Thomas Cox was probably foolish to try escaping alone with Alexander Pearce. While the authorities might not have believed that he was a cannibal who’d eaten the last group of men whom he escaped with, it seems likely that the other convicts did. But perhaps Cox thought it was just the extremity of the situation that drove Pearce to it.
He must have been surprised when Pearce assaulted and killed him, although he would have been too dead to be surprised that Pearce then cooked and ate him. And he would no doubt have been astonished at Pearce’s deliberate surrender to the authorities and instant confession of what he had done to Cox. This time, the authorities believed Pearce – and when he faced trial again, this time he was sentenced to hang. The saga of Tasmania’s cannibal convict was at an end.
A Tale They Won’t Believe — Weddings, Parties, Anything
Carvati’s Cure was created by Dr Carvati of Gehenna, as its name suggests. It is a combination od drug and gene rewrite specifically designed to cure the La’Heng people of the deleterious effects of the RC-12 drug that made them slaves on a genetic level generations earlier.
Although named Carvati’s Cure, the initial research on the drug was carried out by Dr Solaith, and Carvati himself noted that without the genetic records of the Makers (the ancient and apparently long-dead alien race who created the jump point network that allows sppedy interstellar travel), it would have been impossible to complete. The effectiveness of the drug can be seen in that its introduction to La’Heng led directly to a revolution on that world, culminating in the La’Heng people kicking out the other races that had oppressed them and declaring themselves an independent polity.
Batch 5 is a particular formulation in a series of mixtures of Pituarin and Pinearin. A potent and unpredictable mutagen, it was administered to several inmates at the Larkhill Resettlement Camp during 1993. It frequently caused the development of supernumary organs in those it was administered to, often accompanied by the atrophy of other organs.
In at least once case, that of the individual known only as “codename V”, Batch 5 caused no deleterious physical effects, instead apparently enhancing strength and agility, although it is possible that the drug did drive “V” mad. No known samples of Batch 5 survived the destruction of the Larkhill camp.
At around midnight between the 4th and 5th of November, one Guido Fawkes was discovered hiding beneath the Houses of Parliament in London, keeping company with a very large quantity of gunpowder (more than enough to reduce the buildings above to rubble). Fawkes was caught due to an anonymous tip to the police, and upon his arrest, the conspiracy for which he was the triggerman quickly disintergrated. Most of the other conspirators fled, but they were either shot down or captured by the authorities.
The Gunpowder Plot, as it became known, was an attempt by a group of pro-Catholic sympathisers to destroy a government that they felt was too Protestant, and install in its place a more Catholic regime in England. They were highly committed to this cuase (Fawkes, for example, would almost certainly have died in the explosions he set off), but ultimately, they failed.
But even today, English speaking peoples everywhere remember Guy Fawkes as the only man ever to enter Parliament with honest intentions.
And welcome to The Centre Cannot Hold commemoration of one of the most misunderstood events in political history.
Like most people, I like it more for the symbolism than what it actually meant to the people behind it – the ideal of overthrowing a repressive government is much better than the reality of mass murder and Catholicism as the state religion.
Following this, you’ll find three posts that each, in their own way, deal with the legacy of Guy Fawkes. I hope you enjoy them, but whether you do or not, Happy Guy Fawkes Day!
Created by the eponymous Project: Mothervine, Mothervine represents yet another attempt to weaponize genetic mutation in the Ultimate Universe. A refinement of the original creation of mutants, it is a serum intended to be injected into pregnant women, causing them to give birth to mutant children. Jimmy Hudson, the son of Wolvernine and Magda, is the only known mutant alive today to have been affected by this serum during gestation (and his mutant blood is the sole remaining source of the drug).
In most cases, where neither parent is a mutant, the mutations caused by Mothervine will tend to remain latent unless activated by some trauma, or by the hearing of a passphrase that is somehow coded into the drug, and will cause immediate and uncontrollable activation of the mutation when heard. The mechanism of this encoding is unclear, nor is it known whether it transcends language.
Vioplex is a pain killer produced by Pallogen. It is identical in formula to another drug created by Pallogen, HT1 – a drug that killed numerous test subjects by causing liver failures. Pallogen, although fully aware of the drug’s fatal nature, planned to market it anyway, since the profits to be made dwarfed anpotential fine or court settlement it might cost them.
Fortunately, the involvement of the Leverage team in this case prevented the drug from ever being sold, and bankrupted Pallogen into the bargain.
A painter of the Post-Impressionist school, whose work was largely in the Naive or Primitivist manners, Henri Julien Félix Rousseau was born in 1944. A self-taught painter, his works were not respected during his lifetime – indeed, they were often derided for what was seen as a ‘childish’ style.
However, after his death, he became noted as an influence on many of the painters who followed him, notably the Surrealist school and Pablo Picasso, and his work was re-evaluated and its merit seen (too late to do Rousseau any good). His influence continues undimmed even today – one of his paintings was recently the inspiration for certain elements of the animated film ‘Madagascar’.
Named for the legendary thoroughbred stallion and racehorse, Hastings has always had a curious relationship with the sport of its namesake (and kings). While Hastings itself has no racecourses, there are track located nearby at Balnarring and Mornington (and rumours persist that the government maintains a horse racing facility at HMAS Cerberus where horses genetically engineered with alien DNA are created to fight the cavalry wars of tomorrow). But the importation of horses through any dock facilities (excluding those at HMAS Cerberus, which only fuels the rumours) on Western Port Bay is legally forbidden, and has been since the area was first settled.
This is in fact how Hastings got its name – the famous stallion was smuggled into the country there (he competed at three meetings, two at Sandown and one at Caulfield, and failed to place in any of them. Shortly thereafter, he became the most expensive imported dogfood Australia has ever known. The horse believed to be Hastings, who died in America in 1917, was an imposter), and the area’s name was changed after word of this reached the police and a cover story was put in place that it was this that had been spoken of.
This cover story has now outlived its namesake by more than a century, and has attracted considerable embellishment by historians in the pay of the Hastings family, a dynasty of would-be politicians whose repeated electoral failures eventually drove them to manufacture more successful ancestors. These fictions largely go undetected, since as the years go by, fewer and fewer people are aware that there was never a Shire of Fairhaven.