A new feature! Cullen Bunn showcases some of the weird and fantastical objects seen in his critically acclaimed The Sixth Gun series!
The Sixth Gun is the Oni Press Western/horror series that focuses on the misadventures of Rebecca Moncrief and Drake Sinclair after the latter inadvertently comes into possession of a pistol with dangerous otherworldly powers. The world of The Sixth Gun is filled with all manners of mystical creatures and powerful objects, each with a unique backstory. The Sixth Gun Almanac is a new monthly feature at the Outhouse which sheds light on these strange objects, courtesy of The Sixth Gun writer Cullen Bunn.
Promoteo's Eyes, Words, and Body
Promoteo was a scholar, alchemist, and ostracized priest who accompanied the conqueror Cortés to Mexico in 1519. He was an ambitious and unscrupulous sort, and he sold blessings as well as curses to the highest bidder. In 1520, following a massacre at the main temple in Tenochtitlan, Promoteo was stoned to death by Aztec rebels. In the aftermath of the rebellion, his body vanished, secreted away by devoted followers.
According to explicit instructions left by Promoteo, his remains were used in the construction of three artifacts.
The priest's skull was removed. Within the eye sockets were placed a pair of multi-faceted gemstones. What was left of his blood was harvested from the body and used to ink a scroll with an incantation Promoteo had often used while bestowing his blessings or condemnations. What remained of his body was burned, the ashes placed within an hourglass.
With these items—the eyes, words, and body of Promoteo—his followers could continue to use his magic.
These three artifacts work together to bless or curse the man who dares use them. At the very moment when the last bit of ash falls from one side of the hourglass to the other, the words from the scroll must be spoken exactly. If the ritual is performed to the letter, a person may look into the multi-faceted eyes and see a vision of prosperity, wealth, and happiness. Within days, the events foreseen in the gemstones will come to pass. However, if the ritual is not performed correctly, the vision within the jewels will be one of horror and torment... a terrible fate that cannot be avoided.
Promoteo's followers vanished over a hundred years ago... perhaps the victims themselves of one of the dead priest's curses... but the artifacts are still believed to be in circulation. The story goes, though, that since the disappearance of Promoteo's followers, the skull's eyes show far more curses than blessings.
Promoteo's Eyes, Words and Body appears in The Sixth Gun #17, which can be found at a local comic book store near you.
Written or Contributed by: Cullen Bunn