Tradito Dalla Luce (Betrayed by the Light)
Five Strangers, an evil Englishman, a 10 year old girl and a dog.
Hardly the kind of rousing group that you expect to take on an alien invasion and win right?
Well you would be right because this is not that kind of story. Based on “The Martians Are Here” (TMAH) podcast this is not just a remastered version, it’s an enhanced retelling of the story adding new scenes and enhancing existing ones to bring forth the power of the central themes of TMAH. Told through the lens of an alien invasion this is the story of five strangers who each make their way via very different roads to the same day.
The day Sydney disappeared forever.
As the five face the struggle to survive and unwrap the mysteries of a rapidly changing world they must overcome their personal limitations and battle demons both personal and alien. From Sarahs past to Jim’s present, Jones love to Mickeys faith, Daniels treachery to Roses Stubbornness, action to adventure, life to death, alien worlds to the dreams of children.
Rose of Mars challenges your understanding of the world and draws you into it’s bosom refusing to let go until the story is done. All in the very best traditions of science fiction.
Written and created by Stefan Sawynok and Simon Meddings, Scored, Narrated and Produced by Rick Moyer, Art by Ella Anatasia.
Rose of Mars is science fiction by Martians, for Martians everywhere.
Corporate Jim – The best corporate lawyer in the land and available to anyone who really needs to avoid the law but at a price. Jim’s world is changed when he takes on an englishman who claims to be in contact with Aliens. When it turns out he is telling the truth Jim unintentionally finds himself the emissary of humanity in a complex set of negotiations that promise to transform mankind. When Jim becomes suspicious of the Aliens motives he returns to Australia then mysteriously disappears after a car accident.
Mickey – A storeman by trade, a little geeky, a little sports nut who keeps largely to himself. As the rapidly changing world reveals itself around him Mickey finds himself way out of his depth, carried along by events, seemingly powerless to restore his life to normality or comprehend what is going on. As events unfold Mickey has to face his own short comings and take charge of his own life if he has any hope to survive.
Jones – Soldier and Priest all wrapped up in one and it’s not an entirely comfortable mix. Jones has felt the kiss of death in more than one circumstance, having killed, helped bury the dead and lost a lover. Jones is perpetually caught between the spiritual man that seeks calm in the face of the oncoming storm and the soldier that just wants to meet it head on.
Sarah – Sarah is a reclusive scientist with a horrible past. Having escaped a father that abused her in every way possible in his own effort to drown out the pain of loosing his wife, Sarah is a survivor. It’s her survival instincts that keep her alive through the dangers that await her but her strength is also her weakness. Sarah’s past lives within her and her father still stalks her from beyond the grave.
Rose – If she was born into a normal world, Rose may well have struggled into adulthood. As it is the increasingly strange and dangerous world she finds herself in feels more real than the life she left behind.
Shaun – Shaun is a detective with dubious links to Sir Daniel. Shaun carries many secrets including his past, how he came to meet Daniel and why he is interested in the crew of the Nexus. Shaun is clever, resourceful and not in the slightest bit concerned with the deadly monsters at their doorstep but is he a friend or foe?
Sir Daniel – Ex agent for the british government who happened upon an amazing discovery, the mummified remains of a being from another world. An ambitious man, Daniel fails to report his find, choosing instead to wheel and deal his way to learning all he can, finally managing to make first contact. Acting as the self proclaimed representative of mankind, Daniel sets about remaking the world in his own image. Needless to say it all goes horribly wrong but Daniel proves to be even more dangerous when things go wrong.
Shaggy Man – The mysterious Alien discovered by Sir Daniel and not as dead as previously thought. While his body is largely useless now, his mind is incredibly active reaching out to his creators and providing a bridge between this world and theirs.
Nerezza- The Nerezza are death, they can kill with their touch and reproduce at will. Worse the nerezza can evolve their form in order to take advantage of the environment. Ruthless, adaptable and relentless.
Luce – The luce are the Ancestors of the Nerezza. In better times the Nerezza were scholars, artists and scientists. Betrayed by their creators, they became the ruthless Nerezza in preparation for war. Some Luce still survive the last reminders of what the Nerezza once were and never will be again.
Fedele – The Fedele were created for a single purpose – to serve. Even more adaptable than the Nerezza most mature Fedele can change form at will, taking on whatever shape they need to perform their masters tasks. Unlike the Nerezza they are mostly peaceful and do not attack other species unless ordered to by the creators.
The mysterious beings that gave life to the Luce, Nerezza and Fedele. Older than the universe and generally existing outside it, they are the closest thing mankind has encountered to god.