So hey! curse the darkness is nominated for an Ennie Award! Ennies are decided by popular vote, so when the time comes, I'll be posting instructions for how to vote. We'd appreciate it if you'd vote for curse the darkness, but really, it's an honor to be nominated. :)
The Companion is in layout. It's not impossible that it'll be available for GenCon. It's a tight timetable, but it could happen.
Art! So, if you've been following curse the darkness, you might remember this bit:
Right after Jerusalem, Cheyenne Mountain just lit up. The big-brass generals of the Army were gone, but that's the thing about the Army, there's a chain of command. The lower-ranked officers just stepped up and someone got the brilliant idea of mounting a resistance in one of the most secure locations on the planet. It wasn't a bad idea, as plans go, but of course they didn't know what was really happening.
People started flocking to Cheyenne, because it was obvious that there was activity. No one got in, but people were camped outside the installation for miles.
And then it all got quiet. Lights went out. No more movement. Everyone feared the worst. That lasted about six hours, and then the doors leading into the facility burst open.
Out He walked. It was twilight — light enough to see a bit about what was going on, but not enough for anyone to get a good clear pic of Him. He was walking through those massive doors, hands outstretched, with a wall of water on either side of him. He didn't say anything that time, He just looked out, down the mountain at the hundreds — maybe thousands — of people who just wanted somewhere safe to go.
He let the ocean have them. He released the water, and He disappeared. The water flowed out from the mountain - from a mountain in Colorado — and washed over everyone there.
Not everyone died. Fatalities were actually pretty limited, all things considered, because the water spread so quickly. Best guess I ever heard was about 500 dead, mostly children, old folks, handicapped, folks who couldn't swim or get to higher ground.
He never made a statement about Cheyenne Mountain, and most people assume what He meant by that act was, “Don't bother hiding, I can find you anywhere.”
But really, I think He meant to demonstrate something to the Openers of the world. Yes, they can Open gates to the Between and walk to places they could picture in a few minutes. He could open gates to any place he could visualize.
And so what stops Him from opening a gateway into space and just sucking Earth's atmosphere out? What stops Him from opening a gateway to the sun during an eclipse — it's just a big shadow, right? — and burning us all to death?
I have no idea what's stopping Him.
I assume, personally, it's because He figures things are OK the way they are, now.
I always liked that bit, and I wanted it illustrated, but our style of art in the book made that impractical. But the Companion is going to include more traditional illustrations as well as the manipulated photos like we used in the core book, so here's some art by Jenna Fowler. Pretty cool, huh?