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Contents of this GAEA SERIES Page.

(1) The Gaea Series, an essay in progress by Doug Eigsti.

(2) Character Lists from Titan, Wizard and Demon.

(3) Page number conversion tables from the SFBC edition to the Paperback or to the First Editions of Titan, Wizard and Demon.

(4) Plot Synopsis of the novel TITAN

(5) Plot Synopsis of the novel WIZARD

(6) Plot Synopsis of the novel DEMON

 

The GAEA SERIES.

John Varley's Gaea Series 1.1 an essay in progress.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

 

(A) What do we call these books?

 

The three novels set on the sentient (that's SEN-shent for those of you in Rio Linda) artificial habitat known as Gaea, TITAN, WIZARD, and DEMON, have, to my knowledge never been officially classified as the Gaean Trilogy, the Gaea Trilogy, or any other umbrella title. And there is no need for such a classification, for even citing the complete titles of all three books takes a mere three words. Other series cry for a pragmatic shortening of their titles; imagine The Lord of the Rings, The Book of the New Sun, Known Space, The Tales of Alvin Maker, or even Eight Worlds without blanket titles. Not wanting to put the series to bed with only three titles (hint to J.V.) I choose to name them the Gaea Series.

 

 

(B) How to classify the Gaea Series.

 

The scenario of Gaea defies the reader to classify TITAN, WIZARD or DEMON as either Fantasy or Science Fiction. On one hand, the three Gaea novels are certainly not Mainstream fiction, not being confined to that special case of the Fantasy genre where nothing out of the ordinary can take place; and here I am speaking of the metaphysical and physical ordinary. A traditional definition of the Fantasy genre requires an element of magic or at least an insouciance for the rational explanation for cause and effect. In other words, Fantasy stories do not bother to understand why things work the way they do, they just do. Magic or inconsistency in the laws of the universe are perfectly acceptable in the Fantasy genre. Case in point: Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court must be classified as Fantasy because the method of Time Travel is a knock on the head; no further explanation given, or required.

 

Science Fiction, on the gripping hand, must provide the reader with at least a method to explain the extraordinary events taking place; and here again, extraordinary can mean beyond the normal experience of physics or metaphysics. The Time Travel represented in H.G. Wells' The Time Machine is Science Fiction precisely because it is accomplished by utilizing advanced technology. Granted unknown technology that cannot be explained, but technology none the less. Hence Time Travel can be considered Science Fiction if presented in such a way as to imply that the traveler is not merely breaking the laws of physics through magic, but rather is employing as yet undiscovered scientific properties. Clarke's law applies: "Any significantly advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." But make no mistake such a technological explanation is not magic. Science Fiction has a very different feel than Fantasy; there is a sense of an underlying order in the universe in Science Fiction that is absent, and perhaps not desirable, in the Fantasy story. My favorite definition of Science Fiction is "Anything Science Fiction readers will read." By this definition even The Lord of the Rings is Science Fiction because it was Science Fiction readers that first made it popular, before it spilled over into the, then floundering, world of Fantasy fandom.

 

On Gaea anything can happen. The technology Gaea has at her disposal is indistinguishable from magic, but never alluded to as magic. Add to this the fact that Gaea is capricious, and probably insane even in her own estimation, and the results are: anything goes. This lack of constraint is unusual for Science Fiction, and for this reason the Gaea Series feels like Fantasy. Let's just call it SF (ES-ef), which can mean either Science Fiction or Science Fantasy, whatever that is, and read it. These books are immensely inventive and entertaining. Had Varley written nothing else he would still have a large following. Niven's Law also applies: "It is a sin to bore the reader." 

 

 

(C) Titan. Gaea says, "Welcome to my world."

 

The first book in the series introduces the reader to the artificial sentient habitat we will later come to know as Gaea. The crew members of the NASA ship the DSV Ringmaster encounter what they believe at first to be an undiscovered moon of Jupiter they name Themis. It soon becomes apparent that it is an artifact of intelligent design. On the approach we are introduced to the crew, headed by Captain Cirocco Jones. On a too close approach of Themis the Ringmaster is grappled and captured. The crew is separated and virtually ingested into the living tissue that is Gaea. They awake on the inside in an oxygen atmosphere and to panoramic vistas of scenery. Some are no worse for the wear. Others have been altered in inexplicable ways. One has wings, another yearns to live in a blimp. All this prompts the reader to puzzle how the seemingly unchanged members have been modified, and according to whose whim? The novel proceeds layer by layer unveiling the mysteries of this world, sequentially introducing first the strange fauna and flora and later the centaur-like Titanides and, finally, Gaea herself. Titan is a prime novel for showcasing the "Sense of Wonder" that SF is known for.

 

 

(D) Wizard, not just a job, an adventure.

 

Set twenty years after Titan, Cirroco has become Gaea's representative, with abilities to match. Gaea has also given her a curse; only she can fertilize the eggs of the majestic race of Titanides. And Gaea has given Cirocco no guarantee that any replacement will be forthcoming should upon Cirocco's demise. Gaby, Cirocco's sidekick, has become a sort of sorcerer's apprentice. Together they decide that this situation is untenable, and plot ways to put leverage on Gaea to change things. To do this they must enlist as many of Gaea's semi-autonomous regional brains as possible. Thus they undertake a quest to visit Gaea's twelve regions. But before they can complete the circle journey, Gaea gets wind of their mission and escalates the situation into a state of war. This forces Cirocco into open rebellion.

 

 

(E) Demon, Gaea's rival becomes her nemesis.

 

Cirocco, now called Demon, has become Gaea's nemesis. Cirocco plots a large diversionary campaign, covering many regions on the wheel intended to distract Gaea through entertainment, knowing Gaea is a sucker for show business. Meanwhile Gaby infiltrates Gaea's command center, slyly gaining control. This novel becomes very funny and exciting as the capstone of the series.

 

Doug Eigsti 9/24/2004

 

Cast of Characters from Titan, Wizard and Demon

TITAN - The Cast

 

 

Character Name

Other Name(s) etc.

Description

 

 

 

April

Polo

4.-3 Twin; 228.-1, Angel

Ariel the Swift

April Polo

233.6

August

Polo

4.-3 Twin

Betty

 

81.-5 Bill’s mother lives in Denver

Calvin

Greene

4.-2 Black, Surgeon; 5.1, Bookish

CIROCCO

Jones, “Rocky”

1.1, Captain of the NASA DSV Ringmaster; 34.-3, Pronounced Shur-Rock-O;

Clarino

B

139.4, Pinto

Extra 1

Unnamed

276.2, Photographer

Foxtrot

 

142.-7

GABY

Plauget

1.5, Astronomer

GAEA

 

230.9

GENE

(Eugene) Springfield

2.1; 4.-2, Married; 5.-1, Aryan

HORNPIPE

139.4 C-Sharp

128.2 female; 127.-1 Red, Orange, Blue chevrons; 129.9, 27 Kilorevs old

Hurdy-Gurdy

D-Minor

139.4; 137.5 Yellow and Orange Zebra

Lullaby

133.-1 B-Flat

133.-1, healer, B-Flat; 136.4, Emerald green head and tail hair, the rest snow White fur

Meistersinger

C-Sharp

152.5; 152.-6, Mayor / Warlord of Titantown; 153.-6, Dull Orange fur, Chocolate Brown skin, Light Gray eyes

Panpipe

 

164.3, Male Lavender fur, White tail and head hair

Strelkov

Lieutenant, Russian

269.8

Susan

Polo

8.-4 Mother of the Polo sisters; 8.-2 Nobel prize winner in Physics

Svenson

Wally

Captain of the Unity

Valse

G-Minor

139.4, Strawberry-Blond

Whistlestop

Blimp

67.5; 68.4.1, 1KM; 86.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIZARD - The Players

 

 

Bilea

 

21.10, Witch in the L-5 Coven

Blimps (The Great)

Dreadnaught, Pathfinder, The Aristocrat, Ironbound, WHISTLESTOP, Bombasto, His Honor, Old Scout

230.1

Castenet

(Sharped Lydian Duet) Blues

34.3

CHRIS

Chris’fer Minor, ; 68.-2, Long-Odds Major

5.3, 9.-4 Unident number, age 29, 25.1 Pale skin; 14.10, Name changed to Major; 68.-2, Long-Odds Major; 79.1, Tall (85-90 cm)

CIROCCO

 

60.-3, 338.2 Demon

Cirocco’s Mother

 

290.4,

Clavier

 

56.3, Titanide delegated to handle the mop-up

Constance

 

21.11; 21.-6 Robin’s Mother

Cymbol

(Lydian Trio) Prelude

68.-2, Valiha’s Mode, Female

Dambak

(Sharped Mixolydian Quartet)

305.-2

Dancing Man

 

35.-1, Tap Dancer; 36.1, Tattoo

Daniel

Brother Daniel

31.5,

Titanide Choir Director

 

 

Didjeridu

(Hypoaeolian Duet) Fugue

21.8, Australian Gaean Ambassador

Dulcimer

(Hypomixolydian Trio) Cantata

7.4, San Francisco Gaean Ambassador; 11.-4, Caucasian skin

Extra 2

Cathedral Architect

36.-3, White Jumpsuit

Fat Fred

 

47.7, Angel with a fat fetish; 80.8 Fat Fred; 51.12, Learned English from his Grandmother (April)

GABY

Plauget

52.4

GAEA

 

39.4, Short Dumpy; 38.-1, Charles Laughton

GENE

 

93.-3; 233.4, Controlled by Gaea

Gramps

 

180.4, Brazeltonian Nudest

Harp

Twin, Cantata Chord

73.-3, Large, hairless except for the head, Wizard’s Retinue

HAUTBOIS

(Sharped Mixolydian Trio) Bolero

91.6, Olive skin and long hair (7-8 cm), head and tail hair White; 227.4, Green and Brown skin; 152.-1, Healer

Hichiriki

(Phrygian Quartet) Madrigal

68.-2, Valiha’s Mode, Male

HORNPIPE

 

81.-2, Chris’ servant

Kithara

 

115.6, Salt and Hyperlemon vendor

Larry O’Hara

The only human Doctor on Gaea

292.1

Lyshia

 

10.-7, Chris’fer Minor’s first sex partner

Mondoro

 

54.6, Titanide in charge of Etheric Persuasion

Nasu

Robin’s  pet “demon”

20.2, 110 centimeter Anaconda

Potter

Professor

29.-2, Zookeeper

PSALTERY

56.-4, (Sharped Lydian Duet) Fanfare

58.3, Milk Chocolate skin, Orange hair

ROBIN

The Nine Fingered

17.-2, 19.1, 19 years old; Blond hair, Purple lips, Pierced nostril & ears; 18.2 Third eye,; 18. Right hand little finger cut off High-Gee Disorder; 18.2, Third eye Tattoo on temple; 20.3, Tattoos painted snakes, 21.-1, 33.3

Sarangi

Founder of the Madrigal Chord

305.-2

SERPENT

 

298.1, Valiha’s son

Silihi

(Locrihypolydian Duet) Hymn

170.-4, Crian White-skinned

Tara

 

306.4, Valiha’s Mother

Tirarsi

 

7.4, Gaean Ambassador’s secretary

TRINI

 

32.7, 32.-2 Prostitute; 32.9, Skin Job; 33.-1, Lesbian; 85.2, Black hair

Tzigzne

 

5.1; 4.-4, Momdrian White with squares of Red Blue and Yellow (Nightmare quilt)

Unnamed Titanide

 

130.3, Damaged olfactory nerves useful in herding ‘Stilleries (asphalt)

VALIHA

(Aolian Solo) Madrigal

66.-2, Ripe Banana-colored skin, Pink Cotton-Candy colored hair; 68.2, Valiha

Violone

(Sharped Mixolydian Quartet)

305.-2

Waldhorn

(Sharped Mixolydian Quartet)

305.-2

Zinda

 

20.5, Witch in the L-5 Coven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEMON - Starring

 

 

 

 

 

ADAM

Small bundle, Robin’s (& Chris’) son, The Child

45.-4

Adam’s wet nurses

344.7, Amparo, Sushi (Pleasure center tapped)

 

Angel

Delivers the Kong message

50.-6

Baby Stealer

 

45.-2

Balet Dancer

 

29.4

Burmese Potentate

 

8.2

CALVIN

Lives in Whistlestop

220.4, Old, Bald, Brown as Mahogany

Celesta Psalm

 

35.4

Cembalo

 

166.-7

CHRIS

 

63.-8, 2+ Meters tall

CIROCCO

11.1, Cirocco Jones Captain of the Ringmaster, Wing Commander of the Angels, sub rosa Hindmother of the Titanides, once Wizard, now Demon; 11.3 The Captain; 12.1, Long hair, prominent nose; 13.-8, 123 years old; 256.-6, Mayor of Belinzona

 

Cirocco’s Mother

Arab Prison Camp, Raped

103.2

Cirocco’s Belinzona Generals

330.-2, Named for their commands; 393.3, Park Suk Chee (Korean, 2nd Division); 393.4, Nadaba Shalom (Female) 8th; 393.5, Daegal Kurosawa ( 101st)

 

Clarino Psalm

 

35.4

CONAL

Conal “The Sting” Ray

10.4, 18th Birthday; 30.-7 Buck Canuck

Conal’s Comic Book Characters

16.3, Cirocco Jones, Gene, Bill, Calvin, Polo Sisters, Hornpipe the Younger, Meistersinger, Gaby Plauget

 

Conal’s Father

George Ray

10.-3

Conal’s Mother

 

10.3

GABY

Gaby Plauget

291.-3, Born in New Orleans 1997

GAEA

Marilyn Monroe

5.1

GENE

Eugene Springfield

12.-2

Gene’s Mole

Genes mind Spy

384.1; 420.8, Bloated

Gomez

Gratina Gomez

355.-2 Youngest third squadron Pilot , only survivor

HORNPIPE

Cirocco’s Body guard

13.7 With beer mug; 14.-6; 15.4

Hua

Grocer

75.-7

Kali’s Body Slave

Eight-Year-old boy

128.-4

Li

 

339.-1, Nova’s lover

Luftmorder

 

172.-1; 349.1

Luther

Priest, formerly Pastor Arthur Lundquist

98.-1; 101.-4

Luther’s Disciples

Andrew, John, Thaddeus, Phil, Judas ( The five easiest to pronounce); Bartholomew, Simon Peter

101.4; 102.-4

Lyricon

 

166.-7

Maleski

Chicago Gangster, Building owner (The Loop)

256.2

Mbira

 

166.-7

Nasu

(Little Pig) Eunectes Murinus Robin’s Snake, South American Anaconda

319.3; Tongue twice the girth of a full grown anaconda; three or four hundred meters plus; 404.-5, 300 meters above Gaea

NOVA

 

6 ft. tall 45.-4; 70.-7; 174.-3, 18 years old; 174.-2; 175.1; 195

Pilot

First hero of the Gaean War

312.1

Pope Elaine, Vice-Pope Watanbe

 

8.-4

Priests of Gaea

4.-2 Luther, Brigham, Marybaker, Elron, Billy Sunday, Kali; 19.-4 Blessed Foster, Saint Torquemada;  129.2 Maya Chandraphrabha; 163.-5, Moon; 237.-2, Joe Smith; 237.-2, Universal Gate, Brigham & Joe Smith; Goldwyn Gate, Luther & Pope Joan; 238.2, Paramount

 

Rasputin

 

184.2

ROBIN

30ish woman with the painted face

45.-4; 61.5; 67.-2, Black Madonna

ROCKY

Phase Shifter (Double-Sharped Lydian Trio) Rock ‘N Roll

27.3; 28.-1, 3 Meters tall, Black hair, Lime Green skin

Sandworm Graffiti names

375.1, Marian Pappadapolis (Djakarta), Carl Kingsley (Texas free state), Sammy, George, Sonja Kolskaya

 

Serpent

Serpent (Double-Flatted Mixolydian Trio) Madrigal

35.4; 69.-3; 278.1, (The best player in Gaea

Sistrum

 

166.-7

Smith

Jacob Smith

6.-1

SNITCH

The mark of the Demon, Cirocco’s mind Spy

40.-2; 144.3, piece of the mind of Gaea; 226.-1; 229.2, like a snake with two legs; 144.10, ...with Cirocco’s mind

Soccer Players

Serpent (The best player in Gaea), Mandolin, Zampogna, Tjelmpang, Piano, Kekese, Clavecin

277.-4; 278.1

Stoolie

Gaby’s Spy In the head

294.-5

Stuart

Vigilante representative in Belinzona

262.4

Tambura

Rocky’s unborn daughter

267.-2; 313.-1

The Warden

 

279.3

Trini

34.3, 45 Years old; 262.3, Elder of the Free Females

 

Two Communications Technicians

 

258.3

Tycoon class Iron Master

 

55.-3

VALIHA

Valiha (Aeolian Solo) Madrigal, Mother of Serpent

34.-1; 68.-8

Viola

Viola (Hypolydian Duet) Toccata

35.4

Violone

Foremother of the Madrigal clan

268.1

Virginal

Virginal (Mixolydian Quartet) Marzurka

209.-2, two years old; 210.-2, Brown hair with streaks of Gold; 211.1, Body hair Zebra stripped Green and Brown; 212.2, Hindaughter of Munyekera

Whistlestop

 

402.4, Black fins

 

Page numbers from the SFBC edition.

Number format: page.paragraph (Minus sign = from the bottom)

Main characters in BOLD

 

Doug Eigsti 2004

Page Number Conversion Table from SFBC to Paperback or 1st Edition

 

Page Number Conversion Table

Page No.

Conver-sion No.

Page No.

Conver-sion No.

Page No.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER

SFBC

SFBC- Pb

Pb

SFBC- 1st

1st Ed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ONE

1

0

1

10

11

 

TWO

11

2

13

11

22

 

THREE

20

4

24

12

32

 

FOUR

30

5

35

12

42

 

FIVE

46

7

53

13

59

 

SIX

50

9

59

15

65

 

SEVEN

63

10

73

15

78

 

EIGHT

77

11

88

15

92

 

NINE

85

11

96

15

100

 

TEN

94

13

107

16

110

 

ELEVEN

106

15

121

17

123

 

TWELVE

112

17

129

18

130

 

THIRTEEN

123

17

140

17

140

 

FOURTEEN

131

18

149

18

149

 

FIFTEEN

136

19

155

19

155

 

SIXTEEN

148

20

168

20

168

 

SEVENTEEN

162

21

183

20

182

 

EIGHTEEN

173

22

195

20

193

 

NINETEEN

180

23

203

21

201

 

TWENTY

200

25

225

22

222

 

TWENTY-ONE

211

27

238

23

234

 

TWENTY-TWO

227

29

256

24

251

 

TWENTY-THREE

236

29

265

24

260

 

TWENTY-FOUR

246

29

275

24

270

 

TWENTY-FIVE

256

30

286

24

280

 

TWENTY-SIX

267

31

298

25

292

 

END

277

32

309

25

302

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIZARD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No.

CHAPTER

SFBC

SFBC- Pb

Pb

SFBC- 1st

1st Ed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prologue: Fairest of the Fair

1

0

1

12

13

1

Flag of Caprice

5

0

5

12

17

2

The Mad Major

9

1

10

12

21

3

The Screamer

15

1

16

12

27

4

Little Giant

17

2

19

12

29

5

Prince Charming

23

2

25

12

35

6

Tent City

27

3

30

12

39

7

Harmony Heaven

34

4

38

12

46

8

The Aviator

43

5

48

12

55

9

The Free Lance

52

6

58

13

65

10

The Melody Shop

57

7

64

13

70

11

The Purple Carnival

61

8

69

13

74

12

The Bride Elect

66

9

75

13

79

13

Hospitality

76

10

86

13

89

14

Gingeroso

84

11

95

13

97

15

The Enchanted Cat

87

11

98

13

100

16

The Circumnavigator’s Club

95

11

106

13

108

17

Recognicion

106

13

119

14

120

18

Wide Awake

113

13

126

13

126

19

Eternal Youth

125

14

139

13

138

20

Resumption

133

15

148

13

146

21

Hands Across the Sea

139

16

155

13

152

22

The Idol’s Eye

151

17

168

13

164

23

Tempest and Tranquil

158

18

176

13

171

24

The Grotto

167

19

186

13

180

25

Inglesina

177

20

197

13

190

26

Path of Glory

185

21

206

14

199

27

Burst of Flame

192

22

214

14

206

28

Triana

201

22

223

14

215

29

Across the Sands

206

23

229

14

220

30

Rolling Thunder

209

24

233

14

223

31

Heat Lightning

217

24

241

14

231

32

The Vanished Army

227

24

251

13

240

33

Firebrand

231

24

255

13

244

34

Revelation

238

25

263

14

252

35

Runaway

239

26

265

14

253

36

Carry On

251

26

277

14

265

37

West End

257

27

284

14

271

38

Bravura

272

28

300

15

287

39

The Outpost

289

29

318

15

304

40

Proud Heritage

297

29

326

15

312

41

Entry of the Gladiators

312

30

342

14

326

42

Battle of the Winds

320

31

351

14

334

43

The Thin Red Line

321

32

353

15

336

44

Thunder and Blazes

327

33

360

15

342

45

Fame and Fortune

330

33

363

15

345

 

Epilogue: Semper Fidelis

337

33

370

16

353

 

Titanide Sexual Ensembles

339

33

372

16

355

 

End

339

33

372

16

355

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEMON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER

SFBC

SFBC- Pb

Pb

SFBC- 1st

1st Ed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHORT SUBJECTS

 

1

0

1

0

1

 

Coming Attractions

2

0

2

0

2

 

Newsreel

6

1

7

1

7

 

Musical Interlude

23

1

24

1

24

 

Episode Ten

41

3

44

3

44

 

Travelogue

50

3

53

3

53

FIRST FEATURE

 

54

5

59

5

59

 

ONE

55

15

70

15

70

 

TWO

73

4

77

4

77

 

THREE

78

5

83

5

83

 

FOUR

88

6

94

6

94

 

FIVE

98

6

104

6

104

 

SIX

103

7

110

7

110

 

SEVEN

107

7

114

7

114

 

EIGHT

111

7

118

7

118

 

NINE

116

8

124

8

124

 

TEN

121

8

129

8

129

 

ELEVEN

127

9

136

9

136

 

TWELVE

131

9

140

9

140

 

THIRTEEN

139

10

149

10

149

 

FOURTEEN

147

10

157

10

157

 

FIFTEEN

154

10

164

10

164

 

SIXTEEN

162

11

173

11

173

 

SEVENTEEN

168

12

180

12

180

 

EIGHTEEN

173

12

185

12

185

 

NINETEEN

184

12

196

12

196

SECOND FEATURE

 

191

14

205

14

205

 

ONE

192

14

206

14

206

 

TWO

194

14

208

14

208

 

THREE

199

15

214

15

214

 

FOUR

202

15

217

15

217

 

FIVE

205

16

221

16

221

 

SIX

209

15

224

15

224

 

SEVEN

222

17

239

17

239

 

EIGHT

231

18

249

18

249

 

NINE

235

18

253

18

253

 

TEN

246

19

265

19

265

 

ELEVEN

255

19

274

19

274

 

TWELVE

261

20

281

20

281

 

THIRTEEN

266

21

287

21

287

 

FOURTEEN

271

21

292

21

292

 

FIFTEEN

274

21

295

21

295

 

SIXTEEN

275

21

296

21

296

 

SEVENTEEN

277

21

298

21

298

 

EIGHTEEN

282

21

303

21

303

 

NINETEEN

287

22

309

22

309

 

TWENTY

289

22

311

22

311

 

TWENTY-ONE

291

22

313

22

313

 

TWENTY-TWO

291

23

314

23

314

 

TWENTY-THREE

297

23

320

23

320

 

TWENTY-FOUR

300

23

323

23

323

 

TWENTY-FIVE

309

24

333

24

333

 

TWENTY-SIX

313

24

337

24

337

 

TWENTY-SEVEN

322

24

346

24

346

 

TWENTY-EIGHT

325

25

350

25

350

 

TWENTY-NINE

330

25

355

25

355

THIRD FEATURE

 

335

24

359

24

359

 

ONE

336

24

360

24

360

 

TWO

340

24

364

24

364

 

THREE

341

24

365

24

365

 

FOUR

343

24

367

24

367

 

FIVE

346

24

370

24

370

 

SIX

349

24

373

24

373

 

SEVEN

350

24

374

24

374

 

EIGHT

359

25

384

25

384

 

NINE

360

25

385

25

385

 

TEN

366

26

392

26

392

 

ELEVEN

370

26

396

26

396

 

TWELVE

371

26

397

26

397

 

THIRTEEN

374

26

400

26

400

 

FOURTEEN

377

26

403

26

403

 

FIFTEEN

387

27

414

27

414

 

SIXTEEN

389

27

416

27

416

 

SEVENTEEN

390

27

417

27

417

 

EIGHTEEN

395

28

423

28

423

 

NINETEEN

400

28

428

28

428

 

TWENTY

406

29

435

29

435

 

TWENTY-ONE

410

29

439

29

439

 

TWENTY-TWO

415

29

444

29

444

 

TWENTY-THREE

422

29

451

29

451

 

TWENTY-FOUR

422

30

452

30

452

FADE OUT

 

427

28

455

28

455

 

END

435

29

464

29

464

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug Eigsti 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot Synopsis of the novel TITAN

Chapter-by-chapter Synopsis:

 

1

As the NASA ship The DSV Ringmaster approaches Saturn Captain Cirocco Jones is notified by Science Officer Gaby Plauget that she has discovered a new moon of Saturn. She decides to name it Themis. Then during a reflective moment with her current lover Bill, Cirocco remembers how complicated the crew's sexual parings had been. As the Ringmaster approaches the new satellite, Themis becomes more puzzling, showing six bright spots in a perfect hexagon and density far lower than an object its size should have.

 

2

Cirocco's life aboard the Ringmaster gets a lot busier after Gaby's discovery of Themis. The mission had been revised to explore the new object rather than their original plan to drop onto Rhea and Iaepetus. Cirocco butts heads with the NASA bosses back on Earth who are jostling to be as close to the action now that Themis looks to be an alien artifact. Cirocco is given a physical examination by Calvin while Gaby shows her the latest photo of Themis looking like a six-spoked wagon wheel. Getting Cirocco alone for a private conversation, Gaby confides that she is sleeping with both Gene and Calvin and is aware that Cirocco is with Bill. Cirocco tells Gaby not to worry about the crew's sexual relationships; they will all be far too busy to even think about it soon.

 

3

The Ringmaster has to make a significant course correction to put itself in orbit around the torroidal shaped Themis. Just as they are about to rest after days of work achieving orbit the ship's proximity alarms sound. Something looking like octopus tentacles begins to grab onto the ship. The Ringmaster breaks apart under the assault then the tentacles reach inside the crippled ship seeking the crew.

 

4

Not for the first time Cirocco awakens to calm blackness. The sensory deprivation of her captivity has loosened her grip on reality. Eventually she remembers her name, then the names of her ship and crew. In the solitude she has time for introspection. She admits her fear of failure and that she did not deserve command of a NASA ship. Cirocco is disgorged onto the dirt floor inside Themis naked and vulnerable. Near her are the indigestible remains of her space suit, including the radio. When she puts it to her ear she hears Gaby talking. They come up with a plan to rendezvous.

 

5

After marking rocks in a stream Cirocco finds Gaby's mark. They meet up and the sudden end to the long loneliness they had been forced to endure overwhelms them both. Their embrace soon becomes passion. After they calm down Gaby reveals that she has been doing a lot of soul searching. She sees the futility of doing purely scientific pursuits and decides to turn her attentions outward to other people, namely Cirocco.

 

6

Gaby kills a kangaroo-like animal. They have to eat it raw, but it gives them the energy to explore the jungle. Without warning the temperature plummets and a howling wing erupts nearly freezing them before it stops as abrupt as it had started. Continuing to explore they find a panoramic viewpoint that shows them to be on the edge of a two-kilometer cliff overlooking a third of the interior of Themis. They can see a night region to their left with a midnight sea and the day region belong it. The same to their right, except the sea there is frozen. Just as they start to wonder how they might descend the cliff they hear Calvin Green makes his presence known.

 

7

 Calvin has a radio receiver, but no transmitter, and followed Cirocco's movement until he could rendezvous. He knows Bill and August are down below. Calvin also knows how to talk to blimps, dirigible sized lighter than air animals that roam the skies. He calls one nearby and the three of them hitch a ride. Gaby is too frightened to enjoy the ride. Cirocco talks to Bill on her radio. He is glad to talk to her but mentions that he has forgotten a few things.

 

8

Calvin shows them how to parachute out of the blimp Whistlestop to land on the jungle below. They meet up with Bill and August who have already begun constructing huts for shelter. August is a nervous wreck without her twin April. Bill's injury has blanked much of his memory. Cirocco wastes no time giving him something to remember her by, in the privacy of their hut.

 

9

Calvin would rather be in the company of the blimps than humans. He leaves aboard Whistlestop, but gives Cirocco directions on how to call him in a medical emergency. August leaves with him looking for April. Cirocco fells like they are mutinying but can do nothing to hold them. She has lost her ship and now her crew; at least survival didn't seem to be a problem. In fact life here felt like a vacation, with plentiful food and agreeable climate. Cirocco feels depressed but is jolted out her funk at the thought of exploring this place than Calvin now calls Gaea, not Themis.

 

10

Cirocco Bill and Gaby set out to explore the Clio river in a boat made out of a giant seed pod. Other than encountering some odd animals their voyage is uneventful, until again the winter blast of Gaea's Lament blows out of frozen Oceanus. On the thirteenth day of their river voyage they reach the great River Ophion. It is then that both Cirocco and Gaby realize they are pregnant. Calvin arrives aboard Whistlestop, when summoned to examine the women. All, including August, have missed their period, and August has never been with a man, Cirocco suspects that Gaea in playing with them and demands an abortion. Calvin refuses until they find some sanitary tools to perform the procedure.

 

11

When the Ophion river takes them near the central cable towering upward to the roof they leave the boat and bushwhack through the jungle toward where the cable anchors to the floor. They are unable to reach the base of the cable because of the slippery sand that surrounds the base. Cirocco settles for an exploration of the region between the cable strands and finds a pueblo-like building. Exiting this building they encounter a section of broken cable lying on the ground. Gaea seems to be in a stage of decay but is still magnificent in its scale.

 

12

Bill spots smoke from a brush fire. They are able to make clay pots to keep it smoldering, then make a kill for a bar-b-que. The creature they find seems docile until Bill stabs it; then it becomes a whirling dervish with rotating knives for teeth. Bill's wounds include a compound leg fracture. Cirocco suffers a broken rib before they can get away from the wounded beast.

 

13

A horse sized creature finds them as they prepare to move Bill. Cirocco discovers that she can speak the language of these titanides intuitively, in much the same manner that Calvin can speak the language of the blimps. The young titanide, named C-Sharp, calls for a healer to help Bill. Surprisingly for an alien world, titanides look very much like the centaurs of Greek mythology, even including the very human torso.

 

14

The titanide healer arrives and treats Bill's infected wound with disinfectant and other concoctions. Cirocco is surprised and pleased the see his countenance lift even though he remains unconscious. It seems that human and titanide biology are enough alike that the medical treatment will be effective.

 

15

Cirocco struggles to translate the titanide names into English. The healer she calls B Lullaby. Cirocco inquires about the titanide radio plant and learns that they also have radar to warn them against angel attacks. Bill is recovering when a blimp drops Calvin and Gene and several titanides. All of a sudden the graceful melodic speaking titanides become bezerkers bent on battle as the angels attack.

 

16

  Now in Titantown Calvin terminates the pregnancies of the Cirocco, Gaby and August. The fetuses were not human; they had four legs. Cirocco searches for Gene and finds him talking to the titanide warlord Meistersinger about new weapons to use against angels. Gene has some ability to speak a titanide dialect, spoken in another region of Gaea. Cirocco reacts in horror as Gene's attempt to escalate the titanide war with the angels using human weapons because NASA has signed the Geneva protocols which would have them keep neutral. Cirocco manages to keep Meistersinger from persuing human armament by mentioning her intent to talk to Gaea. Such a pilgrimage is taken very seriously by titanides.

 

17

 The titanides Hornpipe and Panpipe give Cirocco and Gaby a ride to the place of the winds, where the East Central Cable anchors to the ground. Cirocco surveys the cable ascent and announces her intent to climb to the hub. On the ride back to Titantown Cirocco hears angels approaching from the spoke of Rhea. She and Gaby try to restrain the titanides from succumbing to the rage of battle by plugging their ears. Gaby can't control Panpipe, he rushes to battle and is killed, but Cirocco's ability to sing in the titanide language helps them pacify Hornpipe and keep her out of danger.

 

18

Cirocco's intent to leave for the hub immediately is thwarted by the task of outfitting an expedition. She decides to take Gaby and Gene. The titanides offer her the best wares because of the high status placed on her by Meistersinger. Soon they lift aboard Whistlestop, even though Gaby is still irrationally afraid of blimps. Whistlestop steers them near where the cable extends into the twilight zone, one hundred kilometers off the ground.

 

19

Cirocco, Gaby and Gene start their long silent ascent good-naturedly teasing each other over their aches and pains until they come upon a glass city. There Gene tries to kill Gaby and rapes Cirocco. They send him over the edge to fall one hundred and fifty kilometers. Mercifully Cirocco insists on giving him a parachute.

 

20

After scrambling over the twisting ridges of the ever steeper cable Gaby finds a stairway that winds around the cable. The stairs are enclosed in a tunnel when the cable's twist takes it on the underside of the strand. They experience extremes of heat and cold as the stairway leads them past heating and cooling fluids inside the cable. They ascend for many days using this stairway. The cable is now bare of vegetation. After the cable becomes nearly vertical they reach a plateau and then end of the stairs. Nothing but a vertical jungle above them.

 

21

They discover trees growing horizontally in this vertical spoke that are well suited for climbing, but then the spoke valve opens and unleashes a winter storm that sends them seeking shelter for their lives. They find it in the form of a small cramped cave that seems built into the spoke wall just for this purpose. After being holed up for days in the cave waiting the storm out they both become stir crazy. Cirocco decides they could pass the time love making. The storm clears and they continue the ascent.

 

22

Still climbing upward they meet April, August's twin sister, but she has been wholly transformed into an angel; forever and instinctively at war with the titanides. April has been made into a near animal and in only able to tolerate contact with Gaby and Cirocco for a short time, but long enough to inform them that the great wheel of Gaea is alive and that at the hob Gaea sometimes grants an audience to worthy visitors.

 

23

The pair of climbers again find a stairway near the top. They emerge into a cavernous chamber. Cirocco announces their presence and demands answers. A glowing staircase beckons them upward to meet Gaea whose voice booms back fiercely at them. Nonplussed Cirocco use the titanide tongue to proclaim their experiences since their arrival. This earns them an audience in Gaea's private quarters.

 

24

Gaea fields questions from Cirocco. They learn that she is three million years old and starting to lose control of her extremities on the rim. The regional brains in the twelve day and night regions have become totally independent personalities. Once they were totally controlled centrally by Gaea at the hub. Her race is old, so old that they have forgotten who built them. Cirocco asks why titanides and angels are at war. Gaea answers that she wanted to have a war of her own after watching us conduct one every few years on television. She also wanted to practice before being discovered by men. Cirocco ask her to stop the war, and Gaea consents. She will reprogram the titanides and the angels to remove their war instinct. Gaea reveals that the Ringmaster was captured by Oceanus one of her most rebellious regions.

 

25

Gaea continues explaining the situation, recalling events thousands of years in the past with the rebellion of Oceanus. Cirocco wants to know the details of what happened to her and her crew. She learns that their awakening in sensory deprivation was the working of Oceanus after he realized he had lost the battle for the bodies of his captives. He decided to destroy their minds. Gaea is being very contrite, mostly because she knows that humans could easily destroy her with a single bomb. She then appeals to Cirocco's need for adventure and offers the job of Wizard, her representative on the rim.

 

26

Gaby and Cirocco free-fall from the hub for four hundred kilometers, then open their parachutes to land on the top of Whistlestop. Waiting for them in Hyperion are earth representatives who spend hours debriefing them. Cirocco talks to Bill who plans to return to Earth. He is not surprised that Cirocco plans to stay. Captain Svenson of the Earth ship "The Unity" tries to take Cirocco into custody but Cirocco had already planned for this contingency and long ago had arranged for Gaea to orchestrate an earthquake and windstorm. The resulting shock and awe cause the Earthlings to back down. Cirocco and Gaby greet Hornpipe as the titanide emerges from the dirt, his memories of them erased along with the instinct to fight angels. They know they will soon have adventures enough for plenty of new memories.

 

=END=

Doug Eigsti 08.17.05

Plot Synopsis of the novel WIZARD

Chapter by chapter Synopsis

 

PROLOGUE

(3rd person omniscient narrator tells the reader about Gaea; more than a habitat, a sentient being; member of a race that populates the galaxy. Gaea is the largest and oldest titan in the Solar system; so old is she that she is starting to break down mechanically, and falter mentally. Her twelve regions have started to resist her will. In retaliation Gaea sent quakes and firestorm on the rebellious lands. About this time radio and television signals began to arrive from earth. She became a media junkie, but knew that humans would soon be paying her a visit. She was ill prepared for an encounter with such a warlike race. When the DSV Ringmaster approached nearby, the renegade region Oceanus betrayed her destroying the ship and capturing the crew. The humans could destroy her with the touch of a button. She planned to make herself indispensable to mankind by performing miracles.

 

Page 5 - Chapter 1 FLAG OF CAPRICE

After witnessing fifty humans chasing a nightmare quilted colored Titanide into San Francisco Bay, Chris'fer Minor steps into the Gaean embassy and talks with Dulcimer the Ambassador about his need to see Gaea for a cure.

 

Page 9 - Chapter 2 THE MAD MAJOR

 The Ambassador quizzes Chris at length running through questions on an official form before tossing the form and commences to give Chris advice on how to behave when he meets Gaea. Chris is shocked to learn than he has been chosen as one of only forty people who will be allowed to meet Gaea this entire year, simple because the Ambassador had categorized Chris as crazy. She orders Chris to change his name to Major, drop the apostrophe and climb the South tower of the Golden Gate Bridge to retrieve his passport.

 

Page 15 - Chapter 3 THE SCREAMER

Background on the lesbian separatist colony in remote Australia that got rich from the metallic ore of the meteorite that hit their property and allowed them to relocate to a space habitat in the Lagrange points.

 

Page 17 - Chapter 4 LITTLE GIANT

Robin the Nine Fingered spends most of her time in the low-G regions of the Coven. The low-G has a mitigating effect on her epilepsy. Neither her disease nor her stature had kept her from obtaining the Emerald Eye, the badge of infallibility in the Coven. While taking a shower after her turn at watch she gets a letter from the Gaean embassy telling her that she has been accepted because Gaea wants to study human religions, and her practice of Witchcraft plus her disease qualify her.

 

Page 23 - Chapter 5 PRINCE CHARMING

Before his trip Chris does some research on the physical aspects of Gaea, but missed the prohibition of all medications. The decontamination process sets off his anxieties and slips into a full psychotic episode starting a fight in the shower and looking for love in all the wrong places.

 

Page 27 - Chapter 6 TENT CITY

Robin's first experiences in Gaea were not what she expected; no one tried to rape her. She has thirty-six hours to kill until the next elevator ride to the hub. She decides to spend it with the locals. The usual carnival attractions fail to hold her interest. She accidentally stumbles into a Christian church, but manages to escape before she could be brainwashed. About then she meets Trini who wants to make love. Robin learns later that Trini's occupation is that of the oldest profession. The concept of a woman willingly subjecting herself to rape for money confuses Robin.

 

Page 34 - Chapter 7 HARMONY HEAVEN

Chris takes a Titanide ride aboard Castinet out of Titantown to The Place of the Winds where the Hyperion slanting cable attaches to the ground, and where the elevator to the hub is located. Chris steps out of the elevator and is greeted by darkness and a dancing man. A woman from earth ushers him through Gaea's vast cathedral collection to meet the dumpy with Charles Laughton's face that is the present incarnation of Gaea. She informs him that his condition if curable but he will have to prove himself a hero to earn the cure.

 

Page 43 - Chapter 8 THE AVIATOR

We catch up with Robin just as she is leaving after her interview with Gaea. Robin has no intention of playing Gaea's hero game. She steps into the elevator and hits the down button. The floor falls away revealing Nox the midnight sea of Rhea six-hundred kilometers below. She curses Gaea as the falls to her death, but is reprieved as an angel flies by and rescues her by slowing her fall and splashing her in the Ophion. Her rescuer bids her farewell as she succumbs to a seizure on the river bank.

 

Page 52 - Chapter 9 THE FREE LANCE

Gaby and her loyal crew of Titanides tackle a clogged pump in the West Rhea canyon. Aglia, on of The Three Graces, had its intake valve clogged with a giant Titantree. Gaby supervises a team of Blimps, Angels and Titanides to get this job done. With Blimps tugging on cables tied to the tree Gaby waits for the single-celled creature Aglia to begin its compression cycle to give the word for the explosive seed to detonate, but the seed is angry at her for being kept in the dark too long. Finally the Titanide Mondoro crafts a sufficiently beautiful song to entice the seed to blow. As soon as this task is complete Gaby gets a call from Gaea for another task. Gaby asks Psaltery if he is up for a trip to The Melody Shop to sober up Cirocco, the Wizard, in time for Carnival.

 

Page 57 - Chapter 10 THE MELODY SHOP

Gaby enjoys the smooth ride aboard Psaltery's back on the mountainous approach to Cirocco's hideaway The Melody Shop. High in the Rhean Asteria Mountains. The sight of a lone beam of light sent from far Hyperion to the night of Rhea to illuminate Cirocco's plateau is always impressive. Gaby passes one of Cirocco's many forlorn suitors then finds what she expects, Cirocco sleeping off a three day binge. Gaby unceremoniously upends Cirocco's porch glider and dumps the Wizard on the porch.

 

Page 61 - Chapter 11 THE PURPLE CARNIVAL

Hyperion's geography is explored from the roof to the highlands to the plains and Ophion. Robin perches high on the rock Amparito Roca where she was sure to have a good vantage point looking down on Grandioso crater below. The opening ceremonies of Purple Carnival begin with music of the Titanide's favorite composer, John Philip Sousa. Robin is joined on the rock by Gaby. Robin recognizes her name as one of the legendary sisters from the Coven.

 

Page 66 - Chapter 12 THE BRIDE ELECT

Chris wakes up from a bout of amnesia while on the dance floor with Valiha, a Titanide. She seems to think of him as her good luck charm for The Purple Carnival. Valiha rides to the carnival with Chris on her back amid a cacophony of music coming from every group. Chris studies the different groups, each hoping to attract the favor of the Wizard in selecting them for fertilization. Cirocco sees Chris in Valiha's ensemble. The Wizard has met Chris but he can't recall the encounter. The Wizard puts Valiha's egg in her mouth to fertilize it, and then implants it in Valiha, as would a veterinarian.

 

Page 76 -Chapter 13 HOSPITALITY

Sitting in the Wizard's tent with the two pilgrims Robin and Chris, Gaby thinks back on her life before Gaea and wonders how Gaea will transform Chris as it had transformed her. Cirocco makes her entrance, and having no body modesty, showers in front of them before sitting down to dine with them. After they have loosened up a bit, Cirocco offers to let Robin and Chris tag along with her and Gaby as they travel. First Robin feels compelled to share her vow to kill Gaea for dropping her from the hub, but Robin agrees to accompany them. Chris accepts the offer without hesitation.

 

Page 84 - Chapter 14 GINGEROSO

Chris comes out of another blackout while taking a shower. In the bedroom is a naked woman waiting for him. He gathers that they had just had sex and has to tell her that he doesn't remember any of it. The woman turns out to be Trini. She asks Chris to say high to Robin for her.

 

Page 87 - Chapter 15 THE ENCHANTED CAT

Robin uses a lantern to find her way under the shadow of the Titantown tree. She makes it to la Gata Encantata, a local bar and the launching point for Cirocco's expedition. Robin is assigned to hornpipe, her trusty guide. A drunken Cirocco through the introductions and goes off on a tangent lecture about Titanide sexual ensembles before falling off her stool. Gaby tries to get the expedition started but is interrupted by Cirocco's scream. She spotted Gene at the entrance to the bar. Gaby springs to Cirocco's defense but it is hardly necessary as Gene is more afraid of her than she of him. The long history of Gaby, Cirocco and Gene is apparent when, without prompting, Gaby threatens to hurt Gene badly if they ever meet again.

 

Page 95 - Chapter 16 THE CIRCUMNAVIGATOR'S CLUB

Chris is pleased to discover his gear stored with the other's behind La Gata. Chris rides Valiha, Robin rides Hornpipe, and Cirocco drunkenly aboard Hautbois. Chris manages to sleep thanks to Valiha's smooth gait. Arriving at the banks of Ophion Gaby asks how Chris and Robin would like to man the canoes. Robin suggests they leave the sloshed Wizard behind and gets an immediate physical take down from Gaby who warns her that she doesn't know what she is talking about. Robin, her honor insulted, in turn threatens Gaby that the next time she touches her, someone will die. With one human and one Titanide in each canoe the group floats down the lazy Ophion. Gaby takes advantage of the lull to talk to Chris and apologize for her behavior on the dock with Robin. Gaby tries to dispel Chris' reservations about Cirocco by informing him that he is seeing her at her worst: after Carnival when she is forced to take responsibility for the reproductive future of the entire race of Titanides.

 

Page 106 - Chapter 17 RECOGNITION

Rain forces the group to seek shelter off Ophion. Chris and Robin find themselves under a tarp. Robin takes the opportunity to quiz a member of the puckish society, but finds Chris a better listener than she. The outside world continues to show itself to be more complicated and benign than she had been taught in the Coven.

 

Page 113 - Chapter 18 WIDE AWAKE

Gaby can't sleep and decides to go to Robin and apologize. Robin accepts but reminds Gaby that the threat still holds. Gaby seeks absolution, and for Robin that requires a duel with honor. After an exhausting wrestle in the mud, both are bruised and battered but have a bond. On the way back to camp Robin has a seizure and demands to be left alone. Gaby returns alone but Hautbois refuses to obey Robin's wishes and cradles her to sleep. Valiha visits Chris but can't quite tell him she loves him. She leaves him an engraved marble they shot together when he was having one of his spells, signifying the physical relationship the once shared.

 

Page 125 - Chapter 19 ETERNAL YOUTH

Chris rides in Cirocco's canoe hoping she will be sober enough to explain what Valiha's egg meant. She informs him that Titanides do not have frontal sex lightly, and that Valiha still loves him. They reach a canyon and have to portage past The Three Graces that pump Ophion's waters up hill. While on the Circum-Gaea Highway, Gaby explains to Chris how she built it under contract with Gaea using Titanide labor, and tree eating, asphalt pooping creatures Gaea had created just for the task. Gaby's salary? Long life. About this time they discover Cirocco is missing. They find her at the Melody Shop stinking drunk. Chris begins to hallucinate.

 

Page 133 - Chapter 20 RESUMPTION

With Cirocco still inebriated and locked in her room, Robin browses the Wizard's library and discovers that at one time Cirocco was a thinker, having written several books. Gaby is forced to retract her earlier promises about Cirocco's usefulness to the expedition. Her alcoholism has taken her will. Gaby polls the group to see who will continue. Chris and Robin agree to go on. At the last moment Cirocco drags herself out of the Melody Shop and joins them.

 

Page 139 - Chapter 21 HANDS ACROSS THE SEA

Chris gets a chance to learn some of the genetic wonders of Gaea from the sobered up Wizard. She demonstrates how to split lumber from some of the perfectly straight trees near the Nox Sea in Rhea. Chris decides to clean up in the water and is greeted by Robin who asks him to soap her back. He kisses her but she is completely oblivious to until his advances until she notices his gallant reflex. Robin becomes uncomfortable when Chris makes note of the similarities between male and female sexual responses. Later sitting on the edge of the raft pining for Robin's love Chris sees a light rising from the depths. Cirocco identifies it as a Sub. Soon a Blimp arrives to mate. Blimps and Subs are the male and female differentiation of the same species. Still later Valiha arrives and tries to resume her physical relationship with Chris's alter ego. And still later Gaby arrives and Chris asks her if there is something in the air. She claims no skill in personal relationships, but informs him that he has nothing to fear from Valiha.

 

Page 151 - Chapter 22 THE IDOL'S EYE

A West wind blows the raft the Constance to the Rhea central cable in the middle of the Nox Sea where they find a mooring in a small cove on the South side. Cirocco sets off on her own leaving Gaby behind to worry. To pass the time until Cirocco returns, Chris gives Robin swimming lessons. She gives him lessons in hand-to-hand combat. Gaby leads them to the location of a former quest where a pilgrim had managed to outwit the guardians of an Idol's gemstone eye. Now that the eye is gone the creatures guarding it have no reason to live. Robin plays a practical joke leaving giant chicken tracks around the camp. Hautbois is in on the joke.

 

Page 158 - Chapter 23 TEMPEST AND TRANQUIL

Cirocco had been to visit the Rhea regional brain. She and Gaby are on a mission to test the loyalty of the brains of Gaea. The raft stalls after a time and Gaby orders them to break out the oars since the valve on the Rhea spoke high overhead was due to open soon and unleash winds and torrential rains. They reach the North end of a long bay and make their way overland to the South end of Snake Bay, and then onto the Circum-Gaea Highway, following it up to the top of a gorge  past the seven pumps Gaby calls the Seven Dwarves that lift Ophion to the top of the North Rhea pass. The Titanides again craft canoes and they all shoot the rapids until making camp in daylight of Crius. Robin and Chris fish for trout to serve for dinner.

 

Page 167 - Chapter 24 THE GROTTO

They hear a jet overhead, and Gaby is pressured into explaining the noise. It is a terrible new creature Gaea has just recently created to terrorize people. These Buzz Bombs burn jet fuel and travel at high speed with their ramjet engines. It is then that the group arrives in picturesque Crius where they are met by Shetland Pony sized Titanides demanding a Carnival from the Wizard. Cirocco and Gaby invite Robin and Chris to visit Cruis' brain chamber. They make the five kilometer descent where Cirocco does all the talking, mostly about physical needs within Crius but Cirocco sometimes asks about Crius' loyalty to Gaea. After they climb the stairs out of sight of Crius, Cirocco collapses from nerves. Unbeknownst to Chris and Robin they were in great danger.

 

Page 177 - Chapter 25 INGLESINA

Gaby and Cirocco talk about Crius. Cirocco doesn’t think there is any possibility of Crius joining a rebellion against Gaea. Chris mentions to Robin his frustration at being in the company of three beautiful women all the time, and to his delight she agrees to be his partner. Chris shows her a variety of techniques and Robin proves an eager learner. Chris is just about to climax when Cirocco darts into the tent and pulls him off of Robin. Cirocco is concerned about Robin getting pregnant. Robin is naïve about human reproduction being from a lesbian colony where artificial insemination in the norm, and Chris had thought she was sterile.

 

Page 185 - Chapter 26 PATH OF GLORY

While crossing Phoebe on the Twilight Sea Gaby and Cirocco inform Chris and Robin of Kong, a giant Gorilla that could be used as a quest opportunity, but Robin rejects the whole quest concept. Chris in interested until Cirocco dissuades him by advising to only risk his life on things that make a difference.

 

Page 193 - Chapter 27 BURST OF FLAME

Gaby gets more worried as she waits for Cirocco who made the descent to talk with Phoebe. Upon Cirocco's return they break camp quickly. Chris senses an attack coming but it turns out to be a literal attack of Buzz Bombs. Gaby's Titanide companion, Psaltery, is killed; nearly sliced in two by the Buzz Bomb's wing. Robin manages to take one of the attackers down with exploding bullets from her Colt 45. Psaltery is given to Ophion in a simple Titanide ceremony. Later they pass his body washed up on a bank.

 

Page 201 - Chapter 28 TRIANA

In East Pheobe they again have to portage past the pumps in Confusion Canyon. From there they reach the sand of Tethys and Lake Triana where Ophion goes underground. Here Cirocco unceremoniously assumes leadership as they discuss the safest route to cross Tethys. Gaby and Cirocco start the ride together.

 

Page 206 - Chapter 29 ACROSS THE SANDS

Cirocco explains the dangers of the Sand Wraiths as they travel away from Lake Triana. Since water is poisonous to the Wraiths, Chris and Robin are issued water guns and water balloon slingshots.

 

Page 209 - Chapter 30 ROLLING THUNDER

The group makes a dash for the Tethys central cable after spotting Sand Wraiths nearby. It looks like they will make it to the cable without to much trouble until Chris spots a Buzz Bomb diving at them from the East that forces them to drop to the ground for cover. The Wraiths then are able to pelt them with arrows. Robin, already afraid, becomes paralyzed with fear at the worst possible time.

 

Page 217 - Chapter 31 HEAT LIGHTNING

Still pinned down in the sand Chris sees Buzz Bombs circling overhead and suspects they are working with the Sand Wraiths. He suggests they make a run for the central cable. Cirocco hesitates until the Buzz Bombs start dropping napalm bombs. This is new behavior. Now running over open sand, the Buzz Bombs force them to avoid a straight line route. Valiha is snagged by a Sand Wraith and is wounded in the escape. Chris fires his water gun but it does not kill the Wraith; also something new. Chris and Valiha make it to the cable and spot Robin running alone. Chris starts out to retrieve her, then Gaby is spotted but before they can get to her she is hit by napalm. Chris and Robin try to smother the flames and flee to the shelter to the cable strands. The Buzz Bombs again surprise them by suicidal flying between the cable strands and smashing into the walls trying to kill them. They escape only by descending the stairs that lead to the Tethys brain chamber.

 

Page 226 - Chapter 32 THE VANISHED ARMY

While Chris, Valiha, Robin and Gaby are being attacked Cirocco was having trouble of her own. She had been split from the others and ended up farther East. Hornpipe got a broken leg and Cirocco a broken arm. Cirocco sees the debris of the castle guarding the stairway, and knows that Gaby is down there. She also knows they will need help to rescue Gaby under all the rubble. The Wizard orders Hornpipe to call for help from the great Blimps and the Hyperion Titanides, offering anyone who responds a hindmothership as reward.

 

Page 231 - Chapter 33 FIREBRAND

Gaby, horribly burned becomes lucent enough to inform them that it was their former crewmate Gene, now nemesis that had coordinated the attack and, most importantly, he was taking orders from Gaea herself, who had gotten wind that Gaby and Cirocco were plotting her overthrow. Gaby goes through her long list of reasons she considers Gaea to be a malevolent god that must be stopped. Gaby has just enough time to explain that in visiting the regional brains they were considering likely candidates to take Gaea's place. The next time Chris and Robin check Gaby they can't find a pulse.

 

Page 238 - Chapter 34 REVELATION

As her bodily functions cease Gaby has an out of body experience. She watches without fear until she realizes that her destination is the hub of Gaea.

 

Page 239 - Chapter 35 RUNAWAY

With Gaby now dead and no way to go back to the surface Chris and Robin realize their only chance is to descend the stairs and hope to pass through Tethys brain chamber. The problem is that Valiha has been conditioned to be repulsed the closer she gets to one of the regional brains. But after many setbacks they arrive in the brain chamber deep under the central cable of Tethys. To their surprise Tethys mistakes them for the Wizard and Gaby. They use this mistake to traverse the chamber and exit running into what they hope is the tunnel going East to Thea and not back to the insane Phoebe. As they run Tethys tries to flood the tunnel with acid but Chris and Robin keep running trying to outrun the rising acid and catch the panicked Valiha. After sharing a moment of hysterical relief at their escape they find Valiha in a large cavern with her front legs broken.

 

Page 251 - Chapter 36 CARRY ON

Chris finds a surgeon's kit in Valiha's bag and starts to read up on procedures for setting compound fractures. Robin has time to think about her actions since they encountered the Sand Wraiths. She doesn't like what she learns about herself. Chris shames her into admitting that she was paralyzed with fear on the sand and that her inability to face fear has controller her actions all her short life.

 

Page 257 - Chapter 37 WEST END

With Valiha healing the greatest need was for food. Robin finds a few cave creatures to augment their rations. Then one day during an argument Robin stabs a rock and out from it flows the milk of Gaea. Now that their nutritional requirements are met Robin sets out to explore and try to fins a way out. Chris and Valiha try to pass the time as best they can. Chris begins to have his crazy spells again and learns that Valiha likes him when he's crazy. He also learns that when he is crazy he loses his inhibitions with Valiha. Knowing this helps him to lose them when he is not crazy and they become intimate. Enough time passes that Valiha can move on crutches. Since Robin has not returned they assume that rescue is not coming and begin the slow trek Westward as Valiha's time for delivery draws closer.

 

Page 272 - Chapter 38 BRAVURA

Robin lies paralyzed after a seizure and a fall. She relives her list of mishaps and knows she is lucky to be alive. She is now able to face her ever-present fear but she knows this new capability has changed her. She plods on in the direction she hops is East until she reaches a tunnel with a pool of acid. She bluffs her way past Thea's brain chamber and bolts up the five kilometer stairway into the numbing cold of Thea. Afraid but now doggedly determined she starts making her way back West toward Tethys. Numb and delirious Robin stumbles into a way station built by Gaby along the Circum-Gaea Highway. Improbably Trini is inside waiting for her.

 

Page 289 - Chapter 39 THE OUTPOST

Meanwhile back on the surface, Cirocco has not been idle. She had used her considerable Earth fortune to hire workers and equipment to remove the rubble covering the stairway at the Tethys central cable. But when she breaks through she finds no sign of her friends. As soon as Trini notifies her that Robin has been found Cirocco flies to the outpost in one of her newly purchased airplanes she had acquired to battle the Buzz Bombs. She brings the only human Doctor on Gaea with her. Dr. O'Hara commands deference even from the Wizard. He treats Robin for pneumonia, fever and frostbite, they wait for her to wake up. When she does, Robin tells Cirocco of Gaby's death and that Gaea was behind it. Cirocco's face hardens as she acquires a new resolve.

 

Page 297 - Chapter 40 PROUD HERITAGE

As Valiha's time of delivery gets near, she and Chris stop and talk of Serpent. Valiha wants her child to speak English and is teaching it to him in the womb. Valiha recognizes that the best humans are better than the best titanides. They live more intensely. She wants her son Serpent to have the advantage of being able to speak to such humans. Valiha considers Chris one of these humans. Serpent is born. He is awkward but can sing, play his musical instrument, and speak English. After they resume their trek the sound of heavy equipment halts them. Cirocco had come to their rescue.

 

Page 312 - Chapter 41 ENTRY OF THE GLADIATORS

Chris and Robin again take the elevator ride to the hub for an interview with Gaea. Robin learns that she has been cured and admits she has been changed for the better by her experience, but not because of Gaea herself. Chris too has been cured but doesn't want it because of how it may affect his relationship with Valiha. Gaea starts throwing insults about Valiha and Chris hauls off and punches Gaea. Robin discovers that her missing finger has been restored, then she too takes a swing at Gaea. These incidents amuse Gaea more than anger her.

 

Page 320 - Chapter 42 BATTLE OF THE WINDS

Cirocco sits on a rock at The Place of the Winds contemplating the mighty Gaea and her friend Gaby who dared defy her. Angels arrive to loft her and they steer for the Great Howler and flies up to the hub.

 

Page 321 - Chapter 43 THE THIN RED LINE

Cirocco dispenses with the pleasantries and gives Gaea her resignation. Gaea apologizes for killing Gaby and even offers to bring her back, via cloning and memory recording. It seems Gaea enjoys Cirocco's spunk. Cirocco announces her intention to kill Gaea by shooting the female body she is using, setting it on fire, then aiming Robin's pistol at the thin red line twenty kilometers overhead, the center of Gaea's consciousness.

 

Page 327 - Chapter 44 THUNDER AND BLAZES

Still firing in anger Cirocco somehow senses Gay warning her to run. Cirocco dives down into the Rhea spoke escorted by her guardian Angels.

 

Page 330 - Chapter 45 FAME AND FORTUNE

Chris meets Robin at the Titantown Hotel. She is packing for her return to the Coven. They whisper of their adventures knowing the psychological blocks Gaea had implanted in them to prevent them from revealing anything about their time in Gaea. Chris intends to live among the Titanides. Both wonder what Cirocco is up to after having out with Gaea.

 

Page 337 - Epilogue SEMPER FIDELIS

Gaea considers the new renegade Wizard and assesses the danger to be negligible. High in the highlands hornpipe tries to sober up Cirocco. When her eyes open he recognizes the fire he had come to love in her. He knows Cirocco, now called Demon, would be challenging Gaea soon.

 

=END=

Doug Eigsti May, 21st 2005

DEMON Plot Synopsis

Chapter by chapter Synopsis

 

SHORT SUBJECTS

 

2 > COMING ATTRACTIONS

A team of genetically engineered creatures prepares the site for Pandemonium, Gaea's film production company. The scout picks the site and plants spores and seeds which soon grow into lumber trees and fruit trees. The spores produce other creatures: first the carpenters, who fell the trees and construct buildings, then vintners and teamsters consume vast quantities of grapes and plants. The vintners will soon become wineskins and the teamsters will dispense photography chemicals. Soon camera creatures will pop out of the ground photographing everything in sight, illuminated by klieg trees. Next come Gaea's religious apostles, and finally Gaea herself in the form of a fifty foot tall Marylyn Monroe.

 

6 > NEWSREEL

World War Five (WWV) started accidentally and resulted in  the fifty-eight world nuclear powers dropping bombs at weekly intervals until strong alliances were formed. In Canada, Conal, former fat kid turned bodybuilder, learns that he is Gene Springfield's great-great grandson. His comic-book story of Titan depicted Gene's gory death at Cirocco's hands. So he book passage to Gaea, finds Cirocco in a bar and announces he has come to kill her. He wakes up laced in a cocoon hanging two miles high from the back of a titanide (Hornpipe) climbing a sheer rock face. Cirocco interrogates him for several hours in her cave hideout, at the end of which time Conal realizes that he no longer hates Cirocco. He begs for his life, promising to be her slave.

 

23 > MUSICAL INTERLUDE

When WWV had been raging for a year the threat of the warship orbiting Gaea was called home. Gaea then began to send out mercy ships to rescue the refugees of Earth. On the trip back to Gaea all the refugees were fed, and healed before being unceremoniously dumped outside the festering city of Belinzona on the shore of lake Moros in the region of Dione. The titanide named Rocky and Conal make sure the city is free of Gaea's henchmen then travel to the free female quarter. Along the way, Conal recalls the time when he committed himself to a life of servitude to Cirocco. The experience in her cave made him into a man. Now he and Rocky join Cirocco on a barge where Cirocco's head will be cut open. Rocky performs the surgery into her brain. Once inside he discovers a salamander-like creature between the two hemispheres. It is Gaea's spy.

 

 41 > EPISODE TEN

On Earth WWV was now in its seventh year, and not many people were lift. Even those in the La Grange colonies had given up hope that mother Earth would come to her senses. Many retrofitted their colony ships into space faring vessels. This is how one such colonist and her infant son and teenage daughter wound up on the surface of Gaea. Now Conal watches as this woman and her children are being attacked by thieves who lay in wait at Gaea's portal. Conal was there on his regular habit of purging the universe of those evil people who prey on the weak, but the thieves were too many for him and the baby in kidnapped. Conal rescues the baby boy and returns with Serpent and two other titanides to save the women, who had managed to force a stalemate with their knives and pistol. Serpent thinks he may know the small woman with the tattoos.

 

50 > TRAVELOGUE 

Meanwhile Cirocco gets word from an angel that Kong is dead. She arrives a Kong Mountain in time to see the Iron masters carving up the last pieces of his still living body and lashing them on railway cars. Leaving Kong Mountain she runs across Phoebe and into the sands of Tethys where she is given a vision of Gaby. This is Gaby had manifested herself for the purpose of giving Cirocco clues of her plans to unseat Gaea. In this case Gaby tells Cirocco that Conal had saved the lives of the new arrivals and that Cirocco would be safe all the way across Tethys. Cirocco now runs through frozen Thea, pausing only for a few hours sleep before again reaching Metis, where again she stops only once to sleep before reaching Dione and Chris' beloved tree house, Tuxedo Junction, where she again sleeps.

 

FIRST FEATURE

67 > FIRST FEATURE - ONE

Three titanides, Rocky, Valiha and Serpent and four humans, Chris Robin, baby Adam, and teenage Nova make their way two-hundred kilometers from Belinzona to Tuxedo Junction. All but Nova enjoy the smooth ride of the titanides. Nova is too mad at the universe and her mother Robin to consent to being carried. Robin had squandered her status as the Black Madonna and their chance to join the fleeing Coven colony when she refused to kill her boy baby Adam. So the party arrives at the tree house well rested except for Nova.

 

73 > FIRST FEATURE - TWO

Cirocco hungrily devours Chris' bacon and eggs. She tells him of her encounters with Gaby. They retire to the tower to make up for lost time, then the titanides arrive. Chris goes out to meet them and Gaby again appears to Cirocco. She informs her that Chris is the father of both Nova and Adam.

 

78 > FIRST FEATURE - THREE

Robin enjoys a titanide feast before Cirocco pulls her aside to tell her that both of her children were sired by Chris, one of Gaea's practical jokes. Cirocco then lets her know what Gaea had been up to while trying to goad Cirocco into making a challenge. She shows Robin a film of Gaea's battle with Kong.

 

88 > FIRST FEATURE - FOUR

Cirocco wakes Robin and secretly takes her deep in the jungle so she can determine if Robin is one of Gaea's spies. Cirocco used Snitch to get the truth: Robin is not a spy. And Nova and Adam, although conceived through Gaea's intervention, were not tampered with. Once that item of business is taken care of Cirocco immerses Robin in the Fountain of Youth, then both she and Chris take a dip.

 

98 > FIRST FEATURE - FIVE

Gaea's priest, Luther, approaches the Free Female Quarter and demands the location of Robin's son Adam, saying that Gaea had need of him. They do not answer other than to pelt he and his disciples with arrows. He finds a fresh grave and raises some corpses to become replacement disciples. When he prays to Gaea she tells him that Adam is at Tuxedo Junction.

 

103 > FIRST FEATURE - SIX

Nova watches as the youthful, and barely recognizable, Robin arrives back at the tree house, but to her dismay, Cirocco is not with her. She raids the spice rack and medicine cabinet to concoct a love potion for Cirocco, but she falls asleep before the potion can show its worth.

 

107 > FIRST FEATURE - SEVEN

Cirocco recuperates from her treatment at the Fountain of Youth lying on the beach in Iapetus. She has an erotic dream of Gaby but when she awakes finds physical evidence of Gaby's presence. Suddenly she whiffs an alarming scent and races toward Tuxedo Junction.

 

111 > FIRST FEATURE - EIGHT

Robin, still on a high from her experience in the Fountain of Youth, talks to Chris in a rush of thoughts. Chris waits her out and eventually she stops talking. He makes his pitch to get custody of Adam, explaining his paternal and his desire for a connection to his humanity since he is turning into a titanide. Robin agrees to give up Adam. They hear a scream.

 

116 > FIRST FEATURE - NINE

Conal baby-sits Adam while Nova brews some strange smelling concoction. He hears Nova scream.

 

121 > FIRST FEATURE - TEN

Nova is attacked by zombies. Conal leaves Adam to help Nova but the undead creatures refuse to die despite Conal's punches. Soon all the friends nearby respond to the scream. Robin sees Adam taken and dives into the water chasing his kidnapper, forgetting that she can't swim. Chris pursues the zombie holding Adam but he is passed by the quickly sprinting Cirocco. Just as she is about to catch the kidnapper an angel swoops down and carries Adam into the sky. Oddly some of the zombies are found lying dead.

 

127 > FIRST FEATURE - ELEVEN

Gaea's prophet Luther approaches Tuxedo Junction, but he knows that he is too late. Kali and her band had gotten there first. He confronts her but she, through her sign-language translator, mocks him. Luther kills the boy and sets his apostles on Kali. His apostles are no match for her.

 

131 > FIRST FEATURE - TWELVE

Cirocco gathers everybody at Tuxedo Junction to try to make sense out of what had happened. She quickly concludes that it was a coordinated attack ordered by Gaea. She observes that the titanide eggs Adam was playing with were now semi-fertilized, probably by Adam's saliva. This means that now both Cirocco and Adam could assist in titanide reproduction. Cirocco calls upon her long dormant command skills to quickly direct everyone into productive efforts toward rescuing Adam before angels can loft him half-way around the wheel to Gaea at Pandemonium in Hyperion. She heads for her cave and sends Conal and Nova up in one dragonfly while she and Nova up in one dragonfly while she and Robin fly the other.

 

139 > FIRST FEATURE -THIRTEEN

Cirocco radios her search plan to Chris while she puts Snitch out of his jar. Robin is amused at the perverted little creature that Cirocco explains as a piece of the mind of Gaea. Cirocco plans to coerce Snitch into revealing Adam's locatkion

 

147 > FIRST FEATURE - FOURTEEN

Conal flies along with Nova in the other seat when Cirocco calls in a new heading and reminds them to out on their flack suits. Nova promptly drops her pants, provoking an embarrassing reaction from Conal. This prompts a very open and constructive conversation between them where Nova learns a little about males and prejudice and Conal learns to love Nova a little bit more.

 

154 > FIRST FEATURE - FIFTEEN

The last flight heading rendezvoused them with the zombie angel carrying Adam. Cirocco coerces information out of Snitch and confirms that Gaea has no plans to harm baby Adam. Cirocco confesses that pert of her reason for rescuing him is because it will mean she will not have to face the hard reality of being the only one able to fertilize titanide eggs. It will mean that if she dies the titanide race will live on.

 

162 > FIRST FEATURE - SIXTEEN

Cirocco watches as the zombie angels make their baby hand-off. She lets Chris and Robin decide on the next move. After considering what Gaea will do to brainwash Adam, both agree to try to rescue him. Cirocco calls Valiha who has been unable to capture any zombies. Valiha asks for permission to make some new zombies, and gets it.

 

168 > FIRST FEATURE - SEBENTEEN

Conal maneuvers his dragonfly close to the zombie angel so Nova can attempt a rescue but the zombie-angel starts diving ground-ward forcing him to back off. He announces that he is running low of fuel. Cirocco decides to give him some of her fuel then she jets to a refueling depot, and outfits a larger and more heavily armored plane. High above them, clinging to the central cable, a Luftmorder watches the two planes waiting for orders from Gaea.

 

173 > FIRST FEATURE - EIGHTEEN

The Luftmorder sends out several Buzz Bombs who quickly engage Conal in an aerial dogfight. Conal splashes five of them before wing damage forces them to bail out. Cirocco spots them and lands on the sand in her mantis. Cirocco knows that Gaea has some new tricks, as she rejoins the chase for Adam.

 

184 > FIRST FEATURE - NINTEEN

In Pandemonium, the tension mounts as Adam's zombie-angel clears Oceanus and heads toward the Key of D Minor in Hyperion. Gaea orders a feast but before she can enjoy it Cirocco's mantis strafes the complex. She makes pass after pass in a glorious show of force. Gaea is delighted that Cirocco had at last picked up the gauntlet. Cirocco knew that she was just playing a role in Gaea's carefully scripted magnum opus, but it was the only game in town. Gaea had won the opening salvo, in capturing Adam, but now Cirocco and Gaby had to figure out how to win the war.

 

>> SECOND FEATURE

 

193 > SECOND FEATURE - ONE

Cirocco studies the zombies Valiha obtained. They were being kept in holding pens, and somehow they reminded her of how tired she was of her role as Gaea's foil. Nova arrives to witness the testing of the zombie-killing love potion.

 

194 > SECOND FEATURE - TWO

Conal tries to teach Robin how to swim. She is making progress but will never get much past the dog-paddle. Nova, on the other hand, is a natural swimmer. After the lesson Robin asks Conal to touch her snake tattoos. Robin longs for the touch of a human being. She invites him to her room for more touching.

 

199 > SECOND FEATURE - THREE

Valiha utilizes her rest time to carve a grave marker for the skulls that were once Luther's band of zombies. She ponders about the human idea of an afterlife. When Rocky arrives, she tells him of her decision to accept his offer to mate. They set about the task immediately.

 

202 > SECOND FEATURE - FOUR

Cirocco sits alone by a fire when Gaby manifests herself to her. Gaby cannot speak too directly of her plans because to do so would be drawing too much attention from Gaea. She offers the hint that in this game Gaea is not the good guy.

 

205 > SECOND FEATURE - FIVE

Robin and Conal smoke cigars after sex; both content to live in the moment knowing that this is just a one night stand.

 

209 > SECOND FEATURE - SIX

Nova keeps busy persuing her new hobbies, swimming, flying and titanide-back riding. Cirocco interrupts her ride with Virginal to invite her on an errand. Cirocco lets Nova pilot the dragonfly from their hideaway in Dione to western Iaeptus. Once there Nova sets the autopilot to fly back. They both parachute onto the back of the giant blimp Whistlestop. Once inside Cirocco finds Calvin and gets what she came for while Nova dozes off after drinking too much of Calvin's mead.

 

222 > SECOND FEATURE - SEVEN

The Titanides host a feast at Tuxedo Junction. When the nine people have eaten their fill, Hornpipe asks his preplanned question, "What are you doing Cirocco to get Adam back?" Cirocco explains how Gaea is obsessed with movies and has been manipulating all of them to become the stars of her epic.

 

231> SECOND FEATURE - EIGHT

Cirocco retreats to the third floor room reserved for her alone and sobs when she reflects on her life and the lack of a great love in it. Only the Titanides can hear her crying. They sing a song of comfort in reply.

 

235 > SECOND FEATURE - NINE

Chris adjusts to his role as the moral counter-part to Gaea for baby Adam. Gaea has made him a member of Adam's entourage. He watches first-hand as Gaea methodically works her plan to win his love. Cirocco visits him again to let him know she too has a plan but it will be at least a year until it is ready.

 

246 > SECOND FEATURE - TEN

As Conal and Nova spell out their skywriting message high over Pandemonium, using Nova's zombie-killing love-potion, Cirocco makes her escape from Pandemonium after conferring with Chris. When all of Gaea's zombies drop permanently dead Gaea realizes Cirocco had won a round.

 

255 > SECOND FEATURE - ELEVEN

Cirocco knew that Gaea expected a real war and for that Cirocco would need an army. She becomes the mayor of Belinzona and sets about to clean up the town. Her Titanide police enforce her reforms.

 

261 > SECOND FEATURE - TWELVE

Mayor Jones grants an audience to Stewart, leader of the vigilantes, and to Trini of the Free Females. They come to vent grievances nut Cirocco uses the time to enlist their help in establishing a new social order.

 

266 > SECOND FEATURE - THRITEEN

 Rocky walks the beat on the streets of Belinzona, all the while talking with his embryonic daughter Tambura in his womb. He has to respond to a case of domestic violence and wonders if there will ever be peace in this town.

 

271 > SECOND FEATURE -FOURTEEN

Nova was in charge of record keeping in the new regime  and notifies Cirocco that Belinzona had a half-million inhabitants. Cirocco would soon have to feed this teeming mass when Gaea cut off the manna from heaven. But Cirocco had planned ahead using convict labor to till the fields.

 

274 > SECOND FEATURE -FIFTEEN

Valiha and Virginal are given duty commanding the fishing fleet. The fisherman's job was made easier since Cirocco made a deal with the Submarines to help round up fish.

 

275 > SECOND FEATURE - SIXTEEN

Chris plays with Adam as he watches old movies. Lately Gaea had taken to inserting her Marilyn Monroe persona into every film. Adam loved it.

 

277 > SECOND FEATURE - SEVENTEEN

Serpent and other Titanide prison guards unwind with a game of soccer. Cirocco had been weening the humans of the Titanide perfect justice. It saddened  Serpent to see the injustice in the human justice system.

 

282 > SECOND FEATURE -EIGHTEEN

Conal sits in on the council meeting in Cirocco's absence. He is the only one in Cirocco's inner circle who has no official duties. He is Cirocco's eyes and ears. He tells her of her low popularity rating. She devises a plan.

 

287 > SECOND FEATURE - NINETEEN

Conal tours Belinzona. The city has a new vitality that warms him. He goes home to find Robin in bed waiting for him.

 

289 > SECOND FEATURE - TWENTY

Cirocco rides Hornpipe to the Fountain of Youth. She quizzes Snitch about Adam and Chris and the about Gaby. Snitch tells her to drop this line of questioning.

 

291 > SECOND FEATURE - TWENTY-ONE

Gaea surveys Pandemonium's battlements and pronounces them ready for any attack.

 

291 > SECOND FEATURE - TWENTY-TWO

Flashback to Gaby's death than to her unexpected afterlife in the red line of the hub. She spends several years there before she dares to venture out to challenge god.

 

297 > SECOND FEATURE - TWENTY-THREE

Chris performs his drudgery in giving Gaea a bath. Gaea wonders when Cirocco will make her move.

 

300 > SECOND FEATURE - TWENTY-FOUR

Cirocco lies on the black sand next to the Fountain of Youth and , like the last time, Gaby again appears to her in a hyper-real dream where she is shown Gaby's cache of space-ships. Later Gaby flies Cirocco high up in the spoke where they visit the Angels and gain their cooperation against Gaea. After this dream, waking up seems surreal.

 

309 > SECOND FEATURE - TWENTY-FIVE

Belinzona begins to change for the better when Cirocco returned from the Fountain and began to make public appearances. Gaea's use of the sixth fighter / bomber wing of the Gaean Air-Force to attack the city provided a rallying point for the citizens and a good excuse for Cirocco to raise an army. Cirocco knows that Gaea is dong things to speed up the war effort in Belinzona.

 

313 > SECOND FEATURE - TWENTY-SIX

Robin and Cirocco ride to the Dione central cable aboard Valiha and Hornpipe. Once there Cirocco leads Robin down the stairway on foot to the central brain chamber. On the way down Cirocco tries to give advice on how to handle Conal and Nova. Dione's brain was long dead, but in the chamber Robin meets her old pet snake, Nasu, now grown to the size of a freight train. Cirocco wants Robin to ask Nasu to help slay Gaea.

 

322 > SECOND FEATURE - TWENTY-SEVEN

Nova packs a picnic in anticipation of an exhilarating ride with Virginal, but the titanide declines stating that she wants to detach herself from the evil person that Nova is becoming ever since she decided to shun Robin.

 

325 > SECOND FEATURE - TWENTY-EIGHT

Conal sits on a hill overlooking the bustling boot-camp. Cirocco visits him there to get an honest opinion. He remembers back when he was stuck in Cirocco's cave and nearly starved to death, thinking Cirocco was testing him, when in reality, Cirocco had been wounded. Now Conal reassures her that she is too smart to let her new found dictatorial power consume her.

 

330 > SECOND FEATURE - TWENTY-NINE

Cirocco gathers her generals and begins decimating the army, firing one general, ordering the sergeants to dismiss one soldier out of every ten and ordering one division to stay home in Belinzona. She then announces that they are ready to march on Pandemonium.

 

>> THIRD FEATURE

 

336 > THIRD FEATURE - ONE

The parade is held despite a heavy rain but soon the army is marching in fine weather deep into Iaepetus. Cirocco's inner circle sit astride their usual mounts. Even Nova, who had taken Virginal's warning to heart.

 

340 > THIRD FEATURE - TWO

Nasu, driven by love for Robin, forces herself to slither past Cronus' brain chamber despite the acid bath.

 

341 > THIRD FEATURE - THREE

Cronus is peeved because of Nasu's passage but Gaea is too distracted at Pandemonium to pay him any attention.

 

343 > THIRD FEATURE - FOUR

Chris had taken to drink to sooth his shattered nerves after the long days spent trying to distract Adam from Gaea's propaganda television.

 

346 > THIRD FEATURE - FIVE

The army marches through Iapetus. Cirocco calls her generals and briefs them on gara's air strength as they are about to enter Cronus, a region still loyal to Gaea.

 

349 > THIRD FEATURE - SIX

The Luftmorder, leader of the Tethys squadron awaits orders to attack. The army is now in Cronus.

 

350 > THIRD FEATURE - SEVEN

Conal gets the word that the Gaean air-force is attacking the army. His planes speed to the rescue. They splash the ten enemy craft. The army digs in for another round.

 

359 > THIRD FEATURE - EIGHT

Cirocco confers with her generals and tries to Guess Gaea's next move. She tells them her plan for total air supremacy.

 

366 > THIRD FEATURE - TEN

The last Luftmorder cruises into Cronus, chased by Conal's squadron. The Luftmorder detaches several buzz bombs to slow down Conal's plane. Only Conal himself now had any chance to stop him and he was too badly damaged to use his armament. He manages to take the giant down with his flare gun from close range.

 

370 > THIRD FEATURE - ELEVEN

Gaea was too busy screening films to devote needed attention to the air battle her forces were about to lose.

 

371 > THIRD FEATURE - TWELVE

The army, now battle hardened, marches on through the jungles of Cronus. Many titanides die clearing a path through the infested growth, but they are not attacked in Cronus.

 

374 > THIRD FEATURE - THIRTEEN

The Mnemosyne crossing was oppressively hot. Only the giant sandworm proved to be any distraction.

 

377 > THIRD FEATURE - FOURTEEN

When Cirocco tries to sleep Gaby appears to her. Gaby also calls on Conal. She heals his badly broken ankle then flies the three of them to the Oceanus central cable. Waiting for them is Gene Springfield. Cirocco miraculously removes his brain spy. Gaby enlists his help against Gaea.

 

387 > THIRD FEATURE - FIFTEEN

Gaby transports them to the Oceanus brain chamber where Cirocco learns that Oceanus was long dead, that all of Gaea's battles with him were figments of her imagination, and a sign of her advanced senility.

 

389 > THIRD FEATURE - SIXTEEN

Gaea's screening of The Bridge on the River Kwai is interrupted by a power outage. She is getting impatient that the main event with Cirocco would even happen

 

390 > THIRD FEATURE - SEVENTEEN

Cirocco calls all her friends together and makes it clear that her only objective is to kill Gaea. The titanides understand the implications of what would happen if both Adam and Cirocco die. Next she calls in her generals and explains that their duty is not to fight to win but to cause a diversion.

 

395 > THIRD FEATURE - EIGHTEEN

Chris spots Cirocco's army from the ramparts of Pandemonium and tries to explain to Adam what is about to happen.

 

400 > THIRD FEATURE - NINETEEN

The battle begins with Conal's air-force skywriting in synchronization to Cirocco's projected image on the side of the giant blimp Whistlestop. Then the ground ripples and Nasu constricts Gaea in a death grip crunching her bones, but Gaea does not die. She somehow recovers and kills the snake, then leaves Pandemonium to face Cirocco.

 

406 > THIRD FEATURE - TWENTY

Gaby comes to Chris and tells him to flee South with Adam. Whistlestop begins his Kamikaze dive straight at Gaea, a maneuver designed to be a distraction.

 

 410 > THIRD FEATURE - TWENTY-ONE

Wistlestop detonates right on top of Gaea. Gaby gives instructions to her friends as Chris and Adam reach the Fox gate on the far side of Pandemonium, but the conflagration did not kill Gaea. She molts a new skin and the blackened hull is cast aside to reveal a pristine Marilyn Monroe.

 

415 > THIRD FEATURE - TWENTY-TWO

Gaby gives Gene the signal to trigger his bomb deep under Oceanus, in the brain chamber but he can't quite remember what to do. Cirocco sees Gaea's attention waver and start to focus on Adam so she charges Gaea. Gene pulls out his spy do Gaea will be sure to see that he is about to do. Just then he remembers and Gaea realizes that Gaby is about to take control. Gene's bomb severs the central cable of Oceanus causing a quake felt in Pandemonium.

 

422 > THIRD FEATURE - TWENTY-THREE

The combination of events culminating in the severing of a key nerve in Oceanus by Gene's bomb allow Gaby to take control of the red line that is the mind of Gaea.

 

422 . THIRD FEATURE - TWENTY-FOUR

All the friends are wounded in the melee but none mortally. The wheel suffers from after-shocks for a few revs. Cirocco removes Snitch from his jar. The last piece of the mind of Gaea. Snitch dies. Cirocco is lifted bodily into heaven.

 

>> FADE OUT

Cirocco finds herself in the hub climbing the stairway to heaven, and finds Gaby on her hands and knees scrubbing the floor. Gaby reveals that she has become Gaea's replacement, the spot had been groomed for Cirocco. Now Cirocco asks Gaby what it is like to be god. Gaby invites Cirocco to join her in the consciousness of the red line as co-ruler thinking that with such a partnership maybe she could stay sane. Cirocco agrees to think about in another 200 years. Cirocco departs the hub, excited to be able to live her life without the weight of the wheel on her shoulders. She leaps from the hub not knowing if she will survive the jump. She intends to take some chances this time around.

 

THE END

 

02/17/07 Doug Eigsti