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Pathfinder: Worldscape #1 Annotations

PathFinder: Worldscape #1 Covers
PathFinder: Worldscape #1 Covers

 

Credits:

Script: Erik Mona

Art: Jonathan Lau

Colors: Omi Remalante

Letters: Simon Bowland

Edited by Joseph Rybandt and Anthony Marques

Pathfinder: Worldscape created by Erik Mona

Special Thanks To:

Jim Sullos and Cathy Wilbanks at Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc.

Luke Liberman and Shannon Kingston at Red Sonja LLC

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Panel 1:

The Pathfinder Iconics depicted by Wayne Reynolds
The Pathfinder Iconics depicted by Wayne Reynolds

Four of the Pathfinder Universe iconic characters, or Iconics, are battling Thulgroon, from the Pathfinder: City of Secrets comic series.

The scimitar-wielding human cleric is Kyra.

The tattooed white-haired human sorcerer is Seoni.

The leaping dagger-wielding  elven rogue is Merisiel.

The black-haired human fighter with the sword is Valeros.

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Sarenrae as depicted by Eva Widermann
Sarenrae as depicted by Eva Widermann

 

Sarenae is a  neutral good deity on the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game’s main world of Golarion; Kyra is one of her clerics.

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The pistol-wielding adventurer in a red shirt is Gannus, according to Erik Mona’s Writer’s Commentary on Bleeding Cool, he’s an original character, thought to be from Earth’s Dark Ages.

Jungle Comics #13 featuring Kaanga
Jungle Comics #13 featuring Kaanga

The dirty-blonde-haired guy in the blue vest is De Moire, he’s from Jungle Comics #13 according to Erik Mona, more specifically the Kaanga feature.

Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues
Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues

The red-fishman is Kelgeth, per Erik Mona, he’s a member of a merman race from Gail Simone and Walter Geovani’s Red Sonja arc, Queen of Plagues.

A map of the Hyborian Age
A map of the Hyborian Age

The term Hyborian relates to the Hyborian Age, as created by Robert E. Howard in the original Conan the Cimmerian stories published in Weird Tales during the 1930’s. This is a lost age of Earth’s history set between the time of the sinking of Atlantis and recorded history.

 

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Panel 1:

An artist's map of Golarion
An artist’s map of Golarion

As mentioned previously, Golarion is the main world of the Pathfinder Role Playing Game.

Panel 2:

Camilla, Queen of the Jungle
Camilla, Queen of the Jungle

“Empress” Camilla is Camilla, Queen of the Jungle, she first appeared in Jungle Comics #1 in June 1940.

Panel 3:

Thun'da by Frank Frazetta and Gardner Fox
Thun’da by Frank Frazetta and Gardner Fox

Shareen is the lost city depicted in the Thun’da comic book by Frank Frazetta and Gardner Fox back in 1952.

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Conan as depicted by Cary Nord.
Conan as depicted by Cary Nord.

The Cimmerians are a race of humans from Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age. Howard’s most famous creation, Conan the Barbarian is a Cimmerian.  Valerus shares some physical similarities with Conan.

An excellent article on the martial aspects of the Cimmerians: https://www.blackgate.com/2015/10/11/discovering-robert-e-howard-morgan-holmes-on-armies-of-the-hyborian-age-the-cimmerians/

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John Carter and Dejah Thoris battle White Apes on Barsoom illustrated by Ken Kelly
John Carter and Dejah Thoris battle White Apes on Barsoom illustrated by Ken Kelly

This creature is a White Ape from Edgar Rice BurroughsJohn Carter of Mars or Barsoom series. They originally appeared in the first book in the series A Princess of Mars.

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A Thern depicted on the first hardcover edition of The Gods of Mars.
A Thern depicted on the first hardcover edition of The Gods of Mars illustrated by Frank E. Schoonover.

The white-skinned humanoids are White Martians or more specifically, Therns from Edgar Rice BurroughsJohn Carter of Mars or Barsoom series. They originally appeared in Book 2 of the series, The Gods of Mars.

Issus is the self-proclaimed goddess of Barsoom and also appears in The Gods of Mars.

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Xanesha as depicted by Andrew Hou
Xanesha as depicted by Andrew Hou

Lady Xanesha is an evil sorcerer who is a native of Golarion. She is of the Lamyros race.

Panel 3:

The Valley of the Death Goddess is possibly a reference to Issus, whom the Therns worship.

Panel 4:

File:Gorilla King.jpg
Gorilla King, Ruthazek by Mauricio Herrera

 

Xanesha mentions an alliance of Empress Camilla’s has barred simians of all kinds from the Shareen Arena.  According to Mona, Issue #2 will introduce us to the other side of the alliance, Gorilla King, Ruthazek from Pathfinder’s own world of Golarion.

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Frank Frazetta's depiction of Pha and Thun'da
Frank Frazetta’s depiction of Pha and Thun’da

Pha appeared in the original Thun’da comics by Frank Frazetta and Gardener Fox.

Panel 6:

“I’ve killed three minotaurs, an ogre, a woman made…I think she was part metal.”

I’m not sure who the woman made of metal could be, but it sounds like a reference.

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Panel 4:

Thun'da by Frank Frazetta and Gardner Fox.
Thun’da by Frank Frazetta and Gardner Fox.

The man who ruled by Pha’s side is none other than Thun’da.

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This looks to be a collection of spectators from multiple fictional worlds.  The golden robot looks some-what familiar, but I can’t place him. According to Mona, the shouting guys with helmets are meant to be Red Martians from Barsoom, but there was a coloring mistake.

Panel 4:

Camilla, Queen of the Jungle
Camilla, Queen of the Jungle

The golden-haired woman in a valkyrie-styled helmet is once again, Camilla, Queen of the Jungle.

I’m not sure if her scepter is a reference to anything, or if it’s an original item for this series.

 

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Red Sonja as depicted by Frank Thorne
Red Sonja as depicted by Frank Thorne

Enter Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, based on the heroine first created by Robert E. Howard, Red Sonya of Rogatino in the historical adventure “The Shadow of the Vulture” in the January 1934 issue of Magic Carpet Magazine, adapted into a Hyborian Age comic book character by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith in Conan the Barbarian #23 in February 1973.

For more information on the pulp sword-and-sorcery origins of Red Sonja, check out one of my past episodes:

 

 

 

Pulp Crazy – The Valley of the Worm by Robert E. Howard

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast.119.mp3

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing The Valley of the Worm by Robert E. Howard. The Valley of the Worm first appeared in the February 1934 issue of Weird Tales. I read it in The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Red Shadows published by Del Rey books.

The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1 Crimson Shadows is fully illustrated by Jim and Ruth Keegan. I first discovered their work in the Dark Horse Conan comics, they’re strip, The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob appears in every issue of the Robert E. Howard comics, usually at the bottom of the letters column.

Jim and Ruth were kind enough to allow me to use their unpublished painting of Niord and the Worm on the episode title card. As usual, I think the two completely nailed it. You can see more of their work on their Two-Gun Blog.

The Valley of the Worm is one of Howard’s James Allison reincarnation tales. I previously discussed “Marchers of Valhalla”, another James Allison story in a previous Pulp Crazy episode. The Valley of the Worm has a dying and depressed James Allison recalling his past life as a warrior. In this tale, he is Niorm, later referred to as Niorm Worm-bane, an Aesir warrior. It seems like The Valley of the Worm may take place during the Hyborian Age or possible following it.

The tale begins with Niord and his tribe traveling south into Africa. In Africa they come across a clan of Picts who have migrated there as well. The two groups do battle, with the Aesir being victorious. In a rare moment of mercy, Niord spares a Pict named Grom. Grom recuperates with the Aesir, but eventually leaves to return to his tribe.

 

Links:

Purchase The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Crimson Shadows: http://tinyurl.com/pbo6una

 

Read “The Valley of the Worm” at Project Gutenberg Australia: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601791.txt

 

Jim & Ruth Keegan’s Two-Gun Blog: http://twogunblog.blogspot.com/

 

Read the Valley of the Worm comic book adaptation: http://swords-and-veeblefetzers.blogspot.com/2011/06/supernatural-thrillers-3-robert-e.html

 

Bloodstar at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodstar

 

The Valley of the Worm thread on the REH Forums: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=5283

 

Pulp Crazy – Marchers of Valhalla by Robert E. Howard

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/097.mp3

In this weeks episode Pulp Crazy is continuing the celebration of Robert E. Howard’s birth month with a short story not published in Howard’s lifetime. The story is titled, “Marchers of Valhalla” and is a part of his James Allison series, which are reincarnation tales.

This story was first published in 1972 by Donald M. Grant. I had the pleasure of reading it in the newest publication from the Robert E. Howard Foundation, titled “Swords of the North”, which collects Howard’s Viking and Celtic stories, drafts and fragments.

Marchers of Valhalla was able to be completed thanks to combining multiple drafts by Howard together, into one coherent story. I have to say, I’ve read a decent amount of Robert E. Howard, including all of his Solomon Kane tales, Kull stories, his Dark Agnes tales, all but the final two Conan stories, and a fair amount of his stand alone Weird Fiction. I would rank Marchers of Valhalla as one of my favorites.

Links:

Swords of the North at the Robert E. Howard Foundation: http://www.rehfoundation.org/2014/11/05/swords-of-the-north/

Marchers of Valhalla Discussion at the Robert E. Howard Forums: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=5423

Hyborian Age America Discussion at the Robert E. Howard Forums: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=8902&page=1

Swords of the North Discussion Thread: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=10938

Hyborian Age Map: http://www.oocities.org/gmredux/hyboria/images/hyboria_bw.gif

Marchers of Valhalla at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?63590