Ten Thousand Worlds

Susur

Flaming Giraffes

“Human, imagine your Salvador Dalí, M. C. Escher, and Hieronymus Bosch dancing together all night long to psychedelic trance music and amplifier feedback, then, come sunrise, collaborating on the creation of …an entire world. That’s where I'm from, a realm of non-euclidian geography, variable gravity, flexible distances, and even some flaming giraffe-like creatures that wouldn’t be out of place in a surrealist painting.

It means floors covered in equally-sized tiles that nonetheless take different amounts of time to cross, the surrounding walls appearing to recede and advance as you step inside different ones. It means doorways that lead you right back into the room you just left. It means waterfalls that sometimes fall up. It means a sky where a handful of suns criss-cross the sky at complex intervals, their absences offset with the eternal twilight of a thousand smaller silvery suns. It means a place that hums with magical power.

Unfortunately, Susur was recently torn apart by a civil war. The short version: The bad guys won. The good guys –my guys– are fleeing to other dimensions, often using your world as the first stop on their escape route. Once past Earth, the bad guys almost always lose the trail and give up the chase. A few refugees are going native and staying on Earth, despite the danger of being discovered by our enemies. A few of that few work to help other refugees move on past your world, and to keep our troubles from becoming your troubles.”

—Sydney “Hex” Harker, Susurrite Refugee

Hex

Version 1.0, April 2008

Excerpt:

Hex is a veteran of the most recent civil war in the magical realm of Susur, from the losing side. In what turned out to be his final tour of duty, he volunteered to make a critical surgical strike with an experimental weapon, which was sabotaged…

Chiaroscuro

Version 1.0, September 2007

Excerpt:

He’s actually a hybrid of human and a life-form of Susur, possible only though magic; in Medieval terms he’s the progeny of an Incubus and a witch…

Mojo and Jinx

Version 1.0, May 2007

Excerpt:

…He also trained them to one day take over his magic act as Mojo and Jinx, promising to teach them something truly magical once their minds were ready for it. Unfortunately, that day never came; Instead, the day came when Morris and Jeanne learned that their uncle's greatest illusion was his own life…

 

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