Seducer: Escalation

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Volume II, Book II of the Abaddon Trilogy.

Laiel Brockade has been found. Fallen down a dark hole for a year, he’s been rescued and brought up into the light once more. But he’s not doing so good. He looks a little chipped around the edges, like a smile with broken teeth. But he’s making his big comeback. And with one of the Devil’s own sons, a ‘Big Comeback’ takes on fantastic, destructive new meaning. His gang’s teeming with monsters and brimming with magic, and they’re out for blood. The problem is, they aren’t wise to the true depths of evil within the man they’re jobbing for. Laiel has some ideas all his own on how exactly to hop, skip, and jump his way to the other side of the checkerboard of darkness. The jester of the Devil’s court, your friend and mine, Mr. Laiel Arturus Brockade, is nearly positioned to shout “King Me!” That, or he’ll flip over the gameboard and shoot his opponent dead. Either way, he’s not just playing to win… He’s cheating.

Genres: Occult & Supernatural, Horror, Action & Adventure, Sub/Urban Fantasy, Humor/Satire, Philosophy, Religion, War, Pre/Post-Apocalyptic.

Prior Reading:
Provoker. Volume I
Nocturnal Whispers: Volume I
Seducer: Alliance. Volume II:I
Further Reading:
Seducer: Insurgence. Volume II:III
Nocturnal Whispers: Volume II

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About the author

Dan Champagne 

Born: 1974, Died: ???? 
Writer, Occultist, Dark Magician. 
A small, thin, but muscular bald man, with pale skin, and piercing hazel eyes, almost always dressed in black.

[Note: All stats, GURPS® 3rd edition] 
ST: 10    DX: 12    Speed: 5.75 
IQ: 14    HT: 11    Move: 5 
Dodge: 6

Advantages
Animal Empathy, Combat Reflexes, Eidetic Memory/1, Magical Aptitude/3 (Limitation: Black Magic only), Strong Will+1, Composed, Less Sleep/2, Versatile, Awareness, Racial Memory, Immunity (the negative effects of self-cast Black Magic).

Disadvantages
Personal Code of Honor, Split Personality, Unluckiness, Secrets, Insomniac, Undiscriminating, Voices, Xenophilia, Divinely Cursed.

Quirks
Loves foreign foods. Prefers his women heavy. Doesn’t care about nostalgia items like photographs. Talks to his cat like it’s a person.

Skills
Thaumatology-13, Writing-14, Acrobatics-10, Brawling-12, Broadsword-11, Guns (pistol/rifle)-13, Karate-10, Climbing-11, Survival (northern forests)-12, Computer Operation-13, Ecology-11, Geology-11, History-11, Literature-11, Occultism-14, Psychology-11, Theology-13, Acting-13, Stealth-11, Tactics-10.

Languages
English (native)-17.

Equipment
Dan will nearly always be found with a knife somewhere upon his person, although he is usually careful to ensure that the item is legal for him to carry. Depending on the time period of his life in which he’s encountered, he may also be carrying other weapons, including, but not limited to: a pistol, pepper spray, a pressure baton, and perhaps a taser.

Character Notes
This is Dan as he is most likely to be met in a contemporary setting. Note that this is a conservative, mostly realistic treatment of the author, which does not assume that the supernatural is either real or not. A cinematic treatment of Dan, especially one that includes the existence of supernatural elements, would have much higher skill levels, the addition of spells, and even other supernatural advantages and disadvantages, such as the ability to spontaneously cast spells, reputations among angels and demons both, plus allies and enemies among them as well. 
  Dan was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1974. He showed aptitudes for art and language at an early age, but was always somewhat socially withdrawn. His earliest memories of interacting with other children were ones of alienation. By the age of twenty-one, he had been married and divorced, and events previous to that left him convinced that he was somehow fundamentally different from other people, and would never fit into contemporary society. 
  At age thirteen, he received a copy of The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey. Upon first reading it, he became enamored with philosophy, but by adulthood he had abandoned the tenets of modern atheistic Satanism in favor of a more broad and personally-developed Left Hand Path philosophy. 
  When he was a teenager, he became a ward of the state due to difficulties involving his home life, mostly surrounding his mother’s divorce from his father, who, while not being Dan’s biological, was the man who had mostly raised him. During these years, his anti-social tendencies deepened, but these feelings were somewhat lessened during his early twenties. 
  Since childhood, Dan had been plagued by undiagnosed schizophrenia (reflected by the disadvantages of Split Personality, and Voices), which had served as the springboard for his interest in the occult and supernatural in his youth. 
  The author made an unsuccessful attempt at a college career. While being a stellar student, his college aspirations eventually failed due to a combination of his worsening schizophrenia and problems financing his education. 
  He managed a comic store for a decade, which coincided with his short college attendance. After this period of his life, and due to several hospitalizations from acute mental illness, Dan came to the conclusion that his best destiny was as a writer, and he increasingly concentrated his time and efforts to that end.

Encountered
Dan can be socially abrasive, but how much of that is truly self-generated, versus being an understandable response to others’ negative reactions to his strangeness, is debatable. Due to his focus on his writing, he increasingly evaluates situations on how much they might help, or harm, his writing career. At times he can seem cold and distant, or even hostile, but this is another reaction to, and often even an anticipation of, the poor treatment generally dealt to those who are socially divergent. 
  Despite the above, few people come away from an encounter with Dan without being left with an impression of the energy, intellect, will, and pride that form the core of his personality.

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PonderHouse
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Apr 20, 2016
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Pages
450
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ISBN
9780997134117
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English
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Genres
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
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Dan Champagne
Volume I of the Abaddon Trilogy.
Books I/II/III: Collusion, Mayhem, Chaos.

The Abaddon Trilogy by Dan Champagne is a character-driven end-times anti-hero anthology, as told by the denizens of darkness. The only ‘good’ character is the alabaster Angel of God’s Wrath, who’s back for business– Smiting the Wicked. This series has tapped similar veins as Game of Thrones (epic, brutal narratives), Dresden Files (magic, monsters, mayhem), Dexter (murderous ‘hero’), True Blood (sexy, supernatural violence), Gotham (the mad criminal element).

The scroll of Abaddon (which summons the Destroying Angel who begets the Biblical Apocalypse) has been found, and every vile creature man has ever nightmared of, or (d)evolved into, start creeping out of the shadows, seeking to annihilate one another until a sole victor alone clutches the power of Armageddon in their twisted, evil grasp. All desiring to plunder, subjugate, mutilate, or otherwise demolish Creation itself.

But before that can happen… Laiel Brockade, Son of Perdition, must be killed. He has proven himself a serious and deadly contender in the preternatural arena. Armed with the Devil’s Luck, some powerful sorcery, a posse of psychotic killers, and his feral pet vampire to protect him as he, too, quests for the ultimate magical doodad of destruction. Partly, just so, just maybe, Dad will approve. It ain’t easy living in the ever-shadow of his Big Brother, the Antichrist, especially when regarded as the screw-up of the family. Deserved? Probably. Immolating all upon the Earth and up in Heaven by instigating ‘The End Times’ might just earn Laiel the redemption he so desires… in Hell.

Sons and Daughter of Satan: check. Ruthless biker outlaws: check. Vampires and werewolves: feasting, feuding. Sexy ladies, tight/little/no clothing, kicking arse: you betcha. Angels, demons, faeries, gods: yep. Zombies: sorta. Witches, warlocks, ghosts, ghouls: lurking. Magic: abound. Deception, conspiracy, treachery, murder, horror: everywhere. Treasure: for the taking, by force. Cops and robbers: getting slaughtered. Evil: incarnate. General public: unawares, previously. F-bombs dropped: all over the place. An epic Trilogy wherein the fate of existence itself hangs in precarious balance: How else?

Genres: Occult & Supernatural, Horror, Action & Adventure, Sub/Urban Fantasy, Humor/Satire, Philosophy, Religion, War, Pre/Post-Apocalyptic.

Further Reading:
Nocturnal Whispers: Volume I
Seducer: Alliance. Volume II:I
Seducer: Escalation. Volume II:II
Seducer: Insurgence. Volume II:III
Nocturnal Whispers: Volume II

Not sure? Try this first: PonderHouse.com/Provoker.excerpts.pdf

Dan Champagne
A series of shorts occurring between Volumes I and II of the Abaddon Trilogy.

Simon Diamond:
Welcome to a little tale about the happy-go-luckiest serial killer you’re ever liable to encounter. You might like Simon, but Simon isn’t so apt to like you. Join up with Simon ‘For a Day in the Life’ as he strolls through downtown Philadelphia, and spends his overnight in all-hours diner. But don’t get too close! Because if Simon says– you’re dead!

Ben Arlington:
How does an ordinary police detective deal with the dangerous world of the supernatural underground? Very, very carefully. Join Benjamin Arlington as he investigates a string of grisly murders while on the path to finding his immortal companion, Cupideau. There will be blood…

Hillary St. Claire:
What do you do when you’ve just turned eighteen, inherited a family tradition of black magic from your father, and you’ve just finished murdering your mother, finally gaining you their financial fortune, as well? To top it off, your mentor in evil is missing, and your friends are no help at all? Well, Hillary St. Claire is about to figure that out for herself.

Molly Bethlehem:
Molly is the cutest little girl you ever could see. She’s also one of the most evil people in the world. So evil, in fact, that her talent for black magic attracts the attention of none other than the Antichrist himself. Here’s the story of the best Halloween that Molly’s ever had.

Bonus, unrelated Chapter One:
the Dark Hand of a Hundred Days:
A father abandons a son, and a son abandons a father. One war is traded for another when a sword of dark power is taken up by living hands once again. Weakness is banished in a singular display of terrible strength, dragging from the shadows the magic and monsters of the past ages. The age of myth and wonder is reborn in blood and the dust of a thousand years…

Genres: Occult & Supernatural, Horror, Action & Adventure, Sub/Urban Fantasy, Humor/Satire, Philosophy, Religion, War, Pre/Post-Apocalyptic, Sword & Sorcery.

Prior Reading:
Provoker. Volume I
Further Reading:
Seducer: Alliance. Volume II:I
Seducer: Escalation. Volume II:II
Seducer: Insurgence. Volume II:III
Nocturnal Whispers: Volume II

Dan Champagne
 A series of shorts occurring between Volumes II and III of the Abaddon Trilogy.

T-Bone and the Angel:
What do you do when your favorite cousin gets killed out on the streets? What if it’s worse than that, and you keep hearing stories that an angel killed him? What if the stories turn out to be true? Well, you knuckle down and strangle the first warlock you meet for information. After that, the angel hunt is on!

the Widow of the Caul:
Dorothy Parker, the new Antichrist-elect, sets the stage for her third attempt to kill Laiel Brockade. She sent Cupideau first, and that didn’t turn out so well. After that, she tried to get her older brother to kill him. That went even worse. But she’s counting on the third time being the charm. Because if your sword breaks, you draw your dagger…

Rodrigo Borgia:
An immortal child of the Devil leads what might be the one good man in the Vatican on a short trip, the long way around. They face dangers together, and ride with Death himself for a short while. All so Rodrigo Borgia can check out a book from the Vatican Library. The problem being, he doesn’t have a library card. Good thing that Father Grayburne, the Grand Inquisitor of the Holy Roman Church, does.

the Coven:
What happens when the leader of a black magic coven dies, and a new one rises up? Sudden and inevitable betrayal, of course! A schoolteacher, a kidnapping, a violent demon, and the unadulterated master of black magic come together in an unpredictable meeting of the minds. Only the schoolteacher was expecting what happened.

Bonus, unrelated Chapter One:
Deathman:
He can’t die. No, seriously. They’ve certainly tried to kill him. Hell, even he’s tried, many ways. So, what’s an unkillable psychopath supposed to do to pass eternity? Crime, obviously. Supervillains have all the fun!

Genres: Occult & Supernatural, Horror, Action & Adventure, Sub/Urban Fantasy, Humor/Satire, Philosophy, Religion, War, Pre/Post-Apocalyptic, Supervillainy.

Prior Reading:
Provoker. Volume I
Nocturnal Whispers: Volume I
Seducer: Alliance. Volume II:I
Seducer: Escalation. Volume II:II
Seducer: Insurgence. Volume II:III

Dan Champagne
A series of shorts occurring between Volumes I and II of the Abaddon Trilogy.

Simon Diamond:
Welcome to a little tale about the happy-go-luckiest serial killer you’re ever liable to encounter. You might like Simon, but Simon isn’t so apt to like you. Join up with Simon ‘For a Day in the Life’ as he strolls through downtown Philadelphia, and spends his overnight in all-hours diner. But don’t get too close! Because if Simon says– you’re dead!

Ben Arlington:
How does an ordinary police detective deal with the dangerous world of the supernatural underground? Very, very carefully. Join Benjamin Arlington as he investigates a string of grisly murders while on the path to finding his immortal companion, Cupideau. There will be blood…

Hillary St. Claire:
What do you do when you’ve just turned eighteen, inherited a family tradition of black magic from your father, and you’ve just finished murdering your mother, finally gaining you their financial fortune, as well? To top it off, your mentor in evil is missing, and your friends are no help at all? Well, Hillary St. Claire is about to figure that out for herself.

Molly Bethlehem:
Molly is the cutest little girl you ever could see. She’s also one of the most evil people in the world. So evil, in fact, that her talent for black magic attracts the attention of none other than the Antichrist himself. Here’s the story of the best Halloween that Molly’s ever had.

Bonus, unrelated Chapter One:
the Dark Hand of a Hundred Days:
A father abandons a son, and a son abandons a father. One war is traded for another when a sword of dark power is taken up by living hands once again. Weakness is banished in a singular display of terrible strength, dragging from the shadows the magic and monsters of the past ages. The age of myth and wonder is reborn in blood and the dust of a thousand years…

Genres: Occult & Supernatural, Horror, Action & Adventure, Sub/Urban Fantasy, Humor/Satire, Philosophy, Religion, War, Pre/Post-Apocalyptic, Sword & Sorcery.

Prior Reading:
Provoker. Volume I
Further Reading:
Seducer: Alliance. Volume II:I
Seducer: Escalation. Volume II:II
Seducer: Insurgence. Volume II:III
Nocturnal Whispers: Volume II

Dan Champagne
 A series of shorts occurring between Volumes II and III of the Abaddon Trilogy.

T-Bone and the Angel:
What do you do when your favorite cousin gets killed out on the streets? What if it’s worse than that, and you keep hearing stories that an angel killed him? What if the stories turn out to be true? Well, you knuckle down and strangle the first warlock you meet for information. After that, the angel hunt is on!

the Widow of the Caul:
Dorothy Parker, the new Antichrist-elect, sets the stage for her third attempt to kill Laiel Brockade. She sent Cupideau first, and that didn’t turn out so well. After that, she tried to get her older brother to kill him. That went even worse. But she’s counting on the third time being the charm. Because if your sword breaks, you draw your dagger…

Rodrigo Borgia:
An immortal child of the Devil leads what might be the one good man in the Vatican on a short trip, the long way around. They face dangers together, and ride with Death himself for a short while. All so Rodrigo Borgia can check out a book from the Vatican Library. The problem being, he doesn’t have a library card. Good thing that Father Grayburne, the Grand Inquisitor of the Holy Roman Church, does.

the Coven:
What happens when the leader of a black magic coven dies, and a new one rises up? Sudden and inevitable betrayal, of course! A schoolteacher, a kidnapping, a violent demon, and the unadulterated master of black magic come together in an unpredictable meeting of the minds. Only the schoolteacher was expecting what happened.

Bonus, unrelated Chapter One:
Deathman:
He can’t die. No, seriously. They’ve certainly tried to kill him. Hell, even he’s tried, many ways. So, what’s an unkillable psychopath supposed to do to pass eternity? Crime, obviously. Supervillains have all the fun!

Genres: Occult & Supernatural, Horror, Action & Adventure, Sub/Urban Fantasy, Humor/Satire, Philosophy, Religion, War, Pre/Post-Apocalyptic, Supervillainy.

Prior Reading:
Provoker. Volume I
Nocturnal Whispers: Volume I
Seducer: Alliance. Volume II:I
Seducer: Escalation. Volume II:II
Seducer: Insurgence. Volume II:III

Dan Champagne
Volume I of the Abaddon Trilogy.
Books I/II/III: Collusion, Mayhem, Chaos.

The Abaddon Trilogy by Dan Champagne is a character-driven end-times anti-hero anthology, as told by the denizens of darkness. The only ‘good’ character is the alabaster Angel of God’s Wrath, who’s back for business– Smiting the Wicked. This series has tapped similar veins as Game of Thrones (epic, brutal narratives), Dresden Files (magic, monsters, mayhem), Dexter (murderous ‘hero’), True Blood (sexy, supernatural violence), Gotham (the mad criminal element).

The scroll of Abaddon (which summons the Destroying Angel who begets the Biblical Apocalypse) has been found, and every vile creature man has ever nightmared of, or (d)evolved into, start creeping out of the shadows, seeking to annihilate one another until a sole victor alone clutches the power of Armageddon in their twisted, evil grasp. All desiring to plunder, subjugate, mutilate, or otherwise demolish Creation itself.

But before that can happen… Laiel Brockade, Son of Perdition, must be killed. He has proven himself a serious and deadly contender in the preternatural arena. Armed with the Devil’s Luck, some powerful sorcery, a posse of psychotic killers, and his feral pet vampire to protect him as he, too, quests for the ultimate magical doodad of destruction. Partly, just so, just maybe, Dad will approve. It ain’t easy living in the ever-shadow of his Big Brother, the Antichrist, especially when regarded as the screw-up of the family. Deserved? Probably. Immolating all upon the Earth and up in Heaven by instigating ‘The End Times’ might just earn Laiel the redemption he so desires… in Hell.

Sons and Daughter of Satan: check. Ruthless biker outlaws: check. Vampires and werewolves: feasting, feuding. Sexy ladies, tight/little/no clothing, kicking arse: you betcha. Angels, demons, faeries, gods: yep. Zombies: sorta. Witches, warlocks, ghosts, ghouls: lurking. Magic: abound. Deception, conspiracy, treachery, murder, horror: everywhere. Treasure: for the taking, by force. Cops and robbers: getting slaughtered. Evil: incarnate. General public: unawares, previously. F-bombs dropped: all over the place. An epic Trilogy wherein the fate of existence itself hangs in precarious balance: How else?

Genres: Occult & Supernatural, Horror, Action & Adventure, Sub/Urban Fantasy, Humor/Satire, Philosophy, Religion, War, Pre/Post-Apocalyptic.

Further Reading:
Nocturnal Whispers: Volume I
Seducer: Alliance. Volume II:I
Seducer: Escalation. Volume II:II
Seducer: Insurgence. Volume II:III
Nocturnal Whispers: Volume II

Not sure? Try this first: PonderHouse.com/Provoker.excerpts.pdf

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