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The Black Zodiac

The symbols of each of the thirteen ghosts which represent the Black Zodiac

The Black Zodiac is a zodiac consisting of thirteen earth-bound spirits which will activate Basileus's Machine and open the Ocularis Infernum.

The order in which the ghosts are placed on the zodiac seems to be based on how dangerous they are (with the exception of The First Born Son, who is threatening, regardless of being the first ghost, while the next three seem benign, or at the very least unable to do any damage).

Ghosts

 There are thirteen souls bound to earth, foretold and described in The Arcanum, which make up the Black Zodiac, as follows:

The First Born Son

The first ghost in the Black Zodiac. The First Born Son is the ghost of a little boy who dies of a shot through the head or some form of head injury, it possibly represents an infant ghost. Cyrus chose the ghost of Billy Michaels as the First Born Son.

The Torso

The second ghost in the Black Zodiac. The Torso is missing his legs, and/or his waist, it possibly represents a severed or mutilated ghost . Cyrus chose the ghost of Jimmy Gambino as the Torso.

The Bound Woman

The third ghost in the Black Zodiac. This ghost is of a woman who died having been tied-up in some fashion, but in the arcanum, the only bound ghost is the Angry Princess (in which case it just represents general suicide), so it is entirely possible that instead of being physically bound, this ghost had, as a prerequisite, sealed her own fate, as seen by how her infidelity lead to her demise. Cyrus chose the ghost of Susan LeGrow as the Bound Woman.

The Withered Lover

The fourth ghost in the Black Zodiac. This ghost is of someone who died having a withered or worn appearance, it may also represent someone who had her future, dreams, or relationship, destroyed or broken, like being separeted from one's mate. Cyrus chose the ghost of his niece-in-law, Jean Kriticos, as the Withered Lover.

The Torn Prince

The fifth ghost in the Black Zodiac. This ghost has much of the skin on the right side of his body missing, leaving the bones and muscles exposed, it possibly represents a "prince" (spoiled, popular, loved, etc), who's pride was taken down, or had his ego destroyed, (hence the "fallen hero" statement seen in his story). Cyrus chose the ghost of Royce Clayton as the Torn Prince.

The Angry Princess

The sixth ghost in the Black Zodiac. This ghost apparently is of a young woman who dies by committing suicide, as the name suggests, it is that of a woman, either popular, spoiled or beatiful (like a princess) that couldn't see her priviledges, as such, she would be unhappy with her blessings. Cyrus chose the ghost of Dana Newman as the Angry Princess.

The Pilgrimess

The seventh ghost in the Black Zodiac. It appears to be the ghost of a female pilgrim or a primitive woman, it may represent and outsider, or stranger, not appreciated by the town, seeing the implications of her alien origins. Cyrus chose the ghost of Isabella Smith as the Pilgrimess.

The Great Child and The Dire Mother

The eighth and ninth ghosts in the Black Zodiac. The Great Child is the ghost of a very large and overweight child, and the Dire Mother is that of a very small stature, they probably are ghosts of a child, spoiled even to its maturity, and a mother bad enough to let it happen. Cyrus chose the ghosts of Harold and Margaret Shelburne as the Great Child and the Dire Mother.

The Hammer

The tenth ghost in the Black Zodiac. This ghost is that of a muscular, heavy-set blacksmith who wields a large hammer, further or deeper implications are unkown. Cyrus chose the ghost of George Markley as the Hammer.

The Jackal

The eleventh ghost in the Black Zodiac. The Jackal is the ghost of a dishevelled man wearing a cage on his head, which probably represents bestiality or wildness, seen how much of a savage and how aggresive the ghost is, as well as his depraved sexual implications. Cyrus chose the ghost of Ryan Kuhn as the Jackal.

The Juggernaut

The twelfth ghost in the Black Zodiac. This ghost is that of a tall, ugly and incredibly strong man. Cyrus chose the ghost of Horace Mahoney as the Juggernaut.

The Broken Heart

The thirteenth and final ghost in the Black Zodiac. This ghost dies by leaping into the core of Basileus's Machine out of an act of pure love. Cyrus chose his nephew, Arthur Kriticos as the Broken Heart.

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