Mr Jarvis’ Book of the Dead | Fighting Pax

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In this post we record for posterity and remembrance the names of all those who have fallen to the fatal stroke of Mr Jarvis’ pen. Hero, villain, or neither, we honour their sacrifice for the greater myth of the story.

The deceased of Fighting Pax are as follows: 

THIS ENTRY STANDS IN MEMORY OF THE COUNTLESS UNNAMED PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES DURING AUSTERLY FELLOWS’ TYRANNICAL REIGN. MAY THE POWER OF THE HEALING RUBY RESTORE THEM TO THEIR DESERVED REST.

MRS BENEDICT  (Freax and Rejex | Ch 4 – Fighting Pax | Ch 2) Beloved mother of Charm, Mrs Benedict was sadly taken by the power of Dancing Jax and could not live with the grief of her daughter’s death upon returning to her true self. She committed suicide in the North Korean refugee camp, to the lasting sorrow of all. She is remembered by Martin, Spencer, and the rest of those brave young people who survived the Ismus’ regime.

SEVEN UNNAMED NORTH KOREAN FARMING FAMILIES  (Fighting Pax | Ch 3) Having been taken over by Dancing Jax, these innocent people were shot on the order of Marshal Tark Hyun-ki. May they rest in peace.

TWELVE UNNAMED SOLDIERS OF THE PEOPLE’S ARMY  (Fighting Pax | Ch 3) Cut down in their country’s ill-fated resistance against Dancing Jax, these unnamed men died, escaping the blight of that evil book forever.

MARSHAL TARK HYUN-KI  (Fighting Pax | Ch 3)  This violent military leader was shot after being taken over by Dancing Jax. He will not be remembered favourably by many.

DU KWAN  (Fighting Pax | Ch 3) Young aide of Marshal Tark, Du Kwan was killed with his superior under suspicion of having been taken over by Dancing Jax. He was, however, as yet unturned, and his death was a needless waste. He will perhaps be remembered only by Arirang.

UNNAMED PEOPLE’S ARMY SOLDIERS  (Fighting Pax | Ch 8) During the rampage of the kirin, the skeletal unicorn which crossed over from Mooncaster, through the refugee camp, many nameless People’s Army soldiers met their deaths. May they rest in peace.

DOCTOR CHOE SOO-JIN  (Fighting Pax | Ch 3 – Fighting Pax | Ch 8)  A respected scientist and surgeon, Dr Choe allowed ambition and obsession to overtake her following the advent of Dancing Jax upon the outer world. Aiming to find a cure to what she believed to be the ‘disease’ of the book, she sought to experiment on the refugees, and only the quick action of Spencer saved them from her saw. She died in the massacre at the North Korean border, following the invasion of Dancing Jax.

GENERAL CHUNG  (Fighting Pax | Ch 3 – Fighting Pax | Ch 8) Killed by Eun-mi during the incursion of Dancing Jax into North Korea, General Chung was a formidable figure in his country’s regime. His relationship with eldest daughter was a complex and bitter one, and he chose to lavish attention and affection upon his youngest child, Nabi. He fought the will of Austerly Fellows for some time before eventually succumbing to the pull of Mooncaster.

UNNAMED SQUIRREL  (Fighting Pax | Ch 9) A Mooncaster squirrel was shot by one of Lee’s North Korean guards on their arrival into the Kingdom of the Dawn Prince. It is not known what wisdom this creature of the enchanted forests might have imparted, had it been allowed to live.

NIMBLESEWSKIN   (Fighting Pax | Ch 9) Goblin tailor of Mooncaster and minor blight upon the Dawn Prince’s land, Nimblesewskin was killed by Lee’s guards as they struggled to control their nerves. The diminutive tailor was later discovered to have been a serial murderer, re-stitching and reanimating the corpses of his victims to serve his foul whims. He was not missed even by the Ismus, who described him as as unpleasant neighbour.

UNNAMED PEOPLE’S ARMY SOLDIER AND GUARD  (Fighting Pax | Ch 3 – Fighting Pax | Ch 10) Nicknamed ‘Scary Spice’ by Lee, this unnamed guard was gored and butchered by the servants of Nimblesewskin. It is unknown whether his soul remained in Mooncaster after death.

THE QUEEN OF HEARTS [FORMERLY, MANDA] AND THE QUEEN OF SPADES [FORMERLY, QUEENIE]  (Dancing Jax | Ch 5 – Fighting Pax | Ch 10) The first to read the unpublished manuscript of Fighting Pax, Queenie awoke to her true self and beheld the murder she had committed as the Queen of Spades. For some unspecified slight brought on by the new and evil atmosphere in Mooncaster, the Queen of Spades beat the Queen of Hearts about the head with a ladle, before drowning her in a vat of porridge during the Ismus’ promotional gathering at the CN Tower in Toronto. Unable to live with what she had done and despairing at the horror of the world she had awoken to, Queenie plummeted to her death from the Tower. Whether any of the Ismus’ inner circle recalled her thereafter is unknown.

NICHOLAS AND ESTHER (Freax and Rejex | Ch 15 – Fighting Pax | Ch 21)  Killed in the Ismus’ vile ‘Flee the Beast’ campaign, these young teens endured countless horrors at the new Forest camp before being slaughtered. Esther, while not well-liked by the other refugees, survived longer than Nicholas through sheer self-preservation. Both young people were innocent, however, and murdered long before their time.

YIKKER   (Freax and Rejex | Ch 13 – Fighting Pax | Ch 23) One of the vile punchinello guards first brought over from Mooncaster to keep the New Forest aberrants in line, Yikker had a particular hatred for Marcus, and forever regretted that he had never had the chance to kill him. Maggie, who had had feelings for Marcus before his death, eventually avenged herself upon Yikker by dealing him a gory death with a pair of sewing scissors. He will not be missed.

UNNAMED ELDERLY WOMAN  (Fighting Pax | Ch 24) This poor lady was just one of the countless people present at Kent during the lead up to the release of Fighting Pax. She died three days before Christmas Eve – perhaps one of the more fortunate.

THE HARLEQUIN PRIESTS [FORMERLY, TOMMO AND MILLER]  (Dancing Jax | Ch 1 – Fighting Pax | Ch 25) The former accomplices of Jezza died worshipping the Dawn Prince as He arose in infernal splendor, never recalling their former lives. May they find what peace they can.

CAPTAIN SWAZZLE  (Freax and Rejex | Ch 5 – Fighting Pax | Ch 26) Leader of the foul punchinello guards both in Mooncaster and at the New Forest camp, Captain Swazzle at last met his deserved end upon the Jill of Spades’ dagger. Returned to her true self, Emma Taylor made short work of the Ismus’ repellent servant using the lethal skills she had learnt as the daughter of an Under Queen, and not even Swazzle’s fellow guards wasted their breath mourning him.

SIR GERALD BENNING & PROFESSOR EVELYN HOLE  (Dancing Jax | Ch 6 – Fighting Pax | Ch 26) Proprietors of the Duntinkling guest house in Felixstowe before Dancing Jax took over, former comedy artists and stage musicians Gerald and Evelyn were among that handful of brave ‘aberrant’ souls who fought the power of Austerly Fellows until the very end. Gerald is most remembered for his courageous action with Martin’s rebel group, and his compassion toward the refugee children imprisoned in North Korea, while Evelyn took down the Ismus’ fearsome punchinello guard and dispatched a spore of Fellows, himself. Sadly, this last act also brought about Gerald and Evelyn’s death. They are now honoured as a hero of international renown.

THE JOCKEY [FORMERLY, BARRY MILLIGAN]  (Dancing Jax | Ch 3 – Fighting Pax | Ch 27)  Previously headmaster at the school where Martin worked, Barry Milligan had a reputation for being old-fashioned yet dependable. His hobbies included rugby, making merry at the local pub, and mouthing off about the state of the English education system. When Dancing Jax arrived, he resisted for longer than most before finally succumbing. As the Jockey, Mooncaster’s consummate and consummately unpleasant trickster, he practiced countless mischiefs with varying degrees of severity, until the release of Fighting Pax caused his character to turn sour. He was eventually throttled to death by  the kitchen maid, Columbine.

COLUMBINE [FORMERLY, KATE KRYZEWSKI]   (Freax and Rejex | Ch 2 – Fighting Pax | Ch 27) Formerly an internationally acclaimed journalist, Kate Kryzewski reported on the rise of Dancing Jax in America, before being lured, with her cameraman Sam, to the UK. Once she had delivered her piece about the Ismus’ apparently benign intentions for the New Forest camp, she was forbidden to leave, and forcibly turned. As Columbine, she attained the help of the witch Haxxentrot to protect herself from the Jockey’s violent advances, until Fighting Pax denied her that agency. Having dispatched the Jockey and awoken as herself in the real world, she witnessed Lucifer upon the Waiting Throne and committed suicide. May she rest in peace with the unnumbered others who met a similar fate.

KIZKA THE PUNCHINELLO  (Fighting Pax | Ch 27)  One of the guards stationed on the outer wall of the replica White Castle, Kizka was flung to his death by Carol after threatening her son. He is not recalled by many among his kind.

THE CINNAMON BEAR  (Freax and Rejex | Ch 12 – Fighting Pax | Ch 28) Mythical beast of Mooncaster, resident of Hunter’s Chase and the only creature ever to carry Malinda the fairy godmother upon its back, the Cinnamon Bear was killed and devoured by the Bad Shepherd, sustaining him in Mooncaster for many months. Whether it knew his true identity before its death is a question that only the card dealers can answer, and they are not forthcoming.

LEE JULES SHERLON CHARLES  (Freax and Rejex | Ch 2 – Fighting Pax | Ch 28) Originally from Peckham in London, Lee was one of the young people taken to the New Forest camp after Dancing Jax had no effect on him. During his ordeal at the camp, it was discovered that he was the Castle Creeper – a singular and unique character in Mooncaster, able to pass from the Kingdom of the Dawn Prince to the true world and back again at will. The Ismus sought to use Lee to his evil advantage, promising him a perfect life in Mooncaster with his deceased girlfriend, Charm, in exchange for the murder of the Bad Shepherd. But Lee, aware of the Shepherd’s true identity, instead allowed that being to end his life, thereby releasing the Healing Ruby and banishing the Dawn Prince from the world. Martin’s stepson Paul has since given interview stating that he has recurring dreams in which he sees the White Castle painted pink, and it is still unclear why Lee’s body, along with that of Gerald and certain others, was never recovered.

THE ISMUS  [REGENT OF MOONCASTER; ONE OF THE MANY FACES OF AUSTERLY FELLOWS; ABBOT OF THE ANGELS, FOUNDER OF THE CANDLE FAITH, AND HERALD OF THE DAWN PRINCE]   (Dancing Jax | Ch 1 – Fighting Pax | Ch 29)  Once a petty thief by the name of Jezza, the Ismus was the embodiment of Austerly Fellows’ grand plan for the world. Ruthless, soulless, and impeccably stylish, he rose to power as the blight of Dancing Jax spread, and achieved absolute triumph in the name of the Dawn Prince, before suffering absolute defeat. Too hasty to celebrate his victory over the unhappy world and the return of his Master to the Waiting Throne, he failed to recognise the treat those who had resisted him posed to his hellish regime. At the hand of Arirang, he was impaled upon Malinda’s wand and scattered as ash upon the wind, his empire in ruins.

MAGGIE BLESSING  (Freax and Rejex | Ch 9 – Fighting Pax | Ch 26)  An outgoing yet troubled young woman, Maggie resisted capture and imprisonment in the New Forest camp for longer than any of the other young ‘aberrants’, even going so far as to disguise herself as the Jill of Hearts in an attempt to escape to the French border. She was a true friend to Charm and Lee, protecting Charm’s girls after her death and doing all she could to boost morale among the other young people in the North Korean refugee camp. Maggie bonded especially with Gerald, and would have been adopted by him, had circumstances been different. As things stand, however, only Evelyn could have revealed the truth about what happened beneath the replica White Castle on the night of Austerly Fellows’ downfall.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Jarvis’ Book of the Dead | Freax and Rejex

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In this post we record for posterity and remembrance the names of all those who have fallen to the fatal stroke of Mr Jarvis’ pen. Hero, villain, or neither, we honour their sacrifice for the greater myth of the story.

The deceased of Freax and Rejex are as follows: 

THIS ENTRY STANDS IN MEMORY OF THE COUNTLESS UNNAMED PEOPLE WHO HAVE THUS FAR LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DANCING JAX. THE DANCE GOES ON, BUT SO DOES THE RESISTANCE. 

REGGIE TUCKER  (Freax and Rejex | Ch 1) Reggie Tucker, age 12, was gunned down by brainwashed police in an unknown English suburb after having been on the run for three days. Betrayed to the ‘jaxxers’ by his aunt, he resisted bravely till the last. May he rest in peace.

SIR LUCIUS PANDEMIAN  (Freax and Rejex, Chapter 5) Questing knight of Mooncaster, Sir Lucius defeated the fearsome Lamia, imprisoning her in her tomb. He perished in the attempt, but one of his ears was preserved by Haxxentrot the witch – to the aid of Columbine, kitchen maid of the White Castle, many years later.

CHRISTINA  (Freax and Rejex | Ch 3 – Freax and Rejex | Ch 10) One of the younger children brought to the New Forest to be imprisoned, 7-year-old Christina became attached to Jody and stayed close to her at all times. On the night of the May Cup nightmare, Christina was taken over by the spores of Austerly Fellows, who used her corpse as a vessel to spy on the doings of the other young people in the camp. She was eventually ‘vacated’ and allowed to find rest, but it is unknown whether she was ever buried.

JIM PARKER  (Freax and Rejex | Ch 6 – Freax and Rejex | Ch 13) The first casualty of the New Forest interment camp, 12-year-old Jim was impaled upon a Punchinello’s spear while he attempted to protect his fellow prisoners. He was buried in the camp and his remembered by all who survived to escape with Martin Baxter. His grave marker reads ‘Here lies Jim Parker – hero’.

PRINCESS TELEIN OF THE DANU  (Freax and Rejex | Ch 16) A royal maiden of the old peoples of Mooncaster, Telein encountered Lee on the night of her wedding, which also turned out to be the night of her death. Send to marry the Marsh King, Telein was instead consumed by him as every other princess of the Danu before her. This remained a source of great trauma to Lee, who tried to save her and was unable.

ANCHU THE PUNCHINELLO  (Freax and Rejex | Ch 15 – Freax and Rejex | Ch 21) One of the grotesque and sadistic Punchinello guards assigned to the New Forest camp, Anchu was killed by the nameless horror which erupted from beneath the earth as a side-effect of the Ismus’ many summonings from Mooncaster. Anchu was not mourned by his fellow guards, and his presence has disappeared from the annuls of the Dawn Prince’s kingdom.

MARCUS  (Freax and Rejex | Ch 6 – Freax and Rejex  | Ch 22)  Originally from Manchester, Marcus was taken to the New Forest with his fellow ‘aberrants’, and became a true friend to Maggie, Lee, Charm and Spencer during his imprisonment. He was killed after his escape tunnel disturbed an unknown beast from Mooncaster which had crossed over of its own accord. His body was not recovered, but Maggie kept his possessions and raised a grave marker in the camp for him. He is remembered most fondly of all by her.

CHARM BENEDICT  (Freax and Rejex | Ch 6 – Freax and Rejex | Ch 25) A strong and good-hearted girl from Bolton, Charm had dreams of fame and fortune before Dancing Jax took over. During her time in the New Forest camp, she became friends with Maggie and Spencer, and something more to Lee. She cared for the young girls who were imprisoned with her, and they looked up to her as an older sister during their terrible ordeal. Charm suffered the worst demise out of all who perished in the camp, which out of respect to her memory will not be recorded here. She is remembered with love by her mother, and by Lee and her friends.

MAYNARD HANKINSON [JANGLER, OR, THE LOCKPICK]  (Dancing Jax | Ch 13 – Freax and Rejex | Ch 29)  Gaoler of Mooncaster, devotee of the Candle Faith and one-time Ipswich solicitor, Jangler was devoured by the Marsh King during a bitter fight with Lee after a long reign of terror in the New Forest camp. Raised to worship the Dawn Prince and devoted to Austerly Fellows from a young age, Jangler guarded Fellows End and the Fellows estate until the Ismus returned to take control of it, and served his Lord faithfully thereafter. Following his gruesome and deserved demise, all mention of Jangler was erased from Dancing Jax, and now only the Ismus recalls that he ever existed.

ALISDAIR  (Freax and Rejex | Ch 6 – Freax and Rejex | Ch 29) An ‘aberrant’ brought from Edinburgh, Alisdair found solace from a Jax-infested world in his musical talent. Though he found it difficult to trust the other young people and was distrusted in return, he was a friend to Jody during her suffering, and his heroic self-sacrifice allowed his fellow prisoners to finally escape. Defiant to the last, Alisdair is remembered as someone who made a real difference in the battle against the evil of Austerly Fellows.

 

 

 

 

Mr Jarvis’ Book of the Dead | Dancing Jax

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In this post we record for posterity and remembrance the names of all those who have fallen to the fatal stroke of Mr Jarvis’ pen. Hero, villain, or neither, we honour their sacrifice for the greater myth of the story.

The deceased of Dancing Jax are as follows: 

THIS ENTRY STANDS IN MEMORY OF THE FORTY-ONE YOUNG PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE FELIXSTOWE DISASTER, INCLUDING: ASHLEIGH AND KEELEY, DANNY MARLOW, KEVIN STRIPE, BRIAN EASTLAND, AND MANY UNNAMED. FELIXSTOWE WILL FOREVER REMEMBER THEM, AND THE TRAGEDY WHICH COST THEM THEIR LIVES. 

SHAUN PRESTON (Dancing Jax | Ch 16) This well-meaning and unassuming paediatric nurse was the first inhabitant of Felixstowe to witness the evil of Austerly Fellows first hand. He had the misfortune to observe the arrival of the Ismus and his entourage on the ward where some of those children injured in the Disaster were being treated, and so was present at the crossing over of Mauger, the Growly Guardian of the Gate. The Ismus set Mauger upon Shaun when he proved reluctant to submit to Dancing Jacks, but the courageous nurse’s life was claimed by the fall which was meant to save him from the jaws of the beast. His heroism in diverting Mauger from the nearby maternity ward went unrecognised, but he was mourned by his family for a time, before Dancing Jacks claimed them.

GRACE STAPLETHORPE (Dancing Jax | Ch 27) Hated governess of Ezra and Austerly Fellows, this devout and upstanding lady was driven to take her own life following weeks of psychological torture at the whims of her youngest charge. Austerly was but six years of age when he committed his first murder, and the unquiet spirit of Ms. Staplethorpe is still said to haunt the stables of Fellows End.

SHIELA DOYLE (Dancing Jax | Ch 1 – Dancing Jax | Ch 31) A promising student of Martin’s, Shiela was led into a life of delinquency and petty crime by her boyfriend Jezza. When the couple and their associates broke into Fellows End, their lives changed irrevocably, and Shiela embarked upon the terrible journey which would eventually lead to her being murdered in a ritual burning in the name of the Dawn Prince. Her life was tragically cut short before she had the chance to really live, and she is now remembered only by Martin, one of the last to resist the Dancing Jacks.

Mr Jarvis’ Book of the Dead | Fleabee’s Fortune

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In this post we record for posterity and remembrance the names of all those who have fallen to the fatal stroke of Mr Jarvis’ pen. Hero, villain, or neither, we honour their sacrifice for the greater myth of the story.

The list of the deceased in Fleabee’s Fortune is mercifully slight, seeing only ‘ORACE BALDMONEY return from the grave to advise our intrepid heroine. In origin a vicious follower of Jupiter, ‘Orace turned to the Green after meeting and befriending the mice of Deptford in the year 1789.

For his change of heart, ‘Orace was cruelly slain by his rat kin, along with many of the Skirtings mice. In mouse calendars, the 30th of November is remembered as ‘Orace Day, and ‘Orace thereafter became a figure of high regard for all young outcast creatures. The night of that first Skirtings raid is also remembered as the time when Jupiter placed his terrible enchantment upon the Grill, dooming all mice who ventured into the cellar to serve him beyond the candles of the Dark Portal.

Mr Jarvis’ Book of the Dead | Deathscent

 

 

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In this post we record for posterity and remembrance the names of all those who have fallen to the fatal stroke of Mr Jarvis’ pen. Hero, villain, or neither, we honour their sacrifice for the greater myth of the story.

 

The deceased of Deathscent are as follows: 

MASTER EDWIN DRITCHLY (Surviving Adam o’ the Cogs to O Mistress Mine)  Malmes-Wutton’s respected Master of Motive Science was tragically killed as a result of a Spanish plot to prevent experts in the mechanical mysteries from reaching London, and thus the armouries of the Queen. During the visit of Sir Francis Walsingham and Doctor John Dee to Malmes-Wutton, Master Edwin was trampled to death by a mechanical horse which had, unbeknownst to all, been augmented with a deadly new ichor. The perpetrator of this heinous crime was revealed to be a member of the visiting party, Walsignham’s own secretary, Arnold Tewkes; secretly a spy for the Spanish powers. The apprehension of the murderer did nothing to alleviate the grief of the Malmes-Wutton community, however, particularly that of Mistress Dritchly, and of Master Edwin’s apprentices – Cog Adam, Henry Wattle, and Jack Flye.

SUET THE PIGLET (Grunting from Adam o’ the Cogs to Angel Versus Demon)   Beloved companion to Cog Adam, Suet became one of the most sophisticated mechanicals on Malmes-Wutton after being imbued with a little black ichor from Doctor Dee’s mechanical secretary, Lantern. Loyal to the end, this little piglet did not survive Jack Flye’s final confrontation with Old Scratch, however, Suet’s black ichor was rescued. It now resides within a Tizzy which was rejected from the Queen’s household. Adam now studies Motive Science to the tune of ‘O Mistress Mine’ and the memory of his first mechanical friend.

JACK FLYE (Surviving Adam o’ the Cogs to Angel Versus Demon)   Eldest of Master Edwin’s apprentices, Jack Flye would have been sent to London in his master’s place, had he not met his end at the tusks of his greatest creation and folly, the wild boar Old Scratch. Inspired by the presence of the Iribian, Brindle – then a new and much respected visitor to the Isle of Malmes-Wutton – to pursue and put an end to the tyranny of Old Scratch, Master Flye and his fellow apprentices sought to still the boar which had plagued the Wutton forests for so many years, terrorising the villagers and causing Lord Richard to dread venturing into his own estate. Though Brindle eventually managed to destroy the mechanical, Old Scratch’s death came at the cost of Master Flye’s life. He is mourned by Adam and Henry, and by all on Malmes-Wutton.

OLD SCRATCH  (Surviving O Mistress Mine to Angel Versus Demon)   Old Scratch, that demonic parody of Motive Science, spent many years as the scourge of Malmes-Wutton before he was at last dispatched. What was left of the mechanical boar was put to the blacksmith’s furnace shortly after Lord Richard left for London with Brindle and the remaining apprentices, but for many months after, every new tool and device which emerged from that forge was twisted and corrupt, and could not be used.

CLINK KITSON [‘CLINKER’]   (Surviving To the Copper Cow to Gog and Magog)  Hardened criminal and wanted personage on the Isle of Havering, Clink Kitson caused much grief and ended many lives before he was mysteriously delivered to his final judgement one night, shortly before Thomas Herrick’s party continued on from Havering to the Isle of London. Hobbling John and the more law-abiding patrons of the Copper Cow looked upon ‘Clinker’s’ death as a form of extremely gory divine intervention, though the truth of it had little to do with the Almighty.

THE SPECIAL AMBASSADORS (Surviving Two Gentlemen of Physic to Scrying the Shew Stone)  The kindly, coral-browed people who uplifted Englandia and patiently tutored the first Masters of Motive Science were massacred shortly after the Beatification. Slain for the deathscent by the ravaging Iribian hordes, none were left alive upon the Ambassadors’ home world, and that planet now lies forsaken and abandoned. The only known survivors of that scholarly and ingeniously creative people are two ‘collectors’; Bosco-Uttwar, and, it is to be assumed, his assistant Arvel. Where they now reside is unknown to all except Doctor Dee, who has had cause to seek audience with Bosco-Uttwar via the Shew Stone, formerly a piece of Ambassador technology.

THOMAS HERRICK  (Surviving Rats and Ashes to The Deathscent)  Loyal to Gloriana but somewhat conceited and conniving, Thomas Herrick never achieved the central role in court life that he had always longed for. Doomed to play a supporting part even in his own demise, this unfortunate ‘gallant’ of the Queen accidentally caught Brindle’s reaping hook in the face as a result of his own stubborn interference, unleashing the Iribian’s ghastly inner nature upon the court and condemning many of Elizabeth’s subjects to death as a result. At Whitehall, Herrick is remembered more for his manner of dying than of living, if at all.

ENGLISH ROYAL GUARDS, SOLDIERS, AND YEOMEN  (Appearing in The Deathscent)  These loyal men of the Crown were cruelly cut down by Brindle, who they would have known as the ‘Suffolk Miracle’, as he rampaged through London in the thrall of the deathscent. Whether all were aware of their imminent demise is unknown, but each was much lamented in the aftermath. There was a memorial service held for them in later weeks, which the Queen and many of the court attended. 

HIRED MEN OF THE COUNT DE FERIA (Appearing in The Deathscent and The Breath of Innocence)   Tasked with Don Gomez’s protection and with removing the ‘Suffolk Miracle’ to a Spanish nightboat, these unfortunate guards were unprepared for an Iribian in warlike fury, and died in grievous numbers. Stampeded by Elizabeth’s cavalry, they did not even succeed in protecting the Count de Feria, who escaped the maelstrom through good fortune alone.

UNNAMED NIGHTBOATMEN (Appearing in The Breath of Innocence) The last victims of Brindle’s deathscent-induced wrath, these unnamed souls are remembered by their families and community. May the rest in peace with all the above who were slain on that dreadful night .

THE TORTURE MASTER (Clanking from With the Count de Feria to The Breath of Innocence)   This infernal device was a prototype of a mechanical torture chamber masterminded by the Spanish Inquisition. Owned, and frequently put to evil use, by the Count de Feria, the so-called Torture Master took on a hideous personality to both its owner and its victims. Possessing no stilling crest, the abomination was at last torn apart by Brindle, following his liberation from the deathscent. Both Adam and Henry still bear the marks of the hellish contraption, as does Lantern, who dared to confront it in de Feria’s safehouse.

BRINDLE (Surviving The Scorched and Drunken Bee to The Breath of Innocence)  A merchant of balms and fragrance from the sphere of Iribia, Brindle was delivered from a fiery demise within his wrecked trading vessel, only to meet a similar fate aboard a burning nightboat above the Thames. Of what transpired between, we have witnessed the full measure, and I daresay none of us will regard historic rose gardens in quite the same way hereafter.

 

 

 

Mr Jarvis’ Book of the Dead | Thorn Ogres of Hagwood

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In this post we record for posterity and remembrance the names of all those who have fallen to the fatal stroke of Mr Jarvis’ pen. Hero, villain, or neither, we honour their sacrifice for the greater myth of the story.

The deceased of Thorn Ogres of Hagwood are as follows:

THE NAMELESS VIXEN  (Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Prologue)  The first victim of the High Lady’s loathsome servants, the thorn ogres, this young mother was eviscerated in the dark of night. She left two cubs, one of whom later survived the lair of Frighty Aggie, and was adopted by Liffidia Nefyn.

MUFUS DOOLAN   (Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Ch 1 – Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Ch 10) Twin to Bufus and beloved son to his parents, Mufus was cruelly murdered by the thorn ogres. His death was a ghastly shock to the werling community; most of all to his brother, who was first to come upon his mangled corpse, hung in the briar as dire warning from Rhiannon’s fiends. Mufus was laid to rest among his ancestors in the Silent Grove, and there he sleeps still.

NAGGATASH  (Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Ch 12) Chieftain of the thorn ogres, Naggatash was felled by Gorfannon’s cunning and the swiftness of Thimbleglaive, his enchanted blade.

GOFANNON [THE WANDERING SMITH]   (Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Ch 6 – Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Ch 12) The last surviving Pucca in the service of King Ragallach,  Gofannon fled the Hollow Hill in secret at the ascension of Rhiannon, and so escaped a gruesome and unjust execution. Vanishing into the mists of obscurity, this most courageous of Ragallach’s smiths took with him nothing less than the key to Rhiannon’s undoing, and for many years he bore that glittering burden before the desire to avenge his fallen kin brought him back to Hagwood. Alas for Gofannon; the High Lady had grown mighty in the intervening years, and sent Her Provost to wrest from the Smith the whereabouts of the key. Finally, having defeated the Chieftain of the thorn ogres and brought much strife upon the High Lady’s servants, Gofannon took his own life rather than surrender his secret. In the werlings he placed his trust, and with it, the key. His memory is honoured with those of his kin; Angirrion, Gromer, Gwyddno, Diarmund, Cormac, Bodach, Hafgan, and Launfal. 

SNAGGART  (Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Ch 6 – Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Ch 16) The runt of the thorn ogres, Snaggart met his end in the terrible jaws of Agnilla Hellekin, when she came to Finnen’s aid at the Battle of the Trees. Though the least of Rhiannon’s vile servants, Snaggart was no less vicious, and was partly responsible for the death of Mufus Doolan.

THE DRITCH FAMILY  (Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Ch 5 – Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Ch 16) Lower neighbours of the Tumpins, the unfortunate Dritch family were slain by Chokerstick the thorn ogre, during the Battle of the Trees. As there was not enough of them left to inter in the Silent Grove once the vile fiend had finished with them, their names were inscribed upon the Dritch beech in remembrance.

UNGARTAKKA, CHOCKERSTICK, KRAKKWHIPP, AND SUNDRY UNNAMED THORN OGRES  (Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Ch 14 – Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Ch 16)  These bloodthirsty abominations were set alight by the werling folk during the Battle of the Trees. In riot and rout, and defying the Provost’s commands, the thorn ogres fled the werling realm, never to return. (It should also be noted that for discovering the ogres’ fiery weakness, and so turning the battle in favour of the werlings, Kernella Tumpin was awarded the role of Honorary Warden of the Realm by the werling elders; a post never before granted to one so young. Only partly in jest, her peers gave her the title ‘Kernella the Flame-handed’, which she bears proudly to this day.)

UNNAMED WERLINGS [SIXTY OR MORE]  (Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Ch 16)  Of the brave folk who fell during the last conflict with Rhiannon’s thorn ogres, the bodies of forty-nine were recovered and interred in the Silent Grove. The blessing of Dunwrach is upon all who gave their lives to protect their kin and community, and they are remembered every year upon the anniversary of that greatest of werling tragedies.

Mr Jarvis’ Book of the Dead | The Fatal Strand

Gravestones at Whitby abbey
In this post we record for posterity and remembrance the names of all those who have fallen to the fatal stroke of Mr Jarvis’ pen. Hero, villain, or neither, we honour their sacrifice for the greater myth of the story.

The deceased of The Fatal Strand are as follows: 

MISS VERONICA WEBSTER [VERDANDI OF THE ROYAL HOUSE OF ASKAR, THIRD OF THE NORNIR]  (The Woven Path | Ch 2 – The Fatal Strand | Ch 3) Slain by the Spear of Longinus, Miss Veronica’s body was cruelly possessed by the arts of Woden as she lay in state in the Chamber of Nirinel, watched over by Edie and her sisters. After a desperate struggle, Woden’s control was finally broken by fire, and Veronica’s remains lost in the Well of the Nornir.

JOSIAH ROKEBY  (The Fatal Strand | Ch 7 )  Stabbed by Mary-Anne Brindle, Mr Rokeby was a warder of the Wyrd Infirmary, and not a well-liked one. May the Lord have mercy upon his immortal soul.

MARY-ANNE BRINDLE (The Fatal Strand | Ch 7 – The Fatal Strand | Ch 13)  Having become pregnant out of wedlock, Mary-Anne was incarcerated in the Wyrd Infirmary. The tortures that she suffered at the hands of Jack Timms and the other infirmary warders caused her suffer a breakdown, and her child to be stillborn. Mary-Anne languished in the infirmary for four years before stabbing Josiah Rokeby to death. She was subsequently given to the infirmary surgeons for medical experimentation, and died on the operating table. Her soul, like those other unquiet spirits who remained in the Wyrd Museum after death, was finally put to rest at the fall of Woden and the defeat of the Frost Giants. May she rest in peace.

THE BILLET FAMILY  [INCLUDING: NED BILLET, his sisters MEGGIE and VIOLET, and his PARENTS]   (The Fatal Strand | Ch 12)  Fated to die in the Well Lane Workhouse, Ned and his mother encountered Edie Dorkins and Josh Chapman before they joined Ned’s father and sister Meggie in death. Young Ned bravely defended his ailing mother from the anger of the workhouse overseer, Obediah Hankinson, whom Jack Timms briefly possessed in order to attempt to murder Edie. Despite Ned and Edie’s courage and the aid of Durath, the Great Stag, the Billet family eventually all perished in the workhouse. May they rest in peace.

DURATH [LORD OF THE FOREST, THE FATHER OF STAGS, GUARDIAN OF THE NORNIR]   (The Fatal Strand | Ch 10 – The Fatal Strand | Ch 17) The ancient Lord of the Forest who first led the Daughters of Askar through the timeless forests, the spirit of Durath was summoned at the time of the Cessation to watch over Edie and the Nornir, defending them from Woden’s perfidy. Unhappily, the Gallows God triumphed in the end when, disguised as Austen Pickering, he removed the skull of Great Stag from the Wyrd Museum’s entrance, destroying the protective enchantments which had shielded the museum and brought Durath to life. In the time of the fall of Askar, Edie beheld the Stag’s demise, and ever after will she honour his memory as her trusted guardian, as the Nornir did.

MISS CELANDINE WEBSTER [SKULD OF THE ROYAL HOUSE OF ASKAR, THIRD OF THE NORNIR]  (The Woven Path | Ch 2 – The Fatal Strand | Ch  21) Holder of the Spindle of Fate, Celandine met her death upon the operating table of the Wyrd Infirmary. Through the arts of Woden, she replaced Mary-Anne Brindle, and the Spear of Longinus brought her immortal life to an end. The Mother of the three Fates and the liveliest of the Webster sisters, it was Celandine who would have raised Edie, and who would, if the Doom wrought for her had not prevented it, have found peace in family life. She will be remembered fondly by Edie and the Chapman family, and has joined Verdandi in the Summer Lands.

QUOTH [FORMERLY: MEMORY]  (The Raven’s Knot | Ch 13 – The Fatal Strand | Ch 21) This addled but courageous corvid did ever stand by his master, Squire Neil. Though the jargoozling shade of Woden did attempt to unearth the arrogance and perfidy of Memory from within this marlpot’s sorry head, never did Quoth yield, and unto the frightsome maw of Death was he borne before he would forsake his young master for the false conceits of the Gallows God. A happy fate was Quoth’s, however, for from the soggy depths of the Well of Nirinel was he raised, and by the felicitous powers of the Undine was he restored to life. Hurroosh for that!

MISS URSULA WEBSTER [URDR OF THE ROYAL HOUSE OF ASKAR, FIRST OF THE NORNIR]   (The Woven Path | Ch 2 – The Fatal Strand | Ch 23)  She who had sundered the threads of mortal lives since the dawn of the world was finally laid to rest beneath the ruins of Nirinel, along with Woden, her fated nemesis. Into the Cloth of Doom Ursula wove the destruction of her sisters and herself, bringing a final end to the conflict between the Nornir and the Gallows God, and allowing Edie Dorkins to take up her birthright as custodian of the Wyrd Museum. Of the Webster sisters, Ursula is remembered with the greatest reverence; by Edie and Neil as their wisest guardian, and by the descendants of Askar as mighty Urdr, great Lady of Destiny.

WODEN [CAPTAIN OF THE REALM OF ASKAR, LATER: THE GALLOWS GOD]  (The Woven Path | Ch 3 – The Fatal Strand | Ch 23)  Closest to the Daughters of Askar in ages past, Woden made the decision to sacrifice his mortality and attain Godhead, thereby sundering himself from the Spinners of the Wood. Determined to defy the rule of Fate, he returned to plague the sisters Webster in the modern world, causing the deaths of Verdandi and Skuld, before Urdr revealed that she had orchestrated even the Cessation, keeping triumph over the Nornir forever from Woden’s grasp. As ruined and decrepit as the sisters he so despised, the Gallows God eventually perished beneath the root of Nirinel, his enmity cast aside. He dwells with the Daughters of Askar in the Summer Lands, beloved of Urdr.

GALATEA [THE FIRST IMAGE FASHIONED BY PUMIYATHON, WHICH ASHTOROTH DID ENTER AND WHICH CAUSED MUCH TERROR TO THE PEOPLE OF PAPHOS]  (The Woven Path | Ch 3 – The Fatal Strand | Ch 24)  One of those most rare and frightful treasures housed in the Separate Collection of the Wyrd Museum, the statue of Pygmalion was brought to life by Miss Ursula in the final conflict against Woden. It was Galatea who lead the charge, and she also who protected Edie and Neil from the violence of Jack Timms after Woden’s demise. The statue was eventually smashed by Timms upon the steps leading down to the Chamber of Nirinel, no longer to strike terror into her enemies at the behest of any power.

JACK TIMMS [‘TICK-TOCK JACK’]   (The Fatal Strand | Ch 9 – The Fatal Strand | Ch 24) The odious head warden of the Wyrd Infirmary, Jack Timms was the perpetrator of countless crimes against the infirmary patients before Woden lured him into his service. Sadistic and violent, Timms acted as a hired assassin for the Gallows God, seeking out Edie and the remaining Webster sisters with the intent to murder them. Timms was mortal, however, and like all mortals his doom was woven by Ursula, who decreed that he should meet his end upon the tracks of the London Tube, and there die a prolonged and agonising death in punishment for his evil.

THE FROST GIANTS (The Fatal Strand | Ch 26) Ancient foe of the peoples of Askar, these terrible demons of the rotting cold were vanquished by the Paedagogus, the Wyrd Museum’s guardian spirit, as he wielded the Eye of Balor. So was the Destiny of Gogus woven by Urdr, and in his fulfilling of it the world was delivered forever from the threat of the Jötnar.