The Gang’s All Here

Picture by Mark Spears
I noticed on Joe Bongiorno’s Royal Timeline of Oz that he’s added several fictional works not directly related to Oz or L. Frank Baum, crediting some of them to Win Scott Eckert’s Wold Newton Universe chronology. I don’t think I’d heard of that before, but it’s sort of a vast crossover world, mostly of pulp heroes but with some other stuff thrown in, started by Philip Jose Farmer. Farmer actually wrote an Oz book, A Barnstormer in Oz, which I know it doesn’t fit in at all with the Oz series as a whole, just the first book, and even that is treated as only partially true. I haven’t read it, or anything by Farmer, but I’m intrigued by the idea. His two books that started the concept are his biographies of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and the adventurer Doc Savage, created by Henry W. Walston and John L. Nanovic, with Lester Dent as the primary writer. Both of these not only treated their subjects as real people, but also tied in other fictional characters. The name derives from a village in Yorkshire, England where a meteorite landed in 1795. Farmer proposed that this meteorite had radioactive properties that granted extraordinary abilities to nearby people, which were passed on to their descendants. As such, most pulp heroes are related, descended from this small group.

Eckert and others have added other fictional worlds to the universe, some of them taking place ages before the meteor strike. Since Farmer had included some elements of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard’s work in his own, the Cthulhu mythos and Conan the Barbarian‘s Hyborian Age have been tied in. Since the Conan stories take place around 10,000 BC and involve sorcery, they’re kind of an odd fit, but I think it’s been proposed that he could be related to the Wold Newton family through time travel.

Eckert includes a few comic book superheroes, but mostly avoids them due to how many supernatural elements their stories tend to have. Besides, if you’re trying to work in DC or Marvel characters, there’s a lot of continuity to take into consideration, and multiple other crossovers as well. I mean, I read a Marvel comic with both Thor and Dracula in it.

The Marvel Universe incorporates the Conan stories, but that doesn’t mean the reverse has to be true.

I suppose anyone who puts the effort into analyzing the inner workings of fiction is also likely to come up with a lot that doesn’t work. I’m fascinated with the idea of mythical history, like the chronologies of Greek mythology I wrote about here. Of course, there are many different versions of the myths, so there’s obviously going to be some picking and choosing involved. And there are some pretty clear anachronisms, like Aeneas visiting Carthage right after the Trojan War. Maybe that also involved time travel. I still have ideas for a tale that includes elements of classical mythology, fairy lore, and some of my favorite fantasy works (obviously including Oz), but I haven’t gotten around to actually writing any of it.

Sherlock Holmes is a pivotal character in the Wold Newton universe, and from what I’ve heard, he was one of the first fictional characters for whom there was a concerted effort by fans to work out how his adventures fit together. I think it might be the first time the term “canon” was applied to fictional works. He’s also the reason Star Trek is included in the universe, as, in the sixth Trek movie, Spock attributes a Holmes quote to “an ancestor of mine.”

I suppose that could also mean he’s descended from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle rather than the detective himself, though. In some ways, it might actually be easier to present less realistic stories as true. For instance, since the Land of Oz is hidden, it makes sense that true stories about it would be regarded as fiction in the civilized world. Much the same applies to fiction set in the distant past, although you could question why there’s no geological or archaeological evidence for the Hyborian Age. But if Holmes was an actual guy who lived in London in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and achieved a level of celebrity, wouldn’t people who knew him have questioned why his real exploits were being considered fictional? I guess it’s always possible to fall back on some sort of conspiracy. This is probably why, even though Farmer seems to have written of these fictional characters as existing in the real world (remember, I’m going from second-hand information here), Eckert regards it as an alternate world that’s mostly the same, but differs in a few respects. I’ve seen this idea proposed with Oz, that the United States Dorothy comes from isn’t exactly the same one readers live in. It works, but it removes some of the fun of thinking you could potentially visit Oz as Dorothy and others have done. If it’s all an alternate world, then it would presumably only be an alternate you who could go there. Anyway, according to the Oz Timeline, Holmes eventually relocated to Oz in 1937, when he would have been in his early eighties. This also makes him the Great Detective from the Oziana stories, who was very blatantly based on Holmes but not previously defined as exactly the same.

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Wizards’ Work

Once & Future, by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy – Written by a queer couple and published under the imprint of mystery and thriller author James Patterson, this combines the King Arthur myth with science fiction, LGBT themes, and corporate espionage. Merlin is presented as having gone through the King Arthur cycle forty-one times throughout history, always ending in failure. Arthur is reincarnated repeatedly with the goal of overcoming the greatest evil of the time. Many other characters and aspects of the legend also show up, with some differences depending on the time and place. Merlin is also constantly growing younger, as per T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, so is now a young man who cannot grow a full beard. He awakes in the future, when humanity has abandoned Earth and settled on many other planets. The forty-second reincarnation is a girl named Ari from the planet Ketch, who is of Arab ancestry. She’s a fugitive from the tyrannical Mercer Corporation, which holds a monopoly throughout the known universe. She marries Gweneviere, the queen of a medieval-themed planet, with whom she has an argumentative and passionate relationship. I seem to recall White introducing a bit of a gay theme in that Lancelot developed feelings for Guinevere because he was initially in love with Arthur; and that’s sort of reflected here as well, albeit in a different way. This version of Merlin is gay and has a crush on the story’s version of Perceival. His dalliance with Nimue does come into play, but it’s described as being solely for power, rather than a romantic thing. Ari and her crew partially succeed, but are unable to totally take Mercer down, and there’s an indication that the sequel will involve time travel and the Holy Grail. I enjoyed the book, although it kind of felt small for a story that spans worlds and involves fighting a massive organization.

Too Many Curses, by A. Lee Martinez – This was one of Martinez’ books I couldn’t find at the library, and it’s not one of his better ones, but it’s still pretty fun and humorous. It takes place in the castle of an evil wizard named Margle who curses pretty much anyone who bothers him, resulting in his castle being filled with transformed and otherwise magicked people, including a hero turned into a fruit bat, an alliterative owl, a banshee who warns of minor calamities, a disembodied skull, and Margle’s brother who’s become facial features in a jar. When he dies, his kobold housekeeper Nessy takes charge of the castle, trying to sort things out. There are parts where nothing much happens, but Nessy is a likable character, and the supporting cast amusingly eccentric.

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The World Es Mi Familia

CocoSPOILERS! It seems like, whenever someone wants to make a movie about Mexican culture, they gravitate toward Dia de Muertos, which I guess makes sense. Although different in many ways, Fox’s The Book of Life had some similar themes. The main character in this film is Miguel Rivera, a boy from a family of shoemakers who’s obsessed with music, particularly that of musician and actor Ernesto de la Cruz.

The problem is that, after Miguel’s great-grandfather left his family to go on the road as a traveling musician, his wife bans all music in the household, which seems rather draconian. It sticks even after she dies, though, so Miguel has to learn guitar in secret by watching De la Cruz’s old movies. When his grandmother finds out about this, she smashes his guitar like it’s the end of a Who concert. Based on a photograph with the head cut off, he suspects Ernesto himself was his great-grandfather. He tries to borrow Ernesto’s guitar from his mausoleum, and is punished by being transported to the Land of the Dead, a bizarre and colorful place inhabited by skeletons and spirit creatures.

He meets some of his late relatives, and learns that he can return home if one of them gives him their blessing, but his great-great-grandmother refuses to do so unless he promises to give up music. He goes to look for Ernesto instead, figuring that his blessing would also work. Along the way, he meets up with a skeleton named Hector, who plays tricks and dresses in costumes in an attempt to visit the world of the living and see his daughter again, as she’s old and is forgetting him, and the forgotten dead fade away entirely. As his picture isn’t up on anyone’s ofrenda, however, he’s stuck in the Land of the Dead. He claims to have known Ernesto, which turns out to actually be true. In fact, he wrote all of Ernesto’s songs, and eventually remembers that Ernesto poisoned him so he could take all the credit for himself. Part of how he puts this together is that it was reenacted in one of Ernesto’s movies, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but I have heard conspiracy theories about people hiding clues to their own misdeeds in their creative work. It’s pretty similar to Up, in that the protagonist’s idol turns out to be a creep. Really, it’s kind of a Pixar cliché to have villains who seem nice at first. Ernesto’s motivation to kill his best friend isn’t really that clear, but this is probably one of those cases where I expect fiction to make more sense than real life, as I’m sure there are plenty of actual murders motivated entirely by money and fame. Miguel learns that Hector, not Ernesto, is his great-great-grandfather, and when returns to the land of the living, he plays his great-grandmother Coco (so there’s where the title comes in) the song Hector wrote for her when she was three, which was also Ernesto’s biggest hit.

It turns out that she’s kept not only a picture of him, but letters that prove that Hector wrote Ernesto’s songs. Hector is reunited with his estranged wife, Mama Imelda, and can cross over to the world of the living the following year. While there are a few plot holes, I think it’s a really good movie. It’s well-designed and quite emotional, with a good dose of humor while still remaining coherent in its treatment of the dead.

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Amnesiac Achaeans Anonymous

I finished Glory of Heracles for the DS this past weekend. I’ve written about the game before, but there are a lot of revelations toward the end. The last boss is Typhon, who isn’t really that hard, although he’s annoying because of his four undead arms.

The undead mechanic is something I don’t think I’ve seen in any other games. Usually, when you defeat a monster, its body disappears at the end of the round. If the enemy is undead, though, it will come back to life, although fortunately with only a fraction of its original hit points. The two ways to get rid of an undead enemy are to either defeat all the monsters on screen by the end of a round or to overkill one of them, which means continuing to hit it after it’s defeated. The person who does the overkill will get a certain amount of magic power restored. Typhon’s arms have enough hit points that they’re likely to come back for several rounds before you can overkill them.

The game starts without giving you much clue what’s going on, and the heroes have all lost substantial amounts of memory. I suppose starting in media res makes sense for something based on ancient Greece. The plot was largely set in motion when Daedalus invented machines to harness magic and split souls, his main goal being to bring his son Icarus back to life. When he tries to use the soul of Heracles to do so, it brings a marionette to life (well, maybe; the ending makes this ambiguous), revives Heracles’ brother Iphicles who then thinks HE’S Heracles, and turns Daedalus himself into a duplicate of Heracles. As the TV Tropes page points out, this adds an extra level to the joke of someone suggesting the name Pit for the protagonist, as he’s a basically a clone of Icarus. People began using the machines to create armies of the undead, and the pre-Olympian gods wanted to use them to get revenge on Zeus by bringing back Typhon. When you finally find the actual Heracles, who is living by himself in shame, he takes the place of Iphicles in your party. It’s sort of like when Krile gets her dying grandfather Galuf’s stats in Final Fantasy V, although the real Heracles is even stronger than his brother. Leucos, whose adoptive father told her to live as a boy but she wasn’t that good at it, turns out to be the Princess of Athens. Axios is one of three individuals into which the Titan Oceanus was split.

And Eris, who has the form of a kid when you meet her, is Prometheus‘ wife. I’m not sure whether she’s supposed to be the goddess Eris, although she presumably could be. It looks like Prometheus’ spouse was often named Hesione, and I don’t know of any source that makes Eris his wife. Eris presumably is a pre-Olympian goddess, being the daughter of Nyx, although she’s also been identified as Ares‘ sister and hence Zeus and Hera‘s daughter. The game character’s natural form is basically that of a Fury, who were called Erinyes in Greek, quite likely from the same root as Eris’ name. Of course, RPG characters going by aliases and having hidden pasts is nothing new. Four of the playable characters in Chrono Trigger (Marle, Frog, Robo, and Magus) are going by assumed names. Anyway, I did find it odd that the Olympian gods mostly only show up as statues or in cut scenes, which makes it all the stranger that Hephaestus shows up in person right near the end to give you some weapon upgrades.

I’m kind of curious about the later locations you visit in the game. Most of the earlier ones are at least loosely based on real places in ancient Greece and the surrounding area, but after your journey through the Caucasus, you come to Massalia, Lenz, and Trantia. Massalia is an old name for Marseille in France, and apparently Heracles did visit there while bringing the cattle of Geryon back from Spain to Greece, so maybe that’s why it shows up. And Lenz is a place in Switzerland, but I still don’t know what Trantia is supposed to be. I don’t think you ever see the entire in-game map at once.

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A Day or a Lifetime

I haven’t really watched a whole lot of movies at home recently. We still have the Netflix subscription with both the DVDs through the mail and streaming services. It seems like a lot of people now just have the latter, but there are a lot of things we’re interested in seeing that aren’t available streaming. The problem is that we sometimes put off watching the discs, which means we’re not getting our money’s worth. We still have Coco to watch, and I’m not even sure how much longer Netflix will have any Disney films, since Disney has its own subscription service now. (That’s obviously not going to affect the copy of Coco they already sent us, unless Tinker Bell shows up and magics it away before we can watch it.) Anyway, we saw a movie about a month ago that I wanted to write about, but thought might be better to combine with another review. So I’m doing that now, but it’s been a while since I saw the first movie, so it isn’t really fresh in my mind. Anyway, we begin with:

Logan’s Run – I always tend to mentally confuse this with Blade Runner, another movie I didn’t see until my adult years despite its existing in my childhood. The thing is, I can’t remember much of anything about Blade Runner. Logan’s Run was incredibly campy and didn’t always make a lot of sense, but it held my interest better. It takes place in a future where humans live in a city where most of them don’t have to do much of anything, as a computer takes place of pretty much all necessities, so people can devote their lives to hedonism. The catch is that they’re all euthanized once they reach the age of thirty, with crystals implanted in their arms revealing how old they currently are, although propaganda maintains that they’ll be reborn in the ritual that kills them. Logan has a job hunting down and killing those who refuse to participate. The computer sends him on a mission to find what happens to the people who manage to escape, hoping to find sanctuary. It also advances his crystal a few years and reveals to him that nobody is ever actually reborn. Since his fervent belief in rebirth is why he has no moral qualms about his job, so I have no idea why the computer would say this. Logan goes on the run with a woman named Jessica, finding that a robot has frozen all the previous escapees. They get away from him and make their way to a conveniently close Washington, DC that’s apparently abandoned aside from Peter Ustinov, who lives in the Capitol Building with a bunch of cats. Logan and Jessica return to the city, where the computer probes Logan’s mind, but refuses to accept the truth and breaks down. I kind of think the plot would work better if we knew WHY the computer was working against its own interests, but maybe people didn’t think about that in the seventies. Except 2001 was older, and it DID explain why HAL went crazy, at least in the book. Anyway, the people all leave the city, and we don’t know what happens next, as I don’t know that any of them are capable of food production.

Barton Fink – We watched this one last night. It was good, although I can’t say I really understood it. I don’t know that anyone did, though. The titular character is a New York City playwright who takes an offer to be a screenwriter in Hollywood. Fink, played by John Turturro, is not an entirely likable character, as you might expect from his surname, being quite arrogant and condescending. On the other hand, we can sympathize with his situation to a degree. He’s tasked with writing the script for a wrestling movie, something he knows nothing about. And he’s put up in a run-down hotel where he’s constantly distracted by the noise going on around him. He befriends the guy staying next door, played by John Goodman, who claims to be an insurance salesman. He tries to get help from another writer, but since he’s become an alcoholic, his secretary and lover shows up instead. Barton has sex with her, but she’s murdered while he sleeps. He learns from two police detectives that Goodman’s character is a serial killer. He shows him and kills the cops while the building is on fire, and Barton leaves with just his now-finished script and a box Goodman gave him to watch. The producer hates the script and tells Barton that he’ll remain under contract, but the studio won’t produce anything he writes. It ends with Fink on a beach with a woman who was in a picture in his hotel room, carrying the box but never opening it. We’re led to believe that there might be a human head inside, but it remains a mystery. The Coen Brothers have never explained the film as a whole, but have admitted to some of their influences. Even in the parts that were less openly fantastic and horrific, we’re still presented with Hollywood as a place that doesn’t make sense, where the studio head praises Fink without having read a word he wrote, then totally berates him when he doesn’t like the finished script. And Fink himself is self-absorbed, so we could just be seeing things from his skewed perspective. That said, I’m not totally sure the mystery box worked, because aren’t we already led to expect the worst? I will say that Turturro is successful at disappearing into a role. Beth and I had recently been talking about Jewish actors playing Italian characters, and with Turturro in this and Quiz Show, it’s basically the opposite. Goodman played much the same character he usually does in the Coens’ films, a working-class guy who never shuts up and has some violent tendencies. Steve Buscemi has a supporting role as the hotel desk clerk, and Beth and I were both reminded of Pee-Wee Herman as a desk clerk in the movie-within-a-movie at the end of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

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Who Wants to Be a Demon Slayer?

Game of Stars, by Sayantani DasGupta – The sequel to The Serpent’s Secret takes place in the same bizarre world of Bengali folklore. Due to the influence of the Rakkhosh Queen, Kiran finds herself participating in a wildly popular game show called Who Wants to Be a Demon Slayer?, created by the Serpent King with the promise of reuniting the alchemical Chintamoni and Poroshmoni Stones. The jewels in tandem can create gold and platinum, which DasGupta connects to the collision of neutron stars. Not only does she have to rescue Prince Neel from the Serpent King’s undersea dungeon, but also deal with rumors and lies spread by the Kingdom Beyond media, and constant advertisements. The author explains that she parodied some actual products, including some racist skin-lightening creams that are sold in India, here changed to a cream that makes living people appear to be dead. There’s also commentary on xenophobia with the agreement between the Rajah and the Serpent King leading to Rakkosh demons being arrested and detained for no reason. Having dealt with nasty Rakkhosh on her previous excursion to the Kingdom Beyond, Kiran initially shares this prejudice, but learns that she actually has friends and supporters among them, including her peppy, friendly classmate Zuzu. There are also some logic puzzles taken from Raymond Smullyan, and I actually have one of his books, a collection of puzzles based on the Alice books. I might have to take another look at that in the near future. Anyway, Game of Stars is a very enjoyable read, mixing satire, absurdity, and fantastic adventure.

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Dragon Divinity

I can think of a few different video games with dragon gods, or at least dragons with celestial powers. I suppose that fits in with the East Asian conception of dragons, where they tend to be heavenly beings rather than disturbing monsters (although it’s certainly possible to be both). I searched for “Dragon God” on Google, and the second result was for the Wikipedia entry on Ryujin, which literally means “dragon god.” He’s an ocean deity who lives in a coral palace at the bottom of the sea.

Japanese dragons are often associated with water, and their mythology is influenced by the Chinese account of four dragons ruling the four seas.

In the legend of Urashima Taro, one of the stories about a mortal visiting a magical place where time flows differently, in this case the palace of Ryujin himself.

He has a relationship with the Dragon God’s daughter Otohime. Ryujin is often regarded as the same as Watatsumi, who was created as ruler of the ocean by Izanagi and Izanami. The hunter Hoori, grandson of Amaterasu, was married to the king’s daughter Toyotama-hime, sometimes said to be the same as Otohime, when he ended up under the sea searching for his brother Hoderi’s lost fishhook.

Their son Ugayafukieazu no Mikoto was the father of Jimmu, the legendary first Emperor of Japan. Hoori and Toyotama’s marriage apparently didn’t last, since he ran off when he saw his wife give birth in her natural dragon form. Ugayafukieazu’s wife was his aunt Tamayori-hime, so we have another ancestry story that involves incest.

The Breath of Fire series has the Dragon God as the center of a religion that decreases in popularity over the centuries. While he’s just called Ryu no Kami, or Dragon God, in Japanese, the English translations call him Ladon after the dragon who guards the apples of the Hesperides in Greek mythology. Talking to his statue allows you to save your game or perform other such functions.

A lot of people worship Ladon in the first game. In the sequel, the statues still exist in most towns, but his worship has largely been abandoned for that of St. Eva, actually a front for an evil demon. By the time of the third game, there are hardly any Ladon statues around, but you can become an apprentice to him to learn new skills.

The Final Fantasy series, particularly the first game, was heavily influenced by Dungeons & Dragons, which is where their dragon god, Bahamut, originates.

As I mentioned before, the name comes from a sea monster that holds up the world in Arabian mythical cosmology; but D&D made him a ruler of dragons, so that’s what he is in FF as well. Tiamat, originally a primordial monstrous deity from Babylonian mythology, is Bahamut’s evil multi-headed sister in D&D, and that’s the form in which she appears in the original FF, where’s she’s the Fiend of the Wind.

The Zenithian Trilogy, made up of Dragon Quest IV, V, and VI, has the Zenith Dragon.

He doesn’t consider himself a god, despite ruling a realm of angels in the clouds, as he’s subject to the Almighty Goddess, but some people do. I have to wonder if this specification is only in Western translations, as strict monotheism is more the norm here. He mostly takes a policy of non-interference at the time of DQ4, but will revive your party if they die, and helps you out in some other ways as well. Remakes of DQ3 have another dragon god, Xenlon, sometimes called Divinegon.

He lives in a place called Zenith, presumably not exactly the same as Zenithia, but along the same lines. You can’t fight him until after beating the main game, but if you can defeat him, he can grant wishes. The games’ character designer, Akira Toriyama, probably modeled Xenlon on Shenron from his other creation, Dragon Ball, but I can’t really say I know anything about that. Both of these names are variations on Shenlong, a dragon storm god in Chinese mythology.

His Japanese name, Shinryu, is used for one of the most powerful dragons in the FF series.

Chrono Cross has a Dragon God, specifically called that, but in this case it’s an artificial being created by the Dragonians, descendants of the Reptites in an alternate world.

When Lavos pulls Chronopolis and its supercomputer FATE from the future into 12,000 BC, Dinopolis and the Dragon God are brought there as well to counter it. The being was destroyed and split into six different entities: the Fire, Water, Earth, Sky, Black, and Green Dragons.

While mostly under the control of FATE, they retain some level of agency. Also created from the Dragon God is the character Harle, considered the seventh dragon despite the fact that she appears in human form.

“Harley Quinn? Who iz zat, mon cheri?”
In her mission to bring the Frozen Flame to the dragons, she teams up with both Lynx and Serge.

One name I came across a few times while researching dragons in these game series was Kaiser Dragon. I’m not entirely sure where it comes from, but that was a kind of car made by the Kaiser Motors Corporation in the early fifties. So maybe using the name in games is a pun on this? The original FF6 had a dummied-out superboss called the Czar Dragon.

The data for the monster remain, including a bit of dialogue, but you can’t actually fight it without hacking the game. The intention was presumably that you could battle him after defeating the other eight legendary dragons in the World of Ruin: the Red, Ice, Gold, Skull, Storm, Holy, Earth, and Blue Dragons. As with the ones in Chrono Cross, some of them get elemental names and others are just named after their colors. Consistency must not be a significant concern for dragon zoologists. In re-releases, starting with the Game Boy Advance version, the enemy does appear, although he’s been somewhat redesigned and is called Kaiser Dragon.

Of course, “Kaiser” and “Czar” are both derived from “Caesar,” so it’s really the same name. After beating the other eight, you get access to the Dragons’ Den, where you have to fight them all again in order to gain access to the Kaiser. If you can beat him, you get the Diabolos Magicite. Long before this, however, there was a boss called the Czar Dragon in Super Mario RPG, where he guarded one of the star pieces in Barrel Volcano. He’s formed when a bunch of fiery Pyrospheres merge, resembles a Blargg, and uses fire-based magic.

And going back to the Breath of Fire games, one of the most powerful dragon forms Ryu can take is…yes, the Kaiser Dragon.

In the English translation of the first game, however, it was instead called Rudra, after a Hindu god, while the Infinity Dragon is similarly called Agni.

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