbo had one acknowledged child, a daughter (Fey Woman, Faith McBride, Phaedra) born in 1946/7 by a unspecified father, whom she gave over to the Antediluvian Sisterhood of Flowery Anthea to be raised accordingly.

a statue reminiscent of the Witch  a photographed in Versailles by Jim McPherson in 1996For almost 25 Years, from the events on Damnation Isle recounted in 'The Last of the Supranormals', which was set in December 1955, to those told at the beginning of 'The War of the Apocalyptics', which took place on November 30, 1980, she and her fellow members of the Damnation Brigade had their minds separated from their bodies.

Their minds, or spirits, drifted between-space in the vicinity of Damnation Isle while their bodies, hardened by Stopstone, stood in the back courtyard of the Palace of Replicated Versailles in Centurium, the central cavern of Temporis. As it happens, a statue reminiscent of the Witch stands to this day (1997) behind the main chateau at the real Versailles. I spotted it somewhat serendipitously when I was there in 1996.

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Spoiler Alert

While in the Faerie Garden of Temporis, the Witch encountered Freespirit Nihila, who read her thoroughly. She thus gleaned the identity of her lone daughter's father:

Nihila ... also knitted herself almost entirely back together by draining some of the life essence of both Kronokronos Akbar and the Witch; some but nowhere near all.  So it was Wilderwitch took her one-night-stand lover, the father of her consequential only child, by his arm ...

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

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Wilderwitch is the central character in 'The Weirdness of Cabalarkon' web-serial. Therein she seemingly isn't in love with Gentleman Jervis Murray anymore. Then again, after narrowly surviving the Calvary Cavern in "The War of the Apocalyptics", she might not be altogether herself anymore.

She was cloaked from head to foot in a boxy, snow white burqa, a deliberately all-concealing costume usually only seen in the most fundamentalist areas of the Muslim world beyond the Cathonic Dome. Even her eyes were veiled ...

Walter Molino's Phantasm, used to represent Wilderwitch's fearsome soul selfSaladin reached his arm upwards. The sword, the shield, the chain of crimson stones, with its triangular medallion so reminiscent of the pyramidal eye of Providence on the back of the American dollar bill, lifted off him. As they vanished as if into the night’s sky, which could be seen through the hall’s glass dome, Star Sedon looking down, he embraced his escort.

In one motion she tore off her unappealing garment and kissed him on the lips. The cheering immediately quelled. Were the people sucking in their collective breath, were they shocked by what they had just seen her do to their reclusive, witch-hating Master, or were they simply stunned by the woman herself? Probably the last.

She was undeniably as statuesque as any female pureblood in the Weirdom. Broad at the shoulder, tight in the bosom, waist and hips, she was wearing a diaphanous outfit as white as her skin and so clinging it was difficult to tell where the outfit stopped and the skin began. A white skull-cap covered all of her hair.

Two rabbit ears of cloth stretched out of her just-below-knee-length skirt, hid her breasts, and were tied around the back of her neck. That was it, no shoes, leggings, jewellery, makeup, nor any other ornamenta­tion. She was the perfect compliment to the Master. If he was the black god, she was the white goddess.

... from "Wilderwitch's Babies", the 2016 continuation of the Damnation Brigade saga

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ADDITIONAL NOTES: There's more on the Witch in the Summer 2002 Web-Publisher's Commentary. There's another spoilsport excerpt, this one from "The War of the Apocalyptics" web serial, as to who the father of her daughter is in the synopsis to 'The Faerie Garden'. Her long-time and often strained relationship with Jervis Murray is remarked upon in the Summer 2002 instalment of Serendipity. Speculation re Wilderwitch as descended from a Siberian Shaman is here. Additional notes and graphics re the Witch are here and here.

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Athenan War Witches

  • named after the Olympian goddess of both war and wisdom;
  • since Methandra Thanatos was also named after Mediterranean Athena, she resumed her role as the patron devic goddess of War Witches after emerging from her thousand year sleep circa 5910 YD;
  • on the Outer Earth up until roughly the outset of the Second World War, Athenans were suffragettes notorious for carrying weapons;
  • their witch-stones are known variously, though after the introduction of firearms on the Outer Earth some came to call them 'bullet pellets';
  • the militant Sisterhood features predominantly throughout "The Trigregos Gambit", where it's led by the Morrigan (Morgianna Sarpedon aka Superior Sarpedon) who takes a dim view of vampires and (secretly) devils both;
  • as per 'The Vampire Variations', when Fish and Sorciere were first starting out under Battlescar, Athenans were mostly concerned with vamps;
  • see also here and here.

| Battlescar | Fisherwoman | Granny Garuda | Athena Ryne | Louise nee Riel St Synne | Sorciere | APM's JPM |

BATTLESCAR

- an Asian-looking, Samarand-born, vampire-hating disciplinarian; Fish and Sorciere's unloved 'sergeant' whilst they were training to become War Witches;

The aging Athenan still had problems with daytime vamps. Then again young Mandam wasn't a vampire. Certainly not yet and hopefully would never become one. Skewering Sorciere with a moon-sickle might be forgivable, though. Two birds with one stone was another rewarding thought, even if one of them was a bat.

... from “Semi-Sisters Three”, the 1st chapter of 'The Vampire Variations';

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Battlescar first appeared in 'The Vampire Variations', when she was in her late 20s or early 30s; additional lynx re her are here

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FISHERWOMAN (Scylla Nereid, Lady Achigan)

- born? -- who knows, although she claims it was around Mithramas (Christmas) 5918 Year of the Dome (YD); believes her given name is Scylla Nereid;
- as an infant found in the Belly of the Beast (Island Leviathan) by then Aortic Merthetis, the ruling Lemurian matriarch of Shenon, Witch Isle;
- Pusan Wanderlust, the trail-blazing fauna, guided Merthetis between-space to the newborn; this is doubly interesting because Pusan is a recurring deviant whose devic mother was Byron's Capricorn, the Zodiacal later named Deneb Makara and her devic brood-sister was Fish's devic half-mother, Pyçonja Volant, who supposedly self-cathonitized having her;
- has three devic power foci that she presumes were gifts from her (probable) half-mother, Miracle Memory, the Female Entity;
- her Brainrock talismans are her bellybutton bauble (Vesica Piscis) that supposedly ensures she can't be possessed; her fishhook (fisher's gaffe) and her fishnet (gillnet); they come handy as per here and here;
- parentage: unknown (probably the Dual Entities while Heliosophos {as Ulysses Heliopolis} was possessed by Rhadamanthys (Judge Drug, King Sodom to Pyrame's Queen Gomorrah, Ahriman, Smiler) and the Mnemosyne 3-Thing while she was possessing Pyçonja Volant, a Byronic Zodiacal); as such believes Eden Nightingale and Wilderwitch are her blood sisters;
- because she was found in the Belly of the Beast with three power focuses it may be that Miracle Maenad was possessing three Master Devas simultaneously: Byron's Pisces, Lazareme's Enlightenment, and Mithras's Flood;
- raised by Aortic Merthetis, Amphitrite's mother, Lakshmi of Lemuria's grandmother;
- became Queen of Godbad in the late 5930 when she married King Achigan (Auranja);
- trained in a number of Witch Sisterhoods, notably that of the Mariamnic tricksters and the Athenan War Witches; despite Kyprian Somata's tutelage, never finished her Anthean training due to first daughter Melusine's fate (abduction by faeries)

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The famously fabulous, but altogether real, Fisherwoman, once Godbad’s Queen Scylla, but nowadays more usually addressed as Lady Achigan, was a Melusine Piscine. They were amphibious. Some were even mermaids, able to keep their fishtails between-space when they weren’t using them. Equally entirely not legendary Garudas could do the same thing with their feathers.

As alluring as she remained to this day – as alluring as she presumably remained when not being possessed by Harmony’s latest and already most enduring Nemesis-persona, Freespirit Nihila, that is – Fish was no mermaid. She was, however, Aortic Amphitrite’s step-sister and very much sympathetic to her Lemurians’ anti-devic stance.

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

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- obviously still alive, at least so it seems, in 5980; as such is perhaps the major character in the ensemble cast of "Goddess Gambit", which Phantacea Publications released early in 2012 our time (6012 their time, assuming the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head is still around, which it might not be); therein Quill Tethys, the legendary 30-Year Man (and, happily for him much less often, Woman), proclaims her the best witch ever;
- Fish, as she's commonly called, first appeared in the phantacea Mythos as one of the Witches of Weir featured in 'The Moloch Manoeuvres'; also appears in 'Helioddity', both of which are set in 1938, as she approaches her 20th birthday. She's mentioned perhaps disproportionately often in 'Ringleader's Revenge' and is scheduled to become a major character in 'Harry on the Head', an as yet incomplete novel set in 1960;
- she already is a major character in 'Coueranna's Curse' and 'The Vampire Variations', and is still around forty years later in both the web-serialized Launch Tetralogy and its 'After Limbo' continuations, -- still around and, unlike the members of the Damnation Brigade, appropriately aged, for a witch;
- reappears in "Helios on the Moon" and 'Decimation Damnation', both of which are set in December/Tantalar 19/5980
- Fish tends to fishify, which is a form of fay-saying; there's a rather crude example of her fishifying in the Autumn 2002 Featured Story; there's also somewhat of a tribute to Fish and her one-time lover (from roughly 1940), the Untouchable Diver, in one of the 'After Limbo' Web-Wheaties cereal synopses;

"Shouldn’t we do something, um, more interventional than the conventional," she asked herself seriously non-fishifying for a change. (She did that when she was worried.)

"I mean the bream, some poor sole down there might know-the-shoal where they got to, Bat-bait and her tormented toady, they and the turbot-talismans." (Even when worried she couldn’t stop fishifying for long. Which might be why most of her friends tried to avoid extended conversations with her.)

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

- a bit of a breeder, the fate of one of her potential fish fry is hinted at early on in 'Helios on the Moon'; her first born (Winifred or, as Fish calls her, Wave) disappears during 'The Vampire Variations', which is set in 1938, and her final born, at least as of this writing, Autumn 2004, will become more prominent as 'Decimation Damnation' continues.

    Fish Fry

    1. Winifred (Wave), her daughter officially by Achigan Auranja, born in 19/5934; suggestion that actual father was Ulysses Heliopolis, an alias of the Male Entity (Fish's father) from his Eleventh Lifetime; Fish probably possessed by Krepusyl Evenstar at time of her conception, meaning she wasn't wearing her Vesica Piscis or Bellybutton Bauble;
    2. Chthlonius (Tiger), her son by Yehudi Cohen, SOS's Untouchable Diver, born in 19/5940, raised in Cyprus by the Tiecher family, one-time Black Rose associates of the Heliopolises(?);
    3. Melusine, her daughter by Oannes Atlantean(?), born in 19/5942; brought up on the inside as an Achigan, probably kidnapped by faeries, though foster dad Achigan Auranja could have sold her in order to secure their assistance during the Godbadian Civil War;
    4. Crainte (Crayfish) Auranja, her son by Achigan Auranja, born in 5958; apparently dies later on that year (actually, like the others up until him, save for Tiger Tiecher, by then Duke Achigan trades him to the feeorin of Twilight for favours rendered);
    5. Capputis (Salmon), born in 5961, her amphibious, but hydrocephalc son by Saladin Devason, raised as a clone by a Utopian Development Team;
    6. Simon Achigan, born in 5968;

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Fish may not have been, a Lovely Lady Afrite like Mnemosyne D’Angelo was then or Janna St Peche-Montressor was now, but she was no shrinking violet either. Plus, as Young Death knew better than they did, not being from in here, when it came to fish fry Fish had been fay-fairly-fruitful. So much so that, as she only found out long after their apparent deaths, fays had stolen them, one by one.

Notwithstanding that, no one could answer yay or nay as to whether she had a child by the Diver; not with any certainty anyhow.

(NOTE: She did: Chthlonius ‘Tiger’ Tiecher, one of Kadmon Heliopolis’s Spartae or Dragon’s Teeth. Rather than risk bringing him inside to raise herself, she fostered him out to a Greek family on Cyprus; hence the non-fishy names. Since she was married to King Achigan of Godbad by then, having to explain how his queen’s bastard came to be living in the palace would have proven awkward.)

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

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Fish was once of the marital queen of Greater Godbad. That was still the case in Azky (June) 5960 when Ringleader, Aristotle 'Harry' Zeross, then 17, ended up beneath the Dome thanks in large measure to ... well, that would be telling. She hasn't changed much since her initial appearances in the 1938 web-serials:

To Harry’s mind, fingers and toes webbed to the middle knuckles; cuticular hand-digits that would be only be cute to a carpenter who actually enjoyed hammering iron nails day-in, day-out; always matted, never combed, vaguely reddish hair; definitely greenish-tinged skin; distinct gills behind the ears and what appeared to be an extra layer of shark-sharp teeth were not characteristics of any fully-human woman.

He wished she didn’t smile so much, made him hope she wasn’t hungry; wished her ears didn’t flap when her nostrils scarcely flared; and particularly wished she would put on more clothes. Even if, for decency’s sake, the bare necessities of what she was wearing seemed more rubbery than cloth. Well, forget the cloth bit. Was nothing cloth about her clothes, was there? And, sure, while there wasn’t much in the clothing-covering department either, if what there was wasn’t made of rubber, or whatever a Jacques Cousteau style diving outfit was made of these days, then it struck him as reminiscent of blubber.

Not hers, of course. Wasn’t an inch of fat about her that he could see, which was most of her.

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

- there is an earlier feature on Fish and Delphi, her psychopomp during the 1938 series of novels, in the Summer 2004 collection of Character Likenesses if you'd care to have a boo;
- use the search engine at the top of this page to gurgle up plenty more on Fish;

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- Fish appears throughout the phantacea Mythos stories set in the Twentieth Century (Sixtieth Century of the Dome). Here's an early on description of her that never saw the light of the printed page. Note: early on, as in years pre pH-Webworld. The story itself is set in 5982 YD.

Still other-worldly, she had mottled green and white almost scaly skin, blood-red hair with double-slabs of pink in it, and slit, cattish eyes. She made no facial pretence as to youth but there was no way she looked anywhere near sixty-five, which was her real age. If Eden Nightingale was oddly ethereal and Witchie peculiarly earthy, Scylla Nereid was definitely pelagic; not so much from the depths of the sea as she was from the way the depths of the sea should be.

She was akin to coral; fragile, slippery, sharp and brittle to the touch, yet undeniably splendid to behold. Dervish [Furie] saw in her a kindred spirit, another survivor.

What he didn’t see in her was a cold, calculating murderer!

... from "Meroudys Mind-Meld", an unpublished sequel to the 'Psychodrama' web-serial

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Don't tell anyone, but Fish survived "Goddess Gambit". Sort of assumed she would -- she's survived everything thrown at her so far and that goes back to the 1938 Heliodyssey web-wheaties. Nevertheless made it absolutely clear in "Helios on the Moon".

She's still at it a few weeks later; even has a brand new psychopomp, one she decides to call Ronnie Ray-Bum until foster-sister Amphitrite (Lakshmi of Lemuria's mom) and Tsishah Twilight, who idolizes Fish, prevail on her to go back to calling it (him?) Eagle Ray Revenant:

Her usual scant, navel-baring clothing was more blubbery than cottony or wetsuit rubbery. Had – and this was as recent addition as far as Lakshmi could recall– a dark, spotted cloak that upon closer inspection look fishy in every respect. It was her latest psychopomp and, yes, it had once been just that, a fish, an eagle ray to be absolutely accurate. How she’d come by it, got it demon-coated and revenant-raised was amongst her very latest her-stories.

Although she never showed much respect to anyone – least of all her own Summoning Child of a husband, even when Achigan Auranja was King of Godbad– she’d earned a great deal of respect for herself over the decades. Part of that was because she was found at birth with three devic power foci that she still had.

The two she most commonly used were her gaffing hook and fishnet while the third, her bellybutton bauble, or Vesica Piscis, supposedly made it impossible for devils to occupy her. That hadn’t prevented her being fused with, as opposed to being possessed by, Freespirit Nihila on Dustmound, Vetala’s Middle Finger Salute to the Sedon Sphere, the night of Sedonda, the Seventh of Tantalar. Hard to beat that.

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

There's another entry re Ronnie Ray-Bum here

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As per 'The Vampire Variations', trained alongside Sorciere as an Athenan War Witch. As such, seems to have taken a few scalps. A list of members for Strife's Sinister Sisterhood is here.

Years earlier, in the late Forties, there was a supra, one of Faceless Strife’s so-called Sinister Sisterhood, by the name of Selkie. The Diver liked her quite a bit. After all he looked a lot like a human seal himself. She died ignobly, caught in Fisherwoman’s net. Drowned. He didn’t want to repeat her sorry end.

... from Year One - After Limbo: 'Psychodrama', the last web-serial published on pH-Webworld

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GRANNY GARUDA (Kanin Nauroz)

[Shot of a painting found in a building off the central square in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, PHOTO BY JIM MCPHERSON, Year 1999]born sometime in the mid-58th Century of the Dome; a Utopian of Weir, her twin brother was Ubris Nauroz, once Master Kyprian's son-in-law and the father of Augustus (Auguste Moirnoir, the Black Death). Granny donned Garuda regalia at an unspecified point in her life and had a number of children, one of whom was the mother of Aquila the Hunter;

- initially a life-loving Anthean she became an Athenan War Witch and, as such, was the primary teacher of Sorciere (Solace Sunrise); also taught Fisherwoman (Scylla Nereid) and Pandora (Hush) Mannering;

For the most part garudas are avian humans who wear eagle regalia (their feathers). As is suggested by the image to the above left, generally speaking they hate snakes; a couple of shots of a Granny Garuda type appears on pHanta-pHlickr here and here;

as per below, their main enemies on the Inner Earth of Sedon's Head are Ophidian snake creatures and Ophirant 'snake-sucklers' such as Ophiomedea, whom Sorciere's come to particularly dislike,

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[A STATUE OF A GARUDA AS PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM BY JIM MCPHERSON, 2000]There's an excerpt and related image re Sorciere and Granny here. Additional lynx to material on Granny Garuda are here, here, here. here and here. There's even more on Granny, Ophidians and Ophirant snake-sucklers in the Summer 2002 Web-Publisher's Commentary. There's an entry in the Summer 2002 instalment of Serendipity that uses these same images.

See also Sorciere, Fisherwoman, Garudas and, for lynx as to what became of her on January 13, 1938, here;

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[NOTE 1: A number of garudas appear in 'Helioddity', 'Coueranna's Curse' and 'The Vampire Variations'. See, for example, the synopsis to 'Kore-13' wherein Granny's daughter and two of her grandchildren are listed.]

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RYNE, Athena

- maiden name: Kinesis (American side of the extended gypsy/Etocretan family); apprentice Anthean (Astarte) who formed the Athenan War Witches after being denied additional Anthean training for having a firstborn boy;

- mother of Loxus Abraham & Mary Magdalene Mandam by Charan Ryne in 1900;

- died during Summoning of 1920 but bodily frozen in mountains; reanimated in December 1933 by Auguste Moirnoir; some time relatively shortly thereafter she was immolated by the then 13-year old, so-called Arrow Boy (John Sundown) after going homicidally mad;

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ST SYNNE, Louise

Masks shot by Jim McPherson, the main one is reminiscent of Lamia Lou- maiden name: Riel; married Sedon St Synne in 1895; egg/birth mother by Sed-son of Sophia D'Angelo (1906); birth mother of Cybele St Synne (1909), & died giving birth to Solace Sunrise (Sorciere), a Summoning Child by Shaman Manitoulin;
[SHOT FROM AN EGYPTIAN SARCOPHAGUS IN VIENNA, 1996]- affiliation: initially Anthean Sisterhood but helped Athena nee Kinesis Ryne, Aerobe nee Catreus Heliopolis, Clymene nee Catreus Atreides, & Rhea nee Ararat Sangati, among others, re-form the Athenan War Witch Sisterhood on the Outer Earth;
- her name means 'War Famous'; more often as Lamia Lou, she's a featured character in 'The Vampire Variations';
- hints as to what else was going on the day in 1895 she married Sed-son can be found here and here;
- as for what a lamia is there's an entry on the subject in the Terms section of the Glossary of Peculiarities;

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see also Louise nee Riel and gold-mining boxes re lamiae and Iraches;


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SORCIERE (born: Solace Sunrise; also sometimes referred to by married name, Solace Sundown)

An original piece of artwork I took a picture of in Merida, Yucatan sometime in the Nineties A Summoning Child born on Christmas Day 1920, Sorciere was the presumed daughter of Louise nee Riel St Synne, a Metis woman, and Shaman Manitoulin, a full-blooded Cheyenne. She appeared in all the 1938 story sequences;

Along, to some degree, with Barsine Mandam and, to a far lesser degree, Fisherwoman, Sorciere is the featured character in 'The Vampire Variations'; as Blind Sundown's sort-of sister and wife (twice-over), there are numerous references to her throughout the 1980 story sequences as well;

For a time, she rode Granny Garuda, who was also her teacher; as per here and here, she was with her when Granny met the wrong end(s) of far too many silver arrow darts;

While Fish and her were being trained as Athenan War Witches, their unloved 'sergeant' was the disciplinarian code-named Battlescar;

Shot of a statue suggestive of Sorciere saving Shah from an Ophidian assassination attemptLater on, she rode another garuda, reputedly none other than Aquila the Hunter. Ironically he first appeared in the 'Helioddity' web serial, as set in 19/5938, wherein he ended up a brain-damaged casualty thanks primarily Sorciere's foe of the moment, the female of the two Silver Arrow Assassins, Artemis born Zeross become Hyperenor, code-named Sagitta the Arrow to husband Nester's Sagittarius the Archer.


Fit, extremely fast and a master illusionist, as a result of events depicted primarily in Odd-1 and Odd-4 Sorciere and Sagitta quickly came to a begrudging admiration for each other's abilities:

'Um, Agenor,' said Clymene, realizing something had just gone very wrong. 'Maybe we better hear her out.'

'She's right,' said Artemis-Sagitta. Her gun was now pointing at him. Rather, it was pointing at Sorciere, who was still standing beside him. With his gun still resting against her temple. 'You weren't supposed to unhand her.'

'I've a gun at her head, Art. She isn't going anywhere.'

'Afraid you're right about that too,' acknowledged Sagitta. 'She's already gone!'

-- from 'Dancing with Devils', the 9th chapter of 'Helioddity'

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Throughout much of 'Coueranna's Curse' she's a member of Magister Mandam's crew in Germany; the following excerpts come from Kore-6, Kore-7 and Kore-9.

'Want one?' said Magister Mandam as he offered Sorciere, Solace nee Sunrise, an oddly-shaped, spongy wafer.

'What is it?'

Blowup of Cacama, shot on a meridian in Mexico City by Jim McPherson, 2005'A thunderbird of course. You Rocky Mountain folks are big on thunderbirds. Certainly old Manitoulin was, is, though he has this thing about corvine fays as well. And Granny Garuda always said you were a born-avian.'

'I know what it looks like. I asked what it was.'

'And I told you.'

Sorciere looked at it from another angle and took a sniff. As if she had not suspected it already, after four years' training on Sedon's Head she knew exactly what it was.

'Fucking faerie food!'

'Great stuff. Been living on it for years.'

... from 'Old Man Power', the 6th chapter of 'Coueranna's Curse'
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Sorciere was between-space too, a Keres hellhound on her tail ... When she came out of it ... it was the Keres who was in trouble. Of course Sorciere was no longer just Sorciere by then ... . She was a Thunderbird, a huge golden eagle.

Fabulous stuff, faerie food; made the old adage, you are what you eat, take on a literal meaning. Her talons were around two of the Martensen's painting of a Sorciere type, image taken from webdesperate dog's necks and she bit into the third one with a bill-beak that could chomp through solid steel.

... from 'Cry Chaos', the 7th chapter of 'Coueranna's Curse'
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Sorciere, even as a faerie-food, self-fed Thunderbird, had a glimmering of mercy left in her. She could have shredded the Cereberant so easily yet hesitated, glanced behind her, suddenly alert to a new threat to her survival.

Her instincts had warned her too late. Cloud-Headed Ran, the Aesgardian equivalent of the Cretan Greek's Amphitrite, was right there. And she had a net suspiciously like Fisherwoman's in her hands.

... from 'Cry Helios', the 9th chapter of 'Coueranna's Curse'

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Sorciere shown coming out Granny Garuda, spotted and shot in Merida Mexico by Jim McPherson, 2010- there's a Serendipity entry re 'wakinyan' Thunder Beings here; no mention of them eating faerie food, though -- just being struck by lightning at least once;
- there's an excerpt and related image of Sorciere and Granny from 'The Moloch Manoeuvres' web-serial here;
- there's a spoilsport excerpt from "The War of the Apocalyptics" on Sorciere in the June '97 Web-Publisher's Commentary;
- there's an entry in the Summer 2002 instalment of Serendipity that uses some of the same images found in this section;
- some of the faces in the Aquilla the Hunter entry on pHanta-pHlickr here are highly suggestive of hers;
- the painting suggestive of Sorciere and/or Tsishah Twilight, who wears Sorciere and Blind Sundown's daughter as demon in 5980, is by Mark Martensen, as taken from the Web;
- the shamefully out-of-focus shot of a Mayan woman turning into a thunderbird here was taken by Jim McPherson in Merida, Mexico, ca 2010


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Hecate-Hellions

  • another antediluvian sisterhood, Hecate-Hellions probably predated Antheans by hundreds, if perhaps not thousands of years;
  • as such they likely aren't simultaneously named after both the non-Olympian Witch Goddess Hecate and the Nordic Hel; rather, Hecate and Hel were named after them;
  • they have no use for Cathonic creatures like devils but regard chthonic creatures like faeries and demons as Mother Earth's own and therefore fay-fairly-fine (okay);
  • see also here

| From Pregame-Gambit | From 1000-Daze | Rhea Sangati always Ararat | Clymene nee Catreus Atreides | Lady Lemurian | Medea Annulis | Morgianna Sarpedon | Jordan 'Quoits' Tethys | Lakshmi Arthadot |

Circa 2000 YD

Two of them were named, funnily enough, Jordan and Pusan. He was the musician of the two, the one who told the stories. She sang and danced. They were very much in love, these two. Their parents were against them marrying so they ran away. Their parents were pagans. They worshipped Mother Earth; not the three Great Gods, who were the only solid devils on the planet now that Dark Sedon was up there in the night’s sky being dark during the day.

Their mothers were more than merely pagans; they were Hecate-Hellions. That meant they belonged to the oldest Witch Sisterhood on either side of the Dome; one that was even older than that of Flowery Anthea. Which was named after Xuthros Hor’s wife, Hor being the Biblical Noah; not Thrygragos Lazareme’s highborn epitome of the Spring Season, of Life Itself.

They conjured up a pair of demons to go after them.

... from Pregame-Gambit: 'Sedon's Stooge', Chapter Seven of 'The Trigregos Gambit'

5476 Year of the Dome

Hecate (or Herta) was a pre-devic, reputedly Edenite deity. The Mother-Earth-worshipping, demon-welcoming – and oft-times demon-complicit – Hellion Sisterhood was so old it predated the Golden Age of Humanity. Morgan Abyss, the Death’s Head Master of Cabalarkon’s Weirdom hundreds of years ago, was a Hellion.

And so, from the depths he had read of her, was Melina nee Tethys Somata.

... from 'The 1000 Days of Disbelief'
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ARARAT, Rhea (as the Korant Sisterhood's Miracle Maenad in 1909)

  • believed by many (including Master Kyprian Somata and Clymene nee Catreus Atreides) to have been Miracle Maenad, the birth mother of Eden Nightingale and the conceptive or egg-mother of both Mnemosyne D'Angelo & Cybele St Synne;
  • these three, the so-called Trigon Triplets, were born of three different mothers (one of whom may have been the real Rhea) on the same day in 1909;
  • in PHANTACEA fact, 1909's Miracle Maenad was Humanized Memory (the Mnemosyne Machine 3-thing, Pyrame-Lilith-Memory);
  • the main entry on Rhea Sangati always Ararat can be found here; it contains oodles of BLOCKQUOTE's taken mostly from the Heliodyssey Quintet of novels set in 1938;

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Arthadot, Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Lemuria)

- born on the Fifth of Tantalar, Year of the Dome 5982, in Temporis;
- Lakshmi-type, photo by Jim McPherson, 2011 in Australiaamphibious daughter of Lady Lemurian ( Fish's foster sister, by then already Aortic Amphitrite, Summoning Aged daughter of Aortic Merthetis) and Rep-Poseidon as possessed by Dand Tariqartha; Latona Frogwoman, shot in Versailles by Jim McPherson, 2004

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The teenage deviant – half-children of devils were always known as deviants – wasn't happy with her look for ahead, only four days ahead. Dutiful lass that she was, she currently had her guard-body going with the positively porcelain pretty, even lustrous. Her shiny whiteness was a concession to her mother — Amphitrite tended to think strategically. Now that she was Kronokronos Supreme, Lakshmi wasn't so sure she had to think so obligingly similarly.

For one thing she had no intention of hiding the gills behind her ears. Fish never did ... [and Fish] was her idol ... Which was why she personally preferred her guard-body jade-green and texturally scaly rather than polished alabastrine. Did prefer her hair tinsel-silvery, which Fish's wasn't. Was more akin to reddish seaweed or fire coral. Lakshmi had to show some individuality. She'd also prefer it if her mother didn't Treat-treat her like a child. Fish was married and had Winifred-Wave before she turned 18. Lakshmi vowed she wouldn't be far behind.

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

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ATREIDES, Clymene (maiden name: Catreus)

- also known as 'Mystery Might'; maiden name: Catreus; older sister of Aerobe Heliopolis;
- mother of five children by Pelops (Pops Polyps) Atreides; of them, by 1938, only youngest one, Laodice, was known to still be alive;
- philosophically a pro-demon, anti-devil, Mother Earth worshipping Hecate-Hellion but helped form the Athenan War Witches with her sister & Athena nee Kinesis Ryne
- was also a major mover behind the Outer Earth's version of the Korant Sisterhood (see also Hulga Volsung, Mata Avar, & Medea Annulis);
[CLYMENE CATREUS, WITCH, AND JERVIS MURRAY, MAN ON GROUND, THOUGH MURRAY'S BLACK, LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS, PAINTING BY RUBENS EXHIBITED IN VIENNA]- as per below, essentially brought up her niece, Roxanne (Hot Rox, Living Ghost, Slipper) nee Heliopolis Kinesis, & her nephew's eventual wife, Argiope (Bright Face) nee Zeross Heliopolis, after their mothers died giving them birth;
- like her own Laodice, Hot Rox and Bright Face were Summoning Children who prominently featured throughout the 1938 Heliodyssey Quintet of novels; Clymene mostly appeared in 'Helioddity';
- long time friend & associate of Magister Joseph Mandam, Rhea Ararat Sangati, and Sedon St Synne; though trained as a Hellion, she acted as, and in effect became, the Korants' Superior or Mater on Outer Earth by 1937;
- connected to the Master Deva, Divine Coueranna of Apple Island (aka Myrionymous Kore -- meaning multiple names) and according to some, notably Kyprian Somata, may control one of her nastier aspects, namely Kore-Hel; her having Kore (she also of the many personalities) may have been why she was called Mystery Might;
- in January 1938 gave the Hellstone, Prison Pod, ringot or whatever it was containing Kore to her Summoning daughter Laodice for Lao's protection in Rome; what became of it, Kore inside it, after Lao went to Castle Nightmare, supplies much of the impetus behind 'Coueranna's Curse';
- presumably succeeded Norma the Deadly Druidess as the Hellions' Morrigan (their head honcho) after her death in 1923; the real Mother Superior of the Outer Earth's version of the Korant Sisterhood in 1938 and, along with husband Pelops, the Etocretans' spiritual leader;


'What's this, mom?' wondered Pelops Atreides on the Aegean Island of Trigon as he bent over and picked up the flower. 'Don't tell me Agenor's finally managed to grow some black roses?' He showed it to his wife, who was holding a year old baby boy.

Clymene, who was a mother but not to the infant in her arms, took one look at the flower and crossed herself. 'Too small, Pops. But it's from the same family, -- from a sloe or blackthorn bush as a matter of fact. It came from up there.' She pointed up the slope of the small spiral peak known as Mt Harmonia.

'Nothing like that grows around here.'

'I didn't say it grew up there!'

-- from 'The Moloch Manoeuvres'

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

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

-- from the synopsis to 'Boss Bovines', the second chapter of 'Helioddity';

NOTE 1: As remarked in the February 1997 instalment of Serendipity, the representation of Vayu Maelstrom found in the synopsis of an early chapter of War-Pox is also taken from this Rubens painting;

NOTE 2: As Clymene is aware (because she's often been to Apple Isle, on the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head, and knows what's become of Cybele St Synne) the black flower Pelops finds is the symbol of Strife;

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LEMURIAN (Aortic Amphitrite)

  • Lemurian Summoning Child born off the coast of Shenon in the Inland Ocean of Akadan on the Inner Earth of Sedon's Head;
  • Loveland Frog or Lizard, taken from webreal name Amphitrite; parentage: Aortic Merthetis (mother) via an unknown father whom Merthetis may have eaten;
  • brought up alongside Fish (Scylla Nereid), whom she always regarded as her older sister;
  • known as Lady Lemurian when lived on the Outer Earth and sometimes fought alongside of SOS: The Society of Saints; besides being amphibious her main claim to fame was her mutable carapace with its crablike appendages, actually a mandroid guard body;
  • her affinity for crablike specimens is consistent with her namesake, the goddess;
  • mother of Kronokronos Lakshmi of Lemuria (Lakshmi Arthadot), whose father, a Poseidon-like replica, was possessed by Dand Tariqartha, the devic overlord of Temporis, when Amphitrite became impregnated in early 5962;
  • evidently became pregnant intentionally, as part of the witches' long term Panharmonium Project as conceived when they reckoned the Conquering Christ (Jesus Mandam) had successfully killed off the Moloch Sedon in Tantalar 5953 on the Outer Earth's Salvation Island in its South Seas (possibly once part of the sunken continent of Lemuria); actually, as became obvious in 5978, he'd only disabled Sedon;
  • tends to wear a mandroid guard body when out of water;

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Fish was no mermaid. She was, however, Aortic Amphitrite’s step-sister and very much sympathetic to her Lemurians’ anti-devic stance. And it was Amphitrite’s deviant daughter Lakshmi who had been ruling Subcranial Temporis as its promulgated, Dand-anointed Kronokronos Supreme since Devauray.

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

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Lemuria-type, shot in Versailles, France, by Jim McPherson, 2004Incain shuddered under the continuous bombardment. Mandroids shut themselves down. Frog Folk fled for their lives. Seals cracked and burst. Psychron reclaimed its own. And Amphitrite? The Frog Queen was in the far north, beneath Sisert, Sedon’s gnarly bald spot, in Centurium, Replicated Versailles.

Barely three days earlier, on Devauray (Saturday) the 6th of Tantalar (December), her deviant daughter, Lakshmi of Lemuria, celebrated the day after her eighteenth birthday with the stunning takeover of Subcranial Temporis. Through her, in the former protectorate of Dand Tariqartha, and in neighbouring Absudyl (Minius), which is where Trans-Time Trigon settled five years before, Amphitrite held the tellurian heartland.

Forty-five hundred years earlier, her ancestors had almost put devils out of business on the even then, long Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head. Within a couple of years, Amphitrite was now certain, she would succeed where her predecessors failed. Then, with the help of her inspirational Mother on the Moon, they’d go beyond putting them out of business on the Whole Earth.

They’d drive them to extinction everywhere!

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

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SARPEDON, Morgianna

  • born Nauroz become Somata then Sarpedon, an Inner Earth Summoning Child, Saladin Devason's year-younger sister; commonly called Morg;
  • probable devic half-mother: Pyrame Silverstar;
  • first appeared during the 'Heliodyssey' web-serials, which were set in 1938, when she was only 17;
  • at the Amsterdam Academy of Man it was generally accepted that she was Dolores D'Angelo's daughter, possibly by Ulysses Heliopolis, who disappeared during the Godling Guild's Summoning to the Himalayan Vale of the Visionaries beginning in February 1920;
  • mother and father (as the devil-transformed faerie tricksters, Young Life & Young Death) appeared in Sister-Grandmother, a short story published in "Forever & 40 Days - The Genesis of PHANTACEA" (Phantacea Publications, 1990);
  • husband of Demios; mother of Andaemyn by Demios; mother of Tsishah Twilight by the faerie-human hybrid, Tom-Tiddly Taddletale (born Tammuz Rhymer, think both Lazareme and the Male Entity);
  • codenamed the White Witch on the Outer Earth; called Superior Sarpedon by Wilderwitch (who seemingly distrusts her intensely) during War-Pox;
  • mentioned in the Fangers mini-novel as a latter-day ally of Alpha Centauri, CE and Greater Godbad; sympathetic to their plans re the Inner Earth in general and the Weirdom of Cabalarkon, with its still somewhat-functioning, originally extraterrestrial  science and technology, in particular;
  • the Hecate-Hellion's Morrigan by the time of the Launch 1980 story cycle, an Anthean Nightingale despite her resignation as the Outer Earth's Anthean Superior in the Sixties, and the Athenan War Witches' acting Mother Superior at the beginning of "Goddess Gambit";

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Morg was thoroughly well-versed in the secrets of a wide variety of proper Inner Earth Sisterhoods.

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

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Although none of them [D-Brig 5] were psychic in the normal sense, none of them trusted Morgianna Sarpedon. She’d had, as the Untouchable Diver might put it, quite the her-story of untrustworthiness pre-Limbo. Clearly nothing had changed post-Limbo.

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

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TETHYS, Jordan called 'Quoits'

- probably a daughter or granddaughter of the Legendarian (Jordan Tethys), perhaps while he/she was possessed by Dame Chance;
- if so then not a Utopian pureblood;
- extremely long-lived High Illuminary of Weir;
- lived from roughly 5000-5500 YD, mostly in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon;
- possibly an Ant Nightingale whose Utopian-bred hatred for devils twisted her such that she became either an overt or a closet Hellion;
- associated with the Biomages and Technomages of Weir, some of whom survived into the 60th Century of the Dome;
- responsible for devising 'Doburies' and Herta Heartthrob (both from "Contagion Collectors");
- briefly became the Master of Weir just before the arrival of Zalman Tethys, Master of the Weirdom of Kanin City, by ship on Renewal Day (aka Independence Day for the Weirdom), 4 Kamor 5492 YD;
- as also per here, may have been responsible for establishing the breeding program that resulted in a hoped for Trigregos mom, namely Pandora 'Hush' Mannering, near the beginning of the Dome's 60th Century;

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Korant Corn Queens

| Miracle Maenad | Cybele St Synne |

MIRACLE MAENAD

'As you may or may not know,' [Cybele St Synne told Megaera nee Kinesis Zeross at the Dre'Ath's hospice on the North Sea coast of Scotland in late January 1938,] 'Miracle Maenad is actually an honourific. The High Priestess of the Korant Sisterhood is always known as Miracle Maenad just as the head honcho of the Korant Brotherhood is always known as the Taurus.

“The current Miracle Maenad is as correctly known as Miracle Memory since that’s the usual name the Memory Entity takes when she’s being humanized by a devil. Only it's the other way around this time. She's the one being possessed. By Pyrame Silverstar. And presumably it's the Pauper who gives her her outward appearance.”

-- from 'Coueranna's Curse'

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ST SYNNE, Cybele

  • born 1909, birth parents: Sedon St Synne and Louise nee Riel; red-headed like father, hence Sed's Red;
  • conceptive parents probably Heliosophos (possessed by the Smiling Fiend) and the Mnemosyne Machine (as humanized by the Pyrame-Lilith 2-Thing); as such likely one of the Trigon Triplets; the other two being Eden Nightingale and Mnemosyne D'Angelo, for more see here;
  • in an untold story, acquired the Strife Virus during the Simultaneous Summonings of 19/5920; although those with her in the Vale of the Visionaries thought she'd disappeared and died during the Summonings she was actually taken to Apple Isle where she was brought up as a Korant by the Miracle Memory 3-Thing (the same Miracle Maenad who was probably her conceptive mother);
  • became Miracle Maenad, the Korants' Mother Superior on Apple Isle, in 5938;
  • something of a breeder, her first child was named Meroudys; born in 5927, on the same date as Ramona Avar Ryne and Wilderwitch, Cybele's Meroudys apparently died giving birth to a daughter on or about Mithramas 5942 (this child, whom her mother also named Meroudys, was the first in a succession of ill-fated Meroudyses who won Ap Isle's Matronalia, only to die giving birth, over the next number of decades):

    Mycenae, 1916

    A Metis American, a French-Native woman the elder Sicilian had known for something like twenty years, was also there; had no doubt come hither via one of the circular kivas of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Her daughter was a half-breed born of half-breeds. Rather plump, she did not look quite so vaguely oriental as her somewhat older sister did, but she was an oddly beautiful child. Had two-toned red hair, a blood-rich crimson with almost pink strips running through it. Also had both a brown and green eyeball.

    -- from the first chapter of the 2002 Revision of 'The Moloch Manoeuvres'; see also here

Cybele appeared throughout the 1938 Heliodyssey Quintet of novels; numerous lynx (some of which are, in no particular order, here, here, here, and here) can be found on their synopses pages

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At some unspectified time she became the Korant Ventricular on the heart-shaped island of Shenon; she was still serving in that capacity in 5960:

Miracle Maenad was born on the Outer Earth Island of Crete in 1909. Was born on the same date and at the same time as Mnemosyne D’Angelo in Southern Italy and Eden Nightingale wherever she was born — somewhere in Russia, ancient Scythia, was the best guess. Also like Eden, and daughter Aranyani born Ryne for that matter, Miracle had two hues of hair. Eden and Aran’s were black with a band of white streaking down the middle. Miracle’s was dark, apple red with a strip of light, strawberry pink in it.

Yet another thing she shared with Eden and Aran were two different coloured eyeballs. When she did not have three different coloured eyeballs, that is. Which she sometimes did. In her later years hers were always various shades of green. Before that, though, when a third eye manifested itself in her early years beneath the Dome it had more of a golden than greenish tinge to it.

Unlike her two-tone hair, one tint her third eye never attained was red. Which was not surprising. About the only appetite Miracle did not have, especially did not have anymore, was for sex. Red was the colour of the Ruby Red Apple of Concupiscence, the power focus of Beguiling Belialma, Hell's Belle, a centuries' cathonitized Mithras Spawn who, at one time, maybe even two times, acted as one of Satanwyck’s Sinistrals, that of Lust.

Gold was the colour of the Golden Apple of Discord. It was, had been rather, the now nearly two thousand years melted Brainrock talisman of Marut Kanin, Fitna Marutia, Strife on the Outer Earth. Green was the colour of envy but a little green apple was the power focus of Divine Coueranna, Kore-Concord, she whose brood sisters were Lady Lust and Kore-Discord.

Maenad may have been the envious type but, Mother Earthy sort that she was intended to represent, Apple Kore’s third green eyeball stood for vegetation. Miracle’s latter day, appetite for food acquired, Earth Motherly size and affinity for all things Kore-like made her a natural to become the Korant Sisterhood’s Mother Superior, their Boss Cow. Which she had done, and had been, on and off, for more than two decades in 5960 Year of the Dome.

On, unless it was off, was the heart-shaped Island of Shenon, where she was the Corn Queen’s Ventricular. Off, unless it was on, was Apple Isle where she had lived since the aftermath of the Summoning of 1920 Year of Celestial Christ. Another distinctly off-period for her was the roughly five years she spent on the Outer Earth during and immediately following the Second World War.

She did not remember those years because Strife did not leave memories behind; not on the Outer Earth.

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

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By the time of 'Harry on the Head', an unpublished web-serial set in 1960, Cybele has become quite stout, as befits a Korant Earth Mother; their superior Miracle Maenad. She was also well into the strange cycle that is still ongoing in 5980. Her Meroudys grew up to give birth to a Meroudys of her own at the young age of 15 in 1942, she in turn had a Meroudys of her own and that Meroudys a ditto later on. It may be these girls are all incarnations of Meroudys Artha, which suggests the adult Meroudys Artha in the 19/5960 web-serials is indeed the real Eden Nightingale.

The Illuminatus who opens this dialogue is Melina born Sarpedon whereas the Harry is Aristotle Zeross. They would marry four years later in Antheal (April) 5960::

“Morg and Andi for two,” Illuminatus agreed, pointing out her sister-in-law, Morgianna born Nauroz raised Somata, and her zebra-striped niece, Andaemyn Sarpedon. “The big woman’s Cybele St Synne, Miracle Maenad in here, the Korants’ Mother Superior. The ones with the Hellhounds beside Miracle are Jordy’s George and her latest Meroudys. Other two kids are Solomon and Balkis, the Mandam madman’s Infernal Twins by Maenad’s first Meroudys.”

“Not to be confused with Meroudys Artha,” said Harry, sounding confused.

“That’d be her aunt, Cybele’s triplet sister, Eden Nightingale.”

“Maybe,” Harry qualified, after quickly rereading one of those mental notes of his. This time he more like sounded relieved.

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

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Twenty years later, during the open-ended saga of 'Wilderwitch's Babies', Miracle Maenad is still around, though by now a latter day child or grandchild of Cybele's Meroudys Maenad (Balkis Mandam, aka Sheba Faerie Flight) is the Korant Ventricular. The speaker in this quote is Saladin Devason, the Master of Weir on Earth in 5980 YD.

(Balkis-Sheba was occupied by Strife at the beginning of "Nuclear Dragons" whereas her twin brother 'Boom-Boom' (Solomon Taurson) had hold of Daemonicus for awhile. Both will be back as 'Wilderwitch's Babies' progresses. So too will Sed's Red.)

"Seems to me Miracle Maenad, Apple Isle's Corn Queen of all Corn Queens, has a few eligible sons, grandsons or whatever left unmarried.” (Miracle Maenad was born Cybele St Synne. She was the last of 19/5908 Trigregos Triplets.)

“Solomon Taurson would be ideal, if he wasn’t so old and, um, explosive."

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

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Mariamnic Tricksters

As for the faerie Sisterhood, they were known as Mariamnics. What they taught most faeries learned naturally; could do instinctively.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle
  • reputedly there's also a Mariamnic Brotherhood to which Akbarartha and Young Death belong
  • see also here

| Hush Mannering | Akbarartha | Meroudys Artha | Augustus Nauroz | Tsishah Twilight | Fey Woman |

Meroudys Artha

- faerie daughter of Dand Tariqartha, Devalord of Temporis, and Malar Tzigame, Byron's Butterfly, who would have been possesing the Fay Royals Archon and Cabala ca 5800 YD;
- as such the full sister of Akbarartha, who in time became Obadiah Melvin Power, the King Crimefighters' Old Man Power;

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By the time of 'Harry on the Head', an unpublished web-serial set in 1960, Cybele St Synne has become quite stout, as befits the Korant Earth Mother Superior known as Miracle Maenad. She also has begun the strange cycle that is still ongoing in 5980. Her Meroudys grew up to give birth to a Meroudys of her own, who in turn had a Meroudys of her own. It may be these girls are all incarnations of Meroudys Artha, which suggests the adult Meroudys Artha in the 19/5960 web-serials is indeed the real Eden Nightingale;

The Illuminatus who opens this dialogue is Melina born Sarpedon whereas the Harry is Aristotle Zeross. They would marry four years later in Antheal (April) 5960:

“Morg and Andi for two,” Illuminatus agreed, pointing out her sister-in-law, Morgianna born Nauroz raised Somata, and her zebra-striped niece, Andaemyn Sarpedon. “The big woman’s Cybele St Synne, Miracle Maenad in here, the Korants’ Mother Superior. The ones with the Hellhounds beside Miracle are Jordy’s George and her latest Meroudys. Other two kids are Solomon and Balkis, the Mandam madman’s Infernal Twins by Maenad’s first Meroudys.”

“Not to be confused with Meroudys Artha,” said Harry, sounding confused.

“That’d be her aunt, Cybele’s triplet sister, Eden Nightingale.”

“Maybe,” Harry qualified, after quickly rereading one of those mental notes of his. This time he more like sounded relieved.

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

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Tsishah Twilight

- actual surname: Thrae;
- called Thrae because the was a three-thing: an almost full-blooded Utopian on her mother's side, a Dukkhan human on her father's and a faerie due to the fact she was kidnapped by feeorin as a toddler along with her birth father, who was still Tammuz Rhymer when it happened;
Extract from TsiTwi cvr, Jim McPherson, 2004- born in 5934, the daughter of Morgianna born Nauroz but by then Somata and Tom-Tiddly Taddletale, a blue-skinned faerie type born Tammuz Rhymer;
- in Tantalar 5980 YD still acting as the non-Lemurian Aortic on Shenon (Witch Isle);
- once something of a weapons master, though by Tantalar 5980 deteriorating mentally as well as physically, presumably due in large measure to wearing the Shah-demon for so long;
- has by onetime husband Mani-Balam (Jester Jaguar, son of Lamechlan-Night Owl) four children: Makhta (Sioux for Brave Woman, born in 5962) Teotihuacan (b. 5963; aka Teoti, also Toothy, once Janna Fangfingers turned him into a vampire) Zama (b. 5965' name means Dawn) and Skaga (b. 5966; left brain-damaged at age 7, after near-drowning, whereupon he becomes akin to a Gagiit In-Betweener):

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Tsishah was the late Morgianna born Nauroz, become Somata, then Sarpedon’s daughter by the likely not at all late faerie type Tom-Tiddly Taddletale. (Faerie types didn’t so much die as they switched underlying bodies when they, the ones who’d been carrying them around, did die, as Tsishah’s daddy, who was born Tammuz Rhymer of Dukkha, had done decades ago.)

That she had reddish-brown skin, and as a result looked more like an Irache than anything else, belied her parentage. Even though a hybrid, like her year older brother Saladin Devason due to identical parentage, Mama Morg had been whiteas-light whereas Tom-Tiddly Daddy had blue skin — very fay that.

Like most upper level witch-deviants – maternally she may have been Wilderwitch’s half-sister (quarter-sister?) in that they both could have had the same devic half-mother: the Grey Lady, Miss Mist, Krepusyl of Crepuscule – Tsishah was a skilled illusionist. Her Irache skin-colouring was no glamour, though; no aural, as in aura, manipulation.

While she may have inherited faerie blood from her father, she hadn’t so much inherited a debrained demon from her mother as she’d acquired it, her, in the very early Sixties, via her mother’s connections as the demon-loving Hellions’ Morrigan. It was the demon who had Irache skin-colouring.

Was quite the her-story was Tsishah Twilight.

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

2004 Mock-up Cover for ...

Wilderwitch's Babies, Part Two

Potential cover for Jim McPherson's Tsishah's Twilight. The text on the back cover under the Mythos logo reads as follows: "Tsishah Twilight, 47, is the Anthean Aortic of Shenon, Witch Isle. She was once possessed of a devil. Now she wears a demon. In life her demon's name was Shahiyeha. Shah's parents are long dead. The one of them isn't and Tsishah suddenly finds herself in truly Deep Dreck!

"Tsishah's Twilight"

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Morg had lots of connections to the War Witch Sisterhood as well; had had, make that. So did Andy. But no one had more of a connection to them than Tsishah Twilight, Morgianna’s, albeit not by him, first and only born besides Andy. Tsishah was the Athenan Mother Superior. Was also the retiring Anthean Aortic of Shenon, Witch Isle. No contradiction there apparently, because War Witches only made war, in the killing sense, on those already not-alive.

Still, Tsishah was never without weaponry.

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

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Fey Woman (Faith McBride, Phaedra)

- Wilderwitch's daughter by a never-acknowledged father (whose identity is revealed in "Decimation Damnation", though still not to him);
- May be the Fat Auntie Wildie described by Tina Zeross (on Boxing Day morning, 5980) in DecDam;Wooden sculpture spotted and shot in Puerto Morelos by Jim McPherson, 2004

"... because I all of a sudden think I know who was here this morning.”

“And who might that be, other than, all of a sudden, not you?” [Sundown wondered.]

“My daughter,” the Witch responded. “Fey Girl, Fey Woman by now, was a big baby.” Was also born in here, though she was conceived out there by a father whom she never told was said daughter’s father; never told anyone, not even Fey. “That didn’t change as she grew up. And out, in all directions. When she wasn’t much older than Tina is today she was, like, Tina-times-two size-wise.”

“And now she’s more like you-times-three,” said Melina. “Or was, last time I saw her.”

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

Wooden carving spotte and shot in Puerto Morelos by Jim McPherson, 2014- seeming infertile, which frustrates her greatly because she was largely raised by Antheans, on the Inner Earth, and proper Ants go through two seven-year training sessions: the first from birth until age seven; the second beginning after they have a girl they trade to the Sisterhood in return for the rest of their training;
- in DecDam revealed to have had an extended affair with Saladin Devason, the Master of Weir since 5950;
- seems to have the ability to traverse the Weird at will; can also pass through Cathonia at will, which almost no one except All of Incain or the Dual Entities can do;
- Miracle Memory, the Female Entity, is her grandmother, so that may account for her extraordinary abilities;
- in all likelihood, Krepusyl Evenstar, Wilderwitch's devic half-mother, helped raise her, which also may account for her abilities;
- wants to be an fully training Anthean so badly she adopts Windrush, one of the Death Dodgers who first appeared in Phantacea One (1977), and tries to pass her off to the Superior Sisterhood as her own;

For more on Fey use the Search Engine at the top of the page or hit here, here and here

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Ophirant 'Snake-Sucklers'

| Olympias Sangati | Mata Avar | Medea Annulis | Megaera nee Kinesis Zeross |

Annulis, Medea born Tauri

- mother: Rhea nee Ararat Sangati;

- see here for more

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Avar, Mata born Aeetes

- probable father: Sedon St Synne, though it might actually be Azrael, her father of record, who was killed by a child, Celestine D'Angelo, the eventual Celestial Superior, in 1895;
- mother: Rhea nee Ararat Sangati;
- mother of Ramona Avar, eventually Ryne (Lady Guillotine in 1980), probably by her own father;

-see here for more

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Sangati, Olympias eventually Kinesis

-father: Azrael, who was killed by a child, Celestine D'Angelo, the eventual Celestial Superior, in 1895;
- mother: Rhea nee Ararat Sangati;
- mother of Alexandros and Megaera Kinesis; probable mother of Barsine Mandam, the Summoning Child who became the latest incarnation of Nergal Vetala, the Vampire Queen of the Dead in 5980 ("Goddess Gambit");

- see here, here, here and here for more

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ZEROSS, Megaera nee Kinesis

- four-fingered Meg;
- the second Olympian;

- see here for more

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Rainbow overlay suggestive of Cel-Spook; underlay part of a painting by Paul Delvaux, from a postcard purchased at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; rainbow overlay prepared by Jim McPherson on PHOTOSHOP, 2004 Collage of John Tenniel's Illustrations for Alice in Wonderland, 1946 edition; scanned in and prepared on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2007 [CLYMENE CATREUS, WITCH, AND JERVIS MURRAY, MAN ON GROUND, THOUGH MURRAY'S BLACK, LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS, PAINTING BY RUBENS EXHIBITED IN VIENNA]
[Wooden plate of a wolf-woman suggestive of Wilderwitch and her fearsome soul-self as found on in a vendor's sidewalk display in Montreal, Canada, PHOTO BY JIM MCPHERSON, Year 2000] Blowup of Cacama, shot on a meridian in Mexico City by Jim McPherson, 2005 Wall painting spotted at hostel in Granada, Nicaragua, photo taken by Jim McPherson, 2003
Caption reads 'Delphi, Fisherwoman's Psychopomp;, photo of a statue of a  dolphin with a woman atop it is from the Ephesian Museum in Selchuk, Turkey; photo by Jim McPherson, 2003 [Shot of a painting found in a building off the central square in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, PHOTO BY JIM MCPHERSON, Year 1999] Shot of a statue suggestive of Sorciere saving Shah from an Ophidian assassination attempt
[A STATUE OF A GARUDA AS PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM BY JIM MCPHERSON, 2000] Masks shot by Jim McPherson, the main one is reminiscent of Lamia Lou [SHOT FROM AN EGYPTIAN SARCOPHAGUS IN VIENNA, 1996] An original piece of artwork I took a picture of in Merida, Yucatan sometime in the Nineties a statue reminiscent of the Witch  a photographed in Versailles by Jim McPherson in 1996 [HUSH MANNERING OFTEN LOOKS SOMETHING LIKE THIS, PAINTING BY VELAZQUEZ EXHIBITED IN VIENNA]
     
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