Ciem, a comic book superheroine featured in Dozerfleet Comics, has appeared in several works since she was first conceptualized. She began as little more than Candice Marie Levens, the daughter of Stan and Shalia Flippo left over after the events in The Battle for Gerosha. She began life in concept as just another one of their children, after Stan had received the "Have 10 Children" want. At the time, the entire Gerosha Chronicles were being made with The Sims 2. Naturally, the first Ciem-related media followed suit.
In an effort to distribute Ciem online without having to publish everything to the very-restricting Sims 2 Story Exchange, the DSHW format was formally specified. Battle for Gerosha was an early experiment with what would become DSHW web technology. Ciem became the first major effort at creating comics in said format, back in 2005. The 2007 webcomic enjoyed moderate success on Mod The Sims. While a novel series reboot was considered for the webcomic trilogy, fixing some broken elements of the mythology, it was canceled in favor of the series Sodality. Two alternate timeline sequels to Sodality also feature her, dubbed Sodality: Battle for Metheel and The Gerosha Chronicles: Centipede + 49.
The Ciem Webcomic Trilogy consisted of three DSHW stories that were created with The Sims 2 and several of its expansion packs. It was originally developed as a spin-off of the webcomic The Battle for Gerosha, first attempted in May of 2005. Later that year, the idea for an action story along the lines of Spider-Man and X-Men using the same game engine emerged. The focus that had been on Stan, Shalia, and Reily quickly shifted to Candice, previously only a footnote character. The series features the Gerosha neighborhood file N001_User00244.package as Candi Levens. It also featured real-life Elizabeth Pegouskie as Laurie Pegol, Darla Lattimere as Dhalia Lorrice, and Meredith Doyle as Merdie.
Throughout the webcomics themselves, Ciem battled Musaran, Jeff the Invisible, Don the Psycho, Poison Dart Eddie, Botan, Lobe, Captain Aardwulf, Victor Nanale, Lloyd Kolumn, Sapphire King, and Milp. Her friend Dolly Malestrom became the Earwig in the third story.
The Battle for Gerosha (Gerosha Prime)
In May of 2005, The Battle for Gerosha was first attempted as an early experiment in Dozerfleet Webcomics machinima's DSHW's. Initially beginning as a walk-through of the lives and times of Stan and Shalia Flippo, the story quickly evolved into a very elaborate comic book sci-fi. It wasn't long before it became fully possible to turn Gerosha into something more.
The Sims used for actors had, of course, their own aspirations. Since they both aspired towards family and there were no expansion packs at the time, the simple solution was for Stan and Shalia to simply have as many children as possible. Eventually, some of the kids would be removed from the canon. Vince would be re-named Tom in later versions, and the children Jason and Tanya would be removed from the Flippo Family Genealogy.
It would remain true that through experimentation on baby Stan, there would be Ploribus Philippine. Stan and Shalia would have seven kids together: Reily, Mike, Jeff, Tom, Candi, Miriam, and Marina. Erin was adopted after the sudden and tragic deaths of her real parents, Geoffrey and Patricia Wyer. In the development process for the third attempt at the first Ciem; Jason and Tanya were removed due to inability to fit them into the timeline.
Reily would marry Ashlee Kornsdall and become a well-paid chef, having a son named Kirby. He ends up serving little purpose after Stan and Shalia's deaths. Mike founds his own party store with his brother Jeff. Marina has problems controlling her sexual appetite, and after getting pregnant from one of many paper delivery boys, decides to marry Matthew Baret. Their son will grow up to be Andy Baret, "the Pitohui."
This leaves Erin, Candi, and Miriam. The story of the Phaelites, Meethlites, and Centhuen and Milthuen experiments, as of chapter 2 of the second attempt at Ciem, would be explained to Candi and Miriam as they are being housed by Erin; who takes over raising them from Stan and Shalia. It was decided that Gerosha left a lot of potential behind, as many would undoubtedly wish to know the fate of the Flippo family's children. The emphasis quickly shifted to Candi primarily, and when the idea came to make Candi part-centipede and a parody of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films, the beginnings of Ciem were born.
Gerosha Prime Ciem
Come June of 2005, the decision was made to embark on Ciem's first story. The original telling was crude, but several of the doctrines of Candi's life were established. In particular, getting the game to respect genetic considerations in terms of how Candi should look was difficult. Candi is Indo-Persian Mulatto, but is depicted in the archived original as being Caucasian.
The costume was very crude, and so was most of the rest of the storytelling. Donte McArthur was first introduced into the timeline, as was his brother Khumar. Originally, Donte was going to be named "Donte Williams." This was changed by the time of the first attempt at Ciem 2. Jeraime, Henry, Dolly, Lindsay, and Duke Arfaas were also introduced, along with Harga Hebbleskin. Musaran was originally "L1 the Llama." The change to a shrew-based villain instead of a llama was prompted from pre-release criticism that the llama costume "looked just plain stupid."
The first part of Ciem has been attempted a total of three times. The second attempt was scrapped due to the machine on which it was contained dying when the ATX power supply failed, and evidence being discovered on that same machine of hard drive fatigue.
The third attempt was begun on January 1st, 2007. It finished its production schedule and went completely into post-production on October 2nd, 2007.
Ciem 2: From Gerosha Prime to Classic Gerosha
Ciem 2 has been attempted twice. Ciem 2's storyline takes place two years after the story arc of the first one. This one established many more standards, such as the exact look that the Ciem suit should have. More Ciem suit designs would be experimented with, including for the first attempt at Ciem 3.
In September of 2005, the first attempt at the story was initiated. The post-production was never finished. Captain Aardwulf was selected as the villain, with his personality being a merge between Gollum and Doc Ock.
In October of 2007, designs for the suits for Ciem and Capp Aard would be radically altered from their versions in the 2005 version. "Septagon weaving" was added to the Ciem suit to give it more texture. A new villain, Lloyd Kolumn, was introduced; as a parody of Lt. Col. Kudrow in Mercury Rising, as played by Alec Baldwin. His quest to cover up his crooked politics would lead him to assist the Meethlites in their plot to trap Miriam "Sniperbadger" Flippo.
Developing Ciem 3
This story was also attempted twice, but the first attempt finished post-production. Much changed between versions, but Milp remained the chief villain. In addition, Lobe and Musaran II were in this one. It was established that it isn't until Milp is defeated and Arfaas dead that Candi can safely go back to a family life with Donte, and not worry about Meethlite threats. In keeping with the changes to Ciem 2, Lloyd Kolumn made an appearance in this story as a fallen former government official, out for revenge against Ciem for costing him his job.
Developing Path of the Ming-Cho
This was decided on as an interquel for Ciem 2 and Ciem 3. The first attempt never truly went off the ground, but it was decided what it would entail. Ciem herself would not feature in this, but the same universe would exist. Unlike the Ciem Trilogy, which emphasized its characters, Path of the Ming-Cho would emphasize background and scenic design.
Path would follow the exploits of Rob and Hannah Marrington as they join the mysterious "Jake" on a quest to Nevada to rid the world of the Ming-Yo's evil twin, the Ming-Cho, before the radioactive "blue rock" falls into the wrong hands. The five stories together made up the original Gerosha Chronicles. However, due to the Ciem Trilogy being its own package, the other two stories would have been a separate package. The Gerosha Chronicles are now a much-larger collection in-the-works.
It was eventually decided that instead of telling a simple story, the stories would each have their own subdomain websites. The websites would function "partially as a storybook, and partially as a DVD, only on the web." In keeping with the DVD theme, credits pages are appended to the tail ends of stories. This format would come to be known as "DSHW," standing for "DVD-Storybook Hybrid Webcomic," to distinguish the format from .
The credits pages for all three parts of the Ciem Trilogy were to feature credits to various 3rd-party creators of mods for The Sims 2, whose mods visibly featured in some way in the comic. Numerous mod authors who wrote only behavioral hacks, such as TwoJeffs, were not to be mentioned in the credits; since their mods have no visible influence. However, global hacks such as IngeJones' and Numenor's hacks to hide unwanted UI effects from screenshots were given credit. Most of the credits went to contributors of decorative objects and vehicles. Mod The Sims was the source of most of mods that used, but several were taken from InSimenator.org, Sims2Workshop, and ExnemSims. SimLogical mods and hacks were also used.
The credits pages featured music from various artists, with songs played from an embedded Playlist.com stream. Each stream was said to be part of an "album" for the webcomic, treated the same as if a film soundtrack. As such, each comic got its own album.
Modifications for shooting
The camera that was used was modified by CaptFalcon007 to allow for more bottom-up angle capability. While this camera has developed a bad reputation on some sites as "a cheap way to look up skirts," it proved very useful for battle sequences. The shots for most of Ciem were shot using the "C" button in-game.
Graphics corruption issues
The webcomic trilogy was set to be created on a Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop, which had an Intel chipset with severe limitations. As a result, significant graphics corruption occurred when running the Seasons expansion pack. To compensate for this in shots that had to be captured in the full game with all expansions, the decision was made that the Print Screen button would be used with the game's Tab-Cam or "Free Cam." This allowed for more direct importation into Photoshop, making production and post-production stages more integrated while also helping to preserve graphical integrity.
The footage, once imported into Photoshop Elements, focused largely on hiding graphic problems to make the polygon crossings more seamless, among other things. The centilegs were the most frequently-used special effect in Ciem, and most other effects consisted of lighting and motion blurs in accordance to what was happening in a given scene. The other time blurs were used, it was to help obscure details or else create surreal effects. When Candi prepares herself to have sex with Denny, blurs are used extensively in spite an extreme closeup on their faces, to convey Candi's heightened sense of pleasure. A few times in the first story, blood was painted where it wasn't initially.
The Ciem suit
The most common Photoshop work on the Ciem suit other than obscuring polygon edges was to make the glass pieces for her green bead lenses look more like what they were supposed to, and less like the Body Shop-created face paint that was actually being used. The mouth was obscured so as not to show through her mask, and the outer edges of her ears were forced further back into the fabric, or sometimes hidden completely. In some Photoshops, texture details were added to her suit.
There initially was no set, fixed aspect ratio for images early on. As of the middle of the first attempt at The Battle for Gerosha, the preferred aspect ratio for images was set to 300x225. Later, for the first attempt at Ciem 2, the resolution was set to 400x300.
While the second attempt at Ciem was shot in 400x300 and the third attempt was nearly shot in the same manner, it was decided as of the end of the ninth chapter of the third attempt that all footage should be shot in a widescreen 500x282 format.
There were many complications that resulted from converting footage to this aspect ratio, with details being cropped out of the first six chapters in what can at best be called a difficult compromise. Some of the most difficult shots have black edges merely added to them, so that the widescreen rules would not be violated whilst the image would still have the necessary full screen details.
By the time that Ciem 2 was set in motion, it was decided that all further work would be shot in 1280x720, and then scaled down to 500x282 for web syndication. AS DSHW technology improved, 800x483 became a standard format. By DSHW 2.6, images are to scale in a more-or-less 16:9 aspect ratio so that they are consistent in size with their place relative to the browser window's size.
Given the nature of Sims as characters, animations were taken from the game and used in ways not expected, with the freeze frames and camera angles used to help convey emotions. Particular emphasis on angles was done to emulate Candi's vulnerability at the moment that a scene was happening, or else the inner vulnerability of whomever was the subject of that chapter.
Main article: Ciem (webcomic)
The first story reveals to us who Candi Flippo is, her place in the Flippo Family Genealogy, and how she came to acquire her amazing powers of centuition, healing, retractable centilegs, and more. It also discusses her inner turmoil over trying to decide what, if any love life, she should have and embrace, as well as what to do if she should ever find herself making poor choices in the direction of her love life.
After a night of confessing secrets with her sisters, Candi prepares to say goodbye to her boyfriend Donte. However, shortly after he leaves, he is captured by evil Meethlite aliens. Candi ends up battling to the death with a crazed gangster named Don the Psycho. She discovers that her older sister Erin has been murdered by the Meethlite gangsters Gunner and Skellig. Feeling guilty for not warning Erin of the threatening nature of a phone call the house had received the previous night, Candi runs away and moves in to a house in the town of Viron, a suburb of Dirbine. Believing herself responsible for Donte's capture and led to believe he is dead, Candi tries to start her life over and also master her centipede powers to fight off the Meethlites and crime in general. She goes into forensic investigation and befriends her classmate Laurie Pegol.
After her life is saved by the former parts supplier Denny Levens, she develops affection for and eventually marries him. However, their married life is wrought with turmoil as their lives are constantly threatened. The villains Botan and Musaran surface and go on murder sprees in Dirbine. Unable to defeat either due to pregnancy, Candi waits for her daughter to be born, but loses Denny and the baby to Musaran. Botan leaves town after getting revenge against the man who stole his car. Musaran continues his murder sprees while the Meethlites take over the city and corrupt the police.
As the National Guard looks for an opportunity to break in to the city and oust the Meethlites under the supervision of Ploribus Philippine, the now childless widow Candi vows to avenge her lost family and reclaim Jeraime Malestrom from the insanity of the Musaran AI backvisor under his helmet. She devotes her life to fighting crime in general, and dons the mantle of "Ciem" to protect her still-living loved ones.
When she learns that Donte is still alive, but barely; she sets out to free him from Musaran and use his help to defeat the Meethlites in their new terror ship, which is a giant UFO. The quest leads her into direct contact with Musaran, and the result is an epic battle.
Main Article: Ciem 2
Following two years later, Candi now has a good life, but fears that she's losing control of her lustful appetite. She and Donte both feel under strong pressure to get married soon, especially since Donte wishes to adopt an orphan named Charlie Wortell in order to keep a promise to a deceased friend.
Meanwhile, a crooked government agent named Lloyd Kolumn aids the Meethlites in directing an attack on the city of Dirbine by the Chinese through manipulation and through the hijacking of Miriam's "Sniperbadger" online persona. Miriam, threatened by enemies from all over the world and carrying twins, sets out to find her sister for safety. To make matters worse, Candi and Donte's drinks at a banquet are poisoned and both of them pass out when they get to Candi's house. Candi's struggles with her own conscience when she discovers she's been raped.
When she gets Donte to the hospital, she learns she's acquired a Meethlite flu virus that will eventually run its course but which could temporarily rob her of her powers as Ciem. In spite the risk, she sets out to protect her sister from the onslaught of insanity as a CIA agent with a stolen rock called the Ming-Yo proves the ticket the Meethlites need to get their clutches on in order to start a nuclear war. Candi defeats several of Kolumn's forces as Ciem and then finds her sister and the agent, Vienna Dockler.
Making matters worse still, the Meethlites have transformed the once well-meaning sea captain Simon Aardvonius into the insane part-man, part-hyena, part-aardwolf creature known as Captain Aardwulf, or "Capp Aard" for short. As part of his insanity, Aard obsesses with capturing both Miriam and the Ming-Yo to use in his scheme to create an empire of termite farms to feed his never-ending lust for devouring termites.
Candi must get a grip on her own decaying moral resolve, overcome her illness, hope that Donte recovers as well, and get the help of her old and new friends to overcome the madman and rescue her sister, all while still helping to foil Kolumn and expose his corruption.
Main article: Ciem 3
In Ciem 3, Candi has finally acquired almost everything her heart could ever desire. She has a successful job as a profiler, a happy marriage to Donte, a healthy relationship with her adopted son Charlie, and the best news of all: Duke Arfaas is dead! As gravy to that, the mayor of Dirbine wants to invite Ciem to his birthday celebration.
But Candi senses things are about to change for the worse. Her half-brother Ploribus becomes increasingly reclusive and anti-social, causing alarm amongst all of his family. Adding to that, Donte reveals that he has to leave for more treatments for his cancer. Candi's fears soon prove justified, when a fallen Kolumn takes several troops of his and conspires to help Kimiyato arrive in the US as "Milp," and frame Candi for child abuse. Ciem easily battles off the Mexican werewolf Lobe and then proves too skilled for Milp to defeat in direct combat. However, Botan has returned seeking a cure, and is more powerful with his weeds than ever before. Candi is captured by Kolumn and Charlie is hospitalized, with the babysitter's corpse never being found. Kolumn, taking his revenge further, also captures Kyle "Meerkat" Freneti and Charlotte "Mukade" Yamamura, and puts them with Candi in a prison remotely hidden near the coastline of California. There, he intends to drown his prisoners and report back to the Meethlites, who are plotting their return in a few decades to Earth to finish what Arfaas started. He also intends to have Candi personally beheaded and deliver her head to the Meethlites' museum committee.
Offended by Ploribus' initial inaction, Dolly Malestrom steals an experimental suit from Ploribus and becomes the "Earwig" in an attempt to rescue her friends and ward off the evil threat of Milp on the city. However, the AI in the Earwig helmet was only slightly altered from a Meethlite backvisor, and threatens to drive Dolly evil and insane every time she uses it. With it, she defeats her nephew Henry Malestrom, who has been turned into the second Musaran. She nearly kills Botan, but Botan is ironically saved by Milp, who puts a backvisor on him and uses it to control him. Milp uses a Meethlite potion to turn herself into a monster, and she takes over downtown Dirbine with the help of Botan. Dolly rescues Charlie and helps all of Ploribus' refugee camp to escape when Milp learns of the camp's location. She escapes when Ploribus tries to restrain her, and makes her way to California where she attempts to rescue the others but instead goes on a killing spree against Kolumn's guards.
Candi secretly frees Delusia, who in turn saves Candi's life after her head is chopped off. Delusia frees Candi from her wristband also, turning her centipede powers back on. However, she ends up being killed by a guard as Candi heals. Candi kills the guard and steals his clothes. The floodgates open to drown the prisoners, with Kolumn and his men trapped inside the room where they were holding Candi's execution. The Earwig begins killing off whatever remains of Kolumn's guards. Candi seizes this opportunity to break herself out of the jail cell, and frees Charlotte and Kyle. The trio secure an exit, and attempt to free as many prisoners as possible before they all drown. The helmet threatens to make Dolly permanently insane. Candi and her friends battle with the enraged monster, eventually knocking the helmet off of Dolly's head and Candi breaking it over her knee. Charlotte throws the AI helmet into the ocean, where it becomes forever lost. Dolly is then forced to fight as the Earwig without her helmet. All the heroes return, with Kolumn defeated, to Dirbine in time to see what Milp and Botan have done to it. Ciem initially begs Dolly not to get involved, but realizes that Meerkat and Mukade's help may not be enough. Ploribus finally relents and sacrifices himself to wound Milp, but Dolly decides she must disprove the Meethlite prophecies and try to win back Botan from Milp's control in order to save her friends from certain death.
Cancellation of Ciem Tomorrow
There were also plans in the works for a webcomic titled Ciem Tomorrow, which would document the exploits of Candi's daughter Dana. However, when Ciem 2 and Ciem 3 were canceled midway through production, Ciem Tomorrow as a project was scrapped. It is set to be renewed as a short story series in the Comprehensive Gerosha continuity.
References to other Dozerfleet works
While the primary coffee store chain in the Viron University neighborhood is Scarface, a parody of Starbucks, the Hazy Eighties Bowling Alley where Candi initially held a job had an advanced Grillitan Diner section, suggesting that the Grillitan crew's venture turned successful many years after they started it. Thematically, there is also common ground with the Meshalutian Trilogy, and with Stationery Voyagers. The skintone used for Meethlites is one that was initially used for the Ripper Ghost from 90 Has No Secant. Candi's preoccupation with the loss of her virginity, and feeling that she was cheated, is very similar to the feelings of Bindaf 3000 crew member Neone Delft on the matter. The Hebbleskin Gang's obsession with beheading women who are enemies of their states, and turning their heads into museum exhibits, is nearly identical to the hobbies of Astrabolo in Stationery Voyagers: Final Hope. Candi's long, flowing, black hair, athletic body, tan skin, and potent lust made her very similar to both Vaneesa Abiyoti from Final Hope and Juanita Bines from Mechanical Conflict. Denny Levens is a less-athletic, brown-haired take on Harley Maraude/Rubber Phantom, also from Mechanical Conflict.
References to non-Dozerfleet works
The tales of Ciem are also laced with references to various things not made by Dozerfleet. The idea for the AI neural backvisors that the Meethlites use to control victims and create evil cyborgs with, for example, is inspired by three separate sources.
Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films are frequently spoofed and imitated in the webcomics, and all the main villains were meant to in some way spoof Spider-Man or X-Men villains. Henry Malestrom, for example, was intended to be a cross between Darth Vader and Harry Osborn, with the name "Henry" chosen because of the main character in Rookie of the Year. Arfaas' mind control AI neural backvisors were inspired by Batman: The Animated Series; where Jarvis Tetch, the "Mad Hatter," used something similar to brainwash Gotham residents. The idea for Musaran's AI to have the personality it does is inspired by Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles, wherein which the evil AI "Omega" transforms Doc into O'Malley. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair inspired Musaran's changing table, a place where Jeraime is temporarily in control of himself and begging to be set free before the Musran visor recharges and is placed back on him. The table that AI backvisor victims are strapped to so they don't get away is similar to the one on which Darth Vader was created in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The "Malestrom" family is a deliberate misspelling and spoof of Gunnar Maelstrom from Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?.
Note: While there is a Maelstrom character in the Marvel universe, he did not inspire Jeraime Malestrom in any way.
The list of other works alluded to or spoofed is nearly limitless, but this is a rough look at the inspirations that went into inspiring Ciem.
Early 2010s novel series
Main article: Ciem: Vigilante Centipede
Avoiding association with existing films
In May of 2010, it was confirmed that the entire Ciem franchise was about to be rebooted. The original webcomic Ciem had been given its simple name due to the fact that its original title was Ciem: The Human Centipede. Dozerfleet staff didn't want Ciem to be confused with Tom Six's film The Human Centipede, which gained cult status quickly in 2009.
Also, there was some desire to flesh out details of the original story more; and to create a profitable series of books that would stand on their own. The original webcomic was intentionally geared to parody Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, but the new story's incentive was to take what makes Ciem unique in concept and embrace that, divorcing itself as much as possible from Marvel properties into a standalone item.
Avoiding over-dependence on Electronic Arts
At the same time, the new Ciem sought make itself as independent of the Sims franchise as possible by finding other ways to depict characters, and defining as many characters as possible outside of the game. While both Sims 2 and Sims 3 remain in use for concept art and storyboards, the new series seeks to make itself stand alone whether it has any illustrations or not. Storyboards for Ciem: Vigilante Centipede are available for view on DeviantArt here. Pictures containing gore, or pictures of (obscured) nudity, are assigned a "mature content" warning flag.
In late March of 2011, Dozerfleet joined forces with UGO.com and AFD Studios to re-create approximations of Gerosha universe characters using HeroMachine 3. While these illustrations will not be used for any final books, they serve a purpose on the wiki by adding 2D comic strip credibility to characters that previously had only ever been known to exist as Sims. By mid-April of 2011, the first half of Vigilante Centipede had been mapped out in Chapter Backbones.
In July of 2012, the open-source program MakeHuman 3D began being employed for purposes of the creation of book and album cover art. A 3D nude and bald Candi model would be posed at the appropriate angle, have a Ciem suit painted on top of her, and then imposed with Photoshop into a photographic background. The front book cover for Vigilante Centipede uses just such a superimposition. The stock photo used is an alleyway in downtown Grand Ledge, MI. It is, in fact, the same stock photo that was originally used for Ciem 2. New stock photos were shot for Ciem: Vigilante Centipede: The Album, Ciem: Nuclear Crisis, and Ciem: Condemnation.
See also: Sodality (series)
In late November and early December of 2012, however, the novel series was canceled. A new series, titled Sodality, re-envisioned Ciem as an ensemble character in a greater series. This series could be viewed as either a new novel series, or as a potential TV series. Its format was modeled after that for Stationery Voyagers. Necessary changes to Ciem's biography were made to conform her to the new continuity. When Candi is unable to perform as Ciem in season 3 due to pregnancy, she briefly has Michelle Winston fill in.
Before the events in Sodality, however, Candi's entire paradigm as a character was shifted away from what it was in her origins. Instead of a whiny romantic, she's envisioned as a determined heroin out to learn what God put her there to do, as opposed to letting corrupt institutions and men try to tell her what her purpose is - especially when the evidence is painfully obvious to her that they're wrong.
Yet, her seeking to do the right thing doesn't always work out as she hopes it will, leading to her becoming the victim of painful injustices that she has to rise above. While older versions merely had to worry about keeping family alive so she could raise a child successfully, this newer Candi has to also battle to prove her true character in a world full of prejudices concerning what she is, and has to struggle to define her own soul.
As such, Candi this time around was re-imagined having a much more tragic (and eventful) childhood and teenage years. Since Stan and Shalia chose to live in Gerosha and ignored Darius' warnings, clinging to the triplet sisters and not to Darius and his family, his jealousy made him psychotic. He blames Candi for their deaths, and capitalizes on her every mistake to paint her to the world as a criminal. Even after he gets her railroaded into prison, however, she takes pains to prove that she's been the heroine the entire time.
Ciem: Inferno chronicles her first arrest, as well as the beginning of her journeys through juvenile detention, furloughs, and her path to redemption. Ciem: Ash Cloud puts her to the test yet again, when her love for others is tested against a foe determined to convince her to give up hope. Ciem: Caldera sees her tested physically, when she has to stop the destruction of her hometown again and then prevent the detonation of Yellowstone. Little does she realize that every step she takes, every mistake she makes, has widespread consequences for the entire world.
This new novel trilogy, Centipede and Fire, consolidates The Battle for Gerosha and the Sodality timeline, while also providing near-seamless integration between these works and the greater Legends continuity arc. Emeraldon and Anarteq are also given more to do this time around.
Earth-G7.2's version of Cataclysmic Candi allows for Ciem to return for two major video games. The first one, dubbed Sodality: Battle for Metheel has her team up with the rest of her Sodality of Gerosha teammates to end the Phaeleel-Metheel War. She specifically joins Emeraldon, Meerkat, Mukade, and Jackrabbit in foiling an invasion of Toklisana by the forces of King Morzhuk. She later joins the team on Metheel. In Centipede + 49, Candi must join a team of (mostly)-ordinary soldiers to reclaim Ameristan and rebuild the United States; all while she rescues Roy. It was to be the first time in any form of Cataclysmic Gerosha continuity since meeting Dolly Malestrom that Candi would be allowed to have anything resembling a solo superhero career. However, Ciem: Inferno was later proposed to tell of her early attempts at being Ciem as a teenager, prior to meeting Donte. It also establishes how she was railroaded early on, leading to the reason she is treated like a criminal so much later on in her adventures in Texas.
While some basic plot elements from the game proposals are considered G7.0 canon, 7.2 is set up specifically to permit for players to make choices that divert the exact sequences of events leading up to the final games' final conclusions, without breaking 7.0 continuity.
In an MAA fanfic crossover, the Percolation event causes the Earth-G7.2.1 version of Ciem post-Vindication arc events to be carbon-copied into the Marvel Gaming (Fanfic) Universe. This comes complete with her (seldom-used) Vanadium Centipede alternate costume, similar in nature to the Iron Spider. While clearly suffering some psychological damage from having been wrongly imprisoned multiple times, she remains true to her goal of creating safer suburbs.
The Percolation Warriors Saga of Camelorum Adventures sees Candi and some members of the Sodality of Gerosha return for a multiversal quest to stop the Triumvirate. She and her friends must team up with the Camelry and the Knights of Cortascius, as well as Xira from Cagegirl and Cherinob.
A Centipede Lost in the Spider-Verse
A limited-panel set of "What if?" Sims 4 edited screenshots submitted to DeviantArt in December of 2018 reimagined scenes from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, in a fanfiction in which Ciem had been Percolated into the world of that film and shoehorned into its plot.
While she proves useful in battling Scorpion and Doc Ock, she merely alters the context of how Miles escapes from Jeff - nearly getting herself arrested in the process. She is unable to save the Prowler's life, her backstory doesn't amuse the Spider-Folk, her inability to stick to surfaces without special gloves and her lack of web-swinging furthermore doesn't amuse them, and she is seen by the others as only being useful as a potential backup for Miles in case he can't gain control of his powers in time; since her being Percolated to that Earth rather than brought there by Kingpin's collider makes her immune to being killed by being the one to insert the override key. However, her inability to naturally stick to the ceiling makes her dependent on the Spider-Gang to get her close to the device.
She struggles to put a dent in the Kingpin just as much as Miles does, and fails to steal Miles' glory in any significant way. She is the last one to say goodbye, hanging out at May's house until the Percolation Wave sends her home.
Arrests, captures, and execution
Various versions of the character have been captured, arrested, or even beheaded at various times throughout their runs. Candi Prime was the first to deal with these, having been mistaken for a prostitute while wandering the streets alone at night and being arrested by the first officer she turned to for help following the death of Angie Levens and abduction of Denny Levens. Amazingly, she is able to avoid future run-ins with the law after her name is cleared.
Despair Candi never has to worry about going to jail, though she is eventually captured and decapitated by the Hebbleskin Gang. Classic Candi is the first noted instance where Candi is arrested on legitimate grounds, after she helps Miriam escape from the downtown Dirbine jail. It is considered irrelevant that the jail was under attack, and that leaving Miriam there would have meant leaving her for dead. However, Candi is able to get a reduced sentence due to the fact that she was saving lives. She serves two weeks. She is later abducted by Lloyd Kolumn's goons, who stage it to look like an arrest. She is not captured again until much later in life, where she is executed by the Hebbleskins.
Comprehensive Candi is captured at the age of 12 and nearly executed, but escapes. She later is arrested by Gerosha police who mistake her for Miriam. She is able to have her identity verified and she is released. However, the regime Arfaas creates has the compromised police arrest her again. She uses this to set the stage for Donte's rescue, even using "Denny pills" to fake her own death on the execution block. Her story's narrative afterward follows that of her Classic Gerosha counterpart almost verbatim.
Cataclysmic Candi was first decapitated at age 12 in an experiment to prove that Remotach pills truly work. It was a bit of an accident, but she is able to reattach herself. SCALLOP attempts to mass-produce the drug for field agents afterward, though few agents remember to take it in time to save themselves.
At age 16, Candi is mistaken for an arsonist by Gerosha police and is arrested. However, her inability to keep them from learning the truth about Zeran wardrobes leads to Darius recommending her for the program at Madison Juvenile Detention Center. She was supposed to only be there the typical 8 or 9 months needed to complete the program. However, she found Darius constantly finding ways to extend her stay, leading to her spending two years there before getting out.
After missing an appointment she was required by law to be at in order to meet up with Donte at a football game, Candi is arrested again, this time by Marion Wevenil. She serves two weeks. She is later captured by the Affadidah regime, and sentenced to death. She and Dolly Malestrom escape during a power outage.
Upon arriving at the border between Ameristan and Toklisana, she is captured by a corrupt border patrol agent with Hebbleskin sympathies, who stages it like an arrest and tries to hide the girls' documentation proving they belong in Toklisana. Candi and Dolly escape this trap with help from Navyrope, though they almost die.
Later, Candi is mistaken for a drug smuggler going by the alias of "La Scarrabachonda." She is able to prove her identity, and helps capture the real criminal later as Ciem. An officer who gets a thrill out of harassing her, Lonny Grivolt, later stalks her class when they are doing survey work in the fields outside their building. Candi discovers a joint in the grass, and the officer accuses her of being its owner. She is arrested for possession, but is later exonerated.
Candi's legal woes are nearly at an end, when Dolly insults Darius Philippine over the Earwig armor; and Darius retaliates by having all the female Sodalists locked up and charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft. He resorts to bribery to make sure Dolly is found guilty. However, he is unable to get convictions on the other women. Candi is acquitted.
Dolly is later paroled when Lex and the governor of Texas decide that a mistrial took place. By this point, Darius has been assassinated by Milp. But to save Donte, she lets herself at one point be captured by Arfaas' Doomsday Ship. She narrowly avoids being executed, and then helps Dolly find a safe way inside the vessel. Dolly frees Donte and the Sapphire King while Candi in her Ciem outfit battles Musaran.
However, Candi finds herself in trouble again when she has to reveal Zeran teleporters to the world and break a man's arm in order to save herself during a bank robbery. In the process, she exposes the secretary of a renowned senator as being part of a conspiracy to rob the bank to finance an LGBT cause that was denied taxpayer funds for its cause. This leads to Senator Gobar's private army trying to assassinate her - and Stephanie Barrin, who ran into Candi and quickly became associated with her. Both girls are hidden in SCALLOP jail cells for about a month, while SCALLOP agents weed out the corrupt senator and expose him, ending the threats to Candi and Stephanie's lives. This also frees up the Sodality to focus more on battling Cap Aard.
Candi is released later, but under terms of probation. During the events in Battle for Metheel, she is forced to violate those terms, leading to a brief stay in a SCALLOP jail and a warning that another violation could get her time at the SCALLOP Women's Containment Center - a full-blown extranormal prison. During the events in Vindication, she is forced to have herself S'Poled by Brian Mizgel in order to save her son from the Screwworms, leading to her spending a month in prison. She is then put on a rotating cycle for the next five years of being out for three months, then back in prison for another three months. After three months on her tether with no incidents, Candi is finally set free - as well as her son and her husband finally being freed from their tethers.
Unlike previous versions of the character, this Candi is able to finish her life naturally and lead a long life.
She is almost arrested again after the newly re-formed US government questions her credentials after SCALLOP is decommissioned and everything on file about her is made public. However, she is allowed to remain free given her age (and lack of involvement in the Sodality in the 2060s.)
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