Comics: Irrational Numbers

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Written by Hannibal Tabu
Art by Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Colors by Flavia Caracuzzo
Letters/Production by Josephine Roberts

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Spanning a thousand years, Irrational Numbers is the story of four people whose disparate hungers -- for knowledge, for freedom, for power and to be remembered -- led them to a deluge of bloodshed and anger.

Irrational Numbers: Addition (zero issue)

Pythagoras was a skillful mathematician and philosopher who saw something special in a rebellious slave named Zalmoxis. Together they traveled the ancient world looking for answers, and along the way they were joined by another freed slave and a powerful priestess of Hecate, and together they founded a nation that stretched across centuries and a legacy that was a blight on mankind.

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Irrational Numbers: Subtraction (1 of 5)

Thousands of years ago, the great mathematician Pythagoras and his apprentice Zalmoxis founded a school for great thinkers. The love Zalmoxis held for his master was so great he sought to save them all from death itself. Alongside the freed slave Sofia and Medea, the priestess of Hecate, Zalmoxis crafted vampyrism from a mix of cultures and magics. Pythagoras eventually rejected this gift and the growing undead nation divided between the Mathematokoi faction led by Medea and Sofia's less brutal Akousmatikoi.

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Irrational Numbers: Subtraction (2 of 5)

Zalmoxis devised the immortal vampyr nation as a way to preserve the teachings of Pythagoras, the fabled mathematician who took Zalmoxis from slavery and gave him enlightenment. Alongside another emancipated Dacian named Sofia and an ambitious priestess named Medea, they tied together numerous traditions and magicks, including the lamia and the worship of Hecate to become something else.

Pythagoras rejected all of this, seemingly walking into the hungry sunlight, leaving Zalmoxis caught between two jealous rivals as Sofia formed the Akousmatikoi to nurture mankind as feeding stock and Medea created the Mathematikoi to consume as they pleased. He discovered an enemy at the gates, a mysterious threat called The Reaper, after centuries of keeping up the messy internecine squabbles out of the public eye. Finally, Zamoxis decided burning in the light of day was better than enduring a cold war through endless nights. Without him, the war could do nothing but heat up.

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Source: Wunderman Comics