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Deathlands Enemies

Modified on 2013/09/28 12:17 by Kerrick Categorized as Characters, Deathlands
   The companions have made a large number and wide variety of enemies; most of them are now dead, but some still stalk Deathlands looking for revenge. This section covers the more noteworthy enemies mentioned in the books. People marked (D) are deceased.

   AIDAN (D): AIDAN (Artificial Intelligence Direct Assistance Network) was an AI that ran Poseidon Base. After skydark, it received new orders and attempted to asset control over the station by breeding the women to create a sustainable population. The crew revolted and were killed or turned into cyborgs under AIDAN's control; it was destroyed when the companions breached the base's hull in multiple places and flooded it (Dark Fathoms).

   Akhnaton (D): Akhnaton was one of two subjects created by Mission Invictus (he killed the other when he was a young boy). When he came of age, he was put into cryogenic suspension and awoke 80 years later. He used his psionic powers to gather and enthrall followers to dig out and refurbish an old movie set in the Guadalupe Dunes, turning it into the city of Aten. When the companions arrived in the redoubt, he sensed their presence and decided Krysty would become his new mate. He has her captured and subjected to his influence, but she broke free and killed him during the ceremony to put the capstone on his pyramid (Nightmare Passage).
   Akhnaton was a perfect example of a human male - 6'5", well-muscled, stronger than normal, nearly immune to disease and radiation, and possessed of great mental powers. He was convinced he would become a god and rule over Deathlands.

   Beausoleil, Katya (D): Countess Katya Beausoleil ran a barony in Tennessee, east of Memphis. She was the only daughter of Ricard Beausoleil and great-granddaughter of the man who built the manor in the days after the long winter. Her father and three older brothers died in "accidents", leaving her in sole charge of the barony.
   Katya was obsessed with getting pregnant with a son to carry on her legacy, but no man could give her one (she, of course, discounted the possibility that she was sterile). She was a ruthless woman who ran her barony with fair but rigid rules - infractions were dealt with harshly, often by barbaric means like stoning.
   After repeated attempts to get Ryan to father a child with her, she had Straub hypnotize him after showing him a vision wherein all his friends were dead. Ryan, thinking that the vision was true, attacked Katya; she fled to the edge of a cliff overlooking the Tennessee River, and they both plunged over the edge into the water, where she drowned (Circle Thrice).
   Katya was a beautiful woman in her thirties, about 5'9" and slim. She had a mane of black hair, green eyes, and pale skin.

   Boldt, Victor (D): Victor Boldt was the prince of Wildroot, a ville in England. Before the bombs fell, his father had a plan to unleash a bio-engineered form of bubonic plague on the earth, wiping out humanity; he and Victor would go into cryosleep and wait it out, then repopulate the earth with frozen sperm and eggs. Skydark halted his plans, but they still got into the cryochambers. The father's tube malfunctioned and he died, but Victor awoke 50 years later. He founded Wildroot and, with the help of Merlin, a supercomputer, began creating a small population of people, some of whom got tired of the oppression and rebelled.
   When the companions encountered a boy being chased by his men, Mildred was captured, and her friends went back to rescue her. At the same time, the rebels rose up and a small army from a nearby ville attacked. Boldt was killed by Ryan shortly after setting the countdown timer to unleash the plague (Bitter Fruit).

   Brother Joe (D): Brother Joseph, or Bro Joe, was the "spiritual leader" for Soulardville. He was, in actuality, a man who had an affinity for devices; one day, he discovered that using sub- and supersonic frequencies could attract and repel screamwings. He was driven out of his original ville shortly after this (because of the incessant attacks) and wandered the wilderness for a time, where he became a preacher of sorts. He fashioned a staff with the device attached to it, then found Soulardville, which had a huge screamwing nest nearby. He demonstrated his control over the creatures to the baron, who (despite being a nice guy) saw the need for the occasional sacrifice or punishment by screamwing to keep everyone else in line.
   The baron's daughter was next in line to be sacrificed, so she ran off. The companions were hired to find and bring her back, which they did, but Joseph refused to honor the deal the baron had made with them, so they broke out, taking Joseph with them. Along the way, they discovered his secret. They headed to the screamwing nest, left Joe there to be eaten alive, and torched the place, killing him and the screamwings (Playfair's Axiom).
   Brother Joe was a middle-aged black man, lean, with a small potbelly and a salt-and-pepper beard. He was very intelligent and well-educated.

   Burgess: The man known only as Baron Burgess was a powerful psionic. He had a plan to use his power to eliminate strife across Deathlands and rebuild the old USA, by creating a series of towers that would amplify his psionic power and enable him to control everyone with his mind. The plan almost worked, but the companions stumbled across his people, who kidnapped Jak. When they went to rescue him, they uncovered the plot and killed Burgess (Alpha Wave).

   Burroughs, Drake: Drake Burroughs is a major in the US Army (the army no longer exists, but he still retains his rank) in charge of a small unit of men who were subjects of Project Calypso. When skydark hit, he was in charge of security for the White sands redoubt; over time, he took over control of the place, killing anyone who resisted. Since he and his men are effectively immortal, they were the only ones left alive after 100 years, when the companions found the redoubt. Burroughs saved them from an attack by the locals and asked Ryan to join him and help rebuild the old US, but Ryan refused. Using the "if you're not with me, you're against me" mentality, Burroughs tried to kill Ryan, but he and the others fled through a gateway to England, caving in the hallway behind them. Burroughs was caught behind the fall, but some of his men were able to go through after the companions (Bitter Fruit).
   Burroughs is nearly 6'6", trim and muscular, with platinum blonde hair.

   Carson, Alias (D): Alias Carson (who gained the nickname "Alias" because he used so many different names) was the baron of Towse, a town in Colorado. When he tried to kill all of Trader's people and jack his war wags, Trader and his people killed him and all the men in his ville (Time Nomads).
   Alias was 6'1", lean, with blue eyes and a deep tan. He spoke with a slow Texas drawl.

   Cawdor, Harvey (D): The youngest son of Baron Titus Cawdor of Front Royal. He had his older brother Morgan killed, then tried to blind his other brother Ryan himself - he carved out Ryan's left eye with a knife, but missed the right and left a long scar. After Ryan fled, his stepmother (Titus' second wife, Rachel) killed Titus and married Harvey; they took over Front Royal until Ryan and his friends returned to kill them and set things right (Homeward Bound).
   Harvey was physically misshapen due to a breech birth - he had a hunched back, his right shoulder sat higher than the left, and his right leg didn't work right, so it dragged behind him. He was grossly overweight - nearly 400 pounds - and completely insane.

   Cawdor, Rachel (D): Titus Cawdor's second wife; she smothered Titus soon after and married her stepson Harvey, with whom she had a son, (Jabez Pendragon). She was killed by Doc Tanner (Homeward Bound).
   Rachel was tall and slim, with dark hair and eyes. She used to be very beautiful, before she became addicted to jolt.

   Cawdor, Jabez Pendragon (D): Son of Rachel and Harvey Cawdor; he was sly, manipulative, cruel, and amoral, combining the worst traits of both his parents. He was torn apart by Krysty after he tried to rape and kill her (Homeward Bound).
   Jabez was of average height and appearance, except that the right side of his face was a little higher than the left; his right eye was curled down at the corner, so it looked like he was blinking constantly.

   Cawdor, Overton (D): The son of a gaudy slut in Texas, Overton was employed by Silas Jamaisvous to pretend he was Ryan Cawdor's son and take over Front Royal. His plan nearly succeeded, except that the companions arrived before he had full control, and Ryan's nephew Nathan managed to communicate the situation to Ryan. The companions helped Nathan and his men free the ville from Overton and destroy most of his army; Overton himself was shot and mortally wounded by one of his men after he broke his word to Ryan regarding a truce. Mildred put him out of his misery with a dose of high-grade jolt (Gemini Rising).
   Overton was a large man at 6'4", 240 pounds. He was the spitting image of Ryan - curly black hair and blue eyes - but bore no relation to Ryan at all.

   Charlie (D): Charlie was a stickie, but not a normal example of the species - he was nearly 7 feet tall, thin as a rail, had a full head of blonde hair, and could speak quite well. He gathered together a bunch of other stickies in a community in New Mexico; they went on raids over a wide area, taking norm prisoners to torture and kill.
   Charlie and his people took Ryan and Krysty prisoner, but the pair escaped (along with the other prisoners) during an attack by a group of lepers. The community was largely wiped out, though Charlie got away; he showed up at Jak and Christina's farm a couple months later, begging for food. When he threatened their infant daughter, Christina killed him with an axe (Moon Fate).

   Croxton, Jeremiah (D): Jeremiah Croxton was a carnie who found a mineral spring and decided to use it as part of a scam - he founded a ville, then sent out young people (many of them his own children) to pretend they were old folks who'd bathed in a fountain of youth. They would bring back other people, kill the old folks, and put the children to work in the fields and constructing buildings. The scam worked until the companions caught on and killed him for it (Baptism of Rage).

   El Guapo (D): Leader of an army trying to conque the island of Puerto Rico. He was nicknamed "Handsome One" because his face was horribly scarred; he was quite intelligent and charismatic, however, as well as utterly ruthless. He chased the companions to a redoubt in the center of the island, then he and his army were slaughtered by the companions and the bioengineered creatures living there (Crimson Waters).

   Ethan (D): Baron of Pleasantville. His ville couldn't support itself through normal farming, so he hit upon an idea to sponsor hunts, which rich barons and traders would pay good jack to watch or participate in. He planned to expand his reach, but when he captured the companions and made them hunt one of their number, they turned the tables on him. Additionally the ville rose up against him; the rebels caught and killed him when he returned from the failed hunt (Death Hunt).

   Family, The (D): The group of beings known colloquially as "the Family" (they share the last name of Cornelius) are the product of the Genesis Project. They escaped from Redoubt 47 shortly after skydark and took up residence in the nearby ville of Bramton, where they fed upon the local populace.
   There were originally 12 members of the Family, but many of them died over the years due to accidents or disease. The remaining members - Elric, Melmoth, Thomas, and Mary - were killed by the companions after their secret was revealed (Bloodlines).
   All the Family were of similar appearance - tall (6 feet or more), skinny as a lathe, with pale skin and white hair. They had greatly enhanced senses, strength, and speed, and were nearly indestructible.

   Ferryman (D): Ferryman was the sec chief for Towse; he was in charge of collecting tolls for people entering the ville. For those who refused to pay, he was authorized to chase them down and kill them. He also led raids on the local Indian tribes, which didn't endear the people of Towse to the locals. He was killed after he and Baron Carson tried to kill Trader's people and jack his war wags (Time Nomads).

   Gaza, Edgar (D): Edgar Gaza was the baron of Rockpoint, a ville in northern Texas in the middle of a salt flat. It was built around a pumping station, but Gaza maintained power by controlling the flow of water. He kept a harem of women who were "initiated" by having their tongues cut out; they were fanatically loyal to him.
   Gaza was a large, muscular man. He was killed in a battle with Roberto's convoy (Bloodfire).

   General, The (D): The man known only as "The General" commanded a band of soldiers that raided a large area on both sides of the Rio Grande. When The General's men attacked Jak Lauren's farm and killed his wife and daughter, the companions rode after them, assaulted him in his lair, and killed him (Rider, Reaper).

   General, The (D): The General was the leader of MAGOG, a paramilitary organization. He had a vision to use MAGOG to rebuild civilization. His ends were altruistic - he didn't plan to take charge himself, and he knew it would take far longer than his lifetime - but his means were ruthless: he had no compunctions about killing anyone who stood in his way, or impressing innocent civilians into service to work for him as needed.
   When one of his officers shot and seemingly killed Ryan during one such "recruitment effort", Krysty made it her goal to kill The General and destroy MAGOG. She eventually did so, with some help; the train rolled off the edge of a cliff with The General aboard (Vengeance Trail).

   Hector (D): Don Hector was the leader of most of the people who lived in the valley around Mexico City. He orchestrated the invasion of an army of muties and norms from the north in order to force all the peoples of the valley to come together under his rule, but the companions had his agent among the raiders killed, and he himself was killed by Krysty when he tries to sacrifice her to gain immortality (Shaking Earth).

   Hellstrom, Lars: Lars Hellstrom was the baron of Helskel, and followed the ways of Charles Manson (the people of Helskel were initiated into his "Family"). He had a trade deal going with the inhabitants of the Anthill; when the companions arrived, he used them as pawns in his plan to take over the Anthill and set himself up as the most powerful baron in Deathlands. The companions turned the tables on him, however, destroying the town and escaping him and his men (Stoneface).
   Lars is tall and very lean, with black hair and dark eyes. He is a mutie, a powerful telepath/empath who can read others' minds and manipulate their feelings.

   Henning, Mace (D): Leader of a group of bandits. With the help of a mutie named Tag who had the ability to sense other muties, he gained control of a small ville near Val-d'Or, Canada and used it as his base of operations. He tried to take over Val-d'Or for years, but never succeeded. When the baron's son led a convoy west, he followed, seeking to kill them all and take their loot, but with the the companions' help, he again failed. He died when the convoy truck he was attacking broke through the ice on a frozen lake, taking him down with it Hell Road Warriors).

   Hunter, Silas (D): Silas Hunter was the baron of Salvation, a ville in central Texas, that grew as a result of nearby oil wells. Silas made a deal with the barons of several nearby villes to create a coalition - everyone contributed money and manpower to work the oil wells, and they would all benefit from the proceeds. The only problem was, there was no oil - something that Hunter was desperate to conceal. He hired the companions as sec men to stop a mysterious group of mercies from sabotaging the wells (actually Hunter's men, creating delays to keep the barons from catching on) with the intent of destroying the wells for good and making them the scapegoats. They caught on to his plan, though, and dropped him down one of his own wells before making their escape (Salvation Road).

   Jamaisvous, Silas (D): Dr. Silas Jamaisvous, aka Dr. Terrance Silas Burr (his original name) was a whitecoat who was in charge of Operation Chronos. As part of Operation Chronos, the whitecoats took peeks into the future to see how things would be. They discovered the reality of the nuclear war and its aftermath and made plans to bring someone from the past (Doc Tanner) and use him to change the course of time. Doc created too much trouble and was eventually shoved forward in time, and the apocalypse came before they could anything else; Silas used the mat-trans to send himself forward in time (against regulations) before the holocaust hit. He ended up in Deathlands, 2094, in the Puerto Rico redoubt.
   From there, he experimented with sending some of the local life forms (the chupacabras) back in time; when the redoubt's nuke generator started to fail, he hired the natives to break the mat-trans chamber down and move it to El Morro Castle, where he continued his research into time travel. His goal: to go back to his own time. With Doc's help, he was finally able to complete his experiments, and Doc took the maiden voyage of his working time machine. When Doc returned, Silas set the computer for his own chron jump and entered the chamber, but Doc destroyed the computer controlling the jump just as he left; the system defaulted to a randomized time/location, sending Silas back in time to Omaha, 1896, where he met Emily Tanner (Dark Emblem).
   Silas Jamaisvous (whose last name means is derived from "jamais vu", or "something you've never seen but think you have before") was about six feet tall and lean, with tanned skin, a long face, and silver hair in a pronounced widow's peak. He always dressed in nice clothing and a lab coat.

   Jenna (D): Jenna was the wife of Baron Alien of Raw ville. She was a powerful empath who acquired her mutie taint from the Illuminated Ones (how is unclear; she was likely the result of genetic experimentation); she could both feel and project emotions.
   Jenna was obsessed with creating "perfect" human beings, probably because of her own mutation; she had a secret lab in Raw where she experimented on cloning children to create blond-hair, blue-eyed specimens. She got rid of her failures by allowing them to wander free of the ville, where the Sunchildren would capture them and take them back to their ville for ritual sacrifice. She seduced the sec chief, Harvey to aid her in her plans, though she had no feelings for him beyond his usefulness to her.
   Jenna was a petite, very pretty woman with long black hair and black eyes. She was killed by Krysty after her plans were exposed and she and Harvey tried to escape Raw (Sunchild).

   Kaa (D): Kaa, also known as Zit and Patch, was a huge mutie with powerful psionic abilities. He had a pineal (third eye), which he had to open and close manually. When open, it enabled him to use his powers to communicate and control muties, most notably stickies. He started out life in Baron Willie Elijah's mutie zoo, but gradually wormed his way into the baron's good graces and gained access to the library, where he learned all sorts of things, including how to work the gateways.
   He escaped from Willie ville and used his powers and knowledge to gather and control a huge stickie army, with which he planned to wipe out all norms in Deathlands. The companions stumbled onto his plan, however, and warned the ville ahead of time; his army was largely wiped out, and Kaa himself fled to the nearby redoubt, where he used the gate to jump to a new location. The companions followed with a small nuke, which they set on a timer and jumped back to the first redoubt; Kaa activated the gate a millisecond before the nuke went off, and he was lost in the system Skydark.

   Kinnison, Maxwell (D): Lord Baron Maxwell Kinnison was the lord of the Marshall Islands, a despot who ruled with an iron fist. He was one of the few people (to most people's knowledge, the only one) on the islands who knew the formula for making black powder - a secret he guarded jealously, as it ensured his power, along with a fleet of PT boats and Firebirds, rockets controlled by tiny creatures called pilots. He was killed when a volcano erupted near his land while he was out taking a tour in his Humvee; he fled the vehicle, only to fall into a crack in the earth and be burned alive in the lava (Shadow Fortress).
   Kinnison was morbidly obese (around 500 pounds) and had leprosy, an affliction he got from a gaudy whore.

   Kirkland, Neil: A healer and the baron of Hazard ville, Kirkland is a large, bulky man with a shaved head and red sideburns. He controlled Hazard by creating rumors of a "plague", against which he periodically inoculated all the ville's inhabitants. Anyone who tried to leave the ville was caught and killed by his sec men then left to rot, so when they were found, he could claim the plague got them. His scheme was revealed by the companions, and he and his men got into a huge battle with them, but the companions fled, leaving him alive (Way of the Wolf).

   Lariat: One of a band of explorers who broke into a redoubt in Kansas and accidentally unleashed a deadly virus that turned humans into rotties. She was infected but somehow gained a state of balance with the virus, becoming a zombie queen that could exert control over other rotties. She disappeared after her horde was wiped out by an acid rain storm (Wretched Earth).

   Lester, Johnson: Johnson Lester (yes, that's his name) was a sec man for Baron Willie Elijah. When he failed to catch Doc's sword stick on a routine pat-down, he was banished to the basement of Baron Elijah's tower to work the wheel that raised and lowered the elevator. He was believed killed, along with all the other slaves in the room, after the elevator collapsed when Willie ville was overrun by stickies (Skydark).
   He actually survived, but he was badly burned, to the point where he was barely recognizable as human. A stickie named Budd pulled him from the ruins and nursed him back to health, but his mind was shattered by his experience. He changed his name to Norm and started building a new stickie army; this one was aimed toward taking over Freedom ville. When he heard that Ryan Cawdor, the man he blamed for his situation, was in Freedom, he immediately attacked, despite his army not being properly prepared. Freedom fell to the stickies, but the army was mostly wiped out and Lester himself was killed (Freedom Lost).

   Magus: The man known only as Magus (or the Wizard, the Sorcerer, the Warlock, etc.) is a mystery to everyone, even those who work for him. He used to work with Gert Wolfram, using stickies for slave labor and selling them as well; Trader and his people broke up the operation years ago, nearly killing Magus. Magus and Wolfram rebuilt their operation, and Magus received a life-saving surgery that gave him prosthetic eye lenses, a new lower jaw, and replacement hands.
   After the companions killed Wolfram and disbanded the Deathlands Carnival and Freak Show, he has been acting on his own, though his plans are unknown to any but himself.
   He is known to have created stickies and is rumored to have a base somewhere in the northwestern US, as well as access to time-travel technology (unlikely; this myth is just to explain his constant acquisition of predark tech, much of which he could build himself or find in stockpiles). He works behind the scenes, providing arms and munitions, technology, and other items for those who can pay and aren't too particular about the source. His goals are murky, but it appears that his actions are geared toward creating chaos and havoc - preventing humanity from climbing out of the morass and rebuilding civilization.
   (Popular theory among readers holds that Magus is one of the scientists from the Anthill, which would explain many things, including his cybernetic body, knowledge of predark science and tech, and the ability to get his hands on old tech.)
   Magus is a horror to behold - his eyes are twin chromed orbs, his lower jaw and teeth are metal, and his body is a hideous and imperfect fusion of metal parts and human flesh. Despite his appearance, though, everything works quite well, and his cybernetics give him immense strength and the ability to take damage far beyond what a normal human could endure. The companions have tried to kill him multiple times with no success. He is completely amoral and most likely insane, though whether this was the case before or after he started replacing parts of himself is unclear.

  Baron Malosh (D): A baron who commanded a large army in the American Southwest. He had taken over several villes, but one in particular (Sunspot) was a tough nut to crack - it guarded a strategic pass, but he and another baron had been fighting over it for several months, taking and retaking it. He captured the companions on one of his raids, making them part of his army when he attacked Sunspot. The other baron used artillery to drop nerve gas on the ville, killing most of the inhabitants, Malosh's army, and Malosh himself (Sunspot).
   Baron Malosh was a large muscular man, perfectly normal in all aspects except for his mouth, which resembled a baby's - soft and underdeveloped. He wore a mesh mask over his mouth to hide his deformity.

   Mandeville, Marie (D): A psychopath and sexual sadist, Marie used her father's extensive wealth to get her anything she desired. She was known for having sex with any man she fancied, often mutilating them during the act or after she was done with them - very few got away unscathed. She often staged "hunts" where she would set a prisoner free, then ride forth with a group of men and dogs, hunt the unfortunate down, and execute him/her with the flying eagle. She would also use a predark camcorder to make snuff porn.
   Marie was very beautiful - medium height, slim, with dark eyes and long black hair. When the companions arrived at her ville, she seduced Michael Brother, using drugs and alcohol to induce him into sexual acts of perversion while watching her home movies. He realized she was starring in the movies and fled her room, which turned her against him. He killed her when he and his friends escaped from the mansion (Cold Asylum).

  Mandeville, Nelson (D): Baron Nelson Mandeville ruled over a sprawling mansion/fortress in the middle of Kansas. He was known for being an astute trader with contacts all over North America and was one of the richest men in Deathlands. He had a wide variety of collections - art, firearms, fine wines, etc.
   He stood a few inches over six feet, with thick white hair and beard, rosy cheeks, and beady blue eyes. While he ruled the ville in name, his daughter Marie ruled in fact. He was killed by Dean during the companions' escape from his ville (Cold Asylum).

   McIntyre, Dale: The sheriff of Cascade, Virginia. The people there run a scam - they send him out as a "doomie" who supposedly knows of a great untapped cache of predark loot. He finds traders and groups of people with lots of equipment, reveals his knowledge through "visions", and leads them back to the ville to be ambushed and killed. After Cascade was largely destroyed in a huge battle, he escaped along with two hellhounds (Eden's Twilight).

   Mitchum, Cal (D): Cal Mitchum was the baron of Ratak ville, a small town in the Marshall Islands. The companions rescued him and his men from pirates; in return, he took them back to his ville and gave them supplies. Unfortunately, they were being chased by the local lord, Baron Kinnison, so he and Ryan concocted an escape plan: Ryan would shoot and wound him to make it more believable. Ryan shot him twice, and he took offense to the second wound, which turned him against the group. He ended up leading Kinnison's men in pursuit of the companions and eventually caught up to them outside a redoubt on another island. He was killed by a Cerberus guardian (Shadow Fortress).

   Moses (D): The man known only as Moses (an alias) was a mutie with hypnotic powers who used his power to set himself up as ruler over the ville of Quindley. He convinced the people living there that anyone over the age of 25 had to die (in actuality, he wanted young people around so they were less likely to question his power). He died in a fire accidentally set by one of his acolytes (Twilight Children).
   Moses was barely five feet tall, but weighed close to 300 pounds. He looked young, except for his face, which was old and wrinkled.

   Motes, The (D): Norman, Marianne, and Joshua Mote ran the Temple of Snakefish, a church dedicated to snake worship. While Snakefish was run by a baron, they held the real power; they were backed up by a group of bikers called the Last Heroes and a dozen huge mutie rattlesnakes, to which they fed anyone who went against them.
   Norman was a little over average height and weighed around 240 pounds; he was in his mid-50s. Marianne was short, barely 4'10", and just as fat. Their apprentice, Joshua, was blond and equally fat. All three were killed by the companions: Joshua was shot by Doc; Norman was shot by Ryan; and Marianne was shot in the back by Rick when she tried to kill Ryan (Ice and Fire).

   Nectar, Don (D): A time-clone of Doc Tanner's who was created when Doc was brought forward through time. Nectar ended up in Deathlands and found a base in Alaska, which he used to open a portal back to 1896. Doc stopped him and closed the portal ([[Chrono-Spasm" title="Chrono Spasm">Chrono Spasm).

   Nelson, Alferd (D): Baron of Vista, a small ville in the Colorado mountains. He was driven mad by the loss of his son; when the companions arrived in Vista, he wanted Dean for his own (and one of the women for his wife). He sent the men off to Yuma bring back some or all of the people who killed his son - the deal was that they had ten days; if they made it back, everyone would go free. His mother, who was more insane that he was, let slip his plans to betray them and keep Dean and one (or both) of the women and tried to kill all three, so Dean killed her and Krysty was forced to kill the baron Shockscape.
   Baron Nelson was a huge man - a few inches over seven feet tall, and about 300 pounds. He had long white hair and a matching beard.

   Poseidon, Admiral: The man known only as "Admiral Poseidon" was in charge of King's Point Naval Station. He and his close friend Bronson found the place and set about rebuilding it; over the course of time, Poseidon's madness came to the fore, and he became obsessed with power. He gathered an army around him, both enlisted men and mercenaries, and discovered a working Los Angeles-class nuclear sub, armed with a single Tomahawk missile that lacked a warhead.
   When one of the mines he'd set in the ocean off the Georgia coast sank the boat Ryan and his companions were on, resulting in the loss of Krysty and Jak, Ryan swore vengeance. He got onto the base and into the sub as Poseidon took it on its maiden voyage. It was intended to be a short cruise to test-fire the missile, but the sub hit a mine and sank with Poseidon on board, while Ryan escaped.
   Poseidon is a huge man - 6'6" and around 300 pounds, all of it muscle. He has graying hair, a thick beard, and eyes that shade from gray to black depending on his mood. Rumors have it that he is the result of genetic manipulation; he even let slip that he "grew up behind glass, with my father and mother observing me... (like) one of their own freakish experiments".
   Note: The final page of Watersleep noted that Poseidon was still alive on the ocean floor in the remains of the sub (and that he has some ability to breathe water, probably through gills), but he has not made an appearance since.

   Quadde, Pyra (D): Pyra Quadde was captain of the whaling ship Salvation and one of the most evil people (man or woman) the group had ever encountered. She was the best whaler on the Maine coast - she claimed to be able to smell the whales, though whether this was mutie ability or simply skill is unknown. She was a psychopath and a sexual sadist who punished any man who disobeyed her orders by chaining them to the mast or to her bunk, raping them, then killing them. No one in the town of Claggartville dared oppose her - besides her own power, most of the men on her ship were loyal to her because of the jack they earned.
   After Ryan killed her second mate in a barfight, she had him (and Donfil More by accident) shanghaied. Ryan escaped with the help of his friends and chased Quadde and her first mate to a small island, where he killed them (Dectra Chain).
   Pyra Quadde was the ugliest woman Ryan had ever seen. She was 47 years old, 5'10", and 170 pounds, much of it muscle. She had auburn hair, black eyes, and a sallow complexion marked with boils and warts, along with a mustache and a set of false teeth made from whalebone.

   Quint, Keeper (D): Quint, also known as "the Keeper", was a crazy old man who lived in Redoubt Zulu with his wives Rachel and Lori. He was the last in a line of "keepers" who maintained the redoubt. He tried to kill the companions after they entered a restricted area in the redoubt, but Ryan killed him instead (Red Holocaust).
   Quint was barely five feet tall and had long silver-white hair and a beard braided with orange and green ribbons. He wore a strange ensemble of clothing (sequined jacket, leather breeches hacked off above the knees, and a woman's high-heeled boot on one foot and a blue suede shoe on the other).

   Quint, Rachel (D): Quint the Keeper's sister and his wife, she was nearly as old as her brother. She was killed by Ryan when she and Quint tried to kill the companions after they entered a restricted area in the redoubt (Red Holocaust).

   Ryuku (D): Ryuku was the leader of a band of ronin, renegade samurai, who opposed his brother, Lord Mashashige. He was killed by the companions during an attack on Mashashige's fortress (Keepers of the Sun).
   Ryuku was about 5'4", 250 pounds, with black hair, porcine features, and a long drooping mustache. Unlike his brother, he disdained the notions of honor and bushido.

   Shabazz, Levi (D): Levi Shabazz was a trader without morals. He dealt in slaves, drugs, or anything else that would make him money. He allied himself with Baron Zeal to double-cross Trader, steal his war wags, and use them to gain entry to Spearpoint, a massive redoubt. He was killed by the redoubt's guardian when he and Zeal used some prisoners to gain access (Encounter).

   Sharpe, Sean (D): Baron of a small ville near Washington Hole. He kept a collection of muties (both animal and humanoid) on display for his personal entertainment. When the companions came to him along with a seer named Emma Tyler, he had her, Doc, and Jak captured for inclusion into his zoo. They broke out at the same time that the rest of the companions broke in to free them; Sharpe himself killed Emma, but was killed in turn by Jak and eaten by one of his muties (Ground Zero).
   Sharpe was a little over six feet tall, well built, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

   Snake Eye (D): Snake Eye was a premier assassin whose claim to fame was that he always completed his contracts - no matter the target - and that he was the fastest shot in Deathlands. When the companions were captured by a local baron, his son tried to rape Krysty, and she killed him. Enraged, the baron hired Snake Eye to kill all of them. The merc learned they were looking for a redoubt, found it first, and set himself up in the abandoned ville where it was located, then invited Ryan in for a showdown. Ryan, obviously, emerged the victor No Man's Land).
Snake Eye had than a little scalie blood - he had yellow, slightly scaly skin, black nails, and one snake's eye (hence the name).

   Strasser, Cort (D): Cort Strasser, aka Skullface, was the sec chief for Baron Teague of Mocsin. He served in this capacity for about ten years, slowly drawing power away from the baron. When Trader and his convoy stopped in town to deliver arms to the baron, Strasser had the convoy nerve-gassed and attempted to kidnap Trader to coerce him into giving over control of the remaining wags so he could go investigate the rumors of something up in the Darks, but Ryan Cawdor and a group of friends managed to upset his plans and kill most of his men. They left him behind on their way to the Darks (Pilgrimage to Hell).
   He reappeared later after having taken over an predark museum in New Mexico dedicated to the 7th Cavalry. He read up on the cav and its leader, General Custer; after arriving at the fort, he took Custer's role and gained command of the ragtag troops, whipping them into a formidable force. His men captured Ryan, but Jak got him free and they fled with Strasser and his men in hot pursuit. With the aid of a local Mescalero tribe, they ambushed the soldiers and killed them all, but Strasser managed to get away (Pony Soldiers).
   The third and final time the companions ran into him, there were in southern Texas, near the Grandee (Rio Grande), escorting a wagon train west. Strasser, now known as Skullface, had gathered together a group of coldhearts and was raiding settlements and convoys, using an old steam-powered train as transportation. They stumbled onto the ville at one end of the tracks and Strasser took all the civilians hostage, but Ryan, Krysty, and JB weren't with the group. They killed most of his crew, freed their friends, and chased him up into the mountains to the remains of a redoubt laced with quicksand. Strasser challenged Ryan to a knife fight on a high, unstable, bridge over a lake of quicksand; Ryan made the bridge collapse midway through the fight, and Strasser fell in. When Ryan refused to give him a quick death, he slit his own throat and threw the dagger at Ryan (Latitude Zero).
   Cort Strasser was tall and lean (6'3" or 6'4", around 190 pounds), but very strong. With his bald head, empty black eyes, and a face almost devoid of flesh, his nickname was well-earned. He was completely insane and utterly ruthless; he had a penchant for inflicting pain and enjoyed torturing people.

   Straub (D): Straub was one of the most evil and dangerous men the companions have ever met. He had some mutie blood, which presented itself in his forked tongue and psychic powers of mind-reading and coercion. He was most well-known for being able to hypnotize people and make them do or believe whatever he wanted, simply by using his silver amulet and his power.
   The companions first encounted Straub when he was leading a band of brushwooders in California; he planned to take over a nearby ville (which the companions had no interest in), but after he tried to kill Jak and Krysty for their hair, they fled to the ville, warned the baron, and foiled the attack. They fled back to the redoubt, but Trader and Abe remained behind and were presumably killed by Straub and the remainder of his men (Shadowfall).
   The final time the companions encountered him, he had been captured by a tribe of muddies. They freed him and found out that he was thrall to Countess Katya Beausoleil, so they decided to return him to her - both for the reward he said she would grant and so they could find out the final fate of Trader and Abe. He pretended not to remember anything, but taunted them with snippets of memory he claimed to have without ever giving them a definitive answer.
   Straub hypnotized Ryan so that Katya could seduce him, then showed him a vision where all of his companions were dead. Once Ryan was in Katya's hands, Straub went out to make the visions real, starting with Doc, but Doc shot him before he could do so (Circle Thrice).
   Straub was in his early fifties, a shade over six feet tall, and lean of build. He had unnaturally smooth skin, a shaven head, and dark brown eyes that, if one looked into them, appeared to be black with whirling silver flecks. He always dressed in black and never carried a blaster, but had an ivory-handled straight razor tucked into a sheath down the back of his neck.

   Sunchild (D): Sunchild was an inbred mutie, the last in a long line. He led the ville of Samtvogel and may have had some empathic powers (he gathered a band of stickies to join his villagers for an attack on a nearby ville). He was captured when the people of Raw ville and the companions attacked his ville to recover a nuclear warhead, and later executed (Sunchild).
   He was a near-perfect specimen of humanity - tall, well-muscled, blond hair and blue eyes, and chiseled features - but he had the head and shoulders of a symbiotic twin growing from his chest.

   Tardy, Dr. Ethel (D): Dr. Ethel Tardy was the lead scientist of the Wizard Island Scientific Complex, one of a number of people who did research as part of Project Eurydice. She was killed by Doc as the companions escaped the complex (Crater Lake).
   Dr. Tardy was the latest in a long line of inbreds - she was barely four feet tall, and pudgy, with jowls of fat that lay on her shoulders. She had an enormous bosom, which forced her to walk with her back bowed back to compensate for it, and wore thick glasses. One arm was withered and nearly useless.

   Teague, Jordan (D): Teague was the baron of Mocsin. He'd started out as a sec man for a baron in the south, advanced to chief status, then overthrew his boss in a bloody coup. Some time later, he himself was ousted by his own sec chief, but managed to escape before he was killed.
   He headed north and ended up with a band of muties near St. Louis; they spent the next two years raiding local communities, until the locals finally fought back and destroyed the band. Teague, being a norm, managed to hide himself among the locals in the chaos, securing his position by killing the mutie leader himself. Unfortunately for him, someone recognized him and claimed he was one of the raiders, so he killed the man and fled ahead of rumors that he was covering something up.
   After moving northwest for a time, he ended up in Mocsin. About the same time, he ran into Trader. As it happened, one of the earthquakes set off by the Russian earthshaker bombs that had devastated the West Coast also exposed some gold veins; some unlucky panhandler let slip about his find of gold nuggets to Teague, who killed the man and took his loot, using it to buy a load of weapons from Trader. With these and a new band of marauders, he set about pacifying Mocsin and setting himself up as its overlord. He used the gold from the mines to get himself filthy rich by filtering it out east, though not much of that wealth ever made it beyond him and his sec men.
   When Cort Strasser dropped mortars of nerve gas on Trader's convoy - against Teague's advice - Ryan and a band of people who'd been in town with him at the time assaulted Teague's mansion and took him hostage. During an attempted exchange of hostages (Teague for Trader), Strasser had Teague killed (Pilgrimage to Hell).

   Tellen: A former inhabitant of the Free City of Denver, Tellen disagreed with how things were being run, so he tried to take over. He was exiled from the city and set up his own base of operations, gathering others of like mind to join him. His army was largely wiped out in a confrontation with Denver's forces and those of The Bunker, as well as his own stickies that got out of control. He fled the battle with the baron's daughter, but Ryan saved her and drove Tellen's vehicle over a cliff, jumping free at the last second. Tellen survived the fall, though he was badly injured, and made his way back to his headquarters. His army was gone, but Magus was waiting for him - it turns out that Magus was backing him from the beginning. When he returned to report his failure, Magus took Tellen into his lab, saying that he would be "the first to receive the gifts I can give" (Perception Fault).

   Thoruldson, Jorund (D): The former baron of Markland, a ville on the shores of Lake Superior. The ville was being poisoned by toxic waste flowing down a river nearby; when the companions arrived, his wiseman convinced him that Mildred was the cause (because her skin was black - in Norse myth, dark elves are evil) and had to be sacrificed, along with Jak (Jak's death would bring them good luck). The companions tried to convince him otherwise, but he refused to listen to reason, so Ryan was forced to kill him.
   Jorund was a huge man - 6'5", 300 pounds, almost all of it muscle. He had white-blond hair and ice-blue eyes and a hearty, friendly manner. He was killed when Ryan tossed an implosion grenade at him (Northstar Rising).

   Touch-the-Sky (D): Touch-the-Sky, aka Joe, was a Lakota war chief. The companions first met him in South Dakota, where he and his people helped them (unintentionally) against Lars Hellstrom and his men. He later showed up in Amicus seeking their aid. He wanted to take over the valley of Ti-Ra'-Wa and use its power to cleanse the earth, but once the companions found out his true motives, Ryan killed him (Demons of Eden).

   Trask, Auriel Otis (D): Auriel Trask is the daughter of Dredda Trask and Ryan Cawdor. When Dredda's force came to Deathlands, they captured Ryan and his friends; Dredda immediately recognized Ryan and wanted his seed for her children. He wouldn't give it up, so she took it from Krysty instead.
   Like her mother, Auriel underwent the procedure that made her into a superior human being, but this didn't save her when she and her people were attacked by a creature that lived in the void between worlds. It infected and killed most of them (those who weren't killed by the companions); she was the last of the group, but was killed by a slave before the specters infecting her could burst free (Doom Helix).
   Auriel took after her father in looks (curly black hair, blue eyes, and strong features) and had her mother's uncaring attitude toward the people of Deathlands.

   Trask, Dredda Otis (D): Dredda Otis Trask was the CEO of Omnico, a megaconglomerate on Shadow Earth. After the first failed attempt to colonize Deathlands, she used her company's resources to perfect Dr. Huth's research into interdimensional gates, then underwent a genetic procedure that vastly improved her size, strength, speed, and intelligence, but left her unable to bear children. She knew of the end result, and so had her eggs harvested for later fertilization. After the procedure, she and a dozen or so other women who had undergone the procedure took a force to Deathlands and set up a camp at Slake City. She later died from an infestation of parasites that lived in the void between worlds (Breakthrough).
   Dredda was cold, conniving, and not terribly bright - she cared nothing for the teeming masses of humanity on her world, but was more interested in being able to find a place where the elite could escape. After being genetically altered, she considered herself to be a life form superior to "normal" human beings, the pinnacle of evolution. Before her alteration, she was 5'7" and around 130 pounds; afterward, she was 5'11" and around 160 pounds; she had curly blonde hair and blue eyes.

   Traven, Adam (D): Adam Traven was a psychopath and manipulator who had a posse of young men and women to do his bidding. He ended up in Greenglades ville and got the baron, Boss Larry, hooked on dreem. He slowly took over control of the ville and its sec men, and he and his posse went on night hunts into the retirement community nearby to kill old people and steal their goods. He was killed during a final confrontation between his group and the companions. Boss Larry fell on him, pinning him down; Ryan pulled him free, then put bullets through both elbows, both knees, and his stomach, and left him to die (Dark Carnival).
Adam was short - only 5'6", and slim (around 125 pounds). He had long, curly black hair, a matching mustache, and deep brown eyes.

   Tregart, Sandra (D): Sandra Tregart was the daughter of the baron of Thunder ville, in Indiana. She discovered an airfield with a working biplane and learned how to fly it, using alcohol for fuel; she used the plane to fly over other villes, demanding tribute to prevent them from being bombed. She eventually created a working plane of her own, but she never got to capitalize on it, as the companions found out what she was doing and put an end to it, destroying her notes as well so no one else can duplicate it. Ryan lured her into an area with screamwings, a flock of which distracted her long enough for him to shoot her; she crashed into the forest and was later burned alive by Baron Jeffers, a man whose ville she destroyed (Sky Raider).

   Tourment (D): The man known only as Tourment was a baron who ruled over Lafayette, Lousiana, and a large part of the swamps around it. He and his forces were in a stalemate with rebels led by Jak Lauren until the companions came and tipped the balance; they burned down the hotel he used as a base, chased him into the swamp, and crippled him, then fed him to a giant alligator (Neutron Solstice).
   Tourment was a giant of a man - a few inches over seven feet tall and somewhere around 400 pounds - and extremely strong. His legs were too weak to hold his massive weight, however, so he was forced to wear an exoskeleton to help him walk.

   Uchitel (D): Leader of the Narodniki, Uchitel was nicknamed "the Teacher" because he was one of the few members of the group who was literate. He was utterly ruthless and feared even by his marauders, who were themselves hard men and women. When he learned that his group was pursued by Major Gregori Zimyanin, he decided to head for America and loot the wealth supposedly found there. He met his end in Alaska, shot by Krysty after he tried to kill Zimyanin before he was executed (Red Holocaust).
   Uchitel was bald, had golden eyes, and wore a silver circlet around his brow.

   Wolfe, Joshua (D): Joshua Wolfe ran afoul of Trader years ago. He'd tried to poison the crew of War Wag One, but a dog ate the food first. Trader ended up cutting off his left hand and letting him go. The companions later encountered him in charge of a religious sect called the Children of the Rock; he claimed to have forgiven Ryan and JB but later tried to kill them. The companions set his mansion on fire, and Ryan shot him when he tried to help put the fire out (Crucible of Time).
   Joshua was 6'3", around 240 pounds, all of it muscle, with black hair going gray.

   Wolfram, Gert (D): Gert Wolfram worked for years alongside Magus, selling stickies as stickies and running a circus. He was an old enemy of Trader, who broke up one of his operations many years ago.
   When the companions came to Twin Forks, Wolfram and Magus happened to be there. They booked a cabin aboard the same riverboat as the companions when they went north on a trip, then took everyone hostage to force Ryan and JB to find some overseers from their stickie slave camp. Ryan and JB infiltrated the camp, where the duo were holding the others prisoner, blew the place up, killed most of the men, and freed their friends; Wolfram tried to flee on a hot air balloon with the companions, but Ryan knocked him loose to fall to the ground, where he was set upon by a horde of angry ex-slave stickies and torn apart (Eclipse at Noon).
   Gert was an enormously fat man who spoke with a soft voice.

   Yoville, Red Jack (D): Red Jack Yoville was the leader of a band of pirates who raided all along the eastern coast of the Gulf of Mexico; he gained his name from the vibrant red shirt he wore. He and his people attacked the Institute of Peaceful Oceanographic Research, forcing Ryan Cawdor and his friends to help defend the people there. Ryan killed Yoville himself as they fled the place ahead of a massive undersea eruption (Deep Empire).

   Zeal, Lundquist (D): Lundquist Zeal was the baron of Virtue Lake, a town built around a large oil refinery. He entered into an alliance with Levi Shabazz to double-cross Trader, steal his war wags, and use them to gain entry to Spearpoint, a massive redoubt. When they couldn't get past the redoubt's guardian, he returned to Virtue Lake, but several of Trader's people had placed bombs around the refinery. Zeal dove into a large metal tank he used to torture prisoners just before the entire place blew up, but he was trapped inside and died there (Encounter).
   Baron Zeal liked to dress in women's clothes (including high heels) and pretended that he was at least partially crazy. His reasoning was that if people thought he was crazy, they wouldn't know how to deal with him, which would give him an advantage. He decorated his manor with all sorts of eclectic brik-a-brak and drove a hot pink Cadillac, further enhancing the illusion of mental instability.

   Zimyanin, Gregori (D): Major-Commissar Gregori Zimyanin was a member of the Russian Security Bureau (sort of an amalgam of the KGB and the army). Many of his superiors hated and feared him because of his deadly prowess and psychopathic tendencies, so he was stationed as far from Moscow as possible - the Kamchatka Peninsula, just across the Bering Strait from Alaska. There, he was assigned the task of tracking down and eliminating the Narodniki, which he did with the help of the companions. He tried to claim Alaska for Mother Russia, but they bluffed him with a dummy missile, so he took his men and returned empty-handed (Red Holocaust).
   After returning from Alaska, he was promoted and given a desk job in Moscow. The companions jumped to a gateway near Moscow a few months later, and word of their activities eventually got back to Zimyanin. He pursued them back to the gate and jumped in as it was cycling, then started to strangle Ryan. When they arrived at the new gate, he recovered before anyone else and exited the chamber, slamming the door behind him and activating a new jump sequence (Northstar Rising).
   The last time the companions encountered him, he was running a sulfur mine in Canada, sending raiding parties through the gates to find slave labor. One of the parties happened to jump to Dulce and captured Dean. Ryan went after him and accidentally activated several sec hunter droids in the redoubt; when he and Zimyanin finally met in a huge ore processing plant, one of the droids showed up. Ryan convinced Zimyanin to a truce, saying that the droid would kill them all (which was a lie - the droid would have ignored Zimyanin if he didn't interfere), so Zimyanin took on the droid single-handedly, throwing it off a catwalk and destroying it. He was badly wounded in the confronation, though, and the catwalk collapsed, leaving him hanging from a steel support cable by one hand. Ryan was going to save him, but Dean was hell-bent on killing him. Zimyanin said he "would not want one so young to carry so heavy a burden" and let go, falling to his death (Chill Factor).
   Gregori Zimyanin was one of the most physically powerful men Ryan ever knew - he was only 5'6", but weighed around 240 pounds, all of it muscle. He kept his head shaved bald, but sported a luxuriant black mustache; his face was marked with smallpox scars. He was a psychotic and a sexual sadist, willing to inflict horrific punishments for minor infractions from his followers. He learned English from a book called The English Tongue for the Benefit of the Russian Gentleman Abroad, written in 1911, which gave him an archaic, almost formal, mode of speech.

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