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#121

A year ago I stared writing the Atlantis story, but stuff intervened and I never got past chapter one.

The story of the fall of Atlantis was something that began to take shape over 30 years of Strikeforce/Heroes, as I slowly crystallised my ideas of magic, demons, and so on. Starting about five years ago, I began to properly plot it, and make it a proper part of the Heroes universe.

If you read the chapters published so far, you will have no idea how or why it relates. But hopefully the links will unfold in time and begin to make sense.

And if not, I hope it’s at least interesting as a story in its own right.

So this week I’ve added 13 new files to the site, all relating to the story of Atlantis. The main piece of fiction is Chapter 2 of The Last Days of Atlantis, but as it’s been a year you might want to read chapter 1 again.

Some key historical events have been put into a timeline which you can find listed on the Historical Overview page.

The area that the story primarily takes place in is documented in The Peninsula, including a map! (Fantasy stories always have to have maps.)

And finally, an encyclopaedia page which explains all about Atlantean Magic.

Next week’s update will be back to a regular Heroes issue.


#122

This is a great comic book cover blurb. Mostly because it is such a untrue tease. Loving the story. Major’s optimism is admirable if unfeasible. Like the new additions to the story.


#123

As one of my readers said, it would be more accurate to say he’s an “extra one-dimensional invader” :wink:

Glad you’re still enjoying it :slight_smile:


#124

It’s a new issue of Heroes but if you’re expecting James, Fred, Sara, Chi-Yun, Jerome, or even Don, you’ll be disappointed. NONE of the regular cast appear in this story. Instead, we’re looking at their arch-nemeses: the K-Men . I call the story Patriots, and by the end I hope you’ll understand why.

Then there’s the usual eclectic cluster of background files, describing the seen-once-and-never-heard-of-again locations of Joseph Swan’s house and the 24th-century Kelley Medical Center, and, God help me, the Unified Wrestling Federation. I’m so sorry.

Next update will be a new Strikeforce chapter, due on Friday 31st if all goes to plan. (When does it ever go to plan?)


#125

Strikeforce have been trapped in an alternate future timeline for six entire chapters, but now we’re at the nail-biting conclusion, the final (?) confrontation with the Warscout, with the whole future at stake! Who lives? Who dies? Is there going to be a universe left at the end of it? I don’t want to worry you with the title, but the answers are in a chapter called End Times.

And just on the off-chance the universe does survive, I’d better add some encyclopaedia entries too:

  • A key part of the 20th-century superhero scene is the Defense League of America.
  • Recurring in the 21st-century world of the Heroes is the subculture known as Trolls (not to be confused with Atlantean Trolls or Bavarian Trolls, which I’ll get to in time).
  • Of absolutely no relevance at all is something called a Green Industries T-50.
  • And this is an old file, but I’ve updated it to include new characters we’ve learned about in recent weeks: the Special Police from the 24th century.

Next update should be next Friday, and may be a Heroes chapter or may be something else entirely if I get it finished in time.


#126

Issue 26 of Heroes finally gets to the great sea monster hunt that’s been foreshadowed for a while. What are they? Are they real? Does the team find them? Well, you won’t get the answers until issue 27 because it’s a two-part sory, but it starts here in Under the Boardwalk.

Elsewhere we have…

  • A biography for Marvin Ford who you’ve probably never heard of.
  • A gazetteer entry for San Francisco, where all kinds of interesting stuff happens (and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet).
  • And an encyclopaedia article on The Mine, a fairly important part of the Troll Rock culture that seems to keep cropping up in the story.

Next week will be a scheduled skip week because of stuff, so next update should be 21 September.