The Bairn of Sea and the Great Typhonian Dragon Picture

This illustration follows the shape of William Blake's "The Great Red Dragon and The Beast from the Sea" (1805) painting, from his Great Red Dragon series. I wanted to make this as a sort of "Magnum Opus", before I took seriously on making the comic book pages of my personal project Apkallu.

"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations."
- John of Patmos, on Book of Revelation, Chapter 13 (versicles 1-7)

That excerpt from the Book of Revelation not only matches the painting on which my art is based on, it draw strong parallels with the context of the character depicted in the scene. These are different forms of the same character, Apkallu's protagonist Gustávos. While his more human form is known as "Bairn of the Sea" in the latter story-arcs, his Vovin form is aptly named as Typhon, the dragon itself. Mutually the beast and the dragon in the New testament, Gustávos holds his power on revealing hidden truths, on un-building concepts on which the Light God Ohrmuz (known as Zeus by some or simply as God) used to deceive reality to seize it for his own.

His struggle is against the Saints, against God. He was able, as a Vovin or as a "human", to settle the strings which culminated in the destruction of Tredius' mass-industrialized Civilization. He only did that because he was able to defeat the channels which spreaded fake morals, he was able to uncover the bureaucracies which held the individuality to few. He defeated the State, he abolished humanity, destroyed patriarchy and his last struggle would be against God himself. Without these channels, though, people were still not free. They weren't free of themselves and of their fears, and that's why he's known as the Beast of Revelation. He realized some people are afraid of the truth and of liberation.

"Typhoeus; the hands and arms of him are mighty, and have work in them, and the feet of the powerful god were tireless, and up from his shoulders there grew a hundred snake heads, those of a dreaded drakon, and the heads licked with dark tongues, and from the eyes on the inhuman heads fire glittered from under the eyelids: from all his heads fire flared from his eyes' glancing; and inside each one of these horrible heads there were voices that threw out every sort of horrible sound, for sometimes it was speech such as the gods could understand, but at other times, the sound of a bellowing bull, proud-eyed and furious beyond holding, or again like a lion shameless in cruelty, or again it was like the barking of dogs, a wonder to listen to, or again he would whistle so the tall mountains re-echoed to it."
And great Olympos was shaken under the immortal feet of the master as he moved, and the earth groaned beneath him, and the heat and blaze from both of them was on the dark-faced sea, from the thunder and lightning of Zeus and from the flame of the monster, from his blazing bolts and from the scorch and breath of his stormwinds, and all the ground and the sky and the sea boiled, and towering waves were tossing and beating all up and down the promontories in the wind of these immortals, and a great shaking of the earth came on, and Hades, lord over the perished dead, trembled, and the Titans under Tartaros, who live beside Kronos, trembled to the dread encounter and the unending clamour."
- Hesiod, on Theogony.

Here Hesiod describes the majesty of Typhon, son of Gea and Tartaros, two of the four Primordials on the same cosmogonic cycle. That implies Typhon is gifted both with the lineage of the foundations of earth and with its depths. On its depths there are housed immeasurable storms, it's also the final destiny to the organic life. Its dark and gloomy world always calls, through dreams and visions, to meontic experiences. The storms housed there are nothing but reflex to inner conflict, to a sense of split something that is a whole (the scissor force of Chaos). This place of conflict, alongside Earth and its solid and rigid foundations, stand as home and reflex of Typhon itself. His position in the cycle opposes directly the aetherial realm of Olympus and Zeus' rule through the ontic experience of the spoken word and muses. In that struggle, as we can see, Typhon ends up in the farthest place to the self-proclaimed (not implying that he actually is) king of gods.

Born not only from primordials, he came to be after the Titans were defeated and the Nature was re-settled to suit a reality based on Zeus' division of lots/fates. Nature (and Earth, its foundations) suffered (and still suffers today!) and then it created through the union of its inner self (Tartarus) such a magnificent creature. He is the expression of the unspoken revealing the lack of meaning of the spoken, the violent destruction of imageries.

"There, one day, shall burst forth rivers of fire, with savage jaws devouring the level fields of Sikelia (Sicily), land of fair fruit--such boiling rage shall Typhon, although charred by the blazing lightning of Zeus, send spouting forth with hot jets of appalling, fire-breathing surge."
- Aeschylus, in Prometheus Bound

On that sentence, referring to Typhon's prison as the Mt.Etna, Prometheus reveals that Typhon isn't dead. Typhon is like Chaos - he won't die for his existence is needed. Zeus need to keep him locked, as a wreck or ruin just to make his defeat a trophy, a mark of his power. For his way of keeping control on his "creation" is by simulating a reality based on images and words that deceits the reality in a shape that suits his likes the most, through his daughter the Muses. However, this prophecy from Prometheus (enemy to the God) also warns that Typhon may return one day.
But how could he struggle against an enemy so powerful as God/Zeus himself? Zeus only ascended to the ranks due his political influences, by joining (and seizing) Memory, Wisdom and others. His weapon (the thunder, the bolt, the staff) is only reflex of his will-power. He stood true to himself (following the "kata ton daimona eaytoy" idea) and thus he was able to overcome a position in which he entered in accordance with the gods and forces of nature, serving as sort of a balance.

Prometheus also reveals in Aeschylus' work:
"I know the fact and the means. So let him sit there in his assurance, putting his trust in the crash reverberating on high and brandishing his fire-breathing bolt in his hands. For these shall not protect him from falling in ignominious and unendurable ruin. Such an adversary is he now preparing despite himself, a prodigy irresistible, even one who shall discover a flame mightier than the lightning and a deafening crash to outroar the thunder; a prodigy who shall shiver the trident, Poseidon's spear, that scourge of the sea and shaker of the land. Then, wrecked upon this evil, Zeus shall learn how different it is to be a sovereign and a slave."

Zeus' balance, despite what humans saw, wasn't aligned to any kind of justice (and even if it was, it would make no difference to the forces of Chaos). Humans and "creation" tended to follow it just by kneeling to his strength of spirit. But in this excerpt, it becomes clear where is his weakness: the domain of the unconscious, of the meontic (not-being, unspoken) - represented by the Trident. Poseidon (detainer of Hydros/Hydros itself) has the guard over the always changing streams, over the uncertainty, of the variability of sensations and of thoughts (even those which the gods can't hear or know of). His domain remains not explored by humans or any creature which lives on the ground (or seek the unfounded dreams of sky). To keep his realm in order, he forged the Trident and sealed away Chaos on his subconscious. He not only let Chaos lives, but as well lives and experiences with him through a series of different avatars on different existences.
These existences always sum more to his creativity and power of designing and creating. On that process, he and Erevos (darkness - the purest form of meontic expression alongside Nyx) created/designed the Vovin. Typhon is a Vovin, gifted with a series of faculties directly opposed to Zeus' rule. If armed with a Trident, plus with a will-power fed on the mind and memory rather than in doctrines or idealism, he can fight against Zeus/God, and if one believes in it, defeat him.

This is somewhat a self-portrait. My tribute to Typhon will not be lost!
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