The Festival

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The St. Thomas Tom Zombie Festival is a mechanism negotiated between the Othorder and the Tom Zombie Historical Society to control the ancient and seemingly limitless power of the Triarc, otherwise known as the Godstone.

The Triarc & The Trimeric Bell

Throughout the ages, this artifact has been at the root of hundreds of horrific incidents of consequence. Though many have tried to destroy or discard it, the item, existing outside the normal confines of reality, always returned. It has been thrown into oceans and volcanoes, hidden in vaults and labyrinths but always it remerges somewhere else and always, through the machinations of men, it sews destruction.

TZF Logo NewThe Triarc is believed to possess a type of intelligence that wills itself to be independent from men`s designs. Though many have used it to further their own ends their machinations have, with very few exceptions, led to staggering disaster. Some have used it to extend their lives or raise an undead army to vanquish their enemies; never have such designs turned out the way the designers intended.

It is believed that the Tom Flower Curse is a mechanism, within the shell of the Trimeric Bell, for the Triarc to create for itself a protector; an entity that uses its power over life and death to prevent manipulation by men. Like all such arrangements involving the complexities of souls and human emotion it became a trade-off. The Triarc creates for itself a protector in Tom Zombie but it also hems itself into a set of rules, like gears in a clock, every piece working properly for the whole to keep proper time.

The Tenants of the curse therefore require:

  • That the two souls at the root of the curse, Tom and Crow Flower, are avenged for the brutality of their deaths and their love remain unrequited, their passion the fuel for their bondage, for all eternity.

  • That based on the, as yet to be fully understood rivalry between David Ramsey and Thomas Talbot, all the lands developed under Thomas Talbot be subjected to the curse.

  • The Triarc to be recognized. Whether energized through the fear of an undead horde or the enjoyment of a festival the ancient artifact is an object that exists only within the minds of men; without the attention of humanity it would slip away and it will never allow that.

Thus it was that the idea for the Contract of Veils was conceived. What could control the Triarc indefinitely by being forever vigilant? What could allow the tormented and enraged souls of Tom and Crow Flower to persist and be satisfied? And what could provide the Triarc with the recognition it requires and demands.

The answer is a festival; an event that can draw the masses year after year and find a host to carry the curse. We call it the Tom Zombie Festival.

The Legend of Tom Zombie

They say that Tom is cursed by love,
That he can`t see the veil,
They say the dead hear him standing above,
And from encrusted crypts they rail,
(An excerpt from a British infantry marching manual dated 1812)