Consider this your
handy dandy cribsheet to the Black Widower Universe, complete with
character profiles, timelines, pics (if I have them) and
everything I can think of to get you well acquainted with the Black
Widower universe. I'll have a link to some of the things I have already,
like the thesaurus and hopefully, everything together will be like a
Black Widower companion guide.
First, let's begin with the universe itself:
Nightchildren and Stalkers
Epiphania - which takes place in Tarpon Springs, Florida circa 1980 -
and Eve - which takes place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada circa 1970 - all
of the stories in the Black Widower universe take place in or in the
suburbs near Sargot City, an area that used to be known as
The timeline of each story is as follows:
Black Widower - 2020
Stalemate and Submission - 2000
Pretty as a Picture - 2020
(six months into Weasel's Change)
Special Delivery - 2020 (six
months into Weasel's Change)
All the other sidefics and
lemony one shots take place in 2021 - nearly a year after Weasel's
Sargot City came into existance circa July
4, 1999, after Thoren Sargot gathered all of the people with psionic
abilities who had been in hiding up until then and staged a major coup
against the United States government. The World Association of Superior
Persons became the new govenment and the United States ceased to
exist. All adult Homo Sapien - or Sap - males were slaughtered and all
Sap females under the age of 25 were made into Pets and slaves. The
remaining Saps were sent to Workcamps. Homo Superior - or Supes - became
the rulers and every former state became a Province with districts and
quarters instead of streets and boulevard. Within a generation, the only
Saps left were the ones born to Supe parents. It was not known whether
they were Supe or Sap until the child hit puberty. If they were Supe,
their only concern was their caste, based upon their power. If they were
Sap, they were either sold to a Workcamp to be trained as a slave or to
a Keeper to become their Pet until they were too old for their bodies to
be enjoyed in that manner.
Supes and Saps, there was another class of people. People
who were above average in speed, strength, or had abilities a Supe would
have or, even more dangerous, would not have; yet they were not Supes.
They were known as Mutants and were supposed to be destroyed as the
vermin they were. A hate group, known as the Believers of Truth, believed Mutants
were actually unnatural devil spawn and their aim was to kill them all.
parents were supposed to immediately turn over their
pubescent Sap or Mutant children to the World Association of Superior
Persons and WASP would decide what would be done with them. However,
there were those parents who couldn't bear the thought of turning their
precious spawn in to an uncertain and precarious future. They refused to
get the required microchips that would show that the child was either a
Supe, Sap or Mutant and instead, let their progeny run free as Ghosts,
with no way for them to be tracked.
Or so they thought.
Since Ghosts were
impossible to track without the microchip, a drug was created that was
made of microscopic microchips: Emerald Dust. Instantly addictive and it
enabled WASP to keep track of them.
there was another race. A race who had lived
alongside of Homo Sapiens for centuries. They were the Efjeli, the
people of the night. They spawned the old wives tales of vampires and
werewolves. Blood drinking, flesh eating Shapeshifters who were
stronger, faster, had preternaturally keen senses and psychic abilities.
The Ejfeli split into two different factions long ago because one clan, Clan Ionescu wanted to live apart
from Man, their prey and the other Clans wanted to continue to live
among the humans, believed they had more to offer than just a food
source. Those Clans began to breed with humans, diluting the bloodline.
Clan Ionescu, on the other hand, only inbred, so their bloodline was
Over the centuries, the Efjeli evolved into the
two subraces that exist now. Sangsue, the blood drinkers who were
psychically powerful and Odogi, the Shifter flesh eaters who were
physically powerful. The Sangsue were comprised of the Clans who bred
with Man but the Odogi were only Clan Ionescu, who considered breeding
with vache - the cattle known
as humans - to be an abomination.
had two puberties. One was the same as human puberty,
although it was much earlier than theirs and they were sexually mature
as well. The second puberty was known as Maturity and was usually began
between the ages of fifteen and seventeen. Their stomachs shut down and
cells in their bloodstream began to consume themselves. They became
unable to consume anything but blood.
Odogi didn't go through the changes of
Maturity because their bodies remained the same. They had the ability
to Shapeshift from early childhood. They also had the need for human
flesh that had proteins and other sustenance Odogi sickened without.
As a result of the dilution of the
bloodlines, Sangsue tended to be
Sleepers - people with the Sangsue bloodline but who never went through
Maturity or whose Maturity went horribly wrong. If the Maturity
didn't go right, the poor Sangsue had the cravings but not the proteins
necessary to break the blood down and digest it. They could only drink
so much before getting sick and vomitting -- only to get hungry and
repeat the cycle. Those who didn't go through Maturity because their
bloodline was too diluted often got classified as Mutants because they
tended to have the speed, strength and empathy Sangsue had.
However, there was an altered
version of the bloodrinking Sangsue. An altered
version of humans as well. A version that was not alive, but not dead.
The humans who were Changed into this undead state became Stalkers.
Sangsue were Changed into Nightchildren who, as in life, had more power
psychically and physically than the Stalkers did. Not all were
successfully Changed however. Those Sangsue with who the Change didn't
take and had their soul die before their bodies did became soulless
corpses or Walkers. They all call themselves "juicers," all drinkers of
"juice," their word for blood.
All of the juicers were under the control of the master,
Ardoin Baptiste, who also owned the Nocturne.
The Nocturne was a club where there was
dancing and drinking. However, it was best known for the pretty boys and
girls who often frequented the club. It was also rumored to be the
headquarters of the Underground, a subversive organization dedicated to
the overthrowing of the WASP government.
On the upper floors of the Nocturne were where the
Nightchildren and Ardoin slept. On the ground floor of the Nocturne was
the Playground; a hidden oasis where the drinks were almost always mixed
with blood , the sex was plenty and the juicers could be themselves and
not have to pretend to be human. Humans were only allowed there by
special invitation and the only way to the Playground was to either
phase out and turn to mist so they could pass through the ceilings and
floors or to fly down because the stairs vanished. It made a good
deterent. The best part about the Playground was the Playrooms, where a
juicer could bring their lover and enjoy themselves in private.
The Underground served several
purposes. It was Sanctuary for the oppressed and
helpless. It was also a safe harbor for Mutants and other humans and
nonhumans who had to hide themselves from persecution. Especially for
those of their own blood who they targeted their pirate broadcast
towards. However, the main purpose of the Underground was a ongoing and healthy food supply. This way, if
sickness befell the human population, Ardoin's brood would never
starve. For that reason, there were specific qualifications for
becoming a member of the Underground. No drugs. A healthy lifestyle.
And no prediposition to any diseases.
Go to the cast of Black Widower