Castiel Novak: Tomb Raider

Castiel Novak: Tomb Raider by emwebb17
Rating: M/light NC-17
Word Count: 51,700
Summary: When disgraced archaeologist Dean Winchester goes missing, his brother hires survivalist Castiel Novak to track him down. With only Dean’s notes and journal to guide him, Castiel follows Dean’s trail across the globe, discovering long lost treasures and clues leading to the mythical Godland. As Castiel learns more about his target, he starts to develop feelings for a man he’s never even met. Now all he has to do is find him.

Adventure, discovery and mystery shape this amazing tale that defies tagging. When I first took a peek at AO3, I thought - Gee, looks like the author wants to keep us in suspense. Then after I finished this engaging story and tried to tag it, I understood her dilemma! This story defies tagging, in part because like Castiel’s quest to find Dean and Dean’s obsession with finding the Godland, it is all about the journey and not the destination. And it is one helluva a journey.

We start in a cafe in Austin, Tx where Castiel is tasked by a desperate Sam to find his missing brother. Through careful sleuthing and high adventure, Cas uses Dean’s journal and research notes to unravel the mystery of the Enochians and their lost civilization, enabling him to retrace Dean’s steps and hopefully find the missing archeologist. Even though we don’t meet Dean in the flesh until very late in the story, his journal entries make it seem like he is standing right there. The author’s research is epic - I was compelled to look at google maps just to see what she described!!! There are some pretty wild and surreal twists but damn, it was a fun ride!

If you enjoyed the fic, please drop by the archive (AO3) and let the author know with your comments and/or kudos!


“Dear Lord in Godland, bless this mess of delicious food and thank you kindly for keeping our joyous family together under this one love-filled roof! We all need people who aren’t mean to me or that don’t act like they care about doing dirty, awful things to you. We need family because they care that I’m a real person who has thoughts of sadness, sometimes, along with happy thoughts or scared or aloneness thoughts. I feel thoughts of emotions and I need people to know that. So, thank you for keeping this family in good… shape. The end for now, while we eat, signed, my family.”

“The Eddas contain two key moments in which the trickster Loki threatens the Norse gods with old age and death.

It seems that Loki was once captured by a giant who agreed to free him on condition that he promise to go to the goddess Idunn, who tended the orchard where the Apples of Immortality grew, and bring her and the fruit out of Asgard.

[…]The Norse gods were much dismayed at Idunn’s disappearance, and they soon grew old and gray-haired. […]

To reflect on this brief moment of disruption and repair, it helps to know that the Norse gods have a variety of supernatural creatures beneath them (elves, dwarves), but their greatest enemies are the giants. Furthermore, though Loki sits among the gods, in many ways he is intimate with these threatening underlings. […] Loki seems to be a point of contact where giants touch the gods, and thus it makes a certain sense that through Loki a giant manages to expose the eternal ones to time. […]

Why exactly are the giants not invited to eat those apples? Why must they be trapped in time? Loki is not unsympathetic to such questions, not just because his family includes giants, but because the Norse gods sometimes treat him, too, as if he did not belong among them. Treat someone that way and you will foster skepticism about the shape of things.

[…] When Loki orchestrates the coincidence of giantland and godland, the wall between the temporal and the eternal leaks at the point of contact, which is to say the transients get a taste of immortality apples, while the eternals get a taste of time. The gods grow old and decay after this attack of accidents. Change has entered heaven, everything is in flux, and a great shape-shifting seems entirely possible.”

- Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art - Lewis Hyde


Here are some drawings I did for previous HeroesCon art auctions…

And here is my panel schedule for this year:

FRIDAY 4:00 pm
Room 206
Game on! Your favorite comics game show podcast (from Multiversity Comics) records another live performance! Joining hosts CHAD BOWERS and GREG MATIASEVICH, are special guests TOM SCIOLI (Godland), MING DOYLE (Mara) and JIM RUGG (Supermag)! It’s an hour of fun conversation, trivia, word games, and prizes with some of comics’ top creators! Warning: audience participation required!

SATURDAY 12:00 pm
Room 203B
The DOLLAR BIN’s ADAM DAUGHETTEE sits down with some of the most talented denizens of INDY ISLAND. Adam will chew the fat with AARON CONLEY (Sabretooth Swordsman), SCOTT C. (Amazing Everything), JIM RUGG (Supermag), BEN MARRA (Blades and Lazers) and ALEXIS ZIRITT (The Package). Miss this one at your own peril!

SUNDAY 2:00 pm
Room 207AB
TOM SPURGEON of COMICS REPORTER interviews BEN MARRA, JIM RUGG, KATIE SKELLY and TOM SCIOLI. They will discuss Period influences in their artwork and storytelling. Hold my calls, I’m going to this one.

⚠ GODLANDS ⚠ ; a playlist ( listen here ).

i. far from any road / the handsome family
ii. castle / halsey
iii. mad world / postmodern jukebox cover
iv. colony / now, now
v. safe & sound / taylor swift
vi. this is gospel / p!atd
vii. blood on my name / the brothers bright
viii. waiting around to die / quiet life
ix. drive / halsey
x. heavydirtysoul / twenty one pilots
xi. bones / msmr
xii. yellow flicker beat / lorde
xiii. centuries / fall out boy
xiv. come with me now / kongos

I’ve teased but haven’t talked about a comic I’m doing at Lion Forge with Joe Casey. I’m letting myself be pretty experimental with it so I’m a bit nervous about my work. But after reading Godland, I’m pretty excited to see where it goes.

(I constantly have to remind myself to draw it how I would draw it, not how Tom Scioli would draw it (Not really but damn he killed it on Godland)).