Cernunnos was one identity of the Enemy who opposed the Great Houses during the War in Heaven. He was the leader of the Original Mammoths. (PROSE: Cobweb and Ivory) In the 18th century of the post-War universe, he was given as a gift from Catherine II to George III. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, Grass, COMIC: Political Animals, Bêtes Noires & Dark Horses)
In the pre-universe, Cernunnos was ruler of the Original Mammoths and "divinity of the first men of stone and flesh". After this version of reality was destroyed in the anchoring of the thread, Cernunnos ordered early humans to hunt mammoths to extinction.
Long afterwards, posthumans led by Linemica resurrected Cernunnos using delicate craftmanship and illegal time travel. He was unveiled in his new body at Terra Primagenia to an audience of dignitaries from countless civilisations. He psychically spoke to the audience, pledging to return the universe to as it was before the Great Houses imposed history onto it. Cernunnos mentally latched onto Avus, a young member of the Great Houses watching the unveiling by means of Praxis-induced vision.
Cernunnos followed Avus to an alter-time realm containing a remnant of the pre-universe. Avus quickly escaped Cernunnos, leaving him to begin planning for the War in Heaven. (PROSE: Cobweb and Ivory)
Hints of the future Edit
The final vision Avus saw during his encounter with Cernunnos was one of Cernunnos disheveled and deprived of psychic powers, caged in a bestiary at the centre of a busy city and cared to by a girl named Lucita. (PROSE: Cobweb and Ivory)
Due to Chris Cwej's interference in the Faction Hollywood production of Mujun: The Ghost Kingdom, filmed with a GCI processor, a scene was added to the movie depicting the child of one of the film's main characters tending to "a live oriental mammoth owned by the King of England". (PROSE: The Book of the War)
As property of George III Edit
Cernunnos survived the War, albeit in a much weakened state. (PROSE: Cobweb and Ivory) In 1774, he was the last living mammoth in Europe. Catherine II gifted him to George III, who, not understanding the beast's value, organised a hunt for the creature. (PROSE: Grass)
Some of the last surviving members of Faction Paradox came to London to win the King's favour by winning the hunt, (COMIC: Political Animals) but they were distracted when the American ambassador's gift to George III, Mayakatula, escaped into the city. While busy tracking Mayakatula, Mother Francesca and her acolyte sensed that they had lost their chance at gaining a foothold in history by killing the mammoth.
While it was alive, the mammoth was kept in the royal stables. Its handlers were unaware of what George II planned to do with the creature. (COMIC: Bêtes Noires & Dark Horses) Isobel helped care for the mammoth and feed it. Snaddon told her that it was a gesture from Catherine II that she was ready to share her secrets with George III. (COMIC: Political Animals)
Behind the scenes Edit
Due to Image Comics cancelling the Faction Paradox series, the storyline involving the hunt of the mammoth was left unfinished. The preview for the third issue included at the back of FP 2 depicted the mammoth wearing armour.