Thursday, November 19, 2015

Antediluvian Apocalyptic

"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
                                                      - Genesis 6:5
Think Carcosa is the only horrifying milieu for gonzo adventure fantasy? Ditch the mutli-colored men (maybe) and get Biblical, Old Testament style.

Before the Flood, (the book of Genesis tells us) humankind was exceedingly wicked, which is a good way for them to be for adventuring, really. And there were giants (gibborim) in the earth, and the Nephilim (either giants or fallen angels, or the children of fallen angelss), who were "mighty men or men of renown." Talking serpents from Eden were still probably around somewhere. And though the Bible doesn't mention they specifically, any good creationist will tell you there were dinosaurs. Check out this I'm sure meticulously researched timeline:

It's not hard to imagine a sword and sandals (plus sorcery) or barbaric sort of world were weird Antediluvian beasts and human-angel hybrids run rampant--and apocalypse hangs over it all. It's like Afronosky's Noah meets The Road. Or Hok the Mighty meets Blood Meridian. The new Aaron/Guera comic The Goddamned approaches this same era, the it's early to same how gonzo it's going to get.

Actually Masters of the Universe, but this fits.


Anonymous said...

That is one crazy timeline. I like how the Hellenic centaurs, satyrs and such show up on it.

Jack H. said...

I've been meaning to run this or just write a book in this style for YEARS. Like Howard and Harryhausen meets New Age, chariots of the gods-style stuff, with an angry G-d thrown in for good measure. And of course dinosaurs.

Trey said...

@seaofstarsrpg - It does have it all.
@Jack - Do it, man!

Konsumterra said...

last noah movie a lost see - gnostic version with fallen tech civilization

Mark Siefert said...

Don't forget Lilith, The Book of Enoch, and the ancient Hebrew polytheism.

Logan said...

I'm not really fond of the "Noah" movie, but I'd liked some of the ideas behind it: The preantediluvian creatures, the nephlim giants and the tech cities. It would have been really interesting to see more of this stuff.

And, I would say, that the multi-coloured people would fit into that kind of pre-kataklysmic world. Maybe they are all not members of the chosen ones.

I basically like the idea of an preantediluvian setting, but I#m not a big fan of this christian stuff. So, I would prefer a more weird or natural cause of the great flood: The arrival of an Outer God like Ramsey Campbell's Ghroth (the Harbinger) or the impact of the planet-killing meteorite.

And, what's about Atlantis, Lemuria, Mu and Hyperborea?

Jack H. said...

My absolute favorite part of that timeline is that little viking clipart that shows up twice in two different positions with no explanation.

Mark Siefert said...

Hey! I got Mu already staked out!

Canageek said...

Saw this on my break and thought of this thread, it might be useful for anyone who likes this idea: