|June 1995: Mothers & Daughters 45|
|Administrative Assistant||Carol West|
|Mothers & Daughters: Minds|
Dave continues to tell Cerebus more on the early Cirinists and their development as a powerful group, and how the original Cirin was imprisioned by the Cirinists. Dave tells Cerebus that because he never had a system in mind, imperfect or otherwise, that he would never conquer Estarcion, and that his time as Prime Minister and as Pope should have shown him that. Dave explains the magnifier effect of being an aardvark is how Cirin was able to make the motherhood possible.
Cerebus yawns and Dave says he forgot who he was dealing with, and summarizes his history lesson with the points that the original Cirin's movement will survive whatever military operation Serna wants to graft onto it, that Cirinism will long be in place after Cerebus is dead so he hasn't a chance of conquering it, Jaka doesn't love him in 'that way' and that there is a danger that Serna might hunt him down and kill him. So Dave takes care of that by telling Cirin that Cerebus is not capable of giving birth by showing her the results of the Kitchen knife incident and she praises Terim. For since Cerebus can't be a mother, he no longer exists as far as she is concerned.
Dave tells Cerebus that he is all done talking, and that it's Cerebus' turn.
Cerebus starts by complaining about how much his feet hurt, so a chair appears and he is sitting it. He then starts to thing he is also a little. . .and before he can finish his thought a mug of ale is in his right hand. His eyes light up and he drinks the whole thing. All the type his chair is changing from a lounge chair, to a patio deck chair, etc. His third thought is that he is still a little. . .and with that a huge straw is shoved in his mouth and he turns huge like a large balloon being blown up until *bang* and he is normal size again. Cerebus asks what just happened there, and Dave responds that Cerebus drank six ales, ate most of a side of beef, ate twelve raw potatoes and fell asleep for a two hour nap. Cerebus yawns, stretches, scratches his belly and burps.
Dave says it is still his turn, with which, Cerebus pauses for a moment an then asks what the three medallions he wears are supposed to be. Dave says that to answer that he'd have to take Cerebus back one thousand years to a meditation chamber below the Red Marches where the Pigt's shaman-king communes with his and Cerebus' aardvarkian ancestors. The shaman-king asks the question "what form do we seek? what form has our form always sought?" and the answer to his question is seeing Cerebus. The Pigts rendered Cerebus form in every imaginable medium. However, their belief that he was coming began to wane, so the shaman-king crafted medallions, a helmet and a short sword of hard, gray metal. The shaman-king gathered his people together and stated that those items would be his, and he plunged the sword into his chest spilling his blood all over the items and killing himself in the process.
The issue ends with Dave saying "It gave everybody quite a shock."
- Cerebus (last seen in issue 194; next appearance in issue 196)
- Dave (last seen in issue 194; next appearance in issue 196) Voice-Only
- Cirin (last seen in issue 194; next appearance in issue 225)
- Serna (last seen in issue 194; final appearance)
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Ray: The Pigt shaman who kills himself suffers a Death of the Soul that has cataclysmic repercussions. But Bran repeatedly kills himself and gets re-incarnated - how?
DAVE: Faith. The pigt shaman was essentially an "ancestor worshipper," which, to me, is probably the lowest grade of faith: that your dead relatives are efficacious in some way. Bran had faith in Cerebus and Cerebus, as a natural magnifier, magnified that faith at many levels within Bran Mak Mufin. He consciously lost faith when he killed himself, but his conscious faith was only one level and not as important a one as the other levels Cerebus had reached (with Bran's acquiescence). He literally had faith that wouldn't die.
Back up material
BugHouse (Lafler) (8)
- The cover art was reused to promote the "Read Minds" exhibit in Northampton, MA at the Words & Pictures Museum (now defunct). A poster and a postcard are known to exist.