Godfather Auteur was a skinless Homeworlder member of Faction Paradox who declared himself the Homeworld's "Observer Effect" wrought flesh. He took the title "Author of the Spiral Politic", believing that everything he wrote really happened and that anything he hadn't written about which did happen was "not valid". (PROSE: A Bloody (And Public) Domaine, Going Once, Going Twice)

History Edit

Early exploits Edit

According to rumours, Auteur was a Mapper of early Great Houses history who was driven insane following being forced to watch the outside Spiral Politic from an office on the Homeworld and map it via the observer effect. Before even sprouting a second heart, he realised that he could abuse the Observer Effect to make anything real if he looked in the right place. Similar to other renegade Mappers, he took a name which was a variation on the word "astrolabe", (PROSE: Going Once, Going Twice) Astrolabus. (COMIC: Voyager)


Astrolabus during one of his schemes. (COMIC: Polly the Glot)

When Auteur was banished from the Homeworld for his beliefs, he left with his House cousin Gideon. (PROSE: A Bloody (And Public) Domaine) Gideon eventually left Auteur to join Faction Paradox. (PROSE: Going Once, Going Twice)

Auteur's next incarnation was a wizened old man with a greasy beard and two clumps of white hair on either side of his bald head. He had a propensity for saying phrases in French. (PROSE: Going Once, Going Twice)

Joining Faction Paradox & Imprisonment Edit

Astrolabus hand

Skinless, dying, and stranded in a private dimension, Astrolabus asks what the Sixth Doctor will do without him alive to write the Doctor's life. (COMIC: Once Upon a Time-Lord)

In his final incarnation, Astrolabus attempted to cheat death by stealing star charts from Voyager, (COMIC: Voyager) an agent of Life. (PROSE: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing) With the charts tattooed to his skin, (COMIC: Once Upon a Time-Lord) Auteur tried to hide in a small slice of reality but was found. He would later say that "Life itself had stolen his skin". (PROSE: Going Once, Going Twice) Gideon recognised Auteur and pleaded on his behalf to let him join the Faction. (PROSE: Going Once, Going Twice)

Taking the name "Auteur", he replaced his missing skin with shadow-skin. Instead of having a conventional ceremonial mask, Auteur allowed the shadow-skin to peel off at his head and reveal his own skull.

The Faction eventually got annoyed with Auteur and his beliefs and imprisoned him at the top of the Shadow Spire, (PROSE: A Bloody (And Public) Domaine) his old TARDIS. (COMIC: Voyager) He was kept from leaving by Mother and Father. (PROSE: Going Once, Going Twice, The Story So Far...) Auteur listened to the whispers of the loa that teemed around the tower and used them in his writings and home videos of history and alternative histories. Gideon sometimes visited Auteur, but as time passed their relationship grew more distant and the visits became less frequent.

On the day of Gideon's final visit, Auteur was inspired by a recording of Morlock (and the usual loa whispers) to write a story about Lolita manipulating Count Dracula into becoming the Enemy. Auteur took delight in the premise, angering Gideon. After Auteur finished the story, Gideon left the Spire and was consumed by Auteur's loa. (PROSE: A Bloody (And Public) Domaine)

After the destruction of the Eleven-Day Empire, Auteur's prison became a haven for surviving members of Faction Paradox. (PROSE: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing) At the time of the Armistice, Auteur attempted to free himself from the Spire and ascend beyond time to become the indisputable author of history. Having already written the narrative of things to come in an ancient circular language that programmed history, Auteur waited in the Spire with Mother and Father as Kifah and Gustav obtained Apep in the First Auction in Heaven. Once Apep was in his grasp, Auteur ordered his loa to kill Mother and Father and prepared to bond his biodata with Apep's. But Apep had already been snaking through Auteur's narrative and altering its outcome; instead of becoming god, Auteur had his shadow-skin eaten by Apep. After he began painfully falling apart, Apep ate him too. (PROSE: Going Once, Going Twice)

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