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The Eternal Champion is a fictional creation of the author Michael Moorcock
Michael Moorcock
Michael John Moorcock is an English writer, primarily of science fiction and fantasy, who has also published a number of literary novels....

 and is a recurrent feature in many of his novels.

About the Eternal Champion


The Multiverse
Multiverse
The multiverse is the hypothetical set of multiple possible universes that together comprise all of reality.Multiverse may also refer to:-In fiction:* Multiverse , the fictional multiverse used by DC Comics...

, which consists of several universes, many layered dimensions, spheres, and alternative worlds, is the place where the eternal struggle between Law and Chaos
Law and Chaos
Law and Chaos are the dominant metaphysical forces in the fantasy stories of Michael Moorcock, which he derived from Poul Anderson . Law and Chaos are in constant struggle, but they are kept in check by the Cosmic Balance, an even more powerful force for neutrality. The Eternal Champion is doomed...

, the two main forces of Moorcock's worlds, takes place. In all these dimensions and worlds, these forces constantly war for supremacy. Since the victory of Law or Chaos would cause the Multiverse either to become permanently static or totally formless, the Cosmic Balance enforces certain limits which the powers of Law and Chaos violate at their peril. Law, Chaos, and the Balance are active, but seemingly non-sentient, forces which empower various champions and representatives.

The Eternal Champion, a Hero who exists in all dimensions
Dimensions
Dimensions is a French project that makes educational movies about mathematics, focusing on spatial geometry. It uses POV-Ray to render some of the animations, and the films are release under a Creative Commons licence....

, times and worlds, is the one who is chosen by fate to fight for the Cosmic Balance; however, he often does not know of his role, or, even worse, he struggles against it, never to succeed. Since his role is to intervene when either Law or Chaos have gained an excess of power, he is always doomed to be surrounded by strife and destruction, although he may go through long periods of relative quiet.

All the incarnations of the Eternal Champion are facets of each other, and the Champion may also be aided by a companion, who, like himself, exists in various incarnations. Likewise the Champion is often associated with a romantic interest that is possibly an aspect of an eternal figure. Other characters in the various books have occasionally crossed over from one universe to another, although it is unclear what their status in the multiverse may be. Normally, the incarnations of the Champion do not interact and are treated as a series of serial incarnations for facets of a single consciousness, but various cataclysmic events (such as the end of a Cycle of Cycles of the multiverse's progression, or an invasion by hostile entities from an entirely separate multiverse) may bring them together in various ways. This is very dangerous (it causes strains on the fabric of the multiverse as well as mental issues for the Champion), but amplifies the Champion's power enormously.

In every aspect, the Champion is a warrior almost without peer: when he wields some version of his usual weapon, the Black Sword (known by various names such as Stormbringer
Stormbringer
Stormbringer is the name of the infamous black sword featured in a number of fantasy stories by the author Michael Moorcock. Created by the forces of Chaos, it is described as a huge, black sword covered with strange runes carved deep into its blade...

 or Kanajana, although not all versions of the Sword are the same and some are active entities in their own right) few can stand against him. He is also usually an adept, if often unwilling, leader of fighters and has strategic and tactical abilities.

Incarnations of the Eternal Champion


Some of the incarnations of the Eternal Champion include:
  • Alan Powys
  • Alerik
  • Alivale
  • Artos the Celt
  • Asquiol of Pompeii
  • Aubec, Earl of Malador
  • Brian
  • Captain Cornelius
    The Coming of the Terraphiles
    The Coming of the Terraphiles is a Doctor Who novel written by Michael Moorcock, featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond. It was the first special release of a Doctor Who novel by BBC Books in a lengthier hardback format to that of the previous New Series Adventures.-Plot:In order to avert the...

  • Clen of Clen-Gar1, the third identity assumed by John Daker
  • Clovis Marca, later changed to Clovis Becker
  • Cornell
  • Corum Jhaelen Irsei
    Corum Jhaelen Irsei
    Corum Jhaelen Irsei is the name of a fictional fantasy hero in a series of two trilogies written by author Michael Moorcock.- Plot summary :...

     (an anagram of "Jeremiah Cornelius") {aka Corum Llaw Ereint}
  • Daniel Patrick Lanman
  • Duke Dorian Hawkmoon
  • Elric of Melniboné
    Elric of Melniboné
    Elric of Melniboné is a fictional character created by Michael Moorcock, and the antihero of a series of sword and sorcery stories centering in an alternate Earth. The proper name and title of the character is Elric VIII, 428th Emperor of Melniboné...

  • Lord Erekosë
    Erekosë
    Many of Michael Moorcock's heroes are aspects of one all-encompassing hero, the Eternal Champion. Erekosë is the title character, so to speak, as the fantasy novel The Eternal Champion and its sequels feature him. He is a unique aspect of the Champion, in that he can remember all of his previous...

    1, the first identity assumed by John Daker
  • Prince Flamadin1, the fourth identity assumed by John Daker
  • Franik
  • Ghardas Valabasian, Conqueror of the Distant Suns
  • Goldberg
  • Ilanth
  • Ilian of Garathorm
  • Jerry Cornelius
    Jerry Cornelius
    Jerry Cornelius is a fictional secret agent and adventurer created by science fiction / fantasy author Michael Moorcock. Cornelius is a hipster of ambiguous and occasionally polymorphous sexuality. Many of the same characters feature in each of several Cornelius books, though the individual books...

  • Jherek Carnelian
  • Joseph Campbell
    Joseph Campbell
    Joseph John Campbell was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience...

  • John Daker1, the one aspect of the Champion who remembers his previous lives.
  • Karl Glogauer, who turns out to be the real man behind the messianic figure of Jesus Christ (note also how some other incarnations bear the initials J.C.)
  • Klan
  • Konrad Arflane
  • Mejink-La-Kos
  • Michael Kane (Kane of Old Mars)
  • M'v Okom Sebpt O'Riley, Gunholder of the Qui Lors Ventures
  • Oshbek-Uy
  • Oswald Bastable
    Oswald Bastable
    Oswald Bastable is a fictional character in:* The Story of the Treasure Seekers, The Wouldbegoods, New Treasure Seekers and Oswald Bastable and Others, by E. Nesbit....

  • Paul de phalandra
  • Pournachas
  • Rackhir the Red Archer
  • Robert Elliott Jones
  • Roland
    Roland
    Roland was a Frankish military leader under Charlemagne who became one of the principal figures in the literary cycle known as the Matter of France. Historically, Roland was military governor of the Breton March, with responsibility for defending the frontier of Francia against the Bretons...

    , one of the paladin
    Paladin
    The paladins, sometimes known as the Twelve Peers, were the foremost warriors of Charlemagne's court, according to the literary cycle known as the Matter of France. They first appear in the early chansons de geste such as The Song of Roland, where they represent Christian martial valor against the...

    s of Charlemagne
    Charlemagne
    Charlemagne was King of the Franks from 768 and Emperor of the Romans from 800 to his death in 814. He expanded the Frankish kingdom into an empire that incorporated much of Western and Central Europe. During his reign, he conquered Italy and was crowned by Pope Leo III on 25 December 800...

  • Ryan
  • Sam Bennetts
  • Shaleen
  • Sojan the Swordsman
  • The Doctor
    Doctor (Doctor Who)
    The Doctor is the central character in the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who, and has also featured in two cinema feature films, a vast range of spin-off novels, audio dramas and comic strips connected to the series....

  • Graf Ulrich von Bek
    Ulrich von Bek
    Graf Ulrich von Bek is a fictional character created by Michael Moorcock. He and his descendants are a somewhat unusual family in Moorcock's works, as they function both as an aspect of his Eternal Champion and as a companion to him. The family is considered to be the current Keeper of the Holy...

     (see note 2)
  • Ulysses
    Odysseus
    Odysseus or Ulysses was a legendary Greek king of Ithaca and the hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey. Odysseus also plays a key role in Homer's Iliad and other works in the Epic Cycle....

  • Umpata
  • Count Urlik Skarsol1, the second identity assumed by John Daker
  • Vaughn Marquis
  • The 'Scar Faced Brooder' from Michael Moorcocks The Time Dweller, one of the earliest incarnations of the Eternal Champion, yet set in a time of the Earths final years.


Note: Erekosë, Urlik, Clen, Flamadin and Daker are related incarnations of the Eternal Champion, in that the individual transforms over the course of several novels while maintaining the memories of each and is not biologically reborn between each aspect. In addition, he remembers the lives of numerous other incarnations.

Note (2): Graf Ulrich von Bek and his descendants are a somewhat unusual family in Moorcock's works, as they function both as an aspect of his Eternal Champion and as a companion to him.

Incarnations of the Companion to Champions


Some of the incarnations of the "Companion to Champions" include:
  • Jaspar Colinadous (with Elric in the Dream Realm)
  • Jhary-a-Conel (mostly Corum, sometimes Hawkmoon)
  • Alnac Kreb (Elric's companion in The Fortress of the Pearl)
  • Moonglum (Elric's companion for most his journeys)
  • Oladahn (Hawkmoon)
  • Timeras (Rackhir)

Incarnations of the Eternal Consort


Some of the incarnations of the "Eternal Consort" include:
  • Cymoril (Elric)
  • Ermizhad (Erekosë)
  • Rhalina (Corum of the Scarlet Robe)
  • Yisselda (Hawkmoon)

J&C characters


There is also a very obvious repetition of characters whose first names begins with the letter "j", and whose last names begins with the letter "c" (Moorcock himself poked fun at this in the novel The Fortress of the Pearl). Some of these "J&C" characters seem to be companions, while others seem to be mentors, and still others are champions (and at least one was said to be the Spirit of the Runestaff, an instrument of the Cosmic Balance).

A summary of "J&C" characters created by Michael Moorcock:
  • Jaspar Colinadous
  • Jehamiah Cohnahlias
  • Jeremiah "Jerry" Cornell
  • Jermays the Crooked
  • Jerry Cornelius
    Jerry Cornelius
    Jerry Cornelius is a fictional secret agent and adventurer created by science fiction / fantasy author Michael Moorcock. Cornelius is a hipster of ambiguous and occasionally polymorphous sexuality. Many of the same characters feature in each of several Cornelius books, though the individual books...

  • Jhary-a-Conel
  • Jherek Carnelian
  • Jagged of Canaria
  • J'osui C'reln Reyr
  • Joseph Campbell
    Joseph Campbell
    Joseph John Campbell was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience...


The Eternal Champion Sequence


This is the sequence as published (in omnibus editions) by White Wolf
White Wolf
White Wolf is a publisher of role-playing games, notably the World of Darkness.White Wolf may also refer to:*White Wolf , a location in Yosemite National Park*White Wolf , a Canadian heavy metal band...

 from 1994 to 2000 (and now out of print). That was the last time they were published all together in a comprehensive collection, though there have been several stories (The Dreamthief's Daughter, The Skrayling Tree, and The White Wolf's Son, among them) added to the cycle since then, and some of the stories have been published in new editions (sometimes with changes), as well. In brackets are listed the incarnation(s) of the Eternal Champion featured in a given story.

Vol. 1: The Eternal Champion
  • The Eternal Champion
    The Eternal Champion (book)
    The Eternal Champion is a fantasy novel by Michael Moorcock. First published in 1970, it is based on stories Moorcock published in Avillion and Science Fantasy. It is the first in a trilogy of books about the Eternal Champion in his incarnation as Erekosë...

    [Erekosë/John Daker
    Erekosë
    Many of Michael Moorcock's heroes are aspects of one all-encompassing hero, the Eternal Champion. Erekosë is the title character, so to speak, as the fantasy novel The Eternal Champion and its sequels feature him. He is a unique aspect of the Champion, in that he can remember all of his previous...

    ]
  • The Sundered Worlds (has also been titled The Blood Red Game) [Renark von Bek and Asquiol of Pompeii]
  • Phoenix in Obsidian
    Phoenix in Obsidian
    Phoenix in Obsidian is a science fantasy novel by Michael Moorcock. First published in 1970, it is the second book in a series that follows the adventures of the Eternal Champion as he is flung from one existence to another...

    (originally titled The Silver Warriors in the U.S.) [Erekosë/John Daker/Urlik Skarsol]
  • "To Rescue Tanelorn" [Rackhir the Red Archer]

Vol. 2: Von Bek
  • The War Hound and the World's Pain
    The War Hound and the World's Pain
    The War Hound and the World's Pain is a 1981 fantasy novel by Michael Moorcock, the first of the "von Bek" series of novels.The book is set in Europe ravaged by the Thirty Years' War. Its hero Ulrich von Bek is a mercenary and freethinker, who finds himself a damned soul in a castle owned by Lucifer...

    [Ulrich von Bek
    Ulrich von Bek
    Graf Ulrich von Bek is a fictional character created by Michael Moorcock. He and his descendants are a somewhat unusual family in Moorcock's works, as they function both as an aspect of his Eternal Champion and as a companion to him. The family is considered to be the current Keeper of the Holy...

    ]
  • The City in the Autumn Stars
    The City in the Autumn Stars
    The City in the Autumn Stars: Being a Continuation of the Story of the Von Bek Family and Its Association With Lucifer, Prince of Darkness, a science fantasy novel by Michael Moorcock, is the second book in the Von Bek trilogy, which was published by Grafton in 1986...

    [Manfred von Bek]
  • The Dragon in the Sword [Erekosë/John Daker/Prince Flamadin and Ulrich von Bek]
  • "The Pleasure Gardens of Felipe Sagittarius" [Minos von Bek]

Vol. 3: Hawkmoon [all four stories with Dorian Hawkmoon]
  • The Jewel in the Skull
    The Jewel In The Skull
    The Jewel in the Skull is a fantasy novel by Michael Moorcock, first published in 1967. The novel is the first in the four volume The History of the Runestaff.-Plot summary:...

  • The Mad God's Amulet
    The Mad God's Amulet
    The Mad God's Amulet is a fantasy novel by Michael Moorcock, first published in 1968 as Sorcerer's Amulet. The novel is the second in the four-volume The History of the Runestaff....

  • The Sword of the Dawn
    The Sword Of The Dawn
    The Sword of the Dawn is a novel by British author Michael Moorcock, and was first published in 1968.The novel is the third in Moorcock's four book The History of the Runestaff series, and the narrative follows on immediately from the preceding novel The Mad God's Amulet...

  • The Runestaff
    The Runestaff
    The Runestaff is a novel by British author Michael Moorcock, and was first published in 1969 under the title The Secret of the Runestaff....

    (originally titled The Secret of the Runestaff)

Vol. 4: A Nomad of the Time Streams
A Nomad of the Time Streams
A Nomad of the Time Streams is a compilation volume of Michael Moorcock's influential early steampunk trilogy which Moorcock began in 1971 with The Warlord of the Air and was continued by its 1974 and 1981 sequels, The Land Leviathan and The Steel Tsar. The trilogy follows the adventures of...

[all three stories with Oswald Bastable
Oswald Bastable
Oswald Bastable is a fictional character in:* The Story of the Treasure Seekers, The Wouldbegoods, New Treasure Seekers and Oswald Bastable and Others, by E. Nesbit....

]
  • The Warlord of the Air
  • The Land Leviathan
    The Land Leviathan
    The Land Leviathan is a sci-fi/alternate history novel by Michael Moorcock, first published in 1974. Originally subtitled A New Scientific Romance, it has been seen as an early steampunk novel, dealing with an alternative British Imperial history dominated by airships and futuristic warfare. It is...

  • The Steel Tsar
    The Steel Tsar
    The Steel Tsar is a sci-fi/alternate history novel by Michael Moorcock, first published in 1981 by Granada. Being a sequel to Warlord of the Air and The Land Leviathan , it is the final part of Moorcock's A Nomad of the Time Streams trilogy regarding the adventures of Cpt...


Vol. 5: Elric: The Song of the Black Sword [all six stories with Elric
Elric of Melniboné
Elric of Melniboné is a fictional character created by Michael Moorcock, and the antihero of a series of sword and sorcery stories centering in an alternate Earth. The proper name and title of the character is Elric VIII, 428th Emperor of Melniboné...

]
  • Elric of Melniboné
  • The Fortress of the Pearl
  • The Sailor on the Seas of Fate [also Erekosë, Corum
    Corum Jhaelen Irsei
    Corum Jhaelen Irsei is the name of a fictional fantasy hero in a series of two trilogies written by author Michael Moorcock.- Plot summary :...

    , and Hawkmoon]
  • "The Dreaming City"
  • "While the Gods Laugh"
  • "The Singing Citadel"

Vol. 6: The Roads Between the Worlds
  • The Wrecks of Time (has also been titled The Rituals of Infinity) [Professor Faustaff]
  • The Winds of Limbo
    The Fireclown
    The Fireclown is the fourth science fiction novel written by Michael Moorcock, published by Compact in 1965.-Plot:...

    (originally titled The Fireclown
    The Fireclown
    The Fireclown is the fourth science fiction novel written by Michael Moorcock, published by Compact in 1965.-Plot:...

    ) [Alan Powys]
  • The Shores of Death (originally titled The Twilight Man) [Clovis Becker]

Vol. 7: Corum: The Coming of Chaos [all three stories with Corum]
  • The Knight of the Swords
  • The Queen of the Swords
  • The King of the Swords [also Elric and Erekosë, briefly]

Vol. 8: Sailing to Utopia
  • The Ice Schooner [Konrad Arflane]
  • The Black Corridor
    The Black Corridor
    The Black Corridor is a science fiction novel by Michael Moorcock, published in 1969, first by Ace Books in the USA, as part of their Ace Science Fiction Specials series, and later by Mayflower Books in the UK....

    [Ryan]
  • The Distant Suns [Colonel Jerry Cornelius, who seems to be a different character from Jerry Cornelius
    Jerry Cornelius
    Jerry Cornelius is a fictional secret agent and adventurer created by science fiction / fantasy author Michael Moorcock. Cornelius is a hipster of ambiguous and occasionally polymorphous sexuality. Many of the same characters feature in each of several Cornelius books, though the individual books...

    ]
  • "Flux" [Max von Bek]

Vol. 9: Kane of Old Mars [all three stories with Michael Kane]
  • City of the Beast (originally titled Warriors of Mars)
  • Lord of the Spiders (originally titled Blades of Mars)
  • Masters of the Pit (originally titled Barbarians of Mars)

Vol. 10: The Dancers at the End of Time
The Dancers at the End of Time
The title of this volume comes from the poem "The Last Word" by Ernest Dowson.Reunited at the end of Time, Jherek and the other inhabitants of the End of Time have returned to their preferred amusements of parties and games. They are interrupted by a ship of alien musician/pirates, the Lat...

[all three stories with Jherek Carnelian]
  • An Alien Heat
  • The Hollow Lands
  • The End of All Songs

Vol. 11: Elric: The Stealer of Souls [all six stories with Elric]
  • The Sleeping Sorceress (has been sometimes titled The Vanishing Tower) [also Erekosë and Corum]
  • The Revenge of the Rose
  • "The Stealer of Souls"
  • "Kings in Darkness"
  • "The Caravan of Forgotten Dreams" (previously titled "The Flame Bringers")
  • Stormbringer

Vol. 12: Corum: The Prince with the Silver Hand [all three stories with Corum]
  • The Bull and the Spear
  • The Oak and the Ram
  • The Sword and the Stallion

Vol. 13: Legends from the End of Time
  • "Pale Roses"
  • "White Stars"
  • "Ancient Shadows"
  • "Constant Fire" (previously titled The Transformation of Miss Mavis Ming and A Messiah at the End of Time )
  • Elric at the End of Time [Elric]

Vol. 14: Earl Aubec and Other Stories (a collection of 33 short stories, only the first of which features Earl Aubec) [Earl Aubec and others]

Vol. 15: Count Brass [all three stories with Dorian Hawkmoon]
  • Count Brass
  • The Champion of Garathorm [also Ilian of Garathorm]
  • The Quest for Tanelorn [also Erekosë, Corum, and Elric]

Jerry Cornelius
Jerry Cornelius
Jerry Cornelius is a fictional secret agent and adventurer created by science fiction / fantasy author Michael Moorcock. Cornelius is a hipster of ambiguous and occasionally polymorphous sexuality. Many of the same characters feature in each of several Cornelius books, though the individual books...

  • The New Nature of the Catastrophe (This volume was included in the British edition of the Eternal Champion sequence, but left out of the U.S. edition. It is a collection of Cornelius short stories, including several written by authors besides Moorcock.)
  • The Cornelius Quartet
    The Cornelius Quartet
    The Cornelius Quartet is the collective name for the Jerry Cornelius novels by Michael Moorcock, although the first one-volume edition was entitled The Cornelius Chronicles. It is composed of The Final Programme , A Cure for Cancer, The English Assassin and The Condition of Muzak...

    (originally titled The Cornelius Chronicles)
    • The Final Programme
      The Final Programme
      The Final Programme is a 1973 British comedy-thriller film directed by Robert Fuest, and starring Jon Finch and Jenny Runacre. It was based on the first Jerry Cornelius novel by Michael Moorcock...

    • A Cure for Cancer
      A Cure for Cancer
      A Cure for Cancer is a novel by British fantasy and science fiction writer Michael Moorcock . It is part of his long-running Jerry Cornelius series ....

    • The English Assassin
      The English Assassin
      The English Assassin: A Romance of Entropy is a novel by British fantasy and science fiction writer Michael Moorcock . Subtitled "A romance of entropy" it was the third part of his long running Jerry Cornelius series ....

    • The Condition of Muzak
      The Condition of Muzak
      The Condition of Muzak is a novel by British fantasy and science fiction writer Michael Moorcock. It is the final novel of his long running Jerry Cornelius series. It was first published in its revised form in 1979...

  • A Cornelius Calendar
    • The Adventures of Una Persson and Catherine Cornelius in the Twentieth Century
    • The Entropy Tango
      The Entropy Tango
      The Entropy Tango is a novel by British fantasy and science fiction writer Michael Moorcock . It is part of his long running Jerry Cornelius series....

    • "Gold Diggers of 1977" (a revision of The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle)
    • The Alchemist's Question
      The Alchemist's Question
      The Alchemist's Question is a novel by British fantasy and science fiction writer Michael Moorcock. It is part of his long running Jerry Cornelius series. It was also published in his collection The Opium General and other stories and the compilation The Cornelius Chronicles, Vol. III....

  • several other Cornelius short stories, by Moorcock and others (The three volumes listed above contain a majority, but not all, of the Cornelius stories; see the Cornelius Bibliography for a full list.)

Novels added to the cycle since 1994


The Second Ether sequence
  • Blood: A Southern Fantasy
  • Fabulous Harbours (a collection of 11 short stories)
  • The War Amongst The Angels


The Dreamquest Trilogy [all three stories with Elric and Oona von Bek]
  • The Dreamthief's Daughter
  • The Skrayling Tree
  • The White Wolf's Son


Doctor Who novel, featuring Captain Cornelius:
  • The Coming of the Terraphiles
    The Coming of the Terraphiles
    The Coming of the Terraphiles is a Doctor Who novel written by Michael Moorcock, featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond. It was the first special release of a Doctor Who novel by BBC Books in a lengthier hardback format to that of the previous New Series Adventures.-Plot:In order to avert the...