Or, to fay-say it in pHant-pHorm: ‘pHoreseeing pHant’s pHinish‘. Maybe I should have entitled it “Freespirit Nihila take a Star Turn“. Too late now.
Here’s a statement, taken from Farlex’s Free Dictionary (which, I’m sure you’d agree, could easily be fay-said in phant-pHorm) re Nemesis:
“Nemesis is a hypothetical hard-to-see red dwarf star or brown dwarf, orbiting the Sun at a distance of about 50,000 to 100,000 AU (about 0.8-1.5 light-years), somewhat beyond the Oort cloud.”
Artist’s conception of Nemesis as a red dwarf seen from a nearby debris field with the Sun visible in the center.
Here another statement, one that’s true for sure:
“In Jim McPherson’s Phantacea Mythos, Freespirit Nihila is the name Datong Harmonia, the Unity of Balance as well as Panharmonium, uses once her Nemesis-persona takes over in Tantalar 5980.”
Her first appearance, in Phantacea Five, will be reprinted in the upcoming graphic novel “Cataclysm Catalyst”, the early daze of whose cover is here. She shows up throughout “Goddess Gambit” as well.
In non-real-time terms, however, she actually debuted in “Contagion Collectors“, circa Year of the Dome 5476:
Her universally admired attractiveness combined with an overstated capacity for compassion – overstated due to her seldom seen and therefore thought-fabulous, as well as ill-natured, Nemesis persona – helped to make the Unity the most popular devil-goddess of the time, if not necessarily all-time.
Later on …
Her clothing and skin was black and red and fiery orange instead of glowingly golden, butterscotch and/or transitorily dependent on the onlooker’s expectations. Her chains still had the Plates of Justice on their end but now they were serrated like a shipwright’s belt-driven buzzsaw in a stream-fed mill.
As for the wings, well, they were almost never manifest. Fletched more so than feathered, they didn’t just look like flexible, cut-anything razorblades, they probably were.
She so dominated proceedings in the aforementioned “Goddess Gambit“, she even made its front cover, thereby relegating Nergal Vetala, its titular goddess, to the back.
E-book cover for “Goddess Gambit” — ISBN 978-0-9878683-3-6
(BTW, the back cover can be seen here. Its text is here. Its teaser is here. Lynx to excerpts are here. Check out more of the graphics prepared for Gambit here. All are good. So’s the book. Highly recommended.)
A variety of collages prepared by Jim McPherson for the Goddess Gambit web page
The article goes on to mention Sedna, an “extremely distant planetoid [that] has an extra-long and unusual elliptical orbit around the Sun, well beyond Pluto”. (BTW again, there’s piles more on Pluto here.)
Its discoverer, Mike Brown of Caltech, noted in a Discover magazine article that Sedna’s location doesn’t make sense:
“Sedna shouldn’t be there,” said Brown. “There’s no way to put Sedna where it is. It never comes close enough to be affected by the Sun, but it never goes far enough away from the Sun to be affected by other stars.”
Brown postulates that perhaps a massive unseen object is responsible for Sedna’s mystifying orbit, its gravitational influence keeping Sedna fixed in that far-distant portion of space.
Let’s see … Add an ‘o’ and there’s Smoky Sedona, Byron’s Mouthpiece, who appears in many of the novels, mini-novels, e-books and comic books put out by Phantacea Publications over the years. (The same Sedona made it to the cover of Phantacea Four in 1978.)
There’s also Lake Sedona, in which sits Sraddha Isle, the site of much of the action in “Goddess Gambit“. Its monastery also featured in the 5495 finale of “Janna Fangfingers“.
It couldn’t really be named after an Inuit goddess of the deep, dark sea either. Not in terms of the Phantacea Mythos it couldn’t. Just ask Jim McPherson about that.
As mentioned years ago in a Serendipity Now segment, take away an ‘a’ and keep the added ‘o’ and you have, of course, a different deep and dark: none other than the Moloch Sedon.
He’s one of Phantacea’s cornerstone characters. The Cathonic Zone separating the Inner from the Outer Earth is best known to those living beneath it as the Sedon Sphere.
He usually manifests himself, ever-so-impressively, as the Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky and, yes, you might even consider him the main antagonist in the Phantacea Mythos.
The Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky about to slurp in the Cosmic Express; art by Ian Bateson, ca 1986/7; text and image manipulation by Jim McPherson ca 2008
Which is say, in many respects, he’s everyone else’s nemesis. So ask yourself this: If Sedna really shouldn’t be there, then how did it get there and when?
After all, it wasn’t discovered until 2003. Could it have been there forever or, um, might it not have been moved there sometime after, say, oh, late April 1986 perhaps?
Wouldn’t want to speculate, naturally. There is many a mention of the Soviet Supracity in the epic Launch 1980 story cycle, however. And where might it have been precisely?
As a matter of pHantacea-pHact, as per “Nuclear Dragons” it’s in the same place it was in December 1955:
There, in an already partially constructed super city hidden in the Soviet Ukraine, they would continue the quintessential work his martyred cousin, Jesus Mandam, the two years’ dead King Conqueror, left for him to complete — facilitating the hegemony of ‘ubermensch’, the over-man.
If he didn’t succeed where Mandam failed, the inferior, rutting rabble that made up humanity would inevitably lay to ruin the entire world with their endless wars and hideous weapons of mass destruction.
“Join me!” the Magnificent Psycho shouted into their skulls “Join our cause! It is the normal, not the supranormal, who must be subjugated.”