Clive Barker_s Jericho JumpChain.pdf

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By Valeria Introduction Our universe is not God’s first creation. The seven days in which he made our world and everything in it are not his first attempt at making life. That first attempt was a being without age, without sex, without a heart and without the ideals of good nor evil. It was filled with terrible power, a failed prototype it would prove to be, as this creature had no empathy or care for anything but itself. And so God cast it out of the realm that would be His new Creation, unable to slay his first project but unwilling to allow it to remain where his success would come to live. But his first child was still alive, even cast out into the endless void beyond existence and at it’s abandonment, it grew to hate. This was the Firstborn and it would not remain quietly outside the world for long. In the 3000 BC, in ancient Sumeria, the Firstborn finally managed to make a crack in the wall between the world and the void of endless emptiness it resided in. This crack was noticed by an evil witch known as Ereshkigal, who tore it open further and offered herself up as a servant of the vengeful predecessor to humanity. Almost dooming the world, it was only the sacrifice of a great hero named Antadurunnu and his six compatriots that sealed the breach the Firstborn made. Through this was made the Pyxis or The Box, the sealed over breach that the Firstborn almost broke through. It contains the hole through which the Firstborn came through and a small slice of space taken from ancient Sumeria itself. Sealed away, the Firstborn took out it’s rage on those trapped there with it, torturing the residents into terrible monsters. This breach would be far from the last. Again and again, the Firstborn would attempt to tear it’s way into reality, often acting through a puppet made from a terribly villain of the time, ranging from cannibalistic roman lords to telepathic Nazi commanders. Each time, a band of 7 heroes with magical and spiritual powers would rise to enter the Box, fight through each layer of the Box to the core where they would meet Antadurunnu and sacrifice their lives to seal away the Firstborn for a few more years.
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The world outside of the Box? It is largely alike the one you may already know. The nations are the same as in your original world, as is the history to most of the populace. It is only through the concerted effort of many occult and supernatural organizations across the world, many directly supported by governments, that this masquerade is maintained and humankind is kept safe from the evils in the dark. One of these organizations is the Department of Occult Warfare, an American secret governmental division that hunts and destroys dangerous supernatural beings. Jericho squad is the foremost team of the DOW and they will also be the ones sent into the Box when it begins to open up once more in five years’ time, at the efforts of the devilish man known as Arnold Leach.
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