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Welcome to version 1.2 of the Cerebus Concordance. This document
is intended to index the people, places, items and groups in the Cerebus stories. Although it should be of interest in various regards, this is not* a timeline, a checklist of publications, an annotation, or a dangler list. Those are my other* big Cerebus projects :)
Comments and correction are welcomed, of course. I expect to be
keeping this up-to-date for my own pleasure, but not posting updates very often (there just isn't enough room on my account). If anyone wants to take responsibility for distributing the latest posted version, go for it. Permission is hereby granted to freely distribute this, as long as you don't charge for it. Just about every person, place and thing mentioned here is Copyright 1992 Dave Sim.
Most entries are followed by references to the issue and page
where I got the dating information from. Unless otherwise noted, all issue numbers refer to Cerebus. Lengthier explanations are included where I felt them necessary.
This is a *draft* release. It (hopefully) completely covers
issues 1-25 and 151-163. In several places I have inserted issue references as "xxx", which is shorthand for "I haven't gotten around to annotating that issue yet, and I'll fill it in later."
The Cerebus Concordance 1.2
Aardvarks are also called "earth-pigs" colloquially. The PIGTS had an aardvark god-king a thousand years ago (5,
... CEREBUS has never met another aardvark.
AGERDEN, Duke of
Appears in issue 19. An old friend of Cerebus', formerly a shady operator, now a
(mostly) legitimate Duke.
Located in PALNU, between Palnu city and FLUROC.
ALANNE Mentioned in issue 13. A milk-maid whose pregnancy was blamed on NECROSS HAHAHA THE MAD and was forced to marry GUMS, the village idiot.
First mentioned in issue 29, p. 12 as "...a DAM statchoo of a DAM
DUCK!" The Albatross plot in High Society bears a great deal of similarity to The Maltese Falcon (see ASTORIA).
Appears in issues 154-155. A young woman living in Lower Iest.
See SUENTEUS PO THE SECOND
A country located to the southeast of the lands of KHAIDOGE THE
UNGOVERNABLE and LISHYAN. Capital is SAN-FONIL.
It is ruled by a god-king, for whom the BLACK BLOSSOM LOTUS was
created. Went through some religious wars circa 1361. (10, pgs.5,7).
Mentioned in issue 160. Ruler of the CIRINISTS of the Upper City in IEST during the time
of SUENTEUS PO III.
A magical creation of great power. They are controlled by the a
phrase of the form "All who know shall burn at the touch of the beast…", where the blank may be filled in with any word the creator chooses. Examples include SUMP THING and WOMAN-THING.
ARNOLD THE ISSHURIAN
A personality of the COCKROACH.
Appears in issue 25. An unnamed artist who owns a castle not far from IEST. He posesses a number of unusual artifacts, including his castle (a
relic of the Black Tower Period), SUMP-THING, and the ALBATROSS.
He may very well be the "good" magician who stands in opposition
to CLAREMONT (see MAGIC).
He may also be an ILLUSIONIST. He is skilled at symbolist
painting (25, pgs.8-9) and at the use of subliminal messages (xxx).
ASHEM SOGGOT RA
A god/demon? Possibly the name of the sorcerer from "The Flame
Jewel" (1, p.18).
A god some sort. Frequently used as an oath: "Ashtoth take me!"
(3, p.7), "Ashtoth preserve me" (5, p.6), "Ashtoth's visage!" (5, p.11), "By Ashtoth!" (13, p.18).
Appears in issue 155, 159, 161, 163. Cameos/Mentions in issues 157-158, 160, 162. Born in LOWER FELDA (163, p.2). Originally conceived of as a "Mary Astor character" (HS
notebooks, p.2). Clearly she is based on the Brigid O'Shaughnessy character Astor played in the 1941 version of "The Maltese Falcon".
She is Lord JULIUS' ex-wife. This led to her station as Duchess
"... I believe in state-owned prostitution, pharmaceutically-
assisted miscarriages, ownership of men, guaranteed minimum incomes for women over the age of fifteen and the inalienable right to self- determination within those parameters… "
Author of KEVILLIST ORIGINS and, presumably, many other tracts.
A satellite city of PALNU, in the CI'NUFINN district.
A cameo of Eddie Campbell's Bacchus character appear in issue
Appears in issues 15, 151, 162. LORD JULIUS's stenographer and assistant. Holds the title
Minister for Executive Planning "in honor of his paying two hundred pieces a month".
BAY OF SUNSHEE
The sea immeiately around PALNU (18, map).
Capital city of LOWER FELDA (45, p.10).
Southwest district of PALNU, containing the city of STEHLIS (18,
An artists model. Appears in issues 153-154.
BLACK BLOSSOM LOTUS
Appears in issues 10, 11 and 152. A powerful magic talisman created by the wizard HERCES for the
god-king of AMSTANAT. It is lost on or about 1361, and doesn't reappear until 1411 (issue 10), but is soon lost again (11, p.xxx)
Reappears in issue 152, undergoing a strange transformation.
BLACK SUN CULT
Appears in issues 6 and 7. Cameo in Issue 16. A mysterious cult of death worshippers from the HSIFAN KHANATE.
They are "centuries" old. The "Black Sun" may be synonymous with Death. They have a sacred symbol of a circle with two lines descending from it, similar to a mirrored "Q". They are popularly known to possess a great deal of treasure, and to be utterly ruthless.
Their leader is referred to as "the Dark Majesty". They had at least one major temple in the mountains to the north
of the Hsifan Khanate. In the center of this temple is a huge pit, inhabited by a giant spider-like creature, apparently identified by the priesthood with their god. It consumes souls, and is apparently destroyed (along with the temple) while trying to consume CEREBUS'.
One of their ancient gods ("The Nameless Ones") has a close
resembalance to CEREBUS.
There is allegedly a "Festival of the Black Sun in early winter
There is a drink popularly known as a "Black Sun Cocktail"
consisting of dark ale, apricot brandy and BOREALAN whiskey (7, p.4).
Appears in issues xxx. Cameos/Mentions in issues 156-157.
A series of conflicts going on in and around Boreala around 1411
Appears in issues 162-163. An IESTan prostitute of Oriental appearance. I don't believe we
have seen anyone else in the series to date who appeared Oriental. The COCKROACH falls in love with her.
BOOK OF STOTH
A book quoted in issue 7 that contains some small information on
the temple of the BLACK SUN.
A country to the north of the SEPRAN EMPIRE. Involved in the BLOOD WARS around 1411 (2, p.1). Major cities include TEMZA, GURANN, TANSUBAL, and BRANPUR(?). The government gets much of its income from gold mines, which are
running dry in 1411 (3, p.1; 9, p.1).
BRAN MAK MUFIN
Appears in issues 5, 161 Mentioned in issue 156. Character originated as a parody of Robert E. Howard's celtic
barbarian chieftain character Bran Mak Morn, a king of the Picts.
Leader of the Pigts.
A city in BOREALA, about a day and a half walking distance from
TANSUBAL. On the Aardvarkian Age map, it is mistakenly listed as "Brahpur".
BRUGEL ARMS TAVERN
A tavern in TOGITH. "HORTNE" had an apartment in the cellar.
Appears in issues 152-153. First Iestan to recognise CEREBUS as
the former Pope, and to cheer him on against the Cirinists. Presumably dies in 153.
A narcotic compound invented by K'COR. It is one hundred percent
addictive, and contains all the food value needed by an adult for one day. Exact formula is onlyknown by K'COR and SEDRA.
"Shrove Teusday" (4, p.19). The High Holy Days observed by the Eastern Church of Tarim
(possibly the Western as well) last "from midwinter to Concordance Eve… No priest is allowed to eat salted nuts… comment on the weather… or *leave* his place of meditation" (17, p.11). From various internal evidence, the High Holy Days must be at least 20 days long.
Concordance Eve is the "festival of spring's arrival" (21, p.2).
Possibly the spring Equinox?
A personality of the COCKROACH.
Appears in issues 1-24,...151-163. First printed appearance is issue 1, page 1. He often refers to himself in the third person, a barbaric
CEREBUS appears to have no soul (2, p.19; 7, p.20), though what
the implications of this are in his world is unclear. Conversely, he may have a soul, of a nature that that trying to consume it results in the consumer's destruction.
CEREBUS has a great fondness for apricot brandy. He is first
seen drinking it in issue 4.
Though small, CEREBUS is deceptively strong. He is capable of
breaking sturdy chains (4, p.18). He has developed quite a lot of muscle in his oversized snout and tail, and is capable of using them as fighting limbs. (2, p.7; 6, p.7; 8, p.3; 14, p.19, etc.).
CEREBUS' fur smells truly awful when wet. CEREBUS seems to disdain the use of armor (except for an
occasional helmet) probably relying on his speed, skill, and small size to protect him (9, p.4). He is one of the very few right-handed swordsmen in ESTARCION, which may also help to explain his success.
CEREBUS' theology is well indicated in issue 5 with his thoughts
"Tarim, Ashtoth, these were gods… They brougt war, pain, they killed without reason or apology" (p.19). CEREBUS is himself bloodthirsty towards his enemies, and vindictive when he can get away with it.
CEREBUS is an expert con man, and skilled at quickly making up
mostly-plausible "facts" to support his schemes.
CEREBUS is often plagued by curiosity, and will frequently enter
situations that he *knows* will get him into trouble because of it.
... On the letters page of issue 26, Sim discusses CEREBUS' "complete
lack of expertise" in warfare, and his gradual realisation of this fact. "He is learning to not trust his instincts when it comes to picking an army to fight with. His instincts in that area are not particularly good."
He is the number 6 crossbowman in ESTARCION (27, p.9). CEREBUS studied for three years with Magus Doran in his youth. CEREBUS has good night vision. (30, p.2)
Places CEREBUS has been:
"Flame Jewel" city Boreala Tansubal Temza Branpur Sepran Empire Serrea Red Marches Demonhorn Mountain Pigt Tunnels Hsifan Khanate Iest Imesh
Places CEREBUS has not(?) been:
T'Capmin Kingdoms Wall of Tsi Smina
Appears in issue 163. One of CIRIN's aides.
Mentioned in issue 22. A member of the military tribunal ruling LOWER FELDA.
A city in ONLIU.
The western province of PALNU. Contains the cities of AVERS and
A city in the CI'NUFINN province of PALNU.
Appears in 100, 151-152, 154-156, 159-160, 162-163. Cameos/Mentions in 20, 161. Spiritual and Political head of the Cirinists. She is also an
aardvark, though not a dwarfish one; if anything, she may be suffering from giantism. Author of THE NEW MATRIARCHY, "Dualism as Fallacy", and presumably other works.
This name is also that of the founder of Cirinism, but they are
different characters, unless this one is *much* older than is obvious (or is a reincarnation of the original).
She has a very bad temper when she gets annoyed. She is very strong, and has an excellent sense of smell (162,
Appear (as a group) in issues 20, xxx, 151-161. ... From the letters page of issue 26: "The Cirinists are the most
recent incarnation of the original matriarchal society that once dominated Estarcion." It is also mentioned here that the Cirinists have control of UPPER FELDA since the revolution, but are a minority and/or persecuted underground elsewhere.
Cirin has been staging revolutions and infiltrating populaces
throughout the world. (28, pgs. 6-7) She has purged her own inner circle three times since the revolution. (28, p.18) ..
It was revealed in issues 150-151 that Cirinists are telepathic
with one another, and that any harm to one of them causes all others in the vicinity to "swarm" the attacker.
Cirinists (at least Cirinist soldiers) are deadly fighters. Citizenship in a Cirinist-run government is detrmined by
childbirth, only mothers are citizens. Infertile women are of very low status, and abortion and birth control are outlawed.
CLAREMONT, PROFESSOR CHARLES X.
Appears in issue 23-25. Disguised for most of issues 23-24 as "Madame DuFort", of "Madame
DuFort's School for Gifted Debutantes".
A parody of both the Marvel Comics character Professor Charles
Xavier, and of his principal writer during this period, Chris Claremont (who also wrote the Man-Thing comic book for a time). Professor Xavier was the dean of "Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters", secretly the students were the mutant heroes known as the X-Men.
"I decided to do a tongue-in-cheek treatment of Chris Claremont's
X-men series. Having read (and heard) so often at this time that Chris, when faced with developing a new character in the series, would ask, sometimes rhetorically but more often not, "Is there any reason this character can't be a woman?" […] Marvel was also on a kick at this time about protecting their trademark on major characters by doing female versions of them. They ended up doing two around the same time - - Spider-Woman and She-Hulk. The implication of this move, at least in my mind, was that any publisher doing a female version of a Marvel character that wasn't Spider-Woman or She-Hulk would have free rein to use those characters – Thingette, The Woman Torch. So taking the bull by the horns, I decided to do Woman-Thing." (_Swords_of_Cerebus_, volume six, Introduction to issues 23-25).
Appears in issues 151, 153-154, 161. A CIRINIST, and aide to CIRIN and MRS. THATCHER.
Presumably a god of some sort. Frequently used as an oath: "By
Clovis' beard!" (1, p.5; 2, pgs.5, 17), "Clovis' beads!" (2, p.14; 3, p.10; 4, p.15, etc.), "Clovis' blood!" (2, p.16; 3, p.7), "By Clovis' teeth!" (2, p.18), "Clovis' molars!" (3, p.11), "Clovis' ears!" (3, p.15), "by Clovis" (3, p.16), "Clovis' teeth and tankard!" (4, p.4), "Clovis' orbs" (4, p.21), "Clovis' tonsils!" (8, p.9), "Clovis' instep!" (9, p.5), "by Clovis' rack and irons…" (12, p.5), "Clovis' burial mound!" (14, p.11), "Clovis' lobotomy scar…" (20, p.16).
COCK AND BULL TAVERN A tavern in BEDUIN. Appears in issue 12.
Appears in issues 11-12, 21-22, 154-155, 158-163. Cameos/Mentions in issues 13, 156-157. His first incarnation is that of The Cockroach, a parody of
Batman, in issues 11-12. He is a multiple personality, a facet of many of his later "incarnations". By day, he is an (unnamed) merchant, who used to be a sorcerer, but now destroys magic objects because they are "bad for business". By night, he is The Cockroach, a masked avenger, who continually pummels passers-by on the mistaken assumption that they had something to do with the death of his parents. He is about 50 years old when Cerebus meets him.
Cerebus often refers to him as "the bug" or "cootie". In his second appearance (issues 21-22), he has been molded
bypresidentWEISSHAUPT into "Captain Cockroach", a Captain America parody.
... The notebook pages in "High Society" issue 1 have a picture of a
"Corn Roach" character. Never used in the story, he "eventually became the Moon Roach."
In the letters page of issue 27, Sim say that he is still "making
sure that the drapes don't eat the house plants."
In issue 30, he returns as the "Moon Roach", a parody of Marvel
Comics Moon Knight character. Moon Knight was considered by many to be a rip-off of Batman, whom the original Cockroach parodied.
Kevitch, the new sub-personality of the Moon Roach, may be named
after Bill Sienkiewicz (pronounced 'sin-kevitch'), Moon Knight's most famous artist. There may also be an element of "kvetch" a Yiddish(?) word meaning someone who comments abusively on things.(?)
He is now under ASTORIA's control, she having seduced him. She
has implanted his new-found interest in economics. She has created a new personality, Artemis Strong. Astoria alleges that he came up with the Moon Roach personality himself, but Michelle later contradicts this. .. normalroach
A parody of normalman
normalroach reappears in issue 154, in which he seems to be
integrating his personalities into a more coherent (or at least self- aware) whole. These are led by a new identity, the Punisheroach. Punisheroach is a parody of the Marvel Comic's character "The Punisher", a vigilante who goes after drug dealers with large caliber weapons and extreme predjudice.
The Roach is now exhibiting clear telepathic/mystical powers, and
a much clearer picture of the world than he normally has, though still far from completely sane.
A major religious holiday, celebrating the arrival of spring (21,
p.2) Probably also used to mark the new year.
Appear in issues 8-9. Various nomadic northern tribes that are gradually encroaching
into the RED MARCHES. They have more advanced medicine than CEREBUS is familiar with (8, p.11). Their war cry is "Might makes Right! Might for Right! Might for Might! Right for Might! Fight! Fight! Fight!"
Once ruled Iest (8, p.12) Apparently subject to the HSIFAN KHANATE (8, p.19)? On the letters page of issue 26, Sim says that they never had any
CEREBUS' nickname for the COCKROACH.
Appears in issues 155, 158. Cameos/Mentions in issues 156-157. An Iestan Cirinist, in charge of heading CIRIN's project to
construct a huge GOLD SPHERE.
"A creature from the dawn of time, a creature of sorcery" (4,
p.6) which "DEATH" sends to attack CEREBUS.
CROMAGS MAC MILC
A PIGT from issue 5.
DARNIER PRISON A prison in BEDUIN. The COCKROACH was imprisoned there in issue 12.
Appears in issues 8, 151. Allegedly a demon who assumed the identity of "Death" 7000 years
ago, but was then devoured by suucubi.
In issue 153, page 7, a cameo of Neil Gaiman's version of Death
from Sandman appears in the lower right-hand corner.
Appears only in issue 11. A city guard in BEDUIN.
Appears only in issue 11. A city guard in BEDUIN.
A southern city state. Part of the SEPRAN EMPIRE? Has had a
CIRINIST-supported rebellion. Located on the SOFIM River.
Under attack by the PIGTS (5, p.13). They manufacture champagne (10, p.6).
DESHEN, SECOND GENERAL
Appears (sort of) in issue 22. A member of the military tribunal ruling LOWER FELDA, and a parody
of President Richard Nixon.
DESPUESS Appears in issue 13. A THEYR villager.
A popular card game, with numerous variations. The word is also
used to describe the deck of cards, which are usually printed with a diamond pattern on their backs. First mentioned in issue 4.
The rules for Match Diamondback are laid out in issue 27, p.11.
A Diamondback deck contains 1 magician, 2 priestesses, 3 queens, 4 kings, and 5 priests. For games with more than 2 players, multiple decks are used, but with extra magicians removed so that only one remains in the deck.
It is interesting to note that, with the exception of the
magician, female cards are higher ranking than their male equivalents.
Dave Sim produced and sold Diamondback decks for a short while.
Appears in issue 13. A THEYR villager.
The wizard CEREBUS studied with in his youth. (28, p.3) Lived in
IMESH (Introduction to issue 9, _Swords_of_Cerebus_, Volume Three). Unknown what happened to him when K'COR took over the city. Creator of the ENERGY GLOBES OF IMESH (9, p.13).
EASTERN CHURCH OF TARIM
Appears in issues 28, 156-157. SUENTEUS PO THE FIRST claimed to have meditated for 72 years in
order to attain the Eighth Sphere (28, p.1).
The Eighth Sphere would appear to be a general term for any of a
number of areas on the "borders" of the SEVENTH SPHERE, with particular curious properties. The Eighth Sphere is malleable, and its structure can be manipulated by the minds of those within it. In parts of it, the past and future may be experienced.
A schemer and con artist. Appears in issues 6, 16. Usually works
with a bruiser named TURG.
Appears in issues 29, 155-156, 161. Cameos/Mentions in issues 157, 162. The "Fake" Regency Elf is implied to have been an aspect of
SUENTEUS PO THE FIRST (156, pgs.5, 8, 19).
Cerebus mentions a "wood faerie" in issue 14 (p.16), but the
context makes it difficult to tell if he is referring to a mythical creature or not.
ELROD OF MELVINBONE
Appears in issues 4, 7, 12, 21-22, 155, 159-163. Cameos/mentions in issues 8, 157. Elrod is a parody of Elric, a swords and sorcery character
created by Michael Moorcock. More specifically, he is a parody of Elric's appearances in the Conan comic books by Roy Thomas and Barry Smith (issues 14 and 15), which in turn were visually based on the covers to paperback Elric novels painted by Jack Gaughan. Dave Sim, at least as of 1981, has never read an Elric story (other than the ones that appeared in the Conan comics) (Introduction to issue 4, _Swords_of_Cerebus_, Volume 1).
His speech patterns are based on those of the Warner Brothers
cartoon character Foghorn Leghorn, which were in turn based on a once- famous radio character named Senator Claghorn (played by?).
He claims to be a wanderer, and the last ruler of a dying race, a
sorcerer and slayer of his kin, much as Elric does, but there is no evidence that any of this is more than a figment of his imagination. His country's name is MELVINBONE, which is a take-off on Elric's country of Melnibone. Elric also has a black sword, though his isn't that way from rust.
"He always pops up, seemingly from nowhere, with no explanation
of how he got out of the fix we left him in (Aha! You hadn't noticed had you) and an entirely new vision of the best direction for his life to take." (Introduction to issue 4, _Swords_of_Cerebus_, Volume 1).
In issue 22, Elrod is "killed", but remains an animate spirit,
able to possess living bodies as "Deadalbino". This is a parody of a late sixties DC comic book character, "Deadman", who was similarly able to possess living people. At the end of the issue Elrod returns to his own body, which returns to life.
"You might be wondering *why* this would happen to Elrod when he
got killed, but that goes back to why everyone is watching Cerebus all the time and wondering what he's up to. So that's for me to know and for you to read about.
I should be getting to it around isssue 175."
(_Swords_of_Cerebus_, volume six, Introduction to issues 21-22).
... In High Society, he is revealed as quite a popular figure. The
public actually believes his claims about himself even more than he does. ..
In issue 155 he reappears in a smaller version of his earlier
"roach" costume, claiming to be a new member of the Legion of Six- Foot-Telepathic-Cockroaches.
ENERGY GLOBES OF IMESH
A series of magical spheres of energy, apparently used as either
guardians, or as a gauntlet to test one's skill. They can send out beams of energy at opponents, but these may be absorbed by metal. They are not intelligent. They flare brightly just before striking, and take several seconds to recharge.
A satellite city of PALNU, in the VESSARIAT district, on the
NEMETH RIVER (18, map).
A southern city state. Part of the SEPRAN EMPIRE? Has had a
A country to the northwest of BOREALA. Only appears in the
Aardvarkian Age map.
A southern city state. Possibly part of the SEPRAN EMPIRE? Has
had a (short-lived) CIRINIST-supported rebellion.
The toxin PENTAZIN can be found there (14, p.7).
Located far to the southeast. A cinnamon exporter (14, p.5).
The name of the world that CEREBUS is set on. See MAPS.
EYE IN THE PYRAMID
Appears in issues 14-16, 160-161. A conspiracy to topple LORD JULIUS from power. In their first
appearances, only male members are shown. In _mothers_&_daughters_, we see only *female* members, and it is implied that ASTORIA is their leader.
CEREBUS uses their name in his "kidnapping" (27, p.7). The symbol of an eye in a pyramid dates back at least to ancient
Egypt, and can be seen on the American dollar bill to this day. It has often been associated with secret societies, most notably the Illuminati.
EYE OF TERIM
"The Eye of Terim, gold and shining prize -- no mortal shall
wrest this gem … from crimson claw of demon Khem" (2, p.14). "Most precious" of the five SPHERES OF THE GODS (2, p.16). After KHEM's spell is broken, it appears to be a "tarnished iron sphere", implying that it may not have been the *actual* Eye of Terim in the first place.
The Feld River runs south from the TCAPMIN KINGDOMS past UNSHIB,
turning west at MORESH, then passing BEDUIN before turning south again at IEST to make it's way to the coast of ONLIU.
PALNU(?), IEST, ONLIU, LOWER FELDA,... See also UNITED FELDWAR STATES
Appears in issue 3. A fellow who lived in BRANPUR until he
besmirched Red SOPHIA's honor and was forced to marry her. He expired soon after.
Said to be flawless and worth a king's ransom (1, p.4). The one
that CEREBUS finds is actually an illusion-enhanced walnut (1, pgs.21- 22).
A city to the north of PALNU.
FRET MAC MURY
Appears in issues 5, 156. Cameos/Mentions in issues 67, 157. A PIGT. His name is an obvious parody of actor Fred MacMurray.
FROG AND DUCK
A tavern in PALNU (14, p.4).
Captain of the guards in IMESH in CEREBUS' youth (9, p.5).
Prime Minister of IEST before CEREBUS. First mentioned in 27,
first appeared in 30, name first mentioned in …
Appears in issue 19. "I decided to do a parody of Frank Thorne's Ghita because while I
wouldn't say I was fond of 1994 the magazine, nor a particular advocate of the kind of stories Frank was doing, I was very fond of the way Frank's artwork made such great strides when he switched to black and white from colour comics. I conceived the whole story in a short space of time, my major concern being to produce one good silly self-contained issue before I went off on this complicated political piece ov over- lapping and inter-locking factions." (_Swords_of_Cerebus_, volume 5, introduction to issue 19).
Typically used as magician's pets, these creatures feed on violent
emotions (19, p.17). The nameis probably a reference to Steve Gerber, who created the Marvel Comics character "Man-Thing", who was empathic, and reacted strongly to the emotions of those around him.
Mentioned in 163. CIRIN's (adopted?) son.
Mentioned in issue 17. A PALNAN army camp, run at one time by Commander KRULL.
Appears in issue 14. An importer in PALNU who worked with THE EYE IN THE PYRAMID.
Forms the western and northwestern borders of PALNU, then extends
into T'GITA (18, map).
THE GODS' FENCE
A mountain range north of the SEPRAN EMPIRE. Only appears in the
Aardvarkian Age map.
A sphere of pure gold is said to be one of the elements required
to make the FINAL ASCENSION.
Appears in issues 18-19. Mentioned in issue 22. Governor of the VESSARIAT district of PALNU. "Lord Gorce was created ... to establish what would appear to be a
major threat to Lord Julius' control of Palnu." (_Swords_of_Cerebus_, volume 5, introduction to issue 19).
Mentioned in issue 20. An ILLUSIONIST in TOGITH. One of the few people who can reach the
SEVENTH SPHERE (20, p.3).
A T'GITAN warrior. Appears in issues 18, 19.
Appears in issue 156. A CIRINIST General.
Appears in issues 17. Mentioned in issue 18. Assistant, biographer (and later jailer) to Commander KRULL.
Appears in issue 19. One of HENROT's GERBIES.
Appears in issue 17-18. Mentioned in issue 19. A T'GITAN leader, father of STROMM.
GUMS. Mentioned in issue 13. See entry on ALANNE for details.
A city in BOREALA. Apparently a large city where one might
expect to find a freak show (2, p.4) and marketplace (2, p.16). SOPHIA knows "Gurranian tonsil kissing".
Mentioned in issue 18. A FLUROC spice merchant, killed in the T'GITAN assault.
Appears in issues 155-156, 161. An IESTAN engineer, working with the CIRINISTS to construct a
Probably a member of the construction firm Hammond and Son
Associates (156, p.6).
Appears in issues 18-19. Lord GORCE's assistant.
Appears in issues 3, 19. A powerful wizard. Father of Red SOPHIA, creator of GEET-A, ex-
husband of Mrs. HENROT-GUTCH.
Appears in issue 163. Cameos/mentions in issues 19,.
A king of a CONNIPTIN tribe (8, p.16).
HIGH HOLY DAYS
A city on the NEMETH RIVER, in the VESSSARIAT province of PALNU
HOLLAND M. HADDEN
First appears in issue 26. Leading member of the Hadden, Hadden
and Dipp corporation, which is trying to interest Palnu in gold-plated streetlamps. Killed by MOON ROACH in issue 30 after signing away the money his company is owed by the government.
Alias of HENROT
A powerful nomadic tribe that currently controls much of the RED
MARCHES. North of TOGITH.
Referred to in a derogatory manner as "Hsiffies". "They're yellow-skinned, their eyes look funny and they're
*nomads*" (21, p.12). Basically, a Mongol phenotype.
A small country to the west of PALNU (18, map). Ruled by Prince
SHOMBER (19, p.5).
IEST - GEOGRAPHY
Iest is located on the FELD River, and is central to the FELDWAR
The city of Iest is divided into two sections, lower Iest, and
"upper" or "greater Iest". Greater Iest is located on a flat plain on the top of a conical mountain. This mountain is the remains of the BLACK TOWER of anciant times. The upper and lower cities are connected both by a spiral roadway, and by several long staircases. One of these staircases is over 1324 steps high. (27, p.1)
The mountain is carved with skulls and demon heads, which are
first seen in issue 31, p.15.
Iest is somewhat decadent. SOPHIA speaks of "selling her old
chain mail bikinis to perverts in Iest…" (10, p.15).
Mentioned in issues 20, 28, xxx, 159-160. Founded by SUENTEUS PO THE SECOND, their primary tenet is that
"All Life was an Illusion," (159, p.9).
Judging by his tactics, the wizard in issue 1 is an illusionist. ... Their meditation techniques allow them to live extremely long
lives. (28, p.2)
They may have high government positions. (28, p.8)
A small port city on the SOFIM River (8, p.19). Before being
taken over by K'COR, it featured such sights as the Ram and Peacock Tavern and the Red Crescent Quarter (9, p.5). Magus Doran lived here (Introduction to issue 9, _Swords_of_Cerebus_, Volume Three).
Referred to as a "northern" city in the introduction to issue 9
in _Swords_of_Cerebus_, Volume Three, though that is inconsistent with the above description.
Ruled by Hsifan in CEREBUS' youth (9, p.2). [Remember to deal with positional problems]
... Kidnapped from the REGENCY HOTEL in 1244. (29, p.4)
First mentioned in issue 30. The letters column in issue 36 says that they are "on the ropes."
Appears in issue 163. Author of "My Mother, My Husband, My pain". A parody of cat yronwode, Editor-in-Chief of Eclipse Comics.
Located to the north of the SEPRAN EMPIRE. Presumably the
birthplace of ARNOLD THE ISSHURIAN.
Appears in issues 6. Cameos/Mentions in issues 16, 157. The love of CEREBUS' life. When first seen, she is a exotic tavern dancer in Iest. ... In issue 36, she returns CEREBUS' sword which he lost in the
second Cockroach episode when the boat bottom fell through.
Appears in issues 23-24. A student at MADAME DUFORT's School for Gifted Debutantes.
Appears in issues 155-156, 161. Cameos/Mentions in issue 157-158. Based on the Judge character from Jules Feieffer's play (and
movie) "Little Murders".
Appears in issues 14-19, 151, 160-162. Cameos/Mentions in issues 157. Lord Julius is based on Julius (better know as Groucho) Marx, most
especially as he appeared in "Duck Soup", as the ruler of a small European country. He has risen to be Grandlord of PALNU through a combination of thouroughly confusing his opponents, and outright bribery on a mass scale.
"Lord Julius does not permit his employees to speak to each other
except through him… He believes that it causes much dissatisfaction in the city…" "How does anything get done?" This is a *bureaucracy*, sir… nothing is supposed to get done." (15, p.5).
Lord Julius has almost eliminated crime in PALNU, largely by
having a Board of Justice "renowned for their wisdom, experience… and unblemished record of three thousand two hundred and eighty-one convictions in three thousand two hundred and eighty-one trials…" (16, p.8)
"I wanted to show that Lord Julius (like Elrod) always lands on
his feet and that (unlike Elrod) it is as a result of his own sense of political timing and manipulation of the resources at hand, even if that's just his own imagination (as seen by [issue 19] page twelve). It was my way of indicating that he was to be taken seriously by the reader even though his earlier appearances painted him as an incompetent. After all, a leader who is perceived as incompetent is more likely to be under-estimated by potential rivals. The impact of his endless successes, domestically and in other parts of Estarcion can be seen in "High Society". "Nothing succeeds like success" as the saying goes." (_Swords_of_Cerebus_, volume 5, introduction to issue 19).
On the letters page of issue 26, Sim describes Julius as being
at the head of the rising merchant class in ESTARCION. Since he pays his people so well (and controls *all* of them), Lord GORCE's chances were "slim and nil."
"JULIUS' SOCIAL SECRETARY"
Appears in issues 14-16, but is never actually named. Leader of
the EYE IN THE PYRAMID, until his death in issue 16.
A satellite city of PALNU.
Appears in issue 23-24. A student at MADAME DUFORT's School for Gifted Debutantes. She is a neice of LORD JULIUS, and probably a sister to JAKA (24,
Appears in issues 9, 155-156, 158-159. Cameos/mentions in 1ssue 161. King of Imesh. He conquered the city through the use of
subterfuge, economics and narcotics (BUZ). He considers himself a demi-god, and has mobilized the city of IMESH against an imagined invasion from Venus. He is a good swordsman (9, p.19).
... Later shows up in High Society during Petuniacon. In _mothers_&_daughters_, he appears in the CHESS game as the
Black King's Pawn.
Described by SEUNTEUS PO THE FIRST as "A rebellious faction
that's only recently come to light in Upper Felda – in Cirin's own government. … A fanatic's fanatic." (28, p.5)
A book by ASTORIA. Excerpts follow: "The penis is an organ without scruple, without humanity, without
common sense. Those women who understand this fact and make use of it have at their command all the resources of the modern world. I first had sexual congress at the age of fourteen with a high-placed government official in my native Lower Felda. He had pursued me, despite (or, rather, I suspect because of) my extreme youth for a period of several months. I was drawn very much to the power that he wielded within that government. I was attracted, however, not as a would-be lifemate, potential concubine or wife-to-be. Rather, I was drawn as someone who desired that same power for herself, as a means of instituting societal change for my own betterment and for the betterment of those elements of female society with which I was (and am) sympathetic. I presented my decision to him in the form of a bargain. He would answer all of the questions that I had about acheiving, maintaining and using power and in exchange (once I was satisfied with his answers), his unscrupulous organ would be free to do with me as it would. We had a series of five meetings, each of several hours duration. I took meticulous notes, asked for clarification where I lacked understanding of the subject matter and began to get the first sketchy impressions of the parameters and dimensions of the task which lay before me. Once satisfied that I had learned all that this particular individual had to teach me, I then fulfilled my half of the bargain. The act itself took only slightly longer than eight minutes. I cleaned myself thoroughly, dressed and left his apartments. I had retained may of his letters of earnest entreaty and when (as I knew he would) he attempted to renew our relationship, I threatened him with exposure as a pederast. He ceased his unwanted attentions and I began my political career." (163, p.2).
"The great flaw of any matriarchy is that it limits political
power to those individuals who are the least concerned with progress and achievement. While any society must see the safety of its children as a priority; it must not, should not and can not be that socity's first priority. Advancement in the quality of female lives, advancement in the sciences, in medicine, in exploration, in the arts; the conquest of new territories, the expansion of borders in all areas of endeavour, both physical and mental, is critical to the health of empire. An empire which contents itself to build layers of insulation, both physical and mental, around itself and its citizenry, will soon find itself atrophying and falling swiftly into decay; easy prey for the competitors for whom aggression, whether between individuals, geographic regions or empires, stands as the foremost characteristic of their governing body. Where aggression is the primary characteristic ofempire, it soon makes hsort work of those competitors who are quiescent, complacent and passive. The nation-state which is not prepared to consume its neighbors, will, inevitably, be consumed by those neighbors." (163, p.10).
"Most of the matriarchy's rhetoric centers on the family (or,
rather, the Family); they are obsessive regarding childrens' needs for caring and nurturing and they hold in the greatest contempt those who hold any viewpoint contrary to this. The bond between mother and child is their most sacred totem and their universal rallying cry. It is, therefore, curious to note that at the upper levels of Cirin's government (and, in fact, at most levels of her bureaucracy) the children of her officials are cared for by nannies and governesses until the age of five when they are unceremoniously shipped off to government- run boarding schools. Cirin's own son, Gerrik told me that he did not spend a full day in his mother's company until he was nearly sixteen; and then it was merely to observe her working day so that he might have a fuller appreciation of the complexities of governing Upper Felda." (163, p.18)
A sub-personality of the Moon Roach. See COCKROACH.
KHAIDOGE THE UNGOVERNABLE
A nomad barbarian lord whose lands are east of the FELDWAR STATES
and south of the WALL OF TSI and the TCAPMIN KINGDOMS. Frequently makes attacks against the TCAPMIN KINGDOMS.
A subject of KHAIDOGE THE UNGOVERNABLE.
Appears in issues 2, 151. A demon/succubus CEREBUS encounters in issue 2. Allegedly the
gaurdian of the EYE OF TERIM, though this may not be true. It feeds on souls, and uses the captured bodies as sorcerous warriors. When CEREBUS somehow breaks its spell, the captive souls are freed and their bodies reduced to skeletons.
It is first referenced as possessing a "crimson claw" (2, p.14)
which may have something to do with the Red Claw terrorists that keep popping up in the COCKROACH's origins.
At the time of the "Great Change", itrealizes the purposelessness
of its existence (now that its spell has been broken by CEREBUS) and apparently self-destructs (151, p.7).
A Northern barbarian CEREBUS kills in issue 2.
Located to the south of the desert of NESHFALNIN. Only appears
in the Aardvarkian Age map.
King of PANROVY. Apparently missing (9, p.15)?
A PANROVIAN Lord, in the service of King K'COR in issue 9.
A mountain range to the south of the SEPRAN EMPIRE. Possibly its
A T'GITAN warrior. Appears in issue 18.
Appears in issue 17. Mentioned in issue 18. A very famous army commander of PALNU. "The Commander Krull character was, on the one hand, my version of
Conan the King. He was also patterned on Colonel Flagg from M*A*S*H. .. [He is] the first of my characters to be living his own autobiography. … I have come to think that most 'heroes' are primarily 'legends in their own minds'. That is to say, while they protest endlessly that they're just doing their jobs and that any grand motivations ascribed to them are strictly the problem of certain individuals who don't know them very well, most of them actually keep careful track of their 'image' on a day-to-day basis, basing their decisions, at least in part, on how it will appear in the 'Legend of Me, Book Seven.' These individuals can usually be picked out in a crowd by the presence of their 'official biographer.' This is a chap who usually doesn't get much attention until the hero is dead, at which time everyone, (somewhat naively) decides that he holds some degree of 'truth' about the deceased.
In the case of the Moon Roach, the official biographer is a
disassociated personality, and consequently rather more difficult to control (rather like William Manchester travelling around inside Robert Kennedy's head, privy to too many un-heroic thoughts and impulses). In the case of Krull, the biographer [GRIMES] is really little more than a stenographer. Anyone who thinks that this is a radical rather than a minor caricaturing of the official biographer's role should read a few official biographies and compare them with a few unofficial ones." (_Swords_of_Cerebus_, volume 5, Introduction to issue 17.)
LAFORT, EXECUTIVE COMMANDER
Appears (sort of) in issue 22. A member of the military tribunal ruling LOWER FELDA, and a parody
of President Jimmy Carter.
Appears in issue 153.
A T'GITAN warrior. Appears in issue 18.
A small country to the southwest of PALNU (18, map).
Country to the south of KHAIDOGE THE UNGOVERNABLE. Only appears
in the Aardvarkian Age map.
The country just to the west of IEST. The capital city is BEDUIN.
The local language is represented in Cerebus by French.
Government is by a five-man military tribunal, although
"president" WEISSHAUPT made an unsuccessful takeover attempt.
There was a KEVILLIST rebellion in Lower Felda in 1408 (22, p.12).
LYRAN THE DEATH-DEALER
Executioner/assassin for the BLACK SUN. Appears in issue 7.
Good (?) Evil (?) Wizard from "Flame Jewel" ? "Magiking" Wizard Necross HaHaHa The Mad "Artist Chap" Claremont
Appears in issues 161-163. Mentioned in issue xxx. A brothel in IEST, frequented by the COCKROACH, ELROD, and the
Several maps appear in the course of the series. Two early ones
appear as supplemental material in the back of issues, and later ones are actually worked into the storyline. The two early ones are rather rough, and open to interpretation.
"The Aardvarkian Age"
A map of Estarcion which appears in issue 3. Designed by Michael Loubert (Deni's brother), who created all the place names as well.
A map of Palnu appeared in "the arrdvarkian age" column of issue 18.
Appear in issues 27, 160-161. Dirty Fleagle and his baby brother Dirty Drew first appear in
issue 27. Moderately skilled fighters, but no match for CEREBUS.
A small island in the SEA OF THE SOUTH. Capital is Mealca.
The son of a jeweller who possessed the BLACK BLOSSOM LOTUS for
many years. A native of RESS. Appeared in issue 10.
A far-off (quite possibly imaginary) country, of which ELROD is
Mentioned in issue 22. A member of the military tribunal ruling LOWER FELDA.
Appears in issues 151-157. Jaka's doll when she was a child. carried around for some time
by Cerebus after _Jaka's_Story_.
A priest of the BLACK SUN. Presumably found a new profession
after the events of issue 7.
In 1411, 20 gold pieces are enough for "a few months of
comfortable living" (10, p.8) at Cerebus' wastrel life style in a major city. "In Tcapmin one could live for three years as a king!" (10, p.12).
Some TCAPMIN mercenaries are sen gambling with triangular coins.
These may be triangular wedges of larger denomination round coins. ..
The earliest dated coins were "minted more than fourteen
centuries before" (152, p.14). Quite likely these were the ones first invented by "Tarim" (91, p.xxx). This further implies that the failed ascension on that occasion is when the current calendar begins.
A personality of the COCKROACH.
A city on the FELD River, just south of the WALL OF TSI.
Possibly pasrt of the TCAPMIN KINGDOMS.
A hallucinogenic flower, used as a weapon by the Illusionist in
NEAFON THE GREAT
Known only for his "saying" (quoted by LORD JULIUS) "If at first
you don't succeed… you better start looking for a new employer…" (14, p.9).
NECROSS HAHAHA THE MAD
Appears in issues 13, xxx. An evil wizard, who, upon the death of his physical body, placed
his life force into a sixteen-foot stone statue he had created, named THRUNK.
From an Introduction in _Swords_of_Cerebus_, Volume 4: "As for
Necross the (ha ha ha) Mad. He was cut from whole cloth; Exidor from 'Mork and Mindy' (did anybody at *all* watch the second and third seasons?) He was a very bouncy character, which I hadn't realized until I had a few pages done. Much like the Moon Roach would later, he led me to develop almost a completely different style in order to capture the kind of broad gestures and body movements of a real nutbar."
The souteast district of PALNU (18, map). It appears not to
contain any large cities.
Flows through the VESSARIAT province of PALNU. The cities of
ENIATH and HIVAT are located upon it (18, map).
Appears in issue 22. An Agenda Secretary for the military tribunal which rules LOWER
NEW MATRIARCHY, THE
A book by Cirin. Excerps follow: "The mother Terim directs, and we, her priestesses obey. We seek
the divine inspiration within us and we spread the word our mother. As we learn to face toward the hub of the wheel, it is incumbent upon us all to show the path of reason, of love, and of obedience to those who are unable to perceive the symmetry of mother, child and the true path. It is our goal not only to find our own illumination, but to give illumination to others. For some we need only point the way. Others we must lead. Still others we must push. Above all, we cannot dismiss any soul as extraneous. All originate within the mother and all must be instructed in her ways…" (20, p.1).
"Great tolerance must be exercised when dealing with daughters.
It is very difficult for a mother to recall that confused and turbulent time in her life when existence is profoundly unfocussed and a girl feels very strongly all the myriad forces which exert themselves upon her; both external forces and, more perniciously, her own tendency to submit herself and her will to that which is transient, attractive, compelling and ill-advised. Childbirth is the Goddess' greatest gift to womankind wherein an ordered mind supplants a disordered one; reality breaks through the thin membrane of interwoven and convoluted illusion which is a girl's consciousness to that point. Suddenly genuine purpose and True Womanhood make of her a contributing member of society, where previously she had been merely a discordant and willful obstruction to all that is ordered and healthy. The birth of a child takes the mother out of her own limited and self-absorbed vanity and shows her, clearly and in a way which will brook no denial, what the Goddess' purpose for her is. The irrational rage of the young girl who is reminded of this fact is proof positive that within her, at the core of her essential being, a True Voice is speaking always to her; reminding her that it is her destiny to bring forth new life; to care for it and to nurture it. When a daughter rails against this nature, the wise mother is silent and leaves it to the True Voice within the daughter to work its sweet magic on its own timetable, as it surely will. Time is always on the side of that True Voice." (163, p.3).
"The principle reason that we allow only mothers to govern and to
decide the large issues of government in Upper Felda is that they are the only individuals with a genuine stake in the future of our country. If, as many advocate, we extended the voting franchise to daughters once they have reached an arbitrarily chosen age of majority, we would be submitting the fate of our grand and noble experiment to the caprice and whim of individuals who are seeking to escape their own nature. To give them such an outlet would provide an alternative to the following of their True Voice, the dictates of the Goddess Herself and would result in universal madness of the first water. Why have we forbidden men a role in the affairs of state? Because men seek to escape the fact of their expendability (once they have fertilized the egg which becomes new life) with incautious adventurism. Aware that nothing will remain of them to mark their passing, they inevitably seek to make their mark through destruction of peace and order. The young girl's unreasonable fear of childbirth will find outlets in exactly this kind of destructiveness. To open the flood-gates even fractionally; allowing daughters to wield political power; is to invite swift and chaotic inundation." (163, p.11).
"Those daughters who attempt to achieve political power without
first having the benefit of childbirth are not nearly so trouble-some as one might be led to believe. In a majority of cases, their seeking after power and influence is largely a means of attracting male attentions. Once a suitable mate presents himself, they will continue to go through the motions of climbing the ladder of success for a time; but soon, they are married and shortly thereafter they are with child. In those situations where the cart is before the horse; where career comes before childbirth; it is interesting to note that few daughters ever return to that career. In those situations where the career comes after childbirth, career is kept in its proper place as an ancillary interest to the fuller and more important task of child-rearing." (163, p.19).
A desert to the east of the TCAPMIN KINGDOMS and the PIMINA
MOUNTAINS. Only appears in the Aardvarkian Age map.
One of the T'CAPMIN KINGDOMS.
NO MAN'S SEA
A far northern sea. Only appears in the Aardvarkian Age map.
A personality of the COCKROACH.
Appears in issues 152-155. Mentioned in issue 156. Obviously named after Norman Schwarzkopf, hero of the Gulf War. Apparently highly ranked (the top?) of Cirin's military forces.
Led the conquest of Iest.
Killed by PUNISHEROACH in issue 155.
Located to the south of AMSTANAT. Only appear in the Aardvarkian
"Tauran's blood!" (1, p.19). "By the five spheres!" (4, p.5), A probable reference to the
SPHERES OF THE GODS.
"Ishtar take us all!" (5, p.3). "By Gilash's third eye" (9, p.8).
Sea to the west of the SEPRAN EMPIRE. Only appears in the
Aardvarkian Age map.
Located to the east-northeast of PALNU and east of the FELD River. Native accent is very like the Warner Brother's cartoon character
Contains the cities of CHENEA and SHAWATO (18, map). Onliu soldiers like to play Match Diamondback (27, p.11). One of their major native industries appears to be piracy (14,
Appears in issues xxx,160. Based on the nineteenth century literary figure, Oscar Wilde.
Eastern border of the SEPRAN EMPIRE and the Western Church of
Tarim's influence. Presumably this is the river on the map that is just east of PANROVY.
The wealthiest city-state in ESTARCION, partially due to having
been missed by the recent years crop failures. Currently ruled by LORD JULIUS.
The city-state of Palnu is divided into six districts: Old Palnu,
the area immediately around the city of Palnu; PARMOC to the northwest, containing the city of FLUROC; VESSARIAT to the northeast, containing the cities of HIVAT and ENIATH; CI'NUFINN to the west, containing the cities of AVERS and CIHNU; BEHN RHIADOR to the southwest, containing the city of STEHLIS; and NEDECA to the southeast. Palnu is bodrerd on the east and south by the BAY OF SUNSHEE, and on the west and northwest by the GITAN RIVER. Palnu and STEHLIS are located on the SEN BIR RIVER, while ENIATH and HIVAT are on the NEMETH RIVER.
From issue 14: "The aristocracy had all but vanished in Palnu!
Bound as they were to their enormous estates, they were no competition for the thriving merchant class whose assets now generated undreamt of income. There were five dominant merchant "houses" within the city walls. These houses employed "clients," each citizen of voting age being a client, their living expenses paid by the house "lord" in exchange for their vote! The lord, by paying for these votes, assured himself a place on the "Grand Council of Palnu." The lord who owned the most clients, and, hence, votes was made 'grandlord' of the city and its surrounding territory! At the moment, this was Lord Julius! The wrinkle that Julius had added to this idea was the selling of titles for additional revenue! The lords of the nouveau-riche merchant houses, having, some time before, run out of things to buy, now filled Julius' cofffers in exchange for the title of their choice! These they handed out like party favours to concubines, family bodyguards, accountants, nieces, nephews and, of course, themselves." (14, p.4).
Palnan architecture is very ornate, and easily climbable (14,
"...the first lords of Palnu untapped mysteries of the ancient
world! There were rumours of strange unholy experiments… alchemy and other forbidden disciplines… For a time, the Church of Tarim struck Palnu from their maps, and allowed no priest to venture within a half- mile of it. And then… about a century ago… an earthquake swallowed up the city; a gift from the infinite mercies of the living Tarim… Thousands died, virtually in the blinking of an eye! Fully ninety percent of the city disappeared beneath the surface. Even today, many of the old streets lie intact beneath the city… It is these passage- ways which are called… the Pits! Though most regard them as an amusing bit of folklore, populated by mythical beasts, dreamed up to frighten children. They are unaware that much evil manifested in the old city yet lives in those dark caverns." (15, p.7). Charts of much, if not all of the Pits are available. THE EYE IN THE PYRAMID initially operated out of the Pits.
A southern city state. Their king (KOREM) appears to be missing
(9, p.15). They seem to have a proud ruling class, if not particularly bright.
Panrovians have a stylized dueling form with sword and dagger (3,
Panrovian monks are not known for their sanity (5, p.13).
The northwestern district of PALNU, containing the city of FLUROC.
PARTHA QUA NON
A PIGT from issue 5.
A swift, flavorless toxin native to ESHNOSPUR (14, p.7).
Appears in issues 19-20. Cameos/mentions in issue 21. "... As I was to decide with Astoria later on, I decided to draw
Perce as a real-real person (for reference, I class Cerebus as fantasy- fantasy, Elrod as fantasy-real, Lord Julius as real-fantasy, Filgate as real-fantasy, The Moon Roach as fantasy-real. Get the idea?)
So I decided Perce had to be real-real, about nineteen or twenty
years old and that she would have the distinction of being a Cirinist pretending to be a Kevillist pretending to be a Cirinist. That's Togith for you.
So I decided to be like the REAL cartoonists (Hal Foster springs
readily to mind) and draw a real person as Perce. I decided on Deni's sister, Karen for a number of reasons. Wehad pictures of her, she was the right age, (she was the person who suggested "Aardvark Press" leading to the decision to do an aardvark mascot) and (ho, ho, ho) she would be easy to draw. I never made that mistake again. If I draw real people in the strip now, I always make them caricatures. It's not that the results were all that bad, but it took an awful lot of effort to make the pictures barely adequate.
But the discipline required in learning how to draw a real person
in cartoon form meant that I had a lot of time to contemplate the Kevillists and the Cirinists (since Togith is a major center for both groups). The more I worked on getting the pictures right, the more complicated the Cirinists and the Kevillists got and the more complicated the story line I was working on got.
... Anyway, I started building the cornerstones for all this intruige
in this issue with Perce (she's not really a prostitute, but I won't go into that now)." (_Swords_of_Cerebus_, Volume 5, Introduction to issue 19.)
A region of TOGITH? (18, map).
PIEUREU Appears inissue 13. A native of THEYR.
Appear (as a group) in issues 151, 155-156, 158-159, 161-162. Cameos/Mentions in issues 157. To some extent these are a parody of the Picts, as written by
Robert E. Howard.
A race of warriors that live in underground catacombs in the RED
MARCHES. We are a private people and find the privacy comforting" (5, p.9).
They are fond of drinking fermented goat's blood (5, p.12). They speak a dialect of CONNIPTIN (5, p.12), and may be an
offshoot of them, or vice-versa.
"We exist only to *topple* the empire" Among those they claim to
have toppled are the Redeemer Dynasty, the Eastern Monoliths and the BLACK TOWER EMPIRE (5, p.12). Only the last has been heard of elsewhere, but the other two sound as if they might well be similar.
When CEREBUS meets them, they are trying to topple the DEHRSION
monarchy, but hope to get to the BOREALANS within the decade. These plans may well have been put on hold due to CEREBUS' presence.
Their leader is BRAN MAK MUFIN, and he commands an elite group of
fifty warriors (5, p.13). They are very good, though, and a force to be reckoned with.
They worship an idol of an aardvark, who looks very much like
CEREBUS. Their name seems to derive from "sons of the pig", referring to the common name for aardvarks of "earth-pig".
At their height, the Pigts had great cities and an impressive
system of roads (28, p.13)
They allegedly caused the Mystic Cataclysm that ended the Black
Tower empire. (28, p.14) I presume that this must have involved their original aardvark "god", in events similar to those of Church & State.
They marchin units twelve men deep and twelve men abreast (159,
Eastern boundary of the lands of KHAIDOGE THE UNGOVERNABLE.
Apparently, inhabitants of the RED MARCHES who burn skunks
ceremonially. (5, p.6).
Appears in issues xxx,160. An Archbishop of the EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF TARIM.
A personality of the COCKROACH.
A personality of the COCKROACH.
A location of some sort (probably near the border between IEST and
LOWER FELDA) where a select group of alchemists (once including CLAREMONT) work.
RAM'S LORDS TAVERN
A dive in Lower Iest. First appears in issue 26.
Mentioned in issue 24. Prince of ESHNOSPUR, at least until the rebellion (24, p.3).
RED CLAW CULT Mentioned in issues 11-12.
Probably followers of KHEM, who is said to have a "crimson claw"
The COCKROACH believes that Red Claw cultists killed his parents.
Located between the SEPRAN EMPIRE to the west, the TCAPMIN
KINGDOMS to the east, and the FELDWAR STATES and the KOTA MOUNTAINS to the south.
Once solely owned by the PIGTS, now occupied by their remnants
along with several other scattered tribes, including CONNIPTINS, and the HSIFAN KHANATE.
REGENCY DESK CLERK
First appears in issue 26.
First appears in issue 26 as "Iest's oldest and most lavish
Cameos/mentions in issues 159. See also REGENCY DESK CLERK and REGENCY ELF
A city (kingdom?) in the TCAPMIN KINGDOMS.
A province of IEST. The site of SUENTEUS PO THE FIRST's second birth (159, p.9)
Capital of AMSTANAT. Only appears in the Aardvarkian Age map.
SAN TREMAIN A city in LOWER FELDA. Suffered an earthquake, allegedly caused by NECROSS HAHAHA THE MAD.
Appears in issue 19. Commander of SEAF's military government.
A T'GITAN warrior. Mentioned in issue 18.
First appears in issue 26. Leading member of Scorz, Scorz and
sons. Trying to interest Palnu in underground sewage pipes. Has a strange accent (Beduin? Serrea?).
SEA OF TANCHYA
Located to the east of the desert of NESHFALNIN. Only appears in
the Aardvarkian Age map.
SEA OF THE SOUTH
Only appears in the Aardvarkian Age map.
A small country to the northof PALNU and TOGITH. Their military
government is headed by Commander SARTE.
Appears in issue 9. Cameos/mentions in issue 159, 161. K'COR's mistress.
SEN BIR RIVER
A river going throughthe center of PALNU. The cities of PALNU and
STEHLIS are located upon it (18, map).
A city (in TOGITH?) (18, map).
A "loosely knit and militant empire" (4, p.2). The SOFIM River is generally considered to be its eastern border,
though the lands immediately beyond it (the RED MARCHES) are not strongly held (or desired) by any one group. Its capital city is SERREA, located on the SOFIM river.
SEPRANS (and NEW SEPRANS) speak in a "mock-Italian" accent. SEUNTEUS PO THE ILLUSIONIST describes it's Golden age as
"…quite nearly Vanaheim on Earth. The greatest freedom for the greatest number, government control so decentralized as to be almost non-existent." (158, p.7).
SERET, FORMER EXECUTIVE COMMANDER
Mentioned in issue 22. A member of the military tribunal ruling LOWER FELDA.
Capital city of the SEPRAN EMPIRE, located on the SOFIM
A god or demon of some sort. Frequently used as an oath: "for
Set's sake!" (3, p.11).
Various other Egyptian-style names may imply that Set is the god
of Death and the Underworld. This might make him the same "DEATH" that appeared in issue 4.
Appears in issues 153-154. Mentioned in issue 157. An artist.
Appears in issues 154-156. A mystical plane of existence, in shades of gray and black. See
also EIGHTH SPHERE and NINTH SPHERE.
Appears in issue 15. A semi-mythical cave-snake, of prodigious size
A city in ONLIU (18, map).
Mentioned in issue 20. An ILLUSIONIST in TOGITH. Possibly named after Robert Shea, co-
author of the _Illuminatus!_ trilogy.
Lands located to the north of the TCAPMIN KINGDOMS.
Mentioned in issue 19. Ruler of IANAG.
Located in the CI'NUFINN province of PALNU.
A city in the TCAPMIN KINGDOMS. Has a central bank with an Iest office and secret accounts (27,
Runs through the southwestern part of the SEPRAN EMPIRE.
Generally considered to be a border of the empire. The capital city, SERREA is located on it, as is DEHRSION.
Highly trained assassins from the HSIFAN KHANATE. They
customarily employ brass throwing discs called "yan-su".
Appears in issues 3, 10, xxx-xxx, 163. Cameos/mentions in issues 19,. Daughter of HENROT and MRS. HENROT-GUTCH. Red Sophia is a parody of Red Sonja, a character from the Conan
books and comics. She had her own comic book series for a while, which was drawn by Frank Thorne. The name Henrot is an anagram of Thorne, and Henrot is drawn to look like Frank Thorne. She was also partially a tribute to Wendy Pini's portrayal of Red Sonja at science fiction conventions (with Frank Thorne as a wizard). Wendy didn't really like Red Sophia, which was part of why she didn't appear between issues 10 and xxx.
SOUTHERN CITY STATES
ENOTHAS, DEHRSION, ESHNOSPUR, PANROVY, and possibly PALNU. The
city states located on the western coast of the SEA OF THE SOUTH, south of the SEPRAN EMPIRE. Some or all of these are under the influence or control of the SEPRAN EMPIRE (PALNU definitely isn't). They have been experiencing droughts and low crop yields since at least 1410, possibly several years more than that (8, p.13, etc.)
A prison in SERREA where CEREBUS and ELROD were held captive
once. It's alleged to have cells thousands of meters underground (4, p.19).
SPHERES OF THE GODS
The most precious of these is allegedly the EYE OF TERIM. They
contain knowedge of great use to wizards (2, p.16).
HENROT is said to draw power from two of them (3, p.1).
A city in the BEHN RHIADOR district of PALNU (18, map).
Mentioned in issue 18. A FLUROC exporter, killed in the T'GITAN attack.
Appears in issue 17. Mentioned in issue 18. A T'GITAN warrior who is passed off by his father, GUDRE, as "God
of Thunder". He is mute, due to having had his tongue cut out by Commander KRULL.
The major problem with this character is that there are at
*least* three people in the storyline with this name, probably more. The notebook pages for issue 47 refer to "…the nearly infinite number of Suenteus Po's". See following entries for details.
SUENTEUS PO, MISCELLANEOUS
One of the SUENTEUS PO's wrote a book of children's fales some
time around 1312 which "were in fact allegories for complex spells and incantations" (24, p.16), including that for the creation of the APOCALYPSE BEAST.
SUENTEUS PO THE ANARCHO-ROMANTIC
SUENTEUS PO THE FIRST
Appears in issue 20, 28, 155-161. Cameos/mentions in issue 21. One of the three currently living aardvarks. Has never been seen
in his physical body, only mental manifestations on the SEVENTH, EIGHTH, and NINTH SPHERES.
In his first appearance (in issue 20), Suenteus Po seems (or at
least *acts*) like an only semi-competent leader of a small quasi- religious group of drug users, the Illusionists. He claims to have no knowledge of CIRINIST "plans", and to be helping Cerebus "for fun". Probably, very little of this is true. ..
According to the Suenteus Po who appears in issues 158-161: Actually not the *first* person of this name, since he took the
name after a "great historian who had led the Sepran Empire away from the pitfall of centralized government several hundred years before." (158, p.7)
He claims to have lived through a number of different
incarnations over the centuries.
His first incarnation was that of a great warrior/statesman (see
His second incarnation was a gold-smith, who carved religious
images into coins, and was executed by the Cirinists as a heretic (see issue 160).
He claims to havelived the rest of his incarnations to date as a
humble ascetic (160, p.10).
SUENTEUS PO THE SECOND
Mentions in issues xxx, 158-160. Originally named Alfred, son of SEUNTEUS PO THE FIRST. Upon his father's death, he assumed the name Suenteus Po, and led
the army that conquered IEST. IEST had a brief Golden Age, which was destroyed through internal friction, incompetence, and natural disasters.
In his final years, he embraced myticism, and founded the
ILLUSIONISTS. He granted his name to his followers, and it has been used by many (if not most) ILLUSIONISTS ever since.
SUENTEUS PO III
Mentioned in issue 160. "a bloated caricature of his father" (160, p.9).
Appears in issue 25. An APOCALYPSE BEAST created by Lord Roth-Sump (possibly a phonetic
pun on "Wrightson", the artist who created Swamp Thing). Also known as "Filbert", and later "Fred". Since this is the first beast, it's "burn- word" is "nothing" (25, p.2).
See WOMAN-THING for more details.
A city/province of BOREALA. (See MAPS: "The Aardvarkian Age".)
First mentioned in issue 1. A male god, worshipped by both the WESTERN and EASTERN CHURCHES
Frequently used as an oath: "Tarim!" (1, p.7; 2, p.16; 3, p.7,
etc.), "Tarim's blood!" (3, p.1; 5, p.2), "Tarim be with you," (3, p.3), "Tarim's teeth!" (3, p.8), "Tarim take me for a vagrant!" (3, p.10), "thank Tarim" (3, p.11), "in Tarim's name" (3, p.11; 8, pgs.14,16, etc.), "may Tarim be merciful" (4, p.1), "Tarim's teeth and toothpicks!" (6, p.9), "Tarim be praised!" (9, p.15), "Praise Tarim and his infinite mercy" (13, p.6)
The name Tarim was also used to swear by in Conan comic books
(and original stories?).
Include N'GAMIN, SMINA, UNSHIB, and RESS. Southern boundary is
the WALL OF TSI.
Special decorations are given to men who man the WALL OF TSI for
twenty years against the invasions of KHAIDOGE THE UNGOVERNABLE.
A small country to the northwest of TOGITH (18, map).
A coastal city in BOREALA. Only mentioned in issue 3, but
appears in the map of the Aardvarkian Age.
First mentioned in issue 2. A female god, worshipped most recently by the Cirinists.
Tries to pull CEREBUS' tail and gets his hand cut off. (1, p.2)
Appear (as a group) in issues 17-18. Cameos/mentions in issues 19, 21-22. Common name for several barbarian tribes located in the forests to
the northeast of PALNU. They speak with a Germanic accent (because Dave Sim was watching a lot of Hogan's Heroes at the time of their creation (_Swords_of_Cerebus_, volume Four, Introduction to Issue 17)).
"The T'Gitans were originally Borealans, from up north. They were
a mercenary band, with camp followers and other hangers-on. Wandering about the Feldwor states, they settled in Seaf for awhile, but left to avoid the civil war that broke out there. Togith allowed them in." (19, the aardvarkian age).
On the letters page of issue 26, Sim says that the T'Gitans only
ever had the slimmest possible chance of taking Palnu, and none once Lord GORCE was introduced.
Appears in issues 153-154, 156, 158, 161-162. Cameos/Mentions in issues 157. A CIRINIST. Parody of Margeret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of
Appears in issues 23-24. A student at MADAME DUFORT's School for Gifted Debutantes.
THEYR A village in LOWER FELDA, downstream from BEDUIN. Presumably named after the historical character Theyr (circa ~1100) who is mentioned in "the aardvarkian age" in issue 16.
A TCAPMIN mercenary and "twenty-year" man. Appears in issue 10.
See NECROSS HAHAHA THE MAD.
THUGG THE UNSEEMLY
Appears in issue 3. As his name would indicate, an ugly thug.
Gets beaten up by CEREBUS and Sophia.
Appears in issue 23. A soldier in the SEPRAN army. Served with CEREBUS in the RED
The city-state directly to the north of PALNU. Includes the
satellite city Sennachin (18, map).
Togith has a death penalty for theft (19, p.5) "By Cerebus' time, the Principality of Togith had become the main
clearing house for Feldan mercenaries. The Prince had become a figurehead, and the real power was wielded by various Barons who had become involved in trade (mercenary and otherwise). They had originally been rather enterprising, lawless types who had pushed out west, but they eventually settled down and organized." (19, the aardvarkian age).
Togith is a major center for both the CIRINISTS and the KEVILLISTS
(_Swords_of_Cerebus_, volume five, Introduction to issue 19). The ILLUSIONISTS also have a fairly significant presence there.
a mercenary captain who CEREBUS served under in the RED MARCHES
Also called "Turg the unduly tall". Appears in issues 6, 16.
Large, not too bright muscleman, working for the con artist E'LASS.
A captain of the CONNIPTIN armies in issue 8.
A city in the TCAPMIN KINGDOMS.
Currently controlled by a CIRINIST government, after a
The northeastern district of the city-state of PALNU.
WALL OF TSI
A famous sight on the FELD RIVER, north of MORESH, south of
UNSHIB. Southern boundary of the TCAPMIN KINGDOMS.
WEISSHAUPT, PRESIDENT ADAM
Appears in issues 21, 22. Weisshaupt is partially based on the historical figure Adam
Weisshaupt, fouder of the Bavarian Illuminati, and partially on the portrayal of the historical figure in the _Illuminatus!_ trilogy (in which, among other things, it is alleged that Adam Weisshaupt replaced George Washington and served as the first President of the United States). The wig he wears is in the eighteenth-century style.
"As for Weisshaupt himself, I had decided with these two issues
[21-22] to do a parody of Captain America, patriotism, xenophobia, revolution, literacy, "publish or perish", Bucky Barnes (Captain America's sidekick), Deadman, the "can-do" presidency (a la FDR and JFK), the aristocracy and mass appeal. Central to this story-line would be the most aristocratic, unorthodox, indefatigable obnoxiously self- confident and creatively schizophrenic individual in all of the Feldwar Valley.
As long as we're on the topic of my relentless quest to piss all
of you, extremely, off, more than one fan has criticized the fact that Weisshaupt escapes his fate at the end of issue 22 and reappears some thirty issues hence with his plan for the United Feldwar States intact and nearing fruition (something of a mixed metaphor, but you get the idea). I even asserted something to that effect in Aardvark Comment when someone asked if Weisshaupt would be coming back and I replied that he would undoubtedly end up on the gallows for crimes against Lower Felda's military tribunal.
It was one of those times when I tried to move the storyline in a
direction it wouldn't follow. Why? Beacuse Weisshaupt is too smooth, too self-assured, too aware, … too Weisshaupt, to just accept a verdict and start writing his will.
He sold out. You have to read between the lines to pick up on that, but then
Weisshaupt is hardly the type to reappear and announce "Guess what? I abandoned all of my previous convictions and now I'm cooperating with the authorities because I've discovered it's an easier way to get what I want".
Notice how in this storyline he isn't talking about the peasants
and the livestock? No disparaging of the common people. Quite the contrary. He's using the people against the established order. He's fighting a guerilla war with established banking institutions, adopting a common, grass-roots perception of current events and offering it as an alternative to the present government. Then he got caught.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. His success in the more recent issues [circa _Church_&_State_,
volume I] stems from aligning himself with the vanishing aristocracy, the new merchant class (not so new by this point) and, basically, anyone with enough money and influence to help him move things along. And guess which previous allies he had to desert to achieve this goal? No. No hints. .. The point I wanted to get across was that the Captain America-style character steeped in patriotism, thinking with his muscles and xenophobic as a son-of-a-bitch … plays right into the hands of a ruthless schemer and opportunist like Weisshaupt. The presidential use of xenophobia as a means of unifying widely-differing factions behind a single leader was central to the story line." (_Swords_of_Cerebus_, volume six, Introduction to issues 21-22).
... On the letters page of issue 26, Sim implies that he was executed
after the events in issue 22.
Appears in issue 20. Cameos/mentions in issue 21. A CIRINIST operating in TOGITH. She must not be very high in the
CIRINIST ranks as she has never met CIRIN (she thinks Cerebus is a "unique creature" (20, p.1)).
WESTERN CHURCH OF TARIM
Appears in issues 24-25. An APOCALYPSE BEAST created by CLAREMONT. "I decided to mix in a parody of two muck monsters that had been
published simultaneously and, by all reports, coincidentally, by Marvel and DC. Marvel had a series called Man-Thing about a large shambling green monster who burned people to death if they showed any fear. Sort of a double-bind considering that there is only one natural reaction to seeing a ten foot green monster coming towards you. DC published Swamp thing, a wonderful mixture of Frankenstein and The Creature from The Black Lagoon. Marvel was also on a kick at this time about protecting their trademark on major characters by doing female versions of them. They ended up doing two around the same time – Spider-Woman and She- Hulk. The implication of this move, at least in my mind, was that any publisher doing a female version of a Marvel character that wasn't Spider-Woman or She-Hulk would have free rein to use those characters – Thingette, The Woman Torch. So taking the bull by the horns, I decided to do Woman-Thing." (_Swords_of_Cerebus_, volume six, Introduction to issues 23-25).
WYNDMEL-SMYTH, LADY ARISTONNIA and LORD LUCIUS
Appear in issue 16. Mentioned in issue 156.
A small country to the nothwest of PALNU (18, map).
– -Hades (Brian V. Hughes)
"No sir, I didn't like it."