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Mage War 2003

Inquisition. There are evil mages who have a magic contest every four years, and 2003 is one of those years. And there is a temple full of people who hunt mages. And then there's me, in the crossfire.

Speaking of 2003, it's the year I've taken up residence near Chicago with my new roommate Odin. Yeah, that Odin. We're both at home one Sunday afternoon, when robots knock on my balcony door. Actually, they knock right through it. And they're Heid-Ketzel robots. Oh no, not again.

And now there are sirens in the distance. The police must have finally noticed the small legion of flying robots.

There's some time for cleanup afterwards. Some of the robots teleported out at the same time Torquemada did, but some didn't because they'd been toppled and couldn't fall through their teleportals. So there's at least some evidence here that I didn't trash my own apartment. And Odin obligingly disappears, so there's no question about my having an unregistered roommate.

Then I go online and ask my fellow "mages" what the hell is going on. It seems the Black Arts Competition of 2003 got pre-empted by this Torquemada fellow, who joined the Heid-Ketzel Temple, got into a leadership position, rebuilt their robot factories, and decided to start capturing mages before they can raise trouble. He got most of the evil mages in late 2002, then asked himself, "Why stop there?"

Actually I have to admire his initiative; it's about time someone started taking anti-social mages seriously enough to treat them like terrorists. But Torquemada definitely needs a bit of restraint here.

And Odin certainly seems to be acting like a god now. We need to talk. I start...

I'm not sure where to go from here... but we're likely to kick some serious ass when we do.

Finster. Not only are there evil mages, there are extradimensional beings (more commonly known as demons) that they make treaties with. When the evil mages disappear, the demons go looking for replacements.

Balance of Fear. The demons are granting dominion over dreams. One of my old enemies the Countess (more properly, the Contessa Teresa Patricia de Fremontagne) is cashing in on this. Of course, I have some dominion over Death. How well will this protect me? I guess I'll find out soon...

I think I've protected a third of the United States right there.

What about everyone else?

So really, it's back to business as usual.

Me in Comic Books:
Startup Escalation 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 A Prequel Mage War A Sequel 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 .

Thor, Odin, and Death are public domain, so there. All other characters in this fiction are © copyright 2009 by Eiler Technical Enterprises.