|A knight carries disturbing news to the head of Lucifer's Church. News of a looming threat set to corrupt --not only Jerusalem’s-- but the entire Theocracy’s status quo!|
|High Priest Antipater||Adelia||Sodom|
|Princess Theodora||Narses||Wasteland of Nod|
As the opening chapter of KoL, I wanted this story to dive deep into an already going story. I admit this was not the original prologue for KoL. The following story "Celebration of Hope" (to be published on the 5th of December) was the initital introduction to this fantasy setting. After reading "Celebration" though I couldn't help but feel that it was too introductory and didn't meddle with a huge event. It's true you can't have a climactic scene before you start building a plot. Thus "The Sign of the Cross" was written afterwards as a story with a more vital incident, the discovery that the calm life of Lucifer's Theocracy is not so calm as they Inquisition thought...
The title itself is an indirect tribute to Umberto Eco's amazing work "The Name of the Rose". How is "The Sign of the Cross" linked to "The Name of the Rose" you say? I will leave that one unanswered though I bet my age group can figure it right away...
The name "Berengarius" and the appearance of the character with that alias is another tribute to "The Name of the Rose" and particularly the movie version. The "moon-faced" Berengarius was one of the monks who read the forbidden book of Aristotle.
As I want the pacing to be quick with not many clarifications or captions (I believe the art should do most of the talking and not the lettering) I felt there were details that weren't stretched enough. For this reason the Lore section of the KoL site is a brother to the comic pages. It is intended to be read after the comic pages and fill in or clairfy the gaps that the comics left implied.
So as an advice, whenever you read a story in the flipping book, if you wish to explore it deeper, make sure to check out the links in the story's artcicle.
I hope you enjoy this combination!