Monday, December 8, 2014

Watcher Angels and the Deluge

By Jon Towers

In the first chapter of the new graphic novel The Djinn Jihad, we go over the story of the Deluge. Starting with these angels coming down and taking the daughters of men as wives. This story is only minimally covered in the bible only in one or two lines in Genesis 6. We must delve into the Apocrypha and other esoteric traditions to get more details on this story. These Angels The Grigori or the Watchers come down and mate with human women. It is always about the human chicks man… Always.
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The Watcher Angels and the Daughters of Man
 

An aspect of the story that isn’t in the graphic novel is the idea that these Watcher angels didn’t just come down to hump the humans, but they came down and selected students and taught men all sorts of good stuff. According to The Book of Enoch these angels taught men; magic, astrology, metallurgy, mathematics, agriculture and all sorts of other things. The angels taught women; how to adorn the body and beautification of the eyes. First comes love, then comes marriage; the next wild thing that happened here is the Earth girls started giving birth to hybrid human / angels. These new creatures were called The Nephilim. They were abominations and were scourges of men. The gene pool of almost the whole population of Earth was corrupted and we know this because the bible makes a point to say that Noah was “pure in his generations”.
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Archangel Sariel and the Nephilim
 
The trespassing angels were eventually castrated bound and locked up underneath Mount Hermon on the present day boarder Syria and Lebanon. The leader of the angels a guy named Samyaza was castrated, bound and suspended upside down in the void, a representation of this can be seen in Rosslyn Chapel. As far as the Nephilim were concerned, the not so final solution was the God of the Old Testament, Yvh, Jehovah, Yaweh or Yaldabaoth flushed the planet. Forty days and nights of rain the bible says that water poured out of the Earth and flooded the world in a failed attempt to drown out and kill the Nephilim.  We know that this didn’t work as giants were mentioned again in the Old Testament such as Goliath and the giants who lived in Canaan. These folks that lived in Canaan were the people that YVH turned the Moses lead Hebrew war machine on while they were on their way to the Promised Land.



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The Punishment of the Watcher Angels
 
 
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The Djinn Jihad by Jon Towers
 
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Dar al-harb


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The Dar al-harb is a wonky translation for the Arabic term House of War The true form would be more like Dar harb. However I added the “al” because I wanted a three syllable name.  The Dar al-harb in The Djinn Jihad was based primarily on the Hashshashin or “Users of hashish”. They were a radical religious and political sect of Shia Islam.  It is rumored or speculated that they are called users of hashish  because they used the drug in their initiation ritual and other religious ceremonies using its properties, a little stage management and  a super dose of political and religious rhetoric and dogma to help induct and brain wash the members of the group the first leader of this group had such a drug induced hold on the minds of his men Marco Polo reports the stories of “The Old Man of the Mountain” about this phenomena. The term Hashashashin is where we get our modern word Assassin.

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The group seemed to first pop up just before the Peasants Crusade and the First Crusade probably around 1080-1085, However some trace it as far back as the 1050s. The whole thing seems to have started with a Nizari holy man named Hassan i Sabbah who started gathering a group of followers around him and using his popularity he created the Order of Assassins to gain power,  exercise political will and then also to exact bloody revenge. The order would battle other Muslim groups and with the beginning of the crusades they would war with the European crusaders. This is a point I cannot state enough that these guys fought with everyone, not just Christians. 

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They used all sorts of tactics in engaging an enemy. They stand on a battlefield and wage all out war. They could used covert agents using poisons and other hidden methods. The last kind would be like a political invasion, where they would subtly move into the land of their enemies a few people or family at a time integrating into the culture, infrastructure and political machinery of the village until they simple run the land. It finally took the Mongols in the 13th century to finally wipe the order out and decimate their political power.


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In the graphic novel The Djinn Jihad The Dar al-harb history would pan out a lot like this, except they would have survived and integrated into middle east armies in WW1 and WW2 and spear heading the War  on Terror in modern times.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Djinn



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In pre-Islamic and Islamic mythology Djinn, Jinn, Jinni, Djinni or just Genie are supernatural creatures who fit weirdly into the world. They have the potential of vast supernatural power similar to archangels but they are also have free will like man and have the ability to do good or evil.  As humans were created from the clay of the earth the Quran tells us that the Djinn are made of smokeless fire. Djinn live in communities not unlike humans, with kings and courts and stuff. Angels are really divine technology, they are manufactured beings, Djinn however marry, take wives and do the dirty deed to procreate.  


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Djinn’s generally have the attributes of; Resistance to magic, magic skill comes naturally to them, resistance to physical damage and harsh environment, super strength, extraordinarily long life span and shape shifting abilities. Imagine magically trained Djinns sitting at looms weaving a fleet of magic carpets, or magically trained Djinn working in huge blacksmith shops tuning out magically laced spears, scimitars and armor.


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In a few stories in One Thousand And One Nights there is a lot of precedent that these Djinn are being seemingly constantly enslaved and exploited for their powers and abilities. In Islamic tradition and also Kabalistic tradition and Hebrew tales tell of King Solomon has this ring that he can use to command Djinn to make them do all sorts of things, like build his temple.  

 


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Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Council of the Cherubim and The Elohim



The beginning for the idea for the Council of the Cherubim  is wrapped in the word Elohim, which is a name for God in the Torah. The word is a weird one as it is plural seemingly to mean that there is more than one God or perhaps God is made up from a group of individuals. You can just imagine the council sitting there  in their court, passing down the Ten Commandments like in Exodus 20:3 all screaming in unison the Ten Commandments “Thou shall have no other gods before me!” hundreds of jealous voices dictating the law!  Elohim is also weird because it is both masculine and feminine. Jon Towers

I sort of latched onto this idea it fit so well into my Gnostic world view that there is no benevolent God sitting on his throne lovingly watching over us, but that there is only a court of squabbling bureaucrats lording over us. That isn’t to say there is no single being we would identify as God. He is just off somewhere taking a nap or fishing. Likewise that isn’t to say that the Council of the Cherubim didn’t have anything to do with creating the world. This would point and enslaved finger at the idea that this council being a representation of the Elohim as actually being the Archons. The evil and corrupted  builders of the material world.

The court of the council is adorned with three main symbols. The first being an anchor, the second being the infamous All Seeing Eye, followed by the Golden Ratio. The anchor symbolizes a connection of the council with the material world. The symbol of the All Seeing Eye is just that, they are all seeing, or they are claiming to be all seeing. The Golden Ratio is there to connect the council to the construction of the Earth, the presence of this ratio / spiral would be like seeing a T Square or compass on the desk of the draftsman.  



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Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Stone Golems






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By Jon Towers
A Golem is a human shaped being made from all sorts of material. It’s origins are from old Jewish tales and folklore. The story would usually have a Rabbi or Kabbalist create a golem to protect his village from some sort of persecution. The Golem usually turns on the town and destroys or attacks the town by the end of the story. It is often times meant to show the hubris of the magic user. The kabbalist or Rabbi would form the body of the golem and then by writing, carving, whispering etc on it bring it to life. The method of animating the golem is different in each story however it usually has to do with Hebrew letters being put on the form or in the form, in the case the golem has a mouth. The letters form the words of the sacred data transmitted from YVH, God himself. The Golem is a pesher or a microscopic example of the power of God, and the kabbalist who would use the sacred data to play the part of God. As God formed the perfect man and woman from clay and gave them life, so to now does the magic user gift a lifeless formed material life. Just as man went against God and ruined the world, the Golem given a long enough life span, with wreck his little village and attack the people. This story is so prevalent in our culture it can be seen in Frankenstein and my third favorite Black Sabbath song.
 

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Golems are usually not named, since they don’t have personalities or anything they usually respond to “Hey! Hey golem! Come here!” Or they are named after their region; The golem of Prauge is one of the most well know golem. However when writing golems as far as The Nonstandard Assembly is concerned I like to give them cool names. The fist golem in story was Boaz The Stone Golem. Boaz is a Jewish word for strength, I get a little magician geeky here with Boaz’s name, let me explain; In Solomon’s temple there are two frontal pillars The one to the right was named Jachin and the one to the left was Boaz. Boaz and Jachin are found in the tarot cards, they plainly appear on the second card of the Major Arcana The High Priestess, their initials are even carved on them.
In the narrative of the first Nonstandard Assembly book Boaz is identified with the card Strength (the 8th card of the Major Arcana) Which depicts A lady holding closed the mouth of a Lion. But in mideveil times the Strength card was called Fortitude and the lady was depicted holding up a broken pillar.

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The second golem is in The Djinn Jihad his name is Even the Stone Golem. His name comes from the Jewish name Even or Ezer, it means Foundation Stone. http://www.amazon.com/Djinn-Jihad-The-Books-Apocrypha/dp/0692290559/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412483941&sr=8-1&keywords=the+djinn+jihad

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Archangels

There are nine angelic orders. On one end of the spectrum there are angels closest to God who just circle his throne and sing “Holy, holy, holy!” all day long. On the other end are the more rugged angels who have to deal with mankind and it’s sin every day. They are the kind of angels who smite cities, kill the first born, and wrestle with Jacob. These are the scary angels. Today we are going to look at three of these Archangels; Michael, Gabriel and Metatron. For the ease of  reading, I will refer to specific angels as “him” or “her” and “he” or “she” but it is very important to remember that after the Gregori – Nephilim – Flood incident, angels are no longer created or designed / built with gender or sexual organs.  Any apparent sex organ (even nipples or navels for that matter) observed on an angel are useless.
Gabriel is known as The Messenger, she is seen as somewhat compromised and has been corrupted in the past and has even fell from grace, however not to the degree of Uriel. Her weapon of choice is a flaming sword.
Michael is the General of the angelic army. He is a veteran of the heavenly wars and many spiritual skirmishes. He proudly wears his military ribbons and awards on his chest over the scars he received from the first heavenly war. He is often seen with a shield with the image of the sun on it, and a flaming sword.
Metatron is the most powerful Angel in the universe. He was once a man, one of the antediluvian patriarchs named Enoch. He was brought to heaven and  merged with a divine angelic power armor. He is equipped with a compliment of weapons and divine / sacred technology.

 


These three archangels are in the brand spanking new graphic novel The Djinn Jihad by Jon Towers, published by Post Mortem press. These archangels are sent to combat the powerful Djinn in a battle that changes all of these Archangels and even kills one of them. The Djinn Jihad is available in paperback and Kindle!  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Intro Sgt McCord 1


 By Jon Towers
 I thought I would spend some time on my production blog introducing or reintroducing everyone to some of the core characters featured in my upcoming graphic novel The Djinn jihad, The New Apocrypha Book Six. So stand at attention buckaroo when Sgt McCord walks in!



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The best way to describe McCord is the mind of Ward Clever in the body of a walking Shermantank. He sometimes speaks like a caring father from an old sitcom, and uses nick names for people like “sport, tiger and buckaroo”. McCord is a flag waiving pre war democrat and he occasionally debates politics with teammate Constituent Zero.



Sgt Layne McCord is a World War 2 era War-Bot. A US Soldier’s personality was zapped into this robotic body. Even though he was just a prototype he was actually deployed toFrance right before D-Day where he aided the war effort greatly. They still tell stories about a robot soldier and other weird ARMY guys fighting an army of dark machine elves in the forests of Germany.





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  • Thompson machine guns.
  • Trowel / blades.
  • Chainsaws.
  • Plasma cannons.
  • Electricity arc.




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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Intro to Cyrus The Dead Guy 1

By Jon Towers
Even though Cyrus doesn’t make any appearances in TNA1, TNA2 or TNA3 he is going to be revealed as a MAJOR character leading up to The Djinn Jihad, and practically every story after it.



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 He has been around for an incredibly long time and has run into all sorts of folks and done all sorts of amazing things and fought in many epic wars in his ever-life.


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Some of the wars and battles Cyrus has been in:
  • The Crusades
  • The Battle of Vienna
  • The Siege of Vienna
  • The American Revolutionary War
  • Barbary Pirate War
  • World War 2



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Cyrus has a soft spot for Jonny Axx. He served with Axx’s Grandfather AND Sgt Layne McCord in WW2 where they fought all sorts of weirdos.



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After he was ran through with a scimitar in the Crusades, Cyrus lived in a desert cave for a few years while his skin rotted off. He then rejoined the crusades as a member of the Order of St. Lazarus. 

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Intro Jonny Axx 1

By Jon Towers
  I thought I would spend some time on my production blog introducing or reintroducing everyone to some of the core characters featured in my upcoming graphic novel The Djinn Jihad, The New Apocrypha Book Six. If you see him try not to make eye contact, because he is Jonny Axx!






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Jonny Axx is a broken man who has been through the spiritual warfare wringer. He has fought demonworshiping cultists, battled white suited Demon Lords, and sucker punchedarchangels. During an all out war between Demon Lord Nysrogh and The Archangel Gabriel, Axx had to kill his girlfriend who was possessed. He never really recovered from those events.




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Jonny Axx is often seen in bars named after biblical references, reading books. He devours all arcane knowledge he can find in an attempt to learn about the true world around him. He smokes and drinks too much, and walks with a limp. He has a weird skin disease and is covered in scars.



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Axx is sometimesreferred to as an “Abdal” which is rumored to be a dark and secret society. Even though Axx knows about the world and the obscure but powerful forces around him he is not a magic user, he does often use his knowledge of the divine, sinister and magical forces against his enemies, often with learning even more important things.





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