Ten Thousand Worlds


Flaming Giraffes

“Human, imagine your Salvador Dalí, M. C. Escher, and Hieronymus Bosch dancing together all night long to psychedelic trance music and amplifier feedback, then, come sunrise, collaborating on the creation of …an entire world. That’s where I'm from, a realm of non-euclidian geography, variable gravity, flexible distances, and even some flaming giraffe-like creatures that wouldn’t be out of place in a surrealist painting.

It means floors covered in equally-sized tiles that nonetheless take different amounts of time to cross, the surrounding walls appearing to recede and advance as you step inside different ones. It means doorways that lead you right back into the room you just left. It means waterfalls that sometimes fall up. It means a sky where a handful of suns criss-cross the sky at complex intervals, their absences offset with the eternal twilight of a thousand smaller silvery suns. It means a place that hums with magical power.

Unfortunately, Susur was recently torn apart by a civil war; Short version: The Incandescent Order, the bad guys, won. The good guys –my guys– are fleeing to other dimensions, often using your world as the first stop on their escape route. Once past Earth, the Order almost always loses the trail and give up the chase. A few refugees are going native and staying on Earth, despite the danger of being discovered, to help other refugees move on past your world, and to hopefully keep our troubles from becoming your troubles.”

—Helena “Hex” Saint-Exupéry, Veteran of the Susur Mage War


Version 1.5, November 2020


Jones grew up learning there were some things one simply didn’t ask in the Midnight Cabaret, such as how a trick really worked, a performer’s home town, and what Uncle Ernie did on his nights off that sometimes brought him home with bloody knuckles…


Version 1.5, October 2020


What few outside the Midnight Cabaret realize is that nearly everyone in the show is a war refugee from some faraway magical realm, worlds overrun by evil. Despite leaving their conquered homes and taking human form, the enemies of these survivors sometimes send minions after them; perhaps to thwart future reprisals; perhaps to finish the job. The performers always look for signs of incursions by their old enemies as they travel around the troupe’s new home.


Version 1.5, July 2020


Lucian Dark can usually pass as fully Human, even though he’s really a hybrid of Human and one of the native lifeforms from the extra-dimensional realm of Susur. In medieval terms, Chiaroscuro is the progeny of an incubus and a witch.


Version 1.5, June 2020


At their first way-station … the Order was waiting. Hex and the broken remains of The Saints fought off their pursuers long enough to let the rest of the refugees escape for parts unknown, leaving Helena and her unit stranded on Earth.


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