|November 1991: Mothers & Daughters 2|
|Mothers & Daughters: Flight|
General Norma Swartskof telepathically shows Cirin what Cerebus has been doing. The Black Blossom Lotus magic charm is in the Feld River, the magic leaves it's form and turns into a narrow band of light (the blossom disappears) and two coins that are over 1,400 years old start spinning together in a circle.
The report from Cirin is to take Cerebus alive. The General thinks otherwise and orders him killed.
- Cerebus (last seen in issue 151; next appearance in issue 153)
- Cirin (last seen in issue 151; next appearance in issue 154)
- Normina Swartskof (first appearance; next appearance in issue 153)
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Back up material
Shorts by Day/Chisamore (1) and Fatriarchy (Morris) (1)
- According to the narration it has been three years since the Black Blossom Lotus fell into the Feld River. That occurred in issue 12 when the Cockroach threw it in the river.
- 4: "illusion-tower" This must be the official line on what the "Final" Ascension was: an illusion. (Alexx)
- "he's come back to redeem Iest... just like the prophecies said" Presumably the same prophecies that "Tarim" repeats in issue 91, or similar ones. (Alexx)
- 9: "six -er- seven er eight" Two in issue 150, one more in 151, three more in the immediately preceding pages. Presumably Cerebus is cutting up 7 and 8 as this is being said. (Alexx)
- 10: "Normina Swartskopf" Obviously a reference to Norman Schwarzkopf(sp?), hero of the Gulf War. Apparently highly ranked (the top?) of Cirin's military forces. Her uniform is a different one, and has not been seen before.
- 12: As far as we know, this is the first time that Cirin has "seen" Cerebus. Her reaction may well be largely due to the fact that he is also an aardvark. Then again, it may just be shock at finding out that he is still very much alive. (Alexx)
- 13: "far to the west" A mistake. Beduin is almost due *east* of Iest. (Alexx)
- "more than three years" The Lotus was tossed in by the Cockroach in early 1412, it is now fall of 1415. This is positive evidence that two years have *not* passed between Jaka's Story and Melmoth, and thus the two Oscars *are* different. (Alexx)
- 14: "more than fourteen centuries before" This is the earliest known date for coins. These may well be among the first coins, mentioned in issue 91, or (more likely, in my opinion) they may be a matched "male" and "female" pair of the coins decorated by Suenteus Po the Goldsmith (160, p.8). Interestingly enough, this puts them almost exactly at the beginning of the current calendar. (Alexx)
- "three years worth of encrustations" suggests that these are part of the hoard that Cerebus lost to the river bottom in issue 12. They must have been missed by the salvage merchant mentioned in issue 36. (Alexx)
- For some insight into the nature of these coins, see issue 160, page 8. (Alexx)
- 15: The figure holding the bottle is Eddie Campbell's Bacchus character. Definitely the sort of character who would cheer Cerebus over the Cirinists. (Alexx)
- 19: "He's killed twelve soldiers already" We only saw two of these last four die, but Cerebus looked pretty busy in the sequence on pages 14-15. (Alexx)