Drugs, guns and alien gods! Warning – Spoilers!

October 5, 2010

Web of Ithadow

In my Pazuzu Trilogy, drugs, guns and alien gods are left to a world without God. Even though the Pazuzu trilogy opens with an “Aped” priest, drugs are a plot device, a tool for heathens to use to breach the Wall that separates Capital from the world, the Shur Desert. Guns are part and parcel to the militarized theocracy governed by the Chosen’s Church. They are largely symbolic and threatening until the second book in the trilogy, Pazuzu – Emergence. The second book also introduces Awarwan and Ithadow, alien gods that bring a new Hell to the Shur desert.

Drugs – Ape

The consequence of drug use is portrayed to effect priests of the Chosen caste. I write about the effect drugs have on people, but I never illustrate use or even present on an image of the drugs themselves. I go into few details about drugs in my Pazuzu Trilogy, because the story is not about drugs, but I state Heathens manufacture a methamphetamine called “Ape” to undermine the authority of the Priests in the Chosen caste. Heathens attack the arrogance of the Chosen, the crack in the Wall (no pun intended).

On the first page of Pazuzu – Manifestation, I state Ape turns users into “howling gorillas.” Ape is also explained as a methamphetamine that immediately causes addictive anxiety and eventually death. I suggest Chosen addicts, coming from the Shur, carry the drug into Capital. Late in the trilogy, Tamara Stoughnt’s wayward and estranged husband brings a package to the Wall, but the unidentified package can just as easily be pagan stone tablets.

Guns – The folding stock H830 automatic rifle.

The world of the Shur desert is a militarized theocracy. The Church rules the Shur through the use of the military. Priests play a largely symbolic role in the Chosen’s military, a separate entity in the Pazuzu Trilogy. The military fights heathens terrorists and intimidates the civil population – primarily the Unchosen caste.

The folding stock H830 automatic rifle in my Pazuzu Trilogy is modeled on the Israeli Galil ARM 5.56mm. Both the Chosen’s military and heathens use the weapon. The military arms its soldiers with the H830 rifle, which has not been altered for generations. Heathens acquire the weapons through theft or appropriation after confrontations in which they prevail.

alien gods – Ithadow and Awarwan

Predatory alien gods came to the Shur desert in the Web of Ithadow, a living, ethereal intestinal tract that blankets the universe. A strand of the web touched the Shur in the absence of God. The creator has abandoned creation because the world of the Shur has filled with unrepentant sinners that are far beyond forgiveness. The first book in the trilogy, Pazuzu – Manifestation, is dedicated to validating God’s absence. The story in the Pazuzu Trilogy suggests the Creator once scourged the Shur with a deluge but promised to never again decimate mankind.

The alien gods seek to colonize the Shur with creations from their own worlds, re-populating the desert before the world dies, consequently starving the alien gods. They create monsters and have difficulty sustaining life in the foreign environment. The alien gods seek the demon, Pazuzu, for help. Pazuzu is suspicious of the alien invaders and has flighty aspirations and fleeting delusions about becoming the god of the Shur. The demon eludes the alien gods by following an amnesic man from the desert and then possessing a boy – the point the story in the Pazuzu Trilogy begins.

Matthew Sawyer's Pazuzu Trilogy

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  1. […] claim that God has deserted this world, but that is an important story point. In His absence, alien gods have arrived and woke a demon named Pazuzu. These diabolic entities control the human characters […]

  2. […] Trilogy, heathens sack the Chosen’s Promised Land. In the midst of bloodthirsty carnage, alien gods and their monsters appear and claim providence of the Shur desert, the bleak and foul world. The […]

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