Forsaken Stars

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Forsaken Stars

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Artist: Rob Lopez
Writer: Rob Lopez
Characters: Azzi, Capt. Sera Besh, Kyton, XTL, Fabius
Updates: Mondays and Thursdays
Began: October 10, 2009
Ended:
Art style: Comic book
Rating: Web-14
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Forsaken Stars is a webcomic written and drawn by Rob Lopez. It is a science-fiction/horror/fantasy that takes place a thousand years after the Second Coming of Christ, and chronicles the journey of the space vampire Azzi, Captain Sera Besh, and their motley crew from the outer reaches of the galaxy to earth, to seek an audience with God before he takes his chosen to heaven. Along the way they have to figure out how to get through the Godshield that has kept the solar system sequestered from the rest of the sentient beings in the galaxy.

Plot

The Space Vampire Azzi has been in hibernation/meditation for just over 300 years. Sensing that the endtimes are near, he breaks free of his tomb and finds that he has drifted to the very periphery of the galaxy. He needs to find a ship so that he might hitch a ride to the interior.

Captain Sera Besh has just completed a mission that ended with the dropping of her cargo and the scattering of her crew. She's alone and tired and needs a nice steamshower. But something just flew by her shower porthole, something that looked very much like a man. She dives out into the halls and makes her way to the bridge, calling up her ship A.I. "Mommy," to run a scan. Though the Artificial Intelligence can't definitively come to a conclusion, Sera notices the trace gases are swirling. Suddenly there is a breach in the hull, so she suits up and heads for the weapons locker, but Mommy reports that something is cutting a swath of damage towards Sera. She has no choice but to make her stand in the shuttle bay, where she showers the intruder with a thruster blast from her shuttle The Witch's Broom.

And yet he lives. He introduces himself as the vampire Azzi and requests passage. Sera denies him, despite his brandishing an executive Ohm ring. She pockets the ring and opens the bay doors, but Azzi makes one final plea. To become her prisoner, chained to the fission core. Thus weakened, he should pose no threat. She asks if it will kill him, and he replies that it might, but she's given him no other choice.

Meanwhile, the Prophet Ambassador has arrived on the world of Gana to meet with the Council of Others to discuss the signs of the end of the universe.

Chapters

Forsaken Stars is scripted to tell it's story over thirteen issues/chapters.

Ch. 1 : "Constituo Theatrum" [1]
The introduction of the Vampire Azzi, Captain Sera Besh, the Bluebird, "Mommy" A.I., XTL and the Council of Others and the future/biblical revelatory setting.
Ch. 2 : "The Flames of Purgation" [2]
Azzi suffers a memory and XTL addresses the Council
Ch. 3 : "Ohm Defense" [3]
Sera investigates the validity of Azzi's claim to the throne of Ohm.
Ch. 4 : "Infernal Intervention" [4]
Intro Kyton: Cybergremlin, First Class

Background

Forsaken Stars was created out of the theoretical question I'd toyed with for years growing up as a Catholic kid who grew up on Star Wars, Star Trek and the works of Isaac Asimov: If God exists, and we're made in his image, and he's going to choose a select few to spend eternity in heaven, where would that leave all the wonderful and strange beings on all those other worlds [that have been created by the imaginations of men] beyond our earthspace and time?

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Character Age Appearance Bio/description
The Vampire Azzi 3000+ Cgwikipicazzi.jpg AZZI (ah-ZI)--A three-thousand year old, self-evolved vampire. He has not eaten for the last three hundred years and believes he has a hold on it. Debilitated,but still incredibly powerful, Azzi can fly, become a wolf, a swarm of rats, exhibits superhuman strength and speed, and can read minds when he concentrates. Sunlight causes him immeasurable pain, but in space he will not combust because of the lack of air and pressure. He feels that in the countless years of discipline and sacrifice he may just be worthy to return to heaven. It's worth a try...
Captain Sera Besh 18 Cgwikipicsera.jpg SERA BESH--The young blonde, blue-eyed, slender captain of the Bluebird hypercurve ship. Though she is human in every way, she is one of the Soulless, the space-faring race of man that continues to propagate without the blessing or watchful eye (so it seems) of God. She has a powerfully beautiful singing voice, loves beer and constantly wears a cross to keep Azzi at bay. She has only heard of Heavenearth in songs, so her interest is purely material.
Kyton Old Cgwikipickyton.jpg KYTON (KI-ton)--This cyborg is half machine, half gremlin. He spent thousands of years breaking the inventions of man, slowing their progress, but during the Return of Christ, his pack of "infant demons" snuck aboard the living tree-ship called Willowark and this time, rather than cause the ship to fail, they kept it together and helped 13,000 people escape the solar system--these people would beget the Soulless. His pack scattered and he went into seclusion.
XTL 50+ Cgwikipicxtl.jpg XTL (Suh-tl, Ex-TOL or EX-TEE-EL)--This female alien looks like a beachball-sized eye, with various organs and long, beautiful tendrils made of energy dangling beneath it. She communicates by telepathic symbology and moves by mental control of the electromagnetic spectrum, or by utilizing her energy tendrils. Xtl is a member of the Council of Others, who has petitioned for an audience with God for centuries, but the petition has never penetrated the Shield. And the petitioners have always disappeared. Prophecy compels her to join the Vampire's crew, but destiny is rarely that simple.
Fabius 5 Billion? Cgwikipicfabius.jpg FABIUS--The Lord's Gun, Fabius was dispatched outside the Godshield to track down all those who escaped God's wrath and serve as their judge, jury and executioner. He is currently under the guise of the galaxy's most feared bounty hunter, as he has found the role to be an efficient one to hunt down the few remaining names on his list. But he has been apart from God's love and warmth for so long, he is quite divorced from emotion or mercy.