It’s possible! Also remember in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, it’s revealed that Vyce became a being of living data, making him similar to the Entity but not as powerful…just like the King of Worms. AND since that happened fairly recently, it WOULD make Vyce the youngest of the Entity’s “cousins.”
Linkara is looking through the Entity book aka the Absent Grimoire when Pollo comes in to tell him that Allen called wanting to know if he wanted to get drinks tonight. Linkara tells Pollo to tell Allen that’s fine, but Pollo says he’s not Linkara’s secretary and complains that Linkara never takes him out for drinks. Linkara apologizes and invites Pollo along to get drinks with him and Allen. Pollo asks why Linkara’s reading the book and Linkara answers that he was thinking about Nimue and remembered something from the book. Pollo asks if the Entity is back, but Linkara quickly dismisses that notion, saying the Entity is dead. But the book contains information about more than just the Entity, and that the Entity isn’t the only monster out there. Pollo asks if they’re going to be attacked by another but Linkara says he doubts it - the Entity came to their world because Vyce chased it there, most Outer Gods and the like don’t care about beings like them, considering them like ants. Linkara explains that he remembered reading about the Entity’s “cousins”, creatures similar to the Entity but not as powerful. He begins to read a passage about the youngest cousin, the “King of Worms” (or possibly “Wyrms”).
According to the book, the King of Worms was called as such because, unlike the other members of its family, it knew fear to the point where it would not confront its enemies directly. However, this explanation does not match with other legends about the creature that said it would not show its face to its subjects. Apparently the King of Worms was so perverted by fear, an emotion alien to its kind, that it’s face was changed so that it became the personification of fear itself, so that any being that knew fear would recognize it immediately. Because of this, the King of Worms would work through its “clockwork servants” that never questioned him and did not know fear. One consensus among all the legends is that the King of Worms covets fear, wishes to control it, and to one day return its face to its original shape.
Pollo asks if Linkara thinks this King of Worms has gotten a hold of Nimue because of the “clockwork servants” part. Linkara says it’s possible and anyway they’ve exhausted every other possibility. Linkara asks about the temporal shields but Pollo has had no luck with them. Linkara says that the King of Worms probably isn’t behind this but he wants to be prepared just in case, and suggests they check Vyce’s data-logs for information on how he fought creatures like the Entity. Linkara and Pollo leave to do just that, leaving the book behind.
90s Kid silently studies the book for a moment before stealing away with it.
In The Fantastic Four #1, when Linkara thought that Mechakara had returned, he speculated that the Magic Coin that Mechakara had taken in their last battle might’ve been responsible for restoring Mechakara to life. While this hasn’t actually been addressed in the storyline itself, Lewis has confirmed that Linkara was correct in his assumptions.
Pollo teleports onto Jaeris’ ship to find Jaeris drunk and nursing a bottle. Pollo says he’s here for another session with Sierra working on searching for Jaeris’ homeworld. Jaeris isn’t particularly enthused, pointing out that they’ve been searching without luck for months now. Sierra says that there’s a lot of data to process and claims that Pollo and Nimue’s slow processing speeds don’t help matters. Pollo says that they’d be able to search more effectively if they did it on Comicron-1, rather than having Pollo copy small portions of data over to it to analyse. Jaeris is reluctant because he doesn’t want to run into Linkara and Pollo tells Jaeris he needs to get over his resentment of Linkara. Jaeris reminds Pollo that it’s thanks to Linkara that the people of Jaeris’ world will continue to suffer and die, and Pollo reminds Jaeris that was his actions that caused Linkara to retaliate like he did. Jaeris states that he did what he had to do and that it was for the best. Pollo points out that Lord Vyce, Mechakara, even the Entity did what they did because they believed it was “for the best.” Sierra says that the data’s been corrupted, and Pollo says that something must’ve happened when Nimue copied it over to Comicron-1. He says he’ll try it again and come back in a few hours before teleporting away. Sierra tells Jaeris not to listen to Pollo and says he still believes in him and what he had to do.
I was actually going to do that originally, but I decided it made more sense to keep them grouped under “Gun and Sorcery” since it was all part of that storyline. I mean, I COULD still make them separate, after all “Linkara Lost” and “A Story of Magic” are basically part of the “All That He Sees He Conquers” storyline, I just grouped them into their own things for convenience. Here’s the problem I have: okay, Batman: A Word to the Wise kicks off the Gun and Sorcery storyline. Then it goes into Halloween and Harvey’s stuff. Then it goes BACK to Gun and Sorcery with All-Star Batman #5. So what do I call the second chunk of the Gun and Sorcery storyline? Gun and Sorcery 2: The Quickening? Jaeris Gets His Groove Back? These are the problems I struggle with as moderator of the AT4W Plot Guide, no one understands my pain.
This came up during the Entity storyline, some folks thought I should add the glitchy comments to the guide. I didn’t because I was skeptical that they had anything to do with the storyline and indeed, after the storyline’s conclusion, Linkara confirmed that he had nothing to do with the comments, they were just the fans having fun. He did say he wished that he had thought of it, so I suppose it’s possible he’s doing it now, but even if he is, there’s no way to discern which comments are actual clues for the storyline and which comments are fans having fun, and I want the information here to be accurate. Of course, if it turns out later that the glitchy comments are part of the storyline, I’ll add them.
Linkara is becoming extremely frustrated with Nimue’s constant malfunctions, saying there’s nothing wrong with her circuits or her programming. Pollo suggests that maybe Nimue is just overtaxed and Linkara asks her if that’s the case. Nimue states that while the last year has been trying, all systems are operating perfectly. As she speaks, she has a strange moment where she stutters, which Linkara points out in confusion. Nimue insists that she does not remember stuttering, so Linkara tells her to play back her records. She does so, and after a few moments states that she can’t explain the stuttering.
Linkara asks Nimue if she’s being affected by an outside source. She says it’s possible, but it’s impossible to tell for sure. Linkara asks Pollo if he’s had any luck restoring the temporal shields to Comicron-1. Pollo says they still has not been able to activate them since shutting them down. Linkara says that he’s going to send Pollo onto Comicron-1 to work on getting the temporal shields online. Once he’s onboard, he wants Nimue to put up the force wall. If something is influencing Nimue, maybe the temporal shields can keep whatever it is out. Nimue teleports Pollo onto Comicron-1 and raises the force wall. Linkara says he’ll do what he can from down there and gets to work.
Nimue suddenly asks Linkara in a strange voice, “Are you afraid of me?” Bewildered, Linkara says of course not and leaves the room. Once he’s gone, Nimue whispers harshly, “You should be.”
Linkara is talking on the phone with someone named Allen, saying, “I don’t think he’s a threat - if I did, I would never let him on board the ship.” He bids Allen goodbye, saying he’ll talk to him again next week.
Nimue has finished her diagnostics check and reports that there are no anomalies, saying independent computer systems have been unable to detect any faults in her system. Linkara is confused by this, saying that Jaeris was able to walk in and out whenever he pleased, without having to disable security. Nimue confirms that she detected no security breaches during the times Jaeris says he snuck in.
Linkara asks Nimue how she’s been feeling lately. Nimue says she doesn’t feel anything, but Linkara says that isn’t true, citing how Nimue expressed regret and sorrow when the Entity was about to absorb them. He repeats his question and Nimue hesitantly responds that she’s uncertain. She cannot elaborate on this further, just that the closest approximation of how she feels would be “worry.” Linkara asks if she’s feeling fear, and she says it’s possible, admitting that she’s concerned with her performance lately. Nimue has a question for Linkara: “What does it feel like…when someone is losing their mind?”
Concerned, Linkara says he’s going to have Pollo do another diagnostic and leaves the room. In the silence, Nimue says in a strange voice “He-he-he-he-he has seen me -” before giving off a series of sparks. After a moment she lets out an intense whisper: “You’re not going to win.”
Good question! I’m not sure yet, I’ll have to see what the storyline content of the DVD is and how it relates to other storylines before I make a decision. (Don’t worry, I’ll be first in line to get the DVD when it becomes available!)