"Soldier, you are content with what you are. Then that you shall remain until we meet again. As I go now to my Father, you must one day come to me" - Jesus Christ to Casca in Casca: The Eternal Mercenary

"I've fought in many places, and seen war's thousand faces" - Letter From Vietnam by Barry Sadler

"All the sounds of long ago will be forever in my head, mingled with the wounded's cries, and the silence of the dead" - Still In Saigon, The Charlie Daniels Band

 

THE CASCA CHRONOLOGY

by Andrew K. Henry


30 A.D. - Historical date of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Casca condemned to a life of endless martial wandering by the dying Messiah

30 A.D.-226 A.D. - The events of Casca: The Eternal Mercenary. Casca is a galley slave, a mine laborer and wins his freedom in the gladiatorial ring. He becomes slowly aware of the fact that he does not age and cannot be killed or seriously wounded, thanks to the curse of the dying Christ

226 A.D. - Casca is present as a Roman Legionnaire at the battle of Ctesiphon where Rome defeats the King of Parthia's forces

226-252 A.D. - Events of Casca: The Barbarian. Casca befriends the gigantic Viking warrior Glam and shares a bittersweet love with Lida, Viking princess

252 A.D. - Beginning of Casca: God of Death. Distraught after Lida's death, Casca journeys to present day Mexico with Viking seafarers and encounters the bloodthirsty Aztec priests who cut out his heart as a sacrifice to their gods. Casca reclaims his still beating heart from the hands of the priest and is declared a god by the terrified onlookers. "It takes a god to kill a god and my time has not yet come. I am Casca! The Quetza! I AM GOD!!"

304 A.D. - Events of Casca: The Warlord. In 2nd century China, Casca first encounters the fanatical disciples of the Brotherhood of The Lamb who amputate his hand. Casca manages to have the hand sewn back on by one of his traveling companions. He is also buried alive by a vindictive Chinese ruler and is freed by an earthquake.

309 A.D. - 379 A.D. - Events of Casca: The Persian. Casca serves as a general in the army of a Persian caliph and is burned at the stake when he becomes too popular with the troops.

Ending date of 453 A.D. - Events of Casca: The Damned. Casca rejoins the Roman Legions in order to conquer the armies of Attila The Hun. Casca survives a bout with the Black Plague

Beginning date of 485 A.D. - Events of Casca: The Sentinel. The Brotherhood of The Lamb pursues Casca to North Africa, killing his newest love in the process. Casca avenges himself by crucifying the Brotherhood's current leader.

1090 A.D. - Events of Casca: The Assassin. Casca is drafted into service by the Old Man of The Mountain to serve in his fanatical sect, the Assassins.

1156-1185 - Events of Casca: The Samurai. Set during the period of the Gempei wars of Feudal Japanese history. Casca fights in the battles between the Minamoto and Taira clans which resulted in the Shogunate system which ruled Japan for almost the next 700 years.

1180-1206 - Events of Casca: The Mongol. Casca meets a young peasant boy named Temujin and trains him in the military arts. Temujin became known to history as Genghis Khan.

1485-1521 - Events of Casca: The Conquistador. Casca is imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition after claiming to have been present at the crucifixion. He escapes after a long imprisonment and sails for South America with the expedition led by Hernando Cortes. Casca is present as Emperor Montezuma is killed and Mexico City is looted by the Conquistadors.

1718 - Events of Casca: The Pirate. Casca sails the high seas with Blackbeard and other dread buccaneer chieftains.

Beginning date of 1866 - Events of Casca: The Warrior. Casca is marooned on a South Seas island inhabited by warring cannibal tribes. He fights his way to the chieftanship of one of these groups using his knowledge of modern firearms and tactics.

1899-1900 - Events of Casca: The Cursed. Casca is caught between the British Army and Chinese nationalists when the Boxer Rebellion breaks out in Peking.

1914-1918 - Events of Casca: The Trench Soldier. Casca fights with British forces in World War I. He is captured by the Germans and meets Manfred Von Richthofen and another German air ace, Max Immelmann.

1943-1945 - Events of Casca: Panzer Soldier. Casca is a German Tank Corps sergeant on the Russian Front. The epic tank battle at Kursk is described. After learning of the Nazi's "Final Solution" from a Jewish resistance fighter, Casca travels to Russian beseiged Berlin to confront Hitler. When the Fuehrer is unrepentant to the Jews' suffering, the enraged and saddened Casca shoots him to death and fights his way past the Russian forces to leave Berlin and the war behind him.

1945-1954 - Events of Casca: The Legionnaire. After leaving Berlin, Casca enlists in the French Foreign Legion and travels to Indochina. He fights in the battle of Dien Bien Phu which ends with the defeat of the French forces by North Vietnamese general Giap.

Ca. 1955 - The Events of Casca: Desert Mercenary. Casca accepts a contract to rescue the daughter of a munitions manufacturer held captive by a Berber tribal chieftain.

1967 - Events of Casca: Soldier of Gideon. Casca fights for Israel during the Six Day War.

1970 - Events of Casca: The Phoenix. Casca fights in Vietnam as a U.S. serviceman and leads a Viet Cong patrol to a horrifying death in a swamp filled with gigantic estuarine crocodiles. Sadler based this book on actual events that occurred in the Pacific theater during World War Two. On the island of Ramree, a group of one thousand Japanese infantrymen was reduced to a group of twenty survivors after encountering the nightmarish reptiles.

1970s - Events of Casca: Soldier of Fortune. Another rescue mission for Casca. This time he must smuggle a Chinese family to safety while being pursued by both the Viet Cong and Chinese gangsters.

1980s - Events of Casca: The African Mercenary. Casca and his forces accept a contract to overthrow tyrannical dictator Matthew Dzhombe, who is clearly modeled on Idi Amin, Ugandan leader.


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