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introductio illud
 
A new age is dawning. The planets and stars are beginning to devour one another. When war and peace become one and the world is finally ready to stop resisting and instead submit to the flames so that a new universe can be born from the ruins and the ashes, that’s when the time of the icons is upon us. Six heralds, six harbingers of doom and rebirth will wander the face of the earth, unaware of their role in the web of the universe, yet of the utmost importance for the imminent and irreversible events that are about to befall the world.

Every icon unites devastation and hope, but always remains hidden to the people as the source of their suffering. Each herald only affects a limited region or aspect of peoples’ lives, but once the all-embracing cataclysm has engulfed the world with its decay, they will join up like a patchwork rug of depravity. Typical of them all is that they often have two opposing sides and only show their other self when struck by moonlight.

And the humans? They are far too caught up in their network of necessities, distractions, quick thrills, ignorance and disinterest to perceive the signs of their imminent demise. Only rarely a poor soul meets one of the icons, and either they do not recognise it for what it is, or they don’t survive the encounter. And so, with much noise, the world with all its light and shadow is hurtling towards eternal darkness ...

Kyberos
 

There is some dispute about the origins of the despicable Kyberos among those who are brave enough to pursue the cataclysmic icons. Some see the birth of the man-machine as a modern-day phenomenon. Others believe the dawn of his reign can be traced back to the beginning of the industrial revolution. The second theory is supported by the exploding increase in the global energy consumption since then and Kyberos’ alleged manifestation, which the few surviving eyewitnesses describe as a disgusting fusion of flesh and apparatus. Viewed from the front, Kyberos is a human being of flesh and blood, who only stands out due to his restlessness and gaunt appearance. His rear, however, is a mess of hydraulics, cogwheels, diodes, pipes, cables, tubes and hinges. Viewed from behind, Kyberos seems to be as much a droid as he seems human from the front, only his human side is unaware of his synthetic symbiont. He cannot feel the cybernetic parts of his body, and his horror of sleeping can be explained by the fact that the droid only wakes once the human side sleeps. The human side always stays awake for as long as possible, but when he finally succumbs to sleep, totally exhausted, the machine half has free rein until the human half recovers enough to wake up again. The human half of Kyberos is always curious about new technological advancements and their development, while the machine half is dreaming of escaping its fleshy prison and spreading its artificial intelligence across the world. And so – limited by its many outmoded components and close syntactic link with the living human mind, which it has never managed to fully understand – the machine conducts experiments that require an ever-greater amount of energy. Thus, a terrible Janus-faced interaction takes place: while Kyberos’ human half keeps working on technological innovations that advance the day-to-day lives of the earthlings, the machine uses these inventions to find a way to escape. Consequently, a large part of the global hunger for energy can be traced back to Kyberos, whose awfulness will grasp the world once the machine can detach from the human ...


Cecilia Sceletus
 
The first descriptions of the Cecilia Sceletus phenomenon can be traced back to the mid-13th century. Allegedly, she was a nun at a small Italian monastery, which no longer exists today. She was falsely accused of something and burned at the stake. Ever since, she has been sighted at irregular intervals, and her appearance can either be a blessing or a curse. Peasants christened her Cecilia (“the blind”) and Sceletus. Sceletus may sound sinister, but it is merely a combination of Sceleratis (“unholy”) and Sanctus (“holy”). If you meet this unholy saint by day, you will hardly notice her. She rarely makes eye contact. People generally only notice a woman in white out of the corner of their eye – a woman who helps with chores, who supports people or who intervenes when conflicts escalate. Unverified sources describe a nun dressed in white lace and a face with no eyes. At night, however, Cecilia Sceletus transforms into the grotesque reverse of her daytime appearance. Dressed in black from head to toe, her face is nothing but a black hole of seemingly endless depth. She is said to predominantly haunt senior religious leaders, inciting them to all sorts of vile machinations, sowing resentment and lust for power and prompting inhumane practices that filter from the top down to the religious community until the inherently good core of each religion becomes a bitter seed of discord.

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