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Published in 1954 ‘Eminent Australians’ was one of the first books to record the background and lives of some of the more significant personalities responsible for saving human kind by the successful settlement of Australia and the final defeat of the Old Ones.


JULIET VERNE (Born 1903 - ) Verne was born Nantes, France, to Michel and Valerie Verne. Her father was a pioneer of airship technology. His death in the Restorationist War, while piloting an airship against the Old One known as the ‘Spinner in the Darkness’ greatly affected her and led to her being the first female airship aeronaut.

Verne had many narrow escapes while scouting the interior of Australia, once having to trek over 800 miles through the outback after her airship crashed while attempting to destroy an Old One temple.

Verne’s grandfather, a lawyer by profession, was also known as an amateur author who penned an amusing work on an alternative history of the world, one that was never ruled by the Old Ones. However, this form of literature never took off.

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CORPORAL JONES – (Born 1869 – died 1950).

John’ Jack’ Jones was born in 1869 in Walmington-on-Sea. His father was a butcher. Jones ran away to sea at the age of fifteen. During the Restorationist War he fought with the forces of Muhammad Ahmad and was wounded at the Battle of Cairo.

When the call went out for volunteers to settle Australia Jones was one of the first to sign up, despite his advanced age. His knowledge of the Old Ones, gained from painful experience in North Africa, was regarded as being of great use, especially his ability to somehow know when to run away.
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He should have his bayonet attached - 'they don't like it up em'.
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AGENT DAVIES – (Born 1892 – died 1931)
Alun Davies was born in Pontypridd, Wales, the only child of Samuel and Bronwyn Davies.

During the Restorationist war Samuel and Bronwyn were captured by forces loyal to the Old Ones and turned to ‘zombies’, (an Old One process to render the subject both pliable and almost everlasting).

After the war Davies was adopted by Lord Caernavon, a famous explorer who was part of the expedition that discovered Australia. Davies learned much from his adoptive parent, which he turned to good use in helping to explore the vast ‘Outback’.

His last action was to radio the position of the greatest of the Old Ones, Cthulhu himself, before disappearing, presumed killed in action.

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COLONEL KHOURI (Born 1902 - )

Zaina Khouri was born in Beirut in 1902. She was thrown into the world of warfare after her family were massacred by irrendentist forces loyal to the Old Ones. Khouri joined the resistence to the infamous Lawrence regime. By the time of their defeat at the Siege of Jerusalem, Khouri was recognised as an outstanding military commander. It was only natural that she was chosen to command the protection forces sent with the first pioneers to Australia.

Khouri was seriously wounded at the Battle of Parramatta and returned to the Lebanon. Since then she has been a reclusive figure, living with her childhood companion, Mazia Haddad, on the shores of the Mediterranean.

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FRANZ NEUMANN (born 1811 -) Germany.

Neumann was born in Munich, Bavaria and studied medicine at Heidelberg university. It is presumed at this time that he was inducted into the Cult of Yog-Sothoth.

He gained the trust of the Old Ones and was allowed to learn some of the secret methods to bring the dead back to life and to extend life spans. During the Restorationist War he fought for the Loyalists and was captured during the Battle of Berlin.

He was released from prison in 1927 on condition that he join the expedition to Australia as a doctor and specialist in the Old Ones. Any earlier sins were redeemed by his support of our military forces, saving literally hundreds of lives.

He now resides in Berrburrum, where he still practices as a doctor.

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DESTA DANGER (born ? - )

We have very little information on the early life of Desta Danger. We know that this is not her real name and there are theories that suggest she is the granddaughter of Simeon Khumalo, the first President of Zimbabwe, elected after the Restorationist War.

Khumalo and his family were massacred by guerrilla loyalists in 1915, although not all of the family were accounted for.

Danger obviously picked up numerous skills over the years hiding from Loyalist assassins to make her a formidable fighter. Recruited by Kitchener in 1927 she sailed to Australia in 1930.

Her most famous exploit during the war against the Old Ones was the single-handed destruction of the Temple of Olkoth, thus saving the local settlers from the horrors that were in the process of emerging from the portal within.

Since the end of the war Danger has carried out numerous surveys of the interior of Australia.

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KAPENA ALIKA – (born 1896 - ) Samoa.

The Pacific Islands were the border of known civilisation during the reign of the Old Ones. No human was allowed to sail south from these islands, thus maintaining the secret of Australia. Many of Kapena’s ancestors served the Old Ones in policing the seas of the Pacific. During the Restorationist War Kapena’s grandfather originally fought for the Loyalists, but then changed sides after witnessing the atrocities carried out by the mutant forces of Doctor Moreau. The Islanders rose up against the Old Ones and added their strength to that of the Restorationists.

Kapena Alika had heard about the settlement of Australia and made his way there independently of the main convoy. Once there he proved himself an able commander of the Rapid Reaction Force, which was formed to quickly respond to imminent attacks on farming settlements.

Kapena survived the war and eventually settled on the coast of Australia, becoming a fisherman.
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BILLY KNEEBONE - (Date of birth unknown) –
The first Westerners to reach the shores of Australia were welcomed by the inhabitants of that land, the people we now call the Koori. The Koori already had knowledge of the ‘people from beyond’ as they called us.

Tales have since emerged of some sailors, presumably Dutch, being shipwrecked in Australia many years ago. These survivors apparently helped the Koori (as the tribes people in this area are known) to resist the Old Ones and became renowned heroes, whose tales were passed down from generation to generation.

Billy Kneebone, as his name translates, was one of many Koori who welcomed the Westerners as allies against the Old Ones, who still haunted their ancient tribal lands. He acted as a guide to our military forces, which allowed them to travel much further into the regions known as the ‘Outback’.

Billy was elected as the mayor of Parramatta in 1948.

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ZHU XIANG – (born 1902 - )

Zhu Xiang was born in Beijing, China. After the Restorationist War her parents were assigned to the Chinese Cultural Office in Paris. Zhu enrolled at the École Normale Superieure to study engineering. While here she became friends with Juliet Verne. This led to a fascination with airship design.

When Verne was enrolled for the mission to Australia Xiang accompanied her as her chief engineer. Xiang’s modifications to the expedition’s airships made them more rugged and better able to handle the conditions of the continent. Zhu Xiang returned to China at the end of the war and now runs the Chinese airship research program.

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HARRY BONES (born 1880 - died 1948 )

Harry Bones was born in Pontypridd in 1880. After the Restorationist War he was employed by the local coal mine. He also took evening lessons in mathematics and engineering. These qualifications allowed him to advance his career and he eventually became the chief mining engineer.

In 1915 he became caught up in the violent clashes at Tonypandy, where a Loyalist movement were raising forces to challenge the government. His brother, Dai, was responsible for killing the Loyalist leader, Winston Churchill.

Bones was asked by Kitchener to join the Australian expedition to help develop the mining skills of the settlers to better take advantage of the natural resources of Australia. He returned to the valleys of South Wales in 1942 and passed away in his bed in 1948.

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ALANZA CASTRO – (Born 1904 – died 1932)

For many years after the defeat of the Old Ones the Caribbean was plagued by horrific creatures that would strike at islands randomly. A rapid reaction force was formed to deal with this threat, one that has successfully protected the citizens of those islands since then.

Alanza Castro joined this force at the age of sixteen, after her family was wiped out by one such attack. She soon acquired a reputation as a tough fighter, one who would never back down against whatever creature she faced. Her tenacious fighting skills were felt to be perfect to help defend the settlers of Australia and she was recruited to join the military there.

She gained posthumous renown by her stubborn defence at the battle of Wemba Wemba, where her unit was overrun by three shoggoths.

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COUNT JAGO (Born 1641 - )

Stefan Jago was born into the notorious Jago family of Transylvania. His uncle, Josep, was infamous for carrying out cruel and unusual punishments on behalf of the local Old One rulers. The young Stefan showed an aptitude for alchemy and ‘magic’ and was inducted into the Brotherhood of Yog-Sothoth. Jago eventually became the magister of Transylvania after the death of his uncle in a mysterious accident.

As a reward for loyal service Jago was granted immortality by the Old Ones. However, during the Restorationist War, Jago switched sides and joined the forces of humanity, helping to rid Transylvania of its terrible masters.

His deep knowledge of the ways of the Old Ones helped humanity fend off the madness that occurs when you come into contact with them. This proved to be of immense value to the Australian expedition, where his insights into the enemy helped win a number of battles.

Since the war for Australia he has retired to his castle in Transylvania, returning to his studies of the texts of the Old Ones.
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CORPORAL JONES – (Born 1869 – died 1950).

John’ Jack’ Jones was born in 1869 in Walmington-on-Sea. His father was a butcher. Jones ran away to sea at the age of fifteen. During the Restorationist War he fought with the forces of Muhammad Ahmad and was wounded at the Battle of Cairo.

When the call went out for volunteers to settle Australia Jones was one of the first to sign up, despite his advanced age. His knowledge of the Old Ones, gained from painful experience in North Africa, was regarded as being of great use, especially his ability to somehow know when to run away.



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GENERAL TAKANASHI (born 1888 – died 1932)

Akira Takanashi was born in Hiroshima. His father fought for the Loyalists in the Restorationist Wars. After their defeat he committed seppaku.

Takanashi was driven by the need to restore honour to his family’s name. He joined the Japanese army at sixteen and through hard work, determination and talent became the youngest serving general in 1929. Takanashi was seconded to the Australian expedition to command the allied forces.

He was a commander who enjoyed leading from the front, which had fatal consequences when he died leading an infantry charge at the Battle of Wagga Wagga.

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INTRODUCING... IVAN KARPOV (born 1888 – died 1932)

Ivan Karpov was born during the Siege of St. Petersburg, where the Restorationists held out against the Loyalist forces of Count Schliefen for over two years. After the war Karpov joined the army and became an expert in the design and deployment of landmines. These skills were highly valued for the Australian expedition. Karpov’s minefields at Wallaroo were instrumental in defeating the Old Ones that attacked there in 1931. Karpov unfortunately did not live to see the final defeat of the Old Ones, losing his life when a store room containing land mines exploded.

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ALEXANDER PROUST – (Born 1887 - )

Alexander Proust was born in Paris, just before the war started. His parents fled to relations in Versaille to gain safety when the war reached its climax in 1893. Proust became an apprentice at the Renault factory. His mechanical aptitude made him a valuable employee and one who contributed many ideas and improvements to Renault’s vehicles, especially their armoured cars.

Proust was seconded to the armoured car division that was sent to Australia, where he did critical work on maintaining and improving the vehicles to make them more effective against the Old Ones. He returned to France in 1933. He retired in 1952 after reaching the position of chief engineer of Renault.

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JENNY APPLESEED (born 1898 - )

Jenny Appleseed's parents moved to the lands of Montana in 1886. During the Restorationist War much of the local farming land was blighted by shoggoths. Jenny’s parents spent years experimenting with ways to cure this blight, a venture that they eventually succeeded in. Jenny followed in her parent’s footsteps to become a farmer and an expert in dealing with blights. She was recruited to the Australian Expedition to share this knowledge with the settlers. Appleseed took to the new lands of Australia and established her own farm in the lands around Ballarat. She resides there today with her family.

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KITCHENER – (Born 1855 – Died 1940)

Algernon Kitchener was the younger brother of Horatio Kitchener, who achieved notoriety during the Restorationist War for the Thetford massacre. Unlike his brother, Algie (as known to his friends) fought on the side of the Restorationists. He was an outstanding recruiter, bringing many hundreds of volunteers in to fight for against the Old Ones. He was asked by the British government to apply these same skills as the Australian Expedition was being formed. Kitchener toured the known world searching out people of talent to help support the Australian venture. He retired to his estate at the end of the war. Horatio Kitchener joined the Old Ones in Australia and was killed at the Battle of Wagga Wagga.

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