domain

Heralded by the success of Superman and Batman, the world of superheroes exploded in the late 1930s with a litany of colorful and often bizarre heroic characters, creating what is revered as The Golden Age of comic books. They defeated evil wherever it reared it’s ugly head, whether it be bloodthirsty Vampires from Pluto, repugnant Nazi jerks, or the mysterious and deadly effects of Atomic Radiation! These heroes sold books by the millions and ushered in an age of unprecedented JUSTICE. But soon, these ring a ding ding good times came to an end at the close of World War 2 as the heroes fell out of favor in the eyes of a giddy and spoiled public. It was curtains for the heroes, as the once successful publishers now faced bankruptcy and took to the giggle juice while their creations fell into the shadow realm of PUBLIC DOMAIN, a place where anyone, anywhere can use them for whatever nefarious deed their sick minds could concoct. GADZOOKS! No longer protected under the shield of copyright laws, these characters were buried and lost to the cruel hands of Father Time and the machismo of modern entertainment, as evil ran unencumbered through our streets!

BUT FEAR NOT, true believers! These heroes are back and better than ever! Reimagined by top creators in the industry, this anthology collects over 20 short stories paying homage and tribute to some of the greatest heroes and heroines lost to time with brand new, never-before-seen, exclusive tales bringing these amazing creations back to life! But don’t blow your wig, Johnny, this book is within your grasp! Get in on this here clambake and help show the world that these characters might have been buried under layers of dust, but they are NOT FORGOTTEN!

Featuring work by James Harren (Rumble, B.P.R.D., Conan), Eric Esquivel (Lego DC Superheroes, Vertigo Quarterly, Adventure Time), Ryan Cody (Doc Unknown, Heavy Metal Magazine, The Phantom), Jerry Gaylord (Bill and Ted’s Triumphant Return, Fanboy Vs Zombies, Ghostbuster/TMNT), Matt Harding (Doctor Mordrid, Popapocalypse, Styx, Madefire Studios), Angela Ahlers, Nathan Shorts (Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove), Vincent Kukua (Image Comics), Saeed Arjumand (The Haunted Detective), Evan Limberger (Madefire Studios), Matt D. Wilson (Copernicus Jones: Robot Detective, the Supervillain’s Handbook), Rodrigo Vargas, Josh Krach, Ashley V. Robinson (Jupiter Jet, Top Cow Comics), Morgan Beem,  Rica March, Jeffrey and Susan Bridges (Pendant Audio), Leonie O’Moore,  Derik Hefner, Anne-Marie Webb,  Andrew Steers, Edwin Lopez, Bobby Trauma, Esther Pimentel, Greg Menzie, Zakk Saam, Omar Morales (CruZader), Joel Cotejar, Paula Goulart, Jaymes Reed,  Paul Plale, Andres Olveras, Gabriel Moore-Topazio (Wrought Comics, Asylum), Einar V. Másson (Bay Area Comic Anthology, Bruce the Angry Bear),  Mikael Lopez, Kristian Bay Kirk, Sandra Rós Björnsdóttir (Krumla), Kevin Cuffe (Oathbound), Ricardo Lima, Jason Inman (co-host of DC All Access), Nick Robles (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), Casey Desilets, Malcolm Johnson (Styx, Ultrasylvania), Kevin Buckley (Madefire Studios, Cyberwulf), Jeff Leeds, Marco Maccagni (Archon, Vampblade), DC Hopkins (We Can Never Go Home, Trespasser), Valentina Pucci (Action Lab), Angela Fato (Action Lab), Jared Rosmarin, Eugene Young, and Dave Harding.

Reviving and re-imagining characters and stories such as The Scarlet Avenger, Atomic Tot, Terena of the Tundra, Airmale, Cannibal Planets, Lucky 13, Owlgirl, Marvelo, Black Terror, Moon Girl, Ozmar the Mystic, Super Ann, Master Mystic, Airboy, The Iron Skull, The Atomic Man, Mars Mason the Intergalactic Postman, The Black Knight, Jet Powers and more.

Mystic

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“Oh Holy Sun, Oh Great Star, Send me your Will” - An Hym to Orion, heard in a temple, 4S 216

The Mystics have mastered abjuration and healing, summoning beneficial spirits and energies to protect and care for their allies. They are able to heal all wounds, physical, mental, and magical. Every adventurer knows how to harm. Few know how to heal. Brave, powerful, and perhaps your only hope for coming back home.

Domain of Song: These healers use the power of song, bringing heavenly choruses to the ears of their allies. These Mystics can bring inspiration or fear into the hearts of others.

Domain of Light: These Mystics who call upon the awe-inspiring light of celestial bodies to heal the ailments of the soul. Their light can burn the wicked and soothe the good. 

Domain of Life: Mystics whose main purpose is to heal and help, tending to the sick and wounded. They are valuable to most, from adventuring party to small town. 

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The Worijaya Domain is a state ruled by the Worijaya people, originally native to the crescent-shaped archipelago west of the Achak Pristinate. During the final centuries of Muka’s stone age, they waged an aggressive war of expansion against the Chran Nong peoples native to the continental region they now control, a culture group distantly related to the people of the Pristinate. The Chran Nong are free from any oppression in the modern Domain, but their culture has gradually merged with that of the Worijaya over the centuries to the point that the two are now difficult to distinguish.

The Domain is ruled by a dynasty of Worijaya monarchs ultimately descended from the chieftain of the largest tribe of original Worijaya invaders, though frequent marriages with people of the Chran Nong ethnicity have resulted in a ruling family that looks as Chran Nong as they do Worijaya.

Though Worijaya culture once centered heavily around warfare, the introduction of agriculture and staple grain crops to them by the Chran Nong has led them to follow an agrarian lifestyle very similar to that of the Chran Nong themselves. They still hold on to the cultural vestiges of this warrior era, though; for instance, adults in the Domain are often heavily tattooed, as were the warriors of old Worijaya society, and many carry jade hand-axes similar to the traditional weapons of the Worijaya as a fashion accessory.

The popular religion of the people of the Domain is a synthesis of that of the Worijaya, who worship two chieftain-gods (whose names are considered disrespectful to speak aloud or write down) and their many heavenly children and servants, and the original folk religion of the Chran Nong, which is an ancestor-worship system similar to that of the Achak peoples. Modern Worijaya religion acknowledges the old Worijaya gods, but incorporates belief in the supernatural abilities of departed spirits as well.

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It was now that the Domain opened to me, without benefit of ancilla, interface, or past experience. It was new, deep, appropriately shapeless—that made sense. I was dying, after all…

Before the bump, and the sudden inrush of cold, clean air—breathable air, but with a sharp tang of soot and ozone—the Domain lifted up and away. I was grateful to be free of it.

For a moment, I doubted I had seen anything but a reflection of my own emotions and predicament.

“Sometimes, there is a kind of broken-mirror aspect.” [Halo: Cryptum]