The Gunmakers of the Khyber Pass,

The Khyber pass is one of the few land routes between Afghanistan and Pakistan, cutting through the large Sipar Ghar Mountains.  Once part of the Silk Road, the strategic importance of the Khyber Pass had led it to be a source of conflict for since the times of Alexander the Great and ancient antiquity.  Where there is conflict, weapons are needed.  Thus, the people of the Khyber Pass region learned that money could be made by producing and supplying weapons to the various warlords, empires, and armies that have fought over the pass.  

While a strategic region, it is also a remote region, thus the gunsmiths of the Khyber Pass often have to make due with substandard materials such as scrap metal, spare parts, and simple tools.

Simple people who tended not to travel beyond their homelands, the Khyber pass people had little idea of weapon designs from around the world, thus they copied the weapons that they had direct contact with.  Starting in the 19th century, most weapons produced were British firearms, since the region was under British influence from the 19th century until after World War II.  Hence, most Khyber Pass copies from the 19th century up to the 1970’s tend to be clones of British firearms such as the Enfield musket, Snyder Enfield, Martini Henry, Martini Enfield, Lee Enfield, and the Webley/Enfield revolver. Using ingenuity and improvisation, these weapons were produced in small workshops and peoples homes, sometimes even by hand.  Remarkably these firearms are of good quality, especially considering their source, but not as good of quality as the original.  Khyber Pass copies are heavily sought by collectors, and there are three ways to identify them.

1. They typically are not as good of quality as an original.

2. Afghan decorations and embellishment.

3. Khyber Pass copies tend to be stamped with British proof markings, although misspelled or incorrect stampings.  Anachronist markings are also common, for example, a Queen Victoria proof mark dated after 1901, the year of Queen Victoria’s death.

Today the Khyber Pass gunsmiths are still at work, although the guns the make have changed.  As technology has advanced the Khyber Pass gunsmiths have moved on to producing modern firearms, such as the AK-47/AKM assault rifle, the SKS, the Tokarev pistol, and the Colt 1911.  Khyber Pass ingenuity has also led to the creation of various “frankenguns”, produced from the parts of various different weapons which are pieced together into a working firearm.


Here we have Khyae.

Like the other Farside Toa, she was once an Av-Matoran living at Fort Rhagard. With the threat of Nuva’s Forgotten Warriors coming closer with each day, the settlement’s Makuta conducted a secret experiment which, in the end, turned Khyae into a Toa-like being.

With no memory of her old life, she and two of her teammates soon discovered a village on an abandoned quarry, which they helped protect as it’s last Toa fell in battle.

She has since been a member of the Patriots group and later took part in the final battle at Rhagard.

She carries the Blades of Glonor, a Matoran who once saved her life.

As with Amarii, the last image shows the original version of the character.


This is gonna be a little sappy, so excuse me.

3 years ago I put out an EP called “” – it was my first time putting out a collection of my music.  I wasn’t even sure I liked the name I put it out under, but it stuck and people seemed to think it was pretty okay.  Even more surprising to me, people paid for a free EP.

3 years and 7 more EPs later I’m busting my ass on my first full length album.  Today begins year 4 of neon shudder and I definitely could not have done it without the support of my followers here and anyone else in the cyberpunk community.  There’s a ton of people who have been incredibly helpful on the way and I’ve made some really great friends in the process.

Special shoutouts to @cryoclaire and @blackiochronicles for allowing me, for some reason, to contribute my music to the incredible Dreamspace comic. I am pretty sure this kickstarted my following on here and bandcamp quite a bit.  I also owe the badass cover of the hex phase EP to cryo’s talents.

Shoutouts to @strawberrysuicide115 for bringing Olivia to life on the cover and in the pages of O-8015, the first story/EP in the Cadence saga. She’s given me a ton of support personally with my projects and I can’t wait to see what she does for the album.  You should def. commission her if you need art for something.

And of course big shout outs to people who have supported me from the start or have shared and helped along the way, @khymeira, @dustrial-inc, @missing-light, @circuitsmaximus, @theghostbox, and anyone else I’ve probably forgotten (sorry!).

I’m super excited to share my first album with you… I just need to finish it.